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The Twelve Days of Christmas ...

My true love gave me some wacky gifts this year.
This Just In, Hoopleville-style
By DAVID KISH  |  December 28, 2012

The five worst Nutcracker roles

From the ages of eight to 16, I played just about every supporting role The Nutcracke r had to offer. Here are a few lowlights.
My star-studded turns in a low-budget, small-town production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 23, 2012

The great turkey debate

"Brining" is the new vogue in turkey cooking.
To brine or not to brine, and other pressing poultry questions
By LOUISA KASDON  |  November 23, 2012

Food Day, Part Deux

It seems like we can't open our inboxes without seeing a press release about another food-related "holiday" — National Pumpkin Day, let's say, or Waffle Week. Not exactly meaty stuff.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  October 19, 2012
New Year's Noshes: Check out these restaurants with prix fixe menus to ring in 2012 right

New Year's Noshes: Check out these restaurants with prix fixe menus to ring in 2012 right

By now, we hope you've checked out all the parties, shows, and opportunities for some end-of-2011 debauchery in our New Year's Eve listings. But if...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 28, 2011

The Fourth Wise Man

He didn't get much press.
By DAVID KISH  |  December 23, 2011

More Holiday Fun Shit Coming Atcha: Matzo Ball, Kung-Fu Christmas bash, Holla-Gay Dance Party, Frightmare Before X-Mas + more!

More Holiday Fun Shit Coming Atcha: Matzo Ball, Kung-Fu Christmas bash, Holla-Gay Dance Party, Frightmare Before X-Mas + more!

Don't cry....we've got your holidays covered. Phew, we're almost there. Just a few more work days and we can all dive headfirst into a man-sized...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 20, 2011

Crappy Christmas Cards

We hope you don't receive any of these this holiday season.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  December 16, 2011

Trinity Rep’s It’s a Wonderful Life

For theatergoers not sufficiently uplifted this holiday season by Trinity Repertory Company's production of A Christmas Carol , the troupe is presenting a second annual feel-good offering, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play , in the downstairs t
More comfort and joy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2011

Cirque Dreams gets seasonal at PPAC

There is plenty of color and spectacle for the little ones and dexterous skill for the big kids (aka adults), as Cirque Dreams Holidaze dazzles at the Providence Performing Arts Center through December 18.
An acrobatic Holidaze
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2011

How the Gingrich Stole Christmas!

A holiday hit on the Hallmark channel.
By DAVID KISH  |  December 16, 2011

Holiday Spirit: "Jimmy Kimmel can suck my balls!"

Holiday Spirit: "Jimmy Kimmel can suck my balls!"

This clip from a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live has been making the rounds, and we think it's just the perfect thing for getting...
By Cassandra Landry  |  December 14, 2011

We asked Occupy Boston protesters: What Is Your #OccupyXmas Wish?

Since the beginning of the Occupy movement, protesters have broadcast the #NeedsOfTheOccupiers through tweets, Google docs, and camp posters. But besides the bare necessities — food, blankets, first-aid supplies — what do the protesters really want?
This is what the holidays look like
By LIZ PELLY AND ARIEL SHEARER  |  December 09, 2011

Gifts for the 99%

Plaid Friday has come and gone, but no time like the present to stick it to capitalism this holiday season.
Plaid tidings we bring to you and your kin

Gadgets for both sides of the Occupy divide

Is Santa a one-percenter? Sometimes it seems that way.
Gearing up
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 09, 2011

You know you need it

There are a lot of things that the 99 percent need.
If you’re reading this, you’re the 99 percent. Here’s what people should get you — and what you should get all your friends.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 09, 2011


Holiday treasure hunt

Is it trash or treasure? The editorial team here at the Portland Phoenix compiled this year's incarnation of our annual local gift guide by searching for diamonds in the rough.
We search high and low for great gifts at thrift and secondhand shops

Give the gift of beer: A suds-soaked shopping list

We're working beer-related gifts in Bottles and Cans land. You like beer, yes? Chances are your friends like beer, yes? So give 'em some beer!
Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
By LOU PAPINEAU  |  December 09, 2011

Deep tracks and minutiae for music lovers, rich and poor

Ah, box-set season, that time of year when you go to your nearest record store, looking for gifts for that special someone you know who would really appreciate a super-cool addition to their record collection.
Box-set match
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 09, 2011

New: Old traditions

The winter holidays' bells, lights, and trees are already upon us, and along with them the first of the holiday-themed shows.
AIRE spins Christmas with a Celtic charm
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 09, 2011

Good tidings from LePage

In place of our usual monthly Gubernatorial Scorecard, we're looking at what Governor Paul LePage has been up to through the lens of the holiday season.
Gubernatorial Wishlist
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 09, 2011


Gifts for the 1%

They say the best things in life are free. But you know what makes those things even better ? Swag!
Deck the halls with wretched excess
By  |  December 05, 2011

Trinity’s compelling Christmas Carol

The more things stay the same, the more they change. At least that's the way they've been having it with Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol at Trinity Repertory Company for 35 years.
Comfort and joy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 02, 2011

Shopping, simplified

With the holidays, and their attendant sturm und drang , upon us again, I was thinking about sports news in the context of Thanksgiving.
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 02, 2011

Interview: John Waters shows you how to survive the holidays

John Waters earned his lifetime 99-percenter cred the moment he had Divine eat dog shit in Pink Flamingos .
Have yourself a fairy little Christmas
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  December 02, 2011

Review: Arthur Christmas 3D

The diametric opposite of the Antarctica-set Happy Feet Two , or at least geographically, Sarah Smith's revisionist Santa Claus tale still delivers the same kind of offbeat holiday animation.
Sarah Smith's revisionist Santa Claus
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 25, 2011


Need mead? Plus, Revival’s here and Lagunitas Sucks

Pete Seeger sang, "We will pray just like the Druids/Drinking strange fermented fluids/Go dancing naked through the woods/They're good enough for me." Those "strange fermented fluids" were mead.
Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
By LOU PAPINEAU  |  November 25, 2011

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

A (sort of) heartwarming story of a Jew and a Muslim.
By DAVID KISH  |  September 30, 2011

St. Patrick's leftovers

Hey, the river's still dyed green!
By DAVID KISH  |  March 25, 2011

St. Patty's poison

Beware the day after St. Patrick's Day.
By KARL STEVENS  |  March 18, 2011