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Boston’s actors prepare for their roles in the fall theater season

Most of us have been spending our summers scarfing down lobster claws and luxuriating by overcrowded pools. But for a select sect of Boston performers, seasonal hedonism has taken a backseat to script readings, makeup consultations, and stage rehearsal
Three characters in search of an opening night
By MILES HOWARD & LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  August 24, 2012
Tom Araya and Slayer

The 30-year metal reign of Tom Araya and Slayer

Suicide, serial killers, Satan worship, demonic possession, hatred, violence, and depravity: succeeding as a heavy-metal band through the '80s and early '90s meant being able to withstand a gauntlet of accusations as the cause of all of society's ills.
Coolest of the heavies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 03, 2012

Summer Sizzle comes to Foster

"They come wearing "My Barn, My Rules" T-shirts and cowboy boots.
By PHILIP EIL  |  July 27, 2012

In shape for summer?

Watching a CrossFit workout is reminiscent of a movie montage showing a rabble of villagers training to become the militia necessary to protect their homesteads from invading bad guys.
There’s still time to Craft yourself into a hard-bodied soldier-athlete
By MELISSA NELSON  |  July 27, 2012

55 things to do before Labor Day

You call yourself a Rhode Islander?
What are you waiting for? Get to it!!

How to beat the heat(1)

How to cool off in a (dubiously) cool way!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  July 06, 2012


Out in Maine: Summer 2012

Maine's GLBTQ Community & You
Maine's GLBTQ Community & You
By OUT IN MAINE  |  June 15, 2012

Six local chefs serve up quick summer recipe tips

A grill is always a grill, whether you rock a two-foot kettle charcoal number or a gas-fueled beast with more knobs than an airplane cockpit.
DIY Summer food
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 08, 2012
Short Take: Peace, Love and Misunderstanding

Review: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

When her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) asks for a divorce, New York corporate lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) takes her teenage children, brainy vegan Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Werner Herzog-wannabe Jake (Nat Wolff), up to Woodstock to meet her estranged mo
Summer of free love
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 08, 2012

100 things to do in Maine this summer

After an exhaustive search of our brains, experiences, and the insights of our friends and relations, we at the Portland Phoenix unveil a checklist of Maine summer pleasures.


The suds of summer: Warm weather brings the lighter side of beers

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy," as the song says. And with the onslaught of summer seasonals, the drinkin' is easy too.
Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
By LOU PAPINEAU  |  June 08, 2012


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
ShortTake: Moonrise Kingdom

Review: Moonrise Kingdom(1)

Wes Anderson should always make movies featuring characters who are pubescent or younger — like Rushmore , which until this film was his best.
Wes Anderson paints his masterpiece
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2012
orgy 3

Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Like cheap knockoffs of designer goods, Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck's excruciating comedy bears a superficial resemblance to the pricey originals it imitates.
Gross and unfunny
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2011
larp kids

Fantasy camp

Wizards & Warriors Camp is a living video game, putting kids in control of everything from plotline to character personality.
Where Lord of the Rings meets Lord of the Flies
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 12, 2011
dining Floating Rock

Review: Floating Rock

If summer brings an urge for spicy Asian food, this is a splendid place to get some, despite a few chili-pepper compromises.
Spicy Asian that rises above the rest
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 29, 2011


America's Funniest Roller Coaster Tragedies

Coming soon to prime time ...
By DAVID KISH  |  July 29, 2011
busy monsters, gillian

Busy Monsters

STUNNED BY LOVE and some would say stupid from too much sex, I decided I had to drive down South to kill a man.
Chapter 1, excerpted from the novel by William Giraldi
By WILLIAM GIRALDI  |  July 22, 2011
oracle engine eyeball flame

The Oracle Engine

The lizard of the wasteland, so dazzling to the eye, so rapid to flee or to strike, may grow to its full maturity only in the most brutal of deserts, where no dew falls to drink and where the sun is unrelenting. So, some say, was Marcus Furius Medullinu
Excerpted from the short story by M.T. Anderson
By M.T. ANDERSON  |  July 22, 2011
Tamarind House -- thai food

Review: Tamarind House

Tamarind House perhaps shows too restrained a hand with its cuisine's boldest flavors, but it's a useful step up from the bowdlerized meekness of the suburban Thai run-of-the-mill.
A gentle step down from our fiercest traditional Thai restaurants
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 22, 2011

Beach reads that don't suck

Lists of beach reads — though as reliable as summer itself — are, generally speaking, a sham.
Summer reading that stands the test of time
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 22, 2011


Woo-hoo! Vacation!

A relaxing tropical getaway, without the getaway part.
By DAVID KISH  |  July 01, 2011
St Peter's Greasy Pole

Greased up in Gloucester

When people picture the greasy pole, they often envision men scaling a vertical pole, as in Boston's Festival Betances.
Big Slick
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2011
Best. Summer. Ever: Check out the fests going down this weekend

Best. Summer. Ever: Check out the fests going down this weekend

Get your summer fest on! Summer 2K-11 kicks off this weekend with five New England festivals that will get you chowing down, feeling artsy, and...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  June 22, 2011

Sampling summer standards

Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth offers a chance to experience two varieties of summer dining.
Two beachside meals, compared
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 17, 2011

Wanna get away?

Believe it or not, there are some people who seek to "get" something out of their vacations beyond a sunburn and a souvenir mug.
Maine retreats offer a chance to recharge and reconnect — with yourself, your partner, or the spiritual world
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 17, 2011


The best of Boston's mobile cuisine

Summer in Boston traditionally means exploring the city, getting sunburned, and ironically (but totally seriously) drinking Mike's Hard Lemonade. But now that meals-on-wheels mania has put the boot on our fair city, it also means chasing down every foo
Truck nuts
By DAVID EISENBERG  |  June 10, 2011

Review: Summer Blink

If autumn and your imminent mid-30s are starting make you feel too sluggish, static, or reasonable, you might consider viewing Summer Blink , a new Seacoast-area movie that limns volatility and sexual curiosity circa age 18.
Lovemaking, confrontations, and unanswered calls
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 22, 2010

Moral support

For Jean-Louis, the dour engineer played by Jean-Louis Trintignant in My Night at Maud's , one of 10 superb miniatures screening in the Harvard Film Archive's series "The Human Comedies of Eric Rohmer," every woman with whom he has an affair poses a mor
Eric Rohmer, man for all seasons, at the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 20, 2010

Best day

View Larger Map You might be wondering why there's a Google Map centered on Fajita Grill up here. Couple answers:1)  Fajita Grill rules; so cheap...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  August 10, 2010