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Oxy Morons Screening This Saturday at Royale (WIN FREE TIXX)

Oxy Morons Screening This Saturday at Royale (WIN FREE TIXX)


   As some readers might remember, earlier this year I dropped a bomb on Boston with an article about former Charlestown drug dealer turned federal...
By Chris Faraone  |  November 04, 2011
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Boat people

For around $200 a month, houseboaters get a place to dock — plus electricity, refuse service, and Wi-Fi. There's no security deposit, homeowners' taxes, or assessment fees.
They cover the waterfront
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 19, 2011
Oxymorons the movie

Hickey's Current event

Four months ago, the Boston Phoenix published an exclusive story about Charlestown native Johnny Hickey, and his metamorphosis from Oxycontin bandit, to undercover anti-drug agent, to aspiring filmmaker. In the time since, his feature-length hometown t
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 17, 2011
Charlestown Pharma-Bandit Flick "Oxy Morons" Back For Another Theater Run

Charlestown Pharma-Bandit Flick "Oxy Morons" Back For Another Theater Run


A few weeks ago I wrote a story for the Phoenix about Charlestown native Johnny Hickey and his semi-autobiographic feature-length film Oxy Morons. After playing...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 25, 2011
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The secret life of a Charlestown drug dealer

The next face Shane Mauss saw, though, was unmistakable. It was Johnny Hickey. A fast-talking tattooed Charlestown native with a tough brogue and checkered past, he used to sometimes work security at a comedy club Mauss used to play back in Boston
Hickey flipped for the Feds — and lived to make a movie about it
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 04, 2011
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Man about Town: Chuck Hogan

One day back in 2009, Chuck Hogan snuck onto the set of the movie adaptation of his own novel. He was not recognized, once, by anyone at all.

By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 17, 2010


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Review: The Town

There’s an episode in Chuck Hogan’s Prince of Thieves that I was sure Ben Affleck was going to include in his adaptation of the novel.
Ben Affleck is a criminal genius. Bank on it.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 17, 2010
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Ben Affleck and Rebecca Hall on the Town

Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner, who play Doug and Jem, a pair of Charlestown gangsters in Affleck’s stunning adaptation of local author Chuck Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves , make for an intense, photogenic screen couple. That is, until Rebecca Hall com
Class acts
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 17, 2010
PHOTOS: Report from the red carpet at the Fenway Park premiere of "The Town"

PHOTOS: Report from the red carpet at the Fenway Park premiere of "The Town"


PHOTOS: Click here for more red-carpet photos from the premiere With the Rays and Yankees slugging it out for the AL East and the Red...
By Tom Meek  |  September 15, 2010
Rhythm & Roots Festival in Charlestown, RI

Rhythm & Roots Festival in Charlestown, RI


One of the sweetest little season enders of the past dozen years has been the Rhythm & Roots Festival in southern Rhode Island. This weekend's...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 31, 2010

What Do You Mean You Haven't Seen the Trailer for Ben Affleck's "The Town"?


After months of waiting, the trailer for Ben Affleck's The Town finally dropped at the end of last week (featuring the Fenway Park scenes that...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 19, 2010


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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010

East Bay throwdown

Six Star General at the Common Pub
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 14, 2010

Play by play: May 7, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, May 7, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010

Play by play: April 30, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of April 30, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 30, 2010
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Disco stew

I’ve never been to a disco band’s practice space, but I figured it would involve lots of velvet, mirrors, and other visions borrowed from the foggy-lens films they used to show at roller rinks. Was that naive of me?
Mystery Roar are more than just four-on-the-floor
By MATT PARISH  |  April 23, 2010


Play by play: April 23, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of April 23, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 23, 2010
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New magazine tells Boston’s war stories

It’s not too surprising that Kung-Fu Video owners James Bennett and Aaron Crawford are venturing into another retail niche that is largely considered commercially destitute.
Crime Journal Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010

Play by play: April 16, 2010

Theater listings for the week of April 16, 2010
Theater listings for the week of April 16, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 16, 2010

Play by play: April 9, 2010

Theater listings, April 9, 2010
Theater listings, April 9, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2010
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Lynch’s left flank

US Representative Stephen Lynch has held Massachusetts’s ninth congressional district since 2001 — a fact that has irritated the state’s liberals ever since.
The Southie Congressman may have pushed progressives too far this time.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 02, 2010


Play by play: April 2, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of April 2, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2010
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Better late than ever

The eternal argument over what is and is not punk rock has been run into the ground for so long, it’s become a cliché — and clichés are so not punk.
Refuse Resist are enough to make a grown man try
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 12, 2010

Charlestown Oxy Contin Movie Trailer Finally Arrives


A few months ago - while Ben Affleck was in Boston shooting The Town - we ran a story about that film and Oxy Morons,...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 27, 2010
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Beyond Dilla and Dipset

With a semi-sober face I'll claim that hip-hop in 2010 might deliver more than just posthumous Dilla discs, Dipset mixtapes, and a new ignoramus coke rapper whom critics pretend rhymes in triple-entendres.
Can hip-hop deliver in 2010?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 01, 2010

Play by play: November 20, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 20, 2009


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Tavern at the End of the World

They say there's no accounting for taste, though most folks will agree that if your tastes and mine are similar, then we both have good taste. This occurred to me as I scanned the jukebox at Charlestown's Tavern at the End of the World, a neighborhood b
Nice surprises in a warm, pubby package
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 20, 2009

Mixing it up

B. DOLAN and SAGE FRANCIS provided memorable highlights at this year’s Rock the Bells in Mansfield; watch the Strange Famous reps slay Jerky’s Bar (401.621.2244) with special guest SLEEP on THURSDAY (the 12th).
B. + Sage + Roz + Chelsy + Stefan + more
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 13, 2009
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Narrative truth

For the majority of us Americans, Iraq and Afghanistan are a series of news-data points — number of Americans killed today, number of car bombs, spending tallies, estimates of civilian deaths.
Krzysztof Wodiczko’s war story at the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2009

Play by Play: November 13, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 13, 2009