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2011 Valentines

Please take this Magic: The Gathering card as a token of my affection.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 04, 2011

White room

The first striking thing about Annabel Daou's exhibit, "Knot," at Brown University's Bell Gallery (64 College Street, Providence, through March 8) is the room itself.
Annabel Daou's disorienting 'Knot'
By GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2009

Not messing about

The pale modernism of Lane's living room, plush but sterile, is being slowly strewn with stuff: barely bitten apples, playing cards, a bright yellow spice.
Mad Horse's beautiful Clean House
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 28, 2009

The bulletproof cred of M.O.P.

In their decade and a half as thug-rap ambassadors, Brooklyn's Mash Out Posse have made some moves that lesser outfits might have caught shit for.
Hardcore heroes
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 26, 2009

Remembrance of things crap

Boston’s historic Freedom Trail gift shops are, clearly, the manifestation of our confusing, conflicted, amusing past.
Millions of tourists walk the freedom trail each summer, bringing home ridiculous pieces of our proud city’s history
By MEG MUCKENHOUPT  |  June 11, 2008


If you’re going to make a movie about a subject as non-cinematic as professional poker, you might as well go all in.
A watch watcher
By MARK BAZER  |  April 23, 2008


Double down and Hollywood up

Sometimes Hollywood gets it right; sometimes Hollywood . . . ah, elaborates .
Playing the facts against the fiction of 21
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 26, 2008

Were they just bluffing?

The world is full of aggrieved groups: the Kurds, PETA, Boston firefighters. But you probably wouldn’t think to put poker players on the list.
Online-poker players ante up, then fold
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 20, 2008

Ace in the hole

Fairway Solitaire ought to come with a warning label.
Fairway Solitaire  is a stroke of genius
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 14, 2008

Deal me in

In fact, let's just talk about one card in particular.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  July 25, 2007

The worst of your new state budget

The new standard is: Mom and Dad’s taxes are too high; kids should ante up.
Talking politics
By BRAIN C. JONES  |  June 27, 2007



In their doll-like stiffness and manufactured hair, Pat Keck's shamelessly wooden, unmistakably hand-hewn figures suggest a descent into the underworld.
Pat Keck’s undead, plus Joe Johnson, Bert Antonio, and Gary Green
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  June 12, 2007

Lucky You

Curtis Hanson’s latest directorial effort sat on a shelf for two years, emitting a whiff of failure.
Hanson puts his money on Hollywood clichés
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  May 03, 2007

Table manners

My first blackjack experience came as a newly minted college grad.
In blackjack experience teaches, intuition sustains
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  April 29, 2007

Pigeons love poker

Poker reminds me of golf.
It’s a game that even a duffer can win
By COSMO MACERO JR.  |  April 25, 2007

Sleight of hand

Ricky Jay laughs when I tell him he reminds me of Fred Astaire.
Ricky Jay releases an album
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 20, 2007


Canfield house

The taste of history in Newport can put a pucker on your lips.
A mischievous history
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 11, 2006

Greatest hits

So that’s how World War II started.
Hits and misses
By PETER KEOUGH AND PAUL BABIN  |  September 22, 2006

Magic for beginners

Like any card game, watching a bunch of professional tournament players and serious amateurs play can be intimidating.
Learning cards and colors
By JOSEPH R. THOMPSON  |  May 10, 2006
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Magic moves online

Four years after Wizards of the Coast announced the newest evolution of their internationally popular card game, Magic Online, various gaming world publications are buzzing anew with reviews of WoC’s newest release, Magic Online 3.0 .
But players stay hands-on
By JOSEPH R. THOMPSON  |  May 10, 2006

ID Check: Cassi Hunt

Cassi Hunt feels she’s being screwed.
Screwed (alleged) pirate
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  May 03, 2006


The devil and his demons

Vinny Paz struts into the charity fundraiser for the special olympics at the Rhode Island Convention Center in a slick, gray pinstripe suit, with gold hoop earrings in his ears.
After blowing the millions he made as a boxer, Vinny Paz tries to find his way back
By RICHARD C. LEWIS  |  March 09, 2006

Victor’s Café

Victor’s is a small storefront done up with linen and elegant lacy napkins to suggest a kind of budget-gourmet experience.
Like walking through the pages of Dostoevsky — in a good way
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 02, 2006