‘Breath And Imagination’ Gives A Majestic New Voice To Roland Hayes

January 31, 2015
Elijah Rock and Angel Mo’ in "Breath and Imagination"

Daniel Beaty, Elijah Rock and ArtsEmerson make beautiful music together in an impressionistic biography of singer Roland Hayes.

Amateur Classical Musicians Get Rare Chance To Take Stage At Symphony Hall

January 30, 2015
Natalie Shelton plays the timpani, a huge classical drum. (Courtesy Natalie Shelton)

Natalie Shelton, a timpanist and monkey trainer, is one of about 100 amateur musicians set to perform together on Boston’s Symphony Hall stage Saturday.

Baker Passes First Big Political Test: Handling A Huge Snowstorm

January 30, 2015
A car makes its way down a street filled with snowed-in vehicles in Boston's Charlestown section Wednesday. Gov. Baker announced a statewide travel ban as Monday's snowstorm got underway. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Some will say Gov. Charlie Baker was lucky with this week’s blizzard. But observers say he showed competence.

The Epic Begins: Suzan-Lori Parks Traces The Legacy Of Slavery And The Civil War At A.R.T.

January 30, 2015

Suzan-Lori Parks’ civil war odyssey is a trip worth taking, says theater critic Carolyn Clay.

For Some, Super Bowl Cheer Raises Conflict

January 30, 2015
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick ahead of Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix. (AP/David J. Phillip)

For some, it has become complicated to root for any football team in light of research linking football to traumatic brain injury and reports of domestic abuse.

Deadline To Apply For Last State Casino License On Friday

January 30, 2015

A gambling company looking to develop a resort at the Brockton Fairgrounds has applied for the final casino license in Massachusetts.

Week In Review: DeLeo’s Limits, Mitt Stays Out, Dartmouth Cracks Down

January 30, 2015
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo speaks at the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast in Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP)

We discuss the move on term limits for the speaker of the Massachusetts statehouse, Robert DeLeo, Mitt Romney’s decision not to run for president, Dartmouth College’s crackdown on alcohol and Greek life and the ruling against Partners HealthCare.

Transitions And Goodbyes In Boston’s Arts Community

January 30, 2015
The 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death is marked by a drawing of the former Beatle Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, as the artist known as Sidewalk Sam and his assistant, Russ Freeland, right, add the finishing touches. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

We talk to Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee about transitions and goodbyes in the Boston arts community this week.

Report: Mass. Posts 3rd-Straight Quarter Of Strong Growth

January 30, 2015

The state’s gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 4.7 percent in the fourth quarter, compared to 2.6 percent growth for U.S. GDP.

3-Time Boston Marathon Winner Rita Jeptoo Gets 2-Year Ban For Doping

January 30, 2015
Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, breaks the tape to win the women's division of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

It’s not clear whether Jeptoo will be stripped of any of her Boston Marathon titles.

Prospective Juror Has Sympathy For Tsarnaev, Cites Young Age

January 30, 2015

One prospective juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has sympathy for him, saying he’s young, and she wonders if “he just made a really big mistake.”

Boston Road Restrictions, Increased Patrols Planned For Super Bowl Sunday

January 30, 2015
People cheer in Kenmore Square once the Red Sox clinch the World Series title. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

On Super Bowl Sunday, several Boston streets will be restricted as police plan stepped-up patrols for possible Super Bowl celebrations.

Judge: Jury Can Watch Super Bowl Unless Hernandez Mentioned

January 30, 2015

Aaron Hernandez caught quarterback Tom Brady’s last Super Bowl touchdown pass in the Patriots’ 2012 loss to the New York Giants. The judge overseeing the case says jurors must leave the room if his name is mentioned during this year’s Super Bowl.

Idina Menzel To Sing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl And Root Against The Pats

January 30, 2015
Idina Menzel answers questions at a pre-Super Bowl news conference Thursday in Phoenix. (David J. Phillip/AP)

“Because I’m a New Yorker and I cannot root for the Patriots, so I will root for Seattle,” Menzel said at a press conference Thursday.

Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial Begins

January 30, 2015

While the New England Patriots are in Arizona preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl game against the Seahawks, the murder trial of a member of the last Pats team to make it to the big game is getting underway in Fall River.

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