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Mainers, Occupiers rally in Vermont

A boisterous, multi-lingual, angry crowd of about 500 — including a sizeable contingent from Maine — gathered in Burlington, Vermont on Sunday.
Protest Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 03, 2012

Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010

Post 390

Another week, another gastro-pub. Okay, Post 390 technically bills itself as a Back Bay "urban tavern," and is bigger and glitzier than most, but it has the same combination of comfort food with a twist, a few bits of high cheffery, serious drinks, and
Walking a narrow path to success
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 22, 2010

Crossword: ''From A to B''

It's a short trip
It's a short trip
By MATT JONES  |  August 21, 2009
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Road trip

There comes a time in a woman's life when she just has to leave her husband at home with his mistress, toss her suitcase in a roadster, and head Downeast for a little timeout with her new, butch girlfriend. In July 1933, that's exactly what first lady
A lesbian journey through Maine's history
By CAROLYN GAGE  |  June 26, 2009

Trail of tunes

The best summer music festivals take something from the season: the smell of the surf, the sight of the mountains, fireworks, lawn seating — or, at least, fried dough.
Music al fresco at summer fests
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 12, 2009


Giant step

Indie-folk trio the Low Anthem — Jeff Prystowsky, Ben Knox Miller, and Jocie Adams — have signed with Nonesuch Records, which will re-release their highly-acclaimed disc, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, on June 9.
The Low Anthem sign with Nonesuch Records
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 17, 2009

My year in food

The 2008 Dining Awards 
The 2008 Dining Awards 
By BY ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 23, 2008

Crossword: ''Court case''

Time to mix and match
By MATT JONES  |  November 19, 2008

I am I said

Tufts University Art Gallery presents “Empire And Its Discontents,” which opens September 15 with work by 11 artists tied to previously colonized regions in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.
‘Empire and Its Discontents’ and more at Tufts; ‘Re-View’ and visiting faculty at Harvard; GASP’s Fourth Anniversary
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 03, 2008

High times in Canada

Two weeks ago, we ran a story about how the seemingly tranquil, inoffensive, and pristine little Canadian province of Prince Edward Island was actually a relative hotbed of marijuana growing.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 29, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 27, 2008


Frozen River

This Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner takes us to a remote stretch of the New York–Quebec border where, come winter, there’s not much to do but wish you were elsewhere.
A cold film with a warm ending
By MARK BAZER  |  August 20, 2008

Pot Edward Island

It seems modern-day islanders have discovered another way to smile through the summer and avoid the blues during the bleak local winters.
Canada's most picturesque province is surprisingly also the fertile center of an underground marijuana explosion
By ALAN R. EARLS  |  August 13, 2008

The Publick House

The true focus here is the far frontiers of craft brewing, especially the many styles of Belgian ales.
Grab a drink while you wait
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 23, 2008

Balancing act

It’s been quite a year for Boston Ballet.
Interview: Mikko Nissinen and Boston Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2008

Kill the house lights

As we celebrate the solstice on December 21, take comfort in knowing that state officials are doing all they can to make it even darker. And, like Tax Day, more expensive.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 19, 2007

Crossword: ''Def jam''

It's fresh inside.
By MATT JONES  |  November 20, 2007

No turning back

Lines in recognition of Eric Lamarque, the Canadian truck driver who this past week caused extensive damage to the Mass Pike’s brand-new Allston U-turn.
Could be verse: poetry ripped straight from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 24, 2007

All Star Sandwich Bar

The All Star Sandwich Bar has the greatest cornbread I’ve ever tasted.
A star is born in Inman Square
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 19, 2007

Better transformers

Maine film buffs have it tough.
MIFF 10 honors cinema’s past and future
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 11, 2007

Northern comfort

As everyone knows, Canada completely lacks core values.
And OK food at Uncle Billy's Resto-Bar
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 11, 2007


America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

Everyday heroes

Despite the name, independent cinema has grown conventional.
Alternative cinema lives at the Independent Film Festival of Boston
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2007

Québec libre

The rise of the Quebec movie industry coincided with the awakening of French-Canadian cultural and political consciousness in the late ’60s.
Michel Brault and Claude Jutra at the HFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  March 20, 2007

Crossword: 'Fresh start'

First nu-metal, now this.
By MATT JONES  |  March 07, 2007

Challenging the print

Lewiston-born painter, printer, and real-estate developer Charlie Hewitt left Maine to live in New York for many years.
A conversation with Charlie Hewitt
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 28, 2007

Natural born liar

If you ever wanted a definition of “congenital liar,” just look at Dick “Big Time” Cheney.  
“Shots and Beer” lives in persistent denial
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 31, 2007


The misty fields and forests and the rolling hills and twisting creeks of Kingdom County in Vermont prove to be as much a character as Kris Kristofferson’s feisty, headstrong Quebec Bill in the third installment of Jay Craven’s trilogy based on nov
Peacocks, prognostication, potatoes
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 31, 2007

Grace notes

Among the shows that open each season, a few stand out like a pair of stiletto heels spotted in a swarm of rubber-soled footwear.
Sacred Hearts , States of Grace
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  January 30, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007