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Review: Flan y Ajo

It's a tiny place, which is appropriate.
Little place, little dishes
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 01, 2013
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Review: The Imposter

The premise of Bart Layton's documentary is sublimely preposterous.
Bart Layton's documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 17, 2012
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Interview: Tilda Swinton talks about Kevin

You never know what you're going to get with a film starring Tilda Swinton.
Mother load
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2012
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Looking ahead to 2012

While its members (and the rest of the 99 percent) wait to see about how OccupyMaine fares in court — and in possible multiple rounds of appeals and requests for reconsideration — they're not resting on their pallets and sleeping mats.
A year of big elections and business development (fingers crossed)
By DEIRDRE FULTON AND JEFF INGLIS  |  December 30, 2011
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Review: The Mill and the Cross

Clever CGI allows the effective recreation of a 16th century Flanders.
Conceptually confusing
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 21, 2011
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Review: Tres Gatos

I didn't like the idea of Tres Gatos, but turns out it's a very impressive restaurant.
A heartfelt tribute to Spanish tapas
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 14, 2011


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The Moors' last sigh

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Slaughter by the sea
By CHRIS WRIGHT  |  July 08, 2011
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Peanuts are white, folks

I'm into peanuts these days for a handful of reasons. I recently learned how to cook an awesome peanut soup from Ghana.
And they got here by traveling the world
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 01, 2011

Sparkle on Valentine’s Day

There are three basic Valentine's Day tactics: You can forget it and be forced to sleep outside with the large furry dog. Second, you can go out to dinner. Or, you can cook dinner in with a bottle of bubbly accompaniment.
Wine love
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  February 11, 2011
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Review: Leaving

Kristin Scott Thomas doffs her native language, a recent tendency toward shrewishness, and a couple of sundresses to play an elegant South-of-France housewife hot for an ex-con builder.
Kristin Scott Thomas stays cool
By ALICIA POTTER  |  January 14, 2011
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Review: The sweltering, classically elegant Blood Wedding

Just about a year ago, an irrepressible new grassroots theater ensemble in Portland surged to the stage with the gloriously unabashed boorishness of Ubu Roi , a gem of French proto-Absurdism.
Lorca's murderous Spaniards visit SPACE
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 14, 2011


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Eat your way through 2011 at these 11 places not to miss

While new restaurants intrigue food critics and patrons alike, it's the tried-and-true, the places that have established themselves as mainstays in Portland, that shouldn't be forgotten in all the hype.
Screw resolutions
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  January 07, 2011

The obituary mambo

As some of you may know, on a biweekly basis your superior correspondents chat with former mayor and current local talk radio titan, Vincent A. "The Bud-I" Cianci.
Passings near and far; Huzzah for Harley; Farewell, World Cup
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 16, 2010
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Photos: World Cup revelers on Lansdowne Street

Aztec Gino wails on his vuvuzela, and more
Soccer fans celebrate the final game of the 2010 World Cup
By REYNOLDS AVLON  |  July 16, 2010
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A world of cinema

The 13th Maine International Film Festival begins in Waterville next Friday, and along with the usual unusual array of (political, music, and eco-)documentaries, Amerindies, classic and foreign films, and a special night at the drive-in, MIFF has a coupl
Young filmmakers shine at this year's Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 02, 2010
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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010


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Stark reality

Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capit
Your indispensable World Cup update
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2010
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Messi situations

Can’t you just imagine the high-level meetings taking place daily in the British Petroleum war room these days, full of top execs and engineers, neither of whom speak the others’ language, or have even close to the same concerns?
A giant tampon for BP; plus, the World Cup, and a big bash in Pawtuxet
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 04, 2010
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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010
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Bergamot

I guess the experimental-chef thing isn’t over, after all. At least not at Somerville’s Bergamot, the chosen sobriquet of which is “progressive American cuisine and a warm neighborhood setting.”
A perfect complement to Somerville — or, for that matter, anywhere
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 21, 2010

Leaves of Life from Arborea, and other Portland music news

BUCK AND SHANTI CURRAN , the husband-and-wife team behind ethereal folk band ARBOREA , have been touring nearly non-stop and curating compilations right from their home base in Lewiston.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 21, 2010


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Sparring with the Ultimate

There’s never been a more brilliant exemplar of the ballet art than George Balanchine.
Boston Ballet in The Four Temperaments, Apollo, and Theme and Variations
By MARICA B. SIEGEL  |  May 14, 2010
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Toys are us

Stepping into Randy Regier’s occupation of Whitney Art Works is like entering a parallel-universe 1950s FAO Schwartz showroom gone awry.
Randy Regier’s alternative histories at Whitney Art Works
By ANNIE LARMON  |  May 14, 2010

Bay State not the bluest

Mr. Faraone’s sidebar to the recent feature “ ‘Tea’ is for Terrorism” states that “Massachusetts is the most socialist, hippie liberal moon-bat enclave in the country.”
Letters to the Boston editor, May 5, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 07, 2010
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The race is on

Around 7 pm last Saturday at the St. Lawrence, a sealed envelope was sliced open and its contents, handwritten on three slips of paper, were revealed to a full house: “Are you sure you want to go through with this?”
Running through Acorn’s 24-Hour Play Festival
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 07, 2010
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New voices

For nearly a decade now, Maine playwrights have had a fine friend and benefactor in Acorn Productions.
Acorn’s latest Maine Playwrights Festival
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 23, 2010


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Fine wine, fine cause

Drinking for a good cause is starting to catch on in Portland.
Distributors partner to raise money, educate Portlanders on wines of the world
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  April 02, 2010
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Conga's

The first clue to a fake restaurant is a phony name. Conga's isn't owned by an Afro-Cuban dance rhythm, and doesn't serve drums. Instead, it has a Spanish and South American menu cooked by Central Americans for Thai owners whose previous Japanese restaur
Faking it, just not quite making it
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 26, 2010
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Bon appétit!

Luis Meléndez himself greets you at the outset of "Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life" at the Museum of Fine Arts. He seems a haughty 31-year-old in this 1746 self-portrait, standing in a fine silk coat and ruffled shirt and holding up a cha
The delicious art of Luis Meléndez
By GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2010
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Slideshow: The MFA's Luis Melendez exhibit

Images of Luis Melendez's show at the MFA
"Master of the Spanish Still Life," now showing through May 9, 2010
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 12, 2010