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'The Crown' star John Lithgow is ready for his Harvard homecoming

John Lithgow has more awards in his closet than Tom Brady has Super Bowl rings, but the decorated actor knows his fame and good fortune are only temporary. While “The Crown” star doesn’t dwell on whether his legacy as an actor will stand the tests of time, he does find solace in...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 3:36pm

Get your NSFW sexts right here

We all have sexting stories. Some are amusing — the embarrassing autocorrects, the dirty messages we’ve mistakenly sent to the wrong recipient, the sexy selfie attempts that end up anything but. And then there’s the more insidious experience — the unsolicited dick pics, the misogynistic comebacks...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 5:28pm

Muslim faith and modern romance considered in 'The Who & the What​'

Zarina, a single 30-something Harvard grad, is living at home when her father decides to intervene by signing her up for a dating site. While this sounds like the plot of a promising rom-com, Ayad Akhtar’s “The Who & The What” is not quite that.The Huntington Theatre’s latest production...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:21pm

Pennsylvania Ballet losing principal dancer Amy Aldridge in May

Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Amy Aldridge will be retiring on May 13 after 23 years gracing the stage.“Amy is an exquisite dancer and exemplifies professionalism and what it means to be a principal dancer and a star,” says artistic director Angel Corella. “I’ve admired her dancing for years...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:57pm

With 100+ fences, Ai Weiwei will make New Yorkers 'Good Neighbors'

In an increasingly divided world, Chinese artist Ai WeiWei wants to reclaim the physical barriers that keep us apart.This October, Ai will erect over 100 fences across the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, collectively called “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” Created with New York City’s...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 4:12am

Make your own beer festival in Grand Central on National Beer Day

Beer is not exactly the underdog of the beverage world anymore, but we’re not going to argue with continuing to celebrate National Beer Day.On April 7, Grand Central is not merely a transit hub to get you on your way to happy hour. Shops and restaurants around the station are offering special...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:55pm

'The Illusionists' is a smorgasbord of nonstop magic

“This is a magic show for people who didn’t know they liked magic shows,” Jeff Hobson explains. With seven magicians on stage — the Anti-Conjuror, the Inventor, the Deductionist, the Escapologist, the Manipulator, the Daredevil and the Trickster (himself) — he insists not to stress if you don’t...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 8:46pm

Duchamp's scandalous 'Fountain' comes to Philly

The work of artist Marcel Duchamp is known to be controversial. For a century now, his artworks called “readymades” have caused many viewers to ask the question, “Is it really art?” On April 1, 100 years after its creation, one of Duchamp’s most famous pieces, "Fountain," comes to the Philadelphia...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 5:00am

Review: Mansplaining derails 'Joan of Arc' rock musical

Opening during Women's History Month, Joan of Arc: Into the Fire should have been the mainstream feminist rock musical we need now. Unfortunately, what’s onstage at the Public Theater so painfully fails the Bechdel Test, it lacks even one female point of view.As Joan (Jo Lampert, a siren who should...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 4:57pm

Feel marimba mania, listen to the 'Art of Sound' and more things to do in Boston this weekend

MUSICBrian Calhoon's Marimba CabaretMost popular music is made on guitars and/or keyboard instruments, which can get quite boring. Brian Calhoon, on the other hand, performs a very eclectic array of pop covers, ranging from Leonard Bernstein to Outkast, on marimba and vibraphones. He even does...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 3:28pm

The Zombies, qFlix and more to do this weekend in Philly

FLOWER POWERPhiladelphia Flower ShowThrough March 19Pennsylvania Convention Center12th and Arch streets$28-$35 theflowershow.comThe 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show closes out this weekend with a slew of fun events for not only flower lovers, but their kids and dogs, too. Friday night, take your pooch...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 11:10am

PHOTOS: Whitney Biennial 2017 is an unflinching look at American life

The first piece you see of the Whitney Biennial is easily understood even if you’re not a “Lord of the Rings” fan: the flaming Eye of Sauron, printed 29 feet wide by anonymous pop artist Puppies Puppies. Big Brother is watching — but so are we.This year, the museum’s biannual survey of American...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 7:03pm

Moore College presents Women in Animation Film Festival

The 2017 MooreWomenArtists: Women in Animation Film Festival runs from Thursday, March 23, through Sunday, March 26, featuring screenings of animated films as well as interactive panels. Founded in 1848, Moore College of Ar​t & Design is the nation’s first and only women’s visual arts school...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 11:52am

If Trump cuts arts funding, NY will suffer from 'Broadway to Bed-Stuy': Stringer

President Trump promised to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which would cause “cultural organizations across New York City [to] lose millions of dollars of funding, threatening jobs, tourism, and arts education programs,” according to a new report.In the report released by city...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 3:43pm

Circus 1903 wows with nostalgia and elephant puppetry

A new circus is coming to town — and yes, there are elephants.Circus 1903, coming to Madison Square Garden next month on its North American tour, combines Broadway-level production values and classic feats of daring skill into a show that takes the circus back to its golden age, while creating an...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:21am

You're an accomplice in this new immersive 'Sweeney Todd'

Sweeney Todd has never been quite as up-close-and-personal as it gets in the new West Village production, where the killer barber waves his infamous razors right in the audience’s faces — while serenading them, no less. And serving them actual meat pie.Tooting Arts Club’s immersive show is now open...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:50am

This is the hottest theater season on and off-Broadway in recent memory

To say there’s a lot going on right now in theater would be an understatement. Spring always brings a flurry of exciting openings on- and off-Broadway, but this season’s thrilling diversity might also make it hard to tell which shows are the most worthwhile to splurge on. Here are the biggest plays...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 5:23am

10 ways to get art smart this spring in Boston

Find solace away from those pesky April showers this spring in one of the city’s extraordinary arts institutions. Here are some of the new shows opening this season:Enjoy the beauty of the open water without the threat of seasickness. Check out “Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed and Style” at the...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 4:40pm

Meet MerkThose: Where science meets street knowledge

What’s the difference between a vandal and a street artist? Oh, about 25 years.That’s how long it’s been since Cambridge-raised Mike Lee stylized himself into the renegade graffiti artist MerkThose, but these days "Merk" doesn’t need to scour for neglected urban surfaces to find welcome canvases...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 4:34pm

Four film festivals coming to Boston this spring

There’s nothing some of us love more than spending a lovely spring day inside a dark movie theatre. To local cineastes the annual thaw means the start of Boston’s busy film festival season, and here’s a small sampler of cinematic happenings.It started as an all-night movie marathon and spread out...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 4:13pm