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Community’s state of play

By the time you read this, NBC's brilliant, neglected stepchild of a sitcom will back on the air, having survived its creator's firing, various scheduling debacles, and the epic flouncing-off of Chevy Chase.

By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 08, 2013

Subscriptions to arts organizations are good for the community and for you

Some gifts you open and are all excited about, but then you find, a few weeks or months later, that you have forgotten you even got it — and you've never used it.
Gifts for the entire year
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2012

The Home Cook-Off: Iron Chef meets dinner party

I'm standing in a Cambridge apartment, sampling nut butters with a man wearing rainbow socks.

By ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 28, 2012

Gone Begging – Why Boston artists leave, and how things could be different

It's a story as old as time — well, maybe not as old as time , but it's old: brilliant young artist leaves Boston for greener pastures.
Boston is one of the top-10 ranked cities in the country for arts funding, with a network of world-class museums — so why do young artists leave?
By MICHAEL BRAITHWAITE  |  August 10, 2012
MW3 - Paradise Lost

Closing the book on the West Memphis Three

The Paradise Lost story began in 1993 with the discovery of the bodies of three West Memphis, Arkansas, children in a watery ditch, hogtied and mutilated. A confession led police to the arrest of three teenagers: Damon Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie
Between heaven and hell
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 06, 2012
Brett Michel interviews Brit Marling

Brett Michel interviews Brit Marling

After reading the story about Rep. Peter King threatening to investigate the White House's cooperation with Kathryn Bigelow for her upcoming Bin Laden film, I...
By Peter Keough  |  August 14, 2011

protesters of the week

Do the fight thing

Union flags were flown, loud music roared, and fleets of motorcycles rumbled, as several thousand people marched for civil rights and human dignity, and, in at least one case, to scold moguls for banking gross salaries at the expense of workers.
Bostonians rising in anger -- and action -- against ableism, racism, Verizon, and Fox News
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011
original plumbing at midway

Party supplies

Original Plumbing, the New York–based quarterly lifestyle magazine and Web site for trans men and their friends, returns to the Midway this Friday for a queer/trans dance party featuring go-go boys, a photo booth, DJs D'hana and Justincredible, and a mi
Trans Dance Dept.
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 12, 2011
september 11 monkey

Whatever happened to Danville's giant mystery monkey?

The giant monkey of Danville was my symbol, back then, of the fin-de-siècle nadir in media fluffery, thankfully obsolesced in one grim morning.
Unfinished (monkey) business
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 05, 2011
TJI shapiro

A friend in need

For the last 15 years, Aliza Shapiro has been the heart and brains of Truth Serum Productions, the rabble-rousing outfit behind the irreverent TraniWreck cabaret.
Community comes together to support Aliza Shapiro
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 05, 2011
Boston Convention Center - Urban League

With the Urban League conference coming next week, Boston's movers and shakers are scrambling to project a progressive racial image

After years of trying to convince groups with large minority membership that the Hub is now a welcoming, friendly destination for African-Americans, this is the first big organization to test the theory.
Showtime for New Boston
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 22, 2011


Fall TV Preview: No apologies

Even the most curmudgeonly out there have to admit that television is on a roll.
Too much good TV
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 17, 2010