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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
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  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?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 04, 2010

Class project

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 04, 2008


Battling Scientology

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?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  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)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  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
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 15, 2008

Virtual brotherhood

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
By IAN SANDS  |  June 25, 2008


The addition of this baby Botticelli will either charm or annoy you.
Israeli magic realism
By GERALD PEARY  |  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
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 25, 2008

Israeli upstarts

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
By STEVEN LEE BEEBER  |  March 17, 2008

Politicos Latinos

This article originally appeared in the February 22, 1983 issue of the  Boston Phoenix.

The growing clout of the Hispanic community

By ALAN LUPO  |  February 22, 2008


Here’s another knock against the bonehead Foreign Language Oscar selections for 2007.
The Band’s Visit  goes Oscar-less
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 20, 2008

The Bubble

“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
By TOM MEEK  |  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
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  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
By STEVEN BEEBER  |  August 27, 2007

Turning up

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
By JON GARELICK  |  May 29, 2007

Gay abandon?

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
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  May 01, 2007

History as melodrama

Nations lie about the past.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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
By BOB GULLA  |  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
By JON GARELICK  |  December 20, 2006

Future Shocker

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
By DAVID DAY  |  October 17, 2006

Paper Dolls

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.
Paper thin
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  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
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  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
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 02, 2006