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With feeling

From the darkness, a hand strikes chalk against a spot-lit blackboard: July 1981 , it writes, and then, 16 .
Mad Horse's latest show has exceptional heart
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 11, 2010
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Walk for AIDS: 25 years(1)

Starting at 7:30 this Sunday morning, tens of thousands of walkers, runners, and volunteers will begin gathering by the Hatch Shell on the Boston side of the Charles River Esplanade.
Join in this Sunday. Despite significant progress, many challenges remain.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 04, 2010

WALK FOR AIDS: 25 YEARS

JOIN IN THIS SUNDAY. DESPITE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS, MANY CHALLENGES REMAIN.
JOIN IN THIS SUNDAY. DESPITE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS, MANY CHALLENGES REMAIN.
By  |  May 29, 2010
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Where's the outrage?

Holy hell broke loose six months ago when a self-appointed truth squad sponsored by a right-wing propagandist broadcast an Internet video that appeared to show African-American employees of ACORN counseling a white pimp and his equally Caucasian hooker o
ACORN attack tape found to be fraudulent. Plus, applause for the merger of two AIDS agencies.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 05, 2010
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Visions of hope

Shannon Heuklom of Providence spent the past two summers helping at a rural clinic, serving some 2000 HIV-positive patients, that is run by the nonprofit Hope Through Health in the West African nation of Togo.
‘Coming Out’ at Firehouse 13; Dery and Easton at 5 Traverse
By GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2010

Semi-Precious

Purple's prose makes for wrenching melodrama
Purple's prose makes for wrenching melodrama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 20, 2009


Look for activist postcards on First Friday and beyond

Approximately 1300 people in Maine live with HIV/AIDS, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
AIDS Art Action
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009
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Harvard ‘ACT UP’ show gets rise from right-wingers

Taking a detour from directly bashing President Obama, right-wingers are now hot and bothered by a Harvard art exhibit. And they have an Obama administration foil toward whom they can channel their bile.
Tea Baggers Meet the Tea-Baggers Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2009
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Casting spells

In 1915, Harvard University and Museum of Fine Arts archæologists digging in a rocky cliff at Deir el-Bersha unearthed the 4000-year-old tomb of the Djehutynakhts, an ancient Egyptian governor and his wife.
Tomb 10A at the MFA; ACT UP at Harvard
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2009
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Photos: ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis

Photos from the exhibit on display from October 15 to December 23, 2009.
ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis 1987–1993 at the Carpenter Center 
By CARPENTER CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS  |  October 23, 2009
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10 years later, we told you so

Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009


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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
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009
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Gay Activists Work for Ted

Gay-and-lesbian community activists are heavily involved in what the chairman of the Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance of Massachusetts, Todd Fernandez, calls "a full-court press to ensure that Ted Kennedy's re-elected."
Activists note Kennedy's gay rights work
By LIZ GALST  |  August 28, 2009
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Local activists crusade to cut circumcisions

What do William Shakespeare, Don Johnson, Sean Hannity, Redd Foxx, and Ralph Nader have in common with Jenna Jameson flicks and 70 percent of men worldwide? They're all uncut.
Protesting male circumcision
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 31, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor: July 10, 2009

A recent EqualityMaine campaign letter claimed that gay marriage is "the fight for our lives." I wonder whose lives they are talking about, when AIDS service organizations and community health/reproductive clinics across the state have been tightening
Dump gay marriage and regroup!
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 10, 2009
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The original DIY, observed

This explains a lot: May was National Masturbation Month, first held by the San Francisco-based sex shop Good Vibrations in 1995, and celebrated nationwide. (Some places even hold Masturbate-A-Thons to raise money for local HIV- and AIDS-prevention org
Celebrating the safest of sex, plus what to do when dates collide
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  May 29, 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
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Review: Pedro

There's no other reason to see the film.
An inspiring life reduced to sound bites, clichés, and hugs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2009

Giles is one tough cookie

Phillipe and Jorge could not be more pleased to hear that President Barack Obama has nominated Cynthia Giles, the director of Rhode Island's branch of the Conservation Law Founda-tion.
Plus economic outrage, the clueless Pope, and listening to 'The Angry Man'
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 25, 2009
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Mother courage

The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival last September proved hospitable to Agnès Varda.
Agnès Varda in Toronto
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 10, 2009
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Miller and Bettencourt document TB epidemic

You wouldn't think G. Wayne Miller would have time left to blink, considering the work he delivers
Reel Life
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 04, 2009


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Medicine men

What if a poem had the power to heal loneliness?
Two Boston poets use their art for the good of the tribe
By BY JAMES PARKER  |  November 25, 2008
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Help wanted

I can’t speak for everyone, but I’d take a painting over a snowflake sweater any day of the week.
‘Anything But Paper Prayers (The Annual Aids Benefit)’ at Barbara Krakow Gallery, ‘Icons + Altars’ at the New Art Center, ‘Annual Holiday Sale’ at Massart
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  November 19, 2008

Letters to the Portland Editor, October 10, 2008

If I could type my applause, I would. Your last two issues, specifically the cover articles, were superb.  
Props on connecting the dots
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  October 09, 2008
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Losing common ground

Among the chaos of fractious voices at the 17th International AIDS Conference, it’s hard to discern a clear message, and even harder to know who might be receiving it.  
A new rift between science and activism undermines progress in the fight against AIDS
By DAVID KISH  |  October 02, 2008
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Stop the bastards!

If you’re unfamiliar with the history of Ethiopia, you’ll probably be lost. (Try skimming a summary before you go.)
African exiles get political.
By GREG COOK  |  July 08, 2008


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Pride Week 2008

Boston Pride Week 2008 is shaping up to be a joyous smorgasbord of celebrities, literati, dancing, singing, boozing, schmoozing, friends, family, and joyful noises galore.
Sustaining community: the fun never stops
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 04, 2008
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Power outage

Damn it, I want to be optimistic. I have always seen my glass as half full and not half empty. Now I think it’s dry. I’ll check once the lights come on again.
As South Africa celebrates 14 years of post-apartheid rule, AIDS and electricity could spark revolution
By PETER-DIRK UYS  |  April 23, 2008
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It's out of this world

Uys’s new show takes its title from two things that were illegal when the now-63-year-old gay white man was growing up in South Africa: democracy and sex.
The ART hosts Elections & Erections; Trinity does Blithe Spirit
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 08, 2008

The addicted city

This article originally appeared in the April 1, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Why is it that one out of 125 Gloucester residents is a junkie?


By RIC KAHN  |  April 03, 2008