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Review: Island Creek Oyster Bar

This is confusing, as about eight years ago I reviewed a fine seafood restaurant in this space, where chef Jeremy Sewall was doing terrific things with Island Creek oysters from Duxbury.
A simple, confident take on clam-shack cuisine
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 15, 2011
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Riot squads

On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010
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Does jazz have a melody problem?

It seems lately that every other jazz musician I talk to under 40 wants to talk about melody — how it’s the thing they all care about.  
Phil Sargent and Daniel Bennett try a new approach
By JON GARELICK  |  June 04, 2010
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This must be the place

It is a place so confident, so much an institution, as to presume to call itself by its last name. When someone says they’re going to the Square, nobody expects them to turn up at the Statler Building in Park Square or under the CITGO sign in Kenmore Squ
A short paper on Harvard Square's roots
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  April 23, 2010
Kenmore cat can't be caught

Kenmore cat can't be caught


It's hard to believe it was only a year ago that unfortunate riders on the Green Line had nothing to look forward to but a...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  November 18, 2009
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Punjab Palace

Punjab Palace — by the same owners of Kenmore Square’s India Quality — “proves to be the kind of kid brother that would make any older sibling proud,” my colleague MC Slim JB wrote last year. That’s true, but this is also another second-tier Indian resta
A quality Indian bargain spot deserving of multiple visits
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 16, 2009


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New head shop scores near BU

Here’s a new way to tell when college kids are back in Boston: shelves at the Joint — a new Comm Ave head shop near Packard’s Corner — resemble electronic-store aisles during the Los Angeles riots.
It's the Joint
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 16, 2009
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An unstoppable force

Appreciation of Converge is one of those things that comes after you stop trying too hard, like driving stick without stalling at the red lights.
This time is (once again) right for Converge
By MATT PARISH  |  October 16, 2009
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When a bicyclist falls in the city, does it make a noise?

Learning to cycle safely on Boston streets is a tempering process.
A look at the city's most dangerous intersections
By PETE STIDMAN  |  September 04, 2009
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A girl's guide to Boston boys

Autumn opens itself wide with possibility. And Boston begins to crackle with fresh energy (you'll feel it), as the city spreads its arms to thousands of new humans. New brains and bodies abuzz with all sorts of anticipation. The feeling of fall: poten
Stop looking for love in all the wrong places
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 04, 2009
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The punch that took two lives

What started out as a lazy late-summer school day for Joe Donovan and Yngve Raustein ended in the murder of the latter. Below, we trace Donovan's steps, from the point he first hooked up with the duo who would end up his cohorts in crime to the spot wh
Nearly 17 years ago, Joe Donovan initiated a tragic chain of events with a brutish act of machismo. But should he be in jail for life?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 07, 2009


Birdsongs on the road

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic enjoyed a curiously successful career from their very first show, a release party at Kenmore Square's deceased Rat for the Modern Method label's local comp A Wicked Good Time .

By MATT PARISH  |  July 24, 2009
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Flashback: Sox Populi

The October wind plays tricks on a man when the last breeze of summer meets the first chill of winter in the stands at Fenway Park. When other teams in other parks are playing out the World Series, the air in the Fens hangs heavy.
A short story for opening week
By JAMES MCLINDON AND SCOTT BURRISS  |  April 17, 2009
Exclusive interview: 5 Questions for the Bank of America bombshell

Exclusive interview: 5 Questions for the Bank of America bombshell


“I’m just hoping to restart my modeling career by, ya know, getting noticed” -- Bank of America Bombshell

The Boston Phoenix has scored an exclusive interview with the mannequin who chained herself to the door of Bank of America in Kenmore Square yesterday to protest banking and global warming -- and sparked a bomb-scare. We chatted over drinks at Eastern Standard, after she posted $500,000 bail.The interview, and her history in archival photos, after the jump >>


By Greg Cook  |  April 01, 2009
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Interview: Louis CK

"Boston is a great town to grow up in, but I really wanted to get out of there," says comedian Louis CK.
Boston's contribution to Conan, Letterman, and Chris Rock returns with a comedy special and a role in This Side of the Truth
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 12, 2009

The wild bunch



By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 04, 2009


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Open House

I put on the obligatory hard hat and walk through the doors of what used to be Avalon on Lansdowne Street, across from Fenway Park. To the layman — me — it's all dust, noise, metal, and mess.
After more than a year of construction and relative quiet, the Lansdowne Street music scene is about to be reborn
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 04, 2009
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Gone, baby, gone

Boston bids farewell to one of its brightest spots — the row of six diverse and delectable restaurants on Peterborough Street that were consumed by a four-alarm fire early Tuesday morning.
Fenway eateries burn down; Phoenix staffers may starve to death
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 07, 2009
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Gone, Baby, Gone

And so Boston bids farewell to one of its brightest spots — the row of six diverse and delectable restaurants on Peterborough Street that were consumed by a four-alarm fire early Tuesday morning.
Fenway eateries burn down; Phoenix staffers may starve to death
By WILL "EL GUAPO" SPITZ  |  January 07, 2009
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Search party

These days, the morning commute is hardly complete without a newspaper, coffee, and potential violation of one's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure .
MBTA cops never stopped inspecting your bags
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2008
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My year in food

The 2008 Dining Awards 
The 2008 Dining Awards 
By BY ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 23, 2008


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Robby Roadsteamer's good intentions

"He's beyond passionate — it's almost to the brink of sanity with him."
The Greater Boston Alternative-Comedy Festival
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2008
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Vanishing Boston

The Boston we live in today will be gone someday, but there's still time to get to know it in all its uniqueness.
A field guide to Boston's 'lasting' treasures — to be enjoyed before they're razed in favor of chain stores
By MIKE MILIARD, ADAM REILLY, AND CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 25, 2008
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Get over it

Okay, you survived the college-application process; you filled out the miserable FAFSA forms; you sweated out the wait for acceptance letters; and cut your best financial-aid deal.
What every freshman should know about going to college in Boston
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 02, 2008
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Love us, don't leave us

Let’s skip the sugarcoating. Boston can be a tricky place.
Advice from sadder but wiser Bostonians
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 02, 2008
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Ready or not (mostly not)

Oh, Beijing. You’re like the ex-boyfriend that I wanted so badly to love, but just couldn’t bring myself to face in the morning, once the booze wore off.
Beijing says it's ready for the Olympics. Uh, really, Beijing?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  August 06, 2008


Hot complaint: Kenmore Square construction

Hot complaint: Kenmore Square construction


Still bitching about the Big Dig? That’s so 2007. This year’s trendy construction complaint is the Kenmore Square bus terminal, an endeavor that makes the...
By webteam  |  July 28, 2008
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dailyBOS: 06.23.2008


dailyBOS_062308, originally uploaded by daily BOS. Cell-phone snapshots taken in and around Kenmore Square and the Fenway
By kbonami  |  June 23, 2008
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dailyBOS: 06.21.2008


dailyBOS_062108, originally uploaded by daily BOS. Cell-phone snapshots taken in and around the Fenway, MassArt, Kenmore Square, Watertown, and Harvard Square
By kbonami  |  June 21, 2008
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Enter triumphant

It was a Martin love fest Monday night at the 26th annual Elliot Norton Awards, Boston theater’s annual pat on the head.
This year’s Elliot Norton Awards
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 14, 2008