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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
| June 18, 2010
Mickey Mouse Multiculturalism
Massachusetts treasurer and independent candidate for governor Tim Cahill was off base when he accused incumbent governor Deval Patrick of "playing politics with terrorism" in the wake of Patrick's visit to the controversial Roxbury mosque maintained by
Governor Patrick's problematic Mosque visit. Plus, Bush — and the GOP — vote yes for torture
| June 11, 2010
Crossword: Not so full of it, are we?
Seriously, cut it out
Seriously, cut it out
| May 21, 2010
In the beginning, there was Kermit. Not Kermit the Frog — not just yet. That would come nearly 15 years later.
The influential art of Jim Henson and Peter Schumann
| May 07, 2010
Every year, Ol' Man Winter cruelly turns Bostonians' bodies into shriveled, cracked sacks of atrophied muscle and lumpy goo — not exactly fodder for Playmate of the Month.
Spring has finally arrived! So take off all your clothes with these seven ways to celebrate nudity in greater Boston.
| March 19, 2010
10 memorable moments from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an unapologetic, cross-promotional cheese-fest. But whether you love or hate it, you have to admit that its giant balloons are nearly as synonymous with the holiday feast as turkey, cranberries, and indigestion.
From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
| November 27, 2009
Mesa Café and Grill
Usually there's something special about a neighborhood restaurant, which by definition is as much about community as about commerce.
Imaginative choices, low prices
| November 20, 2009
The Granite State Gang
Big bucks couldn't buy the viral awe and ire that the Free State Project (FSP) scored on August 11, when New Hampshire resident William Kostric arrived outside President Barack Obama's Portsmouth Town Hall meeting with a handgun on his right thigh — "op
New Hampshire transplants live free — or die trying
| August 28, 2009
Productions I attended at the Opéra and Opéra Comique would be rare in New York, let alone Boston — though some of the performers would be familiar.
What we don't get in Boston
| July 10, 2009
Quick — name a world-class film-festival administrator willing to reveal that at age 12 he was titillated by the sight of clodhopper-shod Minnie Mouse stomping on Mickey's tail in a French comic book.
Tarantino, Antichrist , and well-lit genitalia show why the French film festival is like no other
| May 29, 2009
Sugar-coated pop, anyone?
With lines such as "chock-full of sunny melodies and intimate, introspective lyrics with bright, polished production," I clearly didn't stumble onto the next Jesus Lizard here.
Jonas Dream's merry melodies
| May 01, 2009
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Kevin Rafferty's 40th-anniversary documentary about the fabled Game of 1968 — when both teams were unbeaten and Harvard, after being completely outplayed by the 16th-ranked Elis, scored 16 points in the final 42 seconds to "win" — has no designs on bein
Scores in nearly every department
| November 19, 2008
Interview: Art Spiegelman
"When you don't understand a painting, you assume you're stupid. When you don't understand a cartoon, you assume the cartoonist is stupid."
| November 13, 2008
With the Phoenix going to press on Tuesday evening (before most election results came in), I struggled to come up with ways to be relevant on the morning after.
| November 05, 2008
Crossword: ''So cute''
If it gets any cuter, I'll get a toothache.
| October 22, 2008
In harm's way
Most of the job-related fears that keep journalists up at night are relatively mundane, but on rare occasions, a more ominous scenario presents itself.
The tragedy of Rakan Hassan and the impossibility of a Hippocratic Oath for journalists
| August 06, 2008
The numbers of the beast
As a million fingers air-guitared frantically, Maiden put on a fireballing motherfucker of a show.
Iron Maiden at Comcast Center, June 20, 2008
| June 23, 2008
Seven easy steps to battle-rap supremacy
Spitting prattle that’ll rattle
| June 17, 2008
Talk the talk
Music critics can’t win.
A local hip-hop critic puts his money where his mouth is
| June 17, 2008
Plunder, pillage, and profit
When Napster, invented by a Northeastern freshman, threw the music industry into chaos in 1999, Steve Jobs didn’t panic. He saw an opportunity.
A provocative new book suggests big business could learn from piracy and youth culture
| January 16, 2008
Plum Creek is afraid of you
Trust: Plum Creek wants yours, but you certainly don’t have theirs.
| December 19, 2007
Eisen has a dream job, and he’ll be the first to tell you so.
Rich Eisen hands over his press pass
| December 11, 2007
Free culture: what it is, why it matters
“Copyright law has successfully stopped artists in the past from releasing sample-based works, but I don't think anything could stop me from making it," says Gregg Gillis, a/k/a Girl Talk.
Copyright reform in the digital age
| November 19, 2007
“I’ve been called anti-woman, a racist, anti-Semitic, anti-American, you name it!”
Biting art at AIB
| September 05, 2007
'Please kill me'
This article originally appeared in the August 16, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The open-casket look vs. plastic punk
| August 20, 2007
When you dial the Disney Channel headquarters in Burbank and ask to be transferred, the operator will cheerily instruct you to have a “magical day.”
Building the new Disney empire, one tween at a time
| August 15, 2007
Send in the clowns
They might as easily have titled it Half and Half by Sondheim .
Side by Side by Sondheim; Disney High School Musical
| July 12, 2007
King Britt hits the Redline
King Britt is more than When the Funk Hits the Fan, his hit CD from 1998. DJ Sinden's Kiss FM show, February 2, 2007 (mp3)
US funk royalty comes to Basstown; Hearthrob in Montreal
| February 20, 2007
Numbers with wings
Now that Congress has cleaned up its ethical act and banned junkets paid for by lobbyists, this might be the last time it’ll be possible to calculate exactly how much it costs to buy a US senator or representative on the open market.
Politics and other mistakes
| February 07, 2007
Justify my love
Oh, Justin. Even you know that your undeniable charisma and brilliantly executed choreography somehow balance out your post-boy-band status and lack of indie cred. Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live, "Dick in a Box" (YouTube)
He already brought sexy back. Now can Justin Timberlake shed his boy-band image and become a music legend?
| February 05, 2007
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