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These two bearded dudes walk into a bar

Ever wonder what the world would be like if growing facial hair were a professional sport?
 Battle of the beards in Somerville
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 19, 2010

Photos: Get Your Beard On Saturday at Precinct

Photos from the Somerville Arts Council's winter beard contest
Beards-a-poppin' at Union Square's Precinct on February 13
By JENELL RANDALL  |  February 19, 2010

Power to the people

Painted portraits are, as evidenced by the many on display inside Boston’s world-famous art galleries, a window into the world of royalty, politicos, and other spectacularly coiffed assholes from centuries ago.
Art of the Streets Dept.
By IAN SANDS  |  November 06, 2009

Willy Wonka in Smellovision

If you'll imagine the New England Confectionary Company in Revere to be Willy Wonka's magical estate, then Union Square would be the analogous working-class outskirt from where Charlie Bucket hails.
Scent of the Times
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 11, 2009

Vital signs

Since 2002, the ArtBeat Festival has been giving culture-hungry Davis Square denizens something to do on the weekend besides glower at one another at the Diesel.
ArtBeat 2008 hits Davis Square
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 15, 2008


A disco ball

Eventually, a man moved in from the periphery, the music slowed, and the reluctant crowd prepared to return to more conventional locales.
Rocking the McGrath Underpass
By CAITIN E. CURRAN  |  August 28, 2007

Boston Music News: July 14, 2006

Ryan Lee Crosby wrote his newest, “Everyday Escape,” for his younger brother Adam, who now plays drums in Crosby’s backing band, the Mindless. Ryan Lee and the Mindless, "Obey Me" (mp3)
Notes on Ryan Lee and the Mindless, plus Somerville ArtBeat 2006
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  July 10, 2006

Beneficial pop

They were calling it the “Who Stole Baker’s Shit!” benefit, but the mood at T.T. the Bear’s Place in Central Square last Tuesday night was more neighborhood spaghetti supper than riled-up rock show.
Bake sale for Baker; roadrunning at P.A.’s
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  March 17, 2006