A Portable Block Party: Funky Dawgz Brass Band at the Middle East

By Shem Tane On April 19, I saw Funky Dawgz Brass Band  at the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub in Cambridge, Mass. I ended up at this specific show through multiple recommendations from friends who couldn’t stop talking about the raw energy that the band blasts out of its trumpets, trombones, saxophones and tubas. My […]


Ezra Furman at Great Scott, Allson. Photograph by Shem Tane.


COLD AND ALIVE: EZRA FURMAN AT GREAT SCOTT

by Shem Tane ALLSTON, MA — On the evening of March 5, sandwiched between two nor’easters, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to watch the band, Ezra Furman, led by its namesake, a Boston native turned nomad, perform at the Great Scott down in Allston. In an ever-shifting political climate and divisive political scene, […]


Scott Ballantine and Rebecca Krouner during rehearsal for “As One” (Photography by Megan Bisceglia).


THEATER PREVIEW: BOSTON OPERA COLLABORATIVE PRESENTS “AS ONE” AT PICKMAN HALL

The two male vocalists sitting at our conference table are young, intense, and talented. They are bursting with information about what it’s like to represent with their resonant baritones the existential struggles of a young man, a boy really, transitioning to a mature woman.


Honk Fest 2017


Honk Fest 2017

Shem Tane   CAMBRIDGE, MA — This past weekend the city of Cambridge celebrated its 11th year of HonkFest, which is a three day festival of brass bands from around the U.S. performing in both Davis and Harvard Squares. The core of the festival is to bring the community together through music. As I witnessed […]



A BLAST FROM THE PAST — THE LEMON TWIGS AT THE SINCLAIR

By Shem Tane CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — The Lemon Twigs is a rock band from Long Island, New York. They have already performed on Conan, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and many more television programs. The band’s sound seems as if it has been marinating in a time capsule basking in the sun outside the […]


Mamma Mia at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Mamma Mia at the Ogunquit Playhouse


Mamma Mia at the Ogunquit Playhouse

For those of us that have loved and lost and reflect back nostalgically on the possibilities of what could have been, Mamma Mia has a special relevance. The rest of us can just sit back and revel in the color and exuberance of musical pop puffery.
Mamma Mia is the ideal beach musical, a fact well played by the Ogunquit Playhouse in the kick-off of their 85th season, which opened on May 19th and continues through the first of July. Though the setting is a remote Greek Isle on the Aegean coast, the steamy swim suited cast could easily be imagined on the scenic sands of Ogunquit beach.


In the Count’s garage where he keeps the cars in tip-top shape, Figaro (Evan Hughes, r.) helps Susanna (Emily Birsan) imagine their upcoming nuptials in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of “The Marriage of Figaro.” Photoraph by T. Charles Erickson.

In the Count’s garage where he keeps the cars in tip-top shape, Figaro (Evan Hughes, r.) helps Susanna (Emily Birsan) imagine their upcoming nuptials in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of “The Marriage of Figaro.” Photograph by T. Charles Erickson.


Boston Lyric Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro at John Hancock Hall

In Boston’s venerable John Hancock Hall, a few steps down Berkeley Street and just off Copley Square, our own Boston Lyric Opera roars into town with an enduring classic, a smoking hot bedroom comedy that offended one emperor, Joseph 2nd of the Hapsburg Empire, and King Louis XVI. Threats of censorship loomed, then dissipated.


Tom Rakewell (Ben Bliss) falls captive to Mother Goose’s ladies (Photography by T Charles Erickson © T Charles Erickson Photography).

Tom Rakewell (Ben Bliss) falls captive to Mother Goose’s ladies (Photography by T Charles Erickson © T Charles Erickson Photography).


Boston Lyric Opera presents The Rake’s Progress

A new production by director Allegra Libonati illuminates the Cutler Majestic’s historic stage and house with a tale at once simple and profound.


Fixed/Fluxed

Fixed/Fluxed Installation by Thu Kim Vu


Far from Foolish: Family Fun at the Festival of Fools

By Meghan Richter Image: “Festival Host BCA’s Current Exhibition: Thu Kim Vu’s Fixed/Fluxed” Driving through the green mountains of Vermont is always a treat, especially in the summer when the city of Burlington is vibrant with engaging activity. This past weekend’s temperatures were about 75 degrees on average, sunny and breezy — the perfect escape […]


Connecticut DIY

Photos from Meghan Richter's weekend in Connecticut.


Connecticut DIY Scene

Making Waves in New London & Hartford By Meghan Richter When I pulled into the parking lot at Sailfest 2016 last weekend, the town fair energy gave me a sense of the atmosphere of New London. The downtown area only spanned a few blocks, and the ocean breeze drifted loftily through the sweltering heat. Just […]