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Review: You Are All Captains
A sublime meta-fictional trifle that evokes Abbas Kiarostami's '90s mirror-films of children, Oliver Laxe's jaunt lands in a semi-rural Moroccan school for orphans.
Oliver Laxe's jaunt lands in a semi-rural Moroccan school for orphans
| November 11, 2011
Mayor's race kicks off
Last week, the first three mayoral candidates filed their paperwork. So begins Portland’s first elected-mayor campaign in more than eight decades.
Getting to know you
| January 28, 2011
Review: Temple Downtown
Temple Downtown certainly has gone through changes.
From graffiti to Gorgonzola
| June 04, 2010
Radical night out in Portland
“People are upset about Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib,” Noam Chomsky told 750 people packed into the Woodfords Congregational Church last Saturday night, “but if you’re concerned about human rights, take a walk into a maximum-security prison.”
| April 30, 2010
Pardon the interruption
Maybe it was when saxophonist Kelly Roberge, instrument in hand, leapt off the Cambridge YMCA Theatre stage in the middle of a performance by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra and fled the auditorium — as if in extreme gastro-intestinal distress.
Quartet of Happiness, Jerry Leake, and Jazz Week
| April 23, 2010
Crossword: ''Repeat offenders''
It's just overkill
It's just overkill
| April 16, 2010
Has Walter Mosley gone off crime fiction? With the creation of Easy Rawlins in 1990, Mosley perfected the African-American side of the genre — along with a poetic and insightful take on post-war LA up through the 1960s — in 11 consistently solid books, t
Can Walter Mosley kick the crime-novel habit?
| March 19, 2010
Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids
The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
| March 05, 2010
Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
| February 26, 2010
How the other half eats?
Seeking to understand our once-and-future masters, I headed up to Falmouth, where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats, to examine how they eat. I followed some expensive sedans to Johnny's Bistro.
Sampling suburban fare in Falmouth
| February 19, 2010
The Regal Beagle
The Regal Beagle is making a quick success doing what almost all the new restaurants want to do: small plates; comfort food with a gourmet twist; a mixture of high and low; a bit of locovore, green, and slow fare; some salty fast food; interesting drinks
A quirky neighborhood that puts all the pieces together
| January 15, 2010
Nobody likes labels — except maybe critics. And we all want to live by Duke Ellington's measure of quality: beyond category. Beyond names and borders, that is, in a post-racial society. And yet, the word "fusion" — at least in music — has a pejorative c
Natraj and friends expand their neighborhoods
| January 15, 2010
2009: The year in books
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best books the Phoenix reviewed in 2009.
True stories - fact and fiction
| December 25, 2009
“America’s Pre-eminent Music Writer Dead at 52” was the headline on Robert Palmer’s obituary in Rolling Stone after his liver failed in 1997.
The erudition of Robert Palmer
| November 06, 2009
With visions of spices of the souk, we are apt to imagine that Moroccan food is as spicy as that of Mexico or Ethiopia.
A plea to kick up the heat
| August 28, 2009
A troll, according to folklore, can conceive by lust alone. That's one presumptuous genesis, and one that Peer Gynt learns the hard way.
Creating Peer Gynt at PSC
| February 04, 2009
“Excuse me, Mr. Waugh, did you see the new movie version of Brideshead Revisited ?”
The 2008 version goes its own way
| July 23, 2008
Running toward truth
The first wave of current-war fiction is washing up on American shores, and Alex Carr’s The Prince of Bagram Prison is a prime example.
A fast-paced spy thriller explores the ambiguities of wartime
| April 09, 2008
Defending the universally loathed
Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
| January 14, 2008
Chairmen of the boards
Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 18, 2007
Now that the jungle is withdrawing, and the wilderness is tenanted, the brief of the travel writer has altered somewhat.
From Marco Polo to Twain and Shackleton, with a bit of Pico Iyer
| September 24, 2007
Auteur of Africa
What I admired most about Ousmane Sembene was his courageous, lifetime commitment to women’s rights.
Ousmane Sembene, 1924 – 2007; plus, Sound of the Soul
| July 24, 2007
The battle for the Algerians
Sweet victory of the ex-colony.
Indigènes inspires; Becket bores
| February 23, 2007
String together a handful of stories, contrive a semblance of irony and fate with artificial connections, inject innocuous liberal sentiments, and you’ve got Oscar nominations, à la last year’s Crash. Watch the trailer for Babel (QuickTime)
It's no Crash
| February 20, 2007
The January 27 march against the Iraq War in Washington DC attracted tens of thousands of protestors, but did it crash the Capitol? Its virtual counterpart did.
Peace, protest, and pig grenades in Second Life
| February 07, 2007
Ginger is God’s way of forgiving greed.
Ginger makes cocktails easy on the stomach
| November 21, 2006
Next week, in conjunction with the Portland Museum of Art’s exhibit "American ABC: Childhood in 19th Century America," documentary photographer, MacArthur Fellow, and fine human being Wendy Ewald will give the museum’s Nelson Fund for Social Justice Lect
A talk with photographer Wendy Ewald
| November 08, 2006
Satire versus spoof
The American media have long pigged out on titillation and tragedy. And in After Ashley , Gina Gionfriddo has written a frighteningly funny work about that particular eating disorder.
Gina Gionfriddo’s After Ashley ; A.R. Gurney’s Screen Play
| November 08, 2006
From the top
The scene was not atypical for a Thursday night at the Lizard Lounge. Club d'Elf, "Intro/Bass Beatbox" (mp3)
Mike Rivard and Club d’Elf finally rehearse
| October 04, 2006
The turntablist who taught jam bands to scratch speaks on his new album, the roots of jazz rap, and his New Orleans tribute with Charlie Hunter.
DJ Logic talks about his Zen moment
| July 17, 2006
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