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Luis's Lost Years

After five decades of exile, Red Sox great Luis Tiant journeys back to Cuba
It had been nearly half a century since Luis Tiant stood on the Cuban soil where he was born, and where he first learned the skills that would see him become one of the greatest and most beloved pitchers in Red Sox history.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 22, 2009

Review: The Godfather II

Going against the family
If adapting the Godfather series means stripping it of subtext and amplifying the thuggery, that may be the greatest imaginable indictment of video games as a medium.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 21, 2009

Review: The Lost Son of Havana

A fascinating look inside Cuba
Red Sox legend Luis Tiant left his native Cuba for pro baseball in 1961 and hadn't been back in 46 years.
By TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009

Battle of the banned

Authorities kick out the jams
It's one thing to be a musician and get thrown out of Disneyland (Velvet Underground) or banned from a national landmark (Ozzy Osbourne at the Alamo), but you've hit rock paydirt when you become the target of an entire nation.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 02, 2009

Review: Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center

Tidal wave
Gotham was awash in dance during early January as the annual Dance on Camera Festival coincided with the conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (better known as APAP, the national bookers' convention).
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 20, 2009

Crossword: ''Just do it''

Where the action is
Where the action is
By MATT JONES  |  December 31, 2008

Anti-depressant cinema

The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 09, 2009

Year in Books: Word plays

Of werewolves and wastelands
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that the Phoenix wrote about in 2008.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008

Boys’ life

Childhood play becomes macho in Boston galleries
The art features boy toys (no dolls, thank you very much), gadgets, and secret clubhouses.  
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008

Eat like a rock star

The food you'll find around the clubs
A soundtrack as rich as Boston's deserves a menu to match.
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  September 15, 2008

Kino pravda

‘Envisioning Russia’ at the MFA
Because Mosfilm, the subject of the Museum of Fine Arts’ “Envisioning Russia” retrospective, was the Soviet state production studio, any cross-section of its history lays out the entirety of Soviet film history.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  August 26, 2008

Terror 'toonist

Dept. of gallows humor
Earlier this month, syndicated cartoonist Matt Bors found a new fan in none other than Salim Hamdan, the man tried and convicted for once having been Osama Bin Laden’s driver.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  August 20, 2008

Smoke screens

Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 18, 2008

Khrushchev calls conflict a matter of protecting Russians

At press time, Russian President Dmitry edvedev declared a halt of military operations against the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  August 14, 2008

Georgia on your mind?

Why the Russians are acting like Soviets! And why it will be difficult to stop them!
So much for the Republican Party’s long-standing boast that Ronald Reagan neutered the Soviet Union.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 13, 2008

Torture for the hostage-taker?

Prison watch
Will Michael Chasse, the inmate who allegedly held two people hostage on June 30 at the Maine State Prison, now be tortured by Governor John Baldacci’s administration?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 09, 2008

Herald or harbinger?

Press releases
Those of us fascinated by the rapidly deflating balloon that is the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram have had a lot to chew over from a lot of sources lately.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 02, 2008

Blood money

Adventures in the slave trade
Katrina Browne’s Traces of the Trade is a legendary local documentary, a film on which all hands in Boston indie production seem to have toiled at some point.
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 24, 2008

Traces of the Trade advances the discussion

Race + Reconciliation
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North charts the early history of the DeWolfs, a prominent Bristol family whose first three generations were prosperously involved in the slave trade.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2008


Definitely worth the wait
So what’s all the excitement about?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 11, 2008

A night in Guantánamo

Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 18, 2008

Study this

Politics and other mistakes
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 21, 2008

Crossword: ''Repeat after me''

I solemnly swear that's how it works.
I solemnly swear that's how it works.
By MATT JONES  |  April 30, 2008

Shaping the Crescent

The making of New Orleans
Even before Katrina wreaked its havoc on New Orleans, a popular T-shirt proclaimed the city “Third World and Proud of It,” and numerous more-literary types have long referred to it as the “northernmost Caribbean city.”
By CLEA SIMON  |  December 22, 2008

McCain perpetuates ignorance about the US health-care system

Got Insurance?
John McCain should stop flashing a spotlight on what he doesn’t know.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 19, 2008

Jackson's sweet dream

Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign
This article originally appeared in the March 4, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By SCOT LEHIGH  |  March 07, 2008

The case of Milan Kohout

The right of a performance artist represents the rights of all Americans. Plus, an opportunity with Cuba.
Kohout, a serious man, was engaged in the serious business of political protest.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 21, 2008


Perfect sushi, imperfect concept
PerSushi-Teq starts with a really mediocre idea — pairing sushi with tequila and salsa music — and drops it into a glass cube with a two-wall color organ.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 13, 2008

Wings of desire

Samuel Bak’s ‘Remembering Angels’
Half a millennium after her birth, in the wake of world wars and genocides, she’s become timeless.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 30, 2008


Lagos by Bus | Cyberset
The band are tight and fluid, and their command of far-flung languages and musical genres is sure-footed without being reverential.
By BANNING EYRE  |  January 23, 2008

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