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Burning down the house

The roof is on Fire Dept.
"The life of the artist is seeing possibility where other people don't," says Madeleine Steczynski, an East Boston artist and activist.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 28, 2009


2009: The year in Phoenix blog posts

Michael Jackson, meteors, WBCN, and one very angry Obama
Our most popular blog posts from 2009
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2009


Video: Our 10 most popular videos from 2009

Hardcore bands, porn stars, vampires, zombies, and vandals
The most popular videos from the Phoenix in 2009
By: BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 28, 2009


Sterling-Cooper sells the season

Behind the scenes of the Phoenix' s Gift Guide, starring the cast of Mad Men
The Guide to the Season isn’t about any particular gift, just like it’s not about any particular holiday. It’s a feeling. A sensation. A supplement.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  December 10, 2009


Gift guide galore 2009

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad season
The Guide to the Season isn’t about any particular gift, just like it’s not about any particular holiday. It’s a feeling. A sensation. A supplement.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 11, 2009


Super friends

Move over, Clark Kent. All over New England, mild-mannered citizens are suiting up and doing their part to play the hero.
THWAK! I swing with my right fist, trying to connect with my opponent's face. In a smooth motion, he deflects my punch with his forearm, which is protected with a black and metallic-plastic arm gauntlet. I swing with my left fist, and am again knocked away effortlessly. I can see my reflection in his sunglasses, framed in white.
By: TEA KRULOS  |  December 11, 2009


Mad Men on Mass Ave

How to make your carpets match the Drapers
We have many long, painful, Mad Men– less months stretching ahead of us, as we wait for the show to return to AMC and shower us with more broken marriages, snappy quips, jaw-dropping revelations, and (hopefully) amputated limbs.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  December 09, 2009


Tech Support

Stereo equipment is so passé. This year's unnecessarily awesome gadgets will stir coffee and turn T-shirts into guitars.
"Lo! Men have become the tools of their tools." So wrote Henry David Thoreau, a long time ago, in Walden .
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 08, 2009


A JP Christmas

What's the purpose of this holiday, anyways?
Boy, things sure did change when I found out there was no Santa Claus
By: KARL STEVENS  |  December 09, 2009


A weed grows in Boston

What's a suburban soccer mom who was once fervently anti-drug doing running a business growing and selling pot?
Even though it's a crisp November day, the flower boxes of Mary Jones's neat little bungalow are overflowing with brightly colored blooms.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 04, 2009


Photos: Gross Thanksgiving food to avoid

Avoid these fattening and just plain gross Thanksgiving foods
Thanksgiving is a time for gorging on food and hanging out with family, but really it's mostly about the food. There are some dishes that take it too far, however, and we are here to help you steer clear of those.
By: LISA SPINELLI  |  November 25, 2009


Greg Epstein, Atheist Superstar

Can Harvard's humanist chaplain save nonbelief from itself?
Once an intellectual taboo, atheism has become one of the great growth industries of the third millennium.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  November 24, 2009


Classic Rock?

The myth of the pilgrims is so ingrained in our culture, it's a part of our national DNA. But one trip to the Plymouth area could change all that.
If you're looking for meaning in the overly sanitized myth that is our national Thanksgiving celebration, a good place to start is southeastern Massachusetts, where nearly 400 years ago that band of hungry, ill-prepared religious zealots tried to colonize the middle of nowhere at the start of winter.  
By: GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2009


10 memorable moments from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an unapologetic, cross-promotional cheese-fest. But whether you love or hate it, you have to admit that its giant balloons are nearly as synonymous with the holiday feast as turkey, cranberries, and indigestion.
By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 25, 2009


Ski and Snowboard Guide 2010

Gear, where and when to ski, and more
Get ready for another great year on the slopes with the Phoenix 's guide to powder
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 19, 2009


Blue hills, rosey cheeks

True story. I was there.
This happened on a tiny ski slope in the Blue Hills.
By: SCOTT GETCHELL  |  November 17, 2009


A Bean grows in Brighton

How five guys in a garage put together Boston's biggest little snowboard brand
Deep in a Brighton garage, five guys are dreaming of winter.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  November 17, 2009


Get into gear

Hit the slopes in style with the coldest season’s hottest innovations
A new season brings new toys, and snow sports fanatics are nothing if not gearheads.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  November 17, 2009


Don't do it

Thinking about making the gnarly move from skiing to snowboarding? Think again, brah.
So, I heard that you want to trade in your skis for a snowboard this year. Maybe it'll be fun? Well, maybe, but there are a few things I'd like you to consider before you make that leap.
By: JASON O'BRYAN  |  November 17, 2009


Slideshow: Snow and ski art contest 2010

Finalists from our annual illustration contest
Finalists from our annual illustration contest
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 19, 2009


Photos: New England Fan Experience 2009

At the Courtyard Marriott in Downtown Boston
Photos of fans and more at the New England Fan Experience 2009
By: MADDY MYERS  |  November 16, 2009

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