There are 38 short films in this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston, including Boston Globe reporter David Abel’s story about Boston Marathon runner Juli Windsor, and “So You’ve Grown Attached,” about an adolescent who outgrows her imaginary friend. Here are a few more you won’t want to miss.

Photo: A still from “So You’ve Grown Attached” featured at the IFFBoston. (Courtesy Kate Tsang)

This is the best. Our photographer Jesse Costa snapped this by the Boston Marathon finish line down in Copley Square.

After running all 26.2-miles from Hopkinton, Mass. to Boston, Gregory Picklesimer got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. She said yes.

Hear Silent Films As, Uh, They Were Meant To Be Heard

Cineastes and those intrepid enough to dig around in the recessed archives of the Criterion Collection may be well attuned to the silent works of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, D. W. Griffith and Fritz Lang, but most have likely never experienced the full magic of those early filmmakers’ classics as they were intended at the time of their release—with a live musical accompaniment.

This week, the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Mass. will make the experience a reality. 

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Probably the greatest machine man has ever created
Happy Friday, y’all. 

Happy Friday, y’all. 

Two of these paintings are widely accepted two be from the brush of “sensitive Baroque scoundrel” Caravaggio. Two are not.
Yet all four of these paintings are currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in “Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship.” The mystery, however, is part of the exhibit.
In fact, as the viewer walks through each of the oil paintings, the museum implores you to “decide for yourself: could they be true Caravaggios?”
[Read More] Two of these paintings are widely accepted two be from the brush of “sensitive Baroque scoundrel” Caravaggio. Two are not.
Yet all four of these paintings are currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in “Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship.” The mystery, however, is part of the exhibit.
In fact, as the viewer walks through each of the oil paintings, the museum implores you to “decide for yourself: could they be true Caravaggios?”
[Read More] Two of these paintings are widely accepted two be from the brush of “sensitive Baroque scoundrel” Caravaggio. Two are not.
Yet all four of these paintings are currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in “Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship.” The mystery, however, is part of the exhibit.
In fact, as the viewer walks through each of the oil paintings, the museum implores you to “decide for yourself: could they be true Caravaggios?”
[Read More] Two of these paintings are widely accepted two be from the brush of “sensitive Baroque scoundrel” Caravaggio. Two are not.
Yet all four of these paintings are currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in “Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship.” The mystery, however, is part of the exhibit.
In fact, as the viewer walks through each of the oil paintings, the museum implores you to “decide for yourself: could they be true Caravaggios?”
[Read More]

Two of these paintings are widely accepted two be from the brush of “sensitive Baroque scoundrel” Caravaggio. Two are not.

Yet all four of these paintings are currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in “Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship.” The mystery, however, is part of the exhibit.

In fact, as the viewer walks through each of the oil paintings, the museum implores you to “decide for yourself: could they be true Caravaggios?”

[Read More]

nprbooks:

Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America’s best-known writer.

His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. And everything he had written, Garcia Marquez once said, he knew or heard before he was 8 years old.

Chilean novelist Ariel Dorfman says Marquez’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech was one of the author’s most important messages to the world.

"Garcia Marquez is speaking about all the people who are marginal to history, who have not had a voice," Dorfman says. "He gives a voice to all those who died. He gives a voice to all those who are not born yet. He gives a voice to Latin America."

Read our full appreciation here.

Image via See Colombia

(via npr)

witsradio:

aneternalscoutandabrownie:

jamesmdavisson:

So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)
UPDATE: Now with more Business.

YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE

Business Cat is the best cat and the best business.

It’s 3:21PM ET on Thursday, April 17, 2014, and I’ve already come to terms with the fact that this is the highest point of my day. witsradio:

aneternalscoutandabrownie:

jamesmdavisson:

So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)
UPDATE: Now with more Business.

YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE

Business Cat is the best cat and the best business.

It’s 3:21PM ET on Thursday, April 17, 2014, and I’ve already come to terms with the fact that this is the highest point of my day. witsradio:

aneternalscoutandabrownie:

jamesmdavisson:

So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)
UPDATE: Now with more Business.

YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE

Business Cat is the best cat and the best business.

It’s 3:21PM ET on Thursday, April 17, 2014, and I’ve already come to terms with the fact that this is the highest point of my day. witsradio:

aneternalscoutandabrownie:

jamesmdavisson:

So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)
UPDATE: Now with more Business.

YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE

Business Cat is the best cat and the best business.

It’s 3:21PM ET on Thursday, April 17, 2014, and I’ve already come to terms with the fact that this is the highest point of my day. witsradio:

aneternalscoutandabrownie:

jamesmdavisson:

So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)
UPDATE: Now with more Business.

YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE

Business Cat is the best cat and the best business.

It’s 3:21PM ET on Thursday, April 17, 2014, and I’ve already come to terms with the fact that this is the highest point of my day. witsradio:

aneternalscoutandabrownie:

jamesmdavisson:

So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)
UPDATE: Now with more Business.

YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE

Business Cat is the best cat and the best business.

It’s 3:21PM ET on Thursday, April 17, 2014, and I’ve already come to terms with the fact that this is the highest point of my day. witsradio:

aneternalscoutandabrownie:

jamesmdavisson:

So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)
UPDATE: Now with more Business.

YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE

Business Cat is the best cat and the best business.

It’s 3:21PM ET on Thursday, April 17, 2014, and I’ve already come to terms with the fact that this is the highest point of my day. witsradio:

aneternalscoutandabrownie:

jamesmdavisson:

So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)
UPDATE: Now with more Business.

YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE

Business Cat is the best cat and the best business.

It’s 3:21PM ET on Thursday, April 17, 2014, and I’ve already come to terms with the fact that this is the highest point of my day.

witsradio:

aneternalscoutandabrownie:

jamesmdavisson:

So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)

UPDATE: Now with more Business.

YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE

Business Cat is the best cat and the best business.

It’s 3:21PM ET on Thursday, April 17, 2014, and I’ve already come to terms with the fact that this is the highest point of my day.

Was ‘Robin Hood’ The Best Play In Boston Over The Past Year?
The answer (as the gif above suggests) is maybe. We’ll be able to find out when the winner is announced at the 32nd Annual Elliot Norton Awards — Boston’s version of the Tony’s — in May.
For now, though, what we do have is a list of nominations. 

Was ‘Robin Hood’ The Best Play In Boston Over The Past Year?

The answer (as the gif above suggests) is maybe. We’ll be able to find out when the winner is announced at the 32nd Annual Elliot Norton Awards — Boston’s version of the Tony’s — in May.

For now, though, what we do have is a list of nominations. 

nprfreshair:

Ryan Gosling directed his first film, Lost River. It was just announced that it will be premiering at the Cannes Film Festival next month.  
(Hear Fresh Air’s interview with Gosling, while you’re at it)

nprfreshair:

Ryan Gosling directed his first film, Lost River. It was just announced that it will be premiering at the Cannes Film Festival next month.  

(Hear Fresh Air’s interview with Gosling, while you’re at it)