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Review: Elemental's hit-and-miss 'Go.Go Plays'

Elemental Theatre Collective's "Go.Go Plays" have been an imaginative grab bag of one-acts since 2007, and the fifth annual event is no exception.
Finding the funny
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 11, 2011
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The David Wax Museum and Tierney Sutton bridge tradition with the here and now

"Is that the jawbone of an ass?", I ask Suz Slezak in the lobby of the Paradise, giving the question my best Biblical inflection. She'd been playing the strange percussion instrument with her band the David Wax Museum in their opening set for the Caroli
Border crossings
By JON GARELICK  |  February 04, 2011
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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin | Let It Sway

At the apex of earnest indie pop, the period during which their first two full-lengths were recorded, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin were a mild, dime-a-dozen act.
Polyvinyl (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  August 13, 2010

Crossword: ''All the right angles''

 They've got the market cornered.
 They've got the market cornered.
By MATT JONES  |  June 11, 2010
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'Tea' is for terrorism

A year ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) produced a memo outlining the growing threat posed to this country from right-wing extremists. It compared the situation to that of the early 1990s — which culminated in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred
When even the most ‘legitimate’ voices of the right validate dangerously unhinged anti-government rhetoric — DUCK!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 09, 2010

Extremist Fail

A political story could literally not contain more irony than the story of the USA PATRIOT Act and its effect on the modern extremist right-wing movement.
Letters to the Portland Editor, April 2, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 02, 2010


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Alex Chilton, 1950 - 2010

When Alex Chilton had a fatal heart attack while mowing his lawn last week, he was, statistically speaking, just a 59-year-old New Orleans resident, nothing more than an edit on some census forms. What Chilton represented, however, was a true American ic
In memoriam
By JEFF BREEZE  |  March 26, 2010
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Rocky Mountain low

Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 12, 2010
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Fast and loose

You're a cocky film-school grad with a drawer full of socko screenplays and Hollywood ambitions. But it's all California dreamin', as you're shivering in New England, cutting public-service announcements and digitizing educational videos, your only brush
Robert Altman's movie life
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 11, 2009
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Fall guys

No shortage of sports-crime activity this week — in fact, it's been an extremely busy time, so much so that it's worth a bullet-point to get to some of the developments in brief.
As summer winds down, sports crime picks back up
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 04, 2009
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Various artists | Spiritual Jazz: Esoteric, Modal, and Deep Jazz from the Underground, 1968-1977

Apple-pie Mormon missionaries the Millers travel through Iran to spread the gospel of Joseph Smith among Muslims and Zoroastrians, and their kid discovers the glorious sound of the santur.
Jazzman (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 24, 2009


Letters to the Portland Editor: March 13, 2009

We are two Maine natives, who attended the True/False Film Festival in Missouri, couldn't agree more with Christopher Gray's account of the festival and the festival experience.
Report on True/False Film Fest was so true
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 11, 2009
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Greater than fiction

The True/False Film Festival, which just wrapped up its sixth year in Columbia, Missouri, presents an encouraging object lesson in how to establish a destination film festival in an unlikely location.
Mainers find ideas and connections at a Missouri film festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 04, 2009

Truth, not falsity

Here are some of the documentaries you can expect to see in Maine this year.
Keep your eyes peeled for these docos
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 04, 2009
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Shattered Plax


Sports blotter: Burress edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 10, 2008
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Surprising

You do a thing often enough, you tend to get good at that thing.
Sports blotter: "Absolutely fell out of my chair" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 03, 2008


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Bad idea jeans


Sports blotter: "You’re looking at some years, son" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 25, 2008
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Magnum farce


Sports blotter: "CSI: Binghamton" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 19, 2008

Songs unsung


Jon Whitney’s top five underrated releases of 2008
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 18, 2008
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He choked big time


Sports blotter: "Ugly incident" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 12, 2008
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Obama redraws the map

Barack Obama has made history. The next question is whether his victory has sparked a lasting electoral realignment.
But the electoral shifts may not last
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 05, 2008


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Quiet before the storm

There have been a lot of mysteries surrounding the Patriots in the Bill Belichick years, not surprising given the intense effort the team puts into maintaining airtight clubhouse and organizational secrecy in general.
Sports blotter: "Good call, coach" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 05, 2008
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BBs and b-balls

A few years ago, it looked like college athletes shooting strangers with BB guns was going to be the boutique sports offense of the 21st century.
Sports blotter: "Inducing panic" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 29, 2008
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Dear Mr. President . . .

Since March 1, Massachusetts school teacher B.J. Hill has been walking across the country in near Kerouacian fashion — though, unlike Sal Paradise, Hill has a greater mission than apple pie and Mexican trollops.
Redefining ‘Road Trip’
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 29, 2008
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Night of the living dead

It’s almost over. This is welcome news.
What if the election doesn’t end on Election Day?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 29, 2008
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Cursed Aztecs

San Diego State Aztecs basketball coach Steve Fisher lectures his players during the season about how to behave off the court, getting pretty specific about what he doesn’t want to see.  
Sports blotter: "Late-night shopping" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 22, 2008


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Good fellows

The jazz tide is shifting once again.  
Brian Blade and company help blaze jazz’s newest path
By JON GARELICK  |  October 20, 2008
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Hello, Larry

Absolutely nothing is funny about the Lawrence Phillips case, so let’s not even go there — there isn’t a single laugh to be found in this past week’s news that the onetime Next Jim Brown was sentenced to 10 years in Cali.  
Sports blotter: "End of an era" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 16, 2008
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More bad news for the Mets

Look, it just isn’t seemly for us non–New Yorkers to laugh too much about the continued suckdom of the New York Mets, specifically their bullpen.  
Sports blotter: "Very bad times" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 09, 2008
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Husker don't

Details right now are still sketchy, but Thunder Collins, a former University of Nebraska running back who was once considered a sure-fire NFL star, has been charged with murder.  
Sports blotter: "Next Lawrence Phillips" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 02, 2008