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Review: Redbones Barbecue Food Truck

With food trucks slowly taking over our streets, we get Redbones on wheels around Copley Square five days a week.
Southern comfort goes mobile
By Ariel Shearer  |  October 07, 2011
Book it over

Book it over

Starting a book club isn't as easy as it sounds. Sure, it felt like a smart, grown-up replacement for "Thirsty Thursdays" around the time when...
By Scott Kearnan  |  October 03, 2011

Photos: Caspian at Old South Church

After eight months away from Boston and some 160 worldwide shows in between, Beverly’s Caspian had returned to cement the ties between their brand of instrumental post-rock and transcendence by performing in the cavernous sanctuary of Old South Church in
Caspian lead a post-rock church service at Old South, on October 22, 2010
By ADDISON A. POST  |  October 29, 2010

Review: Caspian’s musical spell at Old South Church

On October 22 in the Back Bay, Caspian led a post-rock church service.
Sea of sound
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  October 29, 2010

Photos: Scenes from the Boston Book Festival 2010

A horde of book lovers get lit in Copley Square. (Sweet owl tat on slide #12.)
Tote bags, owl tattoos, and Tom Perrotta on parade
By JAMES CHOCA  |  October 22, 2010

Photos: PETA Fashion Week protest [vaguely NSFW]

PETA members protest fur as fashion at Copley Square on September 30, 2010, as a response to Boston Fashion Week.
PETA Fashion Week protest in Copley Square | September 30, 2010
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  October 08, 2010

War of the Words

War of the Words

Antiquarians, consider this a call to arms! We are in the midst of a literary revolution, one that threatens to replace our gray matter's finest...
By Scott Kearnan  |  October 04, 2010

Fall Books Preview: Reading list

Even if you’re not back in the classroom, autumn inspires a desire to learn, to restore the intellectualism that was fried by too many beers and barbecues and sunburns. Fortunately, Portland is full this fall with opportunities to spark your smarts.
Smartening up the seasonal transition
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 17, 2010

Photos: Immigration activists at Copley Square

Activists against Arizona's SB1070, plus some Jan Brewer supporters, rally at Copley Square on July 10, 2010.
Immigration rally | Copley Square | July 10, 2010
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  July 23, 2010

Immigration activists miss a chance

New England activists had what may have been their biggest opportunity to thrust immigration front and center this past weekend — and some local activists are disappointed that the movement didn't make a better showing.
Off Base
By MARCELA GARCIA  |  July 16, 2010

Save the pool

Noble architecture makes Boston a living work of art. Visitors flock to view Bulfinch's State House, Richardson's Trinity Church, and McKim's Copley Square Library, to name just the obvious.
Plans to alter the magnificent reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center should not be allowed
By EDITORIAL  |  June 25, 2010


Scientology defector tells all

If every last allegation that Church of Scientology (CoS) defector Nancy Many charges in My Billion Year Contract is true, then her book should inspire several FBI raids and a Lifetime mini-series to rival any Charles Manson documentary.
Many's Rivers to Cross Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 15, 2010

52 ways to leave 2009

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. Sure, the end of this decade may not have the same kind of new-millennium pressure riding on it as the last one, b
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 01, 2010
Boston Book Festival 2009

Boston Book Festival 2009

This is already an uncommonly literate week without the unmissable Boston Book Festival. For eight hours, 90 authors will be in the Copley Square area...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 20, 2009
Boston Book Festival | October 24

Boston Book Festival | October 24

Amid all the twitter (pun totally intended) about how the wide world of the Web, social networking sites, and new mobile technologies are forever changing...
By Stuff Boston  |  October 19, 2009

Jack and the Bean Bowl

A tasty vegetarian/vegan cart sneaks past the Back Bay's guardians of dullness
A tasty vegetarian/vegan cart sneaks past the Back Bay’s guardians of dullness
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 12, 2009


Livin' la Vida Locavore

Winter has always traumatized New Englanders, but because of the economy (thanks, rapacious mortgage-bundling douche bags!), this past season was particularly grim.
If farmers and artisans are packing their best goods and schlepping them to your 'hood, cheap, what's your excuse for not consuming them? 
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 10, 2009

Market Forecast: Opening of the Copley Square Farmers Market + SoWa Open Market

Atone for a winter of KFC Famous Bowls and Grilled Stufft Burritos by hitting the opening day of the Copley Square Farmers Market | St...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 13, 2009

Casco Bay to Copley Square . . . via Hopkinton

When Boston Marathon runners cross the Copley Square finish line next Monday and sponge the diarrhea off their thighs, Will Thomas and Seth Bradbury will have even more to celebrate than their fellow soiled athletes.
Epic stupidity?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 17, 2009

Dear Mr. President . . .

Since March 1, Massachusetts school teacher B.J. Hill has been walking across the country in near Kerouacian fashion — though, unlike Sal Paradise, Hill has a greater mission than apple pie and Mexican trollops.
Redefining ‘Road Trip’
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 29, 2008

Tatte Fine Cookies + Cakes’ cookies

Self-taught baker Tzurit Or has been plying her patissier trade, in some form or other, since she was 12.
What you knead
By PHIL AMARA  |  July 23, 2008


State of hock

Kenmore Station looks as if it has just survived an act of God, the Orange Line hasn’t seen a new car since the Reagan administration, and the head of the Transit Police union says there are only five cops riding the rails at any given time.
If the MBTA wasn't in debt, these items would be at the top of its new wish list.
By JASON NOTTE  |  April 30, 2008


Picture buildings from Southie to West Somerville reduced to rubble. Dozens of three-alarm fires all over town. Tunnels flooded with seawater.
The threat is real. It could happen here. Is the city ready?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 27, 2008

Unpleasantness at the BPL

Why would the library’s trustees give the boot to a leader who has proved to be a triple-threat talent?
How one of the nation’s leading librarians got axed by City Hall
By EDITORIAL  |  November 07, 2007

Mobilize against the war on Saturday

Several buses will take Mainers down to Boston Common on October 27 to participate in one of 11 anti-war demonstrations planned nationwide for that day.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 24, 2007

Replaying injustice

They stare from faded photographs like ghosts: faces ashen, eyes doleful and accusatory.
Sacco and Venzetti, 80 years later
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 22, 2007

Bust Stop

This article originally appeared in the July 27, 1982 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Leaves from a crimestopper's notebook
By RENEE LOTH  |  July 23, 2007

Dream team

The fairies are creeping on their bellies along the carpet of the Wang Theatre rehearsal-hall floor.
Bringing the Bard to Boston Common
By IRIS FANGER  |  July 17, 2007

Open-air entrepreneurs

Where are all the street vendors?
Street vendors in Boston come with the sun
By JENNY HALPER  |  June 21, 2007

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