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Pulp art at the Brooks School

A tank with a giant drill on the front erupts from under the street of a burning city.  
Thrilling, fascinating, different!
By GREG COOK  |  May 20, 2011
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Does jazz have a melody problem?

It seems lately that every other jazz musician I talk to under 40 wants to talk about melody — how it’s the thing they all care about.  
Phil Sargent and Daniel Bennett try a new approach
By JON GARELICK  |  June 04, 2010
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Meet Evan Thomas

Narrative is the throughline in the professional life of Evan Thomas.
The parallel careers of Newsweek's premier wordsmith
By PETER KADZIS  |  May 14, 2010
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Spose, radio star

Who knew? The era of the radio hit isn't completely over. Maybe five times recently, someone's asked, "Dude, have you heard that Spose song?"
Apparently, smoking it all can be beneficial
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 05, 2010
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Fallon Upward

Boston is thoroughly dominating NBC's fall line-up.
Local Laughs
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 18, 2009
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Meet your Massachusetts Governor's Council

In this perilous economy, Governor Deval Patrick is faced with extraordinary economic challenges.
Clown committee
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 14, 2009


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The great Boston art shakeout

By September, the Harrison Avenue gallery district seemed to have become a zombie, stiffly stumbling forward, as the citywide exhibit-space upheaval that began this past spring caught up with the neighborhood.
Ten local galleries closed this year. Where are we going?
By BY GREG COOK  |  November 12, 2008
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Dianne's special deal

Undeterred by her Democratic primary loss to opponent Sonia Chang-Díaz, State Senator Dianne Wilkerson is forging ahead in a sticker campaign to win re-election of her Second Suffolk seat in the state legislature.  
State Senator Dianne Wilkerson already has amassed a list of embarrassing political pratfalls. The Phoenix uncovers two more situations that should cause concern on the cusp of the election.
By TED SIEFER  |  October 22, 2008
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Road trips

In the fall of 1883, Isabella Stewart Gardner — more than a decade before she would develop her museum on Boston’s Fenway — traveled to China.
Luisa does Isabella in China, Gohlke does America
By GREG COOK  |  July 01, 2008
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Don’t leave me this way

Leaves lead a wild life, and each leaf’s physical structure reflects both its individual biography — revealing the pathways, for example, of insects that have eaten their way across a leaf’s surface.
Botanical Forms at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, Carroll Dunham and more at the Addison, and Renzo Piano at the Fogg
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 06, 2008
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Hearts of glass

In the photo it is night, and two women in cocktail dresses sit — perhaps chatting while jazz plays in the background — in a spare modern living room.
California cool at the Addison Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2008


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Turn on the bright lights

Art this fall grapples with issues like gender and journalism, personal space and human survival, and what to have for lunch.
Art, women, politics, and food
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 12, 2007
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Across the Universe

Intuition tells us that certain places are powerful, that certain spaces are sacred, and that we are sometimes in the presence of cosmic energy.
“Cosmic Energy” at Tufts, Aerial Photography at BU, Dawoud Bey at the Addison, and 2007 Photo Biennial at the Danforth
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 28, 2007
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School for scandal

Lending institutions have been buying the favor of sticky-fingered college administrators for some time now.
An Emerson College dean becomes the first Boston casualty of the national student-loan fiasco
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 27, 2007
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Walk on the mild side

In 1970, William Wegman was making short videos — jumping around in his underwear with purses hanging all over him, that sort of thing.
William Wegman at the Addison Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2007
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Gentleman callers

If the guys in Piebald had it their way, they’d probably rather be discussing social and/or political issues than Accidental Gentlemen . Piebald, "Oh the Congestion" (mp3)
Piebald aren’t just from Boston anymore
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 07, 2007


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Who’s the Nancy?

The GOP’s many mistakes this election season included the massive one of attacking House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the soon-to-be Speaker of the House.
Dubya slouches to mere mincing minion among DC’s new political elite
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  November 15, 2006
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Black and blond

She didn’t need an excuse to go out that night. Body dabble: Brian DePalma makes a mess of The Black Dahlia . By Peter Keough Dead flowers: James Ellroy on the movie and the obsession. By Peter Keough
The hideous sorority of Hollywood’s Black Dahlia and Boston’s Swedish nanny
By BILL JENSEN  |  September 18, 2006
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Home on the range

This is one of those revisionist Westerns. Her subjects reflect what her father, Pulitzer-winning journalist John McPhee, has called her “constant search for the dividing lines between altered and unaltered worlds.”
Laura McPhee’s deadpan take on nature  
By GREG COOK  |  June 07, 2006
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Beyond dollars and square feet

When the Institute of Contemporary Art revealed specifics of the first 11 acquisitions for its permanent collection a month ago, I watched with particular interest.
How will museum expansion in Massachusetts affect the way we see — and talk about — art?
By GREG COOK  |  April 05, 2006
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Don’t Ask, Don’t Help

Brain injuries. Burns. Broken bones. Infections.
Medics who could be treating soldiers in Iraq are home instead — because they’re gay
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 02, 2006


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The right profile

Contemporary African-American artists have taken on issues of race and American identity in a wealth of ways, from Kara Walker’s provocative silhouette narratives to Fred Wilson’s discomforting black "collectibles" to William Pope
  African-Americans in Andover, nudes in Winchester, sunglasses and cellphones in Essex
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 17, 2006