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Review: Beyond Gay: The Politics Of Pride

The Gay Pride Parade is one of the best parties of the year — so much so that it’s easy to forget that, not so long ago, it was risky to participate, or that in some cities today, a token gesture of pride can get you imprisoned or killed.
Activism on parade
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010

Review: Dirty Pictures

At one point, Dirty Pictures transports us to Burning Man, where we watch a pack of free spirits cruising around the desert in flame-spewing tentacle-mobiles. Which is exactly the kind of blissy neon bacchanalia that springs to mind when we think of
Subversive chemistry
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 16, 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

10 memorable moments from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an unapologetic, cross-promotional cheese-fest. But whether you love or hate it, you have to admit that its giant balloons are nearly as synonymous with the holiday feast as turkey, cranberries, and indigestion.
From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 27, 2009

How gay is Southie?

Welcome to the gayborhood.
Once unthinkable, Boston’s most notorious neighborhood now sports a welcoming face. How the hell did that happen?
By ERICA CORSANO  |  October 16, 2009

Trouble at the Newport Film Festival

For more than a decade, the Newport International Film Festival has been a highlight on the state's cultural calendar.
High Drama
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 25, 2009


The Maine Festival of the Book relocates to USM

Now in its third year, the Maine Festival of the Book is settling into a new home on the USM campus
Celebrating print
By ALEX IRVINE  |  April 01, 2009

Review: Cherry Blossoms

In Doris Dörrie's emotionally loaded melodrama Kirschblüten — Hanami , an aging German couple, Trudi (Hannelore Eisner) and Rudi (Elmer Wrapper), grow tighter than ever.
Well-crafted and sincere, but ultimately tiresome
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 10, 2009

Hot love

For once, a scantily clad goth woman swinging chains of neon-orange fireballs over her head isn’t doing so because I’ve pissed her off.  
Taste the flames inside Boston's secret world of fire artists
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 08, 2008

Everybody get together

The 808 Gallery is a BIG space to fill.
‘Boston Young Contemporaries’ at 808 Gallery, ‘Big Bugs’ at Garden in the Woods, and the 10th Annual Lantern Festival at Forest Hills Cemetery
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 08, 2008


Frank Bidart adores the savage Catullan paradox.
Frank Bidart’s ambivalent appetite
By SVEN BIRKERTS  |  June 17, 2008


Steam dream

The All-in-One Victorian PC is the perfect little black dress of computer modifications.
Steampunk bursts through its subculture roots to challenge our musical, fashion, design, and even political sensibilities
By SHARON STEEL  |  May 14, 2008

Crème brut

There are few events in the noise and avant electronics social calendar that can compare the annual No Fun Festival in New York City.
No Fun comes north
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  May 06, 2008

The best of Oktoberfest

To hear it told, Munich’s Oktoberfest these days is a circus.
Forget Munich. A local German beer expert offers a primer on the best Bavarian lagers to enjoy this Oktoberfest — and all autumn long.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 26, 2007

Have words, will travel

Black has written and performed stories about many unsung heroines, from Lucy Stone to Rosie the Riveter, from her grandmother to her mother-in-law.
Judith Black’s tales take you on a journey
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 13, 2007

The good fight

The Cold War’s first recording doesn’t sound like anything on the Providence music scene, which is curious.
The Cold War; Daughters; Summerfest Providence; and more!
By BOB GULLA  |  August 14, 2007


Smoke on the water

People of all stripes spent $10 on a lantern that they then inscribed to their departed loved ones and placed upon the lake.
Forest Hills' Lantern Festival
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 16, 2007

Ice and fire

Burning Man began as a San Francisco pyromaniacs’ beach party in 1986.
Ice Cream’s cold contemporary art, Burning Man’s hot stuff
By GREG COOK  |  June 28, 2007

And proud of it

Boston's Pride Week is here, it's queer, and we're getting used to it.
Pride Week ’07 expands its audience and honors its traditions
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 30, 2007

The taste of sanctimony

Both the Maine Animal Coalition’s recent Vegetarian Food Festival and Mike White’s new film Year of the Dog explore the idea that the confinement and killing of animals is the great moral shame of our time.
Animal-rights activists flavor their philosophy with purity in Year of the Dog and a vegetarian food fest
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 09, 2007

A taste of Boston Harbor Hotel

If you didn’t manage to catch the Boston Wine Festival during its stint at the Boston harbor Hotel, you’ve got one more chance.
April 7
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  April 04, 2007


Just Grandy

On my way to Burning Man last year, I stopped at Wild Oats just outside of Reno for the week's provisions.
Life goes better with oats
By JESSICA PORTER  |  December 06, 2006

The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is, like, so one month ago.
The party’s not over
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 31, 2006


Recently pondering where to take out-of-town guests for a special dinner on a WaterFire night, we came up with Neath’s.
Still a tip-top performer
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 06, 2006

Sideshow Bob

Dylan plays up the corny/carney atmosphere, dressing his band in black suits, black hats and even matching pencil mustaches.
Bob Dylan, Stadium, Manchester NH, August 27, 2006
By DAMON KRUKOWSKI  |  August 28, 2006

The simple pleasures of throwing dung

For city dwellers who aren’t satisfied by weekly trips to the farmer’s market, the Washington County Fair is our annual destination to re-connect with the land.
Country life
By ERICA SAGRANS  |  August 24, 2006


Symbolic nature

The flowering landscape is more than just beautiful and awe-inspiring for East Asian artists and poets, who have always attributed layers of symbolic meaning and to nature’s blooms and branches.
East Asian botanical motifs at the Sackler; Eighth Annual Lantern Festival at Forest Hills
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 29, 2006

Take it outside

Okay, you like art, but you also want to get out and enjoy the great outdoors . Y ou can have your cake and eat it too at these outdoor sculpture parks. Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
Have some fresh air with your art
By GREG COOK  |  June 14, 2006

April 6, 2006

Waxing moon in Cancer/Leo. A morning void-of-course moon suggests that taking offense comes easily to Aries and Libra, and that Capricorn would like to be sitting on the fence. Cancer may feel that its energy is diffuse; better to linger over a second cu
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  April 05, 2006
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Cracking the nut

It’s spring, reclusive writers everywhere are emerging from their writing rooms, and what better way to celebrate than with Acorn Productions’ annual festival of local playwrights?
New plays find fertile ground
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 29, 2006