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MY TIME WITH TOM: REFLECTIONS ON 14 YEARS COVERING MAYOR TOM MENINO

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I covered his administration. I would often stalk him by his black SUV in the horseshoe driveway in back of City Hall to press him on the news of the day. Some days, he’d be furious with me about something I had written. Other times, he’d shrug the hit off with a snarky quip. The man was not short on wit. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

LAST GOOD NIGHT: THE NORTH END’S LONE IRISH PUB IS POURING ITS LAST PINT

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Goody Glover’s, tragically, is closing up for the last time at the end of the month. And in a neighborhood marred by gentrification and rising rents, the loss will be felt by all who have lingered for hours there over a beer. Continue reading

Arts Music 

THE CHANGELING: MIDDLESEX LOUNGE IS GOING TO BE THURS-SAT ONLY STARTING IN 2015

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A notification that was sent out tonight by manager Nate Brown details the decision to make the shift, shut down at the end of December for some renovations, and what that means in the coming months. Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN OR BUST(S): LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN BRIC-A-BRAC, BY WAY OF 3-D PRINTING

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Or, you know, you could just sit in the 3D Photobooth scanner, which circles your head from all sides, generating an accurate rendering of your noodle and all its nuances to create tiny busts featuring your glorious melon, which take a day or two to complete (starts at $20) Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

POT HEADS: NEW CULINARY INCUBATOR FOCUSES ON FEMALE AND ETHNIC EMPOWERMENT

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The whole endeavor is the brainchild of Gouillart and some retired finance types who for years wanted to form a company designed to achieve public and social missions through a for-profit business model. One focused on empowering small, multicultural, and female-owned businesses at the local level as an engine for economic growth. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

WELLNESS FOR DEGENERATES: SEXUAL FEAR-SUGAR

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That sense of sexual arousal triggered by intense experiences is one written deep in our bone. Anyone who has ever been through something beyond the pale of normal interaction, popping out the other side scared half-stupid while simultaneously being more than half-turned on, will recognize the sensation. Personally, I get off on it. Continue reading

Arts Music 

MUSICAL MILESTONE: HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY CONCERTMASTER ON PERFORMING VIVALDI, AND EYEBALLING THE NEXT 200 YEARS

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“The material is as exciting and fresh today as when it was written and a musical roller coaster ride to perform. It really needs to be experienced live in a concert hall to be believed, and can’t be copied in any kind of recorded format, or viewed on YouTube.” Continue reading

Music 

TALKING WITH MEATBODIES (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH MEATLOAF)

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Chad Ubovich has been hiding behind Ty Segall, FUZZ, and Mikal Cronin onstage. But on his friends’ tours, Ubovich was busy writing his own material under the moniker Meatbodies, and now he’s making a remarkable debut. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

WELLNESS FOR DEGENERATES: WINNING THE WAR AGAINST S.A.D

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Now is the critical time to delve into our psychological armories. There are the obvious practices, like getting up earlier to maximize our sunlight exposure, exercising frequently despite the urge to stay cocooned under the sheets, and picking up hobbies and making time to do the things that get our creative infernos raging with fulfillment and joy. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

GETTING CHILE: A DELICIOUS REASON TO ENDURE THE GREEN LINE TREK TO NEWTON CENTRE

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Subway tile, artwork involving kaleidoscopic-hued sharks (naturally), and a stretch of 18 seats lining the butcher block-topped chef’s table and bar greet you when you enter the sleek but unpretentious modular space, as does a bustling hum. Continue reading