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Recent articles by James:

Live music is now on the menu around Greater Boston

As more people grow comfortable gathering again, some are finding they don’t need to venture all the way into the big city to enjoy live music. → Read More

In ‘The Bomb-itty of Errors,’ a Shakespeare remix is a rappers’ delight

In this hip-hop adaptation of "The Comedy of Errors" at Actors' Shakespeare Project, the four cast members play multiple roles, inciting a fast-paced riot of entrances and exits, costume changes, busted moves, and plot twists. → Read More

Maybe we’re amazed that Paul McCartney is about to turn 80, but this age group of classic rockers is growing

McCartney is not alone among the ever-expanding group of artists entering their ninth decades — a club that includes Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, Ringo Starr, Tom Jones, Willie Nelson, and many others who are still active. → Read More

Hip-hop historian and ‘Dilla Time’ author Dan Charnas comes to CitySpace

The BU grad's best-selling biography traces the influence of producer J Dilla from his early work with A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and Erykah Badu to his premature death in 2006, and beyond. → Read More

Two Boston Calling artists connect over careers, guitars, and the view from the festival stage

Ali McGuirk and Celisse met recently for the first time over Zoom and found out they had plenty in common. → Read More

Brookline native Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed pays tribute to Merle Haggard on soulful ‘Down Every Road’

Reed kicks off his album tour at Boston’s City Winery. → Read More

Nicolas Cage superstar

His new movie, ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,’ is the latest chapter in an exceedingly odd career. → Read More

Could this be a paranormal link to the Beatles? Check today’s date, then decide.

Five years before anyone even heard of the Fab Four, some mysterious recordings were made in Vermont with titles like “Please Please Me,” “In My Life,” and “All You Need Is Love.” Or at least that’s the story. → Read More

No slap-shtick from Chris Rock, just jokes

Long before his altercation at the Oscars, Rock had written an hour or so of new material for his latest stand-up act. At the Wilbur, he was determined to plow ahead with it. → Read More

At the Wilbur, Chris Rock says, ‘I’m still processing what happened’ at the Oscars

Comedian Chris Rock took the stage at the Wilbur Theater on Wednesday for the first of six shows in Boston. Rock said he's still processing his altercation with Will Smith at the Academy Awards Sunday. → Read More

The fears of Black fathers for their sons, told in words, music, and movement

"The Just and the Blind," a multimedia work from spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and musician Daniel Bernard Roumain, comes to the Emerson Paramount Center for two shows this weekend. → Read More

At the Colonial, the inspired improv of ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’

A joyful blend of comedy and hip-hop, the show continues at the Emerson Colonial Theatre through April 2. → Read More

A reshaping of the city’s live-music scene is happening right before our eyes (and ears)

The departure of several small venues, most forced to close because of the pandemic, and the arrival of big new rooms, including Roadrunner, have altered the landscape. → Read More

The songs these 11 Bostonians play to chase the winter blahs

We asked some notable locals which artists they listen to when the season drags on too long. Their answers ranged from Eminem to Erik Satie. → Read More

An Aretha Franklin tribute reconnects Valerie Simpson with a legend who was also a friend

Simpson, an R&B hitmaker in her own right, is among the singers who'll perform in Friday night's tribute concert at the Berklee Performance Center. → Read More

Before she left Boston, Donna Summer found her voice

With “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” on its way to its namesake's hometown, family members, teachers, and bandmates recall a singer whose talent was apparent from the start. → Read More

A dazzling spectacle of orchids will mesmerize at Tower Hill

Running Feb. 12 through March 20, “Prismatic, An Orchid Exhibition” combines living sculptures and green walls with rainbow-colored art installations at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston. → Read More

With love, Alyssa Limperis spoofs her mom, remembers her dad

The Seekonk actress and comedian known for her viral "Mom Videos" returns to Boston for "No Bad Days," a show about the death of her father. → Read More

Getting into character with a new history of Method acting

Acting’s stark split from external expression toward the new soul-searching process is the subject of Isaac Butler’s thoroughly engrossing “The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act.” Butler, the co-author (with Dan Kois) of “The World Only Spins Forward,” an oral history of “Angels in America,” handles his material deftly, like a biographer. → Read More

How ‘Pretty Woman’ became a head-turner

The hit film helmed by Garry Marshall has morphed into a stage musical that's now on its way to the Opera House. → Read More