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Flying blind: A primary-season post-mortem

With little public polling on the most hotly contested races in memory, Rhode Island’s pundit class was in the dark as the primary approached
With little public polling on the most hotly contested races in memory, Rhode Island’s pundit class was in the dark as the primary approached. But could the presence of a high-profile gay candidate make opinion surveys suspect anyway?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 15, 2010
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Interview and photos: Gerard Malanga

A gathering of souls
In Walt Whitman’s notebook for the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass , he writes, “Every soul has its own individual voice.” That notion rang true for photographer/poet/filmmaker Gerard Malanga as he put together “Souls,” an exhibit of 100 portraits spanning five decades.
By KRISTEN GOODFRIEND  |  March 31, 2010
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Ken Miller just can’t win

Brown biology professor attacked by Darwin-hating fundies and leftie atheists alike
What’s an honorable man to do?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 03, 2010
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No identity crisis

Nando Michelin and Matt Steckler know who they are
If great art and great artists are supposed to contain multitudes, then in music, at least, pianists have the edge: 10 fingers theoretically capable of 10 different simultaneous paths for the music to take. Of course, it's not that simple.
By JON GARELICK  |  February 08, 2010
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Camera crazy

Local filmmakers show off their talents in our fourth Short-Film Festival
With a large number of new entrants, and several returning filmmakers, the fourth annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival was a rousing success.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 25, 2009
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Can we fix our broken suburbs?

Action Speaks!
Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, wraps up its fall run with a look at the American adventure in suburbia.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 21, 2009
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Jazz on paper

Romare Bearden's improv collage
A gem of a show, two shows really, has quietly appeared at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 21, 2009

Short-sighted?

The Projo 's ultra-local approach could save the paper — or spell its demise
There may, in the end, be no way to save the American metropolitan newspaper. Plummeting advertising revenue and competition from the Internet often seem forces too daunting for even the savviest of publishers.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 26, 2009
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Tormenting Teddy

Republicans threaten Kennedy reign
After 32 years in the US Senate, Ted Kennedy remains a force to be reckoned with, both for his legendary family history and his considerable accomplishments.
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 26, 2009
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Bit players

Anamanaguchi are a shock to the systems
What do you get when you cross NYU music-technology majors just out of their teens, vintage Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy gear, traditional rock-and-roll instruments, a mysterious, robot-building fellow named José with half a middle finger on one hand, and a shadowy underground network of info-spreading Swedes? No.
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 05, 2009
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He's not a doctor . . .

. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon, Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 18, 2009
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Slideshow: Marcel Breuer at RISD

"Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture" at RISD Museum through July 19
The RISD Museum presents "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture," a major retrospective of the late Bauhaus designer's furniture and buildings, through July 19.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 27, 2009
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The power of 'Cool'

A contemporary-art show at Bowdoin is a must-see
"New York Cool" is required viewing for anyone who has an interest in contemporary American art. Comprised of nearly 80 works, the show, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through July 19.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 18, 2009
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The Chair Man

A major Breuer retrospective opens at RISD
It is one of the icons of 20th-century design. What distinguishes Marcel Breuer's B34 armchair from 1928 is its materials (fabric seats slung between steel tubing) and the lack of rear legs.
By GREG COOK  |  April 27, 2009
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Interview: Mitch Fatel

Fatel hates the Yankees, loves stand-up
Given that he was once an intern for Howard Stern, it's not too surprising that comedian Mitch Fatel is all about clits and tits, and assorted lady bits – not the stuff that feminists would gleefully shave their legs over.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 19, 2009
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Review: Department of Eagles

Brattle Theater, January 18, 2009
At the Brattle Theatre Sunday, Fred Nicolaus, guitarist from the Brooklyn-based duo Department of Eagles, announced that they'd play a song from their little-known 2003 debut album, The Whitey on the Moon UK LP . "It's not very good," he warned.
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 20, 2009
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Groups + solos

Looking forward to 2009
First on the list of this year's points of interest is the anticipated Portland Museum of Art Biennial, which opens in early April.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 31, 2008
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Dailies go Darwin

Reports of newspapers' death are exaggerated — but after the changes coming in 2009, will we still recognize them?
If you're a tree, you're probably feeling pretty good right now.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 29, 2009

Drugs and culture

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University of Southern Maine professor Wendy Chapkis usually studies, teaches, and writes about gender issues, so her latest non-fiction outing, Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine , might seem like a bit of a departure.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 04, 2008
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CMJ in one day

The Gray Lady of indie music fests ain’t what she used to be
The Gray Lady of indie music fests ain’t what she used to be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2008
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Cry me a river

The Dreams of Antigone; In the Continuum; Show Boat
It would seem that Sophocles has been hanging around for 2500 years waiting to be improved — and the makeover artists have been numerous.  
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 01, 2008
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Twitheads

Is it time to dial down journalism’s latest fad?
Is Twitter bad for journalism?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 25, 2008

Oil's well

Twelve American universities with Persian Gulf campuses
Twelve American universities with Persian Gulf campuses
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND KYLE SMEALLIE  |  September 25, 2008
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Are universities selling out to oil nations?

As big bucks beckon, Gulf campuses of American universities are booming
As Academia searches for elusive dollars in a downward economy, oil-rich nations are enticing American schools to open satellite campuses in the Gulf.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 25, 2008
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Windows

In her new memoir, When I Grow Up , Boston icon Juliana Hatfield comes clean about her depression, and why Wal-Mart would have been blamed for her suicide
In the weeks leading up to the start of the college tour, I fell into one of my depressions, and with it some strange and disconcerting new sensations presented themselves.
By JULIANA HATFIELD  |  September 17, 2008
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Body politic

Interview: Anna Deavere Smith contains multitudes
Anna Deavere Smith is a writer/actor/activist who listens.
By IRIS FANGER  |  September 02, 2008
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Terror-fied

Slavoj Žižek’s revolution
This new grand-theoretical manifesto might be completely daft.
By GEORGE SCIALABBA  |  August 12, 2008
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Disjointed, sketchy, and saccharine
Like Sex and the City: The Movie, Sanaa Hamri’s continuation of the journey of a pair of jeans that magically fit four girls of disparate genes feels tailored for the small screen.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 05, 2008
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Bicyclists strike a blow for affordable housing

Good deeds
30 bicyclists shoved off a few weeks ago from the Brown Boat House in Providence to begin a two-and-a-half-month journey to Seattle.
By A.J. PACITTIV  |  July 16, 2008
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Interview: The DeCordova’s new director holds forth

Voice of Kois
Dennis Kois (rhymes with voice) began work as the new executive director of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln on June 2.
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2008

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