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Every once in a while the city needs a show like "Elsewhere," the round-up of 17 local artists organized by Flux.Boston blogger Liz Devlin, to get a snapshot of the art being produced here.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012

Junot Díaz: down and dirty

Pulitzer alum and MIT prof Junot Díaz's new book, This Is How You Lose Her , follows his alter ego Yunior to Boston, where he gets yelled at by racists and rejected by women.

By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 21, 2012

Review: Spec Ops: The Line

The recent release Spec Ops: The Line is as generic as its name — a competent, intermittently slick third-person shooter whose combat setpieces hold zero surprises for even the novice player.
Friendly fire
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 20, 2012

Review: Chernobyl Diaries

More akin to a meander through a haunted house than a fulfilling feature film, the latest work from Paranormal Activity auteur Oren Peli (he produces, Bradley Parker directs) relies on his tried-and-true formula of favoring atmospheric terror over vis
Tried and true formula
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  June 01, 2012
2012 Boston Beer Summit

Photos: Boston Beer Summit 2012

Boston Beer Summit attendees had only two days to sample from the annual craft beer showcase, held at the Park Plaza Castle on April 13 & 14, 2012.       
Boston Beer Summit | Park Plaza Castle | April 13 & 14, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 27, 2012
LosingControl film review

Review: Losing Control

Bostonians have celebrated the city's rebirth as a shooting location for filmmakers. Had they endured Valerie Weiss's locally made Losing Control , I suspect most would welcome another molasses disaster.
Valerie Weiss's locally made film
By MILES HOWARD  |  April 06, 2012

ThePruittIgoe Myth

Review: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

The Pruitt-Igoe projects in St. Louis were supposed to be a means for poor farmers and field workers to find big-city opportunities.
On the sabotage of the American dream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 06, 2012

As MIT expands eastward, Cambridge officials struggle to balance the allure of tech development with Central Square's gritty soul

A decade from now, the east end of Central Square will look nothing like the west.
Square roots
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 09, 2012

Networking breakfast leads to citywide forum

As interest in the local-food movement expands in Portland, lack of coordination can lead to duplicate or missed volunteering efforts and resources.
Growing connections
By AMY ANDERSON  |  March 02, 2012
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Boston's last congressman?

At the moment, neither the Senate president nor the Speaker of the House lives in the city. And in two years, the unthinkable could become reality: Boston might not have a single congressman residing in its borders.
Musical chairs dept.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011
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Heavy burden

In 2012, collections on homes, buildings, and private infrastructure will feed more than 65 percent of Boston's $2.4 billion budget.
More than any other city on the East Coast, Boston is addicted to property taxes. Could the Hub be hitting a crippling tax-levy ceiling soon?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2011

comfort food from Fill Bellys

Review: Fill Belly's

As the wheels of the food truck turn, so does the cyclical nature of trends. Fill Belly's latest spin is a retro one: a brick-and-mortar storefront.
A JP comfort-food spot that's been around the block
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  July 29, 2011
Boston Convention Center - Urban League

With the Urban League conference coming next week, Boston's movers and shakers are scrambling to project a progressive racial image

After years of trying to convince groups with large minority membership that the Hub is now a welcoming, friendly destination for African-Americans, this is the first big organization to test the theory.
Showtime for New Boston
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 22, 2011

A defiant mayor in a defaulting city

It's been a year since the state appointed a receiver to take control of a nearly insolvent Central Falls and Mayor Charles Moreau, reduced to a mere figurehead, rides shotgun in a blue Chevy Impala — surveying all that he's lost.
Urban Affairs
By MALCOLM BURNLEY  |  July 08, 2011

Rhode Island's urban agenda

If you care about Rhode Island's struggling cities, this is — to put it mildly — a rather important moment.
State of the City
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 06, 2011

One person's graffiti is another's whitewash ...

A message from the Office of Artistic Relativism.
By DAVID KISH  |  April 01, 2011


A look at Portland's graffiti history

Back in the early '90s, Eli Cayer had just finished art school in Boston and headed to Maine, where he continued creating street art.
City walls
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 01, 2011

Faking it

if you were Whitney Port, the colt-legged, honey-haired, cow-eyed star of The City , you might not think that what Herman Rosenblat did was so terrible.
MTV's The City never gets real
By SHARON STEEL  |  January 06, 2009