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Review: Hitler's Children

Israeli filmmaker Chanoch Ze'evi is the probing interviewer behind this chilling, unsettling documentary.

By GERALD PEARY  |  December 21, 2012

Can't buy me love

Even though same-sex marriage won in Maine, that doesn't mean you can jump into bed with just anybody.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  November 23, 2012
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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
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Review: A Film Unfinished

Some realities even the best propagandists can't spin.
Documentary reassembles footage discarded by the Nazis
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 24, 2010
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Here’s looking at you

Set in the usual small village — this one in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe — Coppélia might look like just another pleasant 19th-century ballet about a boy, a girl, and another girl. But appearances can be deceiving — and that’s theme of
Boston Ballet sees into the heart of Coppélia
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 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


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Zaps

Certain convenience foods carry negative associations from my youth. I can't look at most toaster-oven snacks since my college days, when my buddy Joe subsisted on "pizzas" crafted from English muffins, Prego, and Velveeta.
Polish street food that's much better than it sounds
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 12, 2010
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Review: Defamation

Yoav Shamir, a young Israeli documentarian, goes off to America and Eastern Europe with a camera and a question: is anti-Semitism an important concern today for Jews, or are those anxious about it being unduly paranoid?
Documentary takes on anti-Semitism
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 04, 2009
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Almost

The Boston Lyric Opera comes maddeningly close to having a good Carmen . (The production continues at the Shubert Theatre through November 17.) Keith Lockhart leads a superb orchestra and chorus and a cast of plausible singers/actors in a compelling i
BLO's Carmen, the BSO's Beethoven, Emmanuel Music's Haydn and Schoenberg
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 13, 2009
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Narrative truth

For the majority of us Americans, Iraq and Afghanistan are a series of news-data points — number of Americans killed today, number of car bombs, spending tallies, estimates of civilian deaths.
Krzysztof Wodiczko’s war story at the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2009
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Pottery, Potter, mummies, and a 'Rare Bird'

The art of 2000 BC Egypt, visions from the Iraq War and AIDS activism, and the magic of a digital technology and Harry Potter make up the highlights of Boston's autumn art calendar.
Museums and galleries gather their objets d'art
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009


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Shooting from the lip

Washington – Edward M. Kennedy's presidential campaign has a serious problem, and the problem appears to be Edward M. Kennedy. During the week in which leadership was transformed from a word in the lexicon of his campaign rhetoric to a measurable realit
Kennedy's gaffe on Iran manages to make a bad image worse
By MARCO TRBOVICH  |  August 28, 2009
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Photos: 'Seeing Songs' at MFA

Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs at the MFA
An eclectic mix of work that draws on music as inspiration
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 17, 2009
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Espèria Grill & Rotisserie

The Center House of Pizza was a regular neighborhood pizza place for more than 20 years, and then, two years ago, suddenly changed its name to Espèria and put up a sign for rotisserie.
Come for the gyros, stay for the pizza, lamb shanks, subs, etc . . .
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 19, 2009
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Review: Katyn

Andrzej Wajda was Poland's most revered filmmaker during the long Communist era.
Chilling
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 29, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor: May 29, 2009

I've never seen Al Diamon quite so hysterical as in his column on the water issue. Nazi analogies of the Left are simply the Ann Coulter form of crazy, especially when you are defending corporations.
Commodity leads to scarcity
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 29, 2009


Drinking muddy water

There's something in the water
Eco-Whacko Syndrome!
By AL DIAMON  |  May 15, 2009

Crossword: ''Just playing''

It's what's on the outside that counts.
It's what's on the outside that counts.
By MATT JONES  |  February 11, 2009

Portland music news: January 23, 2009

We know everyone's geeked up about that big rock photography exhibit at the PMA, but be sure also to check out an exhibit of local-rock photos by John Fahnley
Sibilance
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  January 21, 2009
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You say what?!

When Professor Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof created the language called Esperanto in late-19th-century Poland, he envisioned a world unified under a lingua franca.
On American campuses, Esperanto is an extracurricular language
By EVA WOLCHOVER  |  January 08, 2009
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Luckey in Amsterdam

Simply, there’s no more prestigious place for a documentary to debut than IDFA, rightly regarded as the very best documentary festival in the world.
Paralyzing hopelessness at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam
By GERALD PERRY  |  December 05, 2008


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Kicking the bottle

As several Maine towns battle the plans of Poland Spring to expand water-pumping operations across the state, a group of water-rights activists will bring the issue to Portland this Saturday.
Water supply
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  November 26, 2008

Mixed Magic’s Moby Dick goes to DC

In 2006, Pitts-Wiley wrote Moby Dick: Then and Now , a theatrical version of Herman Melville’s book, which joined the story of Captain Ahab chasing a great white whale to an urban tale of teenagers chasing “that Great White Thing” — cocaine.
Whale tale
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2008

If words could kill

Those of us who make our living by writing know that words are among the most powerful tools in human society.  
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  October 16, 2008

Letters to the Portland Editor, October 3, 2008

If a pregnancy is endangering a woman’s life, the woman’s life needs to be saved. But I feel this way because I’m pro-life.
Sex is risky
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  October 01, 2008
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Odium at the podium

In most presidential elections, the importance of the debates is over-rated.
This year, with such a close contest, the debates could have an impact like never before. Here’s what to watch for.
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 25, 2008


Drinkin' problem

No more local beer.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 10, 2008
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Water wars

Elizabeth Royte’s new book, Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It , is a frank reminder of just how ubiquitous bottled water has become.
Bottlemania puts a local story on the national stage
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 10, 2008

Keep the heat on

Thank you for getting this out in the open.
 Letters to the Portland Editor, September 5, 2008
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  September 03, 2008
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Georgia on your mind?

So much for the Republican Party’s long-standing boast that Ronald Reagan neutered the Soviet Union.
Why the Russians are acting like Soviets! And why it will be difficult to stop them!
By EDITORIAL  |  August 13, 2008