Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 1988

Arts

1988 Best Art Gallery, City

Diacono chooses quality over quantity. Exhibitions at his Fenway gallery rarely include more than a few works, but they are always good works, like those of Italian neoexpressionists Francesco Clemente...

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1988 Best Art Gallery, Suburban

Since the gallery opened, 12 years ago, in Jane Shapiro’s home, it has shown dramatic oil paintings, watercolors, and prints by notable black artists, among them Bryan McFarlane, Robert Freeman,...

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Arts

1988 Best Museum, Show

If you missed it, you missed a rare chance to see the master’s movement from idea to art, as well as, of course, Picasso’s undying appreciation of the female form—or,...

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Arts

1988 Best Architecture

Why is everyone raving about this elegant hotel / office building / condo / wharf? Because it fits. It is the gateway to the Emerald City...

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Arts

1988 Best Art Gallery, Lobby

Consisting of six copies of the Congressional Record on top of six toilets, Timpson’s work caused instant apoplexy in some official quarters, and we’re in favor of apoplexy in...

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Arts

1988 Best Museum, Comeback

It took four years and $11.5 million, but the Evans Wing is back and packed with 700 fine European and American paintings, including works of such masters as Renoir, Monet,...

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Bars

1988 Best Irish Pub

Sure, its shingled walls are tacky. But you won’t find a better pint of Guinness or better pick-up acoustic Irish music anywhere in the city...

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Entertainment

1988 Best Club

Other clubs wow ’em with ambiance: plastic tropics or Beyond Thunderdome desolation. Nightstage relies on the real thing: music. With acts including Wynton Marsalis, Varl Perkins, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and...

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Music

1988 Best Jazz Band

In Japan, a baku is a creature reputed in mythology to eat bad dreams. Here, it is a blend of jazz and fusion that soothes the savage beast. Tiger (aka...

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Music

1988 Best Musical

Bet you thought we were going to say Les Misérables. Well, Animal Crackers had better sets and better music. It made far more sense, and it was a lot more...

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Music

1988 Best Band, Up-and-Coming

They called themselves Wild Kingdom until Mutual of Omaha told them to change their name or face a lawsuit. They tried the Gospel Birds, but Patty LaBelle’s publishing company, the...

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Music

1988 Best Band, Just For Fun

Short on pretense, long of fun, dressed alike in dark shades and navy jackets, this band plays straight and pure music right out of the sixties. There’s a girl thrown...

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Nightlife

1988 Best Club, New

On the huge dance floor of this elegant new club, the fifties (swing) and eighties (top 40) live in musical harmony. And its patronized by the spiffiest crowd in town...

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Nightlife

1988 Best Club, New Theme

This new dance club is a Banana Republic fantasy, complete with palm fronds, wicker settees, and waitresses in khaki hot pants. The music is numbingly dumb disco for white people...

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Theater

1988 Best Theater, Escapist

Some playgoers escaped art Robert Wilson’s Quartet (ART), his sopoforic rendering of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by nodding off into dreamland; others escaped through the side exits...

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