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SPACE to screen video banned from Smithsonian

A video banned from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery last week in the wake of threats from conservative politicians will be on view in the front window of SPACE Gallery (538 Congress St., Portland) this week and next, as part of a nationwide s
Fighting censorship
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 17, 2010

"The Body Abject: The Death and Rebirth of Beauty" with Roger Dell at the Strand


Roger Dell is delivering a talk at Rockland's Strand Theater (345 Main St., 207.594.0700). called "The Body Abject: The Death and Rebirth of Beauty" as...
By webteam  |  November 17, 2010
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The Big Hurt: This week in brand synergy

Uh oh, it appears I don't have anything important to make fun of — I was really counting on a member of Aerosmith's dying right before my deadline or something, but no such luck. Let's mine the press-release pile for some fresh squareness.
Blige, Bieber, and Sears connect the dots
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 13, 2010
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Endless inquiry

Mikael Kennedy’s portraits of his maunderings through the American landscape harness a transcendental concurrence of vastness and intimacy.
Ghostly shapes and images at 37-A Gallery
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 11, 2010
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Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids

The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
By PATTI SMITH  |  March 05, 2010
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Review: Patti Smith's Just Kids

How do you get to be the Godmother of Punk? Pure dumb luck, for starters.
The small prophecies of Patti Smith
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 12, 2010


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Patti Smith: Dream of Life

This collage of a documentary emanates from an 11-year collaboration between punk poet/rocker Patti Smith and her filmmaker friend Steven Sebring.
An intimate, affectionate, non-linear visit
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 25, 2008
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Saving bonds

Moral and ethical quibbles aside, society’s objection to queers amounts to a question of power.
Unconventional wisdom at the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2008
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Art retains its power to push our buttons

When a French artist submitted a signed urinal to the Society of Independent Artists, some might think that this was just another battlefront in the culture wars.
Action speaks!
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 17, 2007

Crossword: 'Freeze frames'


Newscasters have this story down cold
By MATT JONES  |  January 31, 2007

Flashbacks: October 6, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix  has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966
By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  October 04, 2006