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It’s good to be king

After being out of the local theater scene for a couple of decades, the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater (TRIST) is back, staging an outdoor production of Henry VIII at the Roger Williams National Memorial Park, on North Main Street in Providence, thro
TRIST takes Henry VIII outdoors
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2010

Potatoes and a pennywhistle on Somerset Street

Drive south on Broad Street past the markets and churches, take a left on Somerset and there, in a clearing of raised garden beds behind a chain-link fence, you will find Phil Edmonds with his peas.
In the Garden
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 02, 2010

Children of the Revolution

Eleven down — three dead on the spot, and two more whisked away to suffer the same fate a bit later.
Child's Play
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  March 12, 2010


The most substantial item in the assortment of dances by the Trey McIntyre Project last weekend was an oddly proportioned 20-minute meditation on climate change and Glacier National Park. McIntyre, whose company appeared at the ICA as part of the CRASH
Trey McIntyre at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 27, 2009

Classical inheritance

A teacher told me years ago that someday "you young people will inherit classical music. Then you can do with it what you want." And so I've been waiting.
Two fixtures hand over the reins to a younger generation
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  October 02, 2009

Interview: Ken Burns

After watching The National Parks: America's Best Idea , it would be easy to conclude that it all could have been said a lot faster. Ken Burns disagrees — but he's not just being defensive.
On his latest PBS documentary, The National Parks
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 25, 2009

Holy landscape!

Ken Burns worships America's spiritual resource
Ken Burns worships America's spiritual resource
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 25, 2009

Photos: The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Scenes from The National Parks: America's Best Idea , a six-part, 12-hour film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, George Masa.
Images from Ken Burns's latest documentary
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 25, 2009

The shovel-ready lessons of the New Deal

Action Speaks!, AS220's always-engaging panel discussion series, is back. "So soon?" you ask. Why, yes.
Action speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 24, 2009

Do it to debt

A friend of mine walked into the local bar during a recent happy hour and announced, "I'm furious at IGA."
Spending money to make money?
By AL DIAMON  |  April 01, 2009

20 reasons the Earth will be glad to see Bush go

The planet Earth usually tries to stay out of politics. It doesn't endorse candidates. It doesn't run attack ads. It doesn't even register as a lobbyist.
As our 43rd president scrambles to screw further with Mother Nature, a look at the ways our planet will be better off under Obama
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 17, 2008

Mister Sister picks up where Miko left off

When Miko Exoticwear on Wickenden Street closed its doors for good this summer, Providence lost a local landmark.
Sex In The City
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  November 19, 2008

Sony’s loss is Portland’s gain

Three local music entities are reaping the benefits of a major national lawsuit against big-name music institutions.  
Music money
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 02, 2008

Corrente’s born-again retirement

Now here’s a shocker: the Providence Retirement Board made a stupid decision. My heavens!
If at first you don’t get a taxpayer-funded pension, try, try again
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 20, 2008

The truth is up there

The sky’s on the move again, he can feel it.
Clouds, sun dogs, and the dream of an atmospheric education . . . How one former TV reporter brought his sky gospel to the people
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 20, 2008

Time out of mind

Luisa Rabbia created a slow-moving video work that offers a kind of travelogue of her own journey through Isabella Stewart Gardner's historic scrapbooks.
Luisa Rabbia at the Gardner, ‘Polar Attractions’ at the Peabody Essex, And ‘Meat After Meat Joy’ at Pierre Menard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 17, 2008


Remembrance of things crap

Boston’s historic Freedom Trail gift shops are, clearly, the manifestation of our confusing, conflicted, amusing past.
Millions of tourists walk the freedom trail each summer, bringing home ridiculous pieces of our proud city’s history
By MEG MUCKENHOUPT  |  June 11, 2008

Judging Chris Matthews

Anyone meeting Julian Houston for the first time might feel intimidated.
Julian Houston on race in Boston
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  January 23, 2008

Greg Mosman

Mosman has an agenda: the Department of Parks and Recreation has tasked him with planting 100,000 trees during the next 10 years.
Replanting the urban canopy
By KARA BASKIN  |  November 06, 2007

Eating bugs can help a troubled planet

So why the Western taboo?
By JESSICA KERRY  |  October 31, 2007


All human beings are born with an innate sense that they’re fiscally responsible.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2007


Paul’s got Kate?

Paul Potts! Paul Potts! And again — Paul Potts!
Maybe not, but Simon Cowell goes up in flames
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 19, 2007

I’ve heard the wind blow before

As a responsible journalist — Ow! Ow!
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 23, 2007

Springsteen comes of age

This article originally appeared in the June 6, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
A dangerous romantic begins to reckon the risks of rebelling
By KIT RACHLIS  |  November 14, 2006

Back in the USSR

Gulag is the Russian acronym for the government agency that administered the famously harsh system of forced labor camps in the former Soviet Union, but it has come to refer more generally to that system of prisons and detention facilities.
Studying the Gulag at BU, Mexican women in art at Brandeis, and Pedro Reyes at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 10, 2006

Honky tonk blues

Where can I find a good bar?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 23, 2006


Baxter School tries to ban Phoenix freelancer

In response to our continued efforts to investigate conditions for students at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf on Mackworth Island, the school has attempted to ban Portland Phoenix freelancer Rick Wormwood from the island, which is state-owned
Shooting the messenger
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 17, 2006

Two-wheeler tours

In a car, roaring down highways or rolling over country roads, there is much you will not see and much you will not feel.
Bicycle camping around Boston and beyond
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 25, 2006

The motorized alternative

"Bump, ba-bump, ba-bump." Such is the sound a motorcycle makes when running over jackrabbits on the Nevada highway. Two-wheeler tours: Bicycle camping around Boston and beyond. By Nina MacLaughlin
Hitting the trail on a Harley or a Honda
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 25, 2006

The biggest loser

Immigration may be a national issue, but it’s also going to be a major theme in this year’s state elections — and nowhere more than in the Massachusetts governor’s race.
Massachusetts Democrats need to stop talking about illegal immigration — and fast
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 30, 2006