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SLIDESHOW: Photos from ''Elsa's Housebook: A Woman's Photojournal''
Photos from Elsa Dorfman's 1974 book, featuring portraits of Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Elsa herself.
| October 24, 2012
Notes from the New York Underground
All Phoebe, all the time; "An Orgy of Corporate Gluttony" at the ProJo
When I last saw Ms. Phoebe Legere, she was smiling and waving goodbye from the backstage area of the Met, where she'd opened for my band the Young Adults.
| June 08, 2011
Review: Williams S. Burroughs: A Man Within
Fairly disorganized in the telling and rather impersonally told by filmmaker Yony Leyser, this documentary biography of the stone-faced Beat author of The Naked Lunch is still worth seeing.
| February 02, 2011
More of a whimper, really
This meditation from documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman on what might be America's most famous poem succeeds more as a glimpse into a great artist's creative process than as a movie, though give it credit for ambition.
| September 28, 2010
A world of cinema
Young filmmakers shine at this year's Maine International Film Festival
The 13th Maine International Film Festival begins in Waterville next Friday, and along with the usual unusual array of (political, music, and eco-)documentaries, Amerindies, classic and foreign films, and a special night at the drive-in, MIFF has a couple new tricks up its sleeve.
| July 01, 2010
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultural and historical enclaves of Boston itself.
| June 16, 2010
Ghostly shapes and images at 37-A Gallery
Mikael Kennedy’s portraits of his maunderings through the American landscape harness a transcendental concurrence of vastness and intimacy.
| June 09, 2010
Crossword: Not so full of it, are we?
Seriously, cut it out
Seriously, cut it out
| May 19, 2010
Tim Rushton bring existential relevance to town
Choreographer Tim Rushton makes unusual, high-powered dance movement and blends it with slick but modest theatrical appurtenances, sound scores that claim your attention, and important program notes.
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| May 04, 2010
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John Sinclair vs. ‘the dictates of conventional society’
John Sinclair’s poem “Ask Me Now” leaves little question about the poet’s values.
| April 21, 2010
The Harvard Psychedelic Club
How Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil killed the fifties and ushered in a new age for America
Timothy Leary brought the bowl of mushrooms up to his nose and sniffed.
| January 19, 2010
Dancing with himself
Arthur Russell's posthumous renaissance
Arthur Russell's music does little to illuminate the mysteries and vagaries of his life. It simply tosses them aside, in pursuit of moods and rhythms few have successfully replicated, two decades later.
| April 22, 2009
Arresting Shepard Fairey
It's about small minds, revenge, and embarrassing the mayor
A cynic might argue that anything that publicizes art is a good thing. Art, after all, challenges how you think — provokes thoughts, insights, emotions that otherwise might not be stirred. It also can amuse and entertain.
| February 12, 2009
Tracing Ogre’s trajectory
Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre has made the rounds for the better part of this decade as ohGr, with a more cut-and-paste approach to the electric misanthropy his old band pioneered.
| December 05, 2008
At last, Kerouac and Burroughs's co-authored noir novel, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, resurfaces.
On a Sunday afternoon in December of 1997 I hooked up with the poet Jim McCrary at a Greenwich Village saloon.
| October 24, 2008
A history of violence
Ron Pownall’s photos of the ’68 Democratic Convention
It was August 28, 1968, and Ron Pownall could feel the storm brewing as he arrived at a Vietnam War protest during the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
| August 26, 2008
Our superheroes, ourselves
What the current crop of comic-book action movies tells us about America's identity crisis
Is there a breed of person more tenderly optimistic, more winsomely hopeful for the best, more loyal to the possibility of good, than the American summer moviegoer?
| July 09, 2008
The ultimate balancing act
An extraordinary documentary opens the 2008 Maine International Film Festival
About 100 films deep, MIFF ’08 has intriguing offerings for cineastes of all stripes. Here’s a slice of what to look out for.
| July 09, 2008
Philip Whalen’s word bombs
Philip Whalen (1923–2002) is a great American poet.
| January 14, 2008
In search of Kerouac
‘Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?’ . . . Lowell?!
Ashare drops me off, frantic Matt Ashare from my paper, swilling coffee in a ceramic mug at the wheel of his sulky-blue Saturn Ion and ranting about dogfighting.
| August 29, 2007
When worlds collide
The Collision Collective at AXIOM, Stencils at NESAD, and Alice Neel on film
We humans are quick to anthropomorphize the non-human.
| August 07, 2007
Free extended MP3 mixes
The UK label Type Records specializes in avant-garde music with a soft, lyrical touch.
| July 30, 2007
Mala Noche and Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
Gus Van Sant’s arresting first feature, the 1985 Mala Noche , was a raw, libidinous tale of homosexual desire.
| June 13, 2007
Let ’em sing!
A year in jazz
Here, in no particular order, are some my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
| December 18, 2006
All about Allen
Celebrating Ginsberg’s life
Clean-shaven and dressed in a sport coat and tie, 28-year-old Allen Ginsberg, stood in front of an enthusiastic and energetic audience at the Six Gallery on Fillmore Street to read from a new poem — “Howl” — that he had begun writing 44 days before.
| September 27, 2006
Lions and lambs
Pynchon isn’t all you’ll be reading this fall
The season is notable for the return to bookstores of canonical names like Atwood, Ginsberg, Kinnell, le Carré, Munro, Pynchon, and Vidal plus a fair share of younger lions like Eggers, Julavits, and Muldoon.
| September 13, 2006
The films of Peter Whitehead at the HFA
It’s a mysterious career. To Whitehead’s credit, it’s not a career in the normal sense at all.
| September 06, 2006
Flashbacks, February 3, 2006
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
This week in history, from the pages of the Boston Phoenix
| February 02, 2006
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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