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Hitting the road with Bad Rabbits

I'm going to call it right now: Bad Rabbits' first headlining tour is going to result in the greatest number of bodily injuries their fans will ever see.

By HILARY HUGHES  |  March 01, 2013

Boston to Build Long Overdue Statue for Bill Russell


Celtics legend Bill RussellIn a town with a history loaded with heroes, legends and giants, paying homage to each deserving demigod is a tall task....
By Nate Homan  |  July 14, 2011

WikiLeaks update: Boston hacker brigade rallies to "Reboot Democracy"


As the WikiLeaks saga marches on, federal investigations creep closer to home. And while the courts still have yet to determine how much whistle blowing...
By Ariel Shearer  |  June 22, 2011
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The best of Boston's mobile cuisine

Summer in Boston traditionally means exploring the city, getting sunburned, and ironically (but totally seriously) drinking Mike's Hard Lemonade. But now that meals-on-wheels mania has put the boot on our fair city, it also means chasing down every foo
Truck nuts
By DAVID EISENBERG  |  June 10, 2011
Rules for the Scooper Bowl

Rules for the Scooper Bowl


Today's the last chance to hit the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl. And if you're gonna do it right, these are the rules: 1. This is...
By Mike Johnson  |  June 09, 2011
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Cooking for the circus means a lot more than an apple a day

Before the marathon, there is the pasta dinner. The soccer team gathers for pizza. But what to eat when you're the man on the flying trapeze?
High-flying, fine dining
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  May 06, 2011


Meet the Mayor: City Hall Plaza

Meet the Mayor: City Hall Plaza


Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats. Boston City Hall PlazaPaul Pereira Are you...
By Barry Thompson  |  April 28, 2011

TODAY: Red Bull's Art of Motion parkour event at City Hall Plaza


Standing behind the Josiah Quincy Elementary School, there was no mistaking the arrival of the 20 Art of Motion competitors for a practice in preparation...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  September 17, 2010
Red Bull's Art in Motion at City Hall Plaza

Red Bull's Art in Motion at City Hall Plaza


The multitudes of stairs and ugly structures at Government Center will finally come in handy when Red Bull's Art in Motion free-running and obstacle-jumping competition...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  September 13, 2010
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Escape artist recycles Houdini stunt at GreenFest 2010

A crowd of curious and slightly bewildered onlookers craned their necks towards the main stage at City Hall Plaza, eager to see what a middle-aged woman in a black Speedo planned to do with an armful of chains, a partially deflated kiddie pool, and a bl
Bin there, done that
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 27, 2010
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BUMP up the volume

Local opener M-Dot got arrested on some bullshit for scuffling with state troopers at last Saturday’s Boston Urban Music Project (BUMP) festival on City Hall Plaza.
City Hall Plaza all the rage for 10,000 revelers
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 13, 2010


Boston Urban Music Project (BUMP) at City Hall Plaza

Boston Urban Music Project (BUMP) at City Hall Plaza


We'd like to commend ourselves and our readers for M-Dot's recent successes - he was named Best Local Hip-Hop Artist in this year's Best Music...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 04, 2010

Save the pool: readers reflect on the Christian Science Center landmark

Boston has a special place when it comes to the history of modern urban spaces in the United States. It has one of the worst of such spaces — the plaza in front of City Hall — and one of the best, the plaza of the Christian Science Center.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 23, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 23, 2010
Cuervo Games at City Hall Plaza

Cuervo Games at City Hall Plaza


And the race is on to be the first to find the prize worm at the bottom of a swimming-pool-sized bottle of tequila! Or something....
By webteam  |  July 21, 2010
Chowderfest 2010

Chowderfest 2010


You know you're a Bostonian when creamy clam chowder on a summer day sounds like an absolute delight. So imagine our anticipation of Chowderfest 2010,...
By webteam  |  June 30, 2010
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Homophobe to headline Boston's GospelFest

Donnie McClurkin is one of gospel music's biggest stars. But McClurkin has also drawn fire for his homophobic sermons. Which makes him a curious choice to headline a City of Boston–produced event here later this summer, the annual GospelFest on City Hall
Gay Old Time Dept.
By NOAH SCHAFFER  |  June 25, 2010


