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Review: Seven Star Street Bistro

The trick to loving Seven Star Street Bistro is to forget how enticingly they've managed to remodel such a tiny sliver of space, and to take their name literally.
Taking tasty Chinese cuisine to the street
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  August 12, 2011
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Voodoo economics

To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto , a specter is haunting Hollywood. Actually, two of them: zombies and vampires. The undead.
What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 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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Adventures in pot stickers

My friend from Thailand taught me how to make real pot stickers and pad Thai.
Exploring new worlds of flavor
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  January 15, 2010
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String vacation

With the Portland Symphony's elimination of its popular, but debt-inducing, Independence Pops concert series, Portlanders will have to travel a little farther to satisfy their classical-music appetites this summer. But it will be well worth the mileage
Soundtrack for summer in Maine
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  July 10, 2009
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Distance makes the heart grow fonder

Those Bostonians who've been experiencing Bill Arning withdrawals can stop fretting: the former MIT List Visual Arts Center curator, now director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, is coming home for his final opening.
Matthew Day Jackson, Bernadette Devlin, and Zhou Tao at MIT's List Visual Arts Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 24, 2009


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Battle of the banned

It's one thing to be a musician and get thrown out of Disneyland (Velvet Underground) or banned from a national landmark (Ozzy Osbourne at the Alamo), but you've hit rock paydirt when you become the target of an entire nation.
Authorities kick out the jams
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 02, 2009
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Review: Push

Teens with special powers? A government conspiracy?
If Dakota Fanning were truly clairvoyant, she might not have made this movie.
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  February 11, 2009
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Eat like a rock star

A soundtrack as rich as Boston's deserves a menu to match.
The food you'll find around the clubs
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  September 15, 2008
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Jo Jo Taipei

The contemporary cuisine of Taiwan, for its part, is influenced by Chinese, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese colonists.
Seldom enjoyed; thoroughly enjoyable
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 06, 2008
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Empire

Lines like “I will crush any idea of freedom!” may or may not be intended to reflect current Chinese leadership.
A flashy, ludicrous threequel
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  August 05, 2008


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Beijing Star

As the Beijing Olympics approach, it’s a good time to note that China’s vast culinary landscape stretches well beyond the Cantonese cuisine most familiar to Americans.
The best of the Northeast (China, that is)
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 09, 2008
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Road trips

In the fall of 1883, Isabella Stewart Gardner — more than a decade before she would develop her museum on Boston’s Fenway — traveled to China.
Luisa does Isabella in China, Gohlke does America
By GREG COOK  |  July 01, 2008
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Block party

Somehow I missed out on the whole Lego video-game universe.
Indiana Jones goes Lego
By AARON SOLOMON  |  June 24, 2008
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Beethoven summer

The only music festival in Maine to be mentioned in the New York Times "Summer Stages" segment, this spectacular music fest can be appreciated by classical connoisseurs and novices alike.
At the Bowdoin International Music Festival
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  June 18, 2008
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Combat and rain

Taiwanese choreographer Nai-Ni Chen danced with Cloud Gate Dance Theater before moving to New York in 1982, and her work, like theirs, is a suave amalgam of traditional Chinese elements and modern dance.
Nai-Ni Chen at John Hancock Hall
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 13, 2008


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Movie music

Classical music in 2008 Boston did not get off to a brilliant start.
The BSO, Handel and Haydn, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Cantata Singers, David Daniels, and Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s Tosca
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 23, 2008
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No escape

Like most of my colleagues in China, my journey here began online.
In and out of the classroom, teaching overseas is a learning experience, not a paid vacation
By JULIA THROOP  |  January 23, 2008
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Dancing in the year of the Rat

If you’re hot for Victoria’s Secret ads and addicted to Dancing with the Stars, Tango Fire will be right up your alley.
Flamenco, funk, and Boston Ballet hit the boards
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 26, 2007
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In the mood for Lust

During one of the sex scenes that have earned Ang Lee’s adaptation of Eileen Chang’s short story its notoriety, I had to ask myself: how did that foot get there?
Ang Lee goes NC-17
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 03, 2007
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Live Earth 2007

So you’re headed to a Live Earth gig somewhere, whether outside New York City or in a remote outpost in Antarctica.
Where to go, who to see, what to know — even if you don't have a ticket
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2007


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Electronic Van Dyk

After numerous attempts, Up All Day got through to Paul Van Dyk at his office in Berlin.
The world’s #1 DJ makes time for Boston
By DAVID DAY  |  June 12, 2007
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Smoking hot

In honor of May 31, International No Tabacco Day, we’re listing the some of the most seminal smoking scenes on the silver screen.
Cigarettes on the silver screen
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 01, 2007

Apsara Palace

We first fell in love with pad Thai at Apsara, in South Providence.
Addictive eats from Southeast Asia
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 18, 2007
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Hong Kong rhapsody

Ann Hui came to the Hong Kong film industry after working in television, where she made both episodic dramas and documentaries.
Ann Hui at the HFA
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  March 14, 2007

Tip-top Chinese on the Hill

Two nights after Christmas and all through the house: “no more turkey nor pasta or even lobscouse!” (a Scandinavian meat stew).
Mumu Cuisine
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 03, 2007


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The Painted Veil

Somerset Maugham might have inspired more movie adaptations than any other author, but not because his perversely realistic view of human behavior follows Hollywood formula. Watch the trailer for The Painted Veil  (QuickTime)
Paints blissful, empty montages
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2006
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Flower power

Many of Zhang Yimou’s films come down to a battle between character and décor. Watch the trailer for Curse of the Golden Flower (QuickTime)
Zhang’s gaudy, gory Curse
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 20, 2006
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The Good German

Steven Soderbergh merges his mainstream aptitude with his proclivity for experimentation, making a conventional post-WW2 proto-espionage noir packed with movie stars, but daring to make it in the black-and-white style of period classics like The Third
Packs in the movie stars
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  December 20, 2006
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Eye on you

Oskar Kokoschka is reputed to have asked, if the Louvre were burning and you could rescue either the Mona Lisa or a cat, which would it be? Slideshow: "Super Vision" at the ICA
The new ICA’s pretty, so how’s the art?
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  December 13, 2006