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Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD

Making new Tony Hawk games obviously wasn't working. Why not make the old ones instead?
Senior circuit
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 10, 2012

Photos: PBR Skateboard Pub Crawl

The Pabst Blue Ribbon skateboard pub crawl takes to the streets of Boston on August 13, 2011.
From Cambridge to Downtown Crossing | August 13, 2011
By PAT HOWLEY  |  August 19, 2011

Boston skate war?

Drama Dept.
Drama Dept.
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 22, 2010

Portland's new skatepark is exactly what we didn't ask for

The hardest trick in skateboarding isn't a darkside grind or even a 360 hardflip — it's building the actual skatepark.
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  July 16, 2010

Photos: Vanna and Our Last Night in Bangor

Photos of the two bands performing during the Skate Against Drugs 2010 Tour
Vanna and Our Last Night, live at Bangor Skatepark, May 1, 2010
By ANDREW FOSTER  |  May 07, 2010

Review: Skate 2

Skate 2 is legit
Chairman of the board
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 26, 2009


The pile-up

No longer is there an off-season or even a chance to catch our breath after the fall deluge.
A blizzard of new games
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 29, 2008

Technically improved

Snow sports shred the space-time continuum this winter, with new styles that push technological boundaries for form and function.
Ski and snowboard gear refined, not redefined
By CLEA SIMON  |  November 18, 2008

Skatepark design picked

By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 01, 2008

Beautiful Losers (2008)

A documentary, directed with Joshua Leonard, about an energized group portrait whose accessibility is abetted by the artists’ collectively keen sense of humor.
An energized portrait of Alleged Gallery artists
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 24, 2008

Vote for your favorite design online

Slowly but surely, the city’s skaters (and bikers) are moving closer to getting the skatepark they need.
Skatepark rolls forward
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 17, 2008


Fringe festival

Off the beaten path, the fringes of Boston's gallery scene are seeing new development, and even expansion.
Galleries off the beaten path
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2008

Smoking the terrain with a heavily radical nose-wheelie

This article originally appeared in the May 30, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
In which we try to understand the skateboarding subculture
By D.C. Denison  |  June 02, 2008

Memory laps

The memory plays tricks, but not enough to change the past.
Van Sant takes time for a ride in Paranoid Park
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2008

The other side of the mountain

If you don’t ski or snowboard, winter is the longest, loneliest season.
New winter-sport challenges for snow-klutzes and hotshots
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  December 10, 2007

Insane fun

You don't have to go to the Rockies or the Alps or jump out of a helicopter skis-first to get a chilling thrill this winter.
New England resorts embrace extreme skiing and riding
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 14, 2007


If looks could thrill

The world of snow sports merges with the world of art in completely unique way.
Graphic design meets boards and twin tips
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  November 14, 2007

Pure idiocy

We’ve had some real winners light up the crime blotter this year.
Sports blotter: "Genius of the year" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 07, 2007

Strummer vacation

The first two installments of the enormously popular Guitar Hero franchise were designed and developed by Harmonix, a Cambridge-based company famous for employing a horde of musicians.
Guitar Hero 3  is on its own
By RYAN STEWART  |  November 06, 2007

Board meeting

Competition is a good thing.
EA’s latest is no cheap Skate
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 09, 2007

War, peace, and Robert Pinsky

Every few years, a fall publishing season emerges that should remind us that Boston could be the literary epicenter of America.
The season's fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 12, 2007


And one

Let’s play a game — it’s called “Celebrity Take-the-Hint.”
Sports blotter: "NBA Street" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 05, 2007

With a blank slate, anything’s possible. Plus, Art on Decks

Today, the cracked and faded tennis courts off St James Street are nothing much to look at.
Skate park
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 05, 2007

Listen up, newbie

Hey, kid. Yeah, you with the hat on backward. New in town? Big city, huh? Not at all like back home. Scary. Unfamiliar. Fraught! Want some advice?
We will make you one of us — all you have to do is trust
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 04, 2007

At long last, light at the end of the skate ramp

Portland skateboarders finally know where their new skate park will be located.
Skate park
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 18, 2007

Skate or die

Skateboarding on public property still falls under the Banned in Boston category.
SLIDESHOW: Red Bull's skateboarding competition at City Hall Plaza


The waiting game

What’s one more month when we’ve been deliberating for two years?
Skate park
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 20, 2007

Requiem for a game console

With the release of God of War II this week, the book is all but closed on the PlayStation 2.
A look back at the ultimate PlayStation 2 games
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 20, 2007

Guitar Hero gets a new developer

On January 16, Neversoft, the video-game developers known primarily for the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise, posted a job opening for work on their latest project, Guitar Hero III , thereby inciting a stir in the video-game blogosphere.
By RYAN STEWART  |  February 07, 2007

Pop goes a Neptune

Pharrell is a fascinating rapper when he lets himself go — so why does In My Mind blow so hard? Listen to the best of the Neptunes throughout the years
Pharrell Williams raps his way into a corner
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 24, 2006