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Health 'n' hops

Thomas Jefferson once asserted that beer, when drank in moderation, "promotes health." Trappist monks in Belgium and the Netherlands referred to it as "liquid bread."
Is beer good for you?
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 01, 2011
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Photos: World Cup revelers on Lansdowne Street

Aztec Gino wails on his vuvuzela, and more
Soccer fans celebrate the final game of the 2010 World Cup
By REYNOLDS AVLON  |  July 16, 2010
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Sports Blotter: Dead Duck

The saga of the University of Oregon football team grows sadder and sadder.
Oregon's Masoli finally stalls out; plus, a World Cup ambush, and Florida strikes back
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 25, 2010
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Dutch courage

When you've already written a novel like Cloud Atlas , which travels from 1850 to the apocalyptic future and back again, writing a historical novel might be redundant.
David Mitchell's Jacob de Zoet revises historical fiction
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010
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Legacy act

What does it say about the current scene when the standard full rock band of two guitars, bass, and drums can seem novel?
Mean Creek look forward to a long road
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  June 05, 2010
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Review: Holy Rollers

Loosely based on a true story, Kevin Asch’s film is an unlikely fusion of Almost Famous and Scarface featuring Hasidic Jews.
Hasidic Jews try the drug trafficking biz
By ZAK JASON  |  June 04, 2010


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Second sight

May in Boston has always been Storybook Ballet Month, as Boston Ballet finished off its season with Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty or Don Quixote , something classical and highbrow and reassuring. That, after all, is what Boston audiences want, right?
Boston Ballet reprises Jirí Kylián’s Black & White
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010
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Hustle and flow

M-Dot is live on Brookline Ave, chopping it up with nurses, businessmen, and co-eds.
Let us tell you about M-Dot —  before he does
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010
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Making change

John Sinclair’s poem “Ask Me Now” leaves little question about the poet’s values.
John Sinclair vs. ‘the dictates of conventional society’
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 23, 2010
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Hidden letters from the Holocaust

Thirteen years ago, a carpenter demolishing an old tenement in Amsterdam found 86 letters and postcards and one telegram hidden in the attic floor.
Dispatches
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 09, 2010

Crossword: ''Freefallin'''

Take the plunge into random vocab.
Take the plunge into random vocab.
By MATT JONES  |  April 02, 2010


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Ex–porn star blogs her way sober

This past week at the Radcliffe Union of Students (RUS), Jennie Ketcham taught her first class about something besides, er, “dick-sucking.”
Jennie Does Harvard  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010
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A Dutch treat lands in Providence

Not long ago, a Brown student with a big idea decided to bake cookies. A ho-hum sugar cookie wouldn't do. No, this budding baker wanted something a bit more exotic.
Sweets
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  March 12, 2010
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Past perfection

Everybody please stop calling Alan Palomo "nostalgic." When I check in with him last Friday, the dude seems far more interested in whatever is on the horizon than whatever's in the past.
The radiant, repressed pop of Neon Indian
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 05, 2010

The Low Anthem visit the Low Countries

Plus Brown Birds and Toughcats
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 12, 2010
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Steampunk and Lima Beans

The hook for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society — who come to the Regattabar Thursday the 25th — is that they're a "steampunk big band."
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and the Bert Seager Trio
By JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2010


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What Would Joan Do?

So you've got a party coming up, a gift due, or a difficult-to-please significant other.
Jackie or Marilyn, Pete or Roger — they are what they eat. so, who are you?
By CLEA SIMON  |  December 11, 2009
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From kidneys to kittens

The Killdevils have been kicking around the area to much acclaim over the past six years.
Killdevils frontman Jacob Haller’s Mistaken Identity
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 20, 2009

Play by Play: November 13, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 13, 2009
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Interview: Ray Davies

In 1964, the scorching five-chord chorus of “You Really Got Me” changed rock music forever.
On singing in the choir, his American experience, and who’ll play Dave  
By ELIZABETH GEHRMAN  |  November 06, 2009

Play by play: November 6, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, November 6, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 06, 2009


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Gang of four

The elegantly simple shapes of Providence artist Lisa Perez’s shallow wooden wall sculptures at 5 Traverse Gallery take on charming, wobbly, bubbly forms with uneven edges, as if they were worn away by rivers.
 New work at 5 Traverse and Providence College
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2009

Play by play: October 30, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2009

Play by play: October 23, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, October 23, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 23, 2009

Wonderdrug wonders reunite

Are you ready for COLEPITZ to be back?
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 25, 2009
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When a bicyclist falls in the city, does it make a noise?

Learning to cycle safely on Boston streets is a tempering process.
A look at the city's most dangerous intersections
By PETE STIDMAN  |  September 04, 2009


Power puffs

Regarding “ Weed Picking Up Speed ”: if health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be legal. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tob
Letters to the Boston editor, July 24, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 24, 2009
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Ruling the waves

The Dutch emerged at the dawn of the 17th century as a pre-eminent military and commercial power on the sea. They were in the midst of throwing off Spanish rule and developing a shipping empire that would reach from the Americas to South Africa to Asia.
The golden age of Dutch sea power sails into Salem
By GREG COOK  |  June 26, 2009
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Maritime after time

There's no question about the Peabody Essex Museum's unwavering love of all things nautical. How many other museums employ a curator of maritime art and history (in this case, Daniel Finamore)?
Dutch seascapes at the Peabody Essex
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  June 05, 2009
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Tours of duty

Clifford and Bang will celebrate Memorial Day weekend together at Highland Kitchen in Somerville this Sunday in a program called "Basic Training: An Evening of Art, Music, and Poetry."
John Clifford and Billy Bang's Vietnam; plus Icons Among Us and bye-bye Jazz Brunch
By JON GARELICK  |  May 22, 2009