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Something to honk about: Goose Island delivers the Belgians

Two weeks ago we huzzahed the arrival of Founders.
Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
By LOU PAPINEAU  |  March 23, 2012

Review: Van Ghent Café

As ethnic cuisines go, most of us would be hard-pressed to anticipate much beyond their eponymous waffles when looking forward to a Belgian restaurant.
More than waffle time
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 21, 2011

Health 'n' hops

Thomas Jefferson once asserted that beer, when drank in moderation, "promotes health." Trappist monks in Belgium and the Netherlands referred to it as "liquid bread."
Is beer good for you?
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 01, 2011

Gabriel Kuri and Francis Alÿs look at the ordinary

It feels a bit like the art-world version of some twins-separated-at-birth Disney comedy: one artist born in Mexico who lives in Belgium, and one born in Belgium who lives in Mexico.  
Magical thinking
By GREG COOK  |  February 25, 2011

Go global!

Talk of international beer typically conjures up images of German beer gardens, Belgian monasteries, and pints of Guinness. But where is the rest of the world in this Eurocentric fantasy?  
Become a worldly beer drinker
By JOSH SMITH  |  September 10, 2010

At the G.I. Joe Convention: The Baroness and a ‘slice of Americana’

Roadblock flew in from Miami, and Tunnel Rat took the train from Jersey. But it was Baroness, aka Penelope Pappas, who got the cameras clicking at the 17th annual G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  May 07, 2010


Savor the flavor

Whether you only occasionally hoist a craft beer or carry a notepad to rate beer everywhere you go, we can all become better beer drinkers by following a few simple guidelines.
How to make great beer even better
By JOSH SMITH  |  May 07, 2010

Review: Marwencol

It takes a village to save a mind.
The resistance of memory
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010

Beer Heaven

Beer heaven does exist. And it’s in the backwoods of Lovell, Maine.
A pilgrimage to Ebenezer’s Pub
By JOSH SMITH  |  March 26, 2010

Symphony 8 Restaurant & Bar

Everyone wants to have a gastro-pub with comfort food, but you have to be able to cook a little bit to sustain one. It also helps to draw a clean draught beer, maintain a quality wine list, and sweep the floor.
Time to face the music
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 19, 2010

The Low Anthem visit the Low Countries

Plus Brown Birds and Toughcats


Review: A Town Called Panic (2010)

It is, indeed, a golden age for animation, where silent montages can wrenchingly portray a lifelong bond (in Pete Docter's Up ), or a band of stop-motion foxes can act out complex and angsty family dynamics (Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox ), or a c
Chaos reigns in a Belgian Town Called Panic
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 12, 2010

Review: A Town Called Panic

This stop-motion comedy from Belgian filmmakers Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar is the anti– Fantastic Mr. Fox — its lack of visual and psychological nuance is, merci, quite deliberate.
Bilge from Belgium
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 22, 2010

Interview: Ray Davies

In 1964, the scorching five-chord chorus of “You Really Got Me” changed rock music forever.
On singing in the choir, his American experience, and who’ll play Dave  
By ELIZABETH GEHRMAN  |  November 06, 2009

Bikers: get muddy and wet

If someone asked you what the most popular winter sport in Belgium was, what would you guess?
Belgian Pastimes
By ADAM MYERSON  |  October 16, 2009

Up and autumn!

Behold! The prime of the approaching fall local rock crop.
New local rock to shake the leaves from the trees
By MATT PARISH  |  September 18, 2009


Photos: 'Seeing Songs' at MFA

Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs at the MFA
An eclectic mix of work that draws on music as inspiration
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 17, 2009
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(10) days of celluloid

Among the many treats at last year's Maine International Film Festival were a future Oscar winner (James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire ) and one of the biggest art-house hits of 2008 (Scandinavian teen-vampire flick Let the Right One In ).
From the gridiron to gritty realism at the Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 10, 2009

Review: Moscow, Belgium

Matty (Barbara Sarafian) is a weather-beaten wreck, a postal-worker mom of three whose vacillating husband has (pretty much) left her for a younger woman.
Tired mom meets 'viking' trucker
By LANCE GOULD  |  April 24, 2009

Old school

Back in 1928, a Providence Journal headline dubbed painter Hezekiah Anthony Dyer a "militant anti-Modernist." Modern art was just about showing off, he said.
Dyer's thing was watercolors and gouaches of romantic fairy tale country cottages, snowy mountain lakes, and ruins of old stone arches and doorways.
By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2009

Three Day Threshold take pride in roots

Three Day Threshold take pride in their roots
The undiscovered country
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 26, 2009



Action hunk Jean-Claude Van Damme, who hasn't had a US theatrical release in years, found a more creative venue than Celebrity Rehab in which to seek redemption.
A comic but poignant collision of biography and filmography
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  November 11, 2008

New kids on the block

Newly reactivated local gut-pop heroes Dear Leader will play two shows this weekend, with a handful of notable newbs and special guests.
Allow Dear Leader to introduce you
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 23, 2008

The Publick House

The true focus here is the far frontiers of craft brewing, especially the many styles of Belgian ales.
Grab a drink while you wait
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 23, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Brian Moote

Pringles, the pizza-flavored ones, feel like a dinner. I wouldn’t just get sour-cream-and-onion. That doesn’t have enough food groups in it.
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By MARC HIRSH  |  July 23, 2008

Flora, fauna, and the female figure

The Art Nouveau movement of the late-19th/early-20th century distanced itself from the mass production of the Industrial Revolution with elaborate, one-of-a-kind works made from unusual materials.
Art Nouveau Jewelry at the MFA, ‘Players’ on MIT’s Media Test Wall, and ‘Nascent’ at NESAD
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 15, 2008



Building with Bricks Volume 3, the double-disc anthology that drops this week, features a spread of classic material and glimpses into the future of Beantown’s reigning rap regime.
Hub-hop courtesy of Brick Records
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 11, 2008

Collective mentality

"We wanted to expand our reach as wide as possible and from that field create a program of film and videos that explicitly address duration."
A conversation with video artist Kenneth White
By IAN PAIGE  |  June 04, 2008

St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Satan Red

In beer, as in life, there is good and there is evil.
The eternal struggle
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008

Beer: the next generation

Nikki’s Liquors, at first blush, seems like a typical liquor store.
Hopped-up brews are proliferating in Rhode Island, from neighborhood bars to the corner package store
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 06, 2008