Author Archives: SUSANNA JACKSON

About SUSANNA JACKSON

Susanna is the A&E Editor. She is very photogenic.
Film 

AMERICA’S NEWEST PSYCHO: JAKE GYLLENHAAL CREEPS IN ‘NIGHTCRAWLER’

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Having shed over 20 pounds and all traces of likability, sporting oily hair and sunken eyes, Jake Gyllenhaal is the cold and calculated—and often richly and darkly comedic—Lou “you-can-call-me-Louis” Bloom. Continue reading

Arts News 

BORN TO RUN: GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES CHIME IN ON ARTS MATTER DAY

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Back in July, at the Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity in Worcester, Martha Coakley talked herself in circles and Charlie Baker was a no show. With Election Day edging closer, Coakley (D) and Baker (R) have firmed up their respective stances on the arts. Continue reading

Arts 

ALL ABOUT DAPHNA: BOSTON CONSERVATORY ALUMNA TALKS HER LATEST ROLE IN “BAD JEWS”

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Daphna Feygenbaum is devout, passionate, driven, and manipulative. And Alison McCartan, who has stepped into Daphna’s shoes for SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of Joshua Harmon’s play “Bad Jews,” is three of these things—unless she is manipulative, and then maybe I’ve been duped. Continue reading

Arts 

TTYL: PERFORMANCE ART, UNCOMMONLY COMMON OBJECTS, AND AN IPHONE APP AIM TO GET VIEWERS TALKING AT THE MFA

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For those of us — myself included — who can’t seem to remember our Apple password when the occasion demands, the other six pieces are every bit as buzz-worthy as the tech-stallation … if not more so (sorry, Miranda). Continue reading

Arts 

WOODS + COUNTRY: TWO DYNAMITE EXHIBITIONS OPEN AT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

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Before we get to the meat and potatoes of Peabody Essex Museum’s two new exhibitions, let us declare that a trip on the commuter rail to Salem can take less time than getting from the depths of Somerville to Jamaica Plain, or from Dorchester to parts of Cambridge. Continue reading

Arts Film 

BLACK RADICAL IMAGINATION: EMERGING ARTISTS TELL NEW STORIES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

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“The linear structure has always kind of been a deterrent for people of color to express their stories. It’s a structure that’s been indoctrinated by the entertainment industry. Part of making this program was to oppose that, and the stereotypes we’re constantly boxed in, and the lack of ownership we have of over our identities on screen.” Continue reading

Music 

AS USUAL, NOT EVERYONE LOVES THE BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS

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A match has been held to the fuse of the powder keg that is the Boston Music Awards. With the fire starting to crackle, allow us to fan the flames … Continue reading

Food and Drinks Shop 

BOY’S WICKED SMAHT: THE BRAIN BEHIND YOUR BAR TRIVIA QUESTIONS WROTE A BOOK

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Who just compiled his 619th trivia game, has a database of 20,000-plus questions, and brought bar trivia as you know it to the Hub? Answer: Michael O’Neill. Continue reading

Arts 

THE STRANGER: MEET THE WORD NERD BEHIND JAMAICA PLAIN’S NEWEST BOOKSTORE

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If there is one thing you’ll learn about Kate Layte upon first meeting her—aside from the fact that she has an uncanny ability to cite an appropriate literary reference for any conversation—it’s her passionate interest in supporting the community. Continue reading