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At Home with John Lam

Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a local hallmark of the holiday season.

By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  November 16, 2012

A house is not a home

The Maine State Housing Authority has such an off-putting name that it prefers to use a pseudonym.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 08, 2012
Review: Silent House

Review: Silent House(1)

Shot in a single, continuous take, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's Silent House crackles with a gnawing anxiety like that which defined their debut, Open Water .
Quietly sinister
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 09, 2012
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Review: Pariah

Compared to the non-stop trauma of Precious , or even Gun Hill Road , Dee Rees's first feature plays like an episode of The Cosby Show .
Dee Rees's first feature
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 06, 2012
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Review: Circumstance

Circumstance begins like an early Kiarostami film, but with schoolgirls in hijabs instead of schoolboys in sweaters.
Schoolgirls in hijabs
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 09, 2011

Grace Bonney’s epoch-defining design blog becomes a book

Design*Sponge at Home , the first book by the founder of the blog Design*Sponge, Grace Bonney, is a breathtaking, byzantine 390-page encyclopedia of eclectic home décor.
Home pages
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 02, 2011

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Review: Don't be Afraid of the Dark

Katie Holmes plays Kim, a wannabe stepmom, in this lame remake of the 1973 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark .
Don't call it a comeback
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 26, 2011
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Heavy burden

In 2012, collections on homes, buildings, and private infrastructure will feed more than 65 percent of Boston's $2.4 billion budget.
More than any other city on the East Coast, Boston is addicted to property taxes. Could the Hub be hitting a crippling tax-levy ceiling soon?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2011
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A friend in need

For the last 15 years, Aliza Shapiro has been the heart and brains of Truth Serum Productions, the rabble-rousing outfit behind the irreverent TraniWreck cabaret.
Community comes together to support Aliza Shapiro
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 05, 2011
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From the bedroom to beyond with Craft Spells

There's been an enormous wave of musicians gaining notoriety for creating work where they sleep, and subsequently seeing their star rise as blogs have picked up on the results.
Temple of gloom
By REYAN ALI  |  July 29, 2011

For Chris Monti, Home is where the heart is

After a few spins through the latest solo release from blues/country/folk maestro Chris Monti, it's clear the man can spin a darn good, engaging tale with guitar (and harmonica and kazoo and fiddle) skills to match.
Nature's way
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 04, 2011

Home at Slainte

Another dance opportunity is a new third Friday event debuting at Slainte at 7:30 pm. The downtempo/dub/house night Home is hosted by Marcus Caine, Ryan...
By webteam  |  August 18, 2010
Coachella 2010: Ed Sharpe

Coachella 2010: Ed Sharpe

Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform "Home" at the WFNX Sapporo Coachella House
By Keith Dakin  |  April 18, 2010

Year in Books: Word plays

Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that the Phoenix wrote about in 2008.
Of werewolves and wastelands
By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008

Set Sale, July 15, 2008

Alo (58 JFK Street, Cambridge, 617.576.0948): ongoing, 20 to 70 percent off all labels. Diseño (35 Fay Street, Boston, 617.423.2008): through August 31, 20 to...
By Erica Corsano  |  July 11, 2008
Contain yourself

Contain yourself

Vessel delights with sensible and stylish housewaresIf variety is the spice of life, then versatility is the sweetener. You’ll find the latter in many of...
By Liza Weisstuch  |  June 23, 2008

Ace of vase: A pretty line of vessels offers Fringe benefits

Ace of vase: A pretty line of vessels offers Fringe benefits

NOW THAT IT'S finally spring, we're all about brightening up our apartment with fresh flowers. (No, we don't wait for someone to buy them for...
By Heather Bouzan  |  May 05, 2008
Nice Rack: Stash your wine in style

Nice Rack: Stash your wine in style

A) Kartell Infinity Wine Rack, $81 at Bliss Home (121 Newbury Street, Boston, 617.421.5544). B) Areaware Pile Wine Rack by Harry Allen, $69 at Vessel...
By Heather Bouzan  |  March 10, 2008
'Head of the Class: A Back Bay green boutique outfits the eco-friendly with élan

'Head of the Class: A Back Bay green boutique outfits the eco-friendly with élan

 IT'S BEEN a few months since we last checked in with Carol Smith Miller, who opened gifts-and-housewares boutique Fiddlehead (292 Newbury Street, Boston, 617.247.1120) in...
By Heather Bouzan  |  February 25, 2008
Sipping Kitsch: Get casual with your cocktails

Sipping Kitsch: Get casual with your cocktails

SOMETIMES WE feel a little silly sipping inexpensive booze from the pricey set of cocktail glasses on which we blew more than a week's grocery...
By Heather Bouzan  |  January 28, 2008
Ain't life Grand

Ain't life Grand

It's an LA lifestyle boutique, only more approachable. It's New York City exclusive, but down home and neighborhood-friendly. Grand (374 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, 617.623.2429), the...
By Heather Bouzan  |  January 28, 2008

Cooler Wine: Dress up your favorite bottles

Cooler Wine: Dress up your favorite bottles

NO MATTER how dreadful your lingering post-holiday hangover, it's inevitable that you'll be roped into attending some January fête or another. And of course you...
By Heather Bouzan  |  January 08, 2008
Resolution Reads: Bookshelf help for New Year’s promises

Resolution Reads: Bookshelf help for New Year’s promises

Resolution: to get your eating habits on track. It's not imperative that you subscribe to their vegan ideals, though foul-mouthed Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin,...
By Heather Bouzan  |  December 12, 2007
Strings Attached: Shield your party clothes in retro-fabulous style

Strings Attached: Shield your party clothes in retro-fabulous style

A) Vintage apron, $48 at the Velvet Fly (424 Hanover Street, Boston, 617.557.4FLY). B) Hey Alice! vintage table linen apron, $48 at Aunt Sadie's (18...
By Heather Bouzan  |  November 14, 2007
Click and clink

Click and clink

"Let me buy you a drink." Those words are always magic to our ears. Now, a new online service,, lets us make - and...
By Heather Bouzan  |  October 29, 2007
Meet up like a man

Meet up like a man

Your girlfriend's out of town and you're looking to have the guys over for a boys' night: cheap beers, football, some kind of debauchery. But...
By Heather Bouzan  |  October 17, 2007

Party of One, Your Table is Ready

When cooking alone, what are your go-to dishes? Peanut butter, jelly, and pickles? Hard-boiled eggs with a side of Cheerios? Whether you're perpetually single or...
By webteam  |  September 07, 2007
By design

By design

SEPTEMBER 1 has come and gone. If you’re like a good percentage of Boston’s population, you’ve probably endured a hellish move to a new place....
By Heather Bouzan  |  September 06, 2007

At home with home

Women may dominate the pop charts from time to time, but in the annals of acknowledged rock/pop greatness, they are few in number.
Sara Cox arrives at domesticity with Crowded Is the New Lonely
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 30, 2007

Portland scene report: March 23, 2007

Like we didn't know that already.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  March 21, 2007