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Stocking stuffers

So, this does, indeed, come a week after the whole "gifts" issue, but this is traditionally the week for local music suggestions.
A grab-bag of local music for every taste
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 17, 2010
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Striving for significance

One of the questions in fine art is how to address the big issues of today, from our wars to global warming.
Deborah Bright and David H. Wells at the Chazan Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  December 04, 2009
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Take a look

A year ago the future looked bright as the RISD Museum debuted its shiny new Chace Center.
New spaces and fresh faces
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009
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What of the Beatles?

Spouting off during downtime in an interview with jazz drummer/composer Steve Grover, I once put forward my ill-researched idea that the third song is almost universally the best song on a great album.
Jazz, pop, and circumstance
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 04, 2009
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Bases very loaded

Even as the sun rises on the new Major League Baseball season, skies are cloudy for the game we love.
Spurred by fans’ ’roid rage, new books focus on our national pastime’s dark side. Meet baseball’s seven deadly sins.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 19, 2008

Some mid-winter jazz

In the cyclical, here-and-gone-again jazz world of Maine, it seems that maybe things are on-again.
Steve Grover heats up again, Between Now and After
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 16, 2008


Portland scene report: June 8, 2007

Jason Spooner's new disc, Flame You Follow , officially dropped to record stores June 1
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 06, 2007
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The curly-haried boyfriend

This is the third or fourth time I’ve seen this guy’s name attached to an arrest of a high-profile athlete.
Sports blotter: "Knight of the keyboard" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 02, 2007
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Summer lasts forever

Mitch Alden, frontman and songwriter for Now Is Now, is by all appearances a very happy guy.
Now Is Now issue another disc full of sun-shiny pop  
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 25, 2006
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The tale of the tape

Okay, so we know what the rivals’ all-time score is in terms of championship wins. It’s written — in hideously-stretched, mustard-stained bold face — on the reeking, pitted-out T-shirts of every 380-pound creep from the tri-state area. Jose Canseco re-
Sports Blotter:  Red Sox-Yankees Edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 21, 2006
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The Red Sox’ summer of discontent

Slowly, steadily, with every latest setback or miscue, it feels as if the Red Sox’ aspirations for 2006 are inexorably slipping away.
The Sporting Life
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 17, 2006


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Yankee Hating 101

“Hate” is such a harsh word.
All you need to know about this national pastime
By CHRIS YOUNG  |  May 28, 2006
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Perception quartet

By now we understand that photography does not hold a mirror up to life, that it is thoroughly subjective.
“Four Indias” at the Newport Art Museum
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 10, 2006
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Set ’em up, knock ’em back

History’s greatest drinkers, music’s greatest drinking songs, and a wobbly time line of booze in Boston.
15 people who could (or can) drink more than you
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 17, 2006

Portland scene report, February 17, 2006

Emilia Dahlin tour update; Local Nothing's sophomore effort; Threads at SPACE
Sibilance
By EDITORIAL  |  February 16, 2006