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When Objects Come to Life

The art of bringing inanimate objects to life — humanoid puppets, found objects, drawings, ketchup bottles — has been part of worldwide cultures for millennia, often depicting complex and purposeful stories.


A Cozy Saturday Night with the Harvard Knitting Circle

On a recent Saturday night, five Harvard students worked on their fiber arts projects and discussed everything from psychology research topics to a crochet pattern for a stuffed alpaca. Meanwhile, a certain FM writer tried — with mixed results — to start the crochet-a-penguin kit she ordered off of an Instagram ad at 3 a.m.


Decolonizing the Colonial Museum

A panel at the Peabody Museum on museums and decolonization covered topics like the repatriation of human remains, land acknowledgements, and ways that museums can continue to decolonize and promote ethical stewardship.


Reimagining Museums Graphic

Reimagining Museums graphic


Two Restaurants, Alike in Dignity?

"Despite their vastly different styles and atmospheres, Source and Spyce have a surprising amount in common — both restaurants are breaking in novel and eco-friendly consumer-centric models."


Live Theater Takes a Walk

While other theater companies tried to adapt plays for a Zoom setting, Lyric Stage, Boston's oldest theater company, was reluctant to entertain audiences through a screen. Instead, Lyric hoped to entertain without adding screen time by encouraging audiences to step into the city.


Live From Her Studio Boudoir: Welcome to Coleslaw’s Classroom

One such experimental event is Coleslaw’s Corner. With a spotlight on Boston’s brightest stars of drag, Coleslaw’s Corner has been a stronghold of after hours offerings at the Museum for the past two years, often selling out all 209 seats of the planetarium.


Coleslaw Drag Queen Graphic

Pop Art Coleslaw Drag Queen Graphic


The Ghosts of Restaurants Past, Present, and Post-Pandemic

As the traditional brick-and-mortar-based model collapsed due to the pandemic, restaurants pivoted online, sparking a wave of attractive, easy-to-launch “ghost restaurants” vying for sales and survival.


A Novel Kitchen for Novel Times

“Novel” describes The Novel Kitchen in multiple ways: its location, its menu, and especially its birth amid a pandemic. The no-cook eatery — it will only serve prepared, rather than cooked, food — is set to open this month in the Brookline Booksmith.


The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo Adapts to the New Normal

COVID-19 made hosting the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo in-person impossible, but cancelling the expo was, too. So many stories from MICE’s past centered on the human connections made at a show — “We’ve heard so many people say things like, ‘I met my future husband at MICE, I met my best friend and collaborator at MICE,’” Paroline remembers.


Made by Me

Made by Me — a paint-your-own-pottery studio run by queer women, in the process of selling ownership to its employees — is real, open for business, and located right on Mass. Ave.


A Creatrix Walks Into an Anticapitalist Pottery Bar(n)

Made by Me — a paint-your-own-pottery studio run by queer women, in the process of selling ownership to its employees —  is real, open for business, and located right on Mass. Ave.


Zander

Since May, the Safe and Sound series — what Zander playfully calls “Live-in-the-Drive” — has had a total of 14 concerts featuring musicians from the Boston area.


A Theatre for One (or Fourteen More)

The Brattle Theatre, housed in a 130-year-old red brick building in Harvard Square, has been operating as a movie theatre since 1953. Now, as COVID-19 casts doubt on the future of the cinema industry, the Brattle Theatre is working to re-imagine what a theater can be.


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