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September 2012 Issue

Boston’s Best Schools 2012

Our exclusive ranking of the region’s top 50 high schools, sortable charts on more than 200 Boston-area schools, and more.


School’s Out, Forever

A new online education program from Harvard and MIT is poised to transform what it means to go to college.

Fall Fashion: Lady Luxe

Set against the majestic engines and dappled light of the Waterworks Museum in Boston, this fall’s rich textures come to life.

THIS Is the Most Important Senate Race in the Country?

In-depth profiles of Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.


Attack of the 50-Foot Feminist Agenda

Angry, radical men’s groups believe males are being victimized by out-of-control judges and politicians.

The Girl with the Chanel Tattoo

Is East Bridgewater mom Jackie Fraser-Swan the fashion world’s next big thing?

Arts + Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Big Red at 50

Vineyarder Norman Bridwell created Clifford a half-century ago. It was the best accident of his life.

Arts & Entertainment

Boston for Reals: Reality TV Shows Based in the City

Which Boston-based reality show should you watch this fall? Use this flow chart to find out.


City Life

The Razor Goes High-Tech at Gillette Stadium

Gillette Stadium is now wired for WiFi, and fans can find exclusive Patriots’ content on a free in-stadium app.

City Life

Live and Learn: The Advantages of a Gap Year

Want your kid to ace college? Make him wait for it.

Q+A with Michael Chiklis

An interview with the Lowell native who’ll play a casino mafia boss is the new show Vegas.


Fall Gets Fresh

These farm shares and CSAs offer all of the fresh ingredients you need to get cooking.

Changing Courses

Chef Alex Crabb makes his Back Bay debut.

Sweet Success

Brookline bakery Tatte brings unique pastries to Cambridge and beyond.


First Bite: Tip Tap Room

Chef Brian Poe reinvents the New England classic, steak tips, at his new Beacon Hill restaurant.


First Sip: Emerald Lounge

The cocktails at Emerald Lounge fall flat. We’ll be following the yellow brick road elsewhere.


Dining Out: Strip-T’s in Watertown

A Watertown diner is now serving the most exciting food around.

City Style

Simply Fetching Dog Ascots

This local designer handmakes neck ruffles for canines.

Men’s Shoes with a Kick of Color

Make a statement with fall’s vibrant and colorful men’s shoes.

Hot and Bothered

How glasswork became a sizzling new hobby.

Science Fashion

Local start-up Ministry of Supply uses science to create fashion-forward shirts.

Color Trend: Decorate Your Home with Orange

Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s color of the year, is one example of how orange brightens any environment.