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DIY Education

In light of recent budget cuts in average Americans' bank accounts, and the increasingly skyrocketing cost of higher education, Phoenix University (we regret the acronym, but University of Phoenix was taken) has opened its (paper) doors.
Save some dough and take our classes!
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 28, 2012

The General Assembly’s State of the Union series

Don't worry, we ain't talking politics here.
Building a bridge
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 06, 2012
short take Abduction

Review: Abduction

Taylor Lautner plays characters with mysterious origins and makes them boring.
Beautiful but boring
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011

The last middle class American

The last middle class American, on the run from the recession.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 25, 2011

Island ventures

Living on an island can be like living in your parents’ basement.
USM show uncovers Peaks
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 26, 2010

Spare Us the Early Onslaught of Christmas!!

On the night of Saturday, November 1, I went to a house party in the Fox Point section of Providence. Standing in the beer line, flanked by Cruella DeVille and Catwoman, I was both confused and underdressed.
By PHILIP EIL  |  November 12, 2008


Post-traumatic earth

With the most unassertive, seemingly egoless moves, Eiko & Koma can evoke the sensations and moods of a universe.
Eiko + Koma and Tere O’Connor at Concord
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 23, 2008

Arts and science

The power of Casdin-Silver’s work was in her eye for compelling bodies and their fleshy, otherworldly presence in her holograms.
Cal Lane’s dazzling metalwork and Harriet Casdin-Silver’s holograms
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2008

Following the evidence

“CSI: The Experience,” like a B-movie, is best if you don’t think too hard about it.
‘CSI’ at the Museum of Science, plus Tom Sachs at Brandeis
By GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007

Social settings

Seán Curran’s dance looks like a formal exposition of movement, but after a while you begin to imagine webs of social interactions, relationships, and hidden histories.
Seán Curran at the Tsai Center
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 30, 2007

Fateful changes

Sociologist Arthur Stinchcombe has argued that those who work in dangerous conditions form “communities of fate” that result in greater solidarity and rigidity in unofficial workplace norms.
Local 188 has a rough transition to a new home
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 17, 2007


The problem with heroes

Even the hardest-hearted news consumer had to wince this past week when the private autopsy results of Paul Cahill and Warren Payne were leaked to some of the press.

Lessons from the build-them-up, tear-them-down Boston firefighter backlash

By ADAM REILLY  |  October 10, 2007

Mortification of the flesh

“Global Feminisms” at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum could be one of the most important exhibits of the year.
'Global Feminisms' turns sexism inward
By GREG COOK  |  September 26, 2007

Brokeback men's room

Once upon a time there was a barbershop quartet known as the Singing Senators.
A curiously Republican story
By EDITORIAL  |  September 05, 2007

Moving target

The point of adulthood changes with the economy
By BRIAN C JONES  |  August 20, 2007

May 18, 2007

By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 16, 2007


The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down

Sex, drugs, and stupidity become the stuff of sociological study in this simple-minded parody of the LA party scene.
Get out of the theatre with your bad self!
By PAUL BABIN  |  March 28, 2007

Best on the boards

Huntington Theatre Company artistic director Nicholas Martin recently announced that he would leave his post in 2008.
 Certainly Nicholas Martin will leave the Huntington a livelier place than when he took over.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 20, 2007

The Russians are coming

With one exception, the eight movies in the nifty “Cold War Cinema” series at the Harvard Film Archive are popular entertainments that treat the politics and sociology of the era in a variety of ways.
Cold War cinema at the HFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 30, 2007

Seven questions about love

Love is in question in all seven films to be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in a touring mini-retrospective of the work of Kenji Mizoguchi.
 The films of Kenji Mizoguchi at the MFA
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  December 27, 2006

Best on the boards

Huntington Theatre Company artistic director Nicholas Martin recently announced that he would leave his post in 2008.
A year in theater
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 19, 2006


Fatal Attraction

Carter cuts apart dead people for a living. Schoeller works part-time putting them back together. And they have a year-old “baby”: a hairless cat named Spooky, who looks like an adorably wrinkled gremlin, knows how to flush the toilet, and has his own M
Meet Julie Carter, Troy Schoeller, and Spooky. Their entire lives are death.
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 13, 2006

Flashbacks: August 25, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Doug Fleischer, Sam MacLaughlin, and Hannah Van Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  August 23, 2006

Truth, Justice — or the Boston Way

Stephan Cowans's wrongful conviction cost Boston taxpayers $3.2 million.
Boston’s taxpayers just coughed up another multimillion-dollar check for a wrongful conviction, without being told what was done wrong
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 17, 2006

Tom Fruin’s bad habits

Tom Fruin noticed the postage-stamp-sized plastic baggies in front of his apartment building not long after his move to New York’s Lower East Side, in 1996.
Looking for beauty in the detritus of drug culture
By GREG COOK  |  July 11, 2006

Sports blotter: June 2, 2006

In what may be the highest-pro?le Crips murder case since the Snoop Dogg “Murder Was the Case” incident, a Los Angeles high-school football star on his way to a full ride at Oregon was implicated last week in an investigation that reads like a Sociology
Copycat run-ins with Gilbert Arenas and Amare's mom
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 31, 2006


Song and substance

The wheels of a dream are spinning New Repertory Theatre into a new era with its production of Ragtime .
Ragtime and Caroline, or Change
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 10, 2006

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

Sam Dunn — first-time filmmaker, lifelong headbanger, sociologist, Canadian — opens his documentary with a silly question: why isn’t heavy metal taken seriously?
Infomercial for metal that's less informative than MTV
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  May 10, 2006

When GI Joe says no

A young former US Army sniper wearing a desert-camo uniform, an Iraqi kaffiyeh, and mirrored sunglasses scans a ruined urban landscape of smashed homes, empty streets, and garbage heaps.
What critics of the Iraq War must understand about the new culture of the military  
By CHRISTIAN PARENT  |  April 26, 2006

Fear and loathing in Boston

I'm breaking from my normal tone to address a recent Boston Globe article that still has me steaming.
A rant on urban safety
By JEANNIE GREELEY  |  March 30, 2006