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Let's Get Raw

Couldn't score a seat at the Climate Change Conference underway in Copenhagen, but still want to reduce your carbon footprint? Perhaps you need to eat it raw.
Do It Clean Dept.
By TOM MEEK  |  December 18, 2009

The human condition

Kevin Broccoli, the writer and directorial ringmaster, announced before the performance that we were going to see not a play, but rather an experiment.
Who’s to say what’s Crazy ?
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2009

Health-Care-Reform Town Hall All-Stars

Shamelessly successful political-smear campaigns yield exalted martyrs.
Plumb and Dumber Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 21, 2009
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After a half-century, a theatre crumbles

The spotlight has dimmed, sadly, on Providence's Looking Glass Theatre. The company, a small crew of three to four actors and a musician, entertained elementary school students across the state for nearly 50 years, at one time performing hundreds of in
Looking Glass Theatre closes
By CHRISTOPHER COLLINS  |  June 26, 2009
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Love and friendship (Rhode Island-style)

Cort is whispering something to me but she's trying to be all respectful or whatever so I can't make out what she's saying.
An excerpt from Sarah Rainone's new novel, Love Will Tear Us Apart , in which six friends let the music do the talking
By SARAH RAINONE  |  May 22, 2009

Review: The Country Teacher

Czech writer/director Bohdan Sláma's histrionic drama finds dour teacher Petr (Pavel Liska) fleeing from a private Prague academy to a rural elementary school.
By ALICIA POTTER  |  May 22, 2009


Dueling morals

A battle of pedagogies is raging at an English grammar school for teenage boys.
Mad Horse's masterful The History Boys
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 01, 2009

Censorship for Me, Penelope

Lisa Jahn-Clough's young-adult novel Me, Penelope is the subject of a recent dispute at Tavares Middle School in Orlando, Florida.
Girl, Interrupted
By ALEX IRVINE  |  March 04, 2009

The kult of Al Kaprielian

It's the coldest day of the winter so far and Al Kaprielian is excited.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 04, 2009

Adam Bock is a good listener

When Adam Bock first came to Providence in the late '80s, after a friend told him there was this great playwriting teacher at Brown, he was busting with unstoppable aspiration
Talking the talk
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Billy Bob Neck

I was pretty sure a paper like this would ask some kinda homosexual question, being in Massachusetts and named after a Henry Potter book.
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week's victim . . .
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 25, 2008

Surly you jest

 He might be the toughest veteran on Boston’s hip-hop scene, but Shug is a phenomenal dinner guest.
The other side of Big Shug’s game
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 20, 2008

Surly you jest

The other side of Big Shug's game
The other side of Big Shug's game
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 18, 2008

Educational election

An overview of those stepping up to serve Portland's schools
Only a few step up to serve Portland’s schools
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Maine House candidates

As with the candidates for Maine Senate, we compiled some biographical information on each candidate and then asked each person what they would take action on right up front, if they were elected.
Who wants to go to Augusta?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Where do I vote?

Depending on where in Portland you live, here’s where to go.
Where to vote in Portland
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 29, 2008


Quite contrary

When third-grade boys have crushes, they often irk and abuse the objects of their erections to mask their affection.
Thou shalt not so hastily dismiss Scroobius Pip  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2008

That’ll learn ya

In eighth grade, I decided that school and hip-hop should exist separately.
Kabir schools other MCs, little kids
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 26, 2008

Super nanny

Margaret Hathaway, a true goat expert who traveled the US on a quest for the perfect goat cheese and wrote a book called The Year of the Goat, informs me that goat is the next hottest meat.
There's more to goats than cheese at Hamdi
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 30, 2008

Sisto act 2

LDW is a party, but also a massive love letter to the city’s bare-bones arts scene.
Love During Wartime — a last splash and a fresh start
By MATT PARISH  |  May 28, 2008

No clock ticking

Rock and roll is a 15-year-old. Its makers may succumb to prudence and time but the music remains hormonal, idealistic, kinetic, and furious at anything you can think of to be pissed off about.
Jay Reatard channels his inner problem child
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 15, 2008


Community Prep shows that small is beautiful

Dan Corley, head of school and co-founder of Community Prep, a small private middle school in South Providence, hatched the idea for the program when he grew tired of teaching at a school for juvenile boys.
By KATE MAYHEW  |  April 09, 2008

After Sesame

Where does Gen-X move when it’s way too old for Sesame Street and way too poor for Park Avenue?
Avenue Q  is the street where you live
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 14, 2008

Personal code

The connection between jazz and India is at least as old as John Coltrane’s composition named for that country.
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-jazz connection
By JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2008

A child of Hitler

This article originally appeared in the February 1, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Growing up in the Third Reich (a memoir)

By ALFONS HECK  |  January 30, 2008

Renaissance man

"I don’t think I’ll ever have anything to pitch to a commercial publisher,” Alex Rose says.
Alex Rose wants to do it all
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 08, 2008

Extreme behavior

If you wanted to make the Maine Legislature look good, you’d compare it to the Portland School Committee.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 31, 2007

Stacked up

For a moment, step away from the yammering about whose fault which snafu is — let’s find some people who know how to make decisions the community can embrace.
City Council and School Committee candidates answer our questions
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 25, 2007

I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

Just in case any insensitive pricks forgot, Jeff Garlin is around to remind them that fatties get picked on long after junior high.
Deadpan that just feels dead
By NICK MCCARTHY  |  September 12, 2007

Career opportunities

Martin Johnson isn’t quite sure where he is.
Boys Like Girls
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 08, 2007