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  • June 03, 2010
    By Carly Carioli

    Tooting our own horn a bit today -- here's the press release we just sent to people who might give a shit. We should also mention that the judges for these awards included Ana Marie Cox and Markos "Daily Kos" Moulitsas, ProPublica's Tracy Weber, and Columbia's David Hajdu (of Positively4th Street fame), among others.

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  • June 01, 2009
    By Maddy Myers

    Last Saturday night at midnight, Johnny Cupcakes brought late-80s gamer geek classic The Wizard to the Coolidge. People who crave their fix of both Nintendo nostalgia and exclusively designed Powerglove posters flocked to the theatre early that night. I arrived at 11:15 to find the line stretched down the alley.

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  • May 21, 2009
    By Maddy Myers


    Where's Bulma?

    I was up pretty late last night. How could I have been so irresponsible on a Wednesday? Well, I have an awful lot of work to do before Friday morning, and the list taped to my apartment wall still has a few items that aren’t crossed off: “finish armor,” “paint gloves,” “make arm bracelets,” and a couple other bits and pieces that I’ll have to wrap up tonight.


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  • May 01, 2009
    By Maddy Myers
    “I consider myself a casual gamer,” Andrew Y. Ames tells me as he guides me around his Vintage Gaming exhibit at 1305 Boylston, an old gas station turned gallery-for-rent. The exhibit, which is a part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival, involves several retro televisions, Ataris, a Wii, and a projection screen. The video-games displayed seem casual compared to plot-intense, graphics-heavy modern games, but these decades-old titles hold considerable interest for gamers who crave a vintage experience.

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  • March 13, 2009
    By Ian Sands

    Common Art, a weekly faith-based open studios, provides poor and homeless folks space and materials to make art. Each week between 10 am and 2 pm on Wednesday, these artists gather at the studio space in Emmanuel Church in Boston. The time serves as a reprieve for its participants: a chance to concentrate fully on a drawing, an acrylic or perhaps a puppet construction.

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  • January 28, 2009
    By Maddy Myers

    A couple weeks ago, I heard tell of www.flightlipdub.com, which was basically a contest to see who could best lip-synch the Flight of the Conchords song “Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros.” I decided to do it because (a) I have recently aquired a retardedly-expensive video-camera and some editing software, (b) I needed an excuse to learn how to better use them, and (c) I have a friend with a chicken suit.

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  • October 23, 2008
    By Clif Garboden

    The short film that just induced fits of uncontrollable laughter and disbelief was made sometime in the late 1950s or early '60s. The singer was the late Joi Lansing (39 - 23 - 35), a stereotypical '50s blonde bombshell, who appears in quite a few little pre-MTV music productions such as this. Her supporting players were, presumably, random members of the catering staff and a couple of extras waiting around for their walk-on in a Roger Corman movie.

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  • May 19, 2008
    By webteam


    This is an AP photo.

    There's not much more that needs to be said at this point: Paul Pierce had the game of his life at the best possible time, helping the Celtics withstand an amazing effort by LeBron James. You can read more about it here, here, here, and (at some point today, presumably) here and here.

    - Ryan Stewart

  • May 05, 2008
    By Will Spitz
    Street art is fascinating enough on it’s own but, given it’s ephemeral nature, the act of photographing it is essential. And sometimes a photograph of street art, when it’s from an interesting angle or incorporates experiments with color, light, and/or contrast, is a piece of art in itself. Annie Ridlon, of Moontree Studios in Jamaica Plain, writes on her Flickr page:

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  • April 10, 2008
    By eldean


    This is a guitar

    Phoenix Music Editor Michael Brodeur talks to FNX about the Best Music Poll and really, who should win and who should NOT. There is a lot of nervous giggling and TRUTH. Read Brodeur's latest review "Czech, Please" and listen to him talk below.

    MP3: Brodeur talks to FNX about the good, the bad, and the Jack-Johnson nightmares.

  • April 08, 2008
    By Carly Carioli

    With The Wire's fifth and final season in the can -- we'd talk more about it, except that a couple of our slacking staffers are still plowing through seasons one through four -- creator/mastermind David Simon stopped by Harvard to accept we're-not-worthy genuflections from a few serious social-science superstars. Leading off was William Julius Wilson, whose landmark When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor was namechecked by Simon as a strong influence on the dockworkers' plot in Season Two.

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  • March 21, 2008
    By Will Spitz
    Yes, I know, I should rename this whole street art series something like "Sporadic Street Art Updates," or "Sometimes daily street art." Let's just say I'm using the term loosely. This weekend I plan on visiting my favorite street art-related spot in town: the Wall in Central Square, so I can capture some photo updates of what's going there.

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  • March 18, 2008
    By Ryan Stewart


    Back when the Celtics were dominating the easier part of their schedule in November, the skeptics - somewhat justifiably - had trouble taking them seriously as a title contender. "Let's see how they do against the best of the west." Maybe last night doesn't shut everyone up completely, but sweeping the season series against the oh-so-hateable Spurs (and winning last night's game without Ray Allen) should at least show that their chances are legit.

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  • March 07, 2008
    By Caitlin E. Curran
    We're really digging the Parisian artist C215's mosaical, stenciled portraits, which are currently gracing bleak slabs of city concrete across the globe. Stenciling is the old stand-by for street art and graffiti artists, but when it's done with a certain amount of creative vision, not to mention precision, it can be one of the more impacting methods.

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  • March 07, 2008
    By Ryan Stewart


    I haven't seen the finale yet (even though it has leaked), so I couldn't reveal any details from it even if I wanted to. But there will be discussion of the previous nine episodes of season five after the jump (as well as the series's whole run thus far) after the jump, so if you're waiting for any reason, you probably shouldn't click.

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