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Do it like we used to do

Traditional marriage and values
There's a lot to be said for what opponents of same-sex nuptials call "traditional marriage."
By AL DIAMON  |  May 06, 2009

Play by play: April 17, 2009

 Plays from A to Z
Theater around town
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 14, 2009

Magic man

Theo Martins kills 'em with kindness
If the first quarter of '09 is an indicator of things to come for Theo Martins the Providence-based lyricist had better buckle up for what should be the biggest year in his budding hip-hop career.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 15, 2009

Play by Play: April 10, 2009

Plays A to Z
Plays around town
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 08, 2009

Wizards of Oz

The Drones, live at T. T. the Bear's Place, March 29, 2009
Seeing Australian musicians in North America is like seeing stars in the night sky: their light has traveled so far for so long that you're getting just a ghost of the original.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 30, 2009

Review: Knowing

The plot is a sham, and Proyas's slick visuals do little to dress it up.
Although he's an MIT astrophysicist, John doesn't use science to go at the mystery so much as pints of whiskey and lunatic calls to the FBI.
By TOM MEEK  |  March 18, 2009

Diaghilev days

The Ballets Russes come to town
The Ballets Russes come to town
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 19, 2009

Interview: Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys

Shipping up to Lansdowne Street again
"I think I would have thrown a little more venom behind the lyrics [of The Meanest of Times ] if I'd known it was gonna get this bad."
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 16, 2009

Counting backwards

Throwing Muses blow minds even as they push 30
When we listen to a song, whether it's an old favorite or a new sound, we rarely consider the circuitous path that the tune has taken to reach our ears.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 11, 2009

Exit Mr. Excitement

John Ghiorse is hanging up his raincoat
How many people remember that John Ghiorse was reportedly the first $100,000-a-year weatherman in Rhode Island when he was lured away from Channel 10 to crosstown rivals Channel 6 in 1983?
By PHILIPE + JORGE  |  February 25, 2009

Daddys and lovers

The Lyric gives Williams's Cat new life; Dirty Dancing on stage
The Lyric gives Williams's Cat new life; Dirty Dancing on stage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 19, 2009

Super Sonik

Graffitist Caleb Neelon is a street survivor
When Cambridge native Caleb Neelon talks about how he got hooked on graffiti, he often recounts a trip he took to Germany with his mom in 1990.  
By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2009

So much in store

The Necks at the ICA; Weirdo Records opens up
Australia's the NECKS are the sort of band who thwart classification.
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  February 10, 2009

Faking it

MTV's The City never gets real
if you were Whitney Port, the colt-legged, honey-haired, cow-eyed star of The City , you might not think that what Herman Rosenblat did was so terrible.
By SHARON STEEL  |  January 06, 2009

Junk-food judges

The Best of the Bad
The Internet can help you answer any question these days.
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  December 31, 2008

The holly and the miser

You're suddenly poor; suck it up and be cheap
Let the current financial tsunami be a lesson to you, arrogant plebeian consumer: greed cometh before a fall.
By KARA BASKIN  |  December 09, 2008

Review: Australia

Baz Luhrmann's Oz and ends
Baz Luhrmann's incontinent Australia
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 25, 2008

Expressions of war

Don't miss the Takács Quartet at UNH
One of the best string quartets in the world will be within a D-string's distance from Portland, come Monday night.
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  November 12, 2008

Broadway Bistro

Setting a subtle mood
Broadway Bistro has a prime corner location with large windows looking onto the historic street in its name, as well as onto a side street.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2008

Battling Scientology

Anonymous's Gregg Housh is committed to bringing down the Church of Scientology. Is he a gadfly or a goon?
In a world wracked with uncertainty, there is at least one thing you can bet on: pick a fight with the Church of Scientology, and its leaders will fight back — always with vigor, often with a vengeance, and sometimes with litigation that can be long and costly.  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 23, 2008

Mission: accomplished

Organic hip-hop’s good and good for you
Way before Audible Mainframe snatched the title of Boston’s dopest live hip-hop group and bolted for the West Coast, Roxbury’s Mission pursued a similar course of action.  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 10, 2008

Thugs on parade

Letters to the Boston editor, October 10, 2008
I would like to commend Anne Elizabeth Moore on a fantastic job of reporting from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.  
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 08, 2008

Bull disclosure

As the candidates prep for the final debate, it’s a fitting time to ask: why do some journalistic conflicts of interest become scandals, while others get almost no attention at all?
As the presidential candidates prep for the final debate of 2008 — which will take place on October 15 in Hempstead, New York, with CBS’s Bob Schieffer moderating — it’s a fitting time to ask: why do some journalistic conflicts of interest become semi-scandals, while others get almost no attention at all?  
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 22, 2008

Autumn peeves

Films with a full agenda
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2008

Chicks who kick

The other kind of Celtic dance
I’ll admit that cheerleading teams have always irked me.
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  July 30, 2008

What's that smell?

Musk turns three at the Midway
There are booty-dancing cuts from the ’80s, white girls hitting body-lock poses, and a sign slung on the taps that reads “$2.50 Cans of Mystery Beer.”
By MATT PARISH  |  June 17, 2008

Collective mentality

A conversation with video artist Kenneth White
"We wanted to expand our reach as wide as possible and from that field create a program of film and videos that explicitly address duration."
By IAN PAIGE  |  June 04, 2008

Power outage

As South Africa celebrates 14 years of post-apartheid rule, AIDS and electricity could spark revolution
Damn it, I want to be optimistic. I have always seen my glass as half full and not half empty. Now I think it’s dry. I’ll check once the lights come on again.
By PETER-DIRK UYS  |  April 23, 2008

Whither Wilder?

Valerie goes Down Under
This past week, the Australian Ballet announced that it has hired Wilder to be its new executive director.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 16, 2008

Bonus rounds

Elvis Costello, the Lemonheads, and Whiskeytown get the deluxe treatment
How long before this year’s This Year’s Model becomes last year’s This Year’s Model ?
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 08, 2008

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