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Spring Theater: Shakespeare In His Cups; Mandy Patinkin At A.R.T.

March 27, 2015
Marc Labrèche in "Needles and Opium" (Nicola-Frank Vachon)

As (hopefully) the warm weather rolls in, Boston theaters prepare for spring with new programs, from “Shrek The Musical” to premieres by the American Repertory Theater.

Another Spring Sign: Fenway Park Is Mowed For 1st Time This Year

March 26, 2015
Fenway Park covered in snow this winter. (Courtesy Red Sox via Twitter)

Fenway Park groundskeepers are beginning to get the field ready for Opening Day in Boston.

State Police Destroy Civil War-Era Cannonball On Carson Beach

March 26, 2015
The cannonball found by a fisherman and destroyed by the state police bomb squad on Thursday. (Massachusetts State Police)

The 12-inch cannonball was found near Castle Island by a fisherman Thursday morning.

Hubway Stations Soon Springing Back Into Service

March 26, 2015
A Hubway station in Boston (jon.t/Flickr)

The system will begin returning bicycles to its stations throughout Boston, Somerville and Brookline after halting operations for most of the winter.

Boston Underground Film Festival: Unabashedly Not For Everyone

March 26, 2015
A scene from "Excess Flesh." (Courtesy Boston Underground Film Festival)

The Boston Underground Film Festival triumphs all things insane and bizarre, a proud tradition of the 17-year-old festival, which opened March 25 at Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre.

Benjamin Zander Conducts Wagner, And Andris Nelsons Is Back At The BSO

March 26, 2015
Benjamin Zander conducts the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at Symphony Hall. (Courtesy)

This April, Benjamin Zander, music director of the Boston Philharmonic, steps into the world of Wagner and the young director continues to settle in to the BSO with a program centered on Dmitri Shostakovich and a recent commission, Gunther Schuller’s autobiographical, phantasmagorical “Dreamscape.”

National Grid Electricity, Gas Rates Dropping In May

March 25, 2015

Electricity prices will still be higher than they were last spring.

After Shooting Charge, Boston Schools Head Questions Employee Discipline

March 24, 2015

Shaun Harrison, a former English High School staff member, is now charged with trying to murder a student.

‘Transparent’s’ Alexandra Billings And All Things Wet At ClimACTS!

March 24, 2015
Alexandra Billings will receive this year's Out On The Edge Award from The Theater Offensive. (Courtesy)

ClimACTS!, The Theater Offensive’s annual fundraiser, supports the organization’s 26-year mission by celebrating diversity and acceptance within the LGBT community through the arts.

Hollywood Childhood Inspires Hallie Ephron’s Latest Suspense Novel

March 24, 2015
After growing up in Beverly Hills, Hallie Ephron settled in Massachusetts. (Courtesy)

Hallie Ephron, who will be at Brookline Booksmith March 24, turned memories from her childhood with screenwriter parents and writers-to-be-sisters in ’60s Beverly Hills into a new suspense novel, “Night Night, Sleep Tight.”

Composer Michael Gandolfi’s ‘Ascending Light’ Remembers Armenian Genocide

March 23, 2015
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Premiering March 26 at Symphony Hall, Michael Gandolfi’s organ concerto, “Ascending Light,” remembers the tragedy of the Armenian genocide and pays tribute to the BSO’s late organist Berj Zamkochian.

Thank You, Alvin Ailey: A Personal Note From A Dance Critic

March 23, 2015
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The Alvin Ailey troupe will perform at the Citi Wang Theatre from March 26-29, program including its signature work “Revelations” and pieces that are new to Boston.

Lift Accident At Sugarloaf Mountain Leaves 7 Injured

March 22, 2015
Skiers at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine were trapped on the lift for hours during a lift malfunction Saturday, March 21, 2015. (Courtesy of Hank Margolis)

Seven people have been injured in a chairlift accident at a Maine ski area that had a similar incident five years ago.

Jean-Luc Godard Says ‘Goodbye To Language’ — In 3D, No Less

March 20, 2015

The latest from the legendary director of “Breathless” features everything from his dog romping to homicidal Germans in a Mercedes. It opens at the Kendall on Friday.

Harvard Professor, Documentary Take On Climate Change ‘Merchants Of Doubt’

March 20, 2015
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The documentary “Merchants of Doubt” compares corporate climate change deniers back to those the tobacco industry used to confuse people.

Mayor Walsh Declares Anniversary Of Marathon Bombings As ‘One Boston Day’

March 19, 2015
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday that the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 will now be "One Boston Day." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

At Thursday’s unveiling of banners for the 2015 Boston Marathon, Mayor Marty Walsh announced the city will dub the anniversary of the Boston bombings, “One Boston Day,” to honor the city’s strength in the wake of the attacks.

For 1st Time Since Jan. 22, MBTA Has All Subway Cars In Service

March 19, 2015
A Green Line trolley runs down Commonwealth Avenue in Boston in February. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

After two months of being hampered by brutal winter weather, the MBTA says all four subway lines had the regular number of cars operating Thursday morning.

SpeakEasy Stage Tries To Reel In The ‘Big Fish’ Musical

March 19, 2015
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SpeakEasy Stage Company presents a pared-down version of “Big Fish,” first a novel, then a Tim Burton film and then a Broadway musical.

Study: 2024 Olympics Would Generate Billions In Economic Activity

March 18, 2015

But the study also warns that cost overruns are a real risk.

Watch: St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

March 15, 2015

Watch the annual barb-filled political breakfast.

Partners HealthCare Drops Bid To Acquire South Shore Hospital

February 17, 2015

The move comes less than a month after a judge rejected a deal that would have allowed Partners to acquire South Shore and two other local hospitals, saying it wasn’t in the public interest.

Colleagues Mourn Surgeon Fatally Shot At The Brigham

January 21, 2015

Dr. Michael Davidson was remembered both for his skills as a surgeon and his rich personal life.

Health Connector Head Will Step Down

January 06, 2015

Jean Yang, who oversaw the problematic launch of the Connector’s new website, will depart the agency next Friday.

First Dispensary Cleared To Grow Marijuana In Massachusetts

January 02, 2015

Assuming a three-month growing cycle, the storefront in Salem could begin selling marijuana in April. However, the plants must first undergo a series of safety tests, and the state will continue to inspect the company’s business plans.

Health Connector: Insurance Signups Up, But Many Unpaid

December 19, 2014

The deadline is Tuesday for those who want to be covered on the first of the year.

MGH Patient Monitored For Possible Ebola ‘Cleared Medically,’ Discharged

December 05, 2014

The patient’s release and current condition are not a threat to anyone else, MGH officials said.

Baker Names Sudders As His Health And Human Services Chief

November 21, 2014
Marylou Sudders (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Marylou Sudders is the state’s former mental health commissioner.

Westminster Pulls Tobacco Ban Proposal

November 19, 2014

The proposal — which would have been the first such sweeping measure in the country — was met by staunch opposition.

4 More Mass. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Approved

November 07, 2014

The four dispensaries in Boston, Taunton, Greenfield and Fairhaven fill counties that did not previously have any medical marijuana dispensaries in the works.

SJC To Hear Petition To Dismiss Convictions Tied To Dookhan

October 23, 2014

The ACLU is asking the state’s highest court to dismiss tens of thousands of criminal convictions tied to former state chemist Annie Dookhan, who admitted to tampering with evidence.

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