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Review: First Position
While not the most probing look at rising stars, Bess Kargman's documentary focuses on six aspiring contestants preparing for the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix competition (a proven entry point into the world of professional ballet) who demonstra
Bess Kargman's documentary
| May 11, 2012
For Chris Monti, Home is where the heart is
After a few spins through the latest solo release from blues/country/folk maestro Chris Monti, it's clear the man can spin a darn good, engaging tale with guitar (and harmonica and kazoo and fiddle) skills to match.
| March 04, 2011
Letting go is never easy. No matter what our reasons, every move we make away from someone we once loved involves regret. In a normal life, this can be bittersweet, tinged with melancholy and the sweetness of memory. In the aftermath of brutal civil war
Aminatta Forna's memories of war
| January 21, 2011
Intimations of life: Camden International Film Festival 2010
Just six years into its life, the Camden International Film Festival — a four-day documentary showcase running from September 30-October 3 at venues in Camden, Rockport, and Rockland — has achieved breakout status on the crowded festival circuit.
CIFF's sixth program is its best and most diverse yet
| October 01, 2010
Sebastian Junger gets up close and personal with Restrepo
Sebastian Junger gets up close and personal with Restrepo
| June 26, 2010
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars | Rise & Shine
Although their music stands on its own, the backstory can't help but give it a deeper perspective.
| March 19, 2010
Less than zero
Three years ago, Russell Freeland had what most would consider a settled life. Just two years later, though, Freeland was hungry, exhausted, and homeless, trying to survive in Austin, Texas.
Artist Russell Freeland went from Boston to Austin — and gave up absolutely everything in the process
| October 09, 2009
It’s an uneven show with a dour vision that leaves a mediciny taste in your mouth — and, I think, offers signs of a generation gap among curators.
"Black Womanhood" at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum and Cultural Center
| September 23, 2008
’Round the outside
Although music isn’t necessarily getting more political in content these days, it does seem to be borrowing a trope from the political world.
The most popular artists in our BMP have indie roots
| May 19, 2008
In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2
His good intentions and best efforts notwithstanding, economists are divided as to how effective Bono’s campaigning on behalf of Africa’s poor, diseased, and disenfranchised has been.
| March 25, 2008
Merry Christmas . . . not
A holiday gift should say something about the giver.
Passive-aggressive gifts for the asshole who has everything
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| December 10, 2007
Past, present, and future tenses
If Soulico took diversity into the 21st century, SLRAS planted themselves in traditional world-music terrain.
Soulico + Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Paradise Rock Club, August 24, 2007
| August 27, 2007
Pop goes to war
Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
| July 25, 2007
Real housewives and blood diamonds
Literature, that slow cousin to Life, has in its prolonged non-engagement with reality TV been even denser and more dreamily backward than usual.
Another trip to Orange County, and bling’d in Sierra Leone
| February 27, 2007
After centuries of raping Africa for its resources, now we exploit its misery for our amusement. Watch the trailer for Blood Diamond (QuickTime)
Raping Africa for ratings
| February 20, 2007
The news from Africa
Top 10 lists are always arbitrary, especially when applied to a “genre” as sprawling as world music.
A year in world music
| December 18, 2006
The staid BBC goes tawdry and tabloid with Paul Yule’s “noir” documentary, The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover , which is getting eight screenings at the MFA, December 15 through 30.
The Links, and the Refugee All Stars
| December 13, 2006
Boosting doctors abroad offers a big impact
One February night in 2003, Ray Rickman flipped on the radio to divert his attention from his aches and a teeth-chattering chill.
| November 21, 2006
All next week, the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival will be playing at SPACE Gallery in Portland. The films explain and explore social-justice problems around the globe, with the idea of attracting attention from people who could act to fix
Films show how “the other half” live
| November 08, 2006
Band on the run
In 2002, American filmmakers Zach Niles and Banker White were moving through the refugee camps of Guinea looking for musicians to help them dramatize the plight of Liberians and Sierra Leoneans who had fled civil wars back home. Sierra Leone All Stars,
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
| October 17, 2006
Liberians in RI view new president with hope
After years of bad news from home, local Liberians have reason for optimism as they watch the performance of Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
| July 12, 2006
Because the world is flat … or something
United Nations Human Rights Council debuts, sucks.
Around the world with Adam Reilly
| June 21, 2006
In this, the ninth annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s “Best” issue, we highlight four people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
Bill Shuey, Valerie Tutson, Greg Gerritt, and Scott Wolf
JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ + IAN DONNIS
| April 19, 2006
The art of the story
Rhode Island’s “Biggest Little” designation is particularly appropriate when applied to the performance art known as storytelling.
Making a connection at Funda Fest
| January 18, 2006
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