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Scavenged sculpture and Dead Sea scrolls: 10 heady spring exhibits blooming in New England galleries

In Barry McGee's art, you'll find traces of influences lifted from thrift stores, tramp art, skating, punk, surfing, and Bay Area murals and psychedelia.

By GREG COOK  |  March 01, 2013
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Aphrodite at the MFA; Pompeii at the Museum of Science

The ancient Greeks said the Titan Kronos cut off the penis of his father, Ouranos, the sky, and chucked it into the sea.
Love and death
By GREG COOK  |  November 04, 2011

Slideshow: ''A Day in Pompeii'' exhibit at the Museum of Science

The Museum of Science hosts the "A Day in Pompeii" exhibit through February 12, 2012.
Through February 12, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 04, 2011
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Autumn blossoms: Our 10 most anticipated art shows this fall

This fall is a season of celebrations and new beginnings as the Museum of Fine Arts opens its new contemporary art wing, the Institute of Contemporary Art turns 75, the Addison Gallery reopens after fixing its roof, and Brandeis's Rose Art Museum re
This season, the galleries are filled with light shows, monster rock and roll, and naked ladies
By GREG COOK  |  September 16, 2011

This Week in Geek June 6-12: Featuring a Number of Pleasant Opportunities to Dress Up in Ridiculous Costumes


If you found last week's events too high-minded and cultural, then do we have news for you! This week's, we give you a multitude of...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  June 06, 2011

This Week in Geek June 1-June 6: Celebrating Mars, the Arts, and Mobile Grilled Cheese


 Welcome to June! It's Potty Training Awareness Month, National Turkey Lovers' Month, and National Bathroom Reading Month. This first week of June celebrates none of...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  June 01, 2011


The Week in Geek April 11-18: Spam castles, Donkey Kong-a-thons, and Gelfling violence


Pants, magic pants.It's that time of year again when I cry every time I wake up, because the snow is gone and yet I still...
By Alec Ernest  |  April 11, 2011

The Week in Geek April 4-11: Laugh while you can, monkey boy


And now, for some nerd-inspired slam poetry:This is for the nerds who want to get involved with humanoid robots but never had a chance to...
By Alec Ernest  |  April 04, 2011

The Week in Geek! 3.28 - 4.4: Geeks get slammed and artsy, but not fooled


This week we wonder: will Duncan Jones' Source Code be as good as Moon?If last week's festivities took a toll on your fragile human body,...
By Alec Ernest  |  March 28, 2011
The Week in Geek, 3.14 - 3.21: A Robot-Loving, Apples-to-Appling, Turing-Testing Good Time

The Week in Geek, 3.14 - 3.21: A Robot-Loving, Apples-to-Appling, Turing-Testing Good Time


Best possible week: After learning about mushrooms, Nazi ciphers, and cancer, I explore the depths of the human condition in Frankenstein, and chill for a...
By Alec Ernest  |  March 14, 2011
Dan Buettner speaks at the Museum of Science

Dan Buettner speaks at the Museum of Science


It isn’t often that an event comes along that promises to extend the lives of those attending by “eight good years.” But that’s what Dan Buettner...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010


"Food, Glorious Food: Our Palate vs. Our Planet" with Joanne Chang and Corby Kummer

"Food, Glorious Food: Our Palate vs. Our Planet" with Joanne Chang and Corby Kummer


Myers & Chang impresario Joanne Chang, the Atlantic Monthly’s Corby Kummer, and sustainability expert Helene York seek to simplify our relationships with food and our...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010
PODCAST: Grammys Edition: "Music on My Brain," featuring Rosanne Cash and Daniel Levitin [MP3]

PODCAST: Grammys Edition: "Music on My Brain," featuring Rosanne Cash and Daniel Levitin [MP3]


In a few short hours, we'll all find out whether Rosanne Cash will take home a Grammy for "Sea of Heartbreak," her duet with Bruce...
By Shaula Clark  |  January 31, 2010
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Massachusetts: You might be living in a red state if

