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26 Things to Do When the Students Leave Town

Nobody can fault us for heaving a sigh of relief come the annual May exodus, when we see the suitcases, futons, and mini-fridges stacked up along Mass Ave. That sight heralds sweet freedom for the rest of us.
How you can take back Boston this summer, and rediscover New England while you're at it
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO, JOE DIFAZIO, CASSANDRA LANDRY, PATRICK MCDERMOTT, LIZ PELLY, AND ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 08, 2012
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Stars of the Western (Mass) Hemisphere

No matter how many Wahlburgers Mark and Co. open, Boston can sometimes feel a little devoid of A-listers. But who needs Hollyweird? Drive just a couple hours west, and suddenly you're surrounded by famous people and the ghosts of dead famous people.
Glamorous Western Mass is home to a surprising number of minor celebrities, living and dead
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 08, 2012
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A beginner’s guide to the city’s best heat-beating drinks

There are only two things that make us feel better when our legs stick to the seats on the T, or when a five-minute walk down the street leaves us drenched with sweat in the most embarrassing places.
Summer cocktails
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 08, 2012
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Six local chefs serve up quick summer recipe tips

A grill is always a grill, whether you rock a two-foot kettle charcoal number or a gas-fueled beast with more knobs than an airplane cockpit.
DIY Summer food
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 08, 2012
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What are they protesting? Whaddya got?

There are at least 99 reasons to grab a bullhorn this summer.
Once more, with feeling
By CHRIS FARAONE AND LIZ PELLY  |  June 08, 2012
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An avalanche of summer art exhibits

While New England winters are often cause to forget certain colors even exist, summer around here is easily the best season for mind expansion.
Klondikes to watch out for
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 08, 2012


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Road Trippin’: 25 shows across New England you need to see before Labor Day

While we agree that kicking back in a shady backyard with a plate of barbecue, a cooler of cold brews, and some good tunes spinning on the iPod deck is one hell of a way to while away a lazy summer afternoon, we'd like to suggest that you get a bit more
Sounds of summer
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 08, 2012
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Secret identities get a workout in this summer’s movies

This summer, it's not enough for heroes to have superpowers; they have to suffer existentially as well.
Hidden agendas
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 2012
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New England’s film festivals make great getaways

We can't complain much here in the Portland area about the films we get to see.
Escapist movies
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 2012
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14 comedy shows coming this summer

Check out  thePhoenix.com/listings  for more comedy happenings.
Midsummer funnies
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 08, 2012