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Hey cranks, peep what the ballists are playing!

With the Boston Red Sox sitting in fourth place and virtually all their players struggling or injured, it really couldn't be a finer time for baseball fans to rediscover what we actually love about the sport.
Return to Tradition
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 29, 2012
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Review: Grown Ups

For a scant idea involving a potpourri of SNL alums, Grown Up s is a lot funnier than it should be.
Puerile adult humor ensues
By TOM MEEK  |  June 25, 2010
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Slideshow: The Maya And The Mythic Sea at Peabody Essex Museum

Mayan works of art at the “Fiery Pool: The Maya And The Mythic Sea,” exhibit
“Fiery Pool: The Maya And The Mythic Sea,” Peabody Essex Museum through July 18  
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 21, 2010
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Review: Fish Tank

Scottish director Andrea Arnold rushes in where most other directors — male ones, especially — fear to tread.
Andrea Arnold's unsentimental education
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Maritime after time

There's no question about the Peabody Essex Museum's unwavering love of all things nautical. How many other museums employ a curator of maritime art and history (in this case, Daniel Finamore)?
Dutch seascapes at the Peabody Essex
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  June 05, 2009
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Shirts off their backs

How To Dress Like a Rock Star
How To Dress Like a Rock Star
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 19, 2008


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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
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Parlor salon


Spreading the words in Salem
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 16, 2008

Play time

The Barn Summer Playhouse is currently staging a snappy rendition of some of the most original and intellectually entertaining theater in the English language.
A snappy Inspector Hound
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 24, 2008
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Line up

Katy Fischer's art points to the darker forces in nature, where clouds threaten rain and rivers carry people off.
Katy Fischer at Proof, ‘Paper Quilt’ and Rainey at the Essex Art Center, and ‘Ink & Steel’ at Space 242
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 24, 2008
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The folk and the fine

Here in Massachusetts, our old ways tend to reside in ethnic islands and pockets. They may be famous on their street or in their neighborhood or town, but they’re often unheard of outside it.
‘Keepers of Tradition’ and Alexis Rockman
By GREG COOK  |  June 16, 2008


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Waxing poetic

New York–based artist Joanne Mattera wrote the book (literally) on encaustic, an ancient method of painting with pigmented wax.
Joanne Mattera and encaustic painting plus sculpture At Montserrat; Ceci Méndez at the Center For Latino Arts
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 03, 2008

The addicted city

This article originally appeared in the April 1, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Why is it that one out of 125 Gloucester residents is a junkie?


By RIC KAHN  |  April 03, 2008
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Cash carousel

Even though the dollar has taken an international whupping of late, there remains at least one place where the love of the greenback remains strong: Beacon Hill.
Many things changed this year on Beacon Hill, but not the power of the almighty dollar
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 30, 2008
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Master-servant/Master-mistress

Figaro and Count Almaviva are holed up in a sacked mansion opposite the Bastille.
Figaro at the ART; The English Channel at Suffolk
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 12, 2007
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Learning experience

“You’re not going to turn into a wanker?” It’s 1985, and homie Spencer is worried that his pal Brian is going to put on airs when off at university.
The predictable curve of Starter for Ten and Islander
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 07, 2007


Banned in Boston again?

This article originally appeared in the July 5, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Plans to upgrade the Combat Zone have been an utter failure — and there’s plenty of blame to go around
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  November 14, 2006
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Mauve drab

The diptych is a device you almost never see used properly these days.
Henry Wolyniec + Melanie Essex at Whitney Art Works
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  August 17, 2006
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Kaze

Kaze is Boston’s most elaborate presentation yet of the Mongolian hot pot, or “shabu-shabu” in Japanese.
Dip into a fun, flavorful date spot
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 05, 2006
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Healey gets it wrong

First the good news: the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives have voted to legalize over-the-counter pharmacy sales of hypodermic needles to those over 18 years old who provide adequate proof of their age.
By opposing needle legalization, the Republican lieutenant governor plays politics with life and death
By EDITORIAL  |  June 28, 2006