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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


A lesson from the ghosts of hip-hop past, present, and future

Rap vs. violence dept.
This past March, Hub peace advocate and longtime hip-hop supporter Cindy Diggs called on the local rap community to unify and help calm Boston's most tumultuous streets.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 22, 2011


Rollin' with Oates

The man behind the mustache
"The secret of a handclap is to only move one hand," John Oates said Friday, addressing a group of Berklee students. "If everyone is moving their hands, they'll never do it together."
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 20, 2011


Estrogen influx for pot protesters

Tokin' females
For years, MassCann has been something of a gentleman's club, trying to legalize pot in Massachusetts with limited success. But the March 19 board election brought a dramatic change.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  April 13, 2011


An old monster re-awakens

 Fallout Boys
Until a few weeks ago, Godzilla was a time capsule of nuclear dread and handmade special effects. But with parts of Tokyo in ruins, over 12,000 Japanese dead, and radiation spreading, the film is more relevant than ever.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 15, 2011


Life during wartime

NGO big or go home
In Fallujah, Marine Captain Rye Barcott got good at separating the two parts of his soul.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  April 06, 2011


Steampunk's not dead

In which our hero attends a convention
Two hours after listening to a talking ape named Rupert Cornelius swat down inane inquiries from a panel of probable drama-club alumni, I watched a guy shove a needle through his face.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 31, 2011

Patrick Carroll in Good People

Southie takes Broadway

Good People , Great Gig
Good People , Great Gig
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 23, 2011


After Clinton

The State of State
With a world full of crises in full flower, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton surprised a lot of people last week by declaring, in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, that she will not continue to serve beyond 2012, should Barack Obama win a second term as president.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 23, 2011

Anonymous 'Freedom of Information' Rally

Anonymous unmasked

Crazy Like a Fawkes
Anonymous — the amorphous online conglomerate who like to rumble with Scientologists and 11-year-old camwhores — usually live up to their name.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 16, 2011

Michele Bachman

Bachmann overdrive

Turn off the dark
Standing in the parking lot moments before the Michele Bachmann fundraising brunch on Saturday, my guts seized up as miasmatic gusts shot from the revolving doors of the Nashua Courtyard Marriott. A sepulchral mist of Lovecraftian horror seemed to rise from the hotel.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 16, 2011

Betsaida Gutiérrez mourns the passing of the Hi-Lo.

The shadow of Whole Foods falls upon JP

There Goes the Neighborhood
"I can no longer see my friends when I go to the supermarket. . . . Jamaica Plain is for us, not for the rich people."
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 02, 2011


Inside the Echo Nest's deal with Def Jam

A&R for apps
At the Digital Music Forum in New York, representatives from Somerville's The Echo Nest announced a watershed partnership with Island Def Jam (IDJ), the behemoth imprint that's home to such mega acts as Ludacris and Justin Bieber.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 02, 2011

Chris Faraone with one of the Phoenix NEMPA awards

The Phoenix cleans up at NENPA

Tooting Our Own Horn Dept.
The Phoenix is always and inherently an odd, anomalous bird at the annual New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) conference and awards banquet.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 16, 2011


Fake gays not protesting IFC-distributed rape film

Epic fail dept.
Last week, I got an e-mail with a real honker of a subject line: "Most Controversial Film — More Dangerous than Wikileaks?"
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 02, 2011


The GOP's top dog? It's T-Paw, not Mitt.

Pawlenty tops our list
Whatever the reason, the field of Republican presidential candidates is failing to form, just a year away now Iowa and New Hampshire voting in the nation's first presidential caucus and primary.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 05, 2011


Marwencol and Jafar Panahi star at Boston Society of Film Critics awards

Critical Acclaim Dept.
From Boston to Oscar.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 27, 2011


DOJ turns on Turner, First Amendment

Freedom Watch
The sentencing memorandum filed by Boston federal prosecutors last week, seeking between 33 and 41 months of incarceration for convicted former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, is no ordinary document.
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 26, 2011


The Annual Thanksgiving Squid Maze

Back by popular demand
Help Squiddy find his cannibalistic feast.
By: DAVID KISH  |  November 24, 2010


AAN 2010: Where Failure is a winner

Bragging Rights
Unless you work in the alt-weekly business, you almost certainly weren't in Toronto this past weekend to whoop it up with a horde of slightly disheveled journos at the 33rd annual Association of Alternative Newsweeklies conference.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  July 22, 2010


Paraphernalia paranoia: Allston head shops shut down

Who is responsible for the wave of "functional glass art" shop raids that has recently taken place throughout Allston?
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  July 02, 2010

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