Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 2002

Arts

2002 Best Art Gallery

The burgeoning SOWA (South of Washington) district is now a must-see destination, thanks in no small part to Bernie Toale. Toale’s gallery has been a showcase for everything from the...

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Arts

2002 Best Curator

Bill Arning at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center bulks up his reputation as a champion of the arts by scouting new talent, nurturing young artists, and breathing fresh life into...

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2002 Best Performance, Dance

In her stark solo show, “After Eros,” Maureen Fleming conjures images ranging from spiraling water to bone fragments to a butterfly breaking out of its cocoon. Using her own elegant...

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2002 Best Dance Studio

From Capoeira to calypso, belly dance to ballet, the Dance Complex’s unparalleled diversity of classes is as far-flung in origin as are its 60 instructors. Founded as a nonprofit artist-run...

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2002 Best Artist, New

There’s a good reason Museum School grad and MassArt prof Taylor Davis captured the ICA’s Artist Prize: her minimalist plywood installations deconstruct spaces and myriad truths with beautiful simplicity...

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Bars

2002 Best Cocktail, Cool

Who knew a drink could be so high-octane and still taste so good? The masterminding bartenders at Cuchi Cuchi make their Thai martini by mashing fresh lemongrass and ginger-infused simple...

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2002 Best Cocktail, Classic

Sonsie-bashing had become such a popular sport for a while, the ensuing recoil could only have put the place back in vogue. Well, here’s at least one hard-hitting reason to...

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2002 Best Lounge

After centuries of sit-up-straight rigidity, it is now possible for Bostonians to lie back, sip on high-octane martinis, nibble on North African goodies, and maybe steal a kiss or two....

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Bars

2002 Best Dive Bar

When Jim Morrison wrote “People Are Strange,” he might well have had this downbeat Cambridge dive in mind. Where else within five miles could you find drunks, punks, Massholes, and...

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2002 Best Bar for Live Music

In addition to its popular Tuesday Night Music Club—a music series featuring unplugged sets by leading local musicians—the Kendall introduced a new program this year, Earfull, pairing local musicians with...

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Bars

2002 Best Sports Bar

Reigning sports bar champ Sports Depot almost lost its title this year to a cozy little bar in Coolidge Corner—that is, until the latter invoked a 90-minute table rule. Which...

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2002 Best Irish Pub

Some might scoff that Matt Murphy’s perennially wins this award because, well, there aren’t exactly Irish restaurants on every corner of this largely Irish town. That probably just means they...

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Bars

2002 Best Irish Pub

When he wasn’t behind bars, Irish writer and nationalist Brendan Behan was usually bellied up to a bar. Odds are, he would’ve felt right at home in the Jamaica Plain...

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2002 Best Hotel Bar

Enough with the stuffy, starched-napkin lounges that have for years dominated hotel cocktail scenes. The Westin Hotel’s Bar 10 is dedicated to taking it easy in style. At lunch and...

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2002 Best Pickup Bar

Fiery martinis, seductive lighting, chef Jamie Mammano’s Mediterranean flavors, alluring bartenders—whatever drarws them there, the beautiful people who sidle up to Mistral’s long, intimate bar wind up in the mood...

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2002 Best Bar, Upscale

Raise a glass, if you will, to the ever-stunning Oak Bar. It’s where sex appeal takes its post-prandial drink, where intimacy lounges in a long, cool black dress. It’s where...

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2002 Best Beer, Locally Made

Enough with the fruit-and-berry recipes made by all those microbreweries that are (not coincidentally) going out of business left and right. Enough, too, with the endless seasonal brews—even the ones...

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Entertainment

2002 Best Bike Path

The Minuteman Bikeway may seem the obvious choice for bike enthusiasts, but it’s too straight for our taste. A good bike path needs some twists and turns, with long, empty...

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2002 Best Picnic Spot

Visiting this idyllic, sheltered enclave is something like stepping into a Georges Seurat painting. It wouldn’t be surprising to see ladies with parasols strolling around the pond, seeking shade under...

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Entertainment

2002 Best Comeback

The Boston Globe Spotlight Team, whose Pulitzer Prize-worthy coverage of the archdiocesan sex scandal was earth-shattering journalism at its and a return to the kind of aggressive investigative reporting that...

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Entertainment

2002 Best Running Path

The continuous path alongside the Riverway and the Jamaicaway is so quiet and scenic it’s hard to believe the city lies just beyond the trees. As the path winds across...

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2002 Best Comeback

Art-punk heroes and alterna-rock granddaddies Mission of Burma, whose original 1979-83 run influenced R.E.M. and the Pixies, roared back with a handful of high-decibel concerts that proved their jittery, angular...

