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Straight talk(1)

Neurotic humor is Richard Lewis's style, as the series Anything But Love and Curb Your Enthusiasm, his many late-night-TV appearances, film roles, and cable specials, and his book, The Other Great Depression, all attest.  
Richard Lewis gets serious
By RICHARD ANTONE  |  February 18, 2011
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Golden memories of the diamond

We know the vast majority of Cool, Cool World readers do not have a personal memory of life on the planet earth, circa 1960, as they were not yet born.
Big baseball anniversaries; not-so-E-Z pass; remebering Jimbo
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 01, 2010
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Peter Max's pop life

Peter Max rocketed to fame as one of the iconic psychedelic artists of the late '60s.
The artist on fame, Andy Warhol, and the 'complete freedom' of his expression
By GREG COOK  |  August 20, 2010
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Puppet pageants

In the beginning, there was Kermit. Not Kermit the Frog — not just yet. That would come nearly 15 years later.
The influential art of Jim Henson and Peter Schumann
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2010
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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
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The Funn(k)y Drummer

Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009


Gubernatorial agonistes

On Tuesday, WRNI political reporter and former Phoenix news editor and master of the Casa Diablo elbow bend, Ian Donnis, broke the news that veteran political communications specialist, Bill Fischer, head ramrod at True North Communications, had sign
Caprio makes a big move. Plus, reasons to block the LNG terminal
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 07, 2009
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The odd couple

Apollo Sunshine's Jesse Gallagher recently announced that Biff Rose would be traveling from the Big Easy for a rare, one-night-only show this Wednesday at the cozy Lily Pad.
Jesse Gallagher meets Biff Rose
By MATT PARISH  |  July 10, 2009
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Museum pieces and other pieces

It's Jazz Week time again — that time when the Boston jazz community looks to expand its minority-appeal music to a larger public.
Jazz Week returns, the Jazz Hall of Fame inducts, Ron Gill says bye
By JON GARELICK  |  April 24, 2009
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Review: The Great Buck Howard

The Great Buck Howard, a "mentalist" whose "effects" include guessing numbers and putting people to sleep, played The Tonight Show , but these days he's lucky if he gets a gig in Bakersfield.
Forgoes ambiguities in favor of schmaltz
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2009
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War stories

“We will be fighting for forty years.” Reading those words at the end of Norman Mailer’s 1968 Miami and the Siege of Chicago , you can’t help but feel a chill.
Mailer on the ’68 conventions
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 19, 2008


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Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008
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Democratic pig pile

Oh, are the other Democratic candidates “piling on” poor little Hillary Clinton?  
Hillary’s victimization rap is Clintonian politics at its best and worst
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 07, 2007
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Linc sets himself free

We offer our kudos and congrats to former senator Linc Chafee.
Disaffiliation puts the independent where he belongs
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 19, 2007

'Please kill me'

This article originally appeared in the August 16, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The open-casket look vs. plastic punk
By D.C. DENISON  |  August 20, 2007
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Law and order in Nawt Prov

Nice work by the carabiniere in Nawt Prov, who broke the leg of a young woman who was taking part in a protest .
Woman’s leg used as a wishbone during IWW protest
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 15, 2007


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Alice Neel

The true artist, so goes the myth, labors in bohemian obscurity in search of truth and beauty.
An unexpectedly complex documentary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 15, 2007
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Gay old time

Many people take for granted that the divide between gay culture and mainstream culture is as thin as the latex of an expensive condom.
Ten moments when the mainstream assimilated gay culture and made it its own
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  May 30, 2007
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All the Wright moves

“I was born. When I was 23 I started telling jokes. Then I started going on television and doing films. That’s still what I am doing. The end.”
The deadpan master is still happy not to laugh
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 23, 2007
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The Mauss that roared

A month ago, Boston comedian Shane Mauss could barely get local comedy clubs to return his calls.
Meet the man who could put Boston’s comedy scene back on the map
By SEAN L. MCCARTHY  |  March 30, 2007
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Sleight of hand

Ricky Jay laughs when I tell him he reminds me of Fred Astaire.
Ricky Jay releases an album
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 20, 2007


Hanging ten or hanging on?

This article originally appeared in the April 26, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Brian Wilson: Dead on survival
By GREIL MARCUS  |  November 14, 2006

Flashbacks: June 9, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Sam MacLaughlin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 07, 2006
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Attack of the 50-foot Oprah

David Letterman is by no means the first one to realize that the road to success — or forgiveness — entails planting a kiss somewhere on Oprah’s oft-fluctuating anatomy.
Why America’s most powerful celebrity should be more feared than loved
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 09, 2006

From the archives

 
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Eleanor Mary Boudreau.
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