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The great, golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic movie-musical, West Side Story, will be playing at the Somerville Theatre, in Davis Square, as part of the Somerville Theatre's annual 70mm film Festival, on Friday, May 18th, at 8:00 p. m., and on Saturday, May 19th, at 1:30 p. m.

Since the 70mm festival at the Somerville Theatre will be from May 17th-May 22nd, 2019, there'll also be other prominent classic films in 70mm film as well, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Dark Crystal, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, to mention a few.

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This headline writes itself!

'Ridiculous Shenanigans' was the reason given for the 15 minute delay on the 4:30 Salem train out of North Station....the reason? The engineer got on the wrong train, leaving us without a driver to take us north. The on-line comments were pretty funny, and the ticket taker apologized profusely (although he admitted he's in for a stern talking to about his 'ridiculousness' comments

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Indiana native woman has massive crush on some Dorchester dudes

Erin Osmon writes some, uh, interesting things about how women were portrayed in New Kids on The Block Lyrics, for The Muse (Jezebel):

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From South Shore to South Africa: Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs joins Africa Express

Who knew that Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs was from Sharon, Massachusetts (SPOILER ALERT: I did)? And who knew that Zinner traveled to South Africa (!!!), joined a band called Africa Express (!!!!), and has left the South Shore in his dust. Talk about a glow up.

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John Connolly's new gig

SchoolFacts Boston, the new group Connolly is helming on a Barr Foundation grant, is purportedly meant to help parents "navigate" the complicated BPS school selection process. What (rather, who) is the Barr Foundation, and what is this really about? The Barr Foundation is Amos Hostetter, Cablevision mogul, mega-philanthropist and corporate shaper of public services. His money has elevated his acolytes, protégés and flacks to public "service" (and I use that term loosely) and has given him enormous power over the public realm, à la Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, who use their money to become policy kings. Talk about a seat at the table! Amos Hostetter IS the table in Boston. Read more.

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'There lacks a certain sweetness in my life': Dunkin Donuts made sneakers & I'm weeping real, IRL tears of happiness about it.

Melissa Buja of NBC10 Boston reports on my actual friggin dream come true, like, WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FRIG, THEY MADE DUNX-THEMED KICKS, YO THEY DID THAT

Two Massachusetts companies are once again teaming up ahead of the 2019 Boston Marathon in hopes of "keeping Bostonians running." Canton-based Dunkin' [Donuts] and Waltham-based Saucony have released their limited-edition Saucony x Dunkin’ [Donuts] Kinvara 10.

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This "Look Closer"-themed West Roxbury library poetry contest looks pretty dope.

Hey. Come here. I wanna tell you a story. At the Holy Name/Catholic Memorial dances I attended in my youth I never "grinded" with any boys. After one of the HN/CM dances I did find $211 on the ground when I went to buy some gum at White Hen Pantry. Westie continues its tradition of giving with this all-ages poetry contest courtesy of Friends of the West Roxbury Branch Library.

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'Mature Poets Steal': 'Evening of Inspired Leaders' is a MassPoetry fundraiser happening on Monday, youse all.

As the old saying goes: You can take the girl out of Boston...but you can't take the Boston out of the girl who is taking a trip outside Boston. Not too long ago I received an email from MassPoetry about its Evening of Inspired Leaders fundraiser event (LMAO @ MASSPOETRY ASKING ME FOR MONEY YEAH AIGHT) happening this Monday, March 25 at 7pm at the Huntington Theatre Company.

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Will someone please buy Robert De Niro a drink in Boston? He could probably use one. Thanks.

Grace Hightower's soon-to-be-ex husband Robert De Niro is kinda going through some sh*t. His "Goodfellas" co-star Ray Liotta got a guest voice spot on "SpongeBob SquarePants" and he didn't. Some deranged former male stripper sent him some very crazy fan mail. Someone buy De Niro a drink...and you can do just that with this Broadway World promotion commemorating A Bronx Tale: The Musical coming to Boston:

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#ThatsMyPresident: Meet Leemarie Mosca, the new president & executive director of Rosie's Place.

The Boston Globe's Annika Hom talks with Leemarie Mosca, the new president and executive director of Rosie's Place Mosca serves as "the organization's fifth president" and is "responsible for overseeing organizational affairs, community engagement, and 123 staff members."

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Komplaint Dept: the world-famous-and-also-built-on-chattel-slavery-labor Harvard is getting sued again.

Matthew S. Schwartz of NPR reports on a lawsuit against the Ol' Crimson brought by one Tamara Lanier. Per Lanier "Papa Renty" is the patriarch of her family. And in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, she says Harvard is using those photos without permission — and in so doing, profiting from photos taken by a racist professor determined to prove the inferiority of black people."

