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This war has bellowed throughout history with mythical proportions. A story of forbidden love, unbridled tragedy, and one very large horse, the Trojan War contains so many legends and myths we know today from Greek history. The ten year battle has been the subject of numerous stories, adaptations, and references, from Homer’s The Iliad to the 2004 film Troy, and even the band Atlas Genius’ 2013 single Trojans. It’s clear that the story of Troy…

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The Magic Flute is a title that many recognize, or at least have heard in reference to operatic history, Mozart’s compositions, or even seen it on a marquee as they passed by the theatre. There also often is a certain connotation of inaccessibility attached to classic works, and in opera especially. However, Isango Ensemble’s The Magic Flute opens up a dialogue about language, access, and storytelling beyond words. “It was very important, I felt, that…

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I am of an age that the name Robert Mapplethorpe sets off a visceral reaction in me. I was coming of age as an artist, an activist, a husband, and a father in San Francisco in 1989 when Mapplethorpe’s The Perfect Moment tour erupted into a controversy so heated it threatened the very existence of the National Endowment for the Arts. I was not aware at the time of Boston’s place in that story. Not…

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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) is a monumental performance, celebrating the creative forces of Bryce Dessner, korde arrington tuttle, Patti Smith, Essex Hemphill, and Roomful of Teeth — just to name a few of the incredible collaborators involved. Rather than a traditionally structured retrospective of Robert Mapplethorpe’s iconic photography, Triptych is able to raise up important questions of race, queerness, and artistic license while honoring Mapplethorpe’s earth-shattering approach to the art form. In a…

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On November 6th, the stunning reimagining of Mozart’s famed opera, The Magic Flute, arrives on the shoulders of virtuosic South African troupe, Isango Ensemble. The Magic Flute has been transposed into languages cinematic, musical, and novel, and as we turn back the clock, it’s our pleasure to revisit Mozart’s final opera composition in all of its lush transformations and fairy-tale mastery.  The Magic Flute film, helmed by the great Swedish director Ingar Bergman, uses its…

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