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Notes from the Fringe

As you read these very words, the great Portland Fringe 2012 is already up and running. Herein we highlight three of the Fringe's more beguilingly strange offerings.
Three shows not to miss
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 29, 2012
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Catalog Lit: Free People and Paris in the 20s


 I got my copy of the Free People holiday catalog this afternoon. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Free People is a clothing company owned by the...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  November 04, 2011
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Who's afraid of Memoryhouse?

Sifting through music discs for literary references can often bear scant fruit.
Ontario dream-pop duo find inspiration in the library stacks
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  August 06, 2010
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Rhode Island’s First Family of Poetry

Husband and wife Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop will be giving a reading at the Providence Central Library, on Washington Street, on Sunday, April 11 at 2 pm. That’s no small matter for poetry lovers.
Words, Words, Words
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2010
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Two turtle doves

Like a mug of hot cocoa after an afternoon of sledding, sometimes a good Christmas gift isn't quite complete without a second one that enhances the pleasures of the first.
Sometimes the best gifts come in pairs
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 11, 2009
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Review: Fig Trees

Here's a first: an AIDS documentary nested inside an opera that's obsessed with albino squirrels, figs, palindromes, and Pythagoras.
Strikes a delicate balance among solemnity, wry humor, and rage
By SHAULA CLARK  |  May 08, 2009


Play by play: April 3, 2009

Plays around town
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 01, 2009

Play by Play: March 27, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 24, 2009

Play by Play: March 20, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2009
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Interview: Art Spiegelman

"When you don't understand a painting, you assume you're stupid. When you don't understand a cartoon, you assume the cartoonist is stupid."
Drawing conclusions
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 13, 2008
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Day by day

Everyone has their own Marsden Hartley. That happens with great painters, and Hartley was one of the greatest of 20th-century American artists.
A new film examines Marsden Hartley’s life
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 29, 2008


Easy to love

Given the water wings of a viable performance, one-person shows about historical figures tend to sink or swim on the raconteurship of their subjects.
According to Tip debuts at New Rep; the ART sings Cole Porter
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 01, 2008
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Senses come alive

Are Jay-Z’s synapses wired to express supreme confidence?
Did art prove science before science did?
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 13, 2008
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Life lines

Scaring people away isn’t Big Bear’s primary objective.
Getting to the hard core of Big Bear
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 12, 2008
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Beyond illbient

When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
DJ Spooky goes global
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008
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Sweet fallout

Philip Whalen (1923–2002) is a great American poet.
Philip Whalen’s word bombs
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  January 14, 2008


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War, peace, and Robert Pinsky

Every few years, a fall publishing season emerges that should remind us that Boston could be the literary epicenter of America.
The season's fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 12, 2007
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Empty pantsuit

I have a terrible confession to make: I couldn’t get through either of the two new biographical tomes about Hillary Clinton.
There's a reason why two new biographies of Hillary Clinton elicit such yawns
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 22, 2007
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Unmasked

It would be fun to report that in the same weekend Bostonians got to hear two operas from two different centuries that take place on their home turf.
Boston Lyric Opera’s Un ballo in maschera ; Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 05, 2007
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The conspiracist

“Assassination-conspiracy theorist” is a relatively recent addition to Paul Kuntzler’s résumé. Watch Paul Kuntzler on the JFK assassination
Gay-rights crusader Paul Kuntzler turns a sharp mind for detail to the JFK assassination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 11, 2007

Kurt Cobain

This article originally appeared in the April 15, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
1967-1994
By JON GARELICK  |  November 14, 2006


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Sense in the sound

In Stephen Sondheim’s old formulation, opera is about music and musical theater is about words.
When it comes to singing (jazz and otherwise), it's about more than words
By JON GARELICK  |  September 20, 2006
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Queer superheroes challenge the far right

It’s official: Batwoman is coming back — as a lesbian.
Comic Culture  
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  June 28, 2006
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Left Lane: On The Road With Alix Olson

Samantha Farinella’s documentary Left Lane: On the Road With Alix Olson is a love letter to her subject.
A love letter to "one of the 10 most dangerous women in America."
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 05, 2006
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Not just kids’ stuff

Children’s book illustrators have a pair of challenges.
Celebrating a classic children’s book at the RISD Museum  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 02, 2006
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Making it new

The avant-garde ain’t what it used to be.
Ballet mécanique in Washington, the Callithumpians’ Xenakis, Mark Morris in New York and Boston, Yo-Yo Ma at the BSO, Harbison’s But Mary Stood
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 21, 2006