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Unappealing zoning

No live/work lofts for Lowell
“That’s where I want to live,” says Maxine Farkas, a painter at Western Avenue Studios (WAS), artists’ workspaces housed in two buildings — the A-Mill and the so-called main building — on an old mill complex in an industrial section of Lowell.
By: IAN SANDS  |  June 04, 2008


Torturous portraits

Crappy art near Somerville johns
If you’d gone downstairs to pee during a movie two Wednesdays ago at the Somerville Theatre, chances are you stumbled upon a gallery opening in the works.
By: IAN SANDS  |  May 21, 2008


Meeting Dad

They were in a circle chatting on the edge of the Harvard campus: a petite undergrad, her boyfriend, and her middle-aged alumni parents.
By: IAN SANDS  |  May 07, 2008


For the birds

Artful lodger comes to MIT
Buckminster Fuller was an odd duck, one who routinely tackled concepts foreign to him.
By: IAN SANDS  |  April 23, 2008


Rough power

Bill Gage has Down syndrome. And his band rocks
Watching Bill Gage perform with his band, BILL, is an eye-opening experience.
By: IAN SANDS  |  March 27, 2008


Dunkin' rage

They were siblings in a spat.
By: IAN SANDS  |  March 19, 2008


Diamonds in the rough

Holocaust survivor Meyer Hack kept a special collection of jewelry secret for 60 years
In 1941, 27-year-old Polish Jew Meyer Hack was deported to Auschwitz along with his mother, two sisters, and brother.
By: IAN SANDS  |  January 17, 2008


Strip club

Underwear underground
Do not show up unless you plan to take your pants off. This includes media.
By: IAN SANDS  |  January 16, 2008


Bring your own pillow

Playing in the street
In 2006, an unruly mass of folks gathered on a lawn before the majestic, domed courthouse in the French-speaking city of Lausanne, Switzerland.
By: IAN SANDS  |  December 14, 2007


Dynamic duo

Steven Vallarelli and Tim Griffiths forge their own Antiques
As Sting once famously suggested, being in a band is like marriage without sex. And joining a band is often a lot like entering into a romantic relationship.
By: IAN SANDS  |  December 11, 2007


About shutting down . . .

Jimmy Tingle opens up
A little more than a year after the Someday Café closed its doors, it seems that Davis Square is poised to lose another beloved institution.
By: IAN SANDS  |  October 17, 2007


Inspiration and a tune up

The mechanical arts
I’m lost. I was supposed to be at Aladdin Auto Service in Cambridge like now .
By: IAN SANDS  |  October 10, 2007


Blessed be He

One Jew’s struggle with God
Shalom Auslander’s memoir, Foreskin’s Lament , begins with a hoot of a first chapter, one that’s sure to be quoted on nationwide Jewish e-mail chains.
By: IAN SANDS  |  October 01, 2007


Punk folk?

Bread and Roses do the regular-joe thing
What comes to mind when you think of roots music? Neatly trimmed facial hair?
By: IAN SANDS  |  August 29, 2007


Working girls

Northern State keep their raps real
Northern State’s YouTube video for “Better Already” is a thing of low-budget beauty.
By: IAN SANDS  |  August 14, 2007


Square dancing

From ArtBeast to Hogwarts Square
Somerville’s annual ArtBeat festival operates under the idealistic philosophy that kids and adults can have fun together.
By: IAN SANDS  |  July 30, 2007


Junior miss

Malin’s third solo CD goes over the top
Former glam-rocker Jesse Malin’s 2003 solo debut not only offered proof that he could make it as a singer-songwriter — it was the best thing he’d put out.
By: IAN SANDS  |  July 09, 2007


Faces of conflict

Marine Corps challenge anti-war vets
Each summer, it seems, the Iraq War springs another issue for the peace movement to rally around, symbolized by a specific face with a story to tell.
By: IAN SANDS  |  June 06, 2007
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