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For most folks, if Shakespeare didn't write those plays, it wouldn't be the end of the world. Nor does it seem a likely topic for Roland Emmerich, whose films usually are about the end of the world.
Absurd entertainment
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011
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The Oracle Engine

The lizard of the wasteland, so dazzling to the eye, so rapid to flee or to strike, may grow to its full maturity only in the most brutal of deserts, where no dew falls to drink and where the sun is unrelenting. So, some say, was Marcus Furius Medullinu
Excerpted from the short story by M.T. Anderson
By M.T. ANDERSON  |  July 22, 2011

What would Joan do?

In the pilot episode of AMC's Mad Men , Peggy Olson told Joan Holloway: "I'm from Bay Ridge. We have manners."
Gifts to show off your taste
By DEIRDRE FULTON + CLEA SIMON  |  December 11, 2009

What Would Joan Do?

So you've got a party coming up, a gift due, or a difficult-to-please significant other.
Jackie or Marilyn, Pete or Roger — they are what they eat. so, who are you?
By CLEA SIMON  |  December 11, 2009
Merry Making: The Stuff Guide to Planning a Holiday Party That Won't Look Like Your Parents'

Merry Making: The Stuff Guide to Planning a Holiday Party That Won't Look Like Your Parents'

Think back on your childhood holiday memories. Remember gathering by the fire with your family, sipping eggnog and snuggling up in your aunt's new homemade...
By Scott Kearnan  |  November 30, 2009

Classing up the joint

A substantial portion of the Paradise's clientele Friday evening wouldn't have looked out of place at a fancy dinner party. Thanks to the World/Inferno Friendship Society, punk rock and snazzy fashion sense are no longer mutually exclusive.
World/Inferno Friendship Society at Paradise Rock Club, April 11, 2009
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 24, 2009

Bam Bam

There are a few people in town who really know how to throw a party. Three of them (Jen Batchelor and Phoenix scribes Chris Gray and Ian Paige) amalgamated their powers on Saturday at Bubba's for a party to remember.
Music seen at Bubba's Sulky Lounge, November 29
By CHAD CHAMBERLAIN  |  December 03, 2008

It's cookout weather!

If you’re attending (or hosting) a cookout, then have a heart and offer your guests something besides the obvious norm. Here are a few ideas.
Fending off the picnic “fruitcake”
By TODD RICHARD  |  July 23, 2008

Cheer on the cheap

Having such a bursting social calendar requires being armed, in the words of Hunter S. Thompson, to the teeth.
A guide to seasonal imbibing
By TODD RICHARD  |  November 14, 2007

Notre ami Pierrot

“Film is like a battleground,” American director Sam Fuller pronounces famously at the cocktail party in Pierrot le fou .
Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 omnibus rides again
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 12, 2007

Word up

It’s a sex columnist’s nightmare to be clueless when a well-worn sex term gets thrown out at a dinner party.
A primer on the language of lust
By JEANNIE GREELEY  |  July 13, 2007


What would Jane do?

You’ll learn how to dress, how to pay a morning call, how to behave at a dinner party.
A guide to Miss Austen's world
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2007

Facing off over Facebook

Students, be warned: the college of your choice may be watching you. Post at your own peril: The risks of sticking it to the man on Facebook. By Adam Reilly
Who’s looking at you, kid?

The ’06 Guild Follies: Queen Elizabeth rules

Yes, it’s time to read about the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies, the biggest Vo Dilun cocktail party of the year, which, naturally, is held in Massachusetts.
In singing star turn, Pina wins rare standing O
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 28, 2007

The pro

During dinner parties nowadays, everyone, writers included, talks about movies. Rarely does a “serious” novel dominate conversation, but crime novels sometimes have a moment.
Robert Crais’s winning formula
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  February 27, 2007


“It smells like a middle-school dance,” said username andysad at the LemmingTrail message-board holiday party at Great Scott last Friday.
The LemmingTrail holiday party, Great Scott, December 22, 2006
By WILL SPITZ  |  December 29, 2006

Christmas Hex

No good can come from a day that starts with diarrhea.
Bramhall Square
By CAITLIN SHETTERLY  |  December 20, 2006

Old soul

Imagine your friend kicks everyone out of their holiday party because they’re tired of dancing and sharing their wine. Where are you going to go?
DJ Graymatter, the White Heart, December 12, 2006
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  December 20, 2006

Off the hook

There’s always someone on your list that’s the hardest to buy for, not because they have everything and need zippo — or because they have nothing and need anything — but because you really can’t accept spending your hard-earned dough to get them somethi
And on the cheap
By MEAGHAN DONAGHY  |  December 07, 2006

Play it plowed

The bar is closed, your friends are unconscious, but you still need a drink — and to be entertained. Movies are too passive; talking is too stupid. The only solution: drunk video gaming.
The ten best videogames to play when drunk
By ROBERT BRICKEN  |  December 06, 2006

Odd and vulnerable

The women in Amy Cutler’s drawings and paintings are odd and vulnerable but sometimes a formidable lot.
Amy Cutler’s fantastical world
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 28, 2006

Flashbacks: June 23, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Doug Fleischer, Sam MacLaughlin, and Hannah Van-Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 21, 2006


Eating might sustain us, but eating for a good cause nourishes our spirits as well as our bodies.
March 30
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  March 22, 2006