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Arts & Entertainment

  • Album

    The Hotelier’s Goodness

    We don’t want to tell them how to do their jobs, but the Worcester-bred outfit might be underselling the product with the title of their third studio album...

    The Hotelier’s Goodness Photo Credit: Kyle Shaffer
  • Creative Catalyst

    Elisa H. Hamilton

    Hamilton’s art brings people together. This MassArt alum has transformed parks and sidewalks into dance floors for her Dance Spot series...

    Elisa H. Hamilton Photo Credit: Joel Benjamin
  • Art With Heart

    ZUMIX

    This Eastie nonprofit is housed in a former firehouse, but it’s all about stoking kids’ creative fires...

  • Arty Party

    Third Thursdays at the Gardner Museum

    Isabella Stewart Gardner was a legendary hostess who unveiled her prized palace at a 1903 blowout brimming with Champagne, doughnuts and boldfaced names...

    Third Thursdays at the Gardner Museum Photo Credit: Matthew Teuten
  • Band

    Pvris

    The Lowell-bred electro-rockers of Pvris have been steadily building buzz since releasing their 2014 debut, White Noise, and fans eagerly awaited word of their follow-up...

    Pvris Photo Credit: Eliot Lee Hazel
  • Campus Curation

    The MIT List Visual Arts Center

    MIT’s rep for math and science precedes itself, but its contemporary art museum is world-class too...

  • Classical Ensemble

    Phoenix

    Call it classical gone casual. This 3-year-old orchestra performs on the same level as the audience...

    Phoenix Photo Credit: Steve Benoit for Boston Concert Photography
  • Comedian

    Lamont Price

    If organizers were stressed when Boston Calling’s Film Festival was scrapped two months before the event, they didn’t show it...

    Lamont Price Photo Credit: Brian Feulner
  • Comedy Clique

    Boston Comedy Chicks

    Boston Comedy Chicks hold their shows and workshops at Doyle’s Cafe in JP, so you know they’re no divas...

    Boston Comedy Chicks Photo Credit: Boston Public Library
  • Dance Date Night

    José Mateo Ballet Theatre

    This isn’t your average night at the ballet, where you’re unlikely to see your date’s face until intermission...

    José Mateo Ballet Theatre Photo Credit: Gary Sloan
  • Dance Party Starter

    Break the Chains

    As far as we’re concerned, any place we’re dancing should be an accepting, inclusive space (we don’t want to be judged for our flailing limbs when the DJ plays our jam)...

    Break the Chains Courtesy of Break The Chains
  • Drama Queen

    Melinda Lopez

    Multihyphenate talent Melinda Lopez is an accomplished actress and playwright, and she occupied both roles this fall with Mala...

    Melinda Lopez Photo Credit: Adam Detour
  • Hot Ticket

    #MFANOW Overnights

    More than 23,000 night owls flocked to the Museum of Fine Arts this fall for four free, all-night parties thrown as part of a seasonlong celebration of contemporary art...

  • Launch Pad

    GrubStreet

    Writing is often thought of as a solitary, even lonely pursuit, but local scribes find practical support and community at this nonprofit creative writing center...

    GrubStreet Photo Credit: Sri Thumati
  • Little Studio That Could

    Starlab Studios

    This Somerville-born multimedia studio has been twice displaced—first to make room for the Green Line’s as-yet-unrealized extension through the ’hood...

    Starlab Studios Photo Credit: Richard Hawke
  • Music Video

    Michael Christmas’ “Not the Only One”

    Michael Christmas has earned a rep in the Boston rap game for a genial, laid-back style marked by sly humor and winking self-deprecation...

  • Musician

    Julie Rhodes

    Somerville’s Rhodes possesses the kind of voice that transcends time and place, reminiscent of smooth ’60s soul crooners with a dash of the ragged howl...

    Julie Rhodes Photo Credit: Roberto Terrones
  • New Digs

    The Society of Arts and Crafts

    In time for its 120th birthday, America’s oldest arts-and-crafts nonprofit got a shiny new home in the Seaport with three times the space of its former footprint...

    The Society of Arts and Crafts Photo Credit: Anton Grassl
  • Podcast

    Lore

    Listeners hit play on Lore nearly 6 million times each month. Those are impressive numbers for a little indie horror podcast born in Danvers...

    Lore Illustration by Christopher Downes
  • Poetry Series

    The Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam and Slam

    We highly recommend scuttling into the Lizard Lounge for this Sunday night tradition, still going strong after 20 years...

  • Scene Stealer

    Company One Theatre

    A company that consistently punches above its weight, Company One Theatre lived up to the name of its latest season, “Break Every Boundary”...

  • Trivia Night

    Old School Game Show

    If you haven’t yet “come on down!” to check out Old School Game Show, what are you waiting for?...

    Old School Game Show Photo Credit: Roger Gordy
  • Upgrade

    Boston Public Library

    Thanks to the final phase of renovations unveiled last summer, the Johnson building’s forbidding Brutalist facade is now as inviting as an open book...

    Boston Public Library Photo Credit: Boston Public Library
  • Urban Canvas

    "Little House on Green Street"

    When City Realty Group purchased a dilapidated, uninhabited house at 197 Green Street in Jamaica Plain with as-yet-undetermined plans for its use...

    Photo Credit: Holly Rike