Lily James and Bella Heathcote star in the new comedy horror film “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which is based on Jane Austen’s classic novel and opens Friday. PHOTO COURTESY SONY PICTURES

INTERVIEW: “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” breathes new life into classic characters

First published in 1813, Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” tells the romantic and empowering story of Elizabeth Bennet, an intelligent woman living with her parents and four sisters. In 2009, author Seth Grahame-Smith put a new spin on the classic by adding in the undead and writing The New York Times Best Seller, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Five years […]

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Painter and printmaker Walton Ford spoke about his haunting depictions of animals in Sleeper Auditorium Monday evening. PHOTO COURTESY LA PETITE CLAUDINE/FLICKR

Wild animals, human culture merge through Walton Ford’s artwork

When Walton Ford saw the 1933 film “King Kong,” he was entranced by the portrayal of this animal caught in the world of humans and how the movie showed the “cultural fear of all things wild.” Later, he painted five movie screen-sized portraits of King Kong experiencing the Kübler-Ross model’s five stages of grief. Most of Ford’s large-scale, watercolor paintings […]

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Boston-based photographer Erica Frisk’s trip to Guatemala served as inspiration for her exhibit “To My Mother Who Used to Tell Me Stories,” on display at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge now through Apr. 1. PHOTO COURTESY ERICA FRISK

INTERVIEW: Erica Frisk highlights Guatemalan women through photography

Though photography is sometimes viewed as a commercial medium, the task — or rather, art — of taking a picture can be used as a tool for storytelling. One such artist, Boston-based photographer Erica Frisk, does exactly that through her images of female weavers from Santiago Zamora, a rural town outside of Antigua, Guatemala. Her exhibition, entitled “To My Mother […]

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Boston-based rock-pop trio halfsour released the group's fourth digital album,“Tuesday Night Live,” Friday. PHOTO COURTESY HALFSOUR

REVIEW: Halfsour’s “Tuesday Night Live” is completely sweet

Ian Gustafson, Matthew Mara and Zoë Wyner make up the trio halfsour, a Boston-based band that just released its fourth digital album, entitled “Tuesday Night Live,” Friday. Though the band’s members have certainly made their appearance on the music scene via past releases, their sound as well as their career in the industry itself is fairly new. On its Bandcamp […]

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Western Massachusetts-based electronic-pop trio Wet released its debut full-length album, “Don’t You,” Friday. PHOTO COURTESY MILAN ZRNIC

REVIEW: Wet takes listeners on emotional journey with “Don’t You”

Any artist can tell you that a good piece of work takes advantage of both its positive and negative space. Wet’s lead singer, Kelly Zutrau, has done this with the group’s debut album, “Don’t You,” as she takes us through a journey of love, loss and reflection. The inspiration of ‘90s rhythm and blues and lush-pop in Wet’s music is […]

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Attendees enjoy local treats at the 8th Annual Chocolate Festival on Brattle Plaza in Harvard Square Saturday afternoon. PHOTO BY JOHNNY LIU/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Free chocolate in Harvard Square sweetens the weekend

The Harvard Square Business Association went all out in chocolate and free samples, setting the stage for a charming pre-Valentine’s Day celebration. For three days, Harvard Square restaurants took part in the 8th Annual Chocolate Festival, dedicating the weekend to chocolate, featuring chocolate appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, cordials and nightcaps. The main event of the celebration, however, was the free […]

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Australian singer-songwriter Sia released her seventh album, "This is Acting," Friday. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

REVIEW: Sia’s determination prevails in “This is Acting”

To say that Sia has undergone a lot of musical changes in her career would be an understatement. Before hits like “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart,” Sia was mostly overlooked, doing vocals for a few different bands and releasing a couple of small hits. The explanation behind Sia’s latest album, “This Is Acting,” is that the majority of the songs were […]

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Ray Sybert played by Casey Affleck and the crew of the SS Pendleton struggle to keep their ship from sinking in Disney's "The Finest Hours," the heroic action-thriller based on the extraordinary true story of the most daring rescue in the history of the Coast Guard. PHOTO COURTESY WALT DISNEY PICTURES

INTERVIEW: Casey Affleck and Chris Pine on making heroic splash in “The Finest Hours”

A typical rescue mission film consists of a few key elements: a damsel in distress, the valiant rescuer, a beautifully scraggly crew of supporting characters and, often times, a dash of truth. Craig Gillespie’s “The Finest Hours” follows this formula, all while turning it on its head. The distressed figure appears in the form of Casey Affleck’s Ray Sybert, an […]

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“The Finest Hours” tells the true story of the Coast Guard's attempt to rescue the crew of the destroyed SS Pendleton, which was stranded off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. PHOTO COURTESY WALT DISNEY PICTURES

REVIEW: “The Finest Hours” barely stays afloat in sea of mediocrity

The problem with disaster movies nowadays is that they attempt to turn a major cataclysm of some sort into a character-driven story, which can, of course, either work toward the movie’s benefit (“Titanic”) or just make the movie much more annoying (“2012,” “San Andreas,” “The War of the Worlds”). Disney’s “The Finest Hours” seems like it had that all covered. […]

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Jason Ross, an up-and-coming electronic music artist, was recently signed by Anjunabeats, the record label-owned by trance group Above & Beyond. PHOTO COURTESY KAITLIN PARRY

Anjunabeats rising star Jason Ross makes Boston homecoming

Back in 2005, progressive trance group Above & Beyond founded its record label Anjunabeats. Fast forward to this week, the record label is now crossing the nation on a two month-long tour. Bostonians took part in the Anjuna experience Thursday, when the tour made its stop at the House of Blues. “Our Biggest Ever North American Tour” began its journey […]

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