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Killer plants, ‘without remorse’

Beautiful but Deadly
On display behind a glass enclosure at the New England Carnivorous Plant Society's seventh annual show was a rare book, not a plant.
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  September 30, 2009

The queen of Cambodian cooking

Her friends call her 'So Peep'
Makara Meng, co-owner of Mittapheap World Market, welcomed me to her relative's suburban house in South Portland for an authentic Cambodian dinner.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 23, 2009

Holy landscape!

Ken Burns worships America's spiritual resource
At its core, Ken Burns's PBS 12-hour epic The National Parks: America's Best Idea (nightly on WGBH Channel 2 at 8 pm, from September 27 through October 2) is a selective, initiative by initiative, advocate by advocate, chronicle of the evolution of the National Parks system and the changing roles protected lands have played in American culture since Congress validated Yosemite in 1864.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 24, 2009

No new age

Earthsound is for real
Yes, this Boston jazz trio incorporates the sounds of seals, tree frogs, and crickets. Yes, one of them is a working ecologist. Here's why you shouldn't hold that against them.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009

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
bird list

Close encounters

Keep your eye on this Bird
Laura Jacobs, who was the dance critic here at the Phoenix in the mid 1980s, is the author of Landscape with Moving Figures, a collection of writing from the New Criterion that's as polemic as it is poetic. But she's also a novelist. Like Women About Town (2002), The Bird Catcher focuses on a young woman finding her way in 21st-century Manhattan.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  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

Quake and Shake

Company One meshes Murakami; Orfeo compacts the Bard
A tenderhearted yarn spinner tells an anxious little girl a story about a talking bear hawking honey. A nerdy young debt collector comes home to find a six-foot amphibian bent on recruiting him to save Tokyo from a natural disaster. Both scenarios emanate from the brain of award-winning Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 22, 2009

Review: In the Loop

Armando Iannucci wags the war
Six years ago, Armando Iannucci's slick and merciless political satire might have drawn more blood, but even now it blows away the recent satiric competition with its sharp, sardonic screenplay and uncompromising cynicism.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 23, 2009

Review: The End of the Line

Doomsday from under the sea
Eating fish is great for you — but it's a different story for the poor fish.
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 22, 2009


A small-plates concept elevates a veteran Thai place above the pedestrian
For more than 10 years, the Great Thai Chef held forth in Somerville's Union Square.
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 15, 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

Film: Universal Bites Jaws Into Vineyard

"All is grist to their mill."  
Gov. Sargent posed for the photos on a pier in Edgartown, preparing to let fly a bottle of vintage California champagne against the hill of the Orca, a pleasure craft transformed into a Nova Scotian Trawler to be used in Universal's production of Jaws.
By PETER BIRGE  |  June 19, 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

Splash, on demand

Water parks that float our inner tube
A crippling (and, as we've discussed, utterly ridiculous) fear of sharks isn't the only thing capable of keeping us away from the beaches this summer.

Into the heart of sharkness

Shark expert Greg Skomal torpedoes the Great White hype
Unless you are a spectacularly moronic daredevil hell-bent on getting shark-shanked, New Englanders are more likely to be mowed down by a molasses tsunami or felled by Lizzie Borden's ax than they are to die in the maw of Jaws.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 11, 2009

Heart of sharkness

Shark expert Greg Skomal torpedoes the great white hype
Unless you are a spectacularly moronic Masshole hell-bent on getting shark-shanked, New Englanders are more likely to be mowed down by a molasses tsunami or felled by Lizzie Borden's ax than they are to die in the maw of Jaws.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 11, 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

The insult zoologist

Big Fat Whale
Don Rickles, insult comic
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 27, 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

Review: Otto; or, Up With Dead People

Plods at an undead pace
"Wow, I just got a mental flash of thousands of zombies jumping over a shark."
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

Review: Goodbye Solo

Optimistic cabbie meet cranky codger
So far in his brief career, North Carolina native Ramin Bahrani has tapped into the greatest naturalist filmmakers and come back the richer.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 15, 2009

A cut above

The Books, live at the ICA, April 10, 2009
From out of blearily luminous pools of spiraling orange fractals, the disembodied head of a stately-looking man emerged, coaxing us to attention with little more than his calming gaze and an invitation to “a new beginning.”
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 14, 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

Company, present pillows!

Down and Up For a Fight
All right, sorority girls and sleepover fiends, get those pillows fluffed and ready.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 01, 2009

Shiny happy people

Matt & Kim let the good times roll
In the event of thermonuclear war, only two things will survive: cockroaches, and the smiles on the faces of Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino.
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  March 16, 2009

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