a native Austinite, I brace for the annual descent of SXSW madness upon
my hometown with a bizarre combination of excitement and horror. When
100,000 people pour into the hippest streets of your city, stumbling
around all the bars, venues, and restaurants you've loved since high school, the
feeling it induces is a lot like bringing your favorite toy to school
for show and tell, then having to watch while all your friends play
with it at recess.
Demonstration season kicked off on Beacon Hill today. Gadflies and activists didn't swarm just to support black leaders who organized the streetside press conference in support of union workers – they were rallying to signify that warm weather will surely bring ramped up protests against those who threaten human rights everywhere.
Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats.
Crossing StationJoselin Mane
Ever seen a dead body
down here?There was that video of a drunk woman who fell into the
tunnel. Remember that? I've seen a lot of bums, but no dead people.
Dave Zeltserman | Outsourced
and signing | Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass
Ave, Cambridge |
March 10 @ 7 pm | 617.489.0519
"Jimmy Rossi's Flashback Drive-In" | Demons 
screening | ZuZu, 474 Mass Ave,
Cambridge | March 13 @ 10 pm |
"Scaasi: American Couturier" | Gallery
talk with Pamela Parmal | Museum of Fine Arts, Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington
Ave, Boston | March 10 @ 6:30 pm | 617.
is always full of fresh art. Local creators are producing content with the intent to make you
think and feel – anything, really.
Each of the Boston's BEST 2011 nominees is endowed with a unique style of work, but no piece of art is complete without reaction. After you check each out all their work (if you can pull it together through the tears, laughter or indifference) tell us whose innovation moves you the most:
little known fact of human evolution: during the time of
hunter-gatherers, there existed a separate camp of primitive earth
dwellers. These hominids were known simply as gatherers, eschewing the
practice of sacrificing animals for feeding on. For them, preying on
animals was considered cheating at life, when the high-road was paved
with a careful diet of plants, bushes and berries.
your favorite burlesque is certainly a daunting task. It's a bit like
choosing what kind of kid you want to have. Do you want a
freaky-serial-killer-fanatic kid? Perhaps you'd prefer a bookish,
intelligent in an off-kilter sort of way kid. Or maybe, a flamboyantly
fabulously super kid who glows in the dark? The truth is, you might want
a dyed-in-the-wool geek for a kid.
If Mel Gibson calls you to offer you life advice,
you know you are in some deep shit. A week ago, Charlie Sheen was the star of a hit CBS "comedy" that owes its entire viewership to octogenarians passing out in
their recliners during the evening news. Clearly without this sweet gig, the
self-described "unemployed winner" runs the risk of falling out of the media
week's revealing phone call between a Buffalo Beast prankster and
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker clarified the extent to which
billionaire rainmaker David H. Koch manipulates public officials.
Koch doesn't just play puppeteer with politicians. He also has his hooks into public radio and television: although it has not been widely reported, Koch is a trustee at
the Boston-based WGBH, PBS's largest producer of web and television
The Phoenix has learned that James Levine will step down as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra tonight.
UPDATED: 3:32 PM: The BSO has issued a press release confirming this development. Scroll down for the full text.
Additional details were expected later today.
It's unclear how the announcement affects Levine's upcoming or future commitments at Tanglewood, the orchestra's summer home in the Berkshires.
Local brewer Jim Koch
Eleanor Brown | The Weird
Sisters discussion | Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St, Newtonville | March 3 @ 7
pm | 617.244.6619
Gabrielle Hamilton and Barbara Lynch | Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef discussion | Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge | March 4 @ 7 pm | 617.
is a city of neighborhoods, and we're asking you to tell us which community hub
reins supreme. Each of these 'Squares' fuels a cultural personality unique to
its area -- all of which mark intersections of retail, restaurants and residency.We want to know which square is the best destination for everything from
cheap beer to signing your next lease.
Tell us the best spot to exploit your bulging brain and score
big -- we’ve narrowed it down to six: