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It's finally 2012

Will the world end this year?
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  January 06, 2012
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2012 Headlines

News of the future.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  January 06, 2012
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9 hotly anticipated budget-dining openings for 2012

The new year promises a wealth of inexpensive and moderate new restaurants in Greater Boston. Here are a few that have us on tenterhooks.
 Tacos, midnight ramen, and chicken n' waffles make up Boston's forthcoming new options for noshing on the cheap  
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 30, 2011
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2012 will be all shook up; The pope, aka His Clotheshorse; a few final farewells

As the New Year blooms, Phillipe and Jorge gaze into our big crystal ball.
Crystal balls at the State House
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 30, 2011
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The Big Hurt: What we'll hear — or not — in 2012

Considering the year ahead, I figured I'd look at some obvious picks for 2012's biggest newcomers.
The hype ahead
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 30, 2011
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A strong season of dance and song

From the comic to the sublime, with a dash of flamenco, the winter season has it all.
Ten to grow on
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 30, 2011


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Warming up with the Boston theater scene's winter offerings

Although the whirlwind of Scrooges and Rockettes will soon be exiting stage left, the storm of winter theater continues unabated.  
Cold remedies
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 30, 2011
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Shuffling conductors at the BSO, and 10 concerts you should see

There's lots of music to look forward to as we approach the end of winter.
Musical chairs
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 30, 2011
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Madonna, Sleigh Bells, Rick Ross, Lana Del Rey, and Grimes highlight early 2012 releases; plus, a concert sampler

There's nothing particularly apocalyptic about the releases thus far slated for 2012: perhaps this is the way that the music world melts down, with a whimper rather than a bang, right?
Winter forecast
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 30, 2011
Preview: Books winter 2012

Authors tote their wares to area bookstores

A new story collection from Dan Chaon and new novels from Heidi Julavits and Adam Johnson are just some of the delights in store for Boston lit nerds.
Road shows
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011
Jazz 2012 Violin

Old favorites and debuts make the scene

We have to wait for spring to see Charlie Haden's Quartet West and the Joshua Redman/Brad Mehldau duo, but there are still plenty of ways to keep an eye and ear on jazz in the winter months.
Rich choices
By JON GARELICK  |  December 30, 2011


The year ahead in sports

The year ahead in sports

It seemed for every hail Mary, walk-off homer, and buzzer beater in 2011, the sports pages had a story on work stoppages, performance-enhancing drugs, or mind-boggling college-conference realignments.
Looking forward to more scoring and less scandal
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  December 30, 2011
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2012 in Dining: More resolutions for restaurateurs

Memo to new restaurants: follow the 10 pieces of entirely new advice below and I will keep that hungry/friendly feeling come typing time.
Challenging Boston's restaurant scene to a year that tones down the bacon, ramps up the desserts, and comes up with a new word for "gastropub."
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 30, 2011
Memes: Success

Meme forecast for 2012

When evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in 1976 — meaning "a piece of thought copied from person to person" — he probably didn't realize that, in time, the word would come to be synonymous with cat macros, various advice anima
What pianos will the cats of the future play for us?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011
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Four weather-proof shows to kick off 2012

Four shows worth abandoning the safe haven of home for.
Although new records are sure to warm the soul this winter, some of us do eventually need to leave the house
By MICHAEL MAROTTA AND LIZ PELLY  |  December 30, 2011
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Occupy the future

After barreling straight ahead for more than three months, Occupy is at its first fundamental turning point.
As it evolves, the movement is building on a network laid down in the encampments
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2011


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The Year Ahead in Mitt

Here's a quick look at some key dates for Romney, and what you might want to keep an eye on when his face pops up on your TV screen. Remember, there's a lot at stake: if he wins, you get at least four more years of Mitt-watching.
Prepare yourself for 12 months — well, at least 11 — of watching our handsome, well-coiffed former governor
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 30, 2011
2012 Preview: Film

Hollywood offers botched operations and altered lives in 2012

Those who got a thrill last spring when the SEALS took out Osama bin Laden will have more of the same covert ass-kicking to look forward to in theaters as we enter 2012.
Change of plans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 30, 2011
Art Preview: 2012

A new Gardner, plus landscapes, performance art, and RAD

Greater Boston's art-museum building boom continues with the debut of an expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in January.
Shapeshifting
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011