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Monster mash

In Patt Kelley's twisted but surprisingly sweet comics, a hairy-faced lady from a traveling circus romances a tree-man, a monster spawned by dirty dishes devours the world, a vampire finds her soul mate in a guy with a permanent nosebleed.

By GREG COOK  |  October 26, 2012
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Photos: International Steampunk City Festival at the Charles River Museum

Steampunk enthusiasts gather at the kick-off to the International Steampunk City Festival at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, on May 6-8, 2011.
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation | May 6-8, 2011
By RYAN MCMAHON  |  May 13, 2011
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Jew note

Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010
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Chaos Theory

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let's not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has
2010 might be the year Massachusetts politics undergoes an unprecedented reshuffling.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2010

VIDEO: Boston's first rock of 2010 with the Waltham, the Lyres, and Kristin Hersh


WALTHAM: Frank and Dave Pino, together again for "Maria" and "Cheryl" Got more footage of Boston rocking out on New Year's Eve? Hit us on...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 02, 2010
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52 ways to leave 2009

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. Sure, the end of this decade may not have the same kind of new-millennium pressure riding on it as the last one, b
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 01, 2010


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2009: The year in Art

The year started off with a kick in the teeth when, in January, Brandeis University announced plans to shutter its Rose Art Museum and sell off its masterpieces.
Saints, sinners, paint
By GREG COOK  |  December 25, 2009
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Harvard ‘ACT UP’ show gets rise from right-wingers

Taking a detour from directly bashing President Obama, right-wingers are now hot and bothered by a Harvard art exhibit. And they have an Obama administration foil toward whom they can channel their bile.
Tea Baggers Meet the Tea-Baggers Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2009
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Father Feeney

Leonard Feeney, a defrocked Jesuit priest and pretty much of a legend in this city as a result of the “sermons” he preached on the Common every Sunday without fail for eight years, from 1949 to 1957, attracting sometimes as many as a thousand people to
A Heretic Courted By The Church
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  October 09, 2009
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Up and autumn!

Behold! The prime of the approaching fall local rock crop.
New local rock to shake the leaves from the trees
By MATT PARISH  |  September 18, 2009
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Avoiding a border war

It's a matter of moments before the likes of Lou Dobbs and Bill O'Reilly scapegoat the believed-to-be-illegal-immigrant suspects in last week's Brookline rape case for every problem in America.
Rape in Brookline
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009


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Morgan Knockers | Loss of Reality

I thought Waltham mega-punks Morgan Knockers had neglected to send me Loss of Reality when it came out last month.
Second Rock (2009)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 28, 2009
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The crash course

It was a sunny but brisk Friday afternoon in March when my bike was hit.
What to do when you have your next bike accident
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  May 08, 2009
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Will Brandeis lose its swagger?

Ethnomusicologically invigorated Brandeis students and alumni are hoping for an outburst of criticism for the probable downsizing of Wayne Marshall.
Pass the Hat . . . Again
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 01, 2009
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On the cheap: Sushi Yasu

Fierce flavors of Korean cuisine
Fierce flavors of Korean cuisine
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 18, 2009
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Brandeis shutters art museum

Late Monday afternoon, Brandeis University informed leaders of its Rose Art Museum that it would close the institution this summer and auction off the more than 6000 pieces in its renowned collection, which includes major works by Andy Warhol, Robert R
Bloom off the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  January 28, 2009


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You say what?!

When Professor Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof created the language called Esperanto in late-19th-century Poland, he envisioned a world unified under a lingua franca.
On American campuses, Esperanto is an extracurricular language
By EVA WOLCHOVER  |  January 08, 2009
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Josephs Two

It's tough to be a punctuation stickler who writes about restaurants.
Classic Italian-American and diner fare with no superfluous apostrophes
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 23, 2008
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Medicine men

What if a poem had the power to heal loneliness?
Two Boston poets use their art for the good of the tribe
By BY JAMES PARKER  |  November 25, 2008
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Game show

On November 12, the Institute of Contemporary Art opened its biennial Foster Prize exhibit of “Boston-area artists of exceptional promise.”
Who will win the ICA's Foster Prize?
By GREG COOK  |  November 18, 2008
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Mi Tierra

Newcomers to Boston often take a while to discover Waltham, a neighboring small city that boasts 80 restaurants within a 15-minute walk of its central Common.
Frugal, globe-trotting gourmands take note
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 17, 2008


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Death of a hoop dream

This past fall, Mario Hornsby Jr., then a senior at Springfield Central High School, wrote an essay for English class.
Mario Hornsby Jr. was senselessly gunned down in May. Now his father is trying to make sure his death was not in vain.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 27, 2008
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Beijing Star

As the Beijing Olympics approach, it’s a good time to note that China’s vast culinary landscape stretches well beyond the Cantonese cuisine most familiar to Americans.
The best of the Northeast (China, that is)
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 09, 2008

The friends of Jack Kelly

This article originally appeared in the July 4, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
In the end, the adventure killed him
By DAVE O'BRIAN AND TOM SHEEHAN  |  July 08, 2008
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Rage against the machines!

We’re on the cusp of a perilous era. Our pitiful carbon bodies are evolving much slower than the silicon and steel gizmos we’re inventing. And the guys in the lab coats and pocket protectors are starting to worry we’ve opened Pandora’s hard drive.
Could robots take over the world? In many ways, they already have.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 21, 2008
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Taquería El Amigo

Far from Waltham’s downtown restaurant cluster, this 16-seat storefront is a hidden, tiny cash-only gem where every patron is speaking Spanish and lustily devouring bowls of menudo.

A tasty reunion with a beloved neighborhood friend


By MC SLIM JB  |  April 30, 2008


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'Toon time

The Waltham-based classical music radio station WCRB will host its annual Classical Cartoon Festival this coming Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm at Symphony Hall.
WCRB hosts the 10th annual Classical Cartoon Festival
By STACEY GALLOTTA  |  April 03, 2008
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Whither the GOP?

Ask people to name the leading voice of opposition on Beacon Hill these days, and you’re likely to be told House Speaker Sal DiMasi.
With Democrats in total control of state government, the Massachusetts GOP should be a rising voice of dissent. Instead, it seems more impotent than ever.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 19, 2008
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Da Vinci Ristorante

This is one of those novels that get made into a movie.
A charming story with a happy ending
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 05, 2008
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Earthquake!

Picture buildings from Southie to West Somerville reduced to rubble. Dozens of three-alarm fires all over town. Tunnels flooded with seawater.
The threat is real. It could happen here. Is the city ready?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 27, 2008