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Recent articles by Mark:

A frugal guy spends a day on the cheap in Boston

I’d finally tested negative and felt well enough to ride the commuter rail into Boston. I’d be a tourist for the day, taking myself on a date downtown. But I wanted to do it cheaply. Here's how it went. → Read More

Could buying an old movie theater be the perfect retirement gig? This Concord couple is about to find out.

Lester and Dafna Gordon bought the Fine Arts Theatre Place in Maynard, an old-school cinema that had been shuttered since the previous owner died in 2021. → Read More

Ex-Bosstones singer Dicky Barrett joins ‘Defeat the Mandates’ rally in Los Angeles

Barrett, whose band broke up in February, was among a slew of speakers and performers at the event, which also included anti-vaccination crusader Robert F. Kennedy Jr. → Read More

5 favorite basketball movies to feed your hoops fever

As the Celtics prepare for the NBA playoffs, I've been thinking about Tinseltown’s track record with basketball movies and TV shows. There have been many — surely more than any other major sport — but, honestly, only a handful of these hoops stories have been slam dunks. → Read More

Boston is Chris Rock’s first post-Oscars appearance. What will he have to say?

His performance here is his first public appearance since being smacked in the face by actor Will Smith at Sunday’s Academy Awards. → Read More

The best part of the Oscars show? All those cringey moments.

Far more memorable than who takes home a trophy are those times when things go off the rails. → Read More

‘Song Exploder’ creator Hrishikesh Hirway has some songs of his own

The host of the popular podcast and Netflix series, who grew up in Peabody, has resumed his own career as a musician, with some lessons learned from the artists he's interviewed. → Read More

Gang of Four carries on, with a new lineup but the same attitude

The band has launched its first tour since the 2020 death of guitarist and founding member Andy Gill, and it includes a stop at Somerville’s Crystal Ballroom Sunday. → Read More

Where does Joe Rogan draw the line?

The podcaster has drawn fire for leveraging his massive platform to spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, and for using racist language. The Newton native has plenty of defenders, but many others believe a comeuppance is overdue. → Read More

What we know about the Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ breakup

While no one in the band is talking, their abrupt announcement to call it quits came after frontman Dicky Barrett produced a song that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had used to promote a Jan. 23 anti-vaccination rally in Washington, D.C. → Read More

RFK Jr.’s antivaxx crusade deepens rift with family and friends

His inflammatory comment about Anne Frank was not the first time he’s likened the movement to victims of the Holocaust. → Read More

Where does Alex Morse go from here?

The wunderkind Holyoke mayor turned failed western Mass. Congressional candidate turned Provincetown manager is only 32. Given his age and obvious ambition (mayor was his first job out of college), many wonder if Morse is merely biding his time before another run. → Read More

In Q&A, Ben Affleck talks about ‘The Tender Bar,’ sobriety, and what it’s like being ‘the guy from Boston’

With “The Tender Bar” starting to stream on Amazon Prime Jan. 7 — it opened in theaters last month — we asked the Cambridge native if he had a few minutes to chat. He said sure. → Read More

A 2022 podcast preview

Sixteen podcasts to keep an ear out for this year, plus 5 favorites from 2021 → Read More

Speaking of Shane MacGowan, and for him: ‘I think he’s getting his mojo back. But it’s been a painful process.’

Victoria Mary Clarke, wife of the Pogues singer, discusses his new book of artwork, his prickly reputation, and his desire to keep creating. → Read More

Boston College museum receives $20m gift of art from Peter Lynch

Lynch’s gift to BC’s McMullen Museum of Art includes works by Pablo Picasso, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Mary Cassatt. → Read More

Donnie Wahlberg on NKOTB and New Edition AMAs performance: ‘It’s a brotherhood from Boston’

Sunday’s awards show will mark the first time the two Boston-bred boy bands have performed together onstage. → Read More

Toxicity in the land of enlightenment? This yoga dispute has the community tied up in knots

Former teachers at Down Under School of Yoga accuse the studios' owner of being a bully. But she and current teachers say there's something else going on. → Read More

This spare-no-expense wedding in Chatham had the Cape buzzing last weekend. Here’s a look at the details

Exquisite floral arrangements? Check. Golden chandeliers? Check. Bruno Mars? Check. → Read More

Rolling Stones perform at private party hosted by Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium

Performing for an audience for the first time since drummer Charlie Watts died, the Rolling Stones played at a private party hosted by Patriots owner Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium Monday. The guest list included a few familiar faces and a handful of high-rollers. → Read More