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Karen Finley won’t be naked, or covered in chocolate. Candied yams will not be involved. If there are neighborhood morality-watch squads in Salem, they’ll have the night off.
Karen Finley does Jackie
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 28, 2010

Twilight of the superheroes

While riding the New York subway one warm night in 1922, Hotchkiss-schooled, Yale-educated Henry Robinson Luce conjured the name of his epoch-defining magazine after spotting an arresting advertising placard.
The ghost of Time Inc.’s Henry Luce haunts Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 30, 2010

Nudity throughout history

By ALEXIS HAUK  |  March 19, 2010

Magpie and copyist

If you were going to recount the evolution of hippie guy fashion, you might say that what began with psychedelic ruffled shirts and corduroy pants in 1968 has in late middle age split into two streams: collarless white button-down shirts, usually buttone
Iris Apfel at PEM, Mary McFadden at MassArt
By GREG COOK  |  November 27, 2009

Stuck in his Throat

Growing up in Sudbury, David Bertolino’s upbringing was strictly G-rated.
Suburban, family-oriented David Bertolino has a dream: to stage a play about  Deep Throat , one of the most controversial films of all time
By JON HART  |  October 30, 2009

Review: Valentino: The Last Emperor

In 2008, Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani stepped down from a spectacular 45-year career that had culminated in a wildly opulent retrospective exhibit in Rome.
The king of fashion
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 17, 2009


The Center of the universe

Real-life quantum leaper Richard Goodwin was sort of a 1960s political Zelig — everywhere you looked, there he was.
JFK speechwriter and Renaissance man Richard Goodwin explores the roots of today's religious wars by channeling 17th-century anti-hero Galileo in a play called Two Men of Florence
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 04, 2009

Is black the new black?

Was new Portland police chief picked because he is black?
Was new Portland police chief picked because he is black?
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 04, 2009

Red, white, and blue balls: Bringing the party to the people

Are there any jobs on Earth more virile-sounding than commander in chief?
A history of our Inaugural West Swingers and White House Hoedowns
By KARA BASKIN  |  January 14, 2009


In "Karsh 100: A Biography in Images," which is now up at the Museum of Fine Arts, his iconic shots of Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, and Ernest Hemingway are defining portraits of the men in all their crusty manliness.
Photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
By GREG COOK  |  November 10, 2008

Photos: Exposures

A slideshow of photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
A slideshow of photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
By BOSTON PHOENIX WEB STAFF  |  November 10, 2008


Political Andy?

Was Andy Warhol more politically engaged than he's given credit for?
Warhol's court-painter years; plus doodling at the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  November 04, 2008

Class play

Interpreting Merchant is a perennial challenge.
Monmouth gives Merchant new status
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 30, 2008

Faux and Fabulous

Lane seems forever a child of the ’60s: psychedelia, India, and all that.
Kenneth Jay Lane’s classy costume jewelry at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2007

Worth seeing

Three exhibitions will catch your attention at the RISD Museum.
Heroes, fakes, abstracts, and figures
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2007

Dirty politics

The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2007


Greatest reality hits

To be read while listening to Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” or Mary Hopkin’s “Those Were The Days, My Friend."
The 10 best moments of the past nine months or so
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 03, 2007

Enemies in high places

By ADAM REILLY  |  May 30, 2007

Sticking it to the man

In 1969, Harvard University students rallied to support the creation of a black-studies program and protest the Vietnam War, the presence of ROTC on campus, and the university’s expansion into surrounding communities.
Five centuries of protest art at Harvard
By BY GREG COOK  |  January 02, 2007

Waters runs deep

This article originally appeared in the June 23, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Lunch with director John Waters
By OWEN GLEIBERMAN  |  November 15, 2006

Ready to rumble!

Rather depressing, one imagines, to catch a spinning backfist to the head, particularly when it’s the very thing you’ve been determined to avoid since the last time you caught a spinning backfist to the head.
Mixing it up with Ultimate Fighter 4 , the Cowboys cheerleaders, and the ’kats
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 25, 2006



The unusual title — Open for Dancing — for Island Moving Co.’s five-day fall dance festival comes from several sources.
Island Moving Co. out in the Open  
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2006

The Beales Of Grey Gardens

In their 1975 film Grey Gardens , Albert and David Maysles documented the reclusive existence of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Edie, aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, in the women’s moldering East Hampton manse.
More of the same
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  August 09, 2006

Let’s get physical

Shakespeare’s super-dainty Kates become cannoli in The Taming of the Shrew on Boston Common.
The Taming of the Shrew on Boston Common; Copenhagen at the Publick
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 01, 2006

John Waters runs deep

Lunch with director John Waters. The menu: delicately-spiced Vietnamese eggrolls. The conversation topic: eating shit.
The director discusses Pink Flamingos
By OWEN GLIEBERMAN  |  June 21, 2006

An icon’s icon

He was Andrew Warhola on his birth certificate.
Death becomes all superstars
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 25, 2006