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Arts Quiz 2012

Just how savvy are you about culture in Boston and beyond? Test your knowledge here.
  • In Boston Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker”, which of the following is not new?

  • Where in Massachusetts was singer Taylor Swift rumored to have bought a house this summer?

  • Which of the following actors did not appear in the movie “Lincoln”?

  • Who spoke at singer Whitney Houston’s funeral?

  • Which two local schools did pop star PSY attend?

  • Which South Boston location was not mentioned in David Lindsay-Abaire’s play “Good People”?

  • Which judge from “The Voice” had a cameo on the TV series “American Horror Story: Asylum”?

  • Which of the following was not the subject of a Boston-area art museum exhibit this year?

  • A mural by the Brazilian artists Os Gemeos in Dewey Square sparked comments speculating that the figure looked like which of the following?

  • Where in Boston did Aerosmith do a live outdoor performance this year?

  • What was the unofficial catch phrase of the movie“Argo”?

  • Which celebrity wasn’t in town shooting a movie this year?

  • Which actor playing an American on “Homeland” is actually American?

  • Tanglewood celebrated what anniversary this year?

  • Which faded TV star did not appear in a local theatrical production this year?

  • Who or what didn’t turn 50 this year?

  • How many rows of seats are there in each balcony at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s new Calderwood Performance Hall?

  • Who was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, after dying?

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State approves plan for Salem’s Bentley School to become a charter

Salem’s Bentley School, one of the lowest achieving public schools in the state, will become a charter school next fall.

Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded two new charters, choosing Bentley, a K-5 elementary, and the UP Academy Charter School of Springfield. Both will be Horace Mann charter schools, funded by the local school districts but run by an independent board.

The Salem school will be called the Bentley Academy Charter School.

“The in-district charter gives us an opportunity to focus — and I think in a stronger way — on some of the needs of the students in that school,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who also chairs the School Committee and supported Bentley’s shift to a charter.

For the last four years, Bentley has struggled with academic achievement.

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