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  • Hat Parade

    Back in their dapper day, our grandparents and great-grandparents wouldn’t have been caught dead leaving the house hatless. By the late ’60s though, headwear had largely fallen out of favor, eventuall…
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  • Fresh Salsa

    During our college years, we thought one semester of Intro to Salsa Dancing would have us destroying club floors come winter break. But to truly master the art requires years of sweat and perseverance…
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  • Action Jackson

    Michael Jackson’s untimely passing was the obituary heard round the world: a collective spill-your-beer, text-your-friend, post-your-favorite-video moment. At the height of his moonwalking, lung-busti…
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  • Tag, You’re It

    If tagging the nearest T station after midnight strikes you as a risky form of artistic expression, just imagine whipping out your paint and unleashing your graffiti upon the mean streets of São Paulo…
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  • Wrestling with stereotypes

    Televised wrestling is rich pop-cultural terrain, a world that has yielded a wealth of curious characters, from the one-man brand Hulk Hogan to the Slim Jim-snapping Randy Savage. But dramatic portray…
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  • To DIY For

    Allston. It’s the one Boston borough where you can reliably find backyard barbeques hopping enough to resemble block parties, basements that double as under-the-radar live-music venues, and the larges…
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  • Scene Stealer

    We’ve always suspected that our driver’s license photos would have boasted a lot more aesthetic appeal — and a lot less nostril hair — had Annie Leibovitz been behind the camera. (Alas, we shudder to …
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  • Emerging Talents

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  • It's alive! (Sort of)

    When we first heard that filmmaker Danny Boyle was directing a stage adaptation of Frankenstein for London’s National Theatre, we were intrigued — and excited. What would Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic…
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  • Contradictory terms

    If you’ve ever been transfixed by one of the many, many cable marathons of Law & Order episodes, you probably know actress S. Epatha Merkerson from her whopping 391 appearances as tough-as-rawhide…
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  • Move it along

    Wander through the urban jungle of Cambridge on most days, and you’ll probably see a pretty benign biosphere, with a few grad students here, some skinny-jean-clad hipsters there. But in recent weeks, …
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  • The language of love

    What’s the key to kindling romance and keeping it aflame? (Hint: Jäger bombs is incorrect.) The answer we’re looking for here, class, is communication. The way we relate through language is usually th…
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  • Rolling along

    Great movies don’t necessarily make great musicals. Exhibit A: Spider-Man, which earned cheers on the big screen but jeers as Broadway’s actor-fracturing Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Since the quali…
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  • Toys R Us

    We’re pretty sure our parents can still remember our first toy piano — and the headache-inducing compositions it yielded. Admittedly, we might have relied a bit too heavily on the barnyard-animal soun…
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  • Graphic content

    Many of us remember our lives in pictures. (Though we sometimes wish we could delete a few slideshows, like those from the era when cropped cargo pants seemed acceptable.) So does Marjane Satrapi. Ove…
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  • Con artists

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  • Seeds of Destruction

    Our inner worrywarts made it tough to enjoy 2012’s unseasonably warm winter: we kept picturing a wall of water from melted ice caps roaring through Back Bay. Clearly, it’s hard to resist rubbernecking…
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  • Curating curios

    Thanks to world-class museums like the MFA and the ICA, culture vultures find plenty to crow about in Boston. But if you’re ever itching to broaden your horizons and fly the coop — or at least hit the open road — know there are quite a few, ahem, eccentric but edifying attractions in the suburbs. We’ve rounded up a few Massachusetts museums that are so cool and curious, we’ll actually figure out how to use the commuter rail.
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  • Crashing the Tea Party

    Ever since Dan Savage started spreading Santorum across the Web back in 2003, we’ve waited for political opponents of gay rights, contraception, and abortion rights to get an equally epic local lambas…
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  • Back to the future

    For as long as we can remember, Ken Burns has been the undisputed king of the Civil War epic. Who could have guessed that the most formidable challenger to his slow-panning, sepia-toned opus would com…
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