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Stuff and nonsense

Despite millions in production design, Peter Strietman's splendid photography, and some witty if trance-inducing music by Jonathan Bepler, the six and a half hours of Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle is sheer movie tedium, inert and unmoving, broken u
Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle returns
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010

Messi situations

Can’t you just imagine the high-level meetings taking place daily in the British Petroleum war room these days, full of top execs and engineers, neither of whom speak the others’ language, or have even close to the same concerns?
A giant tampon for BP; plus, the World Cup, and a big bash in Pawtuxet
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 04, 2010

Beats, rhymes, and Li(f)e

Cult-status indie wordsmith Sage Francis digs deep and blows the black mold off the diary on Li(f)e (Anti-), while enlisting an impressive roster of indie-rock songwriters.
Sage Francis balances despair and hope on new album
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 07, 2010

Li(f)e story

Should nothing change over the next couple of months, July will mark one year since Providence’s Sage Francis — who comes to the Middle East this Wednesday — has written or recorded a single verse.
Sage Francis gets by with a lot of help from his friends
By REYAN ALI  |  May 07, 2010

30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008

Evel dead

Evel Knievel certainly wasn’t the first person to become a superstar by risking life and limb to entertain the masses.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 05, 2007


Angels and devils of porn

Odd choice for a date, one would have thought — an evening of robust debate about pornography.
A vintage X-rated actor and a goofball clergyman face off, in a debate sponsored by an energy drink: what the hell is going on?
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 15, 2007

Cast of characters

Improv comedy sure is catching on.
The faces, places, and prices of PIF4
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 19, 2007

Tinseltown East

Looking at the photographs now, it’s hard to believe it ever existed.
Boston was once a breeding ground for movie big-wigs. Now, Emerson College tries to preserve its ghosts.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 30, 2007

Conversations wanted

Just what is cyberarts?
The Boston Cyberarts Festival looks for interactive
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  April 17, 2007

Frighteningly good

Charlestown comedy team the Walsh Bros. are ready for prime time.
The Walsh Bros., Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway, February 9, 2007
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 13, 2007


Song and substance

The wheels of a dream are spinning New Repertory Theatre into a new era with its production of Ragtime .
Ragtime and Caroline, or Change
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 10, 2006