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In Memoriam: Magnus Johnstone, 1952-2013

On February 22, 2013, Boston lost a legend.
Paying tribute to the unlikely uncle of Boston hip-hop
By PACEY FOSTER  |  March 15, 2013

Fresh Blood: Meet Boston’s new culinary muscle

Whether behind the line of a critically acclaimed kitchen, holed up in a basement pumping out some of the best nosh in the city, or braving Boston’s pothole-filled roads to bring you ass-kicking bites, these chefs are fast becoming ones to watch.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 22, 2013

From the Phoenix, with love: Clip-and-share Valentines

Valentines for the craft-impaired: print, clip, and spread the love.

By MANY TALENTED ARTISTS  |  February 08, 2013

Q&A: Harry Belafonte on a narcissistic America

Singer Harry Belafonte, now 85, has engaged in a social activism of extraordinary breadth.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 01, 2013

Dropkick Murphys: Talking punk, place, and parochialism with the last gang in town.

The day after the world didn't end — and a couple of weeks before the January 8 release of their new album Signed and Sealed in Blood — I met up with Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Matt Kelly, and James Lynch at Mul's Diner in Southie.


Learning about Nigerian cuisine and culture

I was thrilled recently when the director of the Museum of African Culture offered to add another country to Immigrant Kitchen's culinary world tour.
A ticket to Africa
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  December 14, 2012


The Big Hurt's obligatory holiday gift guide

Is the anxiety of seasonal consumer obligation weighing heavy upon your soul?

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 07, 2012

You're famous. Now what?

If you missed last Friday's discussion on "microfame," or if you've ever felt that strange compulsion to get the hell off Facebook, listen up.
Look Here! C'mon, Really!
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 23, 2012

Guide to Newbury Street

Drinking, dining, shopping, and culture
Drinking, dining, shopping, and culture

No neigh-saying War Horse at the Opera House

War Horse's puppet Joey, all chestnut mesh and cane and repurposed bicycle parts, could become America's biggest equine sensation since Secretariat.

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 19, 2012

Review: Keep The Lights On

Ira Sachs's picture is many things: a snapshot of gay culture at the turn of the century, a brutally personal dramatization of his relationship with author Bill Clegg, a messy look at the realities of addiction, a formally audacious work in the tradition

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 12, 2012


Billie Joe's crackup, Muse's truth

Jeers this week to regrettable behavior -- Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is seeking treatment for substance abuse following a tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 05, 2012

Pop and culture in brief

Last month, a peculiar scrap of music history went up for auction in England: a framed pair of ELVIS PRESLEY's husky briefs — "unwashed," according to the BBC, and still "soiled with stains."
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 21, 2012

The 10 TV premieres to DVR this fall

With new projects from Andre Braugher, Mindy Kaling, Michael Chiklis, and, uh, Lucy Liu?
Last Resort, The Mindy Project, American Horror Story, and more
By BY RYAN STEWART  |  September 21, 2012

Interview: Andre Braugher talks about ABC's ''Last Resort''

Mention the name Andre Braugher to any fan of serious television over the age of 30, and you're likely to get a reverential reaction.
Full speed ahead
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 21, 2012

GSC commits Crimes of the Heart

It must have seemed a guilty pleasure to dramatist Beth Henley to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Crimes of the Heart.
Sister Act
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 07, 2012


Fall 2012 TV Preview

Stay tuned for "Sports Yell"
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 07, 2012

A view of gay and lesbian culture at Kymara

The Kymara Gallery, the curatorial project of the ambitious and audacious Kymara Lonergan, is the location of a stirring exhibition titled "Two Loves," containing works from the permanent collection of New York's prestigious Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay a
Sex in public
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 24, 2012

SLIDESHOW: The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats

Most of our classic children's books are set in the country or magical foreign lands. Keats's work, instead, shows us urban America as we live it — but nudged toward an ideal.
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art | Through October 14
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 17, 2012

SLIDESHOW: Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered

A retrospective of the brilliant American painter of manly adventure.
At the Norman Rockwell Museum | Through October 28
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 17, 2012

How one man unites old folks, babies, and hipsters through the power of easy listening

Bob Bittner, the last auteur of terrestrial radio, presides over an 11-by-11-foot room in a Cambridge storage facility near Fresh Pond Mall.
The last auteur of terrestrial radio
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 03, 2012


Attack of the Hipster Conservatives

Arthur Brietman thinks of it as the "Oh no" moment.
They want limited government and fixed-gear bicycles — and your best friend might be one of them
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 20, 2012

Conservatives to watch out for

Last summer, lefty comedian Michael Ian Black and conservative pundit Meghan McCain took a cross-country road trip together so they could write a book about it.

By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 20, 2012

SLIDESHOW: ''Marsden Hartley: Soliloquy in Dogtown'' + Cristi Rinklin's ''Diluvial''

''Marsden Hartley: Soliloquy in Dogtown'' is at the Cape Ann Museum through October 14. Cristi Rinklin's ''Diluvial'' is at the Currier Museum of Art through September 9.
Through October 14 + through September 9
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 13, 2012

Review: The Matchmaker

Arik (Tuval Shafir), a restless Israeli teenager, struggles against the cultural limits of Haifa in 1968 — it's a provincial prism untouched by rock music or the sexual revolution.
Cultural limits
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 22, 2012

A new documentary explores immigrant youth and their place in Maine and America

"Back in the Congo, we heard rumors that America is paradise — where everything is perfect, money flows like water, you can eat as much as you want, whenever you want, you can get anything," says Emmanuel Muya, one of 15 immigrant high school students fe
The weight of the world
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 25, 2012

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Queering the party with the DJs of Nu Life

Growing up gay on Long Island, Brian Friedberg went out dancing almost every night: at all-ages clubs, raves, dancehall nights, gay hip-hop nights, gay clubs, straight clubs, and late-night joints. But he couldn't find the party he was looking for.
Beyond Gay Night
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 25, 2012

Getting real with Tumblr’s favorite editor

The relationship between an editor and her writers can be a complicated one.
GIF it away now
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  May 18, 2012
Review: Mansome

Review: Mansome

Morgan Spurlock's latest nonthreatening documentary fails to find much point in its subject: men's grooming.
Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary
By  |  May 12, 2012

Lizzie Stark explores the worlds of live-action storytelling

For the uninitiated, the word "LARP" conjures burly beardos hitting each other with foam swords in the woods and corseted women in capes flouncing around hotel ballrooms, all for entirely inexplicable reasons.
The Art of LARP
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 11, 2012