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Cool drink on a hot day

Alan Ayckbourn has been often dismissed as the British Neil Simon. He's also been hailed as a playwright of such acute insight that, if you look beyond the laughs, he deserves to be mentioned in the same critical breath as Harold Pinter.
With Table Manners, Gloucester Stage gives Ayckbourn his due
By ED SIEGEL  |  July 02, 2010
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Photos: Allston Footbridge Art Show

Artists bring their work to a showcase at the Allston Footbridge on June 26, 2010.
"Take It Outside" at the Allston Footbridge on June 26, 2010
By LINDSEY PAYSON  |  July 02, 2010
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Billboard's Rap Songs chart

In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 02, 2010
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All in the Fam

Halfway through my interview with the Allston-based alt-hop collective Fameless Fam about their upcoming showcase at Wonder Bar this Tuesday, Will from the posse's glitch-minded duo Time Crisis mentions that he went to high school in Pittsburgh with risi
The Fameless crew spice up the underground
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 02, 2010
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Maximum pleasure

Ann Beattie emerged in the 1970s in the pages of the New Yorker with a cast of post-grad characters who smoked pot, bummed around, fell in and out of relationships, and faced the world with a shrug and the latest rock and roll on the stereo.
Ann Beattie hasn’t been sleeping
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010
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Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

No matter how many books she sells, no matter how many billions the movies make, no matter what significance her huge success has for the future of Western culture, there's no excuse for Stephenie Meyer's terrible writing.
Blood simpletons: Eclipse needs a transfusion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010


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The sweet escape

When writers discuss Twin Sister's music, the word "dreamy" invariably pops up. It's not just a regurgitated cliché.
Twin Sister lay their shimmering dreamscapes bare
By REYAN ALI  |  July 02, 2010
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Love's life

Courtney and Hole stake their claim
Courtney and Hole stake their claim
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 02, 2010
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One night, one jazz trifecta

True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010
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A world of cinema

The 13th Maine International Film Festival begins in Waterville next Friday, and along with the usual unusual array of (political, music, and eco-)documentaries, Amerindies, classic and foreign films, and a special night at the drive-in, MIFF has a coupl
Young filmmakers shine at this year's Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 02, 2010
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Remember when

A celebration of our nation's founding is as good a time as any to dig into some old-time country music, either from this country or another. Whether a reissue from 1976 (the Bicentennial!) or a release from just last week, Mainers give you plenty of bac
Getting back to roots for the Fourth
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 02, 2010


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Something borrowed

"Bride" stands tall as the leading lady at the Institute of Contemporary Art's current two-woman exhibit "A Meticulous Ferment," a five-tiered pastry of sculpture glittering with as much opulence, self-importance, and fragility as the title might suggest
Beth Lipman and Kirsten Hassenfeld at MECA's ICA
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 02, 2010
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White trash heroes

It is official — iconic PVD noisemongers Arab on Radar are back on the grid and about to end their eight-year hiatus with a nationwide reunion tour beginning this weekend in Easthampton, Massachusetts, followed by a stop at AS220 on July 3.
Arab on Radar are back on the attack
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 02, 2010
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Review: The Killer Inside Me

Jim Thompson might be the darkest of noir writers, but Michael Winterbottom's version of Thompson's 1952 novel reduces its mirthful nihilism to lurid unpleasantness.
A killer with nothing inside him
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010
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Review: Love Ranch

A worthwhile tale might lurk somewhere in Taylor Hackford's latest, but this flaccid look at the early days of Reno's legalized bordello business takes a fictionalized approach to history rather than the more fact-based strategy that enriched Hackford'
"There's no business like ho business!"'
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 02, 2010

Eternal Otter Records releases a slew of singles

On July 10 ETERNAL OTTER RECORDS will be releasing its next slew of vinyl singles with a cool gig both in the Narrow Gauge museum and on the train itself.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 02, 2010


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Ghana baby Ghana

Florida Road is a crowded strip of bars and clubs in Durban, a city on the eastern coast of South Africa.
A Letter from South Africa
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 02, 2010
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Worse than Afghanistan

At almost the same moment that Rolling Stone was reordering the political landscape with its devastating profile of the now-resigned Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal, a smaller, lesser-known political monthly, The American Conservative
Mainstream media flunks again
By PETER KADZIS  |  July 02, 2010
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Unmitigated Gaul

The French pride themselves on their revolutionary spirit, no less in film than in politics.
Rogues and rebels in the Boston French Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010
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Brown's theater juggernaut fires up again

The Brown/Trinity Repertory Theatre, a summer program that cultivates promising young playwrights, is set to launch this year's slate of three plays on July 7. Expectations are high.
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010
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Brown's theater juggernaut fires up again

The Brown/Trinity Repertory Theatre, a summer program that cultivates promising young playwrights, is set to launch this year's slate of three plays on July 7. Expectations are high.
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010


Going hyperlocal: AOL sets its sights on Aquidneck Island

Rhode Island's increasingly crowded media landscape may have a new player soon: AOL is recruiting journalists to run hyperlocal news web sites in Newport, Portsmouth, and Middletown.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 02, 2010

Brian Johnson at Alisson’s Restaurant, June 27

After three full days of filming for the Travel Channel's Food Wars, the staff and supporters of Alisson's Restaurant in Kennebunkport were ready to party.
Music Seen
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  July 02, 2010

Front lines

Sebastian Junger gets up close and personal with Restrepo
Sebastian Junger gets up close and personal with Restrepo
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 26, 2010
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Interview: Mark and Jay Duplass

"We took our caveman process and our telepathic speak and we had to learn how to share it with 70 crew members and a studio . . . "
The  Cyrus writer-directors keep it simple
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010
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Video: The 12 acts you should've seen at Bonnaroo 2010

When I told my bosses here at the Phoenix  that I was going to need some time off to attend Bonnaroo for my third year in a row, I expected to hear something along the lines of, "Have fun, don't die, and we'll see you when you get back."
From the xx to Jay-Z
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 25, 2010


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Dutch courage

When you've already written a novel like Cloud Atlas , which travels from 1850 to the apocalyptic future and back again, writing a historical novel might be redundant.
David Mitchell's Jacob de Zoet revises historical fiction
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010
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The Devil makes them do it

"Americana, on the rocks" is the official tagline for the Benedictions, steady cooking since forming just 16 months ago (more on that in a minute), led by a familiar name on the folk circuit in G.W. Mercure.
Digging deep with the Benedictions
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 25, 2010

Genre-jumping

WBRU’s free summer concert series at Waterplace Park is in full swing, and expert blues outfit SIT DOWN BABY get the call on FRIDAY (the 25th) at 7:30 pm.
 Plus, Pints For Paws at Nick-A-Nee’s
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 25, 2010
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Back to the future

Comedy Central resurrects Groening's other show
Comedy Central resurrects Groening's other show
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 25, 2010