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Friggin aht, khed: the 2019 Mayor's Poetry Program is open for submissions.

Are you missing the poetry of the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino? Are you in Boston and in your feelings? Feel like writing something other than internet comments to complete strangers? Then check out the call for submissions for the 2019 Mayor's Poetry Program, curated by Porsha Olayiwola, the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Boston:

“an Alcatraz around my neck"

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Hey! Wait! I got a new (federal) complaint: disability rights & 'Varsity Blues' bribes at Harvard.

A federal complaint filed on behalf of a Harvard College student is shedding light on how the school handles disability rights and accommodations for Harvard students with disabilities.

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Old Digster Michael Brodeur's New Dad & 'PLAYLAND' come to Boston in March

Fitchburg's own Michael Brodeur is bringing his music project New Dad to Boston and it's going to be a real hoot!

You know Brodeur from his work at such local publications as DigBoston, Boston Phoenix, and currently, the Boston Globe.

And, duh: Brodeur penned that brilliant satirical taxonomy, "Fake Massachusetts Towns", that ran in McSweeney's. The stuff of Massachusetts Memes legend:

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OriginallyFromDotParker: Dig, if you will, this oral history of DigBoston

Long-time DigBoston contributor Barry Thompson's series of interviews for an oral history about DigBoston (formerly Boston's Weekly Dig) in DigBoston: Read more.

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Save the date(s)! Upcoming education hearings in Boston

Spread the word and BE HEARD. Here's list of upcoming education hearings in Boston, From an desk of Council At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George.

These hearings are great forums for bringing questions, comments, concerns, ideas, and suggestions. Like a Universal Hub comment thread but, like, in REAL life.
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Hello everyone,

On behalf of Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George, Chair of the Education Committee, I am re-sharing the list of all education hearings coming up, including new ones that have been scheduled in the month of April:

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Hitchhiking--Why I'm Against It:

Hitchhiking has always existed here in the United States. In the 1940's, soldiers who were frequently going on leave, and/or returning to their bases after h having been on leave, often hitchhiked. During the 1960's and 1970's, however, hitchhiking became even more popular, as it was cheap, easy, and, in instances, provided conversation and companion for both the hitchhiker and the driver alike, and for some people, a sense of adventure and a cheap way to see the country and/or a part or parts of the country that they'd never seen before.

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Lose dog ran over and dies. Driver speeds off

While driving in hyde park, many drivers had to stop or speed up to get a head start in an attempt to grab a dog running in and out of traffic. At least 5 -6 vehicles were in pursuit with the unspoken team effort to save this poor dog. As cars stop in one both lanes, people jump out collectively. The dog b-lines across the street to avoid strangers, the same time one impatiant drive cuts around worried drivers who stopped and watched, he floors the gas and crushes the dog. Who then limps toward a small crowd for help crying uncontrollably.

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Boston-area Fans of the 1961 film West Side Story--Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!

The 1961 film West Side Story will be playing in selected movie theatres, nationwide, including the Greater Boston area. It will be aired on Sunday, June 24th, and on Wednesday, June 27th. Tickets can be purchased at the box offices of any of the selected movie theatres, or online using fathom events.com, fandango.com, or even on amazon.com.

The more people purchase tickets for this great, golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic movie-musical, the better it will be for this film. Hope I've been of some help here.

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Turkey trots through downtown Boston T-Mobile store

BOSTON (WHDH) - A turkey turned heads Tuesday when it stopped by a T-Mobile store in downtown Boston.

The bird’s brief visit to the wireless company’s Washington Street location prompted customers and staffers to pull out their cellphones and record the unusual encounter. After flapping into the back of the business, the turkey could be seen making its way back toward the entrance.

Nobody can turn down @TMobile and their unlimited data. #bostonturkey @universalhub

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Striving for Accuracy in the Details of a New Novel

The main characters in this new novel are members of an Italian family in Boston, c. 1950s, that includes several plasterers. Many scenes occur in the home of one of the extended familes and on the job. I can easily script the plastering and construction aspects with accuracy (thanks to my own family history and no, I'm not Italian but do have a Sicilian s.i.l..) It's the details about the city and neighborhoods where I have to do loads of research and that's actually how I found this wonderful site.

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Violent Teens and Music

VIOLENCE IN MUSIC
This is part of the problem.

1 As Deadly as Can Be Song by Necro
https://youtu.be/Xej4Oc3Lpco

2 Dead Body Disposal Song by Necro
https://genius.com/Necro-dead-body-disposal-lyrics

3 Stray Bullet
Song by Organized Konfusion
https://g.co/kgs/7pTzcD

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