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  He helped popularize musical terms like “Punk Rock” and “Heavy Metal.” He’s been called “America’s greatest rock critic” and was fired from Rolling Stone Magazine for being “too mean” to the bands. Contrarian and cantankerous: Do you know Lester Bangs? For some, the most well-known cultural touchstone for Bangs is the largely adored Cameron Crowe film “Almost Famous” where Bangs was as portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. For others, it’s Bangs’ revered and widely…

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  The title of the one-man-show about Lester Bangs– How To Be A Rock Critic –is taken from a snarky self-deprecating piece the infamous music critic wrote for a Buffalo publication called Shakin’ Street Gazette in 1974. But on the heels of the production arriving in Boston this week, we were delighted to find out that this piece originally appeared in Boston alternative newspaper The Real Paper in 1973, albeit under a different title. Former Boston Phoenix…

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  Erik Jensen might be new to the ArtsEmerson stage, but this wont be the first time our audiences have seen him in action. The star of How to Be A Rock Critic is an in-demand actor who has appeared in many major television network and blockbuster hits. Check out which of your favorite programs and films you might’ve seen him in; we guarantee it’ll be a true “oh yeah” moment. How many of these shows on your…

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This Friday and Saturday, members of Proyecto Carrito will be joining ArtsEmerson at 17 Border Crossings. Students and staff involved with the organization will be present in the lobby before and after the show, sharing information about the organization as well as some of their own stories of border crossings. Proyecto Carrito began in 2010 as a weekly writing class at Emerson College, and has since evolved into a growing transnational movement, embodied by the…

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Photo by Lelund Durond Thompson Tonight, Atiya Martin, Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer will present the proclamation of “Daniel Beaty Day” to Mr. Beaty prior to tonight’s performance of Mr. Joy in Dorchester. From the proclamation: “To celebrate Daniel Beaty’s contributions to the arts and the city of Boston, through his plays (including Mr. Joy), films, books, and his I DREAM: BOSTON social justice work with youth at Boston Public Schools—specifically Snowden International High School and Boston Arts…

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