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Massachusetts' crisis: learning a second language

Lucía López did not cross the border by foot, nor did she pay a smuggler thousands of dollars to get here. She took a plane to Boston from her native Peru, and hasn't left.
Can English-Language programs keep up with the surge in immigration?
By MARCELA GARCÍA  |  March 25, 2011

Review: Undertow

It would be best if you went to this movie knowing nothing about it so that it could simply unfold for you.
A story of loss
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 04, 2011

Making the rounds

The Spot offers a pair of quirky halls that sprout smaller nooks and crannies.
New exhibits at the Spot and AS220
By GREG COOK  |  April 23, 2010

Have whiskey, will swim

Filling this year’s slot in SPACE Gallery’s annual “Outlandishly Entertaining Documentary” hole is Big River Man , John Maringouin’s take on the greatest adventure yet embarked upon by Martin Strel.
Martin Strel’s insane swim down the Amazon in Big River Man
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 16, 2010

Infrastructure bias

“Experimental Geography” surveys the recent work of 19 international contemporary artists and artist collectives seeking to provide new frameworks for understanding various aspects of human interaction with the environment.  
Exploring humans + landscapes at Colby
By ANNIE LARMON  |  April 09, 2010

The Bicycle Feat

In the corner of the lab of Shire Human Genetic Therapies in Cambridge, you'll find a guy with DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST written across his lab coat, unassumingly purifying proteins.
Jungle Fever
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  February 19, 2010


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

Magpie and copyist

If you were going to recount the evolution of hippie guy fashion, you might say that what began with psychedelic ruffled shirts and corduroy pants in 1968 has in late middle age split into two streams: collarless white button-down shirts, usually buttone
Iris Apfel at PEM, Mary McFadden at MassArt
By GREG COOK  |  November 27, 2009

Celebrating the original DIY

Like you, dear readers, I was apparently too busy exploring south of the border to even realize it, but I just found out that May was National Masturbation Month.
Sex can't get any safer than having it with yourself
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  June 05, 2009

The thinker at mid century

A long time ago (say 70 years), in a galaxy far, far away (New York), a tired band of rebels ached to be the Next Big Thing.
Size matters
By GREG COOK  |  January 27, 2009

Machupicchu Restaurante

A little corner of Peru
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2008


Machu Picchu Charcoal Chicken & Grill

Having made a success of their remarkably authentic Peruvian restaurant in Union Square, the owners of Machu Picchu moved it to a bigger space up 30 yards across the street.  
Double the pleasure, half the price
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 22, 2008

Local Loraxes

Choirspeak was conceived as an arts-based way to start and share conversations about our various relationships with Maine’s forests, resources which are in a lot of flux these days.
Mainers speak of the trees
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 16, 2008

Folk trails

A former student of Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, Walker is a legendary figure best known for his intoxicating fusion of Indian raga and American folk.
Peter Walker’s sound circles the world
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 07, 2008

Where's the beef?

“Beef: it’s what’s for dinner,” say the cattle lobby’s TV ads, and I sigh in agreement.
Ten steakhouse alternatives for frugal foodies
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 04, 2008

Numb Skull

You can’t say they don’t warn you.
Indiana Jones’s mild Kingdom
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 20, 2008


Rincon Limeño

I’ve often called East Boston our city’s most overlooked cheap-eats destination.

The glories of Peruvian cuisine in a frugal, friendly package

By MC SLIM JB  |  April 16, 2008

Vee Vee

The Vee and Vee here are owners Kristen and Dan Valachovic.

Style and substance, hold the meat

By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 02, 2008

Bad-boy cool

“People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access.”
‘Street Level’ at the ICA, plus Ranjani Shettar and David Claerbout
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2008

Politicos Latinos

This article originally appeared in the February 22, 1983 issue of the  Boston Phoenix.

The growing clout of the Hispanic community

By ALAN LUPO  |  February 22, 2008

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

It’s difficult to embrace the idea of Utopia these days.
‘Almost Paradise’ at LaMontagne Gallery, ‘Out of the Blue’ at Proof, and Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons at BU
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 13, 2007


Rare birds

Maria Schneider didn’t necessarily know what “The ‘Pretty’ Road” was about when she started writing it.
Maria Schneider and John Stein
By JON GARELICK  |  November 06, 2007

A humble people show uncommon grace

If there is such a thing as a national personality, the people of Peru have much to teach us about grace.
Letter from Peru
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 17, 2007

Beyond the border

Finding Casa Romero — a dining institution for more than 30 years — is like following directions to a speakeasy.
These days, Boston’s Latin-food scene offers much more than Mexican
By LOUISA KASDON  |  May 07, 2007

Editors' pick: Pan-American highway in Cambridge

Well, make that the only World Music Wednesday  that we know of.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 18, 2007

Bush's secret army

The 9/11 attacks provided a catalyst: an unprecedented justification to forge ahead with a radical agenda molded by a small cadre of neoconservative operatives.
Meet the American mercenaries of Blackwater, who fight outside of the law and take direction from the radical Christian right
By JEREMY SCAHILL  |  March 21, 2007


Brothers and other mothers

The single hottest ticket among jazz fans this season will be for the Pat Metheny/Brad Mehldau Quartet.
Jazz in concerts and clubs
By JON GARELICK  |  March 13, 2007

Making ceviche

Recently, I heard a quote from uber-foodie, author, and TV personality Nigella Lawson in which she insisted that entertaining shouldn’t be about your aspirations, but about your personality.
A Peruvian dish in midwinter
By TODD RICHARD  |  February 07, 2007

Back to the earth

‘I didn’t want to be a salsa singer — I wanted to be a singer .’
Mili Bermejo’s aesthetic gravity
By JON GARELICK  |  January 30, 2007

Tracks of her tears

There are tears but no onions in The Onion Cellar. But who needs emotionally catalytic root vegetables when you have the Dresden Dolls?
The Dresden Dolls rock The Onion Cellar
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 19, 2006