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Photos: MIT's Prom Dress Rugby Tournament 2011

"Where Beauty and Brawn Meet Brains"
The MIT women's rugby team takes their formal wear to the field for the Prom Dress Rugby Tournament.

Oh, the Humanities

6,574,357 hours of scholarship
The data contained within the following illustration represents the most common words found in the titles of more than 150 doctoral theses in the humanities and social sciences published in 2010.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 27, 2011

Review: Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis

Cambridge’s own eccentric trash-spelunker
Joe Davis is the type of character who begs to be profiled.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 28, 2011

Domo Arigato

The robots are here — and they look nothing like we expected
When Czech playwright Karel Capek first used the word "robot" nearly a century ago, it was to describe a coldly calculating machine, evil in its perfection and scornful of human frailty. And so began our fascination with the possibility of humanoid machines designed to be our underlings but destined to be our overlords.
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  May 02, 2011

Slideshow: ''Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom'' at the MIT List Visual Arts Center

Stan VanDerBeek | MIT List Visual Arts Center | Through April 3
Images from ''Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom'' at the MIT List Visual Arts Center.
By STAN VANDERBEEK  |  March 24, 2011

The proto-web utopian consciousness of Stan VanDerBeek

Psychadelic, man!
In April 1966, sheriff's deputies were hiding in bushes, peering into a mansion that had been turned into a headquarters and commune for LSD guru Timothy Leary and his pals at Millbrook, New York.
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2011

Terpsichore's delight: Boston's Spring dance preview

Springing into dance
Ballet, international dance, dance filmmakers, popular dance, and more -- there's something for every fan of dance in Boston this Spring.
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 14, 2011

Love and Robots in Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera

In Tod Machover's new opera, Death and the Powers , high technology meets high anxiety
A third of the way through the opera Death and the Powers: the Robots' Opera , the leading man becomes a machine.
By CHRIS DAHLEN  |  March 18, 2011

An (almost) A-to-Z guide to Boston

From Ben Affleck to Yawkey Way
Welcome to Boston, college kids.
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 27, 2011

All Asia no more?

Yet another endangered species for your list
Let’s hope the All Asia can relocate to a new building. I used to shit-talk the place . . . until I heard it might close.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 24, 2011

Unlocking knowledge

From OpenCourseWare to co-ops, area schools are taking their learning outside the classroom
Back in 2000, when Google was two years old and the all-for-naught panic over a worldwide Y2K meltdown had subsided, the MIT faculty had to answer two questions: how is the Internet going to change education? And what are we going to do about it?
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 12, 2011

MIT blows out 10010110 birthday candles

Sesquicentennially yours
When a whole sector of the MIT Museum goes under wraps for months, it's a surefire sign that mad science is brewing.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 12, 2011

Search-term smackdown: Boston rivalries settled with Google Books Ngram Viewer

 Golden Ngrams
Two weeks ago, Google chucked a shiny new Web toy down the chimneys of Internet-research nerds everywhere: the Google Books Ngram Viewer, a search tool/treasure hunt that shows you the frequency of specific words in literature going back to the 1500s.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 30, 2010

MIT Kinects with the Future

Philip K. Dicking Around
Here in the future, we don't just have park lights that run on dog poop; we're so advanced that cutting-edge technology occasionally shows up in the toy aisle at Wal-Mart.
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  December 15, 2010

Slideshow: Video game heroes run amok in Boston

Video game characters take over the Hub
The Laser Orgy awards ceremony got a little out of control, and we followed our red carpet video game stars as they ran amok in Boston.
By BUDDY DUNCAN AND K. BONAMI  |  December 02, 2010

Review: A House in Bali

Evan Ziporyn's tenuous idyll
A House in Bali , Evan Ziporyn's dense syncretic opera, regales you with sounds, moves, images, and contradictions. It's a little like visiting Bali for the first time. The strangeness can be overwhelming, but you'll never forget the clangor.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 12, 2010

Intimations of life: Camden International Film Festival 2010

CIFF's sixth program is its best and most diverse yet
Just six years into its life, the Camden International Film Festival — a four-day documentary showcase running from September 30-October 3 at venues in Camden, Rockport, and Rockland — has achieved breakout status on the crowded festival circuit.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 29, 2010

Clover Food Lab

These trucks lead the trend when it comes to vegetarian fare on the go
Thanks to a recent surge in trendiness, Boston has found itself full of food trucks peddling everything from hot dogs to shashleek skewers, ice cream to organic chocolate.
By STEVE MILLER  |  September 08, 2010

Unholy contraptions

Tavares Strachan's rockets, plus 'The Boat Show' at Drive By, and 'Sensed, Unseen' at GASP
In Tavares Strachan's video The Rocket Launch (2009), two black men in white chemical suits load sugar cane into the back of a three-wheeled mini-truck, then drive down a palm-tree-lined road to a run-down building labeled Bahamas Aerospace and Sea Exploration Center.
By GREG COOK  |  June 23, 2010

Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 20, 2010

Photos: N.E.R.D. and Super Mash Bros at MIT

Spring Concert featuring N.E.R.D. with openers Super Mash Bros at MIT | April 23, 2010
Spring Concert featuring N.E.R.D. with special guest Super Mash Bros at MIT | April 23, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 28, 2010

Portraits of artists

Opus at New Rep; From Orchids to Octopi at Central Square
Yikes! Is this really what it’s like behind the scenes with, say, the Emerson String Quartet?
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 06, 2010

Food Fight

Letters to the Boston editor, March 19, 2010
I don't think food critic Robert Nadeau knows very much about fine dining and what it means to cook good seafood.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 17, 2010

Hot spots in an instant

Real-Time Clubbing
Cologne on, dress pants clean, and IDs ready — your Friday night is in full swing. But before you take a step behind the bouncer-guarded pearly gates, check your cell phone. It may just save you the cover charge.
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  February 24, 2010

Now playing — RISD: The Musical!

We all know RISD students like to paint and draw, but can they hoof it? Or belt out a show tune and carry a giant pencil at the same time? Well, yes, it turns out.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  February 17, 2010


'11+1' at Outpost 186
The hour's worth of film and dance that followed my absurdist journey offered flashbacks, edges, mysterious messages, and a thunderstorm. In 1924, Tristan Tzara described Dada as a resistance to the pretensions of art, "a snow of butterflies released from the head of a prestidigitator." I left Inman Square feeling energized.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 09, 2010

Covering a tragedy

How does a small local paper cover the world's biggest story?
The earthquake that ravaged Haiti on January 12 posed a major challenge for the Boston Haitian Reporter , the lone English-language outlet focused on Boston's sizable Haitian community. The quake and its aftermath were of vital interest to the Reporter 's core audience, but local, national, and international media were already tackling the story with resources that the Reporter simply didn't have.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 20, 2010

Tilting at Windows

Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous with computing.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009

Tale of the tapes

Pacey Foster tells the story of Boston hip-hop
Soon after music-minded UMass-Boston management professor Pacey Foster signed on to write a Boston chapter for the most comprehensive hip-hop tome ever compiled, his mission brought him to rural Maine, where it has long been speculated that the Hub rhyme scene's Holy Grail is safely stored.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 25, 2009

Magnificent machines

Inside AS220's Fab Lab
A machine that can make everything. It's been the stuff of science fiction for decades. But now, it's a reality. In fact, there's one in Providence.
By CHRISTOPHER COLLINS  |  August 05, 2009

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