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Heather McDonald casts 'The Bachelor' contestants as Republican candidates

Comedian Heather McDonald is used to be on the other side of celebrity drama. But earlier this month, a plucked quote from a podcast led to a venomous spat between herself and her former boss Chelsea Handler, an unfortunate series of events she has since apologized publicly for. McDonald worked...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:37pm

Day of the Dead a big draw for the Peabody

Every year, Aquilez Sanchez makes the trip to the Peabody Museum to ring in Day of the Dead festivities. On Sunday, he and his daughter Aracelly stood admiring a colorful alter adorned with skulls and flowers and battery-powered tea lights on the Harvard museum’s upper floor. For a family...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 1:51pm

Everyone wants to tell Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez how to conditionhis hair

Claudio Sanchez is a Park Slope dad. He calls us from his couch at home in Brooklyn, where his son Atlas Hendrix is asleep on his lap. The 37-year-old Coheed and Cambria frontman and his son (a bit over a year old now) just returned home from a trip to the play gym, with a week to spare before...

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 1:41am

Kaufman Astoria Studios: From silent films to streaming and anchoring Queens’ cultural renaissance

What do “Animal Crackers,” “The Wiz,” “Sesame Street” and “Orange Is the New Black” have in common? They were all made at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens. The studio set behind a Hollywood-like gate on 35th Street opened in 1920 as the original home...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 9:02am

UPDATED: 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...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 11:58am

Nick Offerman to talk shop at CraftBoston Friday

Manliest manly man Nick Offerman is in town to play Ignatius Reilly in the Huntington Theatre’s “The Confederacy of Dunces,” and will speak with fellow woodworking and breakfast enthusiasts at CraftBoston Holiday's Friday talk titled “Sawdust and Mirth." He'll...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 11:13am

These are the 5 #PoetweetNYC winning poems

New York City’s wordsmiths tweeted in droves last week as part of this year’s #PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest, and as promised, we’re publishing the five winning entries right here in Metro today, which happens to be Poem in Your Pocket Day. On Poem in Your Pocket day, New...

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:01am

#PoetweetNYC 2018 is underway and looking for your best green-themed lines

Are you a poet and ready to let New York City — and Twitter — know it? The ninth annual #PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest is officially underway, and you could have the chance to have your words published right here in the pages of Metro. Running today through Friday, #PoetweetNYC is...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:03am

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

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