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Mastering a Latin classic

As I was picking my daughter up from school, my ears perked up to a woman telling a child it was time to go.
Learning a basic, but complex, Panamanian dish
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 03, 2011

Review: Abyssinia

As Providence has become a foodie mecca over the years, ethnic opportunities have expanded beyond Italian and Portuguese. But African foods? Not so much.
Comfort food from Ethiopia and Eritrea
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 03, 2011

Dinaw Mengestu's subtle take on immigrant blues

Seriousness sets Dinaw Mengestu's work apart from most novels about the immigrant experience.
White lies
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 22, 2010

Passage to India

Activist-photographer Fazal Sheikh’s tales of women from the Indian holy city of Vrindavan are devastating.
Fazal Sheikh’s ‘Beloved Daughters’ at the Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2010

High concept

The stars of the “Artadia Boston” exhibit at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery are Raúl González’s manic-Injun drawings.
‘Artadia Boston’ at the BCA, plus terracotta at the Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2010

Crossword: ''Stuff it''

My cup runneth over
My cup runneth over
By MATT JONES  |  March 26, 2010



Last spring, Danny Mekonnen and Jonah Rapino led Boston's fledgling Ethiopian pop group Debo Band straight to Addis Ababa. They played a local festival, made friends with nightclub owners, and found an Ethiopian Airlines deal for a free trip down the c
Debo Band go from the Western Front to East Africa
By MATT PARISH  |  January 29, 2010

Crossword: ''Freestylin' ''

Any words you want.
Any words you want.
By MATT JONES  |  January 15, 2010


With visions of spices of the souk, we are apt to imagine that Moroccan food is as spicy as that of Mexico or Ethiopia.
A plea to kick up the heat
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 28, 2009

Bad girls

People tend to make much of what they think of as Mary Gaitskill's fictional realm, a place of sexual transgression, of violence, violation, rape, and sado-masochism, and her female characters, the violated, the used, the users.
Mary Gaitskill carries on
By DANA KLETTER  |  May 01, 2009

Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics | Inspiration Information 3

The idea behind the Strut label's Inspiration Information series is simple: pair "modern artists and producers with their musical heroes"
Strut  (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 01, 2009


Fighting the good fight

As Rhode Island's poor and working-class citizens face a shrinking job market, social program cuts, and an avalanche of home foreclosures, a leading low-income advocacy group faces major changes.
DARE faces major changes and challenges
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  April 01, 2009

Universal tales

For the 11th consecutive year, the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) are bringing stories and tellers from near and far for the eight-day FUNDA Fest (January 18-25).
Diane Macklin makes a difference at FUNDA
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 13, 2009

Dub Colossus | A Town Called Addis

This one-of-a-kind project connects the real-life fireworks of old and new, urban Ethiopian music with the Rastafarian mythology
Real World (2008)
By BANNING EYRE  |  November 18, 2008

Portland chefs get Bizarre recognition

This summer, I ate a junebug. Actually, I ate three junebugs, prepared three different ways.
What's cooking?
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  November 12, 2008

Stop the bastards!

If you’re unfamiliar with the history of Ethiopia, you’ll probably be lost. (Try skimming a summary before you go.)
African exiles get political.
By GREG COOK  |  July 08, 2008


Foodie fest

Bourdain’s lifestyle as a gleeful gourmand may be taking its toll on his health, but it’s entertaining for the rest of us.
Chowing down on the road
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 16, 2008

Apocalypse now

Empyrean is one of the rare Internet-inspired pieces with rich, complex, coherent form.
Cliff Evans at the Gardner, Félix González-Torres at Harvard
By GREG COOK  |  November 15, 2007

''Great Journeys''

Now that the jungle is withdrawing, and the wilderness is tenanted, the brief of the travel writer has altered somewhat.
From Marco Polo to Twain and Shackleton, with a bit of Pico Iyer
By JAMES PARKER  |  September 24, 2007

Out of Africa

By LOUISA KASDON  |  June 18, 2007

Crossword: 'Ghost of a chance'

What's the common link?
By MATT JONES  |  May 23, 2007



An unexpected chamber of sympathy opened in my heart this week for Hugh Hefner.
Girls Next Door , Going Tribal , The Contender , and Be Real
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 22, 2007

Far out

Carol Abbe sat very still on the international flight taking her from Beirut to Taipei.
As the war escalates, a onetime hippie chick reflects on the groovy time she spent in Afghanistan and Iran in the late ’60s
By LAUREN WOLFE  |  May 04, 2007

Starbucks faces criticism on Ethiopian coffee deal

The ubiquitous coffee merchant is under fire for what critics describe as giving a raw deal to small Ethiopian coffee farmers.
Fair trade
By MIRIAM ALTMAN  |  April 04, 2007

Indulge me

If Dave Eggers’s career is any indication, the best way to become a writer of importance is to convince everyone you’re a self-indulgent jerk and then pull the rug out from under them.
How the writer of a generation stopped speaking for himself
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 14, 2007

Dreams do come true

Longfellow Books confirmed Tuesday that Dave Eggers will deliver a reading at SPACE Gallery on Sunday, February 25.
Coming attractions
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 24, 2007


Before there was Darfur

With the US bogged down in Iraq and anti-American sentiment sweeping the globe, it’s hard to find an affirmative story about our country’s place in the world. God Grew Tired of Us: A devastating and uplifting documentary. By Tom Meek.  
Around the world
By TOM MEEK  |  January 17, 2007

99 percent

All next week, the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival will be playing at SPACE Gallery in Portland. The films explain and explore social-justice problems around the globe, with the idea of attracting attention from people who could act to fix
Films show how “the other half” live
By BLY LAURITANO-WERNER  |  November 08, 2006

George Howell’s Terroir Coffee

Coffee drinkers are creatures of habit.
Welcome to the Terroir-dome
By JEREMY SAUER  |  June 14, 2006

Crossword: 'Thirty Thoughts'

My time has just come, too
By MATT JONES  |  March 27, 2006