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Interview: Paul Provenza

In Satiristas! veteran comic Paul Provenza engages in revealing, surprising conversation with a diverse group about comedy’s role in revealing uncomfortable truths about our world and ourselves.
Comedy life saver
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  May 07, 2010

Review: Spose at Post Road Tavern

Spose, live at the Post Road Tavern, Ogunquit, April 21
Music Seen
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  April 30, 2010
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Down ballot drama

The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general,
Important races to watch in '10
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 12, 2010
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Ending violence

V-Day is once more upon us, and for those not partial to Hallmark-driven capitalism, the V now also popularly stands for "Vagina" or "Victory," thanks to Eve Ensler's famous monologues about violence against women.
It's much more of a struggle than we might think
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 12, 2010
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Fourth-estate follies, 2009 edition

Between the rise of the Web, the ADD-addling of America, the fragmentation of any national political consensus, and the devastated economy, working in the press can feel a bit like manning the Titanic — and this year, the entire industry seemed to te
The Phoenix's second annual year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 25, 2009

Kennedy vs. the Catholic Church

Last week, Congressman Patrick Kennedy took the Catholic Church to task for opposing health reform that fails to include an explicit ban on federal funding for abortion. And he was right to do it.
Opinion Dept.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 30, 2009


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Morgan Knockers | Loss of Reality

I thought Waltham mega-punks Morgan Knockers had neglected to send me Loss of Reality when it came out last month.
Second Rock (2009)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 28, 2009
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Review: Brüno

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno restores bad taste to its rightful place
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 10, 2009
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Numbed by Numbers

Such a difficult task, bringing horrific historical events to theatrical life. Ironically, the more vast the horror, the more difficult the challenge. Imagine the full sweep of something as enormous as the Holocaust reduced to stage scale.
Children of the Dnipro  should show, not tell
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 12, 2009
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Generation Green

Republicans have a lot to say about the immorality of saddling the next generation with our national debt. But when it comes to leaving them a wrecked, depleted, and rapidly warming planet, they are taking the exact opposite line.
Once derided as tree huggers, eco-friendly youth are now the nation's most powerful (and feared) voting bloc. So why isn't the GOP listening?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 08, 2009
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Eyes on the prize

We interrupt the Lincoln Chafee buzz fest to bring you this little nugget of news: there are a few Democrats who'd like to be governor, too.  
Hold on, Linc Chafee! Dems Frank Caprio, Patrick Lynch, and Elizabeth Roberts would also like to be governor in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 24, 2009


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Download: Ride the Snake

The ancient lake has no idea what it's got coming.
Label moves towards reality
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 20, 2009
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Delivering the world

No other newsroom figure boasts quite the same mix of romantic appeal and nobility of purpose as the foreign correspondent.
Can a Boston start-up reinvent foreign reporting?
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 17, 2008
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Jingle spells

Nothing screams Christmas like children dabbling with sorcery. Which is why Harry and the Potters' annual Yule Ball is such a howling success every year.
Harry and the Potters' 4th Annual Yule Ball
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 16, 2008
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CMJ in one day


The Gray Lady of indie music fests ain’t what she used to be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 29, 2008
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Carter’s cajones

The Republican Party is rife with classic wimps and bullies.
Jimmy makes Dubya look like a wimp
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 27, 2008


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Gold muddle

President Bush’s decision to score a historical footnote and be the first sitting US president to attend an overseas Olympic Games seemed like a good idea at the time.
George W. Bush is going to the Beijing Olympics
By EDITORIAL  |  June 04, 2008
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Boston music news: April 25, 2008

“As far as I know,” says saxophonist Ken Field, “ Forked Tongue is the only CD ever released to include songs by both Ornette Coleman and Billy Idol.”

Notes on Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and the Unseen


By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 22, 2008
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What about Tibet?

It is about money.
The Olympics may prove to be China’s Achilles’s heel
By EDITORIAL  |  March 28, 2008
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Remembrances

“Out of Darkness” worked under the assumption that remembered pain can be translated into effective stage action.
Liz Lerman and Sayat Nova
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 27, 2008
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Casting ballots

Some believe democracy can save the world. Others wonder whether it can even work in America.
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival on the campaign trail
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2008


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Poppy parks the tiger amidst Crawford holiday splendor

Phillipe + Jorge’s invitation to share Christmas with the Bush family and their closest friends in Crawford, Texas, was once again lost in the mail.
Phillipe and Jorge
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 26, 2007
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Challenging Voldemedia

Is Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin working under the Imperius Curse?
Potter activists
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 20, 2007
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Darfur Now

Theodore Braun’s probing documentary about the genocide crisis in Darfur takes a hopeful approach.
A call to action
By TOM MEEK  |  December 05, 2007
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Hell on earth

How does the Devil get his work done? With the greatest of ease, seems to be the answer.
The Devil and Darfur
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 27, 2007
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Left behind

SPACE Gallery’s annual Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival, now in its sixth year, is the rare local film event as essential to movie buffs as it is to concerned citizens.
Human Rights film festival takes on the world
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 07, 2007


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Student activists vow to keep pressure on the Junta

Weeks after thousands of red-clad Burmese monks and civilians protesting in the streets rocked world headlines, students are determined not to let the spotlight on the issue slip.
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By TE-PING CHEN  |  October 10, 2007
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Profile polling

Facebook and MySpace represent the easiest and most efficient method of assessing compatibility for a friend, a potential hook-up, or a presidential candidate.
A look at the MySpace and Facebook profiles of the '08 presidential candidates
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  September 27, 2007
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Killing the deity

In God is Dead ’s title story, God is searching — for unapparent reasons — for a boy named Thomas Mawien.
Waterville author takes atheism one step further
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 05, 2007
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Minnesota dreaming

If you're a die-hard sports fan, you’ve undoubtedly had moments where you view your obsession from the outside, like an anthropologist watching a painful circumcision ritual for the first time.
As a steady stream of Twin Cities sports superstars relocates to Boston, a hoops-crazy reporter asks himself: What price fandom?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 20, 2007