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Review: Call Me Kuchu

David France's powerful How To Survive a Plague, recording the battle to obtain treatment in the early days of the AIDS crisis, has deservedly been nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar.
Survival skills
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 22, 2013
Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Review: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Whatever your opinion of the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, you can't deny that his brother Yoni was a hero, a courageous man whose conflicts and triumphs mirror those of his homeland.
Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot document Yoni's life story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2012

After I Wikipedia'ed Uganda ...

Overheard at the Common the other day
By KARL STEVENS  |  March 23, 2012

Taking the long view

The surprising and dramatic death in Pakistan of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American Special Forces operating under shoot-to-kill orders from President Barack Obama was a triumph of singular rarity in the annals of international conflict.
Obama's secret. Plus, Bill Taylor, RIP.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 06, 2011

2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009

Dodging death

Even the sweetest life can shatter in an instant, sending you through the looking glass like Alice. For the euphoric heroine of Craig Lucas's 1988 fable of holiday festivity and arbitrary mayhem, Reckless the moment of reckoning comes when her husban
Reckless, The Salt Girl, and The Overwhelming
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 20, 2009


Review: Throw Down Your Heart

Hip-hop, funk, and jazz artists are not the only cats who trace creative roots to Africa. So do such banjo-plucking white boys as Béla Fleck.
Magical mystery tour
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 10, 2009
gold list

Gold standard

Samy Badrio waded exhausted in waterlogged gumboots up from the mine's dark entrance and raised his hand to shield his eyes against the brightness of the noon-high Equatorial sun.
In Congo, desperate men labor in dangerous conditions to satisfy the world's appetite for gold
By MIKE PFLANZ  |  May 22, 2009

On the Stomp

The Ponderosa Stomp began as little more than a backyard party for LSU Medical Center anesthesiologist Ira "Dr. Ike" Padnos to gather some of his favorite musicians from years past.

By JON GARELICK  |  May 08, 2009

Exit Mr. Excitement

How many people remember that John Ghiorse was reportedly the first $100,000-a-year weatherman in Rhode Island when he was lured away from Channel 10 to crosstown rivals Channel 6 in 1983?
John Ghiorse is hanging up his raincoat
By PHILIPE + JORGE  |  February 25, 2009

Portland chefs get Bizarre recognition

This summer, I ate a junebug. Actually, I ate three junebugs, prepared three different ways.
What's cooking?
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  November 12, 2008


Body politic

Anna Deavere Smith is a writer/actor/activist who listens.
Interview: Anna Deavere Smith contains multitudes
By IRIS FANGER  |  September 02, 2008

Mile-high schlub

Look your children in the eye, globetrotter, and tell them the truth: the Golden Age of Air Travel is over.
We recall the 10 things we miss most from the Golden Age of Air Travel
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 21, 2008

Drawing a bead on misery

It’s not uncommon for documentary photographer Karen Sparacio to get phone calls from Uganda at 3 am.
Mission to Uganda
By SHARON STEEL  |  April 23, 2008

Dancing in the year of the Rat

If you’re hot for Victoria’s Secret ads and addicted to Dancing with the Stars, Tango Fire will be right up your alley.
Flamenco, funk, and Boston Ballet hit the boards
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 26, 2007


Like countless reality TV shows and other current-day documentaries, this film from Sean Fine and Andrea Nix is organized conveniently, and conventionally, around a contest.
Children at war
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 28, 2007


Green local heroes

Decades after the birth of the modern environmental movement, the US and other nations are still struggling to come to terms with humanity’s impact on the planet.
Ten people and organizations highlighting Rhode Island’s environmental vanguard 
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 07, 2007


Joseph Arthur rounds the corner of a wall displaying his artwork, squinting into the soft, perfect light of the main gallery space.
Joseph Arthur’s abstract expressions
By SCOTT FRAMPTON  |  July 30, 2007

The Last King of Scotland

After watching basically the same stump speech in both All the King’s Men and The Last King of Scotland , I’d have to say that if Sean Penn’s Willy Stark and Forest Whitaker’s Idi Amin appeared on the same ballot, my vote would go to Idi. Watch the
More Hollywood, less human
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

Africa's invisible slaves

This article originally appeared in the June 30, 1995 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Human bondage resurfaces in the dark heart of Sudan
By TIM SANDLER  |  November 14, 2006

35 things you missed this summer

While you were off baking on the Cape/studying in Uganda/passed out on your couch in Allston, there was plenty happening in Boston this summer. Here’s a handy list.
A season in review
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 31, 2006


Africans suffer while the world stands by

Raised on a steady diet of “Never Again,” members of Brown University’s Darfur Action Network found it infuriating to watch the international community stand idly by as murder and rape in Darfur continued unabated.
Despite the efforts of student activists, it’s hard to get Americans to care about death, rape, and disease in Sudan
By ALEXANDER PROVAN  |  June 07, 2006


Broadway is strewn with the banana peel of Arthurian legend.
Monty Python’s Spamalot , Súgán’s Talking to Terrorists
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 21, 2006

Other voices

Talking to Terrorists is a provocative title for a play.
Súgán brings Talking to Terrorists to America
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  March 09, 2006

Got live if you want it

Mai Cramer was a beloved figure in local roots-music circles. For 24 years she hosted the popular show “Blues After Hours” on WBGH radio and was a tireless champion of the music.
This spring’s roots and concert rundown
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 08, 2006

Yahoo!’s one-man news army

Everyone’s heard of garage rock.
Plus, sizing up ABC’s new anchors, gutsy changes at RKO, and reporters turn into government investigators
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 26, 2006

Growing Maine culture

A look back at the highlights of the decade
A look back at the highlights of the decade
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 01, 1900