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Interview: Amy Sedaris

These days, money is a bit tight for all of us. Even for Amy Sedaris. Well, not really. But she can empathize!
On sausages, short robes, and stealing her new book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 19, 2010

Edgewood Café

The Edgewood Café's slogan is "casual neighborhood dining with a gourmet touch," and every adjective is scout's honor true.
For neighborly gourmands
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2010

J.M.P. International Foods

Hooking up with a great cheap-eats restaurant can be like finding romance: you can scour the wide world in vain, then one day discover something terrific right under your nose.
An Indian food-court stall delivers the home-style goods
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 11, 2009

Dark and light sides of pleasure

"I want to create a place where people can take a little vacation from reality," Brooklyn artist Kirsten Hassenfeld has said. "I'm interested in going to a place where there is no want, only endless plenty." In "Recent Sculpture," her exhibit at Brown Un
Kirsten Hassenfeld's place of "endless plenty" at Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2009
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Mixed moods

The painting that sticks in my mind from "Beyond Will Power: The 5th Annual Top Drawer Group Show" at Top Drawer Art Center (2731 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, through September 4) is Anthony Brun's mixed-media painting Jason Killed Freddy .
Big statements at Top Drawer Art Center
By GREG COOK  |  August 21, 2009

Champlin's Seafood

There are clam shacks and there are clam shacks. Champlin's is more of a clam duplex, hot meals upstairs and fish market below. If you have friends visiting from the coast of Maine, where they take this sort of place seriously, bring them down and show
Clam shack bragging rights
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 05, 2009


Bang bang

Misaki Kawai's new solo show marks the Boston debut of her two-dimensional works and the first opportunity for New England audiences to see her as a bona fide painter. Opening February 21 at LaMontagne Gallery, " Misaki Kawai : Kung Fu Forest."
Misaki Kawai at LaMontagne, "Collision14: POV" and "LE:60 1-Minute Film Festival" at Axiom
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  February 10, 2009

Where the wild things are

Venture out into the waters and woodlands of New England, and there's a chance you'll bump into "Champ," America's own Loch Ness Monster, who allegedly plies the muddy ripples of Lake Champlain.
As our planet edges closer to the apocalypse, the escapist, fantasy world of cryptids is suddenly coming to life
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 07, 2009

Worth another look

In 2008, real estate and jobs dominated local art news.
Intriguing views of a warped world
By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2008

Styrofoam sorcery

They seem like something dreamed up by a mad-scientist Martha Stewart tinkering in her cellar late at night.  
Tara Donovan's mad-scientist magic invades the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008

RISD redefined

Rhode Island School of Design’s new Chace Center is the physical embodiment of the 131-year-old institution’s effort to rebrand itself as a more open place.
With the dramatic new Chace Center, the art school reaches outward
By GREG COOK  |  September 25, 2008


Bright flavors

The Merry Table, whose crêpes are quite good, deserves a better name.
The Merry Table serves crêpes to linger over
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 09, 2008

Cape light

Pinpricks and irregular streaks of light illuminate a circular orb that might be the moon, or a partly peeled orange in each of Judith Larsen’s series of photographic works called “Phasing and Solon."
‘Light And Artifice’ at The Schoolhouse Gallery; ‘What Is Big?’ at Brickbottom; ‘Birds Do It’ at Montserrat
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 02, 2008

Ugly beauty

There is something about foamed polystyrene — better known by its trademark name, Styrofoam — that seems to embody the space-age future.
The RISD Museum showcases ‘Stryrofoam’
By GREG COOK  |  March 25, 2008

Pepper Pot Restaurant

Roxbury restaurants seem largely overlooked by Boston food writers.
First stop on your Roxbury culinary tour
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 13, 2008

Words in action

Have you ever had one of those dreams where a lot of wacky things don’t make much sense, but your psyche is having such a good time pumping them out that you wake up shaking your head laughing?
Wild Porcelain lives up to its name
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2007


Walk on the mild side

In 1970, William Wegman was making short videos — jumping around in his underwear with purses hanging all over him, that sort of thing.
William Wegman at the Addison Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2007

Choosing our religion

It’s all about the coffee.
How one little post-war doughnut shop became synonymous with Boston’s identity
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 02, 2007

Madina Market’s Kitchen

Don’t be fooled by the sparse décor of Madina Market’s Kitchen; the food is authentic Pakistani cuisine: rich, abundant, and generous.
Where Boston meets Pakistan  
By IRENE DEVETTE  |  December 20, 2006

Holiday cheer

Christmas music has gotten such a bad rap over the years, you could hardly imagine that it was once considered cool for artists like Elvis and the Beach Boys to record full albums of holiday classics.
With a musical twist  
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 11, 2006

Basta Pasta

What’s more comforting after a long day of work than a steaming plate of al dente homemade pasta, bathed in a tangy sauce?
In a word, satisfying  
By IRENE DE VETTE  |  November 21, 2006


Chicken Lou’s

Northeastern’s campus is loaded with restaurants, but for greasy comfort food, neighborhood veterans and students in the know head to Chicken Lou’s for super-cheap subs, burgers, pizza, and fried goodies.
What, are you Chicken?
By LEAH BEN-AMI  |  October 31, 2006

Schmucks unlimited

It’s April, supposedly the cruelest month, but after a winter that seemed like 150 days of March, how bad can it be?
2006: A first-quarter scorecard
By BARRY CRIMMINS  |  April 05, 2006

Belle Isle Seafood

On the tiny Winthrop Bridge is some of the best no-frills fish and lobster this side of Kennebunkport, Maine.
Cast your net here
By PHIL AMARA  |  January 05, 2006