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Birds, noise vs. wind power
I was very disappointed that the Phoenix chose to endorse subsidizing the wind power industry.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, January 4, 2013
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| January 04, 2013
We should move.
There's a lot wrong with this place.
| August 10, 2012
The Rhode Island Racing Pigeon Club takes flight
Late Saturday afternoon Mike Becker settled into a backyard lawn chair to wait.
| July 06, 2012
Birds of a feather
Birds of a feather jam together.
| October 14, 2011
Review: Cody Thompson's ''Witch Doctor'' at Craftland
The owl-falcon smiles with demonic, googly-eyes and a wide, maniacal, fanged grin.
The human touch
| June 10, 2011
Love drives this animated 3D flight of fancy from Carlos Saldanha, director of the Ice Age series and a native of the title city.
A vibrant visual feast
| April 15, 2011
Interpreting mass die-offs
If you come across thousands of dead birds, you should freak out.
Big Fat Whale
| February 04, 2011
Review: The Legend of Pale Male
Strictly for the birdwatchers
Strictly for the birdwatchers
| December 24, 2010
Review: Birdemic: Shock and Awe
Birdemic: Shock and Awe begs to be judged on the compellingness of its awfulness — if not by its creator, James Nguyen, then by its distributor. So here goes.
Campy, no-budget homage to Hitchcock
| June 04, 2010
Glee and sympathy
If Ryan Landry gets any more respectable, he’ll be hosting Masterpiece Theatre.
The Gold Dust Orphans’ The Gulls; Nora’s The Lady with All the Answers
| May 21, 2010
“A bird feeder,” Hamilton writes in her artist statement, “creates an intensified microcosm of the trials and hardships of avian existence.”
New works by Catherine Hamilton and Susan Twaddell
| May 07, 2010
Rachel Berwick's art is concerned with conjuring ghosts — in particular the spirits of creatures or peoples near extinction or already died out.
Rachel Berwick conjures ghost birds in Zugunruhe
| December 11, 2009
Laura Jacobs, who was the dance critic here at the Phoenix in the mid 1980s, is the author of Landscape with Moving Figures, a collection of writing from the New Criterion that's as polemic as it is poetic. But she's also a novelist. Like Women About
Keep your eye on this Bird
| August 07, 2009
Review: In the Loop
Six years ago, Armando Iannucci's slick and merciless political satire might have drawn more blood, but even now it blows away the recent satiric competition with its sharp, sardonic screenplay and uncompromising cynicism.
Armando Iannucci wags the war
| July 24, 2009
A cut above
From out of blearily luminous pools of spiraling orange fractals, the disembodied head of a stately-looking man emerged, coaxing us to attention with little more than his calming gaze and an invitation to “a new beginning.”
The Books, live at the ICA, April 10, 2009
| April 17, 2009
Company, present pillows!
All right, sorority girls and sleepover fiends, get those pillows fluffed and ready.
Down and Up For a Fight
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| April 01, 2009
Everything is illuminated
A solemn pigeon, a rolling thunderstorm, flecks of dust: nearly everything speaks in The Invention of Everything Else , Samantha Hunt's second novel.
Samantha Hunt weaves historical fiction from Nikola Tesla's biography
| March 11, 2009
We started nothing
The first thing you have to understand about how the Maine Legislature works is: It doesn't. And it isn't supposed to.
Politics and other mistakes
| January 21, 2009
Expert: Expanding wind power could unhinge insects
Last spring, a red tail hawk was hit and killed by Rhode Island's one functioning wind turbine at Portsmouth Abbey School. Brother Joseph Byron says the bird was the first animal fatality he has seen since the 241-foot-high structure started producing 6
| November 25, 2008
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
It’s a light entertainment that can cash in with election-weary audiences.
An uninspired sit-com packed with Hollywood stars
| November 05, 2008
Yes, but why?
Isolation was part of the challenge.
Bumpkin Island puzzler
| September 03, 2008
The brainchild of Isis guitarists Jeff Caxide and Bryant Clifford Meyer, this post-rock outfit is inspired by Mao Zedong’s attempted eradication of farm-pestering sparrows in the late 1950s.
Aphorisms | Sargent House
| September 02, 2008
Dining options for night owls are limited to a handful of Chinatown eateries and a few dubious diners. We also suffer from a dearth of good street food: what we’d give for one decent LA-style taco truck!
Not keeping late-night hours, but still delivering the Lebanese goods
MC SLIM JB
| August 20, 2008
Come summertime, when you’re sunning on the sand all day and evening rolls around, sometimes the theater equivalent of light beach reading is just what you need.
A pair of trifles at Cornerstone Playhouse
| July 23, 2008
The world is doomed, and Werner Herzog, for one, is happy about it.
Herzog’s End justifies his means
| July 01, 2008
Speaking to the legendary German filmmaker is like speaking to God.
Interview: Werner Herzog ponders the end of the world
| July 01, 2008
‘Great’ is definitely the wrong word
When I come across an obvious factual error in a book, my initial inclination is to wince in sympathy for the soon-to-be-embarrassed author. Unless, that is, the mistake is infuriatingly egregious, in which case I’m more apt to throw the book up against
Richard Bradley’s fact-challenged book on the Sox-Yanks’ ’78 season finale is filled with Buckner-esque errors.
| May 28, 2008
Town and country
In “Construction Details” at AS220’s Project Space, artists Stephen Brownell and Jean Cozzens meditate on a subject that has haunted Providence over the past decade.
Looking at birds and buildings
| May 13, 2008
Big pond, little pond
Swan Lake is ballet’s prima ballerina because, 131 years after its Moscow premiere, it’s still poised on pointe.
Swan Lake in Boston and Providence
| May 06, 2008
For the birds
Buckminster Fuller was an odd duck, one who routinely tackled concepts foreign to him.
Artful lodger comes to MIT
| April 23, 2008
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