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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
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 28, 2011

Review: Temple Downtown

Temple Downtown certainly has gone through changes.
From graffiti to Gorgonzola
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  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.”
 Activism Optimism
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 30, 2010
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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
By JON GARELICK  |  April 23, 2010

Crossword: ''Repeat offenders''

It's just overkill
It's just overkill
By MATT JONES  |  April 16, 2010


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Tired sleuth

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?
By CLEA SIMON  |  March 19, 2010
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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 .
By PATTI SMITH  |  March 05, 2010
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Jew note

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
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010
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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
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 19, 2010
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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
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 15, 2010


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Fusionists

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
By JON GARELICK  |  January 15, 2010
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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
By JON GARELICK  |  December 25, 2009
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Mystic muso

“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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2009
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Tajine

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
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 28, 2009
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Norse myths

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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 04, 2009


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Brideshead reinterpreted

“Excuse me, Mr. Waugh, did you see the new movie version of Brideshead Revisited ?”
The 2008 version goes its own way
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 23, 2008
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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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 09, 2008
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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
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 14, 2008
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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
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007
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''Great Journeys''

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
By JAMES PARKER  |  September 24, 2007


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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
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 24, 2007
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The battle for the Algerians

Sweet victory of the ex-colony.
Indigènes  inspires; Becket  bores
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 23, 2007
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Babel

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007
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Out-of-body politic

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
By SARA DONNELLY  |  February 07, 2007
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Settle down

Ginger is God’s way of forgiving greed.
Ginger makes cocktails easy on the stomach
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  November 21, 2006


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Border-garde

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
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  November 08, 2006
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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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 08, 2006
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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
By JON GARELICK  |  October 04, 2006
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Logically speaking

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
By DAVID BOFFA  |  July 17, 2006