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Karen Finley won’t be naked, or covered in chocolate. Candied yams will not be involved. If there are neighborhood morality-watch squads in Salem, they’ll have the night off.
Karen Finley does Jackie
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 28, 2010

Greasing the skids

Things could have been different for Ben Maitland-Lewis.
Berklee grad Ben Maitland-Lewis had a successful music career and a high-powered job at a major record label. Then he gave it all up for Boston and a beat-up, vegetable-oil-fueled van.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 26, 2010

Photos: Boston in the 70s: Part Six

Photos of Harvard Square from the Boston Phoenix's archives
Harvard Square from the Boston Phoenix's archives
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 21, 2009

Equal scary people

I have nothing against people who've had the misfortune of being born in other nations. Unless they're from Chad.
Should foreigners -- like folks from NH -- vote in Maine?
By AL DIAMON  |  April 10, 2009

East meets West

The paintings in "Shôwa Sophistication" at the Museum of Fine Arts are like the dreamiest travel posters you've ever seen.
'Shôwa' at the MFA, and Mrs. Gardner's Asian tour
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2009

Digital language at the PRC

How important would you say Ansel Adams is to the modern trends of digital art? If your first inclination is to answer, "Not at all," you're probably right.
"Syntax," at Boston University's Photographic Resource Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 11, 2009



Another Leo president. That's what we're getting with Barack Obama, and it's even good news on an astrological level.
Astrological musings on our next President and other political movers and shakers
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  December 30, 2008

Styrofoam sorcery

They seem like something dreamed up by a mad-scientist Martha Stewart tinkering in her cellar late at night.  
Tara Donovan's mad-scientist magic invades the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008

World War III

Devastating news: Boy George has been denied entry to the United States!
The Big Hurt: Boy George vs. America; Coldplay vs. some dude; 50 Cent vs. chalupas
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 30, 2008

Crafty retailing

Keara Sexton was born to make stuff.
Making it by making stuff
By SHARON STEEL  |  April 03, 2008

Tazer rock

There’s a lot about Pretty & Nice that’s surprising.
The rapid rise of Pretty & Nice
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 20, 2008


Ring of fire

An ugly squabble between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation’s biggest phone companies has, in one nasty blow, recast the image of all the entities involved.
The deadbeat FBI fails to pay its phone bills and jeopardizes its wiretapping program
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 23, 2008

Clan bake

Memory Lane is a blocked road for high-school senior Katia, who’s asked to pound on the barricade for a college-application essay that must be postmarked by midnight tonight, New Year’s Eve.
Trinity looks inside Memory House
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 12, 2007

Nothing's sacred

“I’ve been called anti-woman, a racist, anti-Semitic, anti-American, you name it!”
Biting art at AIB
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 05, 2007

Good eatin’

In 2005, author Barbara Kingsolver moved her family from Tucson to a farm in Virginia to embark on a year-long experiment of returning to nature.
Barbara Kingsolver grows her own
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 27, 2007

In the Land of Women

If Mrs. Robinson had been played by Martha Stewart and had suffered breast cancer, The Graduate might have played out like In the Land of Women .
A tidy suburban melodrama
By TOM MEEK  |  April 18, 2007


Culture war games

Karen Finley sat at the edge of the stage of Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic Theatre last week and spoke about a woman who got off on war.
Karen Finley moves on, ‘It’s Alive’ goes after bio-tech, ‘Personal Computer’ gets Webby
By GREG COOK  |  March 27, 2007

Getting Justice back on track

There’s been more than a little political posturing over the latest Bush-administration scandal.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 21, 2007

Puccini For Beginners

More like Woody Allen for beginners.
Name-dropping, self-analysis, revelatory strangers...
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 07, 2007

You say 'bizarre'

I stood in front of the Plain Mabel   table for a full five minutes, gripping a super-soft zipper pouch fashioned out of fabric that featured a pink bunny rabbit hunting for lady bugs, deliberating.
 I say 'bazaar'
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 21, 2006

Family ghosts

In her third novel, Newton writer Suzanne Berne plumbs the rich possibilities of a few juicy literary ingredients.
Suzanne Berne's holiday tale
By JULIA HANNA  |  November 28, 2006


Sports blotter: special Baghdad edition

Historical aside to the rain-soaked folks of New England: the Blotter this week comes to you from the scorching climes of pad 14 in Camp Liberty, Iraq, where I am embedded with the 615th MP “Bloodhounds” on assignment for Rolling Stone .
A tale of Little League corruption most foul
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 22, 2006

Finley provocatively pairs George and Martha

In the world according to Karen Finley, George W. Bush’s Oedipal complex propelled the US invasion of Iraq, and the infantile president carries on an imagined long-running affair with domestic diva Martha Stewart.
Culture watch
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 12, 2006

Don’t get too hip

Officials at the Maine Department of Agriculture and Assorted Other Kultures are still reeling from the news that TV celebrity Homer Simpson has endorsed Maine potatoes.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 08, 2006

Weld’s college try

Bill Weld has hit rocky shoals in his attempt to become the first person since Sam Houston to get elected governor of two states.
An obscure school in Kentucky may cost Bill Weld an election — and maybe more

Attack of the 50-foot Oprah

David Letterman is by no means the first one to realize that the road to success — or forgiveness — entails planting a kiss somewhere on Oprah’s oft-fluctuating anatomy.
Why America’s most powerful celebrity should be more feared than loved
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 09, 2006

CBS wins Wednesday viewers race with crime shows

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS was hot to trot Wednesday with strong showings from dramas "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY."
By Mike Smith  |  December 18, 2005