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Quicksand rises from the '90s

There are two ways to go about being a post-hardcore band from the '90s.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 04, 2013

Providence tackles a 32-million-word problem

We all know, on some level, that impoverished kids face long odds. But quantification has a way of casting a problem like this in stark relief.
IT Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 16, 2012

Review: 2 Days In New York

Her angelic appearance notwithstanding, Julie Delpy is one raunchy woman.
Rowdy follow-up to 2 Days In Paris
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 17, 2012
Hospitality - CD Review

Hospitality | Hospitality

On their homonymous debut, Hospitality sound like 800 different trendy bands at once (from Twin Sister to Tennis to TV on the Radio), so if it's pure originality you're after, you've come to the wrong department.
Merge (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  January 27, 2012

Seeds of evil

A Maine farmer, backed by 275,0000 like-minded individuals, has found himself at the forefront of a fight against the most dastardly figure in agriculture: the seed and biotechnology company Monsanto, which to some represents everything that is wrong wit
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 25, 2011

Photos: Occupy Boston demonstrations, from Dewey Square to the financial district

Participants in the “Occupy Boston” demonstrations (in association with the "Occupy Wall Street" movement) organizing at Dewey Square and participating in marches and protests throughout Boston's financial district.
From September 30 to October 3, 2011


New Rep's new Rent stays mostly true, with one twist and some noise

Every director who helms Rent must struggle in the shadow of the original production.
Highs and lows
By MADDY MYERS  |  September 16, 2011

Slideshow: Alexander McQueen's ''Savage Beauty'' exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photos of Alexander McQueen's ''Savage Beauty'' exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, through August 7, 2011, in connection with Thomas Page McBee's  review of the exhibit .
Metropolitan Museum of Art | Through August 7, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 29, 2011

Alexander McQueen's 'Savage Beauty'

The two-hour wait is your first clue that "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through August 7) is not your typical blockbuster exhibit.
The late fashion designer's show at the Met defies demographics — and fashion itself
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  July 29, 2011

Review: Going Crazy for Gershwin

Every summer, the Arundel Barn Playhouse continues the classic tradition of Maine summer stock theater, by bringing their leading performers from out of town — often New York City — to put on a series of shows and live in beautiful rural Arundel for the
A revised, revamped classical musical hits big
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 08, 2011

General Assembly turns a cold shoulder on the homeless

Rhode Island's itty-bittyness is, of course, a handicap from time to time. But it is also a source of opportunity.
Economics Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 24, 2011

staff writer chris faraone rides the rapture bus

Photos: Staff writer Chris Faraone's ride on the Rapture bus

There were nine days left
The Rapture Bus | New York City | May 12, 2011
By PAUL QUITORIANO  |  May 20, 2011

Cooking for the circus means a lot more than an apple a day

Before the marathon, there is the pasta dinner. The soccer team gathers for pizza. But what to eat when you're the man on the flying trapeze?
High-flying, fine dining
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  May 06, 2011

On the good ship Juggalo

I spent the wee hours of Saturday morning bobbing along the East River with the Insane Clown Posse.
Dark Carnival Cruise Lines
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 06, 2011

Photos: Insane Clown Posse's Juggalo cruise

The Insane Clown Posse host 300 Juggalos on a cruise down the East River in New York City. Read " On the good ship Juggalo " by Eugenia Williamson for details.
Dark Carnival Cruise Lines
By AMBER DREA  |  May 06, 2011

Conflict or what?

With Passover just around the corner, I detected a decidedly non-kosher element in the Other Paper on Monday.
The Journal takes out an ad; siding with Keith; mad about Phoebe
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 15, 2011


Cambridge author Caleb Neelon traces graffiti's hidden history

'TAKI 183' SPAWNS PEN PALS, announced the headline in the July 21, 1971, New York Times .
It was written
By GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2011

Photos: American History of Graffiti

The Phoenix presents a small collection of works to be showcased in Caleb Neelon and Roger Gastman's American History of Graffiti .
Photos from Neelon and Gastman's American History of Graffiti

Pingree visits Guantanamo, advocates closure

Last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Congress that keeping President Obama's promise to close the notorious military prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be difficult because of opposition from members of Congress. Ma
Gitmo state of mind
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 25, 2011

I was a teenage Sandinista

As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist opp
Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 28, 2011

New play based on L-A's Somali experience

Maine's twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn gained national attention in the first few years of this century for its reception of Somali immigrants.
Immigrant scenes
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 07, 2011


Attack on the middle class!

The remarkable thing about the American middle class is that we still have one, given the job losses, housing bust, and 401(k) wipeout of the past three years — and considering that for 35 years, politicians (and the bankers who own them) have been ham
First they came for your paycheck. Then your house. What's next?
By JAMES K. GALBRAITH  |  January 07, 2011

Review: The Gamm's Child's Christmas in Wales

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is presenting Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales , always a good idea at this time of year. This expanded version of the 2003 adaptation by artistic director Tony Estrella incorporates fragments of other works
Thomas's tales
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 17, 2010

Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings

Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
Big words
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 03, 2010

Portland CMJ showcase at the Trash Bar in NYC, October 23

Standing outside the Trash Bar in Brooklyn, New York this weekend, TJ Metcalfe of Portland's Dead Man's Clothes said, "Let's punch New York in the face with a big block of Maine music."
Music Seen
By NICHOLAS BRENNAN  |  October 29, 2010

On the Ground Zero 'Mosque'

So what's the big deal? Muslims already pray in the Pentagon, which along with the obliterated World Trade Towers was the other successful terrorist target on September 11, 2001.
Plus, Rupert Murdoch buys the GOP
By EDITORIAL  |  August 20, 2010

Experts: Argue All You Want, Mosque Project on Firm Legal Ground

Experts: Argue All You Want, Mosque Project on Firm Legal Ground

Rush Limbaugh on Ground Zero MosqueFor all the anger, political strategizing and stabs in the heart that the plans to build a Muslim community center...
By Pro Publica  |  August 18, 2010

Photos: M.I.A. at the Creators Project

M.I.A. live at the NYC launch party for new Vice/Intel arts venture Creators Project
M.I.A. live at the Creators Project show in New York City
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 02, 2010

Maximum pleasure

Ann Beattie emerged in the 1970s in the pages of the New Yorker with a cast of post-grad characters who smoked pot, bummed around, fell in and out of relationships, and faced the world with a shrug and the latest rock and roll on the stereo.
Ann Beattie hasn’t been sleeping
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010

Hello, folly!

Hello, Dolly! is an ever-popular musical standard that usually wins audiences over when its flamboyant title character earns her exclamation point. Unfortunately, despite having a Dolly that could charm the whistle off a traffic cop, the current hyperv
Dolly! tries too hard to be a funny girl
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010