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Performance and grisly reality collide in the astonishing Act of Killing
A group of genocidal Indonesian gangsters/government-sanctioned militiamen agree to discuss their crimes if they can do so on their own terms, by stylishly reenacting them in the mode of Hollywood genre films.
Memories of murder
| September 13, 2013
The Year in Monkey News
Simian news items, compiled for your reading pleasure.
Primate dispatches from around the globe
DAVID EISENBERG, JAMES P. FITZPATRICK, NATE HOMAN, AND KATIE LANNAN
| August 05, 2011
Radical night out in Portland
“People are upset about Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib,” Noam Chomsky told 750 people packed into the Woodfords Congregational Church last Saturday night, “but if you’re concerned about human rights, take a walk into a maximum-security prison.”
| April 30, 2010
Tilting at Windows
Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous wit
Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
| December 18, 2009
Bubor Cha Cha
I’m not an enthusiast of fusion food, but I do like the cuisine of Malaysia, where history has developed a four-way fusion cuisine.
Some call it inauthentic, but this is Malaysian fusion done well
| October 23, 2009
Killer plants, ‘without remorse’
On display behind a glass enclosure at the New England Carnivorous Plant Society's seventh annual show was a rare book, not a plant.
Beautiful but Deadly
| October 02, 2009
Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009
A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
| September 18, 2009
The wild ones
It's surprising to talk to a band of yahoos and find out just how much focus and dedication goes into such mindless mayhem. Case in point: Atlanta's Black Lips.
Can the Black Lips keep up with their rep?
| March 02, 2009
Life in Hell
Wiharso, who lives in North Kingstown, fills 5 Traverse with a harrowing dance of demons in black silhouettes and ruddy flesh (well, charcoal, acrylic, enamel, and spray paint).
Entang Wiharso and Chris Forgues's harrowing visions
| November 12, 2008
Under African Skies
“Awesome Tapes from Africa” — the name says it all.
Awesome Tapes from Africa
| October 27, 2008
The big news of Providence’s fall arts season is the completion of the RISD Museum’s Chace Center, which offers new exhibition, educa-tion, retail, and administrative space.
New spaces and fresh faces
| September 10, 2008
China, Tibet, and the Olympics
It is difficult to imagine an American — perhaps any Westerner — with a greater sympathy for, and understanding of, Tibet than scholar-activist Robert Thurman.
Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman explains the Dalai Lama’s political wisdom, the myopia of the chinese, and the essence of the Olympics
| August 06, 2008
“Part of my goal is to just fucking force Americans to listen to Russian rock.”
Alina Simone sings Yanka Dyagileva
| August 05, 2008
Bought and sold
So I’d like to declare that art about consumerism is one of the æsthetic trends of our young millennium.
Rampant consumerism and Iván Navarro at Tufts, ‘Some Sort of Uncertainty’ at Axiom
| January 22, 2008
Awesome tapes from Africa
The music runs the gamut from Ghanaian gospel to Nigerian highlife, dulcet Malian folk to polished Kenyan hip-hop.
Sometimes the name says it all
| January 07, 2008
Poppy parks the tiger amidst Crawford holiday splendor
Phillipe + Jorge’s invitation to share Christmas with the Bush family and their closest friends in Crawford, Texas, was once again lost in the mail.
Phillipe and Jorge
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| December 26, 2007
White hunters, black hearts
There are hundreds of faces in the “Trophy Room” of 419Eater.com , and most of them are black.
Scambaiting turns the tables on Internet con men. But when the clever pranks turn dangerous and degrading, where does the moral compass point?
| September 12, 2007
Simon Field and Keith Griffiths, who commissioned the series, found four directors who responded to the call with brilliant films.
The “New Crowned Hope” series at the MFA
| August 28, 2007
Letters to the Portland editor: July 6, 2007
It is not easy being a US citizen with a conscience.
Washington is contagious
LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR
| July 03, 2007
Fathers and son
It must be daunting to have Joshua Redman’s talent.
Joshua Redman goes East
| May 01, 2007
Presidential toteboard: why the odds favor Obama
When Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy, there was some wild speculation that Obama might not receive a large share of the black vote.
Black vote + uncommon charisma = quantifiable advantage
| March 14, 2007
The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy smears two Dems at once
Insight , a conservative magazine affiliated with the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, publishes an anonymous story about the Muslim heritage of Senator Barack Obama.
| January 24, 2007
The mainstream media has more or less treated the news that a group of British-based Islamist terrorists planned to blow up as many as ten airliners with colorless liquid explosives as the planes cruised over the Atlantic as a new development. It isn’t.
Why we are no safer today than we were before 9/11
| August 22, 2006
You can always learn something from watching television commercials.
Faster, GOP Senate candidates! Kill! kill!
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| August 17, 2006
The ocean blue
Lots of folks take their sketchpads or easels to the shore, but it’s a different thing to try to capture the visual experience of the ocean while bobbing in the midst of it, or after sailing to a port halfway around the world.
‘Sketched at Sea’ and ‘Yachting Photography’ at PEM, ‘Personal Assistance’ in P’town
| August 01, 2006
Ones and twos
At first, I thought, there’s no way to get a grip on a string of pop songs with a different dancer in each. But by the end of the first set, Ladies Night Out , things were beginning to add up.
Marcus Schulkind at Green Street, Java Kawistara! at the Dance Complex
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| June 14, 2006
Imagining the truth
Gardner’s work may be fact-based, but this has not crimped his imagination or his ability to tell stories.
Filmmaker Robert Gardner’s ‘nonfiction’
| June 07, 2006
Buoys and boats
Ships have served as vehicles for visionaries from Noah to Ahab to the Poseidon adventurers, and two multi-talented, multimedia artists use this icon as a jumping-off point.
“Motivational Baggage” and “Brian Willmont” at the BCA, “Urban Networks” at Art Interactive
| June 07, 2006
The willing support of GOP US representatives for Dubya’s spying on innocent Americans, violating their civil rights on a daily basis for years, makes this all the more detestable, if not laughable.
Uproar over Jefferson investigation is stupid
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| May 31, 2006
The ravages of deceit
The political firestorm that erupted over the Bush administration’s decision — now on hold — to award the contract for managing six of the nation’s biggest ports (New York, New Jersey, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Miami) to a company owned b
The Phoenix editorial
| March 01, 2006
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