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Unchecked power and secrecy — not gays — are the church’s problem

Vatican Myopia
Presenting more evidence that it just doesn't get it, the Vatican recently issued new so-called, "psychological screening guidelines" to weed out priest candidates with "psychopathic disorders," but only those related to sexual misconduct — specifically homosexuality.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 19, 2008

Crossword: ''My heart belongs to you''

A little organ music.

By MATT JONES  |  November 12, 2008

Half-baked Alaska

Why is the coldest state such a hotbed of corruption?
Until a couple months ago, did the state of Alaska ever cross your radar? Its chief exports were cute polar-bear screen savers and Northern Exposure .
By KARA BASKIN  |  November 10, 2008

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

An uninspired sit-com packed with Hollywood stars
It’s a light entertainment that can cash in with election-weary audiences.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 05, 2008

A hidden gem: RISD’s Nature Lab

Roving Eye
Spend a few minutes browsing RISD’s repository for shells, seeds, skins, and skeletons and you’ll see why — dead or alive — the Nature Lab is one of Providence’s most stimulating settings.
By PHILIP EIL  |  October 29, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Jon Rineman

We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
I like to take my time surveying the voting booths, slowly walking past each one for about 20 minutes. Then I pick one, say, “Yes. This is the one. This will do."  
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 29, 2008

San Francisco treat

Deerhoof at the Middle East Downstairs, October 23, 2008
The SF-based Deerhoof performed at the Middle East a week ago Thursday with the amusingly repetitive precision of a puppet show or an assembly of wind-up toys.  
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 28, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Jim McCue

We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
Who is the only governor who can diaper her children in moose pelts?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 17, 2008

When the red, red robin . . .

‘Language Of Color’ at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, ‘Speaker Project’ at MassArt, Cathy McLaurin at Montserrat
This exhibit explores the basic nature of color and its relationship to survival and pleasure in the world.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 17, 2008

Ghost Town

A fill-in-the-blanks, DOA comedy
As a comedian, Ricky Gervais is like an endangered panda: he can perform only under specific circumstances.
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  September 16, 2008

Slideshow: Art and Empire at the MFA

Images from "Art and Empire" at the MFA
Images from "Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria" at the Museum of Fine Arts, September 21-January 4, 2009
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2008

Ties that bind

Dr. Lovemonkey
I’ve been seeing this guy for almost six months, but I’m starting to suspect that he just might be “Mr. Wrong.”
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  September 10, 2008

Facebooking the convention

News feed
We rounded up a few Maine luminaries who’ve alighted in the Mile High City for the Democratic National Convention, and translated their observations into Facebook speak.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 28, 2008

Pho Horn

Authentic Vietnamese plus
Strictly speaking, this is not a pho shop, like the more than two-dozen in Boston that offer countless variations, since it offers much more — nearly 100 dishes.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008

Eyes on the (yawn) prize

The biggest story coming from the campaign trail lately seems to be: Which candidate is more lackluster?
A remarkable thing has happened: neither John McCain nor Barack Obama has done virtually anything to bolster his candidacy.
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 23, 2008

Me and my tattoos

One Man’s Inky Voyage Toward Meaning
I know that most people get their first tattoo when they’re drunk, or infatuated, or when there’s a race war on their cellblock and they have to quickly join a gang — but not me.
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 23, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Bethany Van Delft

We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
I’d eat a cup of salt so that I might come close to experiencing what a dolphin frolicking in the ocean might experience.
By MARC HIRSH  |  July 15, 2008

The new girl

Katy Perry storms the boys’ club
“I am the pink in a sea of darkness.”
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 15, 2008

Road work

Eric Irving’s iconic ‘Mono*liths,’ and more
Urban construction and demolition have become some of the primary themes of Providence art over the past decade or so.
By GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2008

Dance, Monkey: J.J. Leslie

We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
Kool-Aid is the ultimate energy drink, and it smashes through walls with its character, so it makes transportation easier.
By MARC HIRSH  |  July 08, 2008

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