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Learning about Nigerian cuisine and culture

I was thrilled recently when the director of the Museum of African Culture offered to add another country to Immigrant Kitchen's culinary world tour.
A ticket to Africa
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  December 14, 2012

Paying debts

The other day, I got an email alerting me to an amazing financial opportunity.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 28, 2012
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Live! — sort of

The success of the Metropolitan Opera's "Live in HD" experiment augurs well for dance on the big screen. Simulcast at select theaters, with tickets priced higher than for a movie but much cheaper than for a live opera, these events generate a sense of a
Fela! on screen
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 14, 2011
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Fou fou is hard work

The cassava flour was light beige, slightly more fine than corn meal. I'd bought it by mistake. Three pounds of it. I had no idea what to do with it.
Getting pounded by flour while making an African staple
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  January 14, 2011

Front lines

Sebastian Junger gets up close and personal with Restrepo
Sebastian Junger gets up close and personal with Restrepo
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 26, 2010
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Stark reality

Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capit
Your indispensable World Cup update
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2010


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Messi situations

Can’t you just imagine the high-level meetings taking place daily in the British Petroleum war room these days, full of top execs and engineers, neither of whom speak the others’ language, or have even close to the same concerns?
A giant tampon for BP; plus, the World Cup, and a big bash in Pawtuxet
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 04, 2010
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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010
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Nature studies

“A bird feeder,” Hamilton writes in her artist statement, “creates an intensified microcosm of the trials and hardships of avian existence.”
New works by Catherine Hamilton and Susan Twaddell
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2010
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Words around town

“Every writer I know has trouble writing,” said Joseph Heller. Let that serve as comfort.
Our fair city is chock full of people who write well and are willing to teach you their trade.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 30, 2010

Don't make promises

In writing a weekly political column, you learn not to use the first paragraph to make extravagant claims you can't possibly deliver on.
Paul LePage's disastrous mistake
By AL DIAMON  |  February 26, 2010


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Fela Kuti | The ’69 L.A. Sessions

Amiri Baraka put it best in his poem "In the Funk World": "If Elvis Presley is King/Who is James Brown, God?" So, by that logic, is Fela Anikulapo Kuti higher than or equal to God?
Knitting Factory (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 12, 2010
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Delta blues

Nneka, who comes to the Middle East next Thursday, sounds a lot different on the phone from what you hear in her songs. She speaks softly, allowing stretches of silence to throw her thoughts into harsh relief. On record, she's all business.
Nneka brings Nigeria's plight to light
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 29, 2010
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Good Fela! beats Nigerian drum

Riddle this: what's more unlikely than the fact that the current toast of Broadway is a musical about a Nigerian agitprop pop singer, or that it owes its existence to a Caucasian commodities trader from New England?
Boston and Broadway
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009

Crossword: ''Initial reaction''

Letters, not words
Letters, not words
By MATT JONES  |  November 27, 2009

The Village Restaurant

I remember my click of recognition when I first saw a West African recipe for black-eyed-pea fritters with hot sauce, since my family in the South had always doused black-eyed peas with hot pepper sauce.
Savoring the taste of Nigeria
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 25, 2009


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Joy, not jamming

In 1992, Nigerian juju master King Sunny Adé and his African Beats played the Park Plaza Hotel ballroom as part of the Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival. What I remember most vividly is the hypnotic overlap of undulating guitar lines.
King Sunny Adé and his African Beats, live at the Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts, July 15, 2009
By JON GARELICK  |  July 24, 2009
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Pleasure principles

King Sunny Adé's music is bubbly as a tonic — a percolating, pop-infused update of the traditional Yoruba sound. "My songs are made to lift worries, so people can be happy and dance their troubles away," declares the 62-year-old Nigerian world-music sta
King Sunny Adé still brings the beats
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 10, 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

Alive and well

The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
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Review: Nollywood Babylon

You may have never heard of Living in Bondage , Desperate Billionaire , or any other works coming out of Nigeria's exploding homegrown film scene, but Nollywood has become the world's third-largest movie industry.
Covering vast territory at breakneck speed
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 17, 2009


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Black power

The centerpiece of George C. Wolfe's 1986 satire The Colored Museum is a scathing sketch called The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play . A Raisin in the Sun is the über-mama-on-the-couch play
Trinity Rep's powerful Raisin In the Sun
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2009
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A Raisin in the Sun at Trinity

The centerpiece of George C. Wolfe's 1986 satire The Colored Museum is a scathing sketch called The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play . A Raisin in the Sun is the über-mama-on-the-couch play.
Plus Zeitgeist's Bad Jazz
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 10, 2009
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The making of the Roots-versus-Antibalas Sound Clash

We're not previewing the Red Bull Sound Clash just because the buzz-beverage overlords supply Phoenix headquarters with enough voltage to paralyze a petting zoo.
How ?uest got his groove back
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2009

Politics and other mistakes: Sweet electricity

Harley Lee has a lot to learn about running a scam.
Annexed electricity
By AL DIAMON  |  January 14, 2009
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Universal tales

For the 11th consecutive year, the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) are bringing stories and tellers from near and far for the eight-day FUNDA Fest (January 18-25).
Diane Macklin makes a difference at FUNDA
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 13, 2009


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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Remember the old "essentialist" argument that women are by nature pacifist and nurturing whereas men are aggressive and warlike?
A moving historical documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 03, 2008

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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 18, 2008

Under African Skies

“Awesome Tapes from Africa” — the name says it all.
Awesome Tapes from Africa
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 27, 2008
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World party

In its fifth year, FirstWorks Festival 2008 has grown to be a culturally diverse showcase, distinctly international in flavor, with an array of theater and family entertainment.  
Fresh fare at the FirstWorks Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 01, 2008