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Geoffrey Wolff and the ‘pee-wee metropolis’

Jeffrey Eugenides entered a select club last month when he published his novel, The Marriage Plot . His ticket for admission was a sentence on page 9 that began, "Providence was a corrupt town, crime ridden and mob-controlled . . . ."
English Dept.
By PHILIP EIL  |  December 02, 2011

Providence Community Library’s 16mm surprise

Behind the librarian's desk at the Knight Memorial Library in the Elmwood section of Providence, a narrow staircase leads to a three-level basement below.
At the Movies
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 23, 2011

25 Essential Hip-Hop Acts at SXSW 2011

Before you go coastal on us, let's be clear that this is in no way a slap at rap music's primary metropolitan hubs. The fact is that despite being in Boston, the Phoenix covers as much New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles hip-hop as any paper in America, i
Beyond New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, or Atlanta
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 18, 2011

Review: Die Nibelungen

Fritz Lang's other classic
Fritz Lang's other classic
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 10, 2010

Burden of dreams

As the title of Siegfried Kracauer's landmark book From Caligari to Hitler puts it, the politically shaky, culturally fertile Weimar Republic lasted roughly from Robert Wiene's nightmarish Expressionist allegory The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) to
The Weimar cinema's shadows play with ugly realities
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 26, 2010

Scenes from the Plaza Classic Film Festival

Boston's Alloy Orchestra scores Metropolis EL PASO, TEXAS - It's the West Texas city that Whole Foods forgot, though the chain started up in Austin....
By Gerald Peary  |  August 24, 2010


Days of future past

Science-fiction films have been with us since Edison’s 1910 version of Frankenstein , but they bloomed in the ’Nam era, nourished by a volatile cocktail of cultural ingredients.
'SF-1970' at the Harvard Film Archive
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 18, 2010

Bigger — and better

Metropolis just keeps growing.
The new, ‘complete’ Metropolis
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 04, 2010

More than human

It’s hard to talk about Janelle Monáe when your jaw’s fallen off.
Janelle Monáe is about to take over the planet
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2010
pride list

Go back in time

Last weekend was Pride weekend here in Portland, and though rain made its own appearances occasionally, it didn't stop hundreds — even thousands — of people from, well, coming out and celebrating.
Gay and lesbian Mainers revisit the last 25 years

Keep calm and carry on

City life — even when the city is as manageable as Portland — can be uniquely draining.
Becoming an Urban Soul Warrior
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 14, 2009


Alloy Orchestra

If it weren’t for Alloy Orchestra, it’s doubtful Boston would ever get to see silents like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Josef von Sternberg’s Underworld.
The Alloy does the Underworld at the Somerville
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 17, 2008

Suppressing the urge

Some scholars estimate an end to our current age, the “Era of Expansion,”as early as 2050.
You have to pay to pee in Urinetown
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 27, 2008

Portland scene report: February 22, 2008

If you’re jonesing for some new Sara Cox, check out her Valentine’s Day present to the world, “White Dress and All.”
Sibilance starts now

It’s a bird, it’s a plane

You wake up in the morning to find dozens of asteroids hurtling straight at your city. You arrive at work to find your office building in flames. Your car isn’t where you remember parking it.
It’s another crappy movie adaptation!
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 13, 2006