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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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  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.
Nature's way
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 04, 2011

Talking cures

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
By CLEA SIMON  |  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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 01, 2010

Front lines

Sebastian Junger gets up close and personal with Restrepo
Sebastian Junger gets up close and personal with Restrepo
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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.
Cumbancha (2010)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  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
By IAN SANDS  |  October 09, 2009

Generation gap

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
By GREG COOK  |  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
By MATT ASHARE  |  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.
Shout! Factory
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 25, 2008

Merry Christmas . . . not

A holiday gift should say something about the giver.
Passive-aggressive gifts for the asshole who has everything
By 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
By STEVEN BEEBER  |  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.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  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
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 27, 2007

Blood Diamond

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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
By BANNING EYRE  |  December 18, 2006


Photo realism?

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
By GERALD PEARY  |  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.
Small world  
By MIRIAM ALTMAN  |  November 21, 2006

99 percent

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
By BLY LAURITANO-WERNER  |  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
By BANNING EYRE  |  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.
Foreign Affairs
By TIM LEHNERT  |  July 12, 2006


Because the world is flat … or something

United Nations Human Rights Council debuts, sucks.
Around the world with Adam Reilly
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 21, 2006

Local heroes

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

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  
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 18, 2006