‘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
Sony may set risky precedent by canceling ‘The Interview’
With its decision to not release “The Interview,” Sony may have emboldened other people bent on threats and intimidation.
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.
Uber driver is accused in rape, kidnapping of customer
A Boston man working as an Uber driver is facing charges that he raped and kidnapped a young woman earlier this month.
For First Time, Treatment Helps Patients With Worst Kind of Stroke, Study Says
After three decades of failure, researchers have found a treatment that greatly improves the prognosis for people having the most severe and disabling strokes. By directly removing large blood clots blocking blood vessels in the brain, they can save brain tissue that would have otherwise died, enabling many to return to an independent life.
Gary Lee Sampson in court for 1st time in decade
Sampson, who carjacked and killed two Mass. men during a crime spree in 2001, faces a sentencing retrial in February.
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.
US concludes North Korea ‘centrally involved’ in Sony computer attacks
WASHINGTON — US intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’ computers, a determination reached just as Sony on Wednesday canceled its release of the comedy “The Interview,” which is based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader.
Four tech firms line up for new state tax breaks
Just months ago, state lawmakers expanded the way that fast-growing companies could score tax credits. It didn’t take long before some heavy-hitting tech firms stepped up.