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Putnam Smith laments, We Could Be Beekeepers

Reviewing his sophomore full-length, Goldrush , I accused Putnam Smith of wishing it were 1909 instead of 2009.
Back in black (and yellow)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 03, 2011

String sections

All-gal bluegrass/folk outfit RAMBLIN' RED will release their debut disc next week at Mayo Street Arts on January 15.

Play by play: April 16, 2010

Theater listings for the week of April 16, 2010
Theater listings for the week of April 16, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 16, 2010

Over the coals

Not so fast, Mike!
Letters to the Boston editor, December 4, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 04, 2009

We're killing the oceans

I meet world-renowned undersea photojournalist Brian Skerry at Legal Seafoods, across from the New England Aquarium, where he's the explorer in residence. He orders a chicken Caesar salad.
Is it too late to save the seas that sustain us?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 20, 2009

Boston rat rampage

Residents say that if you jam a leaf blower in the earth virtually anywhere in Allston, furry bottom feeders will be blown out of every crack and hole in sight and rain down like unsavory screeching meatballs. North Enders joke that something similar wou
Thanks to the global economic collapse, which has stalled initiated construction projects, Boston’s rat population is surging
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 06, 2009


Interview: Lars von Trier of Antichrist

Maybe it’s the blurring effect of the Skype technology through which I’m interviewing him as he sits worried and Buddha-like in his headquarters in Denmark (he has a phobia about airplanes, among other things), but Lars von Trier seems like an okay guy.
The director on the redeeming qualities of Antichrist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009

Monkey Business

Craig Cook remembers when friends tried to draw him out of a deep depression — by offering to get him a monkey.
Boston's an academic city, even for capuchins who attend Brighton's Monkey College, where they are trained to be live-in lifesavers for the disabled
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 23, 2009


It's not quite right to call "Do It! Show It! Sing It! Work It!" the AS220 biennial.
AS220’s ‘Do It! Show It! Sing It! Work It!,’ and Holly Ewald
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2009

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees

The law of averages says if you put 100 monkeys in a room with 100 computers, they'll eventually write a workable national health-care bill. Apparently, that rule doesn't apply to 100 US senators.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 04, 2009

Review: The Cove

There's something at stake here, and it's not just the conscience of Ric O'Barry, who as the former dolphin trainer for the 1960s television show Flipper feels responsible for the planet's porpoise fetish.
Secret dolphin slaughter revealed
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 07, 2009

dogfish list

Every Friday there's an art walk

This Friday, as the first Friday of every month, Portland art-lovers will wander the streets, checking out the latest and greatest our galleries, museums, and shops have to offer. Nearby communities have their own versions, too.
Portland’s creativity is on display any time you care to look
By ANNA PEROCCHI  |  August 07, 2009

Letters to the Portland editor: June 19, 2009

In a recent issue, Brian Duff reviewed GRO Grassroots Organic Café, in Portland (see  "In the Raw,"  May 22). I've never read anything on the topic of food and nutrition more arrogant or opinionated.
Warning: Salad may kill you
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 19, 2009

Photos: Grizzly Bear at Berklee Performance Center

Grizzly Bear, live at Berklee Performance Center, June 3, 2009
Grizzly Bear, live at Berklee Performance Center, June 3, 2009
By DAVID F. NICHOLSON  |  June 12, 2009

Celebrating the original DIY

Like you, dear readers, I was apparently too busy exploring south of the border to even realize it, but I just found out that May was National Masturbation Month.
Sex can't get any safer than having it with yourself
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  June 05, 2009

Monkeying around

Dire fiscal conditions at most media outlets have led major local players like the Providence Journal and WJAR/Channel 10 to pursue a unique employment strategy. Both organizations are apparently looking into securing the services of trained gibbons
Going ape at the urinal + WJAR. Plus, a compelling reason to stay healthy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 29, 2009


Review: Fig Trees

Here's a first: an AIDS documentary nested inside an opera that's obsessed with albino squirrels, figs, palindromes, and Pythagoras.
Strikes a delicate balance among solemnity, wry humor, and rage
By SHAULA CLARK  |  May 08, 2009

Middling earth

At times, the images in Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield's documentary adapted from the BBC nature series of the same name elicit that rare cinematic response: wonder.
Too much talk spoils the images
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 24, 2009

Review: World's Greatest Dad

Robin Williams is Will Hunting good in Bobcat Goldthwait's dark comedy about a failed novelist whose fantasy of becoming a literary lion comes true in a way that's just plain wrong.
You've read the mug — now see the movie!
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 17, 2009

Video vérité

Javier Téllez's 2007 black-and-white film "Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those Who See" starts with a catchy premise: he gathered six blind New Yorkers at an empty public pool in Brooklyn to act out the fable of the blind men and the elephant.
'Acting Out' at the ICA, plus Eileen Quinlan
By GREG COOK  |  April 03, 2009

Smoke and mirrors (and elephants) at the ICA

Not into wheatpasting and framed posters? The ICA is about to serve up two shows by artists who promise not to pop up on street walls all over the city.
'Momentum 13: Eileen Quinlan' and 'Acting Out: Social Experiments in video' coming to the ICA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 03, 2009


Rant: We need more artists!

There's just not enough art to festoon all the walls in all the coffee/sandwich/burrito/gelato/bagel/pizza/frogurt shops in this great art-loving, snack-loving city of ours.
Some people say we need more doctors, more teachers, more engineers. Fools.
By DAVID KISH  |  February 25, 2009

Tape complex

Andy Bernick set up the on-line Richmond County Archives while he was living on Long Island.
A peek inside the Richmond County Archives
By RICHARD BECK  |  February 24, 2009

Crossword: ''Signal ahead''

Aw, the light just changed.
Aw, the light just changed.
By MATT JONES  |  January 21, 2009

Review: Department of Eagles

At the Brattle Theatre Sunday, Fred Nicolaus, guitarist from the Brooklyn-based duo Department of Eagles, announced that they'd play a song from their little-known 2003 debut album, The Whitey on the Moon UK LP . "It's not very good," he warned.
Brattle Theater, January 18, 2009
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 20, 2009

Enter the matrix

A number of artists have been making art inspired by video games and computer graphics in recent years.
Digital art at Moses Brown; optical illusions at AS220
By GREG COOK  |  January 13, 2009


Review: Math the Band, Lima Research Society

Math the Band suck greasy elephant balls, I was told by a source.
Middle East Upstairs, January 5, 2009
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 12, 2009

Ice ice baby

In July 1860, Captain Isaac Israel Hayes's schooner, the United States, left Boston and sailed to the Arctic.
Polar landscapes at the Peabody Essex, plus monsters at the Museum of Science
By GREG COOK  |  January 06, 2009

Seeking Relevance

Here in Maine we're used to living in a mediated landscape. Painters have been reframing how we see the shore and woods for generations, defining what's worth looking at for a larger audience.
A MECA faculty show goes didactic
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 03, 2008

My first trip to the County

During my 36-hour stay in the Allagash region, I had better luck than the four Massachusetts College of Art students who journeyed into the Maine wilderness in the summer of 1976, only to allegedly encounter a UFO.
Northern exposure
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 03, 2008