‘Dear Sugar’ ushers in a new era of podcasts at WBUR
WBUR enters the podcast game with “Dear Sugar Radio,” which focuses on frankly dispensed advice.
TV Critic’s Corner for Friday, Dec. 19
Syfy, you are so weird — I mean silly — I mean campy. In the latest Syfy original, “Christmas Icetastrophe,” an explosive wave of ice crystals engulfs a small town. That sounds so very pretty — I mean scary — I mean stupid — I mean funny
Best merch of 2014: What a music critic wants
Globe music critic James Reed rounds up the 10 most offbeat items he found for sale at concerts this year.
ArtLifting exhibit highlight of Designers’ Night Out
ArtLifting promotes and sells artwork by homeless and disabled individuals.
Is Hanukkah beginning to look a lot like Christmas?
December is when the festival of Hanukkah collides with Christmas.
Party Lines: A Company Christmas at Pops
The recent holiday gala A Company Christmas at Pops celebrated the partnership between the corporate community and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly not as poisonous as once feared
Despite longstanding concerns, new medical evidence suggests that fears are exaggerated.
Nightlife in and around Boston:
MK Veteran producer, DJ, and songwriter Marc Kinchen began his career in the mid 1990’s with tracks for artists including Pet Shop Boys and Bobby Brown. He got into mainstream production but in the last few years has made a successful return to house. Dec. 19, 10 p.m. $25. Bijou, 51 Stuart St., Boston. www.bijouboston.com
CONTACT TOUR 2014 Youngsta headlines a dubstep line-up that also features Truth, Mike Skillz, and Terraphorm. Dec. 19, 9 p.m. $15-$20. Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Ave., Allston. 617-351-2665, www.wonderbarboston.com
TV Critic’s Corner for Thursday, Dec. 18
Late night will be a lot less truthy after Thursday, when Stephen Colbert ends his extraordinary run on Comedy Central.
Which way should ceiling fans rotate in winter?
Q. Every year about this time there comes up the question as to in which direction should ceiling fans be rotating. For the winter season some say clockwise, others counterclockwise, and then in the summer you change. Which is correct?
This year, put a ‘Book on Every Bed’
This is one of my favorite days of the year because this is the day I get to step out from behind my desk and advocate for literacy.
Video helps police recover stolen wreath
A Connecticut woman has been arrested after Westerly police said home-surveillance video caught her stealing a large wreath from someone else’s front porch.
Kennedys gather in New York, honor Hillary Clinton and others
The Kennedy clan was out in force at this week’s RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala in Manhattan.
Rob Gronkowski blushes on ‘Top Chef’
Host Padma Lakshmi managed to make the big guy blush on this week’s epsiode of “Top Chef.”