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Berenice Abbott's miracle of science

Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012
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As MIT expands eastward, Cambridge officials struggle to balance the allure of tech development with Central Square's gritty soul

A decade from now, the east end of Central Square will look nothing like the west.
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By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 09, 2012
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An evangelical chemist on faith and science

Chemistry professor Troy van Voorhis is a bit of an anomaly, an evangelical Christian — by definition, though not necessarily by social or political affiliation, as he is quick to note — working at that high church of science, the Massachusetts Institut
Q+A
By RHEMA THOMPSON  |  February 24, 2012
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Slideshow: ''Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom'' at the MIT List Visual Arts Center

Images from ''Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom'' at the MIT List Visual Arts Center.
Stan VanDerBeek | MIT List Visual Arts Center | Through April 3
By STAN VANDERBEEK  |  March 25, 2011
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The proto-web utopian consciousness of Stan VanDerBeek

In April 1966, sheriff's deputies were hiding in bushes, peering into a mansion that had been turned into a headquarters and commune for LSD guru Timothy Leary and his pals at Millbrook, New York.
Psychadelic, man!
By GREG COOK  |  March 25, 2011
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MIT blows out 10010110 birthday candles

When a whole sector of the MIT Museum goes under wraps for months, it's a surefire sign that mad science is brewing.
Sesquicentennially yours
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 14, 2011


Live stream: Google CEO Eric Schmidt + Nicholas Negroponte + Tod Machover at MIT Media Lab 25th Anniversary

Live stream: Google CEO Eric Schmidt + Nicholas Negroponte + Tod Machover at MIT Media Lab 25th Anniversary


In case you haven't been glued to your laptop all morning, the MIT MEDIA LAB is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an all-world geek-superstar affair...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 15, 2010
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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 02, 2010
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Unholy contraptions

In Tavares Strachan's video The Rocket Launch (2009), two black men in white chemical suits load sugar cane into the back of a three-wheeled mini-truck, then drive down a palm-tree-lined road to a run-down building labeled Bahamas Aerospace and Sea Exp
Tavares Strachan's rockets, plus 'The Boat Show' at Drive By, and 'Sensed, Unseen' at GASP
By GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2010
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Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010
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This is your summer . . . on drugs

Ah, those weird Lazy Summer Days (LSDs) in Boston. What to do on them, so as not to go out of your head with boredom?
Nine ways to take the high way out of Dullsville
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  June 18, 2010


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Bang Ganger

Fireworks in summer — gazing to a blazing sky, mouth wide, sparkle-eyed, the "ahh"s and "oh man"s passing your lips unbidden.
The explosive lives of pyrotechnical professionals
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 18, 2010
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Hearing voices

Don’t be fooled by its textbook appearance — How To Wreck a Nice Beach (Melville House/Stop Smiling) is hardly a dry anthropological study of “The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop,” as the subtitle suggests.
Dave Tompkins chases the Vocoder
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010
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Moneybags Menino

Inside Boston’s political back rooms, there is a growing suspicion that Mayor Thomas Menino is sitting on millions of dollars — tens of millions, maybe as much as $400 million — that could be used to save vital city services, such as, among many examples
The mayor cuts services, but sits on a stash of cash.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 14, 2010
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BU offers the class of 1970 a second chance at complacency

Boston University’s class of 2010 celebrates its commencement this weekend, and BU has invited the class of 1970 to tag along.
After School Special
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  May 14, 2010
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Review: Iron Man 2

Maybe I’m just relieved that it wasn’t in 3-D, or maybe actor Justin Theroux (frequent David Lynch collaborator and co-scripter of Tropic Thunder ) is just a better writer than the law firm of scribes that pasted together the original, but Jon Favreau’s
Stark alternatives
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010


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Meme police

I just woke up from some sort of bizarre dream. I was at MIT. There was a weirdo painting nudes of President Obama on a unicorn. Several adults were dressed like domestic animals.
MIT’s ROFLcon, a gathering of the Web’s biggest names, decides what will make you laugh and cry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010
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Photos: N.E.R.D. and Super Mash Bros at MIT

Spring Concert featuring N.E.R.D. with special guest Super Mash Bros at MIT | April 23, 2010
Spring Concert featuring N.E.R.D. with openers Super Mash Bros at MIT | April 23, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 30, 2010
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Is genius immortal?

No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010
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Ledge Lessons

As advocates of higher education and living as long as medically possible, we were sad to read that, according to new-media-powerhouse Web site the Daily Beast, Greater Boston is home to not one but five of the most stressful colleges in the United Sta
We love you, stressed-out college kids! So relax, and remember how good you have it.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010
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Newton shooter aims to please

If a Jamaican bobsled team can qualify for the Winter Olympics, then certainly a gunslinger from liberal Newton has a fighting chance in a rigorous shootout below the Mason-Dixon Line.
Run and gun
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 16, 2010


Play by play: April 16, 2010

Theater listings for the week of April 16, 2010
Theater listings for the week of April 16, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 16, 2010
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Conductor karaoke

Surrealists who work with movement have to manage a demanding slight-of-hand.
Xavier Le Roy at the ICA
By DEBRA CASH  |  April 09, 2010

Play by play: April 9, 2010

Theater listings, April 9, 2010
Theater listings, April 9, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2010
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For richer, for poorer

Laura Coroi saw my “Immigrant Kitchens” poster at the YMCA and introduced herself.
Romanian polenta with sheep’s milk feta
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 09, 2010

Play by play: April 2, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of April 2, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2010


Play by play: March 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, March 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 26, 2010
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High stepping

The heavy-hitter repertory shows this season come from ALVIN AILEY and GEORGE BALANCHINE . But why not welcome spring by taking a chance on fresh experiences as well?
Dancing with the stars
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 12, 2010
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Hot spots in an instant

Cologne on, dress pants clean, and IDs ready — your Friday night is in full swing. But before you take a step behind the bouncer-guarded pearly gates, check your cell phone. It may just save you the cover charge.
Real-Time Clubbing
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  February 26, 2010
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A walk on the wild side

Everyone looks so weary in Howard Yezerski Gallery's gritty documentary photos of Boston's dear departed Combat Zone from 1969 to 1978. The year's still young, but this glimpse into our past from Roswell Angier, Jerry Berndt, and John Goodman may be one
The Combat Zone, plus burlesque, drag, cross-dressing, and the avant-garde
By GREG COOK  |  February 19, 2010