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Review: Secrets Of The Tribe

The tribe of the title, as José Padilha’s deft and outrageous documentary makes clear, are not the Stone Age Yanomami people of the Amazon but the anthropologists themselves.
 Their secrets are indeed disturbing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010
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Secret Harbor

A home for the criminally insane it might not be, but the real-life Shutter Island is, like the one in the new Martin Scorsese film that hits theaters this week, a spooky and controversial land mass in Boston Harbor that is indeed off-limits to the publi
The real-life version of Scorsese's Shutter Island imports hundreds of homeless from the South End every evening; they’re among the few allowed on Boston Harbor’s isle of mystery.
By CHRISTOPHER KLEIN  |  February 19, 2010
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Various Artists | Where the Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965 - 1968

More than three years in the making, the most recent installment of Rhino's legendary archival garage-rock series offers an amazingly comprehensive excavation of an absurdly fertile scene.
Rhino (2009)
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009
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Bigfoot coming to Congress Street

Mainer Loren Coleman loves sharing his wealth -- the treasures collected during a 50-year career in the field of cryptozoology, which is the study of mysterious creatures (think Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the chupacabra).
Venue Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 25, 2009
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Interview: Jane Goodall

If only there were more trees to be torn down, we could utilize them . . . to fill newspapers with the endless depressing stories out there about the environment and all its hapless inhabitants.
Creature comforts
By LANCE GOULD  |  September 25, 2009
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The scene is now

As newspapers cede arbiter status to random bloggers with Fios and afternoons off, the function of polls like our humble offering must change out of necessity. What once was a forecast is now more like a diagnostic — it's anthropology versus tastemakery
What we can learn about Boston from the local winners
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 31, 2009


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Men + money = mess

Since Iceland is something of the epicenter of the global financial crisis — its government being the first to essentially go belly up — it's probably not surprising that the Icelanders have come up with the most novel and interesting theory as to what c
The financial crisis is a man-made problem. And it might not have occurred if we had listened to women.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 15, 2009
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Slideshow: 'Dark Arts' at MassArt

American Memory Project, Coyotel Press, and A Year At the Wheel at Mass Art's Pozen Center
Dark Arts Lecture Series at MassArt's Pozen Center , April 24, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 01, 2009

George W. Bush

Did you think we were done ripping the Neanderthal who set the country back five decades in just eight years? Well, we kind of are, but we also want to be the first to mock Texans who will soon begin discussing plans to build a library commemorating Amer
Did you think we were done ripping the Neanderthal who set the country back five decades in just eight years? Well, we kind of are, but we also want to be the first to mock Texans who will soon begin discussing plans to build a library commemorating America's first illiterate president.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Epochalypse soon

The end times do indeed commence on December 21, 2012.  On that date, this fragile blue orb of ours will suddenly cease to be a very fun place to live.
The end is nigh! Or not.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 25, 2009

Culture wars

IN A CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAM, THE US ARMY IS USING ANTHROPOLOGISTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO BRIDGE CULTURAL DIVIDES AND LIMIT AMERICAN CASUALTIES. BUT IS THE DATA THEY COLLECT USED TO TARGET AND KILL FOREIGNERS?
IN A CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAM, THE US ARMY IS USING ANTHROPOLOGISTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO BRIDGE CULTURAL DIVIDES AND LIMIT AMERICAN CASUALTIES. BUT IS THE DATA THEY COLLECT USED TO TARGET AND KILL FOREIGNERS?
By PETER PIATETSKY  |  March 11, 2009


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Understanding the stink factor

What is that smell?
Eat raw
By CHRISTY MCKINNON  |  December 17, 2008
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Fly Me to the Moon

First chimps and now bugs get to go into orbit — that’s right, the title of this film refers to the common housefly.
Doesn't muster much buzz
By TOM MEEK  |  August 13, 2008
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“Cryptic Providence” digs deep

It’s one thing to have performances on a stage and art works in a gallery, and another to accomplish what “Cryptic Providence” will do.
Everlasting
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2008
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Going ape

The truth is the truth, and we hacks must face up to it: it is no longer amusing to come up with ideas for hypothetical reality shows.
Animal Planet’s Escape to Chimp Eden
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 12, 2008
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Animal house

Each of Sara Gruen’s first three novels have had animal characters who were crucial to the book, but Water for Elephants has made the biggest splash.
Sara Gruen’s fictional menagerie
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2008


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Film on the fringe

Virtually every major city in this country hosts at least one “Jewish Film Festival” each year (even Baton Rouge and Dayton).
Jewishfilm.2008 explores the frontiers
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 25, 2008
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Permanent

As Massachusetts’s puritanical Blue Laws started to fade in the late 1990s, the kids on Comm Ave rejoiced.
Body modification as art at the Peabody Essex Museum
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  February 20, 2008
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Guest lists 2007


Phoenix and WFNX staffers submit their ten best albums of the year
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2007
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Whitewash

“Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture in Classical Antiquity” presents striking evidence that the white marbles were once painted in bold Technicolor.
Can a striking exhibit at Harvard really make us see ancient Greek and Roman sculpture — and the roots of racism — as we never have before?
By GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007

The landmark Herodotus: The Histories edited by Robert B. Strassler, translated by Andrea L. Purvis

What do the late Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski and the fictional archeologist Count László de Almásy (played by Ralph Fiennes in the cinematic adaptation of The English Patient ) have in common?
Pantheon | 1024 pages | $45
By PETER KADZIS  |  December 03, 2007


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Boston music news: November 2, 2007

Somerville-based singer-songwriter Mieka Pauley may have a degree in biological anthropology from Harvard, but right now music is her primary focus.
Notes on Mieka Pauley, Ron Pownall, and Deborah Henson-Conant
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 30, 2007
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Sustainable sounds

For every high-gloss record label driven primarily by commercial concerns, there are any number of smaller-scale labels putting beautiful sounds out into the ether.
Providence label Secret Eye thinks globally, acts locally
By ANDREA FELDMAN  |  July 10, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 90-81


These guys couldn't turn on a radio
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Worst in breed: Television

Who are the unsexiest TV men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men of 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007
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The Mauss that roared

A month ago, Boston comedian Shane Mauss could barely get local comedy clubs to return his calls.
Meet the man who could put Boston’s comedy scene back on the map
By SEAN L. MCCARTHY  |  March 30, 2007


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Mapping the mind

Consider the countless processes your body is performing in order for you to read these words.
Deborah Aschheim’s deep cartography
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 14, 2007
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Having more fun

By the time Car Wheels on a Gravel Road came out, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, and Tom Petty had all recorded Williams’s songs.
Lucinda Williams goes West
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 13, 2007
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Changing concentrations

Thomas Friedman from the New York Times writes that “the world is flat.” Are you too old for school?: Even at age 30, your brain is different from the average student’s. By Samantha Henig
As the world shrinks, schools expand their majors and programs
By SEETHA NARAYAN  |  January 24, 2007
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Lawless runs insurgent campaign against Langevin

Jennifer Lawless’s storefront campaign office in Warwick’s Conimicut section is bedecked with inspirational aphorisms from the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Henry Ford, Casey Stengel, Dr. Seuss, and Margaret Mead.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 26, 2006