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Libya: Why Obama is right

That the nation is apprehensive and ambivalent about President Barack Obama's military intervention in Libya is natural, even healthy.
What's wrong with saving lives?
By EDITORIAL  |  April 01, 2011

Prepping for a Congolese cooking class

In my car are a 62-year-old mother from Congo, her 27-year-old daughter, and their 18-year-old friend from Rwanda.
Shopping quest
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 24, 2010

A Congolese feast

I met Constance Kabaziga at the checkout at Mittapheap World Market. She was buying frozen cassava root and dried beans, and I really wanted to know what she was going to do them.
Beans and rice, with African flair
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 02, 2010

Passage to India

Activist-photographer Fazal Sheikh’s tales of women from the Indian holy city of Vrindavan are devastating.
Fazal Sheikh’s ‘Beloved Daughters’ at the Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2010

Play by play: November 20, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 20, 2009

Play by Play: November 13, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 13, 2009

Play by play: November 6, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, November 6, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 06, 2009

Play by play: October 30, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2009

Play by play: October 23, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, October 23, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 23, 2009

Review: Munyurangabo

A young, machete-wielding Rwandan boy on the road for revenge ought to make for a gripping plot, but not in the hands of writer/director Lee Chung.
Much like its central characters, it goes nowhere
By CAROLYN BLICK  |  August 28, 2009

Art beef

Carlson/Strom at the DeCordova, Jonathan Torgovnik at Brandeis, Kenji Fujita at Samson Projects
Carlson/Strom at the DeCordova, Jonathan Torgovnik at Brandeis, Kenji Fujita at Samson Projects
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  February 20, 2009


Undiscovered country

A young woman steps off the Elevator Styx into a Hades ruled by Pee-wee Herman.
New Rep’s Eurydice, the ART’s Let Me Down Easy, SpeakEasy’s The Light in the Piazza
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 24, 2008

Body politic

Anna Deavere Smith is a writer/actor/activist who listens.
Interview: Anna Deavere Smith contains multitudes
By IRIS FANGER  |  September 02, 2008

Essence of place

He spoke about his process creating public interventions, walking the audience through one of his best known projects, one concerning the genocide in Rwanda.
A conversation with Alfredo Jaar
By IAN PAIGE  |  December 12, 2007

Political Movement

Jeff Silva and Alla Kovgan are the curators of the long-going Balagan Film Series at the Coolidge Corner, and also estimable cinéastes in their own right.
And who will dig Diggers?
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 24, 2007

September songs

“Try to remember the kind of September/When life was slow and oh, so mellow,” sings El Gallo at the top of The Fantasticks .
Invincible Summer ; The Fantasticks ; I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2007


Spring stages

As we recover from turning the clocks ahead and making our day’s journey into night a bit longer, area stages are taking a cue from Mother Nature.
From hoofers to Mormons and more
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  March 13, 2007

The Rhoda Reaction

what are the causes of evil and how do we eradicate it — or at least keep it in abeyance?
Why The Bad Seed teaches us more about “evil” than George W. Bush ever could
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  December 20, 2006

Africa's invisible slaves

This article originally appeared in the June 30, 1995 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Human bondage resurfaces in the dark heart of Sudan
By TIM SANDLER  |  November 14, 2006

Flashbacks: July 7, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Doug Fleischer, Sam MacLaughlin, and Hannah Van-Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966
By EDITORIAL  |  July 05, 2006

George Howell’s Terroir Coffee

Coffee drinkers are creatures of habit.
Welcome to the Terroir-dome
By JEREMY SAUER  |  June 14, 2006


Africans suffer while the world stands by

Raised on a steady diet of “Never Again,” members of Brown University’s Darfur Action Network found it infuriating to watch the international community stand idly by as murder and rape in Darfur continued unabated.
Despite the efforts of student activists, it’s hard to get Americans to care about death, rape, and disease in Sudan
By ALEXANDER PROVAN  |  June 07, 2006

Beyond dollars and square feet

When the Institute of Contemporary Art revealed specifics of the first 11 acquisitions for its permanent collection a month ago, I watched with particular interest.
How will museum expansion in Massachusetts affect the way we see — and talk about — art?
By GREG COOK  |  April 05, 2006