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Review: Cuban Revolution

As restaurant themes go, there must be some odder than that of Cuban Revolution.
Viva la ropa vieja!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 20, 2012
Chico and Rita shorttakes

Review: Chico & Rita

This is the first animated movie nominated in that category to show pubic hair, and as a film for grown-ups it outclasses most of the nominees for Best Picture.
An animated film for grown-ups
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012
after the debt crisis ride

The debt crisis is only on hold

The United States was only hours away from joining in the international community of deadbeats and bunko artists — think Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal — when President Barack Obama signed the legislation raising the national debt ceiling and cu
Plus, what does congressman Bill Keating have against Cuban families?
By EDITORIAL  |  August 05, 2011
John Sayles Back Talks about novels, movies, and US history

John Sayles on novels, movies and US history

It is high noon and writer and director John Sayles is doing what he does best: telling stories and giving directions.
A good Amigo
By JOHN J. KELLY  |  June 24, 2011

Pingree visits Guantanamo, advocates closure

Last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Congress that keeping President Obama's promise to close the notorious military prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be difficult because of opposition from members of Congress. Ma
Gitmo state of mind
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 25, 2011

I was a teenage Sandinista

As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist opp
Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 28, 2011


USM takes on another politically themed art show

The muse can arrive anywhere. After the protracted confusion of his arrest and trial, it's no surprise Antonio Guerrero emphasizes clarity in his work.
More inmate work
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 28, 2011

Electronic Havana

If you were to hear that a group of Berklee students were spending a week in Cuba, you probably wouldn't be too surprised.
Another side of Cuba, another side of Berklee; plus Jason Stein and the Dymaxion Quartet
By JON GARELICK  |  November 26, 2010

Slideshow: Yamile Pardo and Edel Bordon at Galeria Cubana

Husband and wife Edel Bordon and Yamile Pardo showcase their artwork at Galeria Cubana through December 12, 2010.
Yamile Pardo and Edel Bordon | Galeria Cubana | Through December 12, 2010
By YAMILE PARDO AND EDEL BORDON  |  November 19, 2010

Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops

Like other Call of Duty games, Black Ops is rated M for Mature, but that rating doesn't cut it anymore.
Historical fiction: Black Ops packs the Cold War with action
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 19, 2010

Review: Scallops and lamb soar at Havana South

If you visit the Web site of Havana South, a new restaurant in the Old Port, you will find a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama looking handsome and happy.
Hitting the high points
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 03, 2010

Beyond the State: What's reopening where

As we enter Portland's busy season, there are several comings-and-goings (we'll focus on the comings and less on the goings) to keep track of as we plan our summer outings and evenings on the town.
Venue Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 25, 2010

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

Play by play: June 4, 2010

Theater listings, week of June 4, 2010
Theater listings, week of June 4, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 04, 2010

Mostly noir

The definition of film noir has become elastic through the years. Of the five movies included in the MFA’s series “Rialto’s Best of British Film Noir” only two, strictly speaking, are noirs: Brighton Rock, Graham Greene & Terence Rattigan’s adaptatio
And mostly masterpieces, at the Museum of Fine Arts from June 2-13.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 28, 2010

Joe Cuba | El Alcalde Del Barrio

Fania kicks off 2010 with what is sure to end up being one of the year's most important archival releases of Latin music.
Fania (2010)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 12, 2010


The Phoenix cleans up at NENPA

Was 2009 a good year for newspapers?
Tooting Our Own Horn Dept.
By LANCE GOULD  |  February 12, 2010

TV's conservative bias

If Sarah Palin were to smoke a joint while piloting a flying saucer to Cuba, evidence suggests that more than one third of America would approve.
The Palin question asked and answered; plus, rescuing Lawrence
By EDITORIAL  |  February 12, 2010

Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan

In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010

How birds got their songs

Wakinyan RedShirt has made three films in his life: Lego Star Wars , Bionicle Heroes , and The Wolf Show . But perhaps his greatest flick, he says, is his latest.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  February 05, 2010

Department of conjecture

The Haiti disaster will not serve to turn a state from toss-up to safely Republican as the George W. Bush Administration's calculated response to Hurricane Katrina did in Louisiana.
Letters to the Portland Editor, January 29, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 29, 2010

Hail Mary pass?

Phillipe and Jorge noticed an interesting tidbit in the sports section of the New York Times recently.
Nothing says Super Bowl Sunday like an anti-abortion ad; Ripping Rush; and more
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 22, 2010

Mutant rats invade Allston

How could you write this article, a cover story no less, with no mention of the Allston squrat? Obviously, you have not done your homework.
Letters to the Boston editor, November 27, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 27, 2009

Camera crazy

With a large number of new entrants, and several returning filmmakers, the fourth annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival was a rousing success.
Local filmmakers show off their talents in our fourth Short-Film Festival
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 27, 2009

Rhythm queens

It’s a chilly Monday afternoon, and at the head of the lawn in front of the Christian Science Center, Zili Misik are starting soundcheck, bear-hugging their instruments to keep them warm.
The educational ecstasy of Zili Misik
By MATT PARISH  |  October 23, 2009

Alternative energy

At the end of August, the seven-month-old Massachusetts Creative Economy Council released its first report on the state of culture here.
GASP marks five years
By GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2009


Review: Capitalism: A Love Story

In his new film about the Wall Street meltdown, Michael Moore — surprise! — denounces capitalism and its exploitation of the working class. Not that he's above doing a little exploiting himself.
Moore of the same: Capitalism fails to make a prophet
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2009


Judge Stephen Breyer, Bill Clinton's latest pick for the Supreme Court, has attracted support so broad that it spans ideological and political differences.  
Stephen Breyer may be the right man at the wrong time
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 05, 2009

Spite the power

While the economy has given us a collective jackboot to the groin, it has also seemingly stirred a civil discontent.
This week in protest saw teens swarm the State House and tired bus drivers rally
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 08, 2009

Luis's Lost Years

It had been nearly half a century since Luis Tiant stood on the Cuban soil where he was born, and where he first learned the skills that would see him become one of the greatest and most beloved pitchers in Red Sox history.
After five decades of exile, Red Sox great Luis Tiant journeys back to Cuba
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 24, 2009