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The Peabody Essex explores Native America

The Cree artist plays his drag show for laughs, but underlying it are serious questions about white genocide of Native American societies, about the stereotyping of Natives, and about gays in America, as well as Native American society.
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By GREG COOK  |  March 30, 2012
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Everybody must get Stone(henge)d

When I went to Stonehenge in the UK last year, it was hard to get a picture of just the rocks without some tourist being in your frame. After a couple of minutes waiting in line, I just wanted to be done with it, post the pictures on Facebook, and offic
At America's Stonehenge, you can snowshoe your way, by candlelight, through thousands of years of archaeological history. But first, you'll have to pass by some alpacas.
By JASMINE LYWEN-DILL  |  November 11, 2011
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Photos: America's Stonehenge

At America's Stonehenge, you can snowshoe your way, by candlelight, through thousands of years of archaeological history. But first, you'll have to pass by some alpacas.
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By JASMINE LYWEN-DILL  |  November 11, 2011
Massachusetts’s most haunted: True (?) tales of ghost captains, spectral widows, hotel poltergeists, and more

Massachusetts’s most haunted: True (?) tales of ghost captains, spectral widows, hotel poltergeists, and more


Let's face it, Massachusetts is haunted. Nathaniel Hawthorne knew it; H.P. Lovecraft knew it; you know it, too. We're sitting on a shitload of history...
By Jasmine Lywen-Dill  |  October 21, 2011
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Painting – and video – of the American landscape

"Painting the American Vision" — 45 rapturous paintings from the New York Historical Society — surveys the Hudson River School painters, dubbed for the upstate New York river where they spent their summers prospecting for sights to transform into ravish
Manifest destiny
By GREG COOK  |  August 05, 2011
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Review: Pontine explores Hawthorne's ancestral thriller

Perhaps nowhere in America is the past as tangible a presence as it is in New England.
Spirit world
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 30, 2011


[PODCAST] Is the curse working? On Truth Tour Day, let's reminisce about Sheen vs. the warlocks [MP3]


It's been well over a month since Sheenageddon first detonated, and while our favorite winner's grotesque mania-fueled hijinks have perhaps lost a little of their...
By Michael Goetzman  |  April 12, 2011
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Review: Trinity Rep’s Crucible is potent

The Crucible is a profoundly moving story, especially when inhabited by the talents at Trinity Repertory Company. This is the third time the group has taken on Arthur Miller's masterwork of American theater, the last a quarter-century ago.
Hidden agendas
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2011
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The 4 Best New Music Subgenres of 2010

Artists may not like to admit it, but genres are and always will be invaluable for discussing music.
Revisiting a year of tags, trends, and tribulations
By REYAN ALI  |  December 24, 2010
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2010: The Year In Pop Music

Music may exist to express emotions, dreams, and nightmares, but beyond its loftier aims, it's a means of escape.
A schizophrenic year of rock and pop
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 24, 2010
Caption contest!: Michael Jackson's back, just in time for Halloween

Caption contest!: Michael Jackson's back, just in time for Halloween


Photo: DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN It being the magical time of year that it is -- when the dead rise -- we've been lying in wait for...
By Michael Goetzman  |  October 29, 2010


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Salem | King Night

In the beginning, there was Screw: the DJ from Houston whose slow and stuttering technique spawned a new musical subgenre.
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By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  October 22, 2010
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Salem's spookiest tourist traps

When America's original Mean Girls started accusing all their Salem neighbors of being witches in 1692, who knew that the city would remember the community hysteria that sent 20 innocent folks to their deaths with the awesomest Halloween shindig anywhere
With Halloween fast approaching, we haunt as many spooky, scary attractions as possible
By GREG COOK  |  October 01, 2010
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Fall National Pop Preview: The golden age

Okay, so the album is dead, the music industry is dead, rock is dead, and the Library of Alexandria you have stored on your C drive has killed 150 years of recorded music culture.
The industry is dead, but the music lives on
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 17, 2010
Romping through neon pyramids with M.I.A., Die Antwoord, and Sleigh Bells: The Creators Project launch party

Romping through neon pyramids with M.I.A., Die Antwoord, and Sleigh Bells: The Creators Project launch party


Click here for more photos from M.I.A.'s Creators Project showLike most people who listen to music a lot, I get easily fatigued hearing people verbally...
By Daniel Brockman  |  July 02, 2010

Two sides to Guy

I’m a delegate at the state Democratic convention and I didn’t vote for Guy Glodis for auditor.
Boston Phoenix letters, June 25, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 25, 2010


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Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010
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Bedroom community

Okay, so Dead Cats Dead Rats are not actually from Boston.
Dead Cats Dead Rats dig out of the 'burbs
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 04, 2010
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After images

Karen Finley won’t be naked, or covered in chocolate. Candied yams will not be involved. If there are neighborhood morality-watch squads in Salem, they’ll have the night off.
Karen Finley does Jackie
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 28, 2010
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Power plays

Some weeks back, I got to listen to Brown University archæology professor Stephen Houston pronounce the throaty, staccato sounds of Maya hieroglyphs carved across a six-foot-wide limestone panel.
The Maya and the Kennedys at the Peabody Essex
By GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2010
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Photos: 'The Kennedys' at Peabody Essex Museum

Photographs of JFK and his family 
"The Kennedys” exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, through July 18
By RICHARD AVEDON  |  May 21, 2010


Not your cup of tea?

David S. Bernstein asserts that Glenn Beck fans his audience’s fears, yet the headline for his piece on the Tea Party is “ ‘Tea’ Is For Terrorism.”
Letters to the Boston editor, April 30, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 30, 2010
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Review: Army of Two: The 40th Day

When I reviewed the original Army of Two , I found myself in the unfamiliar position of being the guy who liked something everybody else hated (as opposed the guy who hated something everybody else liked).
One step forward, but Army of Two steps back
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 29, 2010
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Modern times

Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
By GREG COOK  |  January 08, 2010

Good weed

Thank you for the article “A Weed Grows in Boston.”
Letters to the Boston editor, December 25, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 25, 2009
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2009: The year in Art

The year started off with a kick in the teeth when, in January, Brandeis University announced plans to shutter its Rose Art Museum and sell off its masterpieces.
Saints, sinners, paint
By GREG COOK  |  December 25, 2009


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Review: Melt-Banana at Middle East Downstairs

For the unfamiliar, trying to figure out what's going on at a Melt-Banana live show is sort of like trying to transcribe the gibberish conversations of your characters in The Sims. It's really confusing and unproductive.
Melt-Banana, live at Middle East Downstairs, November 24, 2009
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  December 04, 2009
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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
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Deal with It

When I was seven, I had a winter coat with flashes of neon so bright they glowed in the dark.
Revisiting the nightmares of a four-hour, made-for-TV Stephen King miniseries
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 30, 2009
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An unstoppable force

Appreciation of Converge is one of those things that comes after you stop trying too hard, like driving stick without stalling at the red lights.
This time is (once again) right for Converge
By MATT PARISH  |  October 16, 2009