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Groundfishing in New England faces a bleak present and an uncertain future

Sink or swim?
As recently as 2008, Maine groundfishermen were feeling fairly optimistic.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 20, 2013

No tar-sands oil here, please

Defensive Action
Close to 1500 people from around the Northeast and Canada gathered in downtown Portland on Saturday to protest a potential project that would pipe tar-sands oil from western Canada through New England to Portland Harbor.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 30, 2013

Abstract-Expressionist New England

"American Vanguards" at the Addison Gallery tells how a tiny group of New York friends — Stuart Davis, John Graham, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning "and their circle" — inspired by Picasso and Surrealism, exploded the last ties between Modernist painting and realism as they helped invent American Action Painting between the mid 1920s and mid '40s.
By GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2012

Review: Jamestown Fish

Doing seafood proud
Seafood on the coast of New England should be no more difficult to find than pebbles on a beach.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2012

The 15th Annual Muzzle Awards

Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
Liberal dreams that Barack Obama would somehow usher in a progressive paradise were always misplaced.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 13, 2012

One-on-one with the master of the riff

Breaking Burr
Bill Burr is a busy man. The New England native now resides in Los Angeles, so I'm hoping he's on the East Coast when I'm instructed to call promptly at 9 am EST for a 30-minute phoner to promote his return to the Newport Yachting Center (limited tix still available at
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 10, 2012

Road Trippin’: 25 shows across New England you need to see before Labor Day

Sounds of summer
While we agree that kicking back in a shady backyard with a plate of barbecue, a cooler of cold brews, and some good tunes spinning on the iPod deck is one hell of a way to while away a lazy summer afternoon, we'd like to suggest that you get a bit more ambitious this year.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 04, 2012

New England’s film festivals make great getaways

Escapist movies
We can't complain much here in the Portland area about the films we get to see.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2012
ShortTake: Moonrise Kingdom

Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson paints his masterpiece
Wes Anderson should always make movies featuring characters who are pubescent or younger — like Rushmore , which until this film was his best.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 20, 2012
ShortTake: The Whole World Waiting

Review: The Whole World Waiting

Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories
They thought America was a glittering land of wealth and fame . . . they were wrong. Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories of coming to New England and share their perspectives in The Whole World Waiting , a compilation of documentary vignettes lushly shot by David Meiklejohn at locations in and around Portland, Maine.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 29, 2012

The Woodrow Wilsons | The Devil Jonah

Whitehaus Family Records (2012)
The Woodrow Wilsons are a haushold name — to anyone familiar with Jamaica Plain's Whitehaus Collective, that is.
By EMMA DESSAU  |  March 07, 2012

Will the next Keystone fight happen in New England?

Dirty business
We may have narrowly avoided Keystone XL (for now), but local environmental activists say that Maine and New England are not safe from "the dirtiest oil on earth," with a huge Canadian oil company seeking other routes to pump crude oil out of Alberta.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 08, 2012
The year ahead in sports

The year ahead in sports

Looking forward to more scoring and less scandal
It seemed for every hail Mary, walk-off homer, and buzzer beater in 2011, the sports pages had a story on work stoppages, performance-enhancing drugs, or mind-boggling college-conference realignments.
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  December 28, 2011

SF’s no Boston

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
While escaping New England for a few days on the west coast, in the Bay Area, just ahead of all that unexpected October wind and snow, I decided to catch a 49ers game.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 02, 2011

Maine sneaker-maker could provide military footwear

Born in the USA
As the only remaining manufacturer of athletic shoes in the United States — with three factories in Maine and two in Massachusetts — New Balance wants government assurance that military servicemembers wear American-made sneakers, not ones that are made overseas.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 21, 2011
this just in mac miller

Urban Fest gets ugly

Gimme Shelter Dept.
It didn't take long for the largely suburban horde to erupt into a frenzy at the free outdoor concert, which was dubbed, somewhat ironically, the Boston Urban Music Fest (BUMF).
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 10, 2011
Deheny and Clams

Are Logan Airport pollution and Massport indifference killing Boston's proud clam-digging tradition?

Shucking fit
Denehy and other Boston clam farmers have come to face two seemingly impervious hurdles: a safety expansion at Logan Airport that will deplete two of their richest beaches, and a jet-fuel spill from last October that some allege wiped out half of Boston's soft-shell population.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 18, 2011
Muzzle Awards free speech offenders

The 14th Annual Muzzle Awards

Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
To understand just how disappointing Barack Obama has been on civil liberties, you need only consider the case of David House, a founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network.  
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 29, 2011

R&R Yard Sale heads north

On the Record
New England's vinyl revival is in full flower by now. And What Cheer Antiques, on South Angell Street in Providence, is no small contributor.
By WEI-HUAN CHEN  |  June 15, 2011
Chris North Dream Quartet at the Haven in Jamaica Plain

Out: The Chris North Dream Quartet help christen the Haven in Jamaica Plain

Scottish piper
With the Chris North Dream Quartet, singer/guitarist Chris North Alspach retains the sincere Celt-folk vocal inflection and distinctly New England–influenced lyrics of his other, Best Music Poll–nominated band, the Points North.
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 06, 2011

Kristi Martel, Meta P, and more!

Wild weekend
So Late it Hurts is the title of the forthcoming disc from THE 'MERICANS; last call to catch Chris Daltry & Co. kick out some brand-new jams at Firehouse 13 (401.270.1801) on THURSDAY (the 28th) with Baltimore's Lower Dens and the Manderson Project in tow.

The cruelest month

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
When T.S. Eliot wrote "April is the cruelest month," was he talking about how the last few weeks unfolded for New England's major sports teams?
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 20, 2011

Review: East Ender

France meets New England
Those French know how to cook. But here in America, French cuisine too often comes with a demi-glace of pedantry and a side of self-congratulation.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 13, 2011

The Low Anthem | Smart Flesh

Nonesuch (2011)
For those eager to see that indie-folk cherry get popped, the Low Anthem's latest should be the lucky one to do the deed.
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  February 23, 2011

Photos: B. Dolan at the Western Front

B. Dolan | Western Front | February 11, 2011
B. Dolan perform live at the Western Front on February 11, 2011.  
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  February 18, 2011

Ask A New England Porn Star

How to dip your yankee candle
Things are different here. More refined. After all, we gave the world the corn muffin, Harvard University, and Emily Dickinson. It stands to reason that our porn stars would also be more genteel, well-bred, and cultured.
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  February 10, 2011

Preview: The sweltering, classically elegant Blood Wedding

Lorca's murderous Spaniards visit SPACE
Just about a year ago, an irrepressible new grassroots theater ensemble in Portland surged to the stage with the gloriously unabashed boorishness of Ubu Roi , a gem of French proto-Absurdism.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 19, 2011

Red Sox Nation, meet your new existential dread

Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
For my entire life, I have esteemed the Red Sox above all other teams.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  October 07, 2010

BP oil spill impacts might be more than hypothetical

What if?
Less than a month before the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, more than 400 representatives from New England government agencies, maritime businesses, and relevant non-profits like the Friends of Casco Bay gathered at Portland's Holiday Inn by the Bay.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 04, 2010

Just fight, baby

The Oakland Raiders fall into a silver-and-black hole. Plus, a UFC fighter gets punchy.
Things just keep getting exponentially worse (and more amusing) for the Oakland Raiders.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 14, 2009

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