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Does the local food movement really work?

Providence cultural center AS220's panel discussion series Action Speaks! continues with a look at the "local food" movement.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 08, 2010

Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids

The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
By PATTI SMITH  |  March 05, 2010

Get into gear

A new season brings new toys, and snow sports fanatics are nothing if not gearheads.
Hit the slopes in style with the coldest season’s hottest innovations
By CLEA SIMON  |  November 20, 2009

Live and on record

To call Darius Jones’s music avant-garde seems almost beside the point. In its way, it’s older than old — it’s ancient.
Darius Jones, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Ben Goldberg’s Go Home
By JON GARELICK  |  November 06, 2009

Fair Share?

On September 10, Boston City Councilor David Scondras wrote a letter to the city’s group-health-insurance director.  “We have a non-discrimination policy in this city which includes people who are gay and lesbian,” wrote the city’s first openly gay city
Extending Benefits to Domestic Partners
By NEIL MILLER  |  October 30, 2009

The Queen of Masturbation

A professional essayist, erotic story writer, and scholar, Dr. Carol Queen is the brains behind National Masturbation Month.
Coming clean with Carol Queen, the San Fran-based sexologist who created National Masturbation Month
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 05, 2009


The SLA: Unity Through Violent Action?

From Mu, a lost land of legends, they march on America (or at least San Francisco) — the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Patricia Hearst kidnapped, a media mogul's ransom, and the FBI
By VIN MCLELLAN  |  March 30, 2009

Crossword: ''Just add vodka''

Mixing it up a little
Mixing it up a little
By MATT JONES  |  January 28, 2009

Enrich thy neighbor, Portland

Back in the temperate zone, the local and national economies are in the crapper.
'Buy local' and take care of business
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  December 10, 2008

Jews just want to have fun

The streets are deserted, the storefronts chained shut, and there's not a glimmer of neon to guide you to your favorite bar.
And perhaps find love by turning Christmas Eve into the jolliest night of the year
By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  December 08, 2008

Enrich thy neighbor

'Buy local' and take care of business
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  December 08, 2008


It could be verse

Subtle outdo their story on ExitingARM
Subtle outdo their story on ExitingARM
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 11, 2008

Under her skin

Who is Laurel Casey? If you figure her out, let her know. She’d love to learn that too.
Laurel Casey is back in town
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2008

A Peapod grows in Portland

Harrity’s albums sound like the work of an invisible hand, and it’s apparent that he likes it that way.
A young label sports sonic wisdom
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 07, 2008

The Morning Benders

It’s an ageless template that works well here.
Talking Through Tin Cans | + 1
By DAVID BOFFA  |  May 06, 2008

A sinking feeling

For years, critics have called the MBTA a contributing culprit in the dangerously declining groundwater levels under the Back Bay and other parts of Boston — a problem that threatens to literally destroy much of the city’s architecture
Leaky MBTA tunnels have been seeping Boston’s groundwater for years. Can a new plan prevent potential catastrophe?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 30, 2008


Show and tell

I’d never really had a crush on a drawing before. But when I began reading Adrian Tomine several years ago, I started falling for ’em left and right.
Adrian Tomine gets it together
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 26, 2008

Understated flavor

Any group — whether a city, a cohort of friends, or a couple — must be cautious about where they first fall for vegetarian Asian food.
Green Elephant affirms life through the palate
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 23, 2008

Local 121

My usual dining companion doesn’t order shrimp anymore because she’s tired of asking where they came from.
Regional and reasonably priced
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 29, 2007

Play by play

Being an annotated schedule of the guitary greatness on offer at the festival.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 29, 2007


For the 32nd consecutive summer, the French Library’s Bastille Day Street Dance promises to be a world-music highlight.
Francophone acts bring it home on Bastille Day
By BANNING EYRE  |  July 10, 2007


Protesting the bio-whatever

Eighteen dancers showed to prostest the BIO 2007 convention, but they were as fuzzy as their boas on a lot of details.
A week of biotech protests ends, not with a bang but with battery failure
By MARGARET DORIS  |  May 18, 2007

Fathers and son

It must be daunting to have Joshua Redman’s talent.
Joshua Redman goes East
By JON GARELICK  |  May 01, 2007

Bankruptcy won't hurt Eggers's fundraising

Scores of independent publishing houses have faced possible shutdown in the past two months, due to the bankruptcy of the corporation that owns Publishers Group West, a major distributor in the indie book world.
Money matters
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 28, 2007

Off the press!

I can write the alternative press’s history — or one passably passionate version of it — because the institution’s trajectory matches my own.
My life and good times in alternative journalism  
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  November 15, 2006

Captain Crunch: the unique phreak

SAN JOSE, Calif – John Draper of Mountain View, California, is a phone phreak; under the pseudonym of “Captain Crunch” he is probably the most famous phone phreak of them all.
He’s switching from ‘blue boxes’ and whistles to computers
By CHUCK FAGER  |  September 14, 2006


See you in the pit . . .

For two consecutive nights last week, the bar at Avalon was stacked seven punks deep by swarms of screaming, spiked-out tykes and a few elder statesman, all of whom had come to see the only outfit that matters to them . . . Rancid.
Rancid’s reasons to believe
By IAN SANDS  |  August 29, 2006

New blood

Now in its thirteenth year, Natasha’s remains the best-lamped restaurant in Portland.
A change of chefs revitalizes Natasha’s
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 19, 2006

Peaceful Warrior

The wise-elder/insolent-apprentice story has been so durable in Hollywood that many scriptwriting manuals teach it as a paradigm. Watch the trailer for Peaceful Warrior (QuickTime)
Following the template by numbers
By MATTIAS FREY  |  July 12, 2006

Is the RIAA inoculating itself against viral video?

You’ve seen them: the hundreds upon hundreds of homemade clips on YouTube and Google Video where bored teenagers set up a webcam and lip-sync cheekily to their favorite songs.
YouTube under fire
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 21, 2006