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‘New music’ agenda

Modern works performed by the Bayside Trio
The Bayside Trio push the boundaries of modern classical music, performing works by living or recent composers.
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  October 22, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Baratunde Thurston

We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
I saw Biz Markie in concert. He remixed “Just a Friend” to “Obama, you got what I need. Ooooobama youuu!” This is obviously the next big thing.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 26, 2008


Exclamation Point! diversifies its portfolio
The Exclamation Point! series started as an informal gathering of local poets, writers and theater folks, but this Saturday its organizers, the Fort Point Theatre Project, have broadened their scope and gone seriously eclectic.
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  September 23, 2008

Yaddo and MacDowell: Works in Progress

Alone again, artistically: A glimpse of what it’s like to be present at the creation
This article originally appeared in the July 18, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By D.C. DENISON  |  July 24, 2008

Frank Bidart’s ambivalent appetite

The poet probes human opposites in his latest collection
Frank Bidart adores the savage Catullan paradox.
By SVEN BIRKERTS  |  June 17, 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

Small presses

Big ideas, and a match made in heaven
Rose Metal Press focuses on unique, non-traditional literary forms such as flash fiction, prose poetry, or novels-in-verse.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2008

Text messages

CTS Dance Company’s reverent movements
Cross-pollination in the arts shows up in many media, but it is perhaps most evident in dance.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2008

Sleeping with the enemy

Tennessee Williams’s Milk Train stops in Hartford
Who knew the azure waters off the Amalfi Coast flowed into the River Styx?
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 03, 2008

Past and present

Andrew Motion's is a memoir to savor
A book as scrupulously observed and beautifully wrought as Andrew Motion’s In the Blood can provide a shock of recognition. This, you think, is what memoir was meant to be.
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 27, 2008

Russian revel?

Looking ahead to Ballets Russes 2009
The Russians are coming!
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2008

Selected and otherwise

A sheaf of post-April poetry and poets
Simic is a poet not of big gloomy poems but of small glooms and fears that haunt our waking lives and disturb our sleep.
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  May 13, 2008

Orpheus in the afterworld

Harbison and Mahler at the BSO, and the return of Dubravka Tomsic
Tomsic’s last Boston recital was four years ago. We can’t afford to be without her this long.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 22, 2008

The war games

The Huntington’s The Cry of the Reed ; Travesties by the Publick
The Cry of the Reed seems torn from some particularly gruesome headlines: kidnapping, beheading, such stuff as Daniel Pearl’s final dreams were made on.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 15, 2008

The addicted city

Why is it that one out of 125 Gloucester residents is a junkie?
This article originally appeared in the April 1, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By RIC KAHN  |  April 03, 2008

Dance, monkey: Margaret Cho

We put a visiting comic on the hot seat
I am not sure about donkeys, but definitely asses. Doesn’t everyone love a nice ass?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 02, 2008

The word's the thing

Chinese Stars’ Eric Paul gets poetic
Eric Paul, singer and lyricist for Chinese Stars, just released his second collection of poetry, I Offered Myself As the Sea.
By BOB GULLA  |  March 26, 2008

Seeing the light

In House Freestyle connects on many levels
When Oscar suggests they bunk school and visit the museum across the street, because of the cafeteria’s two-pound burritos, they don’t realize what they have in store for them.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2008

Werewolf’s song

Toby Barlow’s verse novel has teeth
The story, the emotion, and the beauty and precision of Barlow’s language can convince you that new writers who want to experiment are not all zombies risen from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  March 18, 2008

Trying to place it

“New England Survey” at the PRC, American Mobility at Gasp, 18th-Century Porcelain at the Busch-Reisinger, and Viktor Schreckengost in Attleboro
The stubbornly beautiful New England landscape has inspired poets as varied as Emily Dickinson and Donald Hall.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 18, 2008

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