Navigating First Night
The first mainstage concert of the Boston Early Music Festival was also the North American debut of Mozart’s own violin and viola.
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There is no getting around it, applying to college is stressful.
And right about now, when seniors who applied for early decisions are hearing from admissions offices, and others are finishing up applications due Jan. 1, the stress level hits a peak, according to those who work with students.
According to guidance counselors, tutors and college coaches, it is important to recognize that the application process is hard, and not brush aside the stress involved in writing essays, keeping up grades, making choices about where to apply, dealing with rejection, and perhaps having to wait until spring before making a final decision.
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Katharine Whittemore offers capsule reviews of Big Pharma: Exposing the Global Healthcare Agenda by Jacky Law; “Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients’’ by Ben Goldacre; “Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine” by John Abrahamson; “Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients” by Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels; “Pharmageddon” by David Healy; “Protecting America’s Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation’’ by Philip J. Hilts; “The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It” by Marcia Angell
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Debate over Town Administrator Martin McNamara’s contract is continuing, after McNamara decided to dispute the selectmen’s decision to pay him a $1,700 bonus instead of a merit increase. McNamara said his contract requires the town to pay him the merit increase, not the bonus; he also said the issue could be resolved when he meets with the board on Dec. 23 for his job review. The merit increase could be an outcome of discussions about his raises, which have been an ongoing debate since June, he said. “I think it’s resolved,” said McNamara.
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With “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the heroes of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy saga find their footing, and so does Peter Jackson’s epic telling of their tale.
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For decades before closing its doors to the public 70 years ago, the subterranean theater was a crown jewel in Boston’s performing-arts firmament.
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Taglines and smart monikers don’t matter; what does matter is the money and effort put behind the campaign.
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PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea said Friday that it had executed Kim Jong Un’s uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader’s former mentor, long considered the country’s number two official.
In a sharp reversal of the long-held popular image of Jang Song Thaek as a kindly uncle guiding Kim Jong Un as he consolidated power, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency indicated that Jang instead saw the death of Kim Jong Il in December 2011 as an opportunity to challenge his nephew and win power.
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Nicola Hicks’s work, at the Yale Center for British Art, looks at the overlapping lives of animals and humans.
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A Boston Police officer allegedly pointed a pistol with a laser sight at two people in Roxbury Wednesday night.
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The ensemble has created and epitomized a style of Renaissance singing that has now become the norm.
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The deal is intended to help the developers attract a Star Market grocery store and build a parking garage, Menino’s administration said.
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Actors’ Shakespeare Project is hoping audiences will respond with enthusiasm to one of Shakespeare’s least-known works.
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Bruce Graham doesn’t push the boundaries far enough in his play to be memorable at Merrimack Repertory Theatre.
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SOMERVILLE — Walking around Assembly Row, you can see why Tom Menino and Marty Walsh would hate this place. This new mini-city, rising in the shadow of Boston, has been 15 years in the making and many parts of it will begin to open starting in the spring: restaurants, upscale outlet shops, apartments, office space, a hotel, a movie theater, a waterfront amphitheater, and the piece de resistance: the first new T stop in nearly three decades.
Last week, the $1.5 billion mega development landed its first major office tenant: Partners HealthCare. The Boston hospital chain will consolidate administrative operations from 14 locations across the region and move into its own complex, bringing 4,500 workers, of which 3,700 will come from Boston.
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