Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 2011

Arts

2011 Best Art Gallery

Buckminster Fuller architectural prints. Richard Serra silkscreens. Works by Jenny Holzer, Bruce Nauman, Tara Donovan, and Ellsworth Kelly. Over the past 12 months, all have graced Barbara Krakow’s stark white...

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Arts

2011 Best Art Gallery, Photography

Since 1980, owner Robert Klein has been quietly amassing fine-art photography and selling to major collectors. He carries work by the likes of Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston,...

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2011 Best Curator

Thanks to this easygoing contemporary-art curator, the Gardner has maintained one of the most vibrant artist-in-residence programs in the U.S. No doubt Cavalchini’s close relationship with director Anne Hawley has...

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2011 Best Art Dealer

Lee—a collector herself—is something of a matchmaker, pairing great pieces with the right clients. She’s on first-name terms with top local galleries and artists, but will happily hit the road...

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2011 Best Performance, Dance

This 25-year-old company is the antithesis of stuffy, overpolished dance—and its venue, the minuscule Sanctuary Theatre inside the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, provides an almost religious experience. The seats are...

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2011 Best Consultant, Art

Lee—a collector herself—is something of a matchmaker, pairing great pieces with the right clients. She’s on first-name terms with top local galleries and artists, but will happily hit the road...

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Entertainment

2011 Best Karaoke

They haven’t upped their prices a penny since opening 13 years ago. Fees may be retro, but the song library stays current with Lady Gaga and other hit-listers, while the...

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Entertainment

2011 Best Author

Released this winter, Dubus’s Townie was a rarity: a Bay State memoir entirely lacking in Oirish flavah and Whitey Bulger references. Instead, Dubus chronicled his days growing up in the...

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Entertainment

2011 Best Comedy Club

A dim attic in a Chinese restaurant may not shout “big laughs inside,” but the Comedy Studio consistently delivers them. The room’s long communal tables—and an audience lubricated with potent...

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Entertainment

2011 Best Gay Club

The best gay club in town? Whichever “straight” bar (their words) this grassroots group decides to take over, flash-mob style. Unlikely past locales have included Tommy Doyle’s, An Tua Nua…even...

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Entertainment

2011 Best Pool Hall

What makes for a good pool hall? High-quality tables and first-rate equipment, of course; a decent-size crowd (is there anything more depressing than an empty pool hall?) without a massive...

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Entertainment

2011 Best Bike Path

Built on an abandoned rail line, this flat, winding path running between Cambridge and Bedford is wide enough, long enough, and popular enough that it seems less like a track...

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Music

2011 Best Jazz Club

With a hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, raw jazz, and bartenders who bust ass, Wally’s is an institution unto itself. A conglomerate of Berklee students, longtime barflies, and twentysomethings keep the narrow bar...

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Music

2011 Best Jazz Club, Upscale

Jazz in its live form requires a venue that does it justice. With a slew of world-class acts ranging from timbale guru Eguie Castrillo to prog-funk trio Garage à Trois,...

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Music

2011 Best Band

Okay, a crushingly obvious choice. But consider that the Dropkick Murphys were able to get Bruce Springsteen on their first new studio album in four years—a kickass, heartfelt record that...

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2011 Best Club for Live Music, Small

With so many excellent options—Great Scott, the Lizard Lounge, Middlesex—identifying the city’s best live-music venue isn’t easy. But T. T.’s tops our list thanks to the variety of acts (local...

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2011 Best Music, New Arist

With an unadulterated sound and a timeless, gamine look, Aly Spaltro, a.k.a. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, upstages every testosterone-fueled act in Boston. Her voice is light yet certain, as are...

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Nightlife

2011 Best Dance Club

The Middlesex proves that a night out dancing needn’t devolve into bachelorette-party debauchery. There ;will be a line—but with music ranging from old-school hip-hop to funk to electronica, and a...

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Theater

2011 Best Theater

The A.R.T. has added major buzz to its stages, from Amanda Palmer’s work in Cabaret to a punk musical about Prometheus. Artistic director Diane Paulus has displayed the clout to...

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Theater

2011 Best Actor

Few actors have made such an impact in one season as Davenport did from 2010 to 2011, and he did so by playing a trio of distinctly different fathers: In...

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Theater

2011 Best Actress

Gottlieb is an actress and a scholar at Brandeis’s Women’s Studies Research Center. Her disparate talents dovetailed in uproarious fashion last fall, when she performed in the SpeakEasy Stage Company’s...

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Theater

2011 Best Cinema, National

We don’t expect too much from big cinema chains—just Jujube-free upholstery and a “no zombies” hiring policy. Generally speaking, moviegoers here are upstanding citizens who bus their own seats after...

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Theater

2011 Best Theater, Production

Master puppeteer Basil Twist’s adaptation of Stravinsky’s ballet about a tragic love triangle among a clown, a ballerina, and a Moor managed to convey humanity and grace in the movement...

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