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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

TOTC list

Bar Room Blitz

Drink up
"TOTC" stands for Tales of the Cocktail, an annual drinks conference held each July in New Orleans.
By: LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  July 27, 2011

G. Kimball, RIP

George Kimball, 1943-2011

In Memoriam
George Kimball, Phoenix sports editor (back when there was such a thing) for nearly 10 years, Boston Herald columnist for 25 more, and truly one of the great boxing writers of our time, passed away last week at his home in New York City. He was 67.
By: SEAN KERRIGAN  |  July 13, 2011

Frank and Pot

Are Civil (Liberties) Unions America's Best Hope?

Freedom Watch
Ron Paul and Barney Frank make odd bedfellows, but one hopes theirs is more than a one-night-stand.

comedian Lizz Winstead

Daily Show vet stumps for Planned Parenthood

No More Bargains
Lizz Winstead has a cold. The New York–based comedian is speaking with me from her home town of Minneapolis, where she has been working on a book due out later this year — and where she caught a heckuva bug.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 08, 2011

history not politics in spain

The Moors' last sigh

Slaughter by the sea
On a recent Saturday night, as Americans prepared for fireworks in celebration of a long-ago battle for independence, the Spanish seaside town of Moraira was gearing up for a holy war.  
By: CHRIS WRIGHT  |  July 07, 2011

Improv Boston - 'The T Within'

They feel a song coming on

Hello Trolley!
The night the Bruins took the Stanley Cup, the cast of Improv Boston's T: An MBTA Musical ambushed two carfuls of unsuspecting Red Line passengers.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 29, 2011

DiMasi and some vague justice

Curbing corruption with a catch-all

Vague Justice?
Sal DiMasi is no saint, but that doesn't mean he's a criminal. His behavior makes us grimace, but it simply doesn't amount to a state or federal felony.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 24, 2011

St Peter's Greasy Pole

Greased up in Gloucester

Big Slick
When people picture the greasy pole, they often envision men scaling a vertical pole, as in Boston's Festival Betances.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 22, 2011

Oxymorons the movie

Hickey's Current event

Tinseltownie Dept.
Four months ago, the Boston Phoenix published an exclusive story about Charlestown native Johnny Hickey, and his metamorphosis from Oxycontin bandit, to undercover anti-drug agent, to aspiring filmmaker. In the time since, his feature-length hometown tragedy, Oxy Morons, had a successful two-month test screening at Showcase Cinemas in Revere, where it placed second in the theater's box-office sales in its first week of showing.  
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 21, 2011


Remembering filmmaker Karen Aqua

In memoriam
The Boston area has lost one of the most vibrant and creative animators in the region — an artist whose personality and vision merged to inspire and unify animation talent locally and beyond.
By: DAVID KLEILER  |  June 09, 2011


Lost in interrogation

Captive's attention
On April 5, James Foley, a journalist for Boston-based GlobalPost, was beaten and captured by armed pro-Qaddafi loyalists outside the Libyan town of Bregra, along with Atlantic writer Clare Gillis and Spanish photographer Manu Brabo.
By: DAN MCCARTHY  |  June 01, 2011


Quiet D silenced?

Desperate times dept.
Boston bohemians and other fans of quirky television have new reason to hate conservatives.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 06, 2011


Open for change

Don't quote me
Last Saturday's first flash of dry weather in a week didn't stop dozens of Boston activists from holing up in a Chinatown loft, and plotting to protect citizens from Clear Channel, FCC oppressors, and other threats to an open, fair, and honest media.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 26, 2011


Anyone but Mitt

Romney vs. the GOP
Political leaders don't always rally around the front-runner for their party's presidential nomination, but they normally at least offer deference and respect. That doesn't, however, seem to be the case with Mitt Romney.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 25, 2011


Photos: President Obama speaks at the Cyclorama

Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts | May 18, 2011
Obama speaks at the Cyclorama inside Boston Center for The Arts on May 18, 2011. He was proceeded by speakers from The New England Steering Committee, Governor Deval Patrick, current Celtics player Ray Allen and former Celtics player Bill Russell.
By: KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  May 23, 2011


All dogs go to probate court

In dog we trust
It's funny: while Massachusetts is considered a vanguard in the struggle for same-sex marriage and mellower pot laws, it has been way behind the pack in implementing pet trusts. But no longer.
By: SCOTT FAYNER  |  May 11, 2011


No more Mr. Nice Council

Five-way Boston bloodbath
By announcing his campaign for city council, Michael Flaherty immediately unleashed the bitter side of Boston politics.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 11, 2011


Sluts for justice

No means no
On Saturday, Boston joins the national SlutWalk movement, demonstrating solidarity to fight "slut shaming," a common response to sexual violence.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  May 04, 2011


An all-seeing eye for the FBI?

Every step you take
The latest Boston Phoenix is spread across your steering wheel. You're reading this article. In a legal parking spot. With the engine off. A transportation cop zaps your license plate with a computerized scanner, cycles your registration through the system, and records the time and position of your car.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 27, 2011


From here to Aeternitas

Fighting fading fandom dept.
On July 15, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits theaters, dealing the final Avada Kedavra to the biggest fantasy franchise of our generation.
By: MICAH HAUSER  |  April 27, 2011

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