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Photos: Zombie parents' day at Wizards & Warriors camp

"Your mission is nothing! Prepare to die in Sidleterra!" yells one young warrior after maiming the enemy, buying time to attack more zombie parents as they arrive, bloody and moaning, to retrieve their offspring on the last day of summer camp.
Bridge to Sidelterra
By MOLLY GEIGER  |  August 12, 2011

The Case of the Mysterious Treasure Map

Weird, you think, squinting at the foreign object in your Froot Loops; you didn’t even know they put prizes in cereal boxes anymore. Looks like your day just got more interesting.
Choose Your Own Boston Adventure
By JAMES P. FITZPATRICK  |  July 22, 2011
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Summer fiction

Summer is a good time to suspend some disbelief.
Hot type
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 22, 2011
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Down the Tubes

Midsummer television has a terrific offering of new and returning shows about aliens, firefighters, crystal meth, and more to turn that beautiful brain of yours to Play-Doh and keep you thoroughly entertained.
Because you can only spend so much time reading Dan Brown novels on the beach
By DAVID EISENBERG  |  July 22, 2011
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Cool noise

Could this be the summer that the Internet finally gets music right?
Our DJ spins you a handpicked soundtrack to your summer
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 22, 2011
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The best coasters on the East Coast

Caution: if you're under 48 inches tall, just skip this page.
Pimp your rides
By DAVID EISENBERG  |  July 22, 2011


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Beach reads that don't suck

Lists of beach reads — though as reliable as summer itself — are, generally speaking, a sham.
Summer reading that stands the test of time
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 22, 2011
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Maine's quirky summer stage season

Summertime and a lush arboreal landscape is an unexpected setting for Samuel Beckett's flinty Waiting for Godot , and this reviewer is already stirred.
History + mystery
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 17, 2011
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Sampling summer standards

Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth offers a chance to experience two varieties of summer dining.
Two beachside meals, compared
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 17, 2011
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Wanna get away?

Believe it or not, there are some people who seek to "get" something out of their vacations beyond a sunburn and a souvenir mug.
Maine retreats offer a chance to recharge and reconnect — with yourself, your partner, or the spiritual world
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 17, 2011
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Higher education, with joint enrollment

When he's teaching pot-growing classes at places like the Ramada convention center in Saco, Ray Logan doesn't use actual marijuana plants for demonstration — he substitutes basil or pepper plants, whatever's available that day from High Tech Garden Suppl
Summer school
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 17, 2011


summer art gallery and museum events around boston and new england

The must-see art of the summer

Summer art in New England means driving up Route 1 in Maine with the car windows down, past the odd and amazing roadside metal giraffes and caterpillars, and discovering — as I did a few summers back — a nondescript house that turns out to be Fawcett's A
Season of surreality
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2011
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The best of Providence's mobile cuisine

These are the gems of this growing biz. If you’re already a regular at these places, sorry for the bigger line this time tomorrow. If you’re a rook, enjoy.
Truck nuts
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 10, 2011
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20 Things To Do This Summer in New England

Amusements parks, bike tours, pirates and more!
Whether close to home or far afield, New England has much to offer explorers
By DAVID EISENBERG AND NATE HOMAN  |  June 10, 2011
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Gamers gather for retro glory in New Hampshire

A person prone to dumbass assumptions might have confused this past weekend's 13th annual International Classic Video Game Tournament with a four-day-long exercise in retro-fetishism.
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By BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 10, 2011


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With Boston Ruit, beer pong gets ready for its close-up

Mikey Connors of Peabody growls at his opponents from across the folding table. Whipping the crowd into hysterics, the beer-pong heavyweight steps back from the edge and starts to kick his heels up like a bull about to charge.
Pong stars
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 10, 2011
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The secret history of the claw machine

You can find them next to the Kiddie Room at Funspot in Laconia, NH; in the dark depths of the Dream Machine Arcade in the Walpole Mall; and 24 hours a day in the Boston Bowl Game Room.
Mark of the claw
By ALEC ERNEST  |  June 10, 2011
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Make way for cornhole

When I left Chicago for Boston three years ago, I expected to leave a few things behind. Friendliness, for one, and deep-dish pizza, and modernist architecture, and perfect hot dogs, and . . . cornhole.
How the Midwest's stupidest sport is taking Boston by storm
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 10, 2011
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The best of Boston's mobile cuisine

Summer in Boston traditionally means exploring the city, getting sunburned, and ironically (but totally seriously) drinking Mike's Hard Lemonade. But now that meals-on-wheels mania has put the boot on our fair city, it also means chasing down every foo
Truck nuts
By DAVID EISENBERG  |  June 10, 2011
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Get ready to ramble: 21 shows you need to see before September

Every summer, in addition to swarms of mosquitoes and fanny-packed tourists, New England hosts a massive invasion of live music.  
One solid summer
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 10, 2011


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This summer's movies are all about kicking ass

On the screen this summer, everyone is a superhero.  
We can be heroes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2011
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The film festivals of New England are no last resorts

Not only does our region offer some of the country's best vacation spots, but it also hosts some of the most innovative, manageable, illuminating, and entertaining cinephilic celebrations around.    
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2011
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Our guide to the great outdoors

We picked five neighborhoods and visited two patios in each that highlighted the scene contrasts in those communities.  
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 10, 2011