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  • Gamers gather for retro glory in New Hampshire

    Cathode-ray dreams
    A person prone to dumbass assumptions might have confused this past weekend's 13th annual International Classic Video Game Tournament with a four-day-long exercise in retro-fetishism.

    By BARRY THOMPSON

  • The must-see art of the summer

    Season of surreality
    Summer art in New England means driving up Route 1 in Maine with the car windows down, past the odd and amazing roadside metal giraffes and caterpillars, and discovering — as I did a few summers back — a nondescript house that turns out to be Fawcett's A

    By GREG COOK

  • Down the Tubes

    Because you can only spend so much time reading Dan Brown novels on the beach
    Midsummer television has a terrific offering of new and returning shows about aliens, firefighters, crystal meth, and more to turn that beautiful brain of yours to Play-Doh and keep you thoroughly entertained.

    By DAVID EISENBERG

  • The film festivals of New England are no last resorts

    Sun screens
    Not only does our region offer some of the country's best vacation spots, but it also hosts some of the most innovative, manageable, illuminating, and entertaining cinephilic celebrations around.    

    By PETER KEOUGH

  • 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

  • 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 Case of the Mysterious Treasure Map

    Choose Your Own Boston Adventure
    Weird, you think, squinting at the foreign object in your Froot Loops; you didn’t even know they put prizes in cereal boxes anymore. Looks like your day just got more interesting.

    By JAMES P. FITZPATRICK

  • 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