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We heart these people

Meet Portland's most influential
We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 10, 2010
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Food on stage

Locavores + thespians = understanding
Maine is home to a nationally renowned locavore culinary scene, the oldest organic farming association in the nation (MOFGA), and a plenitude of farms that has increased by nearly 1000 in the past five years — and yet economic pressure to develop acreage remains.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 06, 2010
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Myung Dong 1st Avenue

Can a Korean dive bar serve the masses? Certainly, with alcoholic melon drinks.
Myung Dong refers to a high-rent, youth-oriented shopping district in Seoul, thus "1st Avenue" is a kind of evocation of both Fifth Avenue and SoHo. This restaurant has a variety of Japanese and Korean dishes, but the idea is to appeal to a young crowd, more specifically a drinking crowd.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 09, 2009
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Revisiting the greatest Harvard-Yale game

Crimson Bowl Over Dept.
It takes some doing to make Harvard look like an underdog in anything. But Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29 — Kevin Rafferty's 2008 movie (out now on DVD) and new book (released this past month) about the famous football rivalry — does just that.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 18, 2009
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Road trip

A lesbian journey through Maine's history
There comes a time in a woman's life when she just has to leave her husband at home with his mistress, toss her suitcase in a roadster, and head Downeast for a little timeout with her new, butch girlfriend. In July 1933, that's exactly what first lady Eleanor Roosevelt did.
By CAROLYN GAGE  |  June 24, 2009
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Universal tales

Diane Macklin makes a difference at FUNDA
For the 11th consecutive year, the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) are bringing stories and tellers from near and far for the eight-day FUNDA Fest (January 18-25).
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 15, 2009
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Opening pitch

James Levine’s gala and Brahms, Russell Sherman’s Liszt, the Bostonians’ Kurt Weill
The most moving moment of this year’s Boston Symphony Orchestra opening gala came before the concert started — the standing ovation for James Levine, who looked rested and recuperated after his kidney surgery this summer, an operation that forced him to cancel most of his Tanglewood season.  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 01, 2008
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Dysfunction junction

A Delicate Balance; The Gibson Girl; Some Men
A Delicate Balance  is 40 years old now, but like the patrician clan at the frightened heart of it, the play has good bones.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 25, 2008
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Durst’s cinematic debut starts making the rounds

Reel life
The Education of Charlie Banks is a coming-of-age picture notable in part because it marks the directorial debut of Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.
By BOB GULLA  |  October 31, 2007
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June tunes

From Beastie Boys to the White Stripes and more
Mark Twain once observed that it’s “better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.”
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 25, 2007
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Sifting Shakespeare

Ron Rosenbaum on Bottom, bottomlessness, the Bard, and . . . Ron
“For the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the bottom of God’s secrets.” That quotation from the 1557 Geneva Bible’s First Corinthians is the unlikely foundation of Ron Rosenbaum’s The Shakespeare Wars .
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 19, 2006

The trials of Bernard Baran

Twenty years ago, a  young gay man was convicted of multiple counts of molestation. There is good reason to believe he is innocent.
This story originally appeared in the June 18, 2004 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
By DORI BERMAN, CARRIE LOCK, RICHARD RAINEY, AND LINDSAY TAUB  |  July 12, 2006
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War and peace

Books that travel from the Mecca to Memphis
Since September 11, publishers have been rushing to supply Americans with non-fiction books about the war on terror, the war in Iraq, and anything relating to the upheavals in the Middle East.
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  January 02, 2006

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