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How to create a readable future

The actual future is a collaboration between nearly seven billion people worldwide. But creating a future can be a fun indoor sport for you and your friends.
Future Boston authors Jon Burrowes, Alexander Jablokov, Steven Popkes, David Alexander Smith, and Sarah Smith show us how it's done.  

Interview: The authors of Future Boston on building the Boston of tomorrow

We only have three years before the aliens land. This was the future envisioned in Future Boston , an anthology by a group of local science-fiction writers published in 1995 .
Future Boston , 15 years later
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  January 21, 2011

Cinema paradisos

Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010

There was a film fest from Nantucket . . . and P'town

One look at the line-up at the local multiplex and you might ask yourself, "How far away can I get from Marmaduke and still remain in the state of Massachusetts?" Turns out that summer-movie relief is just a ferry ride away.
Escapist Cinema
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2010

Where the wind blows

Thank you for the first nonpartisan, fact-based article I have read regarding the Cape Cod wind-farm project.
Letters to the Boston editor, May 21, 2010

Rapper Sam Adams now on tap

Something equally remarkable and unprecedented happened this past week: a virtually unknown white Cambridge MC named Sam Adams landed in the top hip-hop spot on iTunes with his debut EP, Boston's Boy .
Licensed to Ale
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010


Preliminary findings

Even knowledgeable City Hall insiders know they're better off scratching lotto tickets than wagering on Boston politics.
Handicapping the 15-headed horse race that is Boston's at-large City Council election
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009

Festival atmosphere

Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2009

Can't escape Snape at LeakyCon

Sure, Figawi Race Weekend is a blast, but how many times in my life would I have the opportunity to mingle with more than 750 J.K. Rowling devotees? So, this past Memorial Day weekend, I decided to skip Nantucket and join the all-ages, international as
Pottering Around
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  May 29, 2009

The bulletproof cred of M.O.P.

In their decade and a half as thug-rap ambassadors, Brooklyn's Mash Out Posse have made some moves that lesser outfits might have caught shit for.
Hardcore heroes
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 26, 2009

Year in Books: Word plays

Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that the Phoenix wrote about in 2008.
Of werewolves and wastelands
By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008

Two Four Two

Italian fare, with a twist
Italian fare, with a twist
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 17, 2008

It's cookout weather!

If you’re attending (or hosting) a cookout, then have a heart and offer your guests something besides the obvious norm. Here are a few ideas.
Fending off the picnic “fruitcake”
By TODD RICHARD  |  July 23, 2008


There’s still time to spend some of your summer with Julie Hecht.
Julie Hecht’s self-help
By JON GARELICK  |  July 22, 2008

Where's the beef?

“Beef: it’s what’s for dinner,” say the cattle lobby’s TV ads, and I sigh in agreement.
Ten steakhouse alternatives for frugal foodies
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 04, 2008

Gastronomic stimulus package

This, coupled with the thaw and other natural stimulus packages, write a recipe for the spoils of spring: maturing cheeses, bright wines, green garlic ramps, and outdoor eating.
Splurge a little at the Cheese Iron
By TODD RICHARD  |  April 30, 2008


Beer: the next generation

Nikki’s Liquors, at first blush, seems like a typical liquor store.
Hopped-up brews are proliferating in Rhode Island, from neighborhood bars to the corner package store
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 06, 2008

T.W. Food

What if a chef dropped all commercial considerations and spent his or her days searching out the best local ingredients and producing short-menu masterpieces for a select clientele?
Foodie heaven, but not for beginners
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 12, 2007

The Pump House

Perched next to Rocky Brook Pond, the stone-walled Pump House restaurant — a retired pumping station for South Kingstown — has been an attractive eatery for three decades.
Bargains and coziness galore
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 12, 2007

Hose Company No. 06

As its name suggests, Hose Company No. 6 was once a working fire station, complete with horses and hose wagons.
Royal feasts and more
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2007


Three perspectives on working the door
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 22, 2007


So let’s hope that Sunday brunches can pull in the locals, and that out-of-state visitors love those martinis.
Great name, mixed results
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 08, 2007

Poison ivy

John Edwards’s campaign seems to have hit a roadblock that could seriously hurt his chances of securing the Democratic nomination.
What’s dooming John Edwards’s campaign to be the Democratic nominee? He never attended Harvard or Yale.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 01, 2007

Folk heroics

“Why is he such a big deal right now?” a friend asked with some exasperation earlier this month when I mentioned that I had a phone date with M. Ward. M. Ward, "To Go Home" (mp3)
Or, how M. Ward became such a big deal
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 19, 2007

A taste of Great Bay

As long as you’re okay with acknowledging National Hunger Awareness Day by getting spectacularly full, head to Great Bay.
June 5
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  May 30, 2007

This story blows

There’s a foul wind blowing off Cape Cod.
The bizarre battle over Cape  Wind
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 30, 2007


Salty Oats cookies

Quick! Before you make your New Year’s resolutions, run out and buy Terri Horn’s Salty Oats cookies.
Resolve to eat them
By MARLISSA BRIGGETT  |  December 27, 2006

Restaurant L

I don’t know why restaurants in high-end clothing stores are so good.
R unway-worthy food
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 27, 2006

The power of pop!

Dashing down the corridors of the hallowed power pop pantheon comes Minky Starshine and the New Cardinals, Providence’s latest, and perhaps most intermittent, aspiring hitmaker.
Hooray for Minky Starshine; plus, the Brother Kite
By BOB GULLA  |  September 05, 2006

Summer’s ending

With Labor Day here, many would think it time to put away the barbecue grill and pack up the party. Not so
So drink up, and choose wisely
By TODD RICHARD  |  August 30, 2006