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Review: Mosaic

With all the pan-Asian restaurants around, it only makes sense that there would be a pan-Latin restaurant thriving in Providence. Mosaic, a Latin American bistro, is doing a good job of it on the outerskirts of Olneyville.
A Latin American tapestry
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 09, 2011
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Magos Herrera's cool moves

We like to say that live performance adds another dimension to music.
The Mexican jazz singer comes to Scullers
By JON GARELICK  |  September 16, 2011
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Review: Perishable's emotionally transfixing 1:23

Two things about Carson Kreitzer's 1:23 , which is getting a phenomenal production at Perishable Theatre (through May 7).
Crimes of the heart
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 22, 2011
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Massachusetts' crisis: learning a second language

Lucía López did not cross the border by foot, nor did she pay a smuggler thousands of dollars to get here. She took a plane to Boston from her native Peru, and hasn't left.
Can English-Language programs keep up with the surge in immigration?
By MARCELA GARCÍA  |  March 25, 2011
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In the land of the stoner cops

Major Jim Contreras was awaiting his marching orders. Literally.
On the front lines of Obama's campaign in Afghanistan
By NIR ROSEN  |  February 26, 2010

Conservation in Copenhagen

In about a month, representatives from almost 200 nations will converge on Copenhagen, Denmark, for what could be the most meaningful meeting on climate change, ever.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009


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No alternative

“I got very tired of being called an ‘alternative journalist’ for so many years,” says former Phoenix reporter Al Giordano. “Alternative to what?"
Authentic Journalism Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 16, 2009
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Architecture of Heaven and Earth

Looking at the wavy roofs of Félix Candela's most iconic structures, like the restaurant Los Manatiales (1958) in Mexico City, I think of pinwheels or the fluttering dress of a spinning dancer.
Félix Candela's curves, Walter Gropius's boxes
By GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2009

Short-sighted?

There may, in the end, be no way to save the American metropolitan newspaper. Plummeting advertising revenue and competition from the Internet often seem forces too daunting for even the savviest of publishers.
The Projo 's ultra-local approach could save the paper — or spell its demise
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 28, 2009

RISD's hope-less situation

On August 3 it was announced by the Rhode Island School of Design that Hope Alswang had resigned as the director of the RISD Museum. Those who have followed the coverage of this story may be somewhat confused by the revelation that absolutely everyone
Outrage over the Alswang 'Resignation.' Plus, too many sad passings
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 14, 2009

Living Colour, Michael Madsen, and Rhody's new media

The travails of the Providence Journal are the stuff of coffee house and talk radio chatter. And the troubles afflicting the local newscast fill the pages of this week's Phoenix .
Rhode Island has seen its share of media strife in recent years.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 26, 2009


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Keeping faith

His publicist calls Piers Paul Read "the anti-Dan Brown." She's capitalizing on a buzz - worthy name, sure, but it's a fairly insightful description of a man whose latest book, The Death of a Pope , explores not the Brownish theme of the Catholic Chur
Piers Paul Read looks inside the Church
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 05, 2009

Interview: James Carroll

The Phoenix 's Adam Reilly recently spoke with Globe columnist James Carroll about his new book, Practicing Catholic (Houghton Mifflin), and his critical but durable relationship with the Roman Catholic Church.
The full transcript of the Phoenix's conversation with the author
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 01, 2009

'Caves of comfort' help city dwellers beat the cold

Local musician and writer Susan Sakash, 30, had only one qualm about living in an old Providence warehouse. Though she didn't mind the 12-foot ceilings and open space in the summertime, Sakash says, "I was kind of freaked out about the winter."
Gimme Shelter
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  January 28, 2009
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Losing common ground

Among the chaos of fractious voices at the 17th International AIDS Conference, it’s hard to discern a clear message, and even harder to know who might be receiving it.  
A new rift between science and activism undermines progress in the fight against AIDS
By DAVID KISH  |  October 02, 2008

Harold Wells made up this headline, too


Letters to the Boston editor, September 26, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 24, 2008


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Bright flavors

The Merry Table, whose crêpes are quite good, deserves a better name.
The Merry Table serves crêpes to linger over
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 09, 2008
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Tough love

The staff at Gauchos are the key to the experience and the best part of the meal.
Disappointing meat from friendly staff at Gauchos
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 21, 2008
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Local heroes 2008

In this, the eleventh annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s “Best” issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
Ramon Martinez, Bill Harley, Ren Whitaker, and Bob Fusaro
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2008
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Happy days

He eats rotten shark in Iceland, gets fried on Moroccan hash in the Netherlands, and graciously accepts a 14-inch gift penis in Bhutan.
The Geography of Bliss
By AMY FINCH  |  April 08, 2008
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Temporarily north of the border

Add another name to the list of Phoenix alums (Mark Leibovich, Dave Crowley, Seth Gitell, Dan Kennedy) writing on the 2008 presidential race.
Al Giordano plays the Field
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 19, 2007


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Lorca without Lorca

Is it possible for a work of art to seem both completely sincere in its intentions and at the same time counterfeit and manipulative?
Opera Boston’s Ainadamar, plus Ida Haendel, the BSO, and West Side Story
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 30, 2007
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Soaring spirit

For travelers along Route 138 in South Kingstown, the monumental public art of Andean artist Peruko Ccopacatty has been visible for the past 20 years.
Peruko Ccopacatty’s fresh perspective
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2007
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The dirty story behind local energy

It’s hard to imagine that a town as poor as this one could have a slum.
Eastern Massachusetts hums comfortably on Colombian coal. But the mines are devastating land and lives in the Guajira peninsula.
By AVIVA CHOMSKY  |  October 01, 2007
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Damn you, Barack Obama

Now that Obama's small contributors have effectively rewritten the history of political-campaign funding, even die-hard cynics are drinking the Kool-Aid.
Win or lose, Obama's small donors may have already brought a revolution in campaign financing
By AL GIORDANO  |  September 26, 2007
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Pop goes to war

Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 25, 2007


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Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007

Beyond the border

Finding Casa Romero — a dining institution for more than 30 years — is like following directions to a speakeasy.
These days, Boston’s Latin-food scene offers much more than Mexican
By LOUISA KASDON  |  May 07, 2007
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Boston music news: May 4, 2007

Chris Mascara has been thinking about musical genres and labeling.
Notes on Chris Mascara and Berklee's new internet radio presence
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 01, 2007
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Starbucks faces criticism on Ethiopian coffee deal

The ubiquitous coffee merchant is under fire for what critics describe as giving a raw deal to small Ethiopian coffee farmers.
Fair trade
By MIRIAM ALTMAN  |  April 04, 2007