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Wit at the Players’ Ring honors life and death

An array of disciplines have taken on the puzzle of life and death.
For whom the bell tolls
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 25, 2012

Review: Declaration of War

A baby with a brain tumor is no laughing matter.
A puzzler of a cancer drama
By ALICIA POTTER  |  February 17, 2012
Review: New Year's Eve

Review: New Year's Eve

Lately Garry Marshall has shown a certain genius for turning miserable holidays into terrible movies.
Feast of forced fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 09, 2011
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Review: Norman

Cancer seems to be the breakout star of indie films this season. In Jonathan Segal's Norman , it gets its hands on the title character's father and is the catalyst for his emotional turmoil and social alienation, though you get the feeling he was never
Suburban settings
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 21, 2011
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Review: Restless

Gus Van Sant's Restless follows a similar template to Jonathan Levin's 50/50 , with more precious results.
Death-obsessed teens in love
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011
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Review: 50/50

In 50/50 , Jonathan Levine, whose The Wackness (2008) showed a talent for sardonic comedy, makes a halfhearted attempt to raise Will Reiser's script (partly autobiographical) above clever stereotype.
An edgy concept, and a fine cast
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011


Live strong

Testicular cancer sucks ... but it's treatable.
By KARL STEVENS  |  July 29, 2011
G. Kimball, RIP

George Kimball, 1943-2011

George Kimball, Phoenix sports editor (back when there was such a thing) for nearly 10 years, Boston Herald columnist for 25 more, and truly one of the great boxing writers of our time, passed away last week at his home in New York City. He was 67.
In Memoriam
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  July 15, 2011

Photos: Breast Cancer Survivors' Disco Nights Dance at Platforms

Breast Cancer survivors meet at Platforms for the Disco Nights Dance party on June 18, 2011.
Pre-Concert Photo Shoot | June 18, 2011
By LISA BRUNO  |  June 10, 2011

Found in translation

When Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young boys moved from Maine to Beijing in 2008, she had plans to write about her experience as a mother in that huge, foreign world.
Local book launch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 04, 2011

Turning in that low-numbered plate for a pink one

Low-numbered plates may be Valhalla for Rhode Island’s vainglorious. But they are hard to come by. So for the average driver looking for attention, “vanity” and “special category” plates are the way to go.
Special Category
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  May 21, 2010


Guru death mystery

As mysterious as Guru was in his later years, the Roxbury-bred rap-and-jazz legend may soon prove to be more so in death.
Rapper’s final days mired in controversy
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010

Cindy Bullens to run for state senate

Is Cindy Bullens the first Grammy-nominated musician to run for Maine Senate?
Rock and Poll
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2010

The Rock Off is on, and other music news

Tone King Andy Argondizza has organized a benefit show for Nick Curran, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and, being a musician, isn’t exactly rocking all-inclusive health insurance.

Pink ribbons: Play hardball!

In ancient times, men appeased the gods by tossing female virgins into volcanoes and families left their newborn daughters on hillsides to die since girls were less "valuable" than boys.
Breasts and Balls
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 27, 2009

Plugging in

For the past six years, Festival Ballet Providence has presented an evening of short works, Up Close on Hope , in their Black Box Theater on Hope Street.
Festival Ballet move to Metallica and Radiohead
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2009


Meet the Marlboro Man

They shoot horses, don't they?
By DAVID KISH  |  November 13, 2009
Cure for cancer found!!

Cure for cancer found!!

  Scientists in Ireland have found eating Indian food can help prevent esophageal cancer, pretty much anyway. Cancer cells studied in a laboratory started to...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  October 29, 2009

Art dodgers

David S. Bernstein points out some key facts about who voted for Michael Flaherty in “Can Flaherty Woo Yoon?”, but he neglects to mention that, if Sam Yoon had won, he would need the base that voted for Flaherty, and he would also need to woo Flaherty’s
Letters to the Boston editor, October 9, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 09, 2009

Compassionate or coercive?

The election of Barack Obama has inspired dread among pro-lifers nationwide. But for the Rhode Island wing of the movement, the anxiety goes back quite a bit farther.
Pro-life pregnancy counselors say they are offering women hope, but critics see manipulation
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 18, 2009

Living with HPV

The results are “normal.” I breathe a sigh of relief. But should I be relieved? It’s been two years since I heard a registered nurse tell me “You have HPV,” and I am still getting scraped from the inside out, still making appointments to see doctors, and
Getting the news that one has human papilloma virus can seem like a cancer-causing death sentence. Our reporter disregards the stigma and shares her most intimate experiences.
By LISA SPINELLI  |  September 04, 2009

Former Monkees star uses social networking to spread word on his condition

Former Monkees star uses social networking to spread word on his condition

Peter Tork, one of The Monkees, is using social networking sites to spread the word about his illness and raise awareness about his rare form of cancer, adenoid cystic cancer.

By Lisa Spinelli  |  June 23, 2009
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You Snus you lose

Unbowed by last month's $1 a pack increase in the cigarette tax, the tobacco industry is pushing new unhealthy products to gain more Rhode Island customers.
Rhymes with noose
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 15, 2009

Review: 'A Horse Is Not a Metaphor'

Cinema might not be able to cure cancer, but when wielded by a master documentarian like Barbara Hammer, it can squeeze a little beauty out of the disease.
Hammer's joy in being alive is no metaphor either
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 08, 2009

The healing arts

Eunah Kim, a Korean-born, Cambridge-based artist with advanced lung cancer, has focused her craft on dark imagery.
Breathing Easier
By IAN SANDS  |  April 24, 2009

Review: Crude

Joe Berlinger returns with a documentary that follows through on the promise of 1992's Brother's Keeper .
Quietly compelling
By BRET MICHEL  |  April 15, 2009

Denis Leary

Why we suck. Here's why you suck, Leary. That book of yours is the most juvenile heap of taxi driver observations since, well, since “No Cure for Cancer.” But at least Leary took on funny roles back then; nowadays he just jerks off more firefighters than
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Jeanne Connolly, 1957-2009

Jeanne Connolly, who died Monday after a 16-month battle with colon cancer, was the ebullient presence behind the bar at T.T. the Bear's Place for more than two decades.
Beloved, Bar None
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 19, 2009

Cancer comedy

Cancer isn't funny, but the cancer-ass-kicking fundraiser Comics for a Cure could be.
Smile & Save
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 07, 2009


Another Leo president. That's what we're getting with Barack Obama, and it's even good news on an astrological level.
Astrological musings on our next President and other political movers and shakers
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  December 30, 2008