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After the burritos and tacos, try chilaquiles

Even though my Mexican cooking teacher, Azminda Cansino, knows my name is Lindsay, the text I got from her was: "Nene, what is the plan?"
tasting a Mexican staple
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 27, 2012

Review: Whore's Glory

Austrian documentarian Michael Glawogger takes his camera into three pitiable spots where there is open prostitution, and where painted ladies, desperate for a living wage, service the most craven clientele.
Painted ladies
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 15, 2012

Review: El Rayo Cantina

There are two traditional ways for folks from the US to encounter Mexico: get down and dirty, or really polish it up.
Stepping up
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 15, 2012

Forget burritos — try this chicken soup

Well into her 30s with two kids and a husband, Azminda was still being ribbed by her father for being a bad cook.
East Mex
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 06, 2012
Review - Miss Bala

Review: Miss Bala

Gerardo Naranjo's superb new feature, Miss Bala , brilliantly draws on the conflicted personality of a young beauty pageant contestant as a tragically stark emblem of Mexico's all-enveloping drug wars.
Gerardo Naranjo's superb new feature
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  January 27, 2012

Review: El Tapatio

Although El Tapatio is a full-fledged Mexican restaurant, with distinct Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex accents, it has certainly adapted to one Rhode Island tradition: bountiful portions.
Transported to the border
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 06, 2012

Over-the-border inhumanity

My heart sank when I heard that the Fuentes brothers, who own the Fajita Grill in Westbrook and the Cancun restaurants in Biddeford and Waterville, had been arrested, their restaurants raided by federal agents.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  October 14, 2011

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

Review: Taco Trio

The surest formula for greatness is to turn your weakness into a strength.
In search of Mexillence
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 02, 2011

Well, this is embarrassing

From somewhere in Mexico ...
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  August 12, 2011

Painter and sculptor converse at CMCA

Paintings by Elizabeth Cashin McMillen and sculptures by Duane Paluska currently share the main gallery at the Center for Maine Contemporary in Rockport.
An unlikely pairing
By BRITTA KONAU  |  June 10, 2011


Review: Circo

Out there on the dusty back roads of rural Mexico, that's where American documentarian Aaron Schock went to find a bona fide old-time circus, with a roaring lion and tigers and tightrope walkers under an actual big top.
Gran Circo Mexico
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 22, 2011

Photos: Don Jose's 11th Anniversary Party

Don Jose & Ricardo's Mexcian Cafe celebrates their 11th Anniversary Party on April 6, 2011.
11th Anniversary Party | Don Jose & Ricardo's Mexcian Cafe | April 6, 2011
By CAROLYN BUBEL  |  April 08, 2011

Gabriel Kuri and Francis Alÿs look at the ordinary

It feels a bit like the art-world version of some twins-separated-at-birth Disney comedy: one artist born in Mexico who lives in Belgium, and one born in Belgium who lives in Mexico.  
Magical thinking
By GREG COOK  |  February 25, 2011

Anti-diversity is bad for business

As he has done with environmental leaders, Governor Paul LePage needs a forum to hear from Maine immigrant and civil-rights leaders. This is made all the more urgent when one considers his "kiss my butt" sound-bite refusal to meet with the NAACP becaus
Letters to the Portland Editor, January 28, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 28, 2011

To curb global gluttony

Consumption outweighs production. What should we do?
By DAVID KISH  |  January 21, 2011

Manuel at Fajita Grill, December 8

It was a cold, blustery trip to Westbrook, and we were to be rewarded by hot Tex-Mex fare and margaritas. We arrived at Fajita Grill for a friend's birthday party and were immediately greeted by a six-foot Christmas tree and the warm sound of "Feliz Nav
Music seen
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  December 17, 2010

Review: Monsters

Aliens have crashed in Mexico, and the US government builds a wall to stop them, and the Mexican police are out to destroy them.
Gareth Edwards' low-budget allegory feels familiar
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 05, 2010

Bloodsuckers, magic realism, and caviar Twinkies

The UFOs, Catholic guilt, and voracious appetites behind my horror-ful life
By GUILLERMO DEL TORO  |  October 22, 2010

Savor the local flavor

In some college towns, you're lucky if you can find two or three good eateries. In Providence, you could get through med school and still not be done exploring — especially if you're willing to venture deep into the city and out across Rhode Island.
Hungry? You've come to the right place
By MARION DAVIS  |  September 03, 2010

White trash heroes

It is official — iconic PVD noisemongers Arab on Radar are back on the grid and about to end their eight-year hiatus with a nationwide reunion tour beginning this weekend in Easthampton, Massachusetts, followed by a stop at AS220 on July 3.
Arab on Radar are back on the attack
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 02, 2010


Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010

Review: Red Dead Redemption

The land doesn't care. Not about the storms that blow across its plains. Not about the animals that stalk one another through its grasses. And certainly not about the men who occasionally appear over the horizon and try to build a civilization on its san
Grand Theft Oater?
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 18, 2010

As the World Cup kicks off, Guinness and panic at Ri Ra

World Cup fever has not, exactly, gripped Providence.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 18, 2010

Stark reality

Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capit
Your indispensable World Cup update
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2010

Mexican president flubs it at the Kennedy school

Only a day before the Massachusetts Senate showed its true colors by approving a set of anti-immigrant amendments to the state budget — a recent change of heart that would probably not have happened had it not been for the so-called Arizona effect — the
Yo No Tengo Huevos Dept.
By MARCELA GARCIA  |  June 04, 2010


Power plays

Some weeks back, I got to listen to Brown University archæology professor Stephen Houston pronounce the throaty, staccato sounds of Maya hieroglyphs carved across a six-foot-wide limestone panel.
The Maya and the Kennedys at the Peabody Essex
By GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2010

An immigrant song

Arizona has declared war on Mexico. SB1070, the incendiary new immigration bill signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, has set off national boycotts, lawsuits, protests, and denouncements.
What we can learn from our neighbors to the south
By DAVID KISH  |  May 14, 2010

Rollin ’n’ tumblin’

Genre-jumping all week long
Off the Couch

Notes from a Borderland

What we learn from immigrants
What we learn from immigrants
By DAVID KISH  |  May 07, 2010