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Beer Advocate: Paddy’s Dos and Don’ts

St. Patrick’s Day in Boston is insane.

By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  March 08, 2013

Review: The Walking Dead: Episode 1

Halfway between a traditional point-and-click adventure game and a Heavy Rain -style interactive fiction, the central aim of The Walking Dead is to put players in impossible situations with no good outcome.
Dead reckoning
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 02, 2012

Chomsky to Occupy: move to the next stage

Noam Chomsky has advice for the Occupy movement, whose encampments all over the country are being swept away by police.
Words from the guru
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 16, 2011

Deep tracks and minutiae for music lovers, rich and poor

Ah, box-set season, that time of year when you go to your nearest record store, looking for gifts for that special someone you know who would really appreciate a super-cool addition to their record collection.
Box-set match
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 09, 2011

Holiday treasure hunt

Is it trash or treasure? The editorial team here at the Portland Phoenix compiled this year's incarnation of our annual local gift guide by searching for diamonds in the rough.
We search high and low for great gifts at thrift and secondhand shops

The best places to lace 'em up

Rhode Island was founded by a man on the run, so it's no surprise the state has become a runner's paradise.
Run for it!
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 30, 2011


Their cheating hearts

When Kristina Newman-Scott took over as director of programs for the Boston Center for the Arts in January, she was surprised at its lack of literary offerings.
Literary Lites
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 23, 2011

Nutrition Tips

Serving Size 9 panels.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 09, 2011

Tips for young artists

This region of the country is, and always has been, a magnet for artists. If I spent some time thinking about why this is the case, I could probably conjure up a few convincing theories. But that's not my purpose today.
Express your self; bus fumes; bands behind bars
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 15, 2011

Your credibility's shot

He used his ability to appeal to a significant minority of the electorate to propel himself and his pals into the governor's office.
Dennis Bailey's political advice falls flat
By AL DIAMON  |  May 06, 2011

Don't be an idiot

We're all idiots when we're 18. We're all idiots for the first half of our 20s, and longer, for some. By saying so, we're not trying to insult anyone.
What we wish someone had told us about making the best of the college experience
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 28, 2011


Gina Gionfriddo on the art of playwriting

Although playwright Gina Gionfriddo was raised in Washington, D.C., Rhode Island has also made its contributions, since she polished her writing skills at Brown University, where in the late 1990s she sought out eventual Pulitzer winner Paula Vogel and
Character studies
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2011

Weddings, speakerphones and secrets

Recently, my husband was invited to the wedding of one of his co-workers. I found it odd that the invitation was addressed solely to him, as she has knows he is married and has met me on a few occasions.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 10, 2010

All due respect

There's a guy named Carson that I know at school. He is 16 and next week I will turn 14. He told me he liked me last spring and I liked him too, but it just wasn't the right time because he had a girlfriend ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 03, 2010

False starts

I have recently tried online dating. My last few dates have all lied about themselves in some way ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  November 19, 2010

Platonic intimacy

I recently started dating a girl who I like very much. She's attractive, smart, funny, interesting, and basically everything I've been looking for. The problem is that she has certain issues related to physical intimacy ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  November 12, 2010

Know what you're doing

Any idiot can be governor. I'm not saying Republican Governor-elect Paul LePage is such an idiot. But if it turns out he is, it's comforting to know that it won't make much difference.
Governors: listen to your legislators
By AL DIAMON  |  November 12, 2010

Now playing at Brown: advice from a former student

Don't put sharp knives in the dishwasher. If you're in a lousy marriage, get out. Pack light. Wise words from a doting aunt? Guess again.
Audio Dept.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  November 05, 2010

Maternal instincts

Do you have any tips on how to deal with some people's insensitivity or, probably more accurately, "tone-deafness"? I have two adopted children and on far too many occasions, people will say things in front of them like, "This is your real mom."
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  October 29, 2010

Parental disapproval

I am a 21-year-old woman who is still living at home with my mother and stepfather. I am a lesbian and am currently in a relationship. The only problem I have is that neither my mom nor her side of the family approves of my orientation . . .
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  October 22, 2010

Sore losers and workplace woes

My boyfriend is great and our relationship is great, but there is one complication. He has a brother who is two years older and they are very close. In general, his brother is a great guy but they are very much into competitiveness ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  October 15, 2010

Nervy neighbors

For the past few years, my wife and I have been very friendly with a family that lives across the street — a husband, wife, and their two young children (ages 4 and 6). Until recently, I've assumed that they were what they appeared to be — a happily mar
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  October 08, 2010

Getting friendly

I have suspected for some time that my wife’s friendship and interest in one of our neighbors was a bit more than innocent ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  September 24, 2010

Loudmouths and liars

A couple of years ago, I met a man who I fell in love with. Although it was a long-distance relationship, he wooed me ardently for months — until his wife called ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  September 17, 2010

Dr. Lovemonkey: Fantasies and fakers

I am a college student in my mid-20s and have been married for two-and-a half years to my husband, who is wonderful and who I adore. Here is my weird problem: for many years I've had a hopeless crush on Al Pacino.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  September 03, 2010

Your phone needs this list

You need phone numbers. Your cell phone needs programming. Spend a few minutes now, and reap the rewards all year long.
Emergency contacts
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 27, 2010

The List of Lists

It's back-to-campus time. You've got shopping lists, book lists, syllabi, rosters, and Facebook. Who would possibly think you could handle more lists? We would, that's who.
The real back-to-school guide
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 27, 2010

Pushy people

I am a 14-year-old girl with a big problem. There's a popular girl in my class who tells me that everything I like is evil, and that I shouldn't like this or that because when I die I will go to hell.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  August 27, 2010

High standards

My girlfriend and I have been living together and now, after about a year and a half, we've been talking about marriage. She's really great and we have a lot of love for each other, but there is one thing that I am hesitant about.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  August 20, 2010

Tips for tastings

There's a special place where you can sample dozens of different beers with fellow enthusiasts in a single session.
How to survive a beer festival
By JOSH SMITH  |  August 13, 2010