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Kevin, we hardly knew ye

Thanks to the initiative of journalism-advocacy group MuckRock, 500 pages of raw and redacted FBI files focusing on allegations of corruption during the 1970s in the administration of the late Boston mayor Kevin White are now available to the public.
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By PETER KADZIS  |  December 21, 2012
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Photos: International Steampunk City Festival at the Charles River Museum

Steampunk enthusiasts gather at the kick-off to the International Steampunk City Festival at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, on May 6-8, 2011.
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation | May 6-8, 2011
By RYAN MCMAHON  |  May 13, 2011
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Slideshow: Video game heroes run amok Boston

The Laser Orgy awards ceremony got a little out of control, and we followed our red carpet video game stars as they ran amok in Boston.
Video game characters take over the Hub
By BUDDY DUNCAN AND K. BONAMI  |  December 03, 2010
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Project Best Idea Ever on the Charles


Ah, the Fourth of July: time for beer, burgers, and staring off at shiny, explosive things. But doesn't the whole "planning" thing seem un-American? Fret...
By webteam  |  June 30, 2010
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Walk for AIDS: 25 years(1)

Starting at 7:30 this Sunday morning, tens of thousands of walkers, runners, and volunteers will begin gathering by the Hatch Shell on the Boston side of the Charles River Esplanade.
Join in this Sunday. Despite significant progress, many challenges remain.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 04, 2010

WALK FOR AIDS: 25 YEARS

JOIN IN THIS SUNDAY. DESPITE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS, MANY CHALLENGES REMAIN.
JOIN IN THIS SUNDAY. DESPITE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS, MANY CHALLENGES REMAIN.
By  |  May 29, 2010


Pedal promise

Boston has its fair share of deserving bad reputations: the sports fans whined for some 86 years about a “curse” because the Red Sox couldn’t seal the deal; the drivers are terrible; and, thanks in no small part to those driving skills, the city’s street
The ongoing perils and recent improvements en route to a riding renaissance.
By TOM MEEK  |  May 14, 2010
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Ten Foot Polecats | I Get Blamed For Everything I Do

There ain’t a lotta scrappy-ass electric juke-joint blues comin’ outta Allston, but this dirty trio’s first full-length album makes it seems that the Charles River is a direct tributary of the Mississippi.
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By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 23, 2010
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Bully for BU!

After six years at the Phoenix , I recently got my first pre-emptive libel threat. It came, most unexpectedly, from an investigative reporter. And beyond the fact that this struck me as a blatant attempt at intimidation, it demonstrated how tricky journ
A curious conflict of interest is followed by a legal threat — from a journalism center!
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 12, 2010
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The Harvard Psychedelic Club

Timothy Leary brought the bowl of mushrooms up to his nose and sniffed.
How Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil killed the fifties and ushered in a new age for America
By DON LATTIN  |  January 15, 2010

Play by play: September 18, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 18, 2009


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The punch that took two lives

What started out as a lazy late-summer school day for Joe Donovan and Yngve Raustein ended in the murder of the latter. Below, we trace Donovan's steps, from the point he first hooked up with the duo who would end up his cohorts in crime to the spot wh
Nearly 17 years ago, Joe Donovan initiated a tragic chain of events with a brutish act of machismo. But should he be in jail for life?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 07, 2009
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Interview: John Legend

Despite being one of the most successful R&B singers of the decade — with six Grammys and three top-selling albums — John Legend is something of an oddball.
A different kind of R&B star
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  August 07, 2009
Living it UP high in the sky

Living it UP high in the sky


If there is one place where you can just sit back and relax, it's 42-feet above the esplanade in an arm-chair.

When Disney's Up promotional team and Allied Advertising came to the Charles River Esplanade last Thursday offering free rides in their balloon-powered arm chair, I jumped at the chance. How many people get to chillax in an arm chair during work hours, over 40 feet above the esplanade for free?


By Lisa Spinelli  |  May 26, 2009
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Running a clean race

Johnny and his crew of knuckleheads were playing a round of ding-dong ditch in the Back Bay when they were spotted by a cop.
Charles River weekend
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  May 01, 2009
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Walk against sexual violence

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and you can help acknowledge the month by helping raise much-needed funds for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).
$100,000 in Change
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 12, 2009


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Word to the mother

As a prepubescent thug, I often complained about the audio rotation on my father's car stereo, which primarily consisted of a steady mix of Moody Blues and books on tape.
Hip-hop moms serve waaay more than dinner
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 28, 2009
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Review: The Seagull, The Corn Is Green

The Seagull begins with a theatrical experiment — a brief symbolist drama dreamed by young Konstantin Treplev, who's struggling toward artistic expression while endeavoring to showcase his girlfriend and impress his actress mother.
Tons of love
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 20, 2009
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Review: My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poems of Jack Spicer

Spicer believed that words are magic, that they have the power to "do" good and harm to people.
Strong spirits
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  December 09, 2008
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Friends remember Alan Lupo

The Boston Phoenix is collecting memories from all those whose lives were touched by our friend and colleague, Alan Lupo.  

By CLIF GARBODEN  |  October 16, 2008
HEAD OF THE CHARLES REGATTA

HEAD OF THE CHARLES REGATTA


  Competition at the annual Head of the Charles Regatta isn’t confined to the boats in the riv...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 14, 2008


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New blood

The famously adventurous American Repertory Theatre is soon to be taken over by a woman who spent her summer directing . . . the vintage Broadway hits Kiss Me, Kate and Hair ?
ART and the Huntington (and Boston theater) get a youth transfusion
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 10, 2008
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Killing grounds

Chekhov wrote to a friend while composing The Seagull , first of his Big Four, that he was writing a “comedy with three female parts, six male parts, four acts, a landscape (a view of the lake), much talk about literature, and five tons of love.”
The Seagull flies at the Publick; Company One knocks off Assassins
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 15, 2008
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Clash on the Providence waterfront

A specter is haunting the Providence waterfront — the prospect of change.
High-stakes battle pits competing visions for key real estate
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 17, 2007
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Walk this way

The fans — even the post-ironic ones — found it hard to walk away.
Aerosmith, Tweeter Center, September 14, 2007
By STEVEN BEEBER  |  September 18, 2007
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Singles scene

It’s old news: this series of tubes they call the Internet has revolutionized the way music is distributed.
Local bands dig in with digital
By WILL SPITZ  |  September 12, 2007


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Summertime techno

With Sun Season upon us, sounds get a little brighter, parties a little sweatier, and asses a little looser. The Roots of Soulclap podcast (mp3)
Soulclap!, plus Wednesdays return and Boy in Static’s “Skull”
By DAVID DAY  |  June 12, 2007
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Cycle of sadness

For cyclists who prefer to do their riding on thin air, the news spread fast.
VIDEO: BMX park torn down by MBTA
By PETE STIDMAN  |  May 14, 2007
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That dirty water

Much of the heart and soul of historic Boston is in danger of sinking into the marshy ooze on which it was built over the centuries.
Why doesn’t the Patrick administration think that’s an environmental issue?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 11, 2007
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Mooninites invade; all hell breaks loose

What made this incidentrise to the level of art was Boston officialdom’s unwitting collaboration and the questions it raised about local art and fear.
The day 'art' died
By GREG COOK  |  February 07, 2007