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Short Takes: The Artist

Review: The Artist(1)

The advent of talking pictures sends a screen idol into both a career nosedive and an identity crisis in Michel Hazanavicius's flashback to Hollywood's transitional period of the late '20s.
Michel Hazanavicius's flashback to '20s-era Hollywood
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  December 23, 2011

[Flashback] “Flush with the Walls” MFA art stunt turns 40


In 1971, Boston After Dark (the alt-weekly that would eventually become the Boston Phoenix) investigated a particularly whimsical outburst of art activism: Way before the...
By Nate Homan  |  June 23, 2011
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Murdoch mishegoss

Never mind that Rupert Murdoch is shelling out better than $2 billion to buy Metromedia’s seven TV stations. Never mind that he’s then turning around and reselling Boston’s WCVB-TV, Channel 5 to the Hearst Corporation for an astounding $450 million.
The new brand of gonzo journalism
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  May 07, 2010
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This must be the place

It is a place so confident, so much an institution, as to presume to call itself by its last name. When someone says they’re going to the Square, nobody expects them to turn up at the Statler Building in Park Square or under the CITGO sign in Kenmore Squ
A short paper on Harvard Square's roots
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  April 23, 2010
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Desegregation Day

Southie: Ugly Crowds at the Trouble Spot
Southie: Ugly Crowds at the Trouble Spot
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  September 18, 2009

Where was everybody on St. Patrick's Day?

We piled into a car, we three intrepid journalists, and set out from the Back Bay Sunday morning to find our way to Royal Bolling’s party. “Roxbury’s Salute to St. Patrick’s Day,” as Bolling called it, should be easy to find, we reasoned. After all, the
Where's the (political) party?  
By MICHAEL RYAN  |  August 28, 2009


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King, as in mayor

To begin with, I'd like to set down the political and ideological frame of reference under which I try to live.
Another page from an optimist's agenda
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  July 17, 2009

Boston in the 70s: Part 4

Boston Common in the 70s
Photos of the Boston Common from the Boston Phoenix 's archives
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 17, 2009
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Flashback: Sox Populi

The October wind plays tricks on a man when the last breeze of summer meets the first chill of winter in the stands at Fenway Park. When other teams in other parks are playing out the World Series, the air in the Fens hangs heavy.
A short story for opening week
By JAMES MCLINDON AND SCOTT BURRISS  |  April 17, 2009