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  • Summer fiction

    Hot type
    Summer is a good time to suspend some disbelief.

    By PHOENIX STAFF

  • Cool noise

    Our DJ spins you a handpicked soundtrack to your summer
    Could this be the summer that the Internet finally gets music right?

    By LIZ PELLY

  • Exit the King

    All Shook Up is all screwed up
    The Elvis Presley–themed musical All Shook Up has all the makings of an entertaining train wreck: a bunch of Elvis songs strung together with inane dialogue; silly characterization; an implausible plot.

    By BRETT MILANO

  • Make way for cornhole

    How the Midwest's stupidest sport is taking Boston by storm
    When I left Chicago for Boston three years ago, I expected to leave a few things behind. Friendliness, for one, and deep-dish pizza, and modernist architecture, and perfect hot dogs, and . . . cornhole.

    By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON

  • The secret history of the claw machine

    Mark of the claw
    You can find them next to the Kiddie Room at Funspot in Laconia, NH; in the dark depths of the Dream Machine Arcade in the Walpole Mall; and 24 hours a day in the Boston Bowl Game Room.

    By ALEC ERNEST

  • With Boston Ruit, beer pong gets ready for its close-up

    Pong stars
    Mikey Connors of Peabody growls at his opponents from across the folding table. Whipping the crowd into hysterics, the beer-pong heavyweight steps back from the edge and starts to kick his heels up like a bull about to charge.

    By CHRIS FARAONE

  • The best of Boston's mobile cuisine

    Truck nuts
    Summer in Boston traditionally means exploring the city, getting sunburned, and ironically (but totally seriously) drinking Mike's Hard Lemonade. But now that meals-on-wheels mania has put the boot on our fair city, it also means chasing down every foo

    By DAVID EISENBERG