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Hindu on the Bindu is the 'Elf on the Shelf' for kids celebrating Diwali

There’s the Elf on the Shelf for Christmas and the Mensch on a Bench for Hanukkah, but David Euler, an acupuncturist who previously worked at Harvard Medical School, felt like something was missing for his multi-cultural family. His kids, now 7 and 9, loved the Elf on the Shelf and the...

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 8:47am

Do you recognize Dictionary.com’s new words?

Sick of people asking you what you mean when you say you’re “hangry” or you love your man’s “dad bod” while he’s “dabbing?” Just direct them to Dictionary.com, which added those words and hundreds more to its database this week. “Many...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 7:21am

4 celebrities accused of cultural appropriation

America is known as the melting pot — a place where cultures, religions and nationalities can fuse, trading customs and traditions and creating something all its own. That sharing gave us American treasures like football, hot dogs and apple pie. But borrowing from other cultures isn’t always done...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 11:31am

Muslim faith and modern romance considered in 'The Who & the What​'

Zarina, a single 30-something Harvard grad, is living at home when her father decides to intervene by signing her up for a dating site. While this sounds like the plot of a promising rom-com, Ayad Akhtar’s “The Who & The What” is not quite that.The Huntington Theatre’s latest production...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:21pm

Feel marimba mania, listen to the 'Art of Sound' and more things to do in Boston this weekend

MUSICBrian Calhoon's Marimba CabaretMost popular music is made on guitars and/or keyboard instruments, which can get quite boring. Brian Calhoon, on the other hand, performs a very eclectic array of pop covers, ranging from Leonard Bernstein to Outkast, on marimba and vibraphones. He even does...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 3:28pm

'Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon’ to offer 'pay what your heart feels' theater tickets

Following a series of Boston Marathon portrayals-in-art — including "Boston," "Patriots Day," "Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing," and Jake Gyllenhaal’s "Stronger" — comes Boston Theater Company's "Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon," a docu-play running through March...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 1:18pm

Deal means Citgo sign will stay in Kenmore Square

The Citgosign is here to stay.The imposing fixture of Boston's city skyline has hovered above Kenmore Square since 1965, but its fate was questioned when Boston University sold the Beacon Streetbuilding that houses it earlier this year.On Wednesday, Mayor Marty Walsh announced the building's new...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 5:35pm

Target's Boston neighborhoods T-shirt is full of disappointment

Southie isn't spelled with a "y."Target learned that lesson the hard way this week after coming out with a new Boston neighborhoods T-shirt.The shirt featured a navy blue map of 15 neighborhoods, which seems a little off, considering Boston.gov lists 23 official Boston neighborhoods.Seen at the new...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 1:28pm

Meet MerkThose: Where science meets street knowledge

What’s the difference between a vandal and a street artist? Oh, about 25 years.That’s how long it’s been since Cambridge-raised Mike Lee stylized himself into the renegade graffiti artist MerkThose, but these days "Merk" doesn’t need to scour for neglected urban surfaces to find welcome canvases...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 4:34pm

Four film festivals coming to Boston this spring

There’s nothing some of us love more than spending a lovely spring day inside a dark movie theatre. To local cineastes the annual thaw means the start of Boston’s busy film festival season, and here’s a small sampler of cinematic happenings.It started as an all-night movie marathon and spread out...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 4:13pm

Our must-see Boston theater picks for spring 2017

MARCH“Golda’s Balcony”Bobbie Steinbach stars in this one-woman show as Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974. While the play covers her whole remarkable story, it focuses on the 1973 Yom Kippur War, controversially suggesting that Meir threatened to use nuclear weapons if the...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:57pm

'Topdog/Underdog' is not your typical sibling rivalry

What if your entire life was a long con? Or a series of small cons, within a long con? What if the con man was your brother? What if he was you?The Huntington Theatre’s presentation of Suzan-Lori Parks’s “Topdog/Underdog” explores the complexities of trust and dependency in the relationship between...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:34am

Who will perform at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2017?

The Boston Pops made major pre-summer announcements today — including the upcoming guest performers for the Pops-produced 2017 FireworksSpectacular at the DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell."Fresh Eyes" singer-songwriter Andy Grammer and two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge will join conductor Keith...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 1:50pm

Jane Eaglen headlines Boston Lyric Opera’s adaptation of ‘The Rake’s Progress’

A lot has happened to Jane Eaglen since her American debut with the Boston Pops in 1992. The English soprano embarked on a prestigious, prolific international career. Her interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner defined her generation. Two decades at the top, four solo albums, and 10 complete...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:59pm

The ICA is heading to East Boston in 2018

Eastie is about to get an artistic agenda. The Institute for Contemporary Art announced that they’re heading to the Boston Shipyard and Marina with a new 15,000-square-foot extension project, expected to open summer 2018. The new East Boston space, called the Watershed, will feature a series of...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 3:24pm

Eat Pancakes at the Disco, laugh with Laurel and Hardy and more things to do in Boston this weekend

MOVIES“The Battle of the Century”: Classic Comedies of Laurel and Hardy and Buster KeatonThe Coolidge presents four classic silent comedy shorts with live musical accompaniment from Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. Then there will be a pie-throwing contest in re-enactment of the classic pie fight...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 2:41pm

William Forsythe's 'Artifact 2017' is an ode to ballet

Boston Ballet is exploring the very nature of ballet with “Artifact 2017,” a four-act work from world-renowned choreographer William Forsythe that highlights the legacy and potential of ballet.Three characters weave throughout the acts: the Man with the Megaphone, the Woman in Historical Dress and...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 3:49pm

'The Curious Incident' explores adolescence and angst with a sense of compassion

Tony-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” isn’t your typical coming-of-age story. That’s because its lead, 15-year-old Christopher, isn’t your typical teenage boy. A highly intelligent, self-declared sleuth seeking justice for his neighbor’s slain pooch, Christopher’s...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 4:54pm

Five comedians you won’t want to miss this Spring

In a town known for comedy, you’re marginally forgiven if you didn’t make it out to a stand up set this Winter. It was cold. It snowed a couple times. “Taboo” was disappointing, but you’d follow Tom Hardy into a wood chipper—you weren’t going to just not watch.This Spring, there’s no excuse. An...

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 5:01pm

By Chloe's Sam Wasser tells us how to get Instagram famous

Even before By Chloe touched down in Boston’s waterfront, the buzz was already real. Oversize bowls of crunchy vegan delights, whole coconuts (branded with the restaurant's logo) and dairy-free mac and cheese made with smoky bits of shiitake “bacon” had long tempted local Instagram “likers” who...

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:14am