Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 2013

Arts

2013 Best Curator

What was once a stuffy North Shore institution has become a must-visit attraction. From a comprehensive look at Joseph Cornell to the unveiling of one of the greatest private collections...

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Arts

2013 Best Art Gallery, Photography

Unsettling, luscious, provocative—fine-art photography should be all of these things. Gallery Kayafas, a loftlike space in SoWa, showcases work of precisely this sort, with a majority of artists having local...

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Entertainment

2013 Best Gay Club

With brunch, trivia, late-night drinks, dancing, and a solid crowd of regulars, Club Cafe has it all. For decades, this place—at a prime intersection of the Back Bay and the...

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2013 Best Lesbian Club

Here’s a low-key J.P. hangout, strewn all year long with Christmas lights, where the drinks are cheap and everyone is welcome—especially on Thursday evenings, when revelers dance on stage between...

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Entertainment

2013 Best Karaoke

Now that we’ve embraced Korean pop music (e.g., “Gangnam Style”), we might as well also embrace the Korean-style karaoke on offer at DoReMi. There’s no drunk regular hogging the mike...

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Entertainment

2013 Best Pool Hall

We have a limited selection of pool halls in the area, which means that come the weekend, Flat Top Johnny’s can get absolutely overwhelmed. Weeknights are a better bet: It’s...

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Entertainment

2013 Best Author

Cambridge’s Matthew Pearl has combined literary mystery with historical fiction in such best-selling novels as The Dante Club and Poe’s Shadow. He recently released his fourth novel, The Technologists, a...

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Music

2013 Best Live Act

Have you ever seen someone play a quijada—that is, a donkey jawbone with the rattling teeth still in place? That’s the kind of surprise you can expect from the raucously...

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Music

2013 Best Music Venue, Large

It’s a vaunted sports temple, of course, but the Garden had a banner year for music, with appearances by everybody from the current stars Museto the stalwart Rolling Stones, on...

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Theater

2013 Best Actor

Lyman has long been an institution on the Boston theater scene. But he stands out this year for his Elliot Norton Award-winning roles as James Tyrone in the New Repertory...

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Theater

2013 Best Actress

Name a major motion picture filmed in the Hub in the past decade, and chances are you saw Celeste Oliva in it. But she’s also a stage veteran who this...

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Theater

2013 Best Cinema, National

This flashy film mecca is the place to go if you want to catch the latest huge-budget Hollywood flick. Locally shot blockbusters often have their star-studded debuts here, and the...

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