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Hey, hey, we're the Monkees

Politics and other mistakes
The law of averages says if you put 100 monkeys in a room with 100 computers, they'll eventually write a workable national health-care bill. Apparently, that rule doesn't apply to 100 US senators.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 02, 2009
dogfish list

Every Friday there's an art walk

Portland’s creativity is on display any time you care to look
This Friday, as the first Friday of every month, Portland art-lovers will wander the streets, checking out the latest and greatest our galleries, museums, and shops have to offer. Nearby communities have their own versions, too.
By ANNA PEROCCHI  |  August 05, 2009

Review: The Cove

Secret dolphin slaughter revealed
There's something at stake here, and it's not just the conscience of Ric O'Barry, who as the former dolphin trainer for the 1960s television show Flipper feels responsible for the planet's porpoise fetish.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 04, 2009

Letters to the Portland editor: June 19, 2009

Warning: Salad may kill you
In a recent issue, Brian Duff reviewed GRO Grassroots Organic Café, in Portland (see  "In the Raw,"  May 22). I've never read anything on the topic of food and nutrition more arrogant or opinionated.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 17, 2009

Photos: Grizzly Bear at Berklee

Grizzly Bear, live at Berklee Performance Center, June 3, 2009
Grizzly Bear, live at Berklee Performance Center, June 3, 2009
By DAVID F. NICHOLSON  |  June 08, 2009

Celebrating the original DIY

Sex can't get any safer than having it with yourself
Like you, dear readers, I was apparently too busy exploring south of the border to even realize it, but I just found out that May was National Masturbation Month.
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  June 11, 2009

Monkeying around

Going ape at the urinal + WJAR. Plus, a compelling reason to stay healthy
Dire fiscal conditions at most media outlets have led major local players like the Providence Journal and WJAR/Channel 10 to pursue a unique employment strategy. Both organizations are apparently looking into securing the services of trained gibbons to provide much of the support work and eventually the writing and reporting of the news.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 27, 2009

Review: Fig Trees

Strikes a delicate balance among solemnity, wry humor, and rage
Here's a first: an AIDS documentary nested inside an opera that's obsessed with albino squirrels, figs, palindromes, and Pythagoras.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  May 06, 2009

Middling earth

Too much talk spoils the images
At times, the images in Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield's documentary adapted from the BBC nature series of the same name elicit that rare cinematic response: wonder.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 21, 2009

Review: World's Greatest Dad

Bobcat Goldthwait gets dark and deep
Robin Williams is Will Hunting good in Bobcat Goldthwait's dark comedy about a failed novelist whose fantasy of becoming a literary lion comes true in a way that's just plain wrong.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 04, 2009

Video vérité

'Acting Out' at the ICA, plus Eileen Quinlan
Javier Téllez's 2007 black-and-white film "Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those Who See" starts with a catchy premise: he gathered six blind New Yorkers at an empty public pool in Brooklyn to act out the fable of the blind men and the elephant.
By GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2009

Smoke and mirrors (and elephants) at the ICA

'Momentum 13: Eileen Quinlan' and 'Acting Out: Social Experiments in video' coming to the ICA
Not into wheatpasting and framed posters? The ICA is about to serve up two shows by artists who promise not to pop up on street walls all over the city.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 03, 2009

Rant: We need more artists!

Some people say we need more doctors, more teachers, more engineers. Fools.
There's just not enough art to festoon all the walls in all the coffee/sandwich/burrito/gelato/bagel/pizza/frogurt shops in this great art-loving, snack-loving city of ours.
By DAVID KISH  |  February 25, 2009

Tape complex

A peek inside the Richmond County Archives
Andy Bernick set up the on-line Richmond County Archives while he was living on Long Island.
By RICHARD BECK  |  February 27, 2009

Crossword: ''Signal ahead''

Aw, the light just changed.
Aw, the light just changed.
By MATT JONES  |  January 21, 2009

Review: Department of Eagles

Brattle Theater, January 18, 2009
At the Brattle Theatre Sunday, Fred Nicolaus, guitarist from the Brooklyn-based duo Department of Eagles, announced that they'd play a song from their little-known 2003 debut album, The Whitey on the Moon UK LP . "It's not very good," he warned.
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 20, 2009

Enter the matrix

Digital art at Moses Brown; optical illusions at AS220
A number of artists have been making art inspired by video games and computer graphics in recent years.
By GREG COOK  |  January 13, 2009

Review: Math the Band, Lima Research Society

Middle East Upstairs, January 5, 2009
Math the Band suck greasy elephant balls, I was told by a source.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 12, 2009

Ice ice baby

Polar landscapes at the Peabody Essex, plus monsters at the Museum of Science
In July 1860, Captain Isaac Israel Hayes's schooner, the United States, left Boston and sailed to the Arctic.
By GREG COOK  |  January 06, 2009

Seeking Relevance

A MECA faculty show goes didactic
Here in Maine we're used to living in a mediated landscape. Painters have been reframing how we see the shore and woods for generations, defining what's worth looking at for a larger audience.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 03, 2008

My first trip to the County

Northern exposure
During my 36-hour stay in the Allagash region, I had better luck than the four Massachusetts College of Art students who journeyed into the Maine wilderness in the summer of 1976, only to allegedly encounter a UFO.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 04, 2008

Unchecked power and secrecy — not gays — are the church’s problem

Vatican Myopia
Presenting more evidence that it just doesn't get it, the Vatican recently issued new so-called, "psychological screening guidelines" to weed out priest candidates with "psychopathic disorders," but only those related to sexual misconduct — specifically homosexuality.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 19, 2008

Crossword: ''My heart belongs to you''

A little organ music.
A little organ music.
By MATT JONES  |  November 12, 2008

Half-baked Alaska

Why is the coldest state such a hotbed of corruption?
Until a couple months ago, did the state of Alaska ever cross your radar? Its chief exports were cute polar-bear screen savers and Northern Exposure .
By KARA BASKIN  |  November 10, 2008

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

An uninspired sit-com packed with Hollywood stars
It’s a light entertainment that can cash in with election-weary audiences.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 05, 2008

A hidden gem: RISD’s Nature Lab

Roving Eye
Spend a few minutes browsing RISD’s repository for shells, seeds, skins, and skeletons and you’ll see why — dead or alive — the Nature Lab is one of Providence’s most stimulating settings.
By PHILIP EIL  |  October 29, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Jon Rineman

We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
I like to take my time surveying the voting booths, slowly walking past each one for about 20 minutes. Then I pick one, say, “Yes. This is the one. This will do."  
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 29, 2008

San Francisco treat

Deerhoof at the Middle East Downstairs, October 23, 2008
The SF-based Deerhoof performed at the Middle East a week ago Thursday with the amusingly repetitive precision of a puppet show or an assembly of wind-up toys.  
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 28, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Jim McCue

We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
Who is the only governor who can diaper her children in moose pelts?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 17, 2008

When the red, red robin . . .

‘Language Of Color’ at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, ‘Speaker Project’ at MassArt, Cathy McLaurin at Montserrat
This exhibit explores the basic nature of color and its relationship to survival and pleasure in the world.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 17, 2008

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