Linda Laban

The best Black Friday deals 2018 for Target, Best Buy, Walmart and more

Don’t go into holiday shopping blind. Here's the lowdown on some of the best Black Friday deals 2018 offered by Best Buy, Walmart, Target and some of the major chains, both in store and online. Individual store hours may vary, so remember to check ahead. Best Black Friday deals 2018...

Monday, November 19, 2018, 11:43 AM

The best holiday events in Boston 2018

From crooners to classics to crafters, and more Nutcrackers than you can shake a stick at, Boston’s packed with activities this holiday season. Prepare for an invasion of toy soldiers, giant mice, Vegas razzle-dazzle, a soul superstar, and what is possibly the oldest holiday show...

Friday, November 16, 2018, 12:57 PM

Dance with these giant balloons taking over Brookfield Place

After being overrun by giant glowing rabbits in 2016, Lower Manhattan’s palm tree paradise Brookfield Place is hosting another set of oversized balloon sculptures called Animal Soul. The colorful larger-than-life figures arriving on July 11 are best described as a savage garden, creations...

Thursday, July 5, 2018, 3:07 PM

Tevye Served Raw is the honest version of Fiddler on the Roof

You probably know Tevye, the father torn between tradition and his daughters’ happiness, from the hugely successful Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. But the show was only a snapshot in the life of a man created by Sholem Aleichem, who wrote several stories starring him — and there...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 6:06 PM

All the movies playing outdoors in New York, June 14-20

Summer means watching movies outdoors on lawns, rooftops and patios all over the five boroughs, and we’re bringing you a weekly guide to outdoor movies in New York City. Screenings are free unless stated otherwise. Showtime is at dusk (around 8 p.m.) unless stated otherwise. Note that...

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:37 PM

At NYC's Barber Shop Museum, they cut hair with gold scissors

Men’s grooming is a changing art, and one that like so many others used to be more glamorous — and a bit more dangerous. Arthur Rubinoff had the trade handed down to him. The men in his family have been cutting hair and giving straight-razor shaves since his great grandfather, who...

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 10:35 AM

You can join Bill Murray on a Poetry Walk of Brooklyn Bridge

“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” is a pretty enough turn of phrase, but Poets House takes the metaphor literally each year. Its annual Poetry Walk, taking place June 11 at 6 p.m., combines poetry readings and a ceremonial crossing of the Brooklyn Bridge. The event even...

Friday, June 8, 2018, 9:04 PM

All the movies playing outdoors in New York, June 7-13

Summer means watching movies outdoors on lawns, rooftops and patios all over the five boroughs, and we’re bringing you a weekly guide to outdoor movies in New York City. Screenings are free unless stated otherwise. Showtime is at dusk (around 8 p.m.) unless stated otherwise. Note that...

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 3:37 PM

Would you see an opera in a bar or Brooklyn's catacombs?

From a historic basilica to hip new bars and even Brooklyn’s catacombs, this year’s New York Opera Fest is taking the lofty art form into some distinctly non-traditional settings. “We are experiencing and driving a rebirth of what opera can be,” says Peter Szep, festival...

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:47 PM

Azealia Banks will headline a free 12-day arts festival in NYC

In 2019, New York City will have a glittering new hub for young artists from dancers to musicians to painters and beyond to hone their craft called The Shed. We won’t have to wait that long to see what will come out of its studios though. To introduce itself to the city, The Shed will host a...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 5:34 PM

Spring Arts Guide: Best concerts and music festivals in NYC

If you don’t already have your ticket for Moby’s Rough Trade shows or Texas-Thai psyche trio Khruangbin’s two-night stint at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, tough. They are way sold out. Time to stop hibernating and plan your spring gig guide, starting with our roundup of the 10...

Monday, March 5, 2018, 4:07 PM

Brooklyn Museum's David Bowie exhibit 'overwhelmed' the star

When the massive David Bowie Is retrospective art show opened in London in 2013, he was still alive and would release two more albums, “The Next Day and “Blackstar,” the latter dropping days before his death in Manhattan in January 2016. When the exhibit, curated by London’...

Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:27 PM

This is how the Brooklyn Ballet does The Nutcracker

George Balanchine staged his first iconic performance of The Nutcracker in New York City back in 1954. His choreography rightly became the gold standard, but the city has changed since then. Enter the Brooklyn Ballet, which has reinterpreted the holiday story to reflect its home into The Brooklyn...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:46 PM

Why the message of ‘Hold These Truths’ resonates today

Now more than ever. That’s how Brookline-born theater director Benny Sato Ambush feels about retelling the story of Gordon Hirabayashi in the Lyric Stage’s production of Jeanne Sakata’s play, “Hold These Truths.” Hirabayashi, an American born of Japanese immigrants,...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 12:51 PM

This is what Native American art looks like in the 21st century

When you think of Native American art, one element that probably doesn’t come to mind is electricity. That’s the link between the nine installations that make up Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound, a new group show by 10 artists that will expand your ideas about Native American...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 8:16 PM

The best places to watch the Head of the Charles Regatta for free

Each fall, the Head of the Charles Regatta puts more than 10,000 rowers on the Charles River, and an estimated 40,000 spectators on its banks. This free, two-day event brings the best rowers from across the globe to Boston, including many Olympic medalists. Participants race the picturesque three-...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 2:06 PM

Fall in love with fall on a day cruise

Cooler weather has blown in right on schedule, and with it the particular delights of fall. Make the most of the season’s golden sunshine with leaf peeping, hiking, Oktoberfest, mooncakes and sightseeing day cruises. Alas, New York Water Taxi isn’t running its usual trips to Tarrytown...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 3:55 PM

Travel to Iceland without the plane ticket at a four-day NYC festival

Iceland’s dramatic landscapes and hot springs surrounded by icy tundra have made it the destination of choice for outdoorsy types in recent years. But if hopping on a plane is not on your schedule, don’t worry — the first-ever Taste of Iceland is bringing the adventure to you....

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2:28 PM

BSO's Andris Nelsons on why conducting is a 'mystical profession'

It’s the final week of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s annual summer engagement in the Berkshires, where conductor and music director Andris Nelsons leads the lauded troupe through the final two concerts of the 2017 summer season at Tanglewood. Then, finally, he can take a vacation...

Monday, September 18, 2017, 11:59 AM

Concord Museum celebrates 200 years of Henry David Thoreau

Capping off a yearlong celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday, the Concord Museum debuts its new exhibit, “The Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal,” this fall. A combination of the world’s two largest collections featuring Thoreau artifacts and manuscripts,...

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 1:27 PM