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Robot invasion!

Six-legged robots, mechanical snakes, and a friendly dino-bot by the name of Butch will make new friends in Somerville this week at two free events.

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 12, 2012
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Frightened Rabbit ready to emerge

It's always annoying when a band is touted as "the next big thing," especially when they've been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winnin

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 05, 2012
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55 things to do before Labor Day

You call yourself a Rhode Islander?
What are you waiting for? Get to it!!
By JESSE PAPINEAU AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 27, 2012
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Review: 5 Broken Cameras

Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, goes through five different cameras from 2005 to 2010, each one broken when the Israeli military or police assault him as he tries to record the ongoing turmoil.
Recording turmoil
By PEG ALOI  |  June 22, 2012
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100 things to do in Maine this summer

After an exhaustive search of our brains, experiences, and the insights of our friends and relations, we at the Portland Phoenix unveil a checklist of Maine summer pleasures.

By DEIRDRE FULTON, MELISSA NELSON, AND JEFF INGLIS  |  June 08, 2012
Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Review: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Whatever your opinion of the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, you can't deny that his brother Yoni was a hero, a courageous man whose conflicts and triumphs mirror those of his homeland.
Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot document Yoni's life story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2012


Free Fun Shit: Jan 19-26: New dance night @ Zuzu, Music lit w/ Phoenix writers, Berlin's DJ Sven @Middlesex + more

Free Fun Shit: Jan 19-26: New dance night @ Zuzu, Music lit w/ Phoenix writers, Berlin's DJ Sven @Middlesex + more


Berlin's DJ Sven Weisemann guest DJs at Middlesex on Thursday, January 26 Horse Thief + Personal Finance + See Through Band | Indie rock at...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  January 19, 2012
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Review: Dreileben

Taking a cue from Kieslowski's Three Colors by way of the British Red Riding series, this TV trilogy from three German directors of the Berlin School starts out with a creepy aura of dread and mystery and ends with contrived and unsatisfying resolut
TV trilogy from three German directors
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012
Free Fun Shit: Jan 12-19: LadyFest feminist art show, youth film shorts, MLK Day celebrations, surf rock party, DIY music writing @ Rock Shop + more

Free Fun Shit: Jan 12-19: LadyFest feminist art show, youth film shorts, MLK Day celebrations, surf rock party, DIY music writing @ Rock Shop + more


"Adventures Close to Home," a LadyFest benefit art exhibit/auction opens at the Washington Street Art Center on Friday Racky Thomas | Jazz and blues at...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  January 12, 2012
Free Fun Shit: Jan 5-12: ::MISLED*YOUTH:: opening @ Fourth Wall (looks pretty rad), Spankin' new Mod/Soul/Freakbeat dance night at Zuzu, dream + reality straddling photog</a></div>
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Free Fun Shit: Jan 5-12: ::MISLED*YOUTH:: opening @ Fourth Wall (looks pretty rad), Spankin' new Mod/Soul/Freakbeat dance night at Zuzu, dream + reality straddling photography exhibit at Panopticon + more


::MISLED*YOUTH:: opens at the Fourth Wall on Saturday (reception @ 6 pm) "Psychotic Reaction" | NEW Mod, Soul, and Freakbeat dance night with DJ Dandy...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  January 04, 2012


Free Fun Shit: Dec 15-22: One Happy Island EP release, Santacon, Great Scott holiday party show w/ Girlfriends, hipster home design book event + more

Free Fun Shit: Dec 15-22: One Happy Island EP release, Santacon, Great Scott holiday party show w/ Girlfriends, hipster home design book event + more


Girlfriends play a free after-show at the Great Scott Holiday party on Sunday FFFENS + Baltimoroder + DJ Die Young | "Make it New" at...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 15, 2011
Free Fun Shit: Dec 8-15: Arrested Development-a-thon, party at Good Life, jazz, Weed Con, craft fair + more

Free Fun Shit: Dec 8-15: Arrested Development-a-thon, party at Good Life, jazz, Weed Con, craft fair + more


Grownup Noise are at Zuzu on MondaySmall Wonders 2011 | Holiday art and craft fair. Opening day has refreshments, performance art, and music at the...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 08, 2011
Free Fun Shit: Dec 1-8: Pretty Things Beer Party w/ Viva Viva, Basketball Jones live podcast, holiday live band karaoke, art opening @ Fourth Wall + more

