Author Archives: SUSANNA JACKSON

About SUSANNA JACKSON

Susanna is the A&E Editor. She is still trying to figure out what the "A" & "E" stand for.
Film 

MOCKINGJAY, OR THE TEENAGER’S GUIDE TO PROPAGANDA AND REVOLUTION

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Mockingjay labors at dividing its time between romance and revolution, missing an opportunity, in its modernity, to provide interesting commentary on how, paired with art and iconography, technology can be weaponized for either side of a battle. Continue reading

Arts 

ACCESS THE ARTS: ENJOY ALL THE SCENE HAS TO OFFER

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If you’re a student who blew through your semester’s savings by the end of September, someone who hands over each paycheck directly to their landlord, or someone busy working to find work, sneezing next to one of greater Boston’s many arts institutions can feel like an overdraft threat to your bank account. That should’t be the case, and in many instances, it’s not. Continue reading

Arts 

A GUY NAMED JASON WALKS INTO A BAR…

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“When I first walked into the backroom at the Burren, it was absolutely perfect. I literally sat at the bar there, had a pint of Guinness, and cracked open this book of plays from Fishamble Theatre in Dublin. I started reading ‘The Buddhist of Castleknock’ and I’m like, ‘Boom. I’m gonna direct this play here.’” Continue reading

Arts Music 

DARE TO BE SQUARE: CAMBERVILLE HAS A NEW SQUARE DANCE NIGHT AND YOU SHOULD GO

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“I believe that this is something that’s really going to take off and become another staple in the community, just like Bluegrass night at the Cantab.” Continue reading

Arts 

REVIEW: “AWAKE AND SING!” IMPRESSES IN ITS CLASSIC FORM

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The audience is drawn into “Awake and Sing!” because of the play’s ability to be grounded in this specific tale, this particular dysfunction, this pre-World War II home, and also resonate with a contemporary audience. It’s an effortless duality. Continue reading

News 

JONATHAN CHEEVER IS A PROFESSIONAL SNOWBOARDER WITH A BACK-UP PLAN (AND ABS THAT RESEMBLE A MOGUL FIELD)

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For Saugus-born snowboarder Jonathan Cheever, there is no off-season. And while that sounds a lot like a Gatorade tagline, Cheever’s balancing act of professional snowboardcross competition and plunging pipes as a plumber—the former a career driven by passion, pragmatism, and a set of Olympian abs that would make even Hugh Jackman blush—is a necessary lifestyle, not a marketing campaign. Continue reading

Music 

LISTEN HERE: ANNGELLE WOOD’S 50-SONG COMPILATION BENEFITS PLANNED PARENTHOOD

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We are going to skip the 50-song track list inspired “size matters” joke, and instead go the sincere route and thank Keep Safe Boston for merging the arts with activism. Continue reading

Music 

BENT KNEE DELIVERS DYNAMIC ‘SHINY EYED BABIES’

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Whatever genres and prefixes you pair up to label Bent Knee’s music will hint at its uniqueness, but fall short of encapsulating the dynamic sound the ensemble has conjured up for Shiny Eyed Babies. Continue reading

Arts Music 

RAMBLIN’ MANS: MUSICIANS SHARE THEIR SNAPSHOTS OF LIFE ON THE ROAD

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On his first solo album, folk singer Joe Fletcher may have offered the warning, You’ve Got The Wrong Man, but for the purposes of Nave Annex Gallery’s upcoming art show, he seems just the artist for the job. Continue reading

Music 

REVIEW: A FRANTIC, FUN DEBUT FROM CHARLIE

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As much as vocalist/bassist Dan Hockstein snarls, “Don’t look at me / Don’t look at me” on the tightly-wound “Hard Carpet,” we don’t plan on turning away anytime soon. Continue reading

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