Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 1989

Arts

1989 Best Museum, Show

One hundred thirty of the artist’s most painterly paintings, drawings, and prints revealed a Goya we hardly knew and couldn’t help but admire...

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Arts

1989 Best Critic

Finally, a visual-arts writer who can talk about meaning without waxing pedantic. Wherever it appears, in the Globe or in Art New England, the skillful prose of this former WBUR...

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Arts

1989 Best Performance

The Marlborough company makes Armaggedon-resistant computers for a niche market. But these days, it’s the only Massachusetts computer company with bark and byte...

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Bars

1989 Best Bar Food

Brooks Brothers skirts, Louis shirts, white leather boots, and black funk. What do they have in common? You can see ’em all at the St. Cloud bar, where anybody and...

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Entertainment

1989 Best Redux

Last May the Boston Parks Department and the Park Plaza Hotel released cygnets Castor and Polux, the first swans to swim in the lagoon in 23 years...

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Entertainment

1989 Best Escape

Quiet. Soothing. A casual walk through the Japanese garden does more for you than three sessions with a shrink. The food is delightful. The iced tea is the greatest. And...

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Entertainment

1989 Best Book, New

This hard and heartbreaking story of the itinerant life of a simpleminded man, a sexually abused woman, and a child they have kidnapped was written in near secrecy by Morris,...

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Entertainment

1989 Best Writer

His argument that a little guy can pick stocks successfully simply by being observant is controversial. But someone who can write that he regrets letting the crash of 1987 ruin...

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Entertainment

1989 Best Class Act

Always graceful, always strong. Young was the tantrum-proof center of the Boston Ballet. She will remain as director of the Boston Ballet II and the Summer Dance Program...

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Music

1989 Best Opera, Production

Just when the future of the Opera Company could hardly look bleaker, Sarah Caldwell came through with her finest direction. Suddenly, people remembered why it is so important to keep...

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Music

1989 Best Band, Up-and-Coming

Charismatic singer Janet LaValley leads this tribe out of the valley and into the light at local clubs such as Axis, Grover’s, and TT the Bear’s. They’re awesome...

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Music

1989 Best Band, Dance

They’re not shy; they’re fly. Here is the consummate bar band. They play with the audience as much as they play for them. Fun, fun, fun, whether they’re doing originals...

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Music

1989 Best Performance, Choral

No joke. Paul McCartney raves about the group’s album, and David Byrne is also a fan. The choir’s sound is beautiful and unforgettable. And we’re still not sure what they’re...

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Music

1989 Best Jazz Club

The competition around town isn’t tough, but the Regattabar picks up where old Jazz Workshop left off: top players in an intimate setting. But will someone work on the sound?

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Music

1989 Best DJ

Great taste, smooth pipes, big ears. His “Folk Heritage” show on weekends is like spending the afternoon with an old friend and a great record collection...

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Nightlife

1989 Best Club, Theme

Well, it’s the themiest. Surfing videos, a bar made from surfboards, et cetera. If you can, like, flow with the energy. It also helps to look (or be the same...

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Theater

1989 Best Intentions

For his Fourth of July dinner with Jesse Jackson. Who would ever have imagined that Jesse wouldn’t like poached salmon? Obviously nobody from Brookline...

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Theater

1989 Best Theater, Little

For three MBTA tokens to Newton Highlands, you might as well have been whisked away to England (Quartermaine’s Terms), South Africa (A Lesson from Aloes), and the Riviera (Private Lives)—theatrical...

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