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A Congolese feast

I met Constance Kabaziga at the checkout at Mittapheap World Market. She was buying frozen cassava root and dried beans, and I really wanted to know what she was going to do them.
Beans and rice, with African flair
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 02, 2010
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What's new

The timely highlight of Gil Rose’s latest BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) concert, “Strings Attached,” was a new/old piece (2004, revised 2009) for two string orchestras by Scott Wheeler now called Crazy Weather — the new title taken from a John
BMOP, and the Christian Wolff festival
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 26, 2010
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Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids

The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
By PATTI SMITH  |  March 05, 2010
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Haiti earthquake relief resource guide

As ever-more horrific dispatches from Haiti pour in, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the carnage. But even though Haiti requires an almost incomprehensible amount of relief aid to merely staunch the bleeding, there are myriad opport
How Bostonians can get involved
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 15, 2010

Have Yourself a Mugabe Little Christmas

I work in a small office where everyone gets along well. I am in my early 20s, the youngest and only single employee ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 25, 2009
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Wanting more

After its triumphant traversal of the complete Béla Bartók string quartets at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Borromeo Quartet was back for a free 20th- and 21st-century program at Jordan Hall, leading off with an accomplished recent piece by t
The Borromeo and Emerson String Quartets, Dohnányi with the BSO, and Yiddish operetta at Harvard
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 11, 2009


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Them Crooked Vultures | Them Crooked Vultures

One day, maybe in a decade or three, somebody will dig this LP out of the future virtual version of a record crate in a Salvation Army and be blown away by the deep grooves this supergroup generate
DGC/Interscope (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 20, 2009
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The house that Gonzo built

There’s a circus-like house in Allston — complete with an indoor basketball court, movie-projector room, pillow loft, and multiple art installations — whose ethos can best be summed up with a bit of poetry, which is printed out on labels on the wall of t
On a quiet street in Allston sits an unassuming home with an indoor hoops court, a pillow loft, a house band, and one main rule: leave things better than when you came
By SHAELYN DOLEN  |  April 01, 2009

Salvation Café

In the world of quick turnovers, Salvation Café, now in its sixteenth year, is a keeper.
Going strong in Newport
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 04, 2009
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Blunt object

Question 2 supporters claim Massachusetts district attorneys committed “at least 15 violations of Massachusetts campaign-finance and election laws” in the runup to the marijuana-decriminalization vote. 
The political fight over a November marijuana-reform ballot question has sparked a Battle of the Bong
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 24, 2008
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Dour economy offers an echo of a painful past

My grandparents used to talk about the Depression.  I am only now able to put a face on what they were remembering, and I fear for what the heartless, cold, and costly winter will bring.
Tough times
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 09, 2008


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The Big Hurt: Fire sales

The world’s largest collection of recorded music has gone up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $3 million.
Plus, this week in tedious headlines
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 04, 2008

'Please kill me'

This article originally appeared in the August 16, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The open-casket look vs. plastic punk
By D.C. DENISON  |  August 20, 2007
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Soul survivors

George Bernard Shaw was the cleverest essayist in the history of theater.
2nd Story does Shaw's preachy Major Barbara
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 03, 2007

Virtuous rehearsal

You’ve been seeing each other for a while and you make beautiful music together.
The ins and outs before you play out
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 21, 2007
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Mississippi blues

Ever wonder what became of all the tax dollars and personal donations you sent to the Gulf Coast over the past year in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? Slideshow: Annie Card photographs the survivors and wreckage of Hurricane Katrina.
How a local Hurricane Katrina volunteer is changing the shape of relief work
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  August 29, 2006