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The Big Hurt - July 20, 2012

The Big Hurt: The month in tragedy, rampages, and weird cheese

It's been a sad and grisly few weeks for live music.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 20, 2012
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Review: Big Miracle

Taking a tip from the oil industry, Hollywood has started exploiting Alaska. Following in the tracks of The Grey is Ken Kwapis's take on a true story from 1988 about an effort to save gray whales trapped in the Arctic ice. Surprisingly, the film offer
Ken Kwapis's take on a true story from 1988
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 03, 2012
Review - The Grey

Review: The Grey

At the center of this superior stranded-men-picked-off-by-external-threat thriller is Ottway, an anguished loner powerfully played by Liam Neeson.
Man vs. wolves
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 27, 2012
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Net neutrality has become the biggest free speech issue of the 21st century. Is it doomed to failure?

One morning last month, Senator Al Franken stood at the podium of a hotel in downtown Austin, looking out at some of the most innovative minds in the country gathered at this year's South by Southwest Interactive conference. "I know that many of you hav
Net loss
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 08, 2011
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Sarah Palin wilts as Glenn Beck self-destructs

Common sense has bloomed among right wingers — not once, but twice. And while these episodes are unlikely to become regular events, we should enjoy them while we can.
Trouble on the right
By EDITORIAL  |  February 11, 2011
Meet the Mayor: T.T. the Bear's Place

Meet the Mayor: T.T. the Bear's Place


Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats. T.T. the Bear's PlaceEmma Welles I see...
By Barry Thompson  |  November 18, 2010


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The American Idol Party

SARAH PALIN AND CHRISTINE O'DONNELL MIGHT NOT TURN OUT TO BE GOOD CANDIDATES, BUT THEY MAKE GREAT TELEVISION
Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell might not turn out to be good candidates, but they make great television
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 24, 2010
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Unholy contraptions

In Tavares Strachan's video The Rocket Launch (2009), two black men in white chemical suits load sugar cane into the back of a three-wheeled mini-truck, then drive down a palm-tree-lined road to a run-down building labeled Bahamas Aerospace and Sea Exp
Tavares Strachan's rockets, plus 'The Boat Show' at Drive By, and 'Sensed, Unseen' at GASP
By GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2010
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Pop-up pirate

I've written first-hand about trapeze lessons, smelt fishing, and cruise vacations (oh, my!), but as I headed toward surf lessons at Scarborough's Higgins Beach one morning in May, I had more butterflies in my stomach than usual.
A first-time surfer takes to the waves
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 18, 2010
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Oprah, red in tooth and claw

"Of the millions of known species of life on earth, more than 90 percent have no backbone." Well, that explains a few things.
All God's creatures get nailed in Life
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 18, 2010
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Night moves

Theater of Thought has done it again, this time with dark humor and Texas accents, as it amplifies theatrical reality with a site-specific rendition of Killer Joe .
Theater Of Thought’s Killer Joe
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 28, 2010


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The high cost of free markets

Free markets are not free. They always carry a cost.
A lack of regulation invites oil spills and financial collapse
By EDITORIAL  |  May 21, 2010

Gonna change directions

That’s not intended as a negative reflection on the Son of God, who can’t be held responsible for the deficiencies in Beardsley’s early campaign style.
Jesus didn’t help Bill Beardsley.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2010

The ‘new Providence’?

WRNI political reporter and Casa Diablo regular Scott MacKay was the first pundit to make the observation to your superior correspondents in the summer of 2002 that we were “about to witness either the last election of the ‘old Providence’ or the first e
Angel rising. Plus, the IRS blues, after the flood, drilling Obama, and Tiger talk
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 09, 2010
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Political Blind Items

Touchin' dinks and slippin' nipples
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 19, 2010
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Rainbow Nation

After a torturous history of being treated like second-class citizens, the black population in this country stunned the world by pulling off the unimaginable: voting a black man in as president.
The US isn't the only country exploring its complex racial history. South Africa prepares for its moment in the sun.
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010


Palin's appeal

I was disappointed in your editorial on Sarah Palin. However, I cannot say I was surprised by it.
Letters to the Boston editor, December 18, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 18, 2009
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Totally clips of the heart

Nick Prueher and fellow video crate digger Joe Pickett sift through untold hours of lunatic cable-access shows, home movies, and dubious self-help videos to pluck out breathtakingly bad gems for their touring Found Footage Festival.
Foraging with the Found Footage Festival’s Nick Prueher
By SHAULA CLARK  |  November 06, 2009
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Review: The Fourth Kind

If the “actual footage” used in this film is real, then there’s something going on up in Alaska even more frightening than the rise of Sarah Palin.
Creepy, but clumsy
By DAVID WILDMAN  |  November 06, 2009
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Hardboiled hub

When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009
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Photos: The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Scenes from The National Parks: America's Best Idea , a six-part, 12-hour film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, George Masa.
Images from Ken Burns's latest documentary
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 25, 2009


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The end of the affair?

During Mitt Romney's failed bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, he demonstrated a potent knack for wooing the conservative commentariat.
Mitt Romney's right-wing-media problem. Plus, Michael Bloomberg's blind spot.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 28, 2009
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The Granite State Gang

Big bucks couldn't buy the viral awe and ire that the Free State Project (FSP) scored on August 11, when New Hampshire resident William Kostric arrived outside President Barack Obama's Portsmouth Town Hall meeting with a handgun on his right thigh — "op
New Hampshire transplants live free — or die trying
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009

Play by play: July 24, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 24, 2009

Play by play: July 17, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 17, 2009

From Jester to Esther

During the presidential campaign last fall, the Phoenix took note of a curious undercurrent in the annals of Sarah Palin fandom: the notion of Palin as a modern-day Queen Esther.
Sarah Palin sees self as a religious legend, not a political football
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009


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Sarah Palin, Inc.

Confused commenters have no clue as to the opportunities that await Palin — because few understand the extraordinary, multi-billion-dollar marketplace that has developed for movement conservatives.
The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it. Ka-ching!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009
CAPTION CONTEST: Caption this Sarah Palin photo

CAPTION CONTEST: Caption this Sarah Palin photo


CAPTION THIS PHOTO Mine: Sarah Palin continues to slice out will-to-live from Alaskans
By Lisa Spinelli  |  July 13, 2009
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The Iquitarod

Phillipe and Jorge wish they could claim to have coined that headline about professional loony Sarah Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska prior to her first term being completed, but full points go to Geoffrey Dunn of The Huffington Post .
Sarah says 'no mas.' Plus, the United States of Goldman Sachs.
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  July 10, 2009

Play by play: July 10, 2009

This week in Boston theater
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 10, 2009