Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 1996

Arts

1996 Best Art, Bad

This is actually the mailing address and world headquarters office of this important cultural institution. The museum’s exhibits can now be viewed in the basement of the Dedham Community Theater,...

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Arts

1996 Best Catalog

Edited by curator Susan Stoops, the catalog for this fascinating show at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is lucid and informative, with essays and quotes from scholars and...

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Arts

1996 Best Exhibition, Works on Paper

A powerful show of prints and drawings by legendary sculptor John Wilson and emerging talent Joseph Norman, jointly organized by the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and...

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Arts

1996 Best Jazz Bar

This may be the oldest jazz club in town, but because of its out-of-the-way location, it’s fallen off a lot of radar screens. Decent food...

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Arts

1996 Best Workspace, Artist's

If you’re a struggling artist who can’t afford a studio, you’re in luck. The Castignetti Compound in the North End wants to give you cheap space, coffee, grant books, computer...

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Arts

1996 Best Exhibition, Painting

The Museum of Fine Arts retrospective of a great American artist, from his early magazine illustrations of the Civil War to his wonderful late paintings of the coast of Maine...

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Arts

1996 Best Exhibition, Photography

The sensational Institute of Contemporary Art show of work by Nan Goldin, Jack Pierson, Mark Morrisroe, and other artists who all attended art school in Boston in the late ’70s...

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Bars

1996 Best Bar, Political Watering Hole

Where the Dappers, the Dittos, and the Knockos convene to commiserate about the neighborhood’s declining political clout. Up the street at The Cornerstone Restaurant, however, is where they plot, scheme,...

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Bars

1996 Best Beer, Jamaican Ginger

Loads of fresh ginger make this an intense, heady drink: spicy, sweet, assertive, simultaneously refreshing and invigorating. The Come Back is a sandwich—either fried fish or chicken, served with special...

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Bars

1996 Best Beer Bar

Brewmaster Tony Vieira has hit his stride with beers that are clean, crisp, full-bodied, and especially flavorful when paired with chef Donald Chapelle’s California-influenced cuisine...

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Bars

1996 Best Bar, Neighborhood

The chicken “parm” is terrific, the drinks are huge, the prices can’t be beat, and the serving staff couldn’t be friendlier. When Mary, the waitress, raps your salad dressing options,...

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Bars

1996 Best Bar, Neighborhood

Townies and visitors alike love this little Irish bar in the part of JP known as Hyde Square. The place to grab a Guinness on tap, catch up with friends,...

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Bars

1996 Best Bar, Neighborhood

Paul Revere called it his favorite watering hole. George Washington is said to have stopped by for a brewski. Since then, thousands of townies have lifted a pint to their...

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Entertainment

1996 Best Escape, Urban

Outside, it’s simply a corner building in Dorchester. Inside, it’s another world of wooden floors, thatched-roofed alcoves, and muted lighting. Half the space is a casual cafe, the other is...

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Entertainment

1996 Best Tour, Harbor

The best opportunity to check out the outer harbor comes but twice a year. This environmental group leads two excellent narrated tours in early September and early may—per their request,...

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Entertainment

1996 Best Hangout

Parking is always a problem, and they still don’t have an entertainment license, but this joint is emerging as a late-night hot spot for the twentysomething crowd...

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Entertainment

1996 Best Reading Series

Ellen Grass has been coordinating the city’s most eclectic reading series for the past 10 years. the series works with local bookstores to bring in writers as diverse as radical...

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Entertainment

1996 Best Cinema

An award-winning design, coupled with a great sound system and a short-person-friendly seating arrangement-plus free parking!—make this new theater a moviegoer’s delight. Then there’s the speedy espresso machine and the...

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Entertainment

1996 Best Tour

Okay, maybe the quacking can get on your nerves, but Boston Duck Tour’s 80-minute trips do everything the others do by land, and then more. In renovated World War II...

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Entertainment

1996 Best Tour, Eco-Friendly

Robert Gaston of Cambridge Kayak Company is putting together a sea-kayak trail stretching from northern to southern Massachusetts. Kayaker-friendly bed and breakfasts and waterfront restaurants will welcome weary travelers along...

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Music

1996 Best Music Store, Used Records

A Generation X antidote to downtown shopping. Walk up the dark staircase to this vinyl/CD shop that carries the neighborhood’s most obscure selection of used recordings—from the Lawrence of Arabia...

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Music

1996 Best Jazz Bar, No Frills

A taste of what jazz was like before it was a cultural treasure and was still just a species of fun—and some of the most unpretentious entertainment Boston had to...

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Music

1996 Best Music Group, Neo-Folk

The Nields were once an acoustic trio—two Nield sisters, Nerissa and Katryna, and Nerissa’s husband, David, who took their name—before evolving into an electric quintet. Although the Nields successfully made...

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Nightlife

1996 Best Bar, All-Purpose

Next to a terrific moviehouse and a great coffeeshop, Casablanca is your best bet for a bar where you can actually have a conversation. Faux Middle Eastern decor, amusing Humphrey...

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Theater

1996 Best Opera, without Props

Boston Baroque’s concert production of the early Mozart opera featured no sets, no costumes, no dancing, no light shows—just splendid singing, ardent playing on original instruments, and great music...

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Theater

1996 Best Opera, Fully Staged

Boston’s favorite mezzo-soprano, sing in Boston Lyric Opera’s delightful production of Handle’s comic opera. The singing—and the staging by director Stephen Wadsworth—were spectacular...

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Theater

1996 Best Opera, with Dance

An artistic collaboration between Handel & Haydn Society and Mark Morris Dance Group resulted in a fabulous production of Gluck’s neoclassical Orfeo, the story of a legendary singer who came...

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