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Gael García Bernal plays journalist Maziar Bahari, who worked during the 2009 Iranian presidential election riots, in "Rosewater," released Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF OPEN ROAD FILMS

INTERVIEW: Journalist Maziar Bahari tells ‘universal truth’ of experience in Iranian prison in ‘Rosewater’

Sporting a light grey pullover and a sensible pair of square-framed glasses, Maziar Bahari looks a lot like a dad. And while Bahari is a father, he is perhaps better known as the Iranian-born journalist imprisoned by the Iranian government due to his coverage of the uprisings following the country’s 2009 presidential elections. His time in prison is chronicled in […]

By Hannah Landers· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Amanda Palmer took the stage at the Royale nightclub Tuesday for the Boston leg of the tour promoting her new book, "The Art of Asking," also released Tuesday. PHOTO BY CONNER REED/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: Amanda Palmer’s “Art of Asking” tour kicks off in dizzying emotional fashion at Royale Tuesday

Much has been made in recent years of Amanda Palmer’s crowdfunding habits. In the early 2000s, the controversial singer-songwriter kicked off her music career as one half of the Boston-based “cabaret-punk” duo The Dresden Dolls. In 2008, she released her first solo record, titled “Who Killed Amanda Palmer,” while still signed to Dresden Dolls’ label Roadrunner Records. Dissatisfied with her […]

By Conner Reed· · 1 comment · Features, Muse, The Muse
Progressive rock band Pink Floyd released its last album, "The Endless River," on Nov. 10. PHOTO COURTESY OF ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM

REVIEW: ‘The Endless River’ is fittingly ‘Floydian’ goodbye to progressive rock legend Pink Floyd

On Oct. 10, Pink Floyd released “The Endless River,” its first new album in 20 years. Something about the cover of “The Endless River,” depicting a man sailing on a sea of clouds toward the sun, is distinctly Floydian. The seemingly mundane mixed with the impossible puts their 1987 album “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” in mind, as well as […]

By Fred Schillinger· · 1 comment · Features, Muse, The Muse
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne in "Dumb and Dumber To," released Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL

REVIEW: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ proves ‘to’ offensive this time around

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back as the bowl-cut brunette and shaggy blonde characters of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne in the Farrelly brothers’ “Dumb and Dumber To,” released Friday. But stepping back into their best friend roles proved difficult. Picking up 20 years after Harry (Daniels) and Lloyd’s (Carrey) last adventure, the movie opens with Harry paying Lloyd […]

By Prim Chuwiruch· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Boston-based chef Jamie Bissonnette, seen here preparing pork ribs, praises the inclusiveness of the Boston culinary scene, as showcased on the current season of TV show "Top Chef." PHOTO COURTESY OF BREVILLE USA

‘Top Chef: Boston’ showcases unique tastes, talents of city

In its 12th season, cable network TV show “Top Chef” has finally made its way to Boston. After featuring dominant culinary players like New York and Chicago, as well as more eccentric picks like Las Vegas and New Orleans, Beantown is finally taking center stage. The season, which started on Oct. 15, so far has been replete with Boston history, […]

By Michelle Marino· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Sa Pa's pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of scallions, bean sprouts, cilantro, carrots, Thai basil and braised beef or marinated tofu. PHOTO COURTESY OF JACLYN VAZQUEZ

REVIEW: Fresh aesthetics, classic flavors collide at Vietnamese restaurant Sa Pa

It’s tough to say how much Cleveland Circle owes its happening hubbub to people falling asleep on the C branch of the Green Line. At least, that was the case before Ky Nguyen gave people another reason in May. Now, having just unveiled its tuned-up Vietnamese-fusion-concept menu, Nguyen’s Sa Pa in Brighton wants to — and does — provide patrons […]

By Joe Incollingo· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
The exhibit displays a mix of photographs, paintings, artifacts and multimedia for historical context. PHOTO BY JACQUI BUSICK/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: New exhibit at BU Art Gallery showcases Boston history with women’s art

Caroline Riley, a Ph.D. candidate of history of art and architecture at Boston University, has taken her curatorial opportunity provided by the Jan and Warren Adelson Fellowship in American Art to create the BU Art Gallery’s latest installation, “Craft & Modernity: Professional Women Artists in Boston (1890-1920).” This wonderfully insightful exhibition consists of 147 pieces of various mediums crafted by […]

By Alix Jansma· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
A mask by the Dayak peoples of Borneo is one of the pieces in "Arts of the Pacific," a recent installation at the Museum of Fine Arts. PHOTO BY MICHAEL ENWRIGHT/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: Artistic traditions of the Pacific Islands come to MFA in new gallery

Unfortunately, art museums remain an agonizing experience for many. Those who have been on a middle school field trip to a museum may remember long hours on their feet, cavernous rooms and excessively vigilant security guards. But a trip to the museum can often prove both rewarding and enjoyable, especially when a particularly noteworthy exhibition or gallery opens. It just […]

By Michael Enwright· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
The cast of Urinetown performs during BU On Broadway’s technical rehearsal. PHOTO BY BETSEY GOLDWASSER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: BU On Broadway crafts thought-provoking musical parody with ‘Urinetown’

Urinating on something is an age-old method of showing insult. In a similar — and more playful — way, “Urinetown: The Musical” mocks and tears apart the traditional model of musical theater by paying sarcastic and overdramatic homage to it. Boston University On Broadway’s production of playwright Greg Kotis and lyricist Mark Hollmann’s “Urinetown,” which ran at Tsai Performance Center […]

By Anna Novikova· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne play Jane and Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," released Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF FOCUS FEATURES

REVIEW: Lessons on love, not science in Stephen Hawking biopic ‘The Theory of Everything’

James Marsh’s “The Theory of Everything” is a journey through time. It’s not surprising, considering the movie is about Stephen Hawking, a brilliant physicist, cosmologist and science communicator who has occasionally toyed with the idea of time travel. Hawking’s life has spurred a dozen documentaries and films, of which “The Theory of Everything,” released Friday, is the latest, starring Eddie […]

By Claire Giangrave· · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse