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The healing arts

Breathing Easier
Eunah Kim, a Korean-born, Cambridge-based artist with advanced lung cancer, has focused her craft on dark imagery.
By IAN SANDS  |  April 22, 2009

Review: Crude

Quietly compelling
Joe Berlinger returns with a documentary that follows through on the promise of 1992's Brother's Keeper .
By BRET MICHEL  |  April 15, 2009

43. Denis Leary

Why we suck? Here’s why you suck, “Dr.” Denis Leary: that book of yours is the most juvenile heap of taxi-driver observations since, well, since No Cure for Cancer . He may have apologized to the parents of autistic children for his unfunny printed tirade, but when’s he gonna apologize to us for the rest of his career?  
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

Jeanne Connolly, 1957-2009

Beloved, Bar None
Jeanne Connolly, who died Monday after a 16-month battle with colon cancer, was the ebullient presence behind the bar at T.T. the Bear's Place for more than two decades.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 19, 2009

Cancer comedy

Smile & Save
Cancer isn't funny, but the cancer-ass-kicking fundraiser Comics for a Cure could be.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 09, 2009


Astrological musings on our next President and other political movers and shakers
Another Leo president. That's what we're getting with Barack Obama, and it's even good news on an astrological level.
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  December 30, 2008

A Christmas Tale

A twisted Christmas stocking
Maybe Charles, who died of leukemia three decades ago, at the age of six, knew what he was doing.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 09, 2008

The ultimate Schill?

Number 38's political timeline
For a brief moment in late 2004, some people feared that Curt Schilling might pull through for President George W. Bush the way he did for the Sox.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 17, 2008

The wonders of olive oil

The Italians, French, and Greeks are on to something
Many of us may think about increasing our intake of olive oil just by pouring a bit more on our salads.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2008

Scared green

Devra Davis’s cancer book
Even when we’re aware of some level of health risk involved in our mundane daily activities, we tend to ignore it.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 27, 2007

Portland scene report: October 19, 2007

Sibilance starts now
She’s shaved her head. That’s always a good thing.

Holy spirit of the saxophone

The John Coltrane Memorial Concert and Ben Ratliff’s Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
John Coltrane died 40 years ago this past July at the age of 40 of liver cancer.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 12, 2007

Beverly Sills, 1929–2007

The fun diva
Beverly Sills, the most loved American opera singer of her generation, died this past week from inoperable lung cancer at 78.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 11, 2007

The good fight

Kilgore reunites for cancer benefit; plus, Route .44
The original lineup of ’90s Prov-rock stalwarts and near-stars Kilgore will be taking the stage together for the first time in eight years for “Fight to Remember.”
By BOB GULLA  |  May 18, 2007

Swamp gas

Shrek the Third   gets bloated
Shrek has metastasized into a symptom of and metaphor for the entertainment industry and modern culture in general.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 16, 2007

Sweeping drama

The Clean House at Trinity, plus Secret Order at Merrimack
There are doctors in the house at both Trinity Repertory Company and Merrimack Repertory Theatre.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 16, 2007

Hurtful speech

Letters to the Boston editor: April 27, 2007
 I can’t remember the last time so many commentators from diverse points of view got together in a kumbaya circle.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 25, 2007

In the Land of Women

A tidy suburban melodrama
If Mrs. Robinson had been played by Martha Stewart and had suffered breast cancer, The Graduate might have played out like In the Land of Women .
By TOM MEEK  |  April 18, 2007

Diagnostic politics

Will Elizabeth Edwards’s cancer give her husband special grace?
It’s an unfortunate fact of American political life that one’s entire personal life becomes public the minute one runs for office.
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 28, 2007

In the right field

Daniel Sonenberg gets everyone into the compositional league
In his third year as resident composer and professor at the University of Southern Maine, Daniel Sonenberg is making his mark in the field.
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  March 12, 2007

Back in the acts

A year in Maine theater
When it comes to dramatics, there’s plenty to toast at this year’s end.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 20, 2006

Best Friends Cocoa

Make some friends
Remember your resolution to drink more green tea for its cancer-fighting benefits?
By MARLISSA BRIGGETT  |  November 21, 2006

Jersey state of mind

Richard Ford takes a final swing through the Garden State
Richard Ford created Frank Bascombe in The Sportswriter (1986), returned to him in Independence Day (1995), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize and a PEN/Faulkner Award, and has now come back to him for what he says is the last time in The Lay of the Land. Listen to audio excerpt of The Lay of the Land
By JON GARELICK  |  November 10, 2006

Dead reckoning

François Ozon’s Le temps qui reste
Although it’s a transgressive masterwork, nobody seems eager to revive the pestilent 1992 film Les nuits fauves|Savage Nights .
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 18, 2006

Get MIFFed

Find your way to Waterville  
Where can you watch a film about alcoholic authors, and then one about the absurdity of high school, and another about a local journalist’s battle with breast cancer?
By JOSH SCHLESINGER  |  July 12, 2006

Six of one, 16 of another

When it comes to useless medical studies, let’s call the whole thing off
OK, we sometimes beat up on our pals at Fountain Street, but we also tip the beret and sombrero when warranted.
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  June 21, 2006

Don’t go there

The beach is a filthy, dangerous place that can kill you
Of all the peculiar life choices to which people fall victim, beach-going is among the most difficult to comprehend. Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  June 19, 2006

The best dick on the silver screen

Paul Gleason, 1944-2006
On Tuesday, I mentioned the death of Paul Gleason, who had died May 28, 2006 of a form of lung cancer, to several of my co-workers.
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 02, 2006
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Breast awareness

Turning Purple with fear, rage, frustration
The female breast is celebrated with such relish in the opening lines of Purple Breasts that it is all the more devastating to watch as one woman’s breast is stricken with cancer.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 31, 2006

Teo Leyasmeyer, 1947–2006

In memoriam
Teo Leyasmeyer, who died last Tuesday at the age of 59 from liver cancer, was a special kind of local hero.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 25, 2006

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