Spring Arts Preview

From classical music and theater to visual arts and books, a look at the hottest events and releases this season.

Mean Moms

The terrifyingly nasty, backstabbing, and altogether miserable world of suburban motherhood.



The Courts Must Be Crazy

Every doctor who has ever examined Demond Chatman has concluded he is mentally ill. But a DA and judge won’t believe it.


The Complaint Jar Runneth Over

Hundreds of citizens are waiting—and waiting—for the Boston Police Department to respond to allegations of wrongdoing. Will they ever get answers?



How to Be an Egghead

The fifth annual Conference on Public Intellectuals will be held at Harvard this month. Though the host, Lawrence Friedman, couldn’t tell us exactly what a public intellectual is, he did share a few qualities a person would need to be considered.


Follow the Money

It’s early in the campaign, but where the state’s 10 gubernatorial candidates are sinking their dough speaks volumes about their prospects in the election.


Back to Boylston

Runners whose shoes were featured on our May 2013 cover talk training, memories, and what the marathon means to them today.



Field of Greens

Boston—long a salad desert—finally has some deeply satisfying grown-from-seed entrée alternatives. Here are four crisp, verdant exemplars of the form.


Food for Thaw

Once the doldrums of mud season lift, I’ll be scouring the local diningscape for these sprightly ingredients.

Fashion & Style


Exotic Sole

Tabitha Simmons’ heart-studded heels fuse South American panache with a touch of New England.


Under Cover

April showers are no match for these sophisticated graphic umbrellas.


Up Staged

Want to get top dollar for your manse? Stager Heidi Pribell and her 4,800-square-foot warehouse full of armchairs and faux plants can turn any house into a hot ticket, pronto.



Mind Over Matter

New research suggests that by 2050, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple. Is there a way to prevent this mind-robbing condition?

Arts & Entertainment


Too Black to Fail

Alexis Wilkinson, the first African-American and female president of the Harvard Lampoon, talks comedy, race, and hugging it out with Henry Louis Gates.