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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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 13, 2013

The Year in Monkey News

Simian news items, compiled for your reading pleasure.
Primate dispatches from around the globe

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.”
 Activism Optimism
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  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
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  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
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  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
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  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?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  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
By GREG COOK  |  November 12, 2008

Under African Skies

“Awesome Tapes from Africa” — the name says it all.
Awesome Tapes from Africa
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 27, 2008

Autumn views

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
By GREG COOK  |  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
By PETER KADZIS  |  August 06, 2008

Luminous sadness

“Part of my goal is to just fucking force Americans to listen to Russian rock.”
Alina Simone sings Yanka Dyagileva
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  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
By GREG COOK  |  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

By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  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
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 26, 2007


White hunters, black hearts

There are hundreds of faces in the “Trophy Room” of , 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?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 12, 2007

Twenty-first-century syndromes

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
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  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

Fathers and son

It must be daunting to have Joshua Redman’s talent.
Joshua Redman goes East
By JON GARELICK  |  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
By STEVEN STARK  |  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.
Double Trouble
By ADAM REILLY  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  August 22, 2006

Campaign follies

You can always learn something from watching television commercials.
Faster, GOP Senate candidates! Kill! kill!
By 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
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  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
By 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’
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  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
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 07, 2006

Capital boneheads

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
By 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
By EDITORIAL  |  March 01, 2006