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Election controversy rocks and roils Boston bluesmen

Looking for a name for your Boston-based blues band? How about "Hanging Chad"?
Blues Clues Dept.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 11, 2009

Review: Whip It

Add a dash of the sad beauty contests and kooky, dysfunctional family of Little Miss Sunshine to a helping of the bogus hipness and overexposed star of Juno and whip it good and you get an idea of why Drew Barrymore's directorial debut falls flat as
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut falls flat
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 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

Brain gloss

The merger of thought and glossy spreads of girls in streaming, DIY couture.
Two new Boston mags aimed at women beg the question, why not the perfect women's magazine?
By ELLEE DEAN  |  January 15, 2008

It parade

There is a moment, at the end of a beauty pageant, when the previous year’s winner is forced to place the sparkling crown on a new champion’s head.
In 2008, novels turn to fairies, fashion goes faux green, and Star Trek  gets all 90210
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 26, 2007

Can Britney rise again?

The first movie star was a woman named Florence Lawrence.
It’s tough to be a celebrity on the skids, but even a ‘ticking time-bomb’ can stage a convincing comeback
By SHARON STEEL  |  October 18, 2007


Dance, Monkey: Bill Bellamy

All of the Republicans should dress up as real people.
A comic in the hot seat
By SARA FAITH-ALTERMAN  |  October 16, 2007

Risky business

If none of the above translates to the page as comic, trust me, you had (have!) to be there. 
Cutting loose at Friday Night Live
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 08, 2007

Real housewives and blood diamonds

Literature, that slow cousin to Life, has in its prolonged non-engagement with reality TV been even denser and more dreamily backward than usual.
Another trip to Orange County, and bling’d in Sierra Leone
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 27, 2007

When sportscasters attack

Each sports season carries a relatively small number of sportscaster arrests, but the ones we do get it are usually memorable.
Sports blotter: "From downtown!" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 24, 2007

One-stop shopping for eye candy

Whether you’re after meaty jocks or beauteous babes, you can find them in one place this weekend: Fitzpatrick Stadium on Park Avenue in Portland.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 06, 2006