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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
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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
By EDITORIAL  |  June 11, 2010

Crossword: Not so full of it, are we?

Seriously, cut it out
Seriously, cut it out
By MATT JONES  |  May 21, 2010
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Puppet pageants

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
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2010
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Naked Boston

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.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  March 19, 2010
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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
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2009
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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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009
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French kiss

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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 10, 2009
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Cannes goods

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
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 29, 2009
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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
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 01, 2009


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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 19, 2008
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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."
Drawing conclusions
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 13, 2008
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Scattered after-thoughts

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.
Post-Election
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2008

Crossword: ''So cute''


If it gets any cuter, I'll get a toothache.
By MATT JONES  |  October 22, 2008
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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
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 06, 2008


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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
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 23, 2008

Seven easy steps to battle-rap supremacy


Spitting prattle that’ll rattle
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 17, 2008
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Talk the talk

Music critics can’t win.
A local hip-hop critic puts his money where his mouth is
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 17, 2008
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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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 16, 2008
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Plum Creek is afraid of you

Trust: Plum Creek wants yours, but you certainly don’t have theirs.
People power
By DAVE BRADY  |  December 19, 2007


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Pigskin passion

Eisen has a dream job, and he’ll be the first to tell you so.
Rich Eisen hands over his press pass
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 11, 2007
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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
By JOE BERNARDI  |  November 19, 2007
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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

'Please kill me'

This article originally appeared in the August 16, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The open-casket look vs. plastic punk
By D.C. DENISON  |  August 20, 2007
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Marketing magic

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
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 15, 2007


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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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 12, 2007
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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
By DAVID DAY  |  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
By AL DIAMON  |  February 07, 2007
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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?
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 05, 2007