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An all-seeing eye for the FBI?
The latest Boston Phoenix is spread across your steering wheel. You're reading this article. In a legal parking spot. With the engine off. A transportation cop zaps your license plate with a computerized scanner, cycles your registration through the s
Every step you take
| April 29, 2011
Massachusetts' crisis: learning a second language
Lucía López did not cross the border by foot, nor did she pay a smuggler thousands of dollars to get here. She took a plane to Boston from her native Peru, and hasn't left.
Can English-Language programs keep up with the surge in immigration?
| March 25, 2011
I’ve been miffed for some years that Boston’s suburbs had all the best Sichuan restaurants.
Traditional Sichuan flavors to reawaken your jaded palate
MC SLIM JB
| May 28, 2010
It takes an identity thief
In late April 2006, shortly before the hearing to evict his tenant Karen Keester, Lee Gersch received a phone call from Keester’s twin sister, Michelle. She had just gotten divorced, Michelle claimed, and needed to move to Boston from Arkansas for a new
How Karen Keester made off with $250,000 — and became one of Boston's most accomplished con artists
| April 23, 2010
Pardon the interruption
Maybe it was when saxophonist Kelly Roberge, instrument in hand, leapt off the Cambridge YMCA Theatre stage in the middle of a performance by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra and fled the auditorium — as if in extreme gastro-intestinal distress.
Quartet of Happiness, Jerry Leake, and Jazz Week
| April 23, 2010
Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
| February 26, 2010
Photos: Boston expressionism at Danforth Museum
Photos of the works of expressionist artists David Aronson, Henry Schwartz, Gerry Bergstein and at the Danforth Museum in Framingham.
Aronson, Bergenstein, and Schwartz at the Danforth Museum this winter
| December 18, 2009
In the 1930s and '40s, Boston painters developed a moody, mythic realism. They mixed social satire with depictions of street scenes, Biblical scenes, and mystical symbolic narratives, all of it darkened by the shadow of the Great Depression and World W
Boston Expressionism in context
| December 18, 2009
IBEW pressures Stop & Shop
Folks driving past suburban Stop & Shop locations this week might wonder why laborers are suddenly concerned about food safety.
Power Play Dept.
| November 27, 2009
Pottery, Potter, mummies, and a 'Rare Bird'
The art of 2000 BC Egypt, visions from the Iraq War and AIDS activism, and the magic of a digital technology and Harry Potter make up the highlights of Boston's autumn art calendar.
Museums and galleries gather their objets d'art
| September 18, 2009
Ted Kennedy's real record
When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, littl
A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
| August 28, 2009
Racism in real estate
After more than a decade in the business, the real-estate agent knew that many landlords had very narrow ideas about whom they did and didn't want living in their apartments and houses. Most of them were fairly subtle about it. "I want the right people,
Keeping the neighborhoods white
| May 15, 2009
Photographer Nicholas Nixon of Brookline first burst onto the scene in the show "New Topographics."
Photography by Nicholas Nixon and Joe Johnson
| April 24, 2009
Union electrical workers decry biotech greed
When young nerds were told that they would one day boss around guys who pummeled them in grade school, consoling parents and teachers should also have warned their prodigies about labor unions.
Conflict between the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
| March 04, 2009
Greg Cook’s breathless description of “the hottest show in the nation right now” ignores a lot of troubling context in the Fairey phenomenon.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 27, 2009
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| February 25, 2009
Meet your Massachusetts Governor's Council
In this perilous economy, Governor Deval Patrick is faced with extraordinary economic challenges.
| January 14, 2009
When I first checked out Travis Sullivan's Björkestra live, it wasn't to see the singer. But live, the Björkestra (at the Regattabar last October) turned my expectations upside down.
Becca Stevens and Laszlo Gardony
| January 12, 2009
The Internet can help you answer any question these days.
The Best of the Bad
| December 30, 2008
This Far by Faith
Though the timing was merely coincidental, it seemed extra harsh for Governor Deval Patrick to slash funding for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute right before Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month.
Dorchester Peace Institute fights for its life...and wins
| December 17, 2008
Comics and crafts unite
What differentiates Comicazi-con from this past month's Boston Comic Con, sponsored by Framingham's Bedrock Comics, is the big-tent approach. Comicazi-con won't be focusing solely on comics, but will include local merchants.
| December 10, 2008
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
From the archives of the Boston Phoenix
| October 27, 2008
This article appeared in the September 9, 1999 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
New Kids 4-evah!
| September 26, 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
| July 08, 2008
The friends of Jack Kelly
This article originally appeared in the July 4, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
In the end, the adventure killed him
DAVE O'BRIAN AND TOM SHEEHAN
| July 08, 2008
As goes Gloucester?
Waves of chatter wash over the city of Gloucester, where 17 high-school students are pregnant.
Debating the ‘pregnancy pact’ will not make a surge in teenage motherhood disappear
| June 25, 2008
It is the heat
“Going green” may be an annoying trendy catch phrase, but there’s something to be said for turning down the global thermostat before we all drown in a pool of our own sweat.
. . . though humidity plays its part. Either way, global warming means sweating it out this summer.
| June 09, 2008
This article originally appeared in the May 8, 1973 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
What's on Trial with Deep Throat
| May 12, 2008
State of hock
Kenmore Station looks as if it has just survived an act of God, the Orange Line hasn’t seen a new car since the Reagan administration, and the head of the Transit Police union says there are only five cops riding the rails at any given time.
If the MBTA wasn't in debt, these items would be at the top of its new wish list.
| April 30, 2008
Picture buildings from Southie to West Somerville reduced to rubble. Dozens of three-alarm fires all over town. Tunnels flooded with seawater.
The threat is real. It could happen here. Is the city ready?
| February 27, 2008
This article originally appeared in the February 22, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The growing clout of the Hispanic community
| February 22, 2008
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