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Photos: Boston Pride Parade 2010

The 40th annual Boston Pride march to City Hall on June 12, 2010
Boston Pride 2010 Parade | Tremont Street to City Hall | June 12, 2010
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  June 18, 2010
The 21st annual Serve-A-Thon

The 21st annual Serve-A-Thon


Handy with a saw? Proficient with a paintbrush? Just plain bored? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you oughta consider signing...
By webteam  |  May 19, 2010
climACTS... Under a Big Top! | April 27

climACTS... Under a Big Top! | April 27


Whenever the Big Apple Circus is in town, you can expect City Hall Plaza to turn into a family-friendly free-for-all of suburbanites. Except, that is,...
By Scott Kearnan  |  April 19, 2010
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10 least romantic places in greater Boston

If you're in a relationship, Valentine's Day is reasonably okay — as greeting-card-company-manufactured holidays go.
Plenty of options for lonely hearts this Valentine's Day
By MEG MUCKENHOUPT  |  February 12, 2010
Boston Monster March 2009

Boston Monster March 2009


The Boston Monster March is back, and organizers are expecting more than 10,000 costumed pirates, vampires, ghosts, etc. for this all-ages festival, with human bowling,...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 20, 2009


Hub On Wheels: Boston Cycling Celebration

Hub On Wheels: Boston Cycling Celebration


"Imagine," they promise, "being able to bike down Storrow Drive with no cars to get in your way." For a couple of short hours, the...
By Jason OBryan  |  September 23, 2009
Hub on Wheels 2009

Hub on Wheels 2009


Normally, the idea of thousands of bicyclists bobbing through Boston’s streets would be the stuff of road-rage nightmares — imagine trying to navigate downtown during...
By Scott Kearnan  |  September 21, 2009
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Earth tones

Last year, I went to a landfill. It was awful. Our trash-filled van was briskly waved past a row of methane vents (each perma-farting blue flames into the sky) and toward a road that coiled up around the main hill — which wasn't so much a hill as it wa
The 2009 Boston Green Fest cleans up nice
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 21, 2009
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Photos: Backstage with Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot backstage at WFNX and the Boston Phoenix's Best Music Poll Concert at City Hall Plaza in Boston on August 1, 2009.
Ra Ra Riot backstage at the Best Music Poll Concert 2009.
By LUCY SHERMAN AND MORGAN LAFORGE  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: Backstage with Gaslight Anthem

Gaslight Anthem backstage at WFNX and the Boston Phoenix's Best Music Poll Concert at City Hall Plaza in Boston on August 1, 2009.
Backstage with Gaslight Anthem at Best Music Poll 2009
By LUCY SHERMAN AND MORGAN LAFORGE  |  August 07, 2009


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Photos: Passion Pit at Best Music Poll 2009

Photos from Passion Pit's performance at the Boston Phoenix and WFNX's annual Best Music Poll Concert on August 1, 2009 at Boston's City Hall Plaza.
Passion Pit, live at City Hall Plaza, Boston | August 1, 2009
By CARINA MASTROCOLA AND LUCY SHERMAN  |  August 07, 2009
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Interview: Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit

In 2008, Passion Pit won Best New Artist in our Best Music Poll.
Cleaning up with this year's BMP winners
By CARLY CARIOLI AND RYAN STEWART  |  July 31, 2009
BMP 2009: James Shaw of Metric on Canada's music scene and self-releasing Fantasies

BMP 2009: James Shaw of Metric on Canada's music scene and self-releasing Fantasies


After realizing they probably knew just as much - if not more - about our changing musical landscape as anyone, Metric released their latest album,...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 29, 2009
BMP 2009: Mat from Ra Ra Riot on WFNX, touring, and his band's new album

BMP 2009: Mat from Ra Ra Riot on WFNX, touring, and his band's new album


 When I was reading up on Ra Ra Riot in anticipation of this interview, I was surprised to learn they've only been together since 2006....
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 28, 2009