The danger of neglecting community colleges
As a group, the 15 schools in Massachusetts have struggled. It’s time to change that.
Brianna Wu on why Gamergate trolls won’t win
Threats are keeping my female game developers from PAX East, but they’re not going to silence us.
Steps to take before the snow melts
Before you start to worry about flooding, take a deep breath. The outlook isn’t as dire as it seems.
‘American Crime’: Prepare to be awed
Created by “12 Years a Slave” Oscar winner John Ridley, “American Crime” is all about getting the respect audiences usually reserve for cable programming such as “True Detective.”
Nina Schroeder’s look
The clinical psychologist always wears dresses or skirts — a preference born out of a rebellion to the clothes her mother chose for her as a girl.
Party Lines: Boston Winter Ball
More than 900 guests recently attended the seventh annual Boston Winter Ball, held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.
Sinclair’s Winter Solstice
A seasonal take on a classic margarita is shaken with tequila, Tuaca, a vanilla-citrus liqueur, and ginger liqueur, similar to one at the Sinclair.
Santouka’s secret broth draws lines
The popular ramen brand from Hokkaido Japan opened its first New England noodle shop in Harvard Square in February.
Rock star gargoyles at Brass Union
Gargoyles, mounted on oak columns reportedly from a castle once owned by a British rock star, are on either side of Brass Union’s front-room bar.
Smuttynose’s tribute ale a pet project
Smuttynose Brewing Co. pet dog, Olive, who passed away recently, now has a beer named for her — Really Old Brown Dog Ale.
Week ahead: Music, theater, art, nightlife, and more
Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.
Week ahead: Theater
Globe reviewers offer a guide to area productions, including “Grounded,’’ “Intimate Apparel,’’ and “The Big Meal.’’
Nightlife in and around Boston:
DUBFIRE Ali Shirazinia left his gig as half of the Grammy-winning duo Deep Dish to pursue a solo career. He says about his work, “I try to apply a punk ethic to my own music...it has to be groundbreaking, futuristic, unique, and organic.” Joseph Capriati also appears. March 6, 10 p.m. $30. Bijou, 51 Stuart St., Boston. 617-357-4565, www.bijouboston.com
KENNY LARKIN CSC presents the veteran Detroit techno artist who says he’s famous for not being famous. March 6, 10:30 p.m. $15. Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastclub.com
Why is their furnace so loud?
Q. Re your article of February 19 -- concerning furnace noise. We also have a Weil-McLain, gas fired, hot water system with two zones. Our house is new construction as of 2000 and the furnace was so quiet we could hardly hear it running.
Voters approve moving preschool
Voters in Vernon have approved spending money to move the town preschool.
Revolution maintain focus amid MLS labor strife
Despite the threat of a player strike, the team has its eyes on Sunday’s scheduled opener in Seattle.
Politicians’ religious views should be beside the point
“I really appreciated that [Jeff] Jacoby would take a stand regarding the undue weight that a person’s religion plays in politics.” — Rick Cutler