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Staying 'classy' over food

As many problems as there are in society over racial and ethnic hang-ups, I've long maintained that the bigger separator of people in this country (and probably most nations) is socioeconomic class.
Trader Joe's comes to Portland
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  January 07, 2011
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2010 Muzzle Awards on campus

Harvard and Yale universities felt the sting of the global economic collapse firsthand in 2009, as the endowments of these stalwart New England Ivy League members dropped by nearly a third. The schools didn’t fare much better in the free marketplace of
Harvard and Yale once again lead the way . . . for academic censorship
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 02, 2010

Wall Street's death wish

If you read the front page of the September 6 New York Times , P+J hope you are either dumbfounded, appalled, frightened, or so pissed off that you went and got the Uzi from the attic and looked for the Amtrak schedule for the Northeast Corridor train
Investing in mortality; plus, getting it right, and wireless, in West Virginia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 11, 2009
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The in-law picnic pack
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  July 03, 2009

Crossword: ''Circular logic''


We keep going around and around.
By MATT JONES  |  December 10, 2008
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Drowning in a sea of red

As a film critic, I'm obliged to approach every film with an open mind.
Seeing Saw
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 05, 2008


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CMJ in one day


The Gray Lady of indie music fests ain’t what she used to be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 29, 2008
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Oh, the humidity!

Fleetingly delicious Olde Tyme slushies quickly melted into sticky Kool-Aid soup. The weekend-long ArtBeat festival was under way!
Hot times at ArtBeat 2008
By MATT PARISH  |  July 22, 2008
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Dance, Monkey: J.J. Leslie

Kool-Aid is the ultimate energy drink, and it smashes through walls with its character, so it makes transportation easier.
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By MARC HIRSH  |  July 08, 2008
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Will Harvard drop acid again?

In a moment of delightful whimsy in the annals of drug history, Albert Hofmann, after purposely ingesting LSD for the first time, rode his bicycle home and experienced all manner of beatific and hellish visions.
Psychedelic research returns to Crimsonland
By PETER BEBERGAL  |  May 28, 2008


Crossword: ''Box set''


Prepare to be bowled over
By MATT JONES  |  March 26, 2008

Crossword: ''Fade to black''


Where the L did it go?
By MATT JONES  |  March 05, 2008
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The medium is the movie

In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008
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Seeing Red

Theatergoers just like to have fun. If you agree with that statement, or at least don’t sputter, you might enjoy 2nd Story Theater’s take on Charles Busch’s Red Scare on Sunset .
2nd Story’s Sunset scares up some laughs
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2008
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The debates so far

Watching the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates debate this week in New Hampshire leaves an uncomfortable but undeniable impression.
Why the Republican performance is so dangerous
By EDITORIAL  |  June 06, 2007


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NAScar-bon neutral?

Anyone trying to get their minds around the complicated puzzles of greenhouse gases and global warming can learn a thing or two by watching how motor sports are adapting to the growing pressure to become eco-friendly.
Motor sports make an improbable environmentalist example
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 30, 2007
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Editors' picks: Food

Spark, Bliss, Pam's Pizza, Duffy's and more. 
Best eats in Quahog County, best Thursday night two-fer, best destination dinner, and more
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2007
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Implausible dream

Whether beaming optimism is a virtue of America’s collective character or a curse, it certainly looks like it’s here to stay.
A mediocre Man of La Mancha at PPAC
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 28, 2007
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Black and white?

The slickly written, shifting   Doubt   is no simple, purgative vigilante drama.
Jones brings complex colors to Doubt
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2007
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Tabloid dreams

These are dark days in the newspaper business as a whole, but things are especially grim over at Herald Square.
Can Kevin Convey rescue the Herald ?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 30, 2006


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Hip-hop history interview and podcast

Authors Jeff Chang and Brian Coleman talk about the latest wave of hip-hop criticism.
Hip-hop journalism comes of age
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  March 09, 2006
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Sham-pagne

"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends!"
Getting acquainted with the other sparkling wines  
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  January 12, 2006