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A woman croupier drifts like a ghost through languidly lit hotel spaces, or submits to jackhammer missionary intercourse while an I'm-not-here expression hardens her turned-away face.
The phantom worlds of Nina Menkes
| February 25, 2011
The new gay bars
If I may channel the late, great Estelle Getty for a moment: picture it, Provincetown, 2009, a dashing young man with no discernible tan and an iffy T-Mobile signal languishes bored upon the sprawling patio of the Boatslip Resort.
Is that a paradigm shift in your pocket?
| June 04, 2010
Atom Egoyan was one of the first and most insightful of filmmakers to ponder the consequences and the moral implications of technological advances in media and communications.
Atom Egoyan offers reasons for Adoration
| May 15, 2009
Telefon Tel Aviv | Immolate Yourself
The best feature of Immolate Yourself , a seemingly endless supply of potential energy that leaps from track to track, flipped swiftly into its saddest upon the news that Charlie Cooper — one half of the duo, with Joshua Eustis — had been found dead i
Bpitch Control (2009)
| February 03, 2009
Review: Waltz With Bashir
The so-called anti-war-film genre has lately "distinguished" itself with a flurry of Iraq-war flops featuring earnest polemics.
Dancing on the edge
| January 13, 2009
Ends of the earth
Now in its 20th incarnation, the Boston Jewish Film Festival is almost the oldest three-ring circus of its kind (San Francisco’s annual program got there first by nine years), and in that span we’ve seen the elusive idea of “Jewish film” become an instit
The 20th Boston Jewish Film Festival reaches deep and far
| November 04, 2008
In a world wracked with uncertainty, there is at least one thing you can bet on: pick a fight with the Church of Scientology, and its leaders will fight back — always with vigor, often with a vengeance, and sometimes with litigation that can be long and
Anonymous's Gregg Housh is committed to bringing down the Church of Scientology. Is he a gadfly or a goon?
| October 15, 2008
Silver Jew | Drag City DVD
Michael Tully’s 52-minute home movie/documentary follows the band as they schlep around Israel touring, shopping, and playing a handful of gigs.
Drag City (2008)
| October 08, 2008
States of unrest
“Dance is a tool to look at other things,” choreographer Hofesh Shechter told an interviewer, but during the company’s US debut at Jacob’s Pillow last weekend you’d be forgiven for just looking at the fantastically virile dancing.
Hofesh Schechter, Natural Dance Theatre, Ko + Edge at the Pillow
| July 15, 2008
Three kids camped out in front of Brookline Booksmith’s storefront window in the middle of June and peered into a video screen broadcasting real-time views of a street corner in Dudley Square.
Uniting the world by two-way video
| June 25, 2008
The addition of this baby Botticelli will either charm or annoy you.
Israeli magic realism
| May 07, 2008
Film on the fringe
Virtually every major city in this country hosts at least one “Jewish Film Festival” each year (even Baton Rouge and Dayton).
Jewishfilm.2008 explores the frontiers
| March 25, 2008
The sound of angry Israeli youth mocking the extreme right is growing in volume, so much so that it’s now reaching the US.
Punk takes hold in the Holy Land
STEVEN LEE BEEBER
| March 17, 2008
This article originally appeared in the February 22, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The growing clout of the Hispanic community
| February 22, 2008
Here’s another knock against the bonehead Foreign Language Oscar selections for 2007.
The Band’s Visit goes Oscar-less
| February 20, 2008
“If a gay suicide bomber goes to Heaven, does he get 72 virgin boys or 72 muscular men?”
A gay, Middle Eastern Romeo and Juliet
| September 26, 2007
Bands of Gypsy
The explosion of neo-Gypsy-hybrid music started, you might say, with a cleverly worded flyer spied years ago by Eugene Hütz.
Gogol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box
| September 25, 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
| August 27, 2007
Seven times during our 20-minute telephone conversation, Keren Ann Zeidel tells me some variation of “There are no rules.”
The thing about Keren Ann
| May 29, 2007
Has gay cinema become a mere ghetto nowadays, of interest to its sexual demographic and no one else?
The edge has gone from the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
| May 01, 2007
History as melodrama
Nations lie about the past.
| April 13, 2007
Finding a balance
He’s a romantic, that’s for sure, but he’s also a realist.
Craig DeMelo’s Whiskey Poet; plus, Jerimoth Hill
| February 20, 2007
Tales of the times
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best fiction and poetry books the Phoenix wrote about in 2006.
A year in fiction
| December 20, 2006
For three years, Future Classic’s Legends of Style has been promoting urban art, style, and culture in Boston with legendary parties at huge venues like the Convention Center. J-Boogie, "Conga Rock" (mp3) J-Boogie, "Soul Clap" (mp3)
Jennifer Saphier runs the show
| October 17, 2006
Tomer Heymann documents the lives of five Filipino transsexuals who moved to Israel after 2000 when the country closed its borders to Palestinian workers and invited foreigners to make up the resulting labor shortage.
| September 06, 2006
Dog licks man
Imagine my embarrassment. I’m on a crowded subway car reading Etgar Keret’s new collection of short stories. Finishing one story, I turn the page and there, in big block letters, is the next story’s title: “ACTUALLY, I’VE HAD SOME PHENOMENAL HARD-ONS LAT
Etgar Keret’s sane surrealism
| June 20, 2006
What democracy wrought
It was an eerie and unsettling reprise of George W. Bush’s embarrassing post–Hurricane Katrina interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer when he infamously declared, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”
Hamas’s “surprise” victory offers sobering lessons about grounding US foreign policy in democratic elections
| February 02, 2006
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