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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
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 04, 2013

We should move.

There's a lot wrong with this place.
By DAVID KISH  |  August 10, 2012

The Rhode Island Racing Pigeon Club takes flight

Late Saturday afternoon Mike Becker settled into a backyard lawn chair to wait.
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  July 06, 2012

Birds of a feather

Birds of a feather jam together.
By DAVID KISH  |  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
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2011

Review: Rio

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
By TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2011


Interpreting mass die-offs

If you come across thousands of dead birds, you should freak out.
 Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 04, 2011

Review: The Legend of Pale Male

Strictly for the birdwatchers
Strictly for the birdwatchers
By GERALD PEARY  |  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
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 21, 2010

Nature studies

“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
By GREG COOK  |  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
By GREG COOK  |  December 11, 2009
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Close encounters

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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  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
By 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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  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
By AL DIAMON  |  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
Unintended Consequences
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 05, 2008

Yes, but why?

Isolation was part of the challenge.
Bumpkin Island puzzler
By IAN SANDS  |  September 03, 2008


Red Sparowes

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
By DAVID BOFFA  |  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
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 20, 2008

Light lifting

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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 23, 2008

Werner’s world

The world is doomed, and Werner Herzog, for one, is happy about it.
Herzog’s End justifies his means
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008

Pole sitter

Speaking to the legendary German filmmaker is like speaking to God.
Interview: Werner Herzog ponders the end of the world
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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.
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  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
By GREG COOK  |  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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  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
By IAN SANDS  |  April 23, 2008