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Simmons workers, students, and faculty join forces to create a cafeteria union

At Simmons College, the dining hall may soon start serving a dish unfamiliar to the Fenway-area school: organized labor.
Food Fight
By DAN SCHNEIDER  |  March 15, 2013

First Tastes: A look at 2013 in Boston dining

Here are the forthcoming spots we're anticipating the most, plus some brand-new eateries that just fired up their burners.

By MC SLIM JB  |  January 04, 2013

Jolly good odds: Holiday gambles

'Tis the season for letting it ride on the Patriots, reveling in riches when they cover the spread, and wincing when they don't.

By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 07, 2012

Guide to Newbury Street

Drinking, dining, shopping, and culture
Drinking, dining, shopping, and culture

Shave and a haircut: Boston's old-timey barbershop revival

I've been looking for a barbershop for a year and a half — something retro, not anachronistic; quality, not pretentious.

By THOMAS MCBEE  |  November 09, 2012


The Princess of Punk rages on

At 72 years old, with an almost half-century long career in the fashion industry under her self-designed belt ("I only wear my own things," she tells me) Zandra Rhodes still has no desire to rest on her laurels.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 26, 2012

The witching hour

Long after darkness falls, restless young souls haunt the streets and nightspots of the city.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 26, 2012

Photos: 23rd Boston Freedom Rally on the Boston Common

The 23rd Boston Freedom Rally went down at the Common on September 15, 2012.
September 15, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  September 21, 2012

Review: Magic Mike

After January's Haywire , director Steven Soderbergh revives another genre, the '80s beefcake buffet, with better results than could have been expected.
Reviving the '80s beefcake genre
By NICK JOHNSTON  |  July 06, 2012

Photos: A tour of the steampunk works of ModVic founder Bruce Rosenbaum

"We love antiques, we love salvage," he says. "[But] we didn't want pieces just to sit there and look pretty like in a museum. We wanted them to do something, we wanted them to be relevant, functional."
Head full of steampunk
By RYAN MCMAHON  |  March 23, 2012

wanderlust review

Review: Wanderlust

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as an unemployed New York couple who, while on the road, chance upon a commune and decide to try the make-love-not-money lifestyle.
Goofy gags
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  March 02, 2012
Boston Accents playlist 01.15.12: Lifestyle Edition, with Grand Resort, Bon Savants, Giantist, Little Face, Fat Creeps, Twin Berlin, Casey Desmond

Boston Accents playlist 01.15.12: Lifestyle Edition, with Grand Resort, Bon Savants, Giantist, Little Face, Fat Creeps, Twin Berlin, Casey Desmond

It’s LIFESTYLE night on Boston Accents. Sean Drinkwater and Ad Frank from Boston’s synthpop veterans hung with me tonight in the studio, playing new tracks,...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 15, 2012

2012 in Dining: More resolutions for restaurateurs

Memo to new restaurants: follow the 10 pieces of entirely new advice below and I will keep that hungry/friendly feeling come typing time.
Challenging Boston's restaurant scene to a year that tones down the bacon, ramps up the desserts, and comes up with a new word for "gastropub."
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 30, 2011

9 hotly anticipated budget-dining openings for 2012

The new year promises a wealth of inexpensive and moderate new restaurants in Greater Boston. Here are a few that have us on tenterhooks.
 Tacos, midnight ramen, and chicken n' waffles make up Boston's forthcoming new options for noshing on the cheap  
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 30, 2011
Masterstrokes: Pre-Vinylite Society sign-painting demo at Orchard/Extension Gallery this weekend

Masterstrokes: Pre-Vinylite Society sign-painting demo at Orchard/Extension Gallery this weekend

Last weekend marked the opening of the Pre-Vinylite Society's hand-painted sign art exhibit in the Extension Gallery above Orchard Skate Shop in Allston. And if...
By Patrick McDermott  |  November 18, 2011


Photos: 'My Last Supper: The Next Course'

