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Tap Room debuts at Sam Adams brewery

Experimental beers are now on tap at Sam Adams’s new Brewery Tap Room. Located within the walls of the Jamaica Plain brewery’s base for research and development, the cozy, brick-walled Tap Room offers beer lovers the chance to hang out and taste some of Sam Adams’ latest...

Friday, November 10, 2017, 12:47 PM

4 New England pumpkin beers to try this fall

Unlike lots of pumpkin spiced delicacies, there’s actually historical precedent for pumpkin beer. In Colonial America, when barley was in limited supply, pumpkin was often used as a last-resort substitute. Since breweries across New England have revived pumpkin beer as an autumn specialty in...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 1:49 PM

5 beers to try at the Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival

Scandinavia’s finest breweries will share their suds in Boston’s South End this weekend when the Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival takes over the SoWa Power Station. The event brings together brewers from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, England and across the U.S. for an...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 1:36 PM

Cate Le Bon makes poetic songs for absurd times

Cate Le Bon is well aware that we live in strange times. That’s the premise for the Welsh singer/songwriter’s new EP “Rock Pool” (out today), which came out of the same recording sessions as her 2016 record “Crab Day.”“It’s almost a reactionary language to the absurdity and horror of the times we’...

Friday, January 27, 2017, 3:33 PM

Bombino puts a Western spin on Tuareg rock

Bombino, the Niger-based musician néeOmaraMoctar, fell in love with the guitar as a child refugee living in Algeria. “The guitar to me represented freedom and it became my only dream,” he says.Now 37,Bombinohas made recording and performingTuaregrock across the globe his calling. Like...

Friday, January 27, 2017, 3:27 PM

'Trans Scripts, Part I' explores, celebrates the diversity of transgender women's true stories

No two transgender experiences are alike. That’s the crux of Paul Lucas’ “Trans Scripts, Part I,” which illuminates the lives of seven transgender women. The characters in the play, which had its U.S. premiere this month with the American Repertory Theater after an award-winning run at Edinburgh’s...

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 4:32 PM

An uncontrollable puppet comes to life in 'Hand to God'

Everyone has coping mechanisms. For "Hand to God"lead character Jason, though, his method of choice spins out of control.Jason is a quiet, earnest teenager in small town Texas and his mom, a Fundamentalist Christian, makes him join the puppet club that she runs at their local church. Jason’s puppet...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 5:00 AM

'Fingersmith' actress Giana Ribeiro throws her first punch

Giana Ribeiro isn’t a teenager yet, but she’s already making a mark on the Boston theater scene. The Winthrop native had lots of practice: She began performing in a children’s acting troupe when she was 3. And last year, she made her professional debut in the American Repertory Theater’s production...

Friday, December 16, 2016, 12:50 AM

Sadie Dupuis pens a poppy celebration of affirmative consent

Sadie Dupuis, lead singer for guitar rockers Speedy Ortiz, knew she wanted to make a pop record.Just before recording “Slugger,” her debut solo effort as Sad13, Dupuis did a fundraising tour with Speedy Ortiz for the Girls Rock Camp Foundation, where she donated profits to the organization and met...

Monday, December 12, 2016, 9:24 PM

How Brian O’Donovan’s 'Christmas Celtic Sojourn' keeps up with tradition

It’s not every day that you get invited to an intimate Christmas celebration of Irish song, dance and poetry. That’s the vision of “Christmas Celtic Sojourn,” the live performanceof Brian O’Donovan’s longtime WGBH radio show.This year, the program focuses in on the Acadian Christmas tradition —...

Monday, December 12, 2016, 8:27 PM

Looking back with Thievery Corporation

Twenty years since their debut album, Thievery Corporation still record in the same way: cooped up in a room with instruments and plenty of booze.That said, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton — the production duo who began recording music together in the liquor stockroom at D.C.’s 18th Street Lounge in 1995...

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:39 AM

Boston Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' by the numbers

Even the grandiose display of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” can’t totally communicate the massive amount of artists, time and materials it took. It’s even more impressive considering that artistic director Mikko Nissinen’s reimagined production of the holiday classic was built entirely from...

Friday, November 18, 2016, 3:30 PM

A new generation of holiday traditions

Your holiday season doesn’t have to be traditional this year. Sure, you may still bust out that wacky holiday sweater, decorate ye ol’ Christmas tree and attend the annual company holiday party. But with the help of a few quirky and unique holiday events, find some exciting new ways to celebrate...

Friday, November 18, 2016, 3:30 PM

Sound Society showcases rising and established musicians with big productions

For Sound Society’s music series this winter, theatrical production value is key. Set at the American Repertory Theater’s Oberon, the one-night-only shows give musicians the chance to closely work with the theater’s extensive stage and lighting team. Sam Kassirer, a producer who has worked with...

Friday, November 18, 2016, 3:59 AM

Damien Jurado conjures up 'Visions Of Us On The Land'

It all began in a dream. This particular dream sparked Damien Jurado’s 2012 record “Maraqopa,” which tells the surreal adventures of a nameless protagonist. The Seattle-based singer/songwriter has now completed the third record in this trilogy with 2016’s “Visions of Us on the Land,” an...

Friday, November 4, 2016, 1:59 AM

Local Natives look near and far for ‘Sunlit Youth’

After Local Natives’ first two records, the Los Angeles-based rockers wanted to explore some new musical paths. The five-piece indie darlings had just wrapped up a long tour supporting “Hummingbird” — which front man Taylor Rice calls “a really cathartic, kind of dark record” — and felt re-...

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:36 PM

‘Warrior Class’ explores the complex underbelly of politics

Often, politics isn’t as it seems. "Warrior Class," an intimate, three character play by "House of Cards"writer Kenneth Lin, hones in on convoluted behind-the-scenes political dealings through the fictional Republican House of Representatives candidate Julius Lee.Lee, who has been dubbed “the...

Friday, October 21, 2016, 8:22 PM

YG gets personal, political and proud on 'Still Brazy'

The Compton, California-based rapper’s second album, called “Still Brazy,” dives into figuring out who shot him last year, gangster culture, anti-police brutality and his hatred of Donald Trump. Heavy? Perhaps, but YG isn’t afraid to get into it.“I’m talking about the s— I’ve been through with my...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7:28 PM

Catfish and the Bottlemen don't want to pull any tricks

Catfish and the Bottlemen’s sophomore album “The Ride” was built for the road.“Everything we wrote was based around playing live so the way people would react, the way people would move to certain songs,” explains frontman Van McCann. “We kind of sit in the practice room saying ‘Can you feel this?...

Friday, October 14, 2016, 2:31 PM

'Catch Me If You Can' gets the Conservatory treatment

Frank Abagnale Jr.’s surreal life as a con artist was fit to be a musical. “Catch Me If You Can” is the true story of this deceptive, jet-setting man who practiced as a doctor, lawyer and pilot — without credentials for any of these jobs. And the Tony-winning musical is perfect for the talent of...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 11:37 PM