Scott Brown’s Senatorial victory is merely the latest sign that red tides are creeping upon our once-progressive Commonwealth. Don’t believe us? Consider that Kenny Chesney sells out Gillette Stadium every summer, and, of course, that wealthy Republican
31 signs that Scott Brown’s victory is changing the face of the commonwealth for the worse
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010
Terrence Masson's "Living In A CG World"

Terrence Masson's "Living In A CG World"


Depending on your opinion of CGI, animation and visual-effects producer Terrence Masson could be seen as a wizard or a warlock. But how can you...
By Ian Sands  |  January 20, 2010
Genetics, neuroscience, and optical camouflauge: The real science of Harry Potter

Genetics, neuroscience, and optical camouflauge: The real science of Harry Potter


"Harry Potter: The Exhibition" arrived at the Museum of Science in October, much to the delight of wide-eyed urchins, fantasy fans, and twenty-somethings who never...
By Emily Cataneo  |  December 21, 2009


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Photos: Most popular articles of 2009

The stories you couldn't not read this year
The year in martyrs, mortuaries, chupacabras, and pot-peddling soccer moms
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009
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Wizards and masterpieces

At “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Science, when a robed attendant places the sorting hat on a visitor’s head and soon after a door whooshes open to reveal the Hogwarts Express, you find yourself filled with the kind of giddy expectation
Harry Potter at the Museum of Science, and another look at the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2009
Harry Potter: The Exhibition | October 25

Harry Potter: The Exhibition | October 25


Harry Potter fans, ’fess up: we know you’re out there, and that once or twice you’ve fantasized about stepping inside the hallowed halls of Hogwarts...
By Stuff Boston  |  October 19, 2009
"Music On My Brain," with Rosanne Cash and Daniel J. Levitin

"Music On My Brain," with Rosanne Cash and Daniel J. Levitin


The link between music and the brain remains fascinating and mysterious - one almost wishes a musician could undergo brain surgery, perceive the link better,...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 14, 2009
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Pottery, Potter, mummies, and a 'Rare Bird'

The art of 2000 BC Egypt, visions from the Iraq War and AIDS activism, and the magic of a digital technology and Harry Potter make up the highlights of Boston's autumn art calendar.
Museums and galleries gather their objets d'art
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009


“Laser Guitar Hero” at Museum of Science

“Laser Guitar Hero” at Museum of Science


Trent Reznor may have retired forever after Bonnaroo 2009, but Nine Inch Nails live on in laser form, at the Museum of Science’s new “Laser...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 01, 2009
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Mystic India


The Oscar-winning success of Slumdog Millionaire has sparked interest in India — it is a subcontinent with a population of over a billion and a...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 20, 2009
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Sculpt by numbers

Nathalie Miebach's Brookline apartment looks like the home of a very talented madman.
Counting on the Weather
By IAN SANDS  |  March 04, 2009
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Where the wild things are

Venture out into the waters and woodlands of New England, and there's a chance you'll bump into "Champ," America's own Loch Ness Monster, who allegedly plies the muddy ripples of Lake Champlain.
As our planet edges closer to the apocalypse, the escapist, fantasy world of cryptids is suddenly coming to life
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 07, 2009
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Ice ice baby

In July 1860, Captain Isaac Israel Hayes's schooner, the United States, left Boston and sailed to the Arctic.
Polar landscapes at the Peabody Essex, plus monsters at the Museum of Science
By GREG COOK  |  January 06, 2009


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Sisto act 2

LDW is a party, but also a massive love letter to the city’s bare-bones arts scene.
Love During Wartime — a last splash and a fresh start
By MATT PARISH  |  May 28, 2008

"The Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk" at the Mugar Omni Theater


THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1There comes a time in every city dweller's life when the asphalt, concrete, and lack of wildlife (dogs on the Boston Common...
By Heather Bouzan  |  May 05, 2008
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Gods and monsters — and David Hasselhoff

The Museum of Fine Arts did big things with Napoleon and Edward Hopper, pictures of prostitutes graced the walls of Boston’s two biggest art museums, and all hell broke loose when the Mooninites invaded.
Art: 2007 in review
By GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2007