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Keeping the chitlin' circuit alive in the land of the bean and the cod

Dept. of Soul
They call it the "chitlin' circuit": a network of roadhouses and theaters across the South, where for decades mostly black musicians and comedians have played to mostly black audiences.
By: NOAH SCHAFFER  |  November 02, 2011


Little House on the Occupation

Sage Radachowsky moved into Occupy Boston's Dewey Square camp on the night of the season's first snowstorm and says he kept warm and dry just fine, thanks to a portable sleeping trailer he built himself.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  November 07, 2011


Saner than the GOP: The Salem Presidential Debate

Election 2012
In what may very well be the most important political event of the year, two presidential candidates are scheduled to debate this Friday evening in Salem, Massachusetts.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 03, 2011


This is what democracy looks like

The future of Occupy Boston
Dispatches, videos, and photos of #OccupyBoston.
By: BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2011


Signs of War: The Afghanistan War 10th Anniversary Highway Banner Project

Questions on the Overpass
I'd climbed onto the guardrails of the Dorchester Avenue overpass in Boston to tie a recycled bed sheet to the chain-link fencing. The sheet bore the inscription, 1ST LT. TIMOTHY STEELE, 25, DIED AUG. 23, 2011, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, and it puffed with wind from I-93 rushing below.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 17, 2011


Thorpe nabs Deems Taylor Award

Blowing Our Own Horn Dept.
Phoenix columnist David Thorpe has been named one of the winners of this year's ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for writing about music.
By: BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2011


Occupy Boston gets serious

Report From the Front
While they're a long way from defeating American plutocracy, Occupy Boston has accomplished a great deal in its first week.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 07, 2011


Vintage sleaze

Film Culture
The grindhouse returns to the Combat Zone this weekend — in spirit, at least — as the ArtsEmerson film series, based at the Paramount Center, presents a tribute to sleazemeister David F. Friedman.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 28, 2011


Somerville's first artshare delivers

Fresh paint
Instead of buying into harvests of organic fruits and vegetables, shareholders pay a one-time fee of $300 for nine original pieces by local artists.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  September 14, 2011


Taking the Pledge in Brookline

Freedom Watch
Freedom Watch
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 13, 2011


Reclaiming the M Word

Pushing the future
In an ad age where even grandma showcases her swag and status, "marketing" is no longer a dirty word.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 07, 2011

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Boston's last congressman?

Musical chairs dept.
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.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 31, 2011


Music venue movement

Rock and Relocation
For Cambridge's All Asia Café, the afterlife will feel a bit like Valhalla.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  August 31, 2011

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For Memphis Three, a bitter guilty plea

Prosecutorial discretion
On Friday — after inspiring songs, award-winning documentaries, and celebrity-led protests — the West Memphis Three were suddenly freed from state custody, but only after all three pleaded guilty to the murders as part of the deal that secured their freedom.
By: RICK WORMWOOD  |  August 25, 2011

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A libertarian's view of the Barstool/Brady child-porn fiasco

Freedom Watch
Sophisticated First Amendment scholars, lawyers, and media commentators, all of whom are strongly free-speech/free-press supporters, were critical of Coakley for allegedly engaging in a legal bluff — the veiled threat of possible prosecution under the state's child-porn statute — to convince Portnoy to remove the offending and exploitative image from his site.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 25, 2011


Boat people

They cover the waterfront
For around $200 a month, houseboaters get a place to dock — plus electricity, refuse service, and Wi-Fi. There's no security deposit, homeowners' taxes, or assessment fees.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 23, 2011

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Skate of the union

Pissed pedaling
The malt angels from Pabst Blue Ribbon were on hand to fuel us up, and to hook up sweat bands that, incidentally, would come in handy to absorb the blood.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 17, 2011


Photos: PBR Skateboard Pub Crawl

From Cambridge to Downtown Crossing | August 13, 2011
The Pabst Blue Ribbon skateboard pub crawl takes to the streets of Boston on August 13, 2011.
By: PAT HOWLEY  |  August 17, 2011


Photos: Houseboaters living at the the Shipyard Quarters Marina

Boat people
Houseboaters living at the the Shipyard Quarters Marina give the Phoenix a tour of their home.
By: MARY FLATLEY  |  August 23, 2011

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Urban Fest gets ugly

Gimme Shelter Dept.
It didn't take long for the largely suburban horde to erupt into a frenzy at the free outdoor concert, which was dubbed, somewhat ironically, the Boston Urban Music Fest (BUMF).
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 10, 2011

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A friend in need

Community comes together to support Aliza Shapiro
For the last 15 years, Aliza Shapiro has been the heart and brains of Truth Serum Productions, the rabble-rousing outfit behind the irreverent TraniWreck cabaret.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 05, 2011

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