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Purists push coffee to its limits

Everyone knows that geeks are ruining our culture and economy.
Obsession with perfection
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 07, 2012

Review: First Position

While not the most probing look at rising stars, Bess Kargman's documentary focuses on six aspiring contestants preparing for the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix competition (a proven entry point into the world of professional ballet) who demonstra
Bess Kargman's documentary
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 11, 2012

The ICA urges examination of disaster

Disasters are innately mysterious. They are never pleasant, but nonetheless almost always compelling.
State of catastrophe
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 22, 2011

Two killings, a documentary, and the healing of a nation

One of the most powerful scenes in The Two Escobars is an interview with a Colombian assassin who chuckles as he recalls how his boss, the drug lord Pablo Escobar, compulsively listened to a soccer match on a portable radio as the gunshots of police hu
Film dept.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  September 17, 2010

Book bag for the dog days

Planning to be lazy and let it all go this summer? Sorry, there are too many good books to read. From Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector to Richard Rhodes's The Twilight of the Bombs and Jean Valentine's Break the Glass , you'll find tomes gal
Load up your Goodman, Gordimer, Franzen, Moody, and more
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 18, 2010

What a prick!

Saint Valentine, it is said, would pick the violets that grew outside his prison cell window. The third-century martyr would write little notes of love on the violets' leaves with ink that he made from the flowers' petals.
The not-so-pretty secrets of the pretty-flower business.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 12, 2010


Review: Various artists | Tru Thoughts Covers

Brighton-based label Tru Thoughts emerged at the dawn of the millennium with hit down-tempo/IDM acts like Bonobo.
Tru Thoughts (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 18, 2009

Legalize pot now

The Obama administration, already overtaxed with two foreign campaigns, made headlines this past week when the White House's newly minted director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy called for an end to the "War on Drugs."
With support from the unlikeliest circles, this could be marijuana's moment
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 29, 2009

Going Mental

Fox's new drama Mental (Thursdays at 9 pm on Fox) is House with a thoroughly likable doctor at its center, but it won't have half the shelf life of its predecessor.
Fox's new psych-doc drama
By DAVID KRONKE  |  May 29, 2009

Review: Made in Mexico

As a crush of enthusiastic dudes knocked into me in spastic reverie while watching Made in Mexico at a house show last week, I recalled how, mere hours before, the room had been empty save for a heap of cases and equipment and an inexplicable grocery c
A house in Allston, January 12, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 20, 2009

The spectacle of terror

Images are weapons as real as bullets and bombs.
Why the attacks in Mumbai constitute a terrible threat
By EDITORIAL  |  December 03, 2008


El Paisa Restaurante

I found out about El Paisa from a cabbie from Medellín, who called it the prettiest, most authentic Colombian place around.
Another thrifty South American standout in Eastie
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 25, 2008

Ponies in the Surf

It’s high time the Ponies were recognized for the perfect-pop juggernaut (however gentle) they are.
See You Happy | Darla
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 24, 2008


From January to April, Portland’s municipal organist Ray Cornils was in Ecuador performing.
Local organist finds his heart in Ecuador
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  June 11, 2008

Teach me your beans

I had assumed the choice of beans — black, pinto, or refried — was a Latin American thing.
Whatever they may be called
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 09, 2008

Behind the immigration debate

Over the desk in Stella Carrera’s cubicle are a few ceramic angels, a colorful bundle of rosary beads, and a cartoon of a fat, lazy American watching a televised protest for immigrants’ rights.
Stella Carrera helps newcomers navigate a rigid bureaucracy
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008


McCain perpetuates ignorance about the US health-care system

John McCain should stop flashing a spotlight on what he doesn’t know.
Got Insurance?
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 19, 2008

The roar of the greasepaint

“Theatricality” used to have negative connotations when used to describe fine art: glitzy surface rather than nourishing substance, suspiciously melodramatic gesture, the faked as opposed to the Real.
‘The World as a Stage’ at the ICA, ‘British Prints 1914–1939’ and ‘Traveling Scholars’ at the MFA, and Colombian Artists at GASP
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 23, 2008

30,000 Years of Art by the editors of Phaidon Press

Phaidon |1065 pages | $49.95
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2007

Raking over the coals

Placing Aviva Chomsky’s article on the front page was a wise decision.
Letters to the Boston editor, October 19, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 17, 2007

Bad medicine

Harvey Silverglate’s “Freedom Watch” column on  the bad faith with which the DEA prosecutes pain doctors  is yet another cogent exposition of the strange activities of this agency.
Letters to the Boston editor, October 5, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 03, 2007


The dirty story behind local energy

It’s hard to imagine that a town as poor as this one could have a slum.
Eastern Massachusetts hums comfortably on Colombian coal. But the mines are devastating land and lives in the Guajira peninsula.
By AVIVA CHOMSKY  |  October 01, 2007

El Cafetal

If nothing else, then come for the drinks.
Carne: it's what's for dinner
By KENJI ALT  |  August 08, 2007

Busting out of Basstown

“I’m getting really tired of this food court here,” says Matt Johnson (a/k/a Emjae) over the phone from the Cambridgeside Galleria. Emjae, "April 07 Promo Mix" (mp3)
Matt Johnson’s three-headed beast
By DAVID DAY  |  June 19, 2007

Out of Africa

By LOUISA KASDON  |  June 18, 2007

Roughing it

The Rough Guide series has long been a staple of the travel publishing industry; less well known is the company’s music division.
The Rough Guide music division
By ADAM GOLD  |  June 05, 2007

Beyond the border

Finding Casa Romero — a dining institution for more than 30 years — is like following directions to a speakeasy.
These days, Boston’s Latin-food scene offers much more than Mexican
By LOUISA KASDON  |  May 07, 2007

Bush's secret army

The 9/11 attacks provided a catalyst: an unprecedented justification to forge ahead with a radical agenda molded by a small cadre of neoconservative operatives.
Meet the American mercenaries of Blackwater, who fight outside of the law and take direction from the radical Christian right
By JEREMY SCAHILL  |  March 21, 2007

Back to the earth

‘I didn’t want to be a salsa singer — I wanted to be a singer .’
Mili Bermejo’s aesthetic gravity
By JON GARELICK  |  January 30, 2007

Taco Mex

As major American cities go, Boston is about as far as you can get from Mexico.
An East Boston border crossing
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 11, 2006