Free Fun Shit: Dec 1-8: Pretty Things Beer Party w/ Viva Viva, Basketball Jones live podcast, holiday live band karaoke, art opening @ Fourth Wall + more


Tas Melas and J.E. Skeets of the Basketball Jones live podcast at Game On on Friday Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project 3 Year Anniversary...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 01, 2011
Free Fun Shit: Nov 28-Dec 1: Boston Hassle listening party w/ FREE BEER, bike films, Greil Marcus talks The Doors, 'Cybersounds', tree lighting on the Common + more

Free Fun Shit: Nov 28-Dec 1: Boston Hassle listening party w/ FREE BEER, bike films, Greil Marcus talks The Doors, 'Cybersounds', tree lighting on the Common + more


 Griel Marcus is at the Harvard Book Store on Thursday New England Mountain Bike Association Movie Night | Film to be announced at Middlesex on...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 28, 2011
Free Fun Shit: Nov 17-24: Geekhouse Bike Party, Shaq, Bad Rabbits, Manliest Beard Contest, Boy Without God, Party w/ Watch the Throne DJ + more

Free Fun Shit: Nov 17-24: Geekhouse Bike Party, Shaq, Bad Rabbits, Manliest Beard Contest, Boy Without God, Party w/ Watch the Throne DJ + more


Kanye DJ Million $ Mano is at Cure on Thursday "Superfun Boston" | Release party for the Adidas "crest" forum shoe, presented by Adidas and...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 16, 2011


Free Fun Shit: Nov 10-17: Banditos Misteriosos DIY Gift Swap, Anarchist Bookfair, LGBT Wedding Expo, Storyliars presents "Fight or Flight" + more

Free Fun Shit: Nov 10-17: Banditos Misteriosos DIY Gift Swap, Anarchist Bookfair, LGBT Wedding Expo, Storyliars presents "Fight or Flight" + more


 The Boston Anarchist Bookfair is Sat-Sun @ Simmons College Fur & Gold | New dance night with DJs Brent Covington and Taffy spinning indie rock,...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 09, 2011
Free Fun Shit: Nov 3-10: Naomi Yang (of Damon & Naomi) art exhibit, Moustache Bash, B.A.B.E.S. women's drinking club, DIY Art Fair + more

Free Fun Shit: Nov 3-10: Naomi Yang (of Damon & Naomi) art exhibit, Moustache Bash, B.A.B.E.S. women's drinking club, DIY Art Fair + more


Marrakech, Morocco, 2007 from "Afterimage" @ Aviary Gallery Naomi Yang: "Afterimage" | Reception for the new art exhibit from Naomi Yang (of dreampop duo Damon...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 02, 2011
Free Fun Shit: Oct 27-Nov 3: Vegetarian Food Fest, David Bernstein moderates the presidential debate of the year, 'Freeky' Halloween exhibit @ the 4th Wall, Halloween bas</a></div>
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Free Fun Shit: Oct 27-Nov 3: Vegetarian Food Fest, David Bernstein moderates the presidential debate of the year, 'Freeky' Halloween exhibit @ the 4th Wall, Halloween bash @ Middlesex + more


"Revenge of Freeky Fright Nights" exhibit opens at Fourth Wall Project on Friday, October 28 Jen and John Yates | Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  October 27, 2011

Free Fun Shit: Oct 20-27: Halloween street fair, drinks w/ the CEO of Rue La La, Head of the Charles, dogs on parade + more


13 Ghosts is screening at the South Boston Library on Tuesday Bazaar and Food Fair | With Middle Eastern cuisine and pastries, a country store,...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  October 19, 2011
Free Fun Shit: Oct 13-20: Lessons in kink, Harvard Lampoon's "Afternoon of Champions", Return of Deadhead, sexy lit, Allston art tour, Pearl Jam doc advanced sc</a></div>
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Free Fun Shit: Oct 13-20: Lessons in kink, Harvard Lampoon's "Afternoon of Champions", Return of Deadhead, sexy lit, Allston art tour, Pearl Jam doc advanced screening+ more


