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Peter Hook rediscovers his Unknown Pleasures

Peter Hook has heard the criticism, and he does not care.
 Age of consent
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 03, 2010

Review: Beyond Gay: The Politics Of Pride

The Gay Pride Parade is one of the best parties of the year — so much so that it’s easy to forget that, not so long ago, it was risky to participate, or that in some cities today, a token gesture of pride can get you imprisoned or killed.
Activism on parade
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010

What is this place?

Bertolt Brecht asks, "In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes," he answers, "there will be singing. About the dark times."
Participatory performance art at Whitney Art Works
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 15, 2010

Narrative truth

For the majority of us Americans, Iraq and Afghanistan are a series of news-data points — number of Americans killed today, number of car bombs, spending tallies, estimates of civilian deaths.
Krzysztof Wodiczko’s war story at the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2009

Review: Somers Town

At just 70 minutes, Shane Meadows's film is short, sweet, and winning.
Shane Meadows' latest triumph
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 04, 2009

Review: The Jester

The National Center for Jewish Films adds to its invaluable collection of restored Yiddish films with Joseph Green & Jan Nowina-Przybylski's Der Purimshpiler , a 1937 musical comedy.
Celebrating show business and religious tradition
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 24, 2009


Interview: Ed Zwick

On January 16, director Ed Zwick's Defiance storms theaters with its harrowing tale of the freedom-fighting Bielski brothers, who retreat to the forests of Belarus to protect an ever-growing brigade of Jewish refugees and wage relentless guerilla war
Into the woods
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 13, 2009

Luckey in Amsterdam

Simply, there’s no more prestigious place for a documentary to debut than IDFA, rightly regarded as the very best documentary festival in the world.
Paralyzing hopelessness at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam
By GERALD PERRY  |  December 05, 2008

Can classical be underground?

At least one of the reasons many of us contemporary-music fans don't get into classical music is because it seems like no one wants us to listen to it.
Portsmouth's Navona Records releases an indie aesthetic for orchestra
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 12, 2008

The way it is

Nanette Burstein admits that “through the pain and torture” of high school, she was able to come to terms with who she was.
Interview: Talking about American Teen
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 29, 2008

Slideshow: Black Angels and Warsaw

The Black Angels and Warsaw at the Middle East Downstairs, June 29, 2008
By DEREK KOUYOUMIJIAN  |  July 01, 2008


Psyched Up

The music of these bands are rooted in the psychedelic movements that erupted 40 years ago, but we were spared extended druggy superjams.
The Black Angels + The Warlocks at the Middle East Downstairs, June 29, 2008
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 01, 2008

Control freaks

Back in the ’60s, those crafty cranks Mel Brooks and Buck Henry spun the red-scare spook biz into a sit-com full of wit and absurdity featuring rival agencies KAOS and Control.
Get Smart dumbs down
By TOM MEEK  |  June 17, 2008

Spy games

The gray afternoon, the loveless assignation, the endless bureaucracy.
Alan Furst’s “Night Soldiers” novels
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 09, 2008

Adrian Sherwood

Have no fear: Real World’s reissue of producer Adrian Sherwood’s second solo album from 2006 is a fantastic choice for dubdorks and dubnewbs alike.
Becoming a Cliché/Dub Cliché | Real World
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 06, 2008

Cinema paradiso

Elusive animals, the mysteries of time past, peer pressure, and, inevitably, Iraq dominate what we were able to screen from the sixth annual Independent Film Festival of Boston.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston is movie heaven
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 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

Going to Hell

“Abandon all hope, you who enter here” are the words we find inscribed across the gate of Hell at the beginning of the third canto of Inferno.
Bread and Puppet tours Bush's inferno
By GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2008

Movie music

Classical music in 2008 Boston did not get off to a brilliant start.
The BSO, Handel and Haydn, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Cantata Singers, David Daniels, and Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s Tosca
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 23, 2008

Garage-rock heaven

Of all the rock bands who have ever reunited, the Sonics waited the longest.
The Sonics, Cavestomp! at Warsaw, Brooklyn, November 3, 2007
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 05, 2007

Disc by disc

The new Joy Division catalogue
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 24, 2007


Start the revolution without me

To judge from recent movies from that country, everything in Romania is going to pot. Except Romanian movies.
History lessons in 12:08 East of Bucharest
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 24, 2007

Making the case

Bob Woodward wants us to believe he wholeheartedly thought we had to rush into war.
Letters to the Boston editor: March 2, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 28, 2007

History tours

Silence could be golden, but British playwright Moira Buffini can’t resist throwing in cheaper metals.
Silence at New Rep; trying at MRT; Olympia Dukakis in Rose
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 24, 2007

A winter’s tale

Even as the family drama of your holiday comes to a close, there’s no need to don a kerchief and settle in for a long winter’s nap.
The season ahead on area stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 28, 2006

Whose art is next

Three artists whose reputations resemble Manning's
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 13, 2006


Just checking — on you

We must have missed it when Alberto Gonzales was named honorary chief of our staties.
The RI state police seek a scary level of intrusion
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  June 13, 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