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VETO POWER: DEVELOPERS RUN SOMERVILLE AND CAMBRIDGE AND THERE’S NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT

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At a moment when Americans seem eager to chase money out of politics, it’s disappointing that Cambridge officials proved unwilling to confront developers. And that doesn’t begin to describe the scene in Somerville, where last week Mayor Curtatone vetoed a campaign finance measure passed by the majority of aldermen. The ordinance would have capped political contributions from those working for municipal contractors at $250, half the $500 state limit. Continue reading

Music 

THE NEW TESTAMENT OF CHRISTOPHER OWENS

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Ex-Girls frontman Christopher Owens happened to be a highly religious cult member, but he’s run off to California to make the country music that’s always been in the back of his mind. With three Girls albums and two solo albums, the 35-year-old musician is making the most of his life – exactly how he wants to. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

GRANITE STATE OF SHINE: GTFO FOR VODKA AND MOONSHINE CONCEIVED AMIDST WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST

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When asked why he chose to start with vodka, Kurland explained: “Vodka is defined by being flavorless and odorless and tasteless,” he said. “You may as well be making rubbing alcohol. So to give ours character, I distilled to a point where there’s a little corn-sweetness on the tongue and a smooth finish that has no burn at all.” Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

KING’S COURT: THIS BAR APP IS HERE TO HELP YOU GET LAID. MAYBE.

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“At the end of the day the app was built with the idea in mind that different people would use it to assess a scene before even walking through the door, be it for the crowd, or potential dates,” says Shea. “We wanted to facilitate the in-bar dynamic, instead of recreate it.” Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

WELLNESS FOR DEGENERATES: THE SCOURGE OF LYME DISEASE AND ME

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When I called and was asked to describe the bite and pain that was starting to radiate from the bite and travel up the side of my leg, they told me to come in immediately. Underscoring just how rapidly the swelling happened, I was placed antibiotics without a single test. It was officially unofficial. I had Lyme disease. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

BAR HAVOC: BAR-THERAPY

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When you work at a small bar like mine, as a professional occupation, bartending becomes something much more, something akin to barpsychotherapy. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

SECOND THIRST: FOUR DAYS OF COCKTAIL CULTURE, KNOWLEDGE, AND DRINKING IN NOVEMBER

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But don’t mistake it for another big-format trade show. This is more intimate, with three themed parties (and yes, there will be separate after-parties), and sessions as different as the personalities peppering the local cocktail scene, many of whom will be behind the bar all at once. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

WELLNESS FOR DEGENERATES: OUT WITH THE OLD

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You just can’t argue the case that the act of throwing stuff out, or better yet, donating that stuff will clear up both your home, and your mind. Continue reading