Geert’s gone Wilders

Geert Wilders, self-described “freedom fighter” and hypothetical Palin-Gingrich lovechild of the Netherlands, has just declared war on Dutch art and culture, zapping the country’s cultural and performing arts with some hefty cuts that… Continue reading

St. Francis and Zach

This is a reflective time of the year, when loved ones who aren’t around anymore are especially missed. In January 1997, my cousin Zach took his life on the day after his 18th… Continue reading

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa

I caught Dweezil Zappa’s incredible show, “Zappa plays Zappa” at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston last night. Frank Zappa was a mad musical genius, a legendary guitarist, a star-brother… Continue reading

Julian Assange: Man of the Year

Its readers spoke, but Time magazine didn’t listen. Julian Assange topped Time’s Readers’ Choice poll (Mark Zuckerberg grabbed the #10 spot), but the editors chose the guy with half a billion friends instead… Continue reading

Black Swan

Are you ready to watch a ballet-thriller? When my friend Michele Baker texted me, “Should I do Black Swan or 127 Hours?” for her talk at the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s “Off the Couch”… Continue reading

Fresh Ink

Catching a smaller-scale museum exhibition is a perfect thing to do if you want to soak up a quick dose of culture and don’t want to get overwhelmed by the whole museum thing… Continue reading

big pharma’s big boner

Big pharma has a big boner for your mother. Over the past decade or so, millions of women (and some men, too) have taken bisphosphonate drugs to treat and prevent osteoporosis and osteopenia,… Continue reading

Living Art: Olivier Giugni’s flower power

Floral designer to the stars and fabulous impromptu dinner guest, Olivier Giugni, has a wonderful book out: Living Art — Style Your Home with Flowers. You can order it here. Favorite flower? The… Continue reading

Confuse-us Peace Prize

China, the land of knock-offs and largest foreign owner of U.S. debt, rolled out its answer to the Nobel Peace Prize, the Confucius Peace Prize, in a ceremony yesterday. Some guy in Taiwan… Continue reading

DADT drama

The U.S. Senate must repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), one of the most bizarre and contradictory laws in our nation’s history. Gay rights is the civil rights issue of our time. Years… Continue reading