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Southie's last stand

Twenty years since a Hyde Park Italian-American succeeded Ray Flynn, South Boston retains its public perception as the city's nexus of political power.
A huge year in politics could see the next generation of South Boston political legends emerge — or get swept aside.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 15, 2013
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Out of the rubble: Torrent Engine 18, Boston's new art space

When an electrical fire tore through Pan9 six years ago, a handful of artists who lived and worked in the Warholian underground Allston art space (where the Dresden Dolls played their very first live show) were left homeless...

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 16, 2012
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Review: The Sessions

No other film this year pushes as many Academy buttons as Ben Lewin's adaptation of the true story of the Dorchester-born poet and writer Mark O'Brien, a paralyzed polio survivor who hired a sex surrogate to lose his virginity.
Sexual healing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 26, 2012
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Review: Pho Hoa

Dorchester's Pho Hoa offers quite a lot on the menu besides the eponymous soup, and no one should miss the roasted quail appetizer
Another worthy take on Vietnamese beef and noodle soup
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 09, 2012
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Dorchester hosts the city's most intensely fought council campaign

Prior to the September preliminary, I described the race to fill the only open seat on the Boston City Council — replacing Maureen Feeney of Dorchester, who has chosen not to seek another term — as something like a school election.
Dirty pool
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 21, 2011
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The fight for Dorchester's open city council seat is more like a school election than a modern political one

The Dorchester district that Maureen Feeney has represented since 1993 is now perhaps the most diverse in the city — and of all the council districts, its percentages of white, black, Asian, and Hispanic residents most closely reflects Boston as a whole
Old school
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 16, 2011


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Review: Lorenz Island Kuisine

When I find a family-run place that seems to serve as an anchor for neighborhood life — serving three meals a day, doing a brisk takeout business, offering live music, DJs, and poetry readings a few nights a month — I think, "Damn, wish my neighborhood
Fresh, traditional Jamaican fare in a friendly neighborhood spot
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 08, 2011
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In the wake of the latest corruption scandal, let's just torch the offending chamber

Burning Down the House
Burning Down the House
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 24, 2011
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Drinking with family

When I moved from Cambridge to Southie five years ago, the quality of my barroom conversations immediately skyrocketed.
Conversation and community in the bars of Southie and Dorchester
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  May 06, 2011
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How staying different saved street art in the Bean

Boston has a special place in graffiti history — and not just because one of our early marquee vandals, Popeye, was Jordan Knight of the New Kids on the Block.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 01, 2011
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An (almost) A-to-Z guide to Boston

Welcome to Boston, college kids.
From Ben Affleck to Yawkey Way
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 28, 2011


PHOTO: Hope your snow day was better than this guy's

PHOTO: Hope your snow day was better than this guy's


A little snowpocalypse strife spotted on Ashmont Hill this morning: OK, sure, wading through acres of white stuff en route to the T was a...
By Shaula Clark  |  January 12, 2011
UPDATE -- Ashmont Moon Mystery: What about fried turkeys, now?

UPDATE -- Ashmont Moon Mystery: What about fried turkeys, now?


Peabody Square's Sleeping Moon (which snoozes on the plaza outside the Ashmont T station in Dorchester) is no stranger to festive adornment. The Santa hat...
By Shaula Clark  |  January 08, 2011
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Savin Scoop

Savin Hill brings its own nice splash of character to Dorchester, but until November, if you wanted to sit and relax with an iced coffee with cream or a coffee ice cream, you were out of luck.
Can this ice-cream parlor scoop out a place for itself?
By D. BARKER  |  December 17, 2010
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Dot2Dot Café

Restaurants specializing in breakfast fare tend to fall into two categories.
Brunch every day? Certainly, when it's this good  
By MC SLIM JB  |  October 15, 2010
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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


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Mr. Patrick Goes to Franklin Park

As Deval Patrick engaged constituents at the third annual 10,000 Strong Boston barbecue in Franklin Park on Father's Day, it was clear that his support from black voters doesn't derive solely from the luster of his climb from Chicago's hardscrabble stree
'Deval in the 'Hood' Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010
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Joe Pernice and Joyce Linehan's collected tweets

Those who pre-ordered the new Pernice Brothers LP, Goodbye, Killer , received a slender paperback called Pernice to Me , authored and signed by Joe Pernice and Joyce Linehan. It consists of Linehan — Pernice's Dorchester-based manager, publicist, and
The Twitterary Life
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 18, 2010
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Dead Kids

Boston's violence promotes more violence, and its murders beget even more murder.
Startling sociological findings about violence and Boston's inner-city youth
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 11, 2010
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Griko Lakay

My first visit to Griyo Lakay, a tiny Haitian restaurant near Franklin Park, reminded me of playing an adventure game: “You enter a storefront furnished with four booths. There are no signs, menus, customers, or staff in sight. At the back is a counter o
Abundant, heart-warming Haitian fare awaits intrepid diners
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 21, 2010
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Lee’s Store and Bakery

I’ve long relied on Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp for tips on new restaurants.
Another worthy source for one of Boston’s best budget sandwiches
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 14, 2010


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Mayor-Select Marie?

Tom Menino, just a few months into an unprecedented fifth term as Boston’s mayor, has raised eyebrows by hiring State Representative Marie St. Fleur of Dorchester to the newly created, $120,000-a-year position of chief of advocacy and strategic investmen
Some think that Tom Menino is anointing Marie St. Fleur as his successor, but he might just be serving himself
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 07, 2010
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Rip Shop | The Authenticity

Rip Shop should be one of the first names you mention when recalling Boston’s early-2000s underground rap renaissance.
Drama House (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010
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Scott Brown slashing jobs, not adding them

When he campaigned to retain existing and deliver new employment opportunities for commonwealth residents, Senator Scott Brown was apparently making no promises to urban teens.
Mass Underemployment Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010

Foreclosure frontline

The 72 Hours project, which I and others have been developing in the effort to help those fighting eviction in Boston, uses video projection to bring public awareness to the struggles of those undergoing foreclosure.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 16, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 16, 2010
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Fighting foreclosure, one home at a time

When curious-looking animated silhouettes appear in the windows of foreclosed Dorchester residences — as they did this past month during a massive demonstration on Bullard Street, and will again soon in locations to be announced — it means that John Huls
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 09, 2010


Unsexy Appeal

The annual “Unsexiest Men” survey (April 2) panders to and cultivates negative, cheap-shot male bashing.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 9, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 09, 2010

Play by play: April 2, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of April 2, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2010
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Shedding his skin

A few weeks ago, Boston MC Benny Blanco brought his homeboy J the S a flyer for a sketchy wrestling match in Long Island the next day.
The new J the S is wiser than the old one
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 26, 2010

Play by play: March 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, March 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 26, 2010