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Purists push coffee to its limits
Everyone knows that geeks are ruining our culture and economy.
Obsession with perfection
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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.
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)
| 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
| May 29, 2009
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
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
| June 24, 2008
From January to April, Portland’s municipal organist Ray Cornils was in Ecuador performing.
Local organist finds his heart in Ecuador
| 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
| 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
| 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.
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
| January 23, 2008
30,000 Years of Art by the editors of Phaidon Press
Phaidon |1065 pages | $49.95
| 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
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| October 17, 2007
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
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.
| October 01, 2007
If nothing else, then come for the drinks.
Carne: it's what's for dinner
| 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
| June 19, 2007
Out of Africa
| June 18, 2007
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| January 30, 2007
As major American cities go, Boston is about as far as you can get from Mexico.
An East Boston border crossing
| October 11, 2006
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