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Photos: Brattle Oscars Party 2010

The Brattle Theatre celebrates their 10th annual Oscars Party, March 7, 2010
The Brattle Theatre celebrates their 10th annual Oscars Party
By: DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  March 11, 2010


Greasing the skids

Berklee grad ditches career at a major record label for Boston and a beat-up, vegetable-oil-fueled van.
Things could have been different for Ben Maitland-Lewis.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 01, 2010


Chatroulette: New online intelligence

Navigating humanity
Think of the history of online chat as you would the arc of a young American’s life.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 25, 2010


These two bearded dudes walk into a bar

 Battle of the beards in Somerville
Ever wonder what the world would be like if growing facial hair were a professional sport?
By: CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 19, 2010


Photos: Get Your Beard On Saturday at Precinct

Beards-a-poppin' at Union Square's Precinct on February 13
Photos from the Somerville Arts Council's winter beard contest
By: JENELL RANDALL  |  February 19, 2010


Holy Scrollers!

The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 22, 2010


The (abridged) e-book of Genesis

How Apple, Stephen King, and Kindle begot a revolution
In the beginning . . . Steve Jobs created Newton, Apple's groundbreaking Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), which was introduced in 1993 to moderate reception.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 17, 2010


Secret Harbor

The real-life version of Scorsese's Shutter Island imports hundreds of homeless from the South End every evening; they’re among the few allowed on Boston Harbor’s isle of mystery.
A home for the criminally insane it might not be, but the real-life Shutter Island is, like the one in the new Martin Scorsese film that hits theaters this week, a spooky and controversial land mass in Boston Harbor that is indeed off-limits to the public.
By: CHRISTOPHER KLEIN  |  February 17, 2010


What a prick!

The not-so-pretty secrets of the pretty-flower business.
Saint Valentine, it is said, would pick the violets that grew outside his prison cell window. The third-century martyr would write little notes of love on the violets' leaves with ink that he made from the flowers' petals.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 12, 2010


10 least romantic places in greater Boston

Plenty of options for lonely hearts this Valentine's Day
If you're in a relationship, Valentine's Day is reasonably okay — as greeting-card-company-manufactured holidays go.
By: MEG MUCKENHOUPT  |  February 12, 2010


Photos: Arisia 2010

Arisia 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, January 15-18, 2010
The 21st annual installment of sci-fi convention Arisia
By: DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 25, 2010


Get cute

Street artist Stay Cute is on a one-man urban-beautification project. But the Boston Police Department hasn't gotten the memo.
Who says art isn't risky?
By: P. NICK CURRAN  |  January 22, 2010


Harvard's breathable chocolate

Biomedical engineer David Edwards is experimenting with ways for us to inhale our food.
Not long ago, Harvard engineer David Edwards was dining in Bordeaux with famed French molecular gastronomist Thierry Marx and colloidal chemist Jérôme Bibette. Suddenly, tucking into a plate of gourmet fare, Edwards — who specializes in aerosols — had what might be called a voilà! moment.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 22, 2010


The Harvard Psychedelic Club

How Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil killed the fifties and ushered in a new age for America
Timothy Leary brought the bowl of mushrooms up to his nose and sniffed.
By: DON LATTIN  |  January 19, 2010


A bad boy's guide to earning your B(ad) A(ss)

Boston's most rebellious continuing-ed courses
With some exceptions, college is a nightclub with a $30,000 annual cover charge. Tests and term papers occasionally crash the party, but for the most part undergraduate matriculation is an excuse to engage in outlandish hedonism.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2010


Continuing your global journey

Hungering to become more worldly?
Though several local continuing-education schools and centers have travel programs, they're inactive during the winter. While you wait it out for your next globetrotting adventure, classes in international dance, music, art, and language are an affordable way to build on your new food know-how within the confines of your busy lifestyle.
By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  January 06, 2010


A good girl's guide to feasting on culture

Eat your way around the world
When you have to dig through your couch cushions to gather coins for your weekly naan fix, it's fair to assume that things are not looking up.
By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  January 06, 2010


Continuing education 2010

Special good girl/bad boy edition
A good girl, bad boy guide to continuing your education in 2010.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 11, 2010


Kissing off 2009

The pressure to hook up on New Year's Eve is immense. Take it down a notch, and you may embrace 2010 with locked lips.
I had no New Year's kiss last year. I had fun, friends, a bonfire, and a bellyful of delicious food, but no kiss.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 06, 2010


52 ways to leave 2009

Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science.
Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. Sure, the end of this decade may not have the same kind of new-millennium pressure riding on it as the last one, but the plunge into 2010 is a milestone nonetheless.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  December 30, 2009


Burning down the house

The roof is on Fire Dept.
"The life of the artist is seeing possibility where other people don't," says Madeleine Steczynski, an East Boston artist and activist.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 28, 2009

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