Arts

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets'

We discuss Luc Besson's big-budget, bonkers-bananapants would-be blockbuster Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which looks unlikely to bust any blocks.

Michiko Kakutani, Chief 'Times' Book Critic, Steps Down After Nearly 4 Decades

For 38 years the Pulitzer Prize winner was one of the most influential voices in the world of books. During her tenure, she lauded — or lambasted — just about all of this generation's great writers.

'An Inconvenient Sequel' Is An Effective, Cautiously Optimistic, 'I Told You So'

In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. He's followed it up with a sequel that shows how far we've come — but with plenty of caveats.

'Brigsby Bear': Do Not Adjust Your (Mind) Set

A gawky young man (SNL's Kyle Mooney) raised in isolation re-enters the world — but can't let go of his obsession with his favorite TV show in this quirky, imaginative little film.

Love, Lust And Languor In 'From The Land Of The Moon'

Marion Cotillard stars as a woman infatuated with infatuation in this "shadowy and sensuous" tale that undercuts its power with an unearned third-act revelation.

'Atomic Blonde' Is A Blast

"It may be style over substance," says critic Scott Tobias of this spy thriller starring a butt-kicking Charlize Theron, "but wow what style!"

All Things Considered

Movie: Director Joshua Weinstein Explains The Story Behind 'Menashe'

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with director Joshua Weinstein about his film Menashe. It tells the story of a recent widower, trying to regain his bearings under the rules of Hassidic life.

All Things Considered

Filmmaker Dreams Of A Romantic Comedy Set In Rwanda

Rwanda is not exactly the kind of set you might imagine for a romantic comedy. But one filmmaker is dreaming of laughing and falling in love in a country still living in the shadow of genocide.

The Zoo Is A Terrifying Place In 'Fierce Kingdom'

Gin Phillips' new novel — which follows a young mother trying to keep her child safe during a mass shooting at a zoo — explores the way violence can be a safe abstraction for kids, or cruelly real.

Whatever The Character, June Foray's Voice Was Warmly Familiar

Foray voiced a wide variety of animated characters, and she brought the same genial humor and warmth to them all — except one.

The Modern, Mixed-Up Music Of Jazz Pianist Robert Glasper

June 10, 2016

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper remixes Miles Davis with modern hip-hop, soul and R&B. He joins us.

Week In The News: Hillary Makes History, Modi Meets Congress, Remembering 'The Greatest'

June 10, 2016

Hillary’s milestone. Obama meets Sanders. Mourning Muhammad Ali. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Huntington Theater Company Will Remain At BU Theatre

June 9, 2016

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined leaders of the Huntington Theatre Company to announce the company’s new home, which will be its old home.

Huntington Theatre Company Will Stay On Huntington Avenue

June 9, 2016
Huntington Theatre Company will not have to move from its home on the Avenue of the Arts. (Courtesy Boston University)

The Huntington Theatre Company announced Thursday that it will retain control over its longtime home, the BU Theatre.

The Hair Apparent—Stylist Adir Abergel Takes Over The Red Carpet

June 9, 2016

Abergel is the “it man” of hair, and joined us in our studio to discuss his hair philosophy and worldly inspirations.

What Price Convenience? Twin Peaks, And The Rewards Of Delayed Gratification

June 9, 2016

One evening every week, their anticipation in high gear, my parents turned off the living room lights… And I was told to leave the room.

Judy Collins Reflects On Addiction, Mental Health And Music

June 9, 2016
Singer and songwriter Judy Collins at WBUR. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Collins has long been known for voice, but she’s also been a long-time advocate on mental health issues.

It’s Good To Be A Fly On The Wall For These Remarkable ‘Dressing Room Stories’

June 9, 2016
Actor Alvin Epstein, seen in a 1997 production of "When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable)" at the American Repertory Theater. (Courtesy American Repertory Theater)

Carolyn Clay reviews “Dressing Room Stories,” a collection of Alvin Estein’s reminiscences from a life in the theater.

Chuck Klosterman Asks The Right Question: What If We’re Wrong?

June 8, 2016
Author Chuck Klosterman (Courtesy of Kris Drake)

Chuck Klosterman’s new book, “But What If We’re Wrong?” discusses what our world will look like in the future.

A Soprano Song Of Searing Passion And Heartbreaking Honesty — Remembering Phyllis Curtin

June 8, 2016
Conductor Erich Leinsdorf acknowledges soloist Phyllis Curtin onstage at Tanglewood's Koussevitzky Music Shed in 1965. (Courtesy Heinz-Weissenstein/BSO)

Lloyd Schwartz, classical music critic for NPR’s “Fresh Air,” remembers soprano Phyllis Curtin, who died at her home in the Berkshires Sunday.

Boston Ballet Moves Forward With A Sure Step

June 8, 2016
Misa Kuranaga and Irlan Silva in Karole Armitage's "Bitches Brew." (Courtesy of Gene Schiavone/Boston Ballet)

Entering its 53rd season, the Boston Ballet is focusing on its future, with two recent announcements to entice its audience: a new work for 2017-’18 by Wayne McGregor and a five-year partnership with choreographer William Forsythe.

Why The ‘Roots’ Remake Matters (And What Stays The Same)

June 7, 2016

The recent remake of “Roots” on the History Channel makes important changes, Morehouse College’s Stephane Dunn argues. But it also holds true to the original story.

Africa, America And Yaa Gyasi's 'Homegoing'

June 7, 2016

One African sister is sold as slave to America. One stays in Africa. Celebrated debut novelist Yaa Gyasi compares their descendants’ stories with us. Plus, looking at the new “Roots” miniseries.

Ballet, Flamenco, Hip Hop — Dance For World Community And Social Change

June 7, 2016

More than 100 dance and social activism organizations will descend on Harvard Square as part of Dance for World Community, an event presented by José Mateo Ballet Theatre, in an effort to enact change.

Yaa Gyasi’s Debut Novel ‘Homegoing’ Weaves A Tale Of Trauma And Resilience

June 7, 2016
Cover of Yaa Gyasi's novel "Homegoing." (Courtesy Knopf Publishing)

Epic but intimate, “Homegoing” is less a novel than a chronological collage of individual lives over three centuries and seven generations — through enslavement and freedom.

Yale University Lab Provides A Peek Into The Future Of Music

June 6, 2016
Yale student Bobby Berry talks to Yale instructor Thibault Bertrand as he works on his musical instrument project, a rotating glass harp. (Ryan Caron King/WNPR)

If you could transport yourself to the 23rd century, what would the instruments look like?

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