Rob Potylo & the Lonely Planets are at ZuZu on SundayPearl Jam 20th Anniversary Documentary screening | advanced screening of the new Cameron Crowe doc...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  October 12, 2011


Free Fun Shit: Oct 6-13: Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Steve Almond reading + metal performance in conjunction with "We Still See the Black" exhibit + more

Free Fun Shit: Oct 6-13: Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Steve Almond reading + metal performance in conjunction with "We Still See the Black" exhibit + more


Check out "We Still See the Black" at the New Art Center: along w/ free readings by Steve Almond and a free show by Taj...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  October 05, 2011
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Dark side of the future

When the University of Rhode Island kicked off its invigorating "Are You Ready For the Future?" speakers series a few weeks back, there was only one man for the job: inventor and provocateur Ray Kurzweil.
Utopia or the end of humankind? A URI forum explores “the Singularity”
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011
Free Fun Shit: Sept 30-Oct 6: HONK! Fest, Oktoberfest, drink n' draw with PBR, rallying against the Man, Hispanic Heritage party + more

Free Fun Shit: Sept 30-Oct 6: HONK! Fest, Oktoberfest, drink n' draw with PBR, rallying against the Man, Hispanic Heritage party + more


 HONK! Fest kicks off Saturday at noon in Davis Square Bank and Corporation Accountability Rally | Rally against foreclosure, eviction, corporate greed, and more shitty...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  September 29, 2011
We all love das Getränk: It's Oktoberfest season, let's get betrunken!!

We all love das Getränk: It's Oktoberfest season, let's get betrunken!!


There are more than a few things we dig about Bavarian culture. A lot of them sound like bad words (or nasty venereal diseases,) sure,...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  September 28, 2011
Free Fun Shit: September 23-29: Allston Street Fair, Fluff Fest, Jazz Fest, "Cybersounds" on the Wharf, Indie 'zine and comics expo + more

Free Fun Shit: September 23-29: Allston Street Fair, Fluff Fest, Jazz Fest, "Cybersounds" on the Wharf, Indie 'zine and comics expo + more


The Jazz Urbane play the Berklee Beantown Jazz Fest this weekend Karl Marlantes | What It Is Like to Go to War discussion at Porter...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  September 23, 2011


Free Fun Shit: Sept 15-22: Funeral Party + Gentlemen Hall, "Rumble on the River", flash time travel mob, MixFest w/ Grace Potter + more

Free Fun Shit: Sept 15-22: Funeral Party + Gentlemen Hall, "Rumble on the River", flash time travel mob, MixFest w/ Grace Potter + more


Grace Potter & the Nocturnals perform at MixFest on Saturday Funeral Party + Gentleman Hall | WFNX show (tune in to FNX or email promotions@wfnx.com...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  September 15, 2011
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On carpentry and college

Age 30, I quit the Phoenix and ended up with a job as an apprentice to a carpenter. Sawing, chiseling, hammering, nail-gunning, tiling, sanding, slotting, framing, hauling, measuring, and sweeping are less obvious outcomes of an undergraduate career in
Finding reward - and real learning - in the ivory tower
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 02, 2011
Free Fun Shit: September 1-8: Schooner (not to be confused with sailboat) fest, Labor Day eve dance party, jazz fest, Magic People and Zbörnak + more

Free Fun Shit: September 1-8: Schooner (not to be confused with sailboat) fest, Labor Day eve dance party, jazz fest, Magic People and Zbörnak + more


Ahoy. Check out schooners like these in Gloucester this [long] weekend Jamie Lynn Hart | Pop/folk singer at the Middle East Corner on September 1...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  September 01, 2011
Free Fun Shit: August 25-September 1: Cool Ranch w/ the Bodega SLUTS, Kung Fu flicks, Seed in the City turns 5, Vice Mag presents Dirty Dishes + Lord Jeff, big ass Italia</a></div>
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Free Fun Shit: August 25-September 1: Cool Ranch w/ the Bodega SLUTS, Kung Fu flicks, Seed in the City turns 5, Vice Mag presents Dirty Dishes + Lord Jeff, big ass Italian feast + more


Dirty Dishes are at the Middle East upstairs Thursday, Aug 25 Vice Magazine + Vitamin Water present Uncapped LIVE | Raveonette curated show featuring Dirty...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  August 24, 2011