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2002 Best Singles Scene

Buff, Lycraclad CEOs ogle the quads of passing yoga addicts; yoga addicts ogle the finely tuned glutes of venture capitalists; interior designers swap tall tales of ankle twists by the...

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2002 Best Comedian

Cambridge’s Jimmy Tingle keeps us in stitches with self-deprecating material that always manages to feel upbeat. And his political satire hasn’t suffered even in the wake of post-9/11 patriotic correctness...

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2002 Best Singles Scene, Lesbian

With album titles like Valentine Heartache, you wouldn’t think Boston lesbian cult singer Melissa Ferrick was the gushy romantic type. But her powerful acoustic melodies and seductive, throaty voice regularly...

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2002 Best Reading Series

Finally, someone has figured out that all writers are frustrated actors. This Harvard Square institution has always been a writers’ haven, even for the obscure and esoteric. But now, having...

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2002 Best Bowling Alley

This is the closest Bostonians can come to a classic bowling alley experience, aside from watching The Big Lebowski. At Lanes & Games, all the elements of an old-fashioned alley...

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Entertainment

2002 Best Deal, Classical

Dodging the line for Symphony Hall tickets, classical concertgoers in the know head for Cambridge’s Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall and enjoy ethereal concerts courtesy of the Longy School of...

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Entertainment

2002 Best Gay Club

The good news: Only gorgeous men seem to be allowed in Buzz on Saturdays. The bad news: Only gorgeous men seem to be allowed in Buzz on Saturdays. Sure, it’s...

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Entertainment

2002 Best Disappearing Act

In the David Mamet-directed show Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants at the Market Theater, Ricky Jay had his titular assistants—a pack of cards—slicing melons and appearing in unexpected places....

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2002 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s runs the table. It’s really no contest, considering most of Boston’s pool halls are either shabby gin joints or cheesy meat markets. Flat Top’s, by contrast, has...

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Music

2002 Best Club for Live Music, Small

If you follow the Boston music scene, you already know you can find your favorite up-and-coming rock stars on an almost weekly basis at T.T.’s, the intimate, gargoyle-adorned Central Square...

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2002 Best Band, Live

Rubyhorse’s recent album Rise does not “sparkle” like their single, but it’s to catch these Irish rockers (who are Cork-to-Boston transplants) in the act. The band, which jammed on Conan...

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Music

2002 Best Jazz Performer, Local

With a deft and witty blend of straight-ahead blowing and “outside” improv, the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet has made its mark on the international jazz map behind the leader’s woolly solos...

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2002 Best Music, Record Label

Most of the music getting airtime on commercial radio these days may be pop-driven drivel, but no one has told that to the folks at Big Wheel. The new-wavy garage...

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2002 Best Music, Rock Album

We were one more Creed song away from slitting our wrists when Chauncey’s self-titled debut—loaded with swerving melodies, bending rhythms, and emotional truths—revived our faith in rock ‘n’ roll. Not...

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Nightlife

2002 Best Dance Club

This mammoth Fenway space is more than just a place for catching concerts. Come midnight most nights of the week, the venue transforms into the dance club of choice for...

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Theater

2002 Best Cinema, Indie

The Coolidge, with its impressive lineup of indie features, gives film bluffs a place to call home. Adding to the charm: a new art-deco inspired marquee, a throwback to the...

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2002 Best Cinema, Commercial

From the moment you walk into this new multiplex, everything seems larger than life—just like the movies. With blown-up black-and-white posters of The Graduate and Butch Cassidy covering the walls,...

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Theater

2002 Best Drama King

David Patrick Kelly is a sly performer who excels in conveying alternative states of being: a mad nobleman in the American Repertory Theatre’s production of Pirandello’s Enrico IV and a...

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2002 Best Drama Queen

Andrea Martin, as the motormouthed mother from Hell in Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation at the Huntington Theatre, didn’t so much give a performance as unleash herself on stage like...

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2002 Best Most Overhyped Moment

Mrs. Robinson is one of the sexiest characters in Tinseltown history, hands down. But while The Graduate‘s opening was highly anticipated, Kathleen Turning’s disrobing in the Broadway-bound play left us...

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2002 Best Theatrical Sendoff

Aristophanes’s satire about women who think they can stop a war by withholding sex gave the company a chance to have fun with risqué material. But the proceedings were tame...

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2002 Best Worst Disappearing Act

The Market Theater clamored onto the local scene pledging edgy, experimental works. And it made good with creative programming like Frederick Wiseman’s The Last Letter and Biljana Srbljanovic’s Family Stories....

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