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In Memory of My Uncle Brent Renaud

As Brent’s family, we all knew the risks of his line of work. We believed in its journalistic necessity just as he did. In making visible the unfortunately oft-overlooked suffering at the heart of crises, Brent threatened the control of those in power — and paid the ultimate sacrifice for it. This was his life’s work. He made an outsize difference in the world up until the very end.

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Arts Vanity: Musings of a Nutcracker Deprived Ballerina

We were part of bringing magic and holiday spirit to the community — through the art that we all loved so much, no less.

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‘Birds of Paradise’ Review: Another Dance Film Disappoints

Films about ballet can bring the traditional, exclusive, inaccessible art form to a wider audience, but they must take more care not to perpetuate harmful ideas of power, sex, and politics in the industry.

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‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’ Review: Rooney’s Third Novel Delivers a Timely Message About Hope

Critically acclaimed author Sally Rooney's latest novel "Beautiful World, Where Are You" follows four friends as they navigate through Rooney-esque issues of maturity in the modern world.

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‘The Stone Loves the World’ Review: Hall Proves the Power of Family

"The Stone Loves the World" is a charming, expansive, meandering novel that explores love and humanity through the binary of arts and sciences.


What the Hell Happened: The Family Drama Behind Timothée Chalamet’s Super Bowl Commercial

At the Super Bowl, a Cadillac commercial based on “Edward Scissorhands,” starring Timothée Chalamet, alongside original cast member Winona Ryder, stirred up some family drama.


Pas de Deux: Sexism and the Gender Binary in Ballet

Ballet, as an art form tied to tradition, can be a deeply sexist and exclusive place. But women are slowly but surely breaking through the glass ceiling and proving their capabilities.


Boston Ballet Kicks off a Digital Season with “Forsythe Elements”

This first installment of “BB@yourhome” provides a deep dive into Forsythe’s works, with excerpts from a wide range of pieces including “Playlist (EP),” “Pas/Parts 2018,” “The Second Detail,” “Artifact 2017,” “Blake Works I,” and “In the Middle Somewhat Elevated.”


Ballet’s #MeToo Movement: Power and Abuse in the Industry

When the #MeToo movement began to sweep the world, the ballet industry was rocked with overdue discoveries of abuse.


Academia’s IQ Test is Flawed: The Importance of Arts Education

Going to college is what the world expects of its youth. College is the road most traveled, the societal norm, the path of least resistance.

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Season Three of Letterman’s 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction' is as Compelling as Ever

Featuring none other than Kim Kardashian, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Chappelle, and Lizzo, this latest (and necessarily shorter) season provides intimate, meaningful portraits of celebrities while also capturing the gravitas of the present historical moment.


Ballet Body: On Body Dysmorphia and Kathryn Morgan’s Recent Video

Dancers so often hyperfocus on their bodies because they are the tools with which they create their art.


The Pandemic Has Radically Changed Dance — Maybe For the Better

As dancers’ primary purpose — to perform, to tell stories, to bring joy — has been almost entirely stripped away, we have, alongside the rest of the world, found ways to evolve.

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F*ckface Delivers on Its Eyecatching Title

“F*ckface” is an attention-grabbing title, and the twelve short stories within hold that attention.

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What to Expect From ‘Dune’ 2020

In 1965, Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune” irrevocably changed the science fiction landscape, becoming a cornerstone of the genre. Over 50 years later, following a previous attempt by David Lynch, critically acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve seeks to do the project justice on the big screen.