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Master Harold erupts at Gloucester Stage

I first had the autobiographical Molotov cocktail that is "Master Harold" ... and the boys hurled at me in the early 1980s, when Nelson Mandela was still a prisoner and apartheid was law in South Africa.
Black power
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 10, 2012
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Choir power

The Romantic notion of artistic merit is that one must plumb the depths of despair to emerge with great work — and that the finest triumphs are often born of the direst misery.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo raise their voices
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 05, 2010
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Rainbow Nation

After a torturous history of being treated like second-class citizens, the black population in this country stunned the world by pulling off the unimaginable: voting a black man in as president.
The US isn't the only country exploring its complex racial history. South Africa prepares for its moment in the sun.
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010
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Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?

Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010

After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Review: Invictus

Poetry, muses Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) in a reflective moment in Invictus , consists only of words, yet it can inspire perseverance and greatness beyond our own expectations of ourselves. Sport, similarly, consists of oversized, overpaid athlet
Clint shows team spirit
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 11, 2009


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Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust

Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 11, 2009
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Full shelf

Hot town, summer in the city. . . . or in the country. . . . or at the beach. Wherever you are, don't forget your books.
The best in summer reading
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 12, 2009
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Power outage

Damn it, I want to be optimistic. I have always seen my glass as half full and not half empty. Now I think it’s dry. I’ll check once the lights come on again.
As South Africa celebrates 14 years of post-apartheid rule, AIDS and electricity could spark revolution
By PETER-DIRK UYS  |  April 23, 2008
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It's out of this world

Uys’s new show takes its title from two things that were illegal when the now-63-year-old gay white man was growing up in South Africa: democracy and sex.
The ART hosts Elections & Erections; Trinity does Blithe Spirit
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 08, 2008
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Five-finger discount

When I was in the eighth grade, in the spring of 1990, I wore a Simpsons T-shirt.
It may not be Bart, but bootlegging is back
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 01, 2007


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Putting the public back in public radio

While he has globetrotting experience in reporting on an array of Big Stories, Joe O’Connor faces a more painstaking challenge while working from his smallish office at WRNI.
GM Joe O'Conner says WRNI will rise or fall on the support of Rhode Islanders
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 12, 2007
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Pent-up genius

According to the New York Daily News , Paris is planning to keep a prison diary for publication later this year.
Paris Hilton, jailbird
By SHARON STEEL  |  June 06, 2007
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Self-inflicted wounds

People have been lamenting the media’s coverage of anti–Iraq War activism for about as long as people have been opposing the Iraq War.
Memo to the anti-war movement: don’t blame the media
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 30, 2007
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Every picture tells a story

“Dear Diary: I know I should be asleep already, but I just can’t sleep if I don’t write this all down. I’ll burst!”
Children’s-book illustrators at the New Art Center, Alexander Ross at WAM, and Hélio Oiticica at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 06, 2007

Natural born liar

If you ever wanted a definition of “congenital liar,” just look at Dick “Big Time” Cheney.  
“Shots and Beer” lives in persistent denial
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 31, 2007


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Maine’s most massive screw-ups in 2006

2006, we’re going to miss you.
Stuff that just should never have happened
By JEFF INGLIS AND SARA DONNELLY  |  December 20, 2006
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Terror incognita

Even as Aussie Phillip Noyce built a lucrative career as a director of proficient 1990s Hollywood blockbusters, fans of the distinguished films he’d made back home felt sold out.
Phillip Noyce takes on apartheid
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 25, 2006
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Prisoners of politics

The giant sucking sound that all of Southern Maine heard coming from Forest Avenue last week was not some accidental draining of a huge milk tank at Oakhurst Dairy, but the integrity and independence of Maine’s largest public university going down the to
After organizing an exhibit to spark debate, USM closes it when the talk gets too tough
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 14, 2006

Social studies II

Workhorse is a well-named theater.
Workhorse’s insightful With Claws and Beak
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 18, 2006
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Hip-hop history interview and podcast

Authors Jeff Chang and Brian Coleman talk about the latest wave of hip-hop criticism.
Hip-hop journalism comes of age
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  March 09, 2006