The Phoenix Network:
What’s driving the East-West Highway?
Taxpayer dollars, secrecy, and private interests
Eminent domain! The government's ability to seize land for a public purpose strikes terror into the hearts of many landowners.
| May 02, 2012
Following in the footsteps of African Cats , this Disney-distributed documentary combines breathtaking wildlife footage with silly, self-conscious voiceover narration aimed at preschoolers.
| April 24, 2012
Days of future past
'SF-1970' at the Harvard Film Archive
Science-fiction films have been with us since Edison’s 1910 version of Frankenstein , but they bloomed in the ’Nam era, nourished by a volatile cocktail of cultural ingredients.
| June 26, 2010
Review: Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
Pallid documentary on Japan's insect obsession
The cheeky title conjures up belovedly tacky 1950s Japanese sci-fi films, but Jessica Oreck’s actual effort is a pallid, thinly poetic documentary essay about Japan’s obsession with insects.
| June 01, 2010
Physics lesson for Diamon
Letters to the Portland editor, May 21, 2010
Newton’s laws of gravity and motion are universally understood laws, not subject to anyone’s opinion.
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| May 20, 2010
Right now there are millions of bees pollinating blueberries in Maine.
| May 12, 2010
New works by Catherine Hamilton and Susan Twaddell
“A bird feeder,” Hamilton writes in her artist statement, “creates an intensified microcosm of the trials and hardships of avian existence.”
| May 05, 2010
Lady of Leisure’s Prison Memoir
Crook Book Dept.
In prison, Piper Kerman had to get used to, among other trials, a bathroom infested with insects.
VALERIE VANDE PANNE
| May 05, 2010
USM show uncovers Peaks
Living on an island can be like living in your parents’ basement.
| March 24, 2010
‘Trash’ — and more — at AS220 and Project Space
"Trash" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through January 29) focuses on our love-hate relationship with garbage
| January 20, 2010
Of Doctor Tremendanus and the giant furry jellyfish
It was New Year’s Eve and in the belly of the Roxy nightclub, away from the teeming Bright Night crowds, there were monsters on the loose: creatures with protruding noses, googly eyes, and spindly legs.
| January 06, 2010
The crooked folk of Cuddle Magic
Things aren’t always what they’re called — we know that flying fish don’t fly and starfish aren’t even fish.
| December 15, 2009
Rachel Berwick conjures ghost birds in Zugunruhe
Rachel Berwick's art is concerned with conjuring ghosts — in particular the spirits of creatures or peoples near extinction or already died out.
| December 09, 2009
Over the coals
Letters to the Boston editor, December 4, 2009
Not so fast, Mike!
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| December 02, 2009
Review: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Knight of the Iguana: Nicolas Cage at his best
Nicolas Cage is at his best in Bad Lieutenant
| November 24, 2009
We're killing the oceans
Is it too late to save the seas that sustain us?
I meet world-renowned undersea photojournalist Brian Skerry at Legal Seafoods, across from the New England Aquarium, where he's the explorer in residence. He orders a chicken Caesar salad.
| November 18, 2009
Boston rat rampage
Thanks to the global economic collapse, which has stalled initiated construction projects, Boston’s rat population is surging
Residents say that if you jam a leaf blower in the earth virtually anywhere in Allston, furry bottom feeders will be blown out of every crack and hole in sight and rain down like unsavory screeching meatballs. North Enders joke that something similar would happen if you detonate a Parmesan wheel in an alleyway off Hanover Street.
| November 09, 2009
Interview: Lars von Trier of Antichrist
The director on the redeeming qualities of Antichrist
Maybe it’s the blurring effect of the Skype technology through which I’m interviewing him as he sits worried and Buddha-like in his headquarters in Denmark (he has a phobia about airplanes, among other things), but Lars von Trier seems like an okay guy.
| November 02, 2009
Boston's an academic city, even for capuchins who attend Brighton's Monkey College, where they're trained to be lifesavers for the disabled
Craig Cook remembers when friends tried to draw him out of a deep depression — by offering to get him a monkey.
| October 21, 2009
AS220’s ‘Do It! Show It! Sing It! Work It!,’ and Holly Ewald
It's not quite right to call "Do It! Show It! Sing It! Work It!" the AS220 biennial.
| October 21, 2009
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.
| September 30, 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.
| September 25, 2009
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.
| September 24, 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.
| September 23, 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.
| September 02, 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.
| August 04, 2009
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.
| August 05, 2009
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.
| August 05, 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.
| July 23, 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.
| July 22, 2009
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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