Melanie Dunea will read from her latest book, My Last Supper: The Next Course , with Chefs Barbara Lynch and Lydia Shire at the Harvard Bookstore, November 16th, 7pm.
Melanie Dunea will read from her latest book, My Last Supper: The Next Course , with Chefs Barbara Lynch and Lydia Shire at the Harvard Bookstore, November 16th, 7pm.
By MELANIE DUNEA  |  November 11, 2011
Meet the Mayor: Pulse Cafe

Meet the Mayor: Pulse Cafe

Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats. The Pulse CaféLeah Rodriguez Why eat brunch...
By Barry Thompson  |  November 10, 2011

Review: George Li, plus Gidon Kremer and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos with the BSO

Sixteen-year-old Boston pianist George Li is prodigious in more than one way. He's not merely a technical wizard, but a thoughtful and serious musician.
Lightness of being
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 04, 2011

Signs of War: The Afghanistan War 10th Anniversary Highway Banner Project

I'd climbed onto the guardrails of the Dorchester Avenue overpass in Boston to tie a recycled bed sheet to the chain-link fencing. The sheet bore the inscription, 1ST LT. TIMOTHY STEELE, 25, DIED AUG. 23, 2011, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, and it puffed with wind
Questions on the Overpass
By GREG COOK  |  October 14, 2011
original plumbing at midway

Party supplies

Original Plumbing, the New York–based quarterly lifestyle magazine and Web site for trans men and their friends, returns to the Midway this Friday for a queer/trans dance party featuring go-go boys, a photo booth, DJs D'hana and Justincredible, and a mi
Trans Dance Dept.
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 12, 2011


Steampunk's not dead

Two hours after listening to a talking ape named Rupert Cornelius swat down inane inquiries from a panel of probable drama-club alumni, I watched a guy shove a needle through his face.
In which our hero attends a convention
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 01, 2011

SXSW 2011 (Wednesday): [Photos] On the streets of Austin

Wandering around Austin at SXSW 2011
The Phoenix team hits the streets at SXSW 2011
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  March 18, 2011

Phoenix Mad (In Love) Libs presents: The Trashy Date

We met at the romantic intersection of [blank] and desire ...
The ____ Boston Date Ever!
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 11, 2011

Interview with the BDSM vampire: Lord Ramirez's guide to life

We know from TV and movies that vampires have more aphrodisiacal allure than almost any other type of magical creature. So, to sex up the Phoenix 's Valentine's issue, I decided to ask a vampire a bunch of questions.
Evil love
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 11, 2011

COMIC: The illustrated history of Boston's future, 2020-2100 AD

We approached this future-Boston project as a sort of moderated "jam comic." Result: post-singularity MBTA robots, Menino clones, Citgo aliens, and donut zombies.
Forget politicians, economists, or inventors -- the future of Boston belongs to the comics
By BOSTON COMICS ROUNDTABLE  |  January 21, 2011


Jerusalem Pita & Grill

Our first real review of the new year, and already we are ticking off one of last week’s resolutions for restaurateurs.
Savory, kosher, and so much more
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 07, 2011

To boldly go ... to Framingham: A trek to fan con Super Megafest

The entire 20th century is crammed into a ballroom in the Sheraton hotel.
Super Megafest offers the relics of our escapist fantasies. Make it so.
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  January 07, 2011

Review: ''American Gothic'' painter Grant Wood gets to leave the closet

Who was Grant Wood? Millions of Americans know him as the artist who painted American Gothic — and that's about it. But since his death, from pancreatic cancer, in 1942, he's become the poster boy for the right and the whipping boy of the left.
American gay
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 07, 2011

Review: It's no joke: Grant Wood is truly a great artist

Even if the name isn't instantly familiar, the painting will be. You've seen it on billboards, on magazine covers from Mad to Time , in Charles Addams cartoons, on Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live.
America's best-kept secret?
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 01, 2011