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Make way for cornhole

How the Midwest's stupidest sport is taking Boston by storm
When I left Chicago for Boston three years ago, I expected to leave a few things behind. Friendliness, for one, and deep-dish pizza, and modernist architecture, and perfect hot dogs, and . . . cornhole.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 09, 2011


With Boston Ruit, beer pong gets ready for its close-up

Pong stars
Mikey Connors of Peabody growls at his opponents from across the folding table. Whipping the crowd into hysterics, the beer-pong heavyweight steps back from the edge and starts to kick his heels up like a bull about to charge.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 08, 2011


Gamers gather for retro glory in New Hampshire

Cathode-ray dreams
A person prone to dumbass assumptions might have confused this past weekend's 13th annual International Classic Video Game Tournament with a four-day-long exercise in retro-fetishism.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 10, 2011

patio list

Our guide to the great outdoors

Patios patois
We picked five neighborhoods and visited two patios in each that highlighted the scene contrasts in those communities.  
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 09, 2011

where to go on a picnic in boston

Carnivores and herbivores making peace -- on a blanket

When dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the carnivores often ate the herbivores. But then we evolved. Today, meat-eaters and plant-eaters can coexist — and even share a blanket for a jolly picnic in the park.
By: DAVID EISENBERG  |  June 13, 2011


The best of Boston's mobile cuisine

Truck nuts
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 food truck in town.
By: DAVID EISENBERG  |  June 09, 2011

events at Boston Pride 2011

The 2011 Guide To Pride

Scratching the seven-year itch
Seven years of same-sex marriage. Traditionally, that's the amount of time it takes for straight folks to get sick of looking at each other over the breakfast table.

zombies attack boston at south station

Photos: Boston Zombie March

South Station, Boston | May 28, 2011
Zombie Attack!
By: NATANYA KHASHAN  |  June 01, 2011


Photos: Scott Fayner does the Tough Mudder

Mount Snow, VT | May 7-8, 2011
The Phoenix 's own Scott Fayner enters Tough Mudder, a series of obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces.
By: TONY TESTA  |  May 26, 2011


Look at This Fucking Hipster Wedding

Marching down the aisle with mustache parties, woodland creatures, and letterpress — lots and lots of letterpress.
If you liked it, then you shoulda put a bird on it.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 25, 2011


Nine miles of muddy hell

How I faced icy pools, electric shocks, and crazed men in tutus — and survived!
The parking lot is deathly silent. People with muscles and strong jaws stop in their tracks as the sound of cheers pour down from the early competitors on the mountain. Our coffee buzz long gone, the effects of the joint we puffed on the drive are creeping up and I start feeling lightheaded.
By: SCOTT FAYNER  |  May 26, 2011

staff writer chris faraone rides the rapture bus

Photos: Staff writer Chris Faraone's ride on the Rapture bus

The Rapture Bus | New York City | May 12, 2011
There were nine days left
By: PAUL QUITORIANO  |  May 19, 2011

May 21, 2011 Rapture

Absolutely, positively the last issue ever!*

Is this the end?
Is this the end?
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 19, 2011

Eternal Earth-Bound Pets

Interview: Eternal Earth-Bound Pets founder Bart Centre

 Because there’s no doggie door to Heaven
Pets — no matter how cuddly — lack souls. While their pious masters are frolicking with Jesus, loyal puppies, adorable kitties, and stalwart goldfish will find themselves alone in a terrifying hell on Earth.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 19, 2011


Photos: International Steampunk City Festival at the Charles River Museum

Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation | May 6-8, 2011
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.
By: RYAN MCMAHON  |  May 13, 2011

handcrafted boston bikes

Photos: 7th annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Austin

 Boston's handcrafted bicycle movement goes to Austin
 Boston's handcrafted bicycle movement goes to Austin
By: ERIC BAUMANN  |  May 11, 2011

massArt students design bike cover illustrations

Slideshow: Bike cover art contest 2011

 Bob Maloney's Experimental Illustration Class at MassArt competed for the cover spot on the Phoenix's 2011 Bike Bible
 Bob Maloney's Experimental Illustration Class at MassArt competed for the cover spot on the Phoenix's 2011 Bike Bible

boston bike messengers and bike culture

The bike messenger is still alive and well in Boston

Technology, bad weather and pedestrians be dammed
We're told that technological advances are killing the bike-courier business, yet messengers still zip around downtown Boston every day, carrying packages to law firms and courthouses. There's even a Boston Bike Messenger Association, a registered 501(c)6 nonprofit, to proove their presence.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  May 11, 2011


The goggles-and-corset crowd invades the watch city

Steam power
Broken clocks are getting hard to find in this part of the country. At least that's what a Santa Claus archetype who introduced himself as Professor William Whatley told me, shortly after the clouds exploded.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 13, 2011


At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, taxidermy takes on a new life

Dead in tooth and claw
The fisher perches in his case, between a black bear and a porcupine. His spine is permanently kinked in an S-curve, his tail cocked, his body no bigger than two paper-towel tubes soldered end-to-end.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 12, 2011


Radio clowns

How freeform Internet radio is giving voice to the strange, the crass, and the stoned
A hooker, an axe murderer, two white supremacists, and a little girl with pigtails are discussing their differences on air.  
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 12, 2011

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