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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston
    No disrespect to Larry O'Brien, Vince Lombardi, or the commissioner of Major League Baseball, but Lord Stanley's Cup is the coolest trophy in professional sports. It's big and beautiful. Fun and flawed. It's made for the people, and made to party. Even better, thanks to the Bruins' historic (and, at times, nail-biting and sleep-depriving) run through the NHL playoffs, it's back in Boston, one of the world's great hockey towns.

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston


    Photo: SANDY POIRIER

    Manic Panic hair is about as hard-core as pop punk and the sullen, suburban teenyboppers who love it (we've all gone through that phase). The new statement hair colors, with roots across the Atlantic and glowing reviews from taste-making blogs like The Sartorialist and IntoTheGloss, are the much-lovelier (and more wearable) pastels.


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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston
    Spring runways are typically filled with pastel florals, muted renditions of Mother Nature's real-life blooms. This year, quiet combos of pale pink and sage green took a backseat to forget-me-not pairings of hot pink and vibrant orange, teal and cobalt blue, and marigold yellow and kelly green. Moschino, Gucci, and Prabal Gurung showed color-blocked looks in streamlined cuts - straight ankle pants, mid-calf skirts, and fitted blazers - for a slightly more conservative interpretation of '80s-era excess.

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston
    Most guys will tell you that yoga involves hot women stretching themselves into impossible pretzel shapes while listening to Enya. Not Robert Sidoti and Adam O'Neill,
    co-founders of broga (brogayoga.com). Their "brogram" takes the principles of yoga and adds some guy-friendly twists, like a soundtrack of upbeat house jams and a focus on upper-body strength.

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston
    Playing with paintbrushes was fun in grade school, but now it takes a bit more to get those creative juices flowing and bust out our inner Picassos. So we love the idea of making art while sipping booze. Every second Sunday, Great Scott (1222 Comm Ave, Allston, 617.566.9014) hosts Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, where aspiring artists sketch models from Boston's drag, burlesque, and performance-art scenes.

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston
    Common sense says the hotter the temperature, the higher the hemline. But the spring runways didn't play by the rules, ditching the short and tight looks of past seasons in favor of long and loose silhouettes. From the soft, sheer, pleated midis at Chloé to the bold, peplum-adorned maxis at Jil Sander, the long skirt has no limits.

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston
    Sure, the last time you ate spun sugar on a stick, you threw up all over your brother from the top of a Ferris wheel. But you're all grown up now. You can handle a little cotton candy - at least, those carnies who are whipping it up in our local kitchens think so. At BOKX 109 (399 Grove Street, Newton, 617.454.3399), it's on the house, arriving with the check in rotating flavors - raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, or green apple.

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston
    The nightlife industry runs at a rapid pace and sees plenty of revolving doors, yet Saint (90 Exeter Street, Boston, 617.236.1134) has stayed in Boston's good graces for nearly a decade. When it opened in 2002, the interior was of-the-moment sleek and sexy. It helped usher in a new era of "ultra-lounges" as massive dance clubs closed, and it quickly became a hit with visiting celebrities.

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston
    It used to take a trek to the suburbs to get a good look at the collections of the Griffin Museum of Photography (67 Shore Road, Winchester, 781.729.1158). But now the nonprofit, whose mission is to encourage a broader appreciation of photographic art, is increasingly setting its sights on the city. The Griffin Museum by Digital Silver Imaging (4 Clarendon Street, Boston), a South End satellite gallery on the ground level of A Street Frames, opened in early July.

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston
    If it's big, it just doesn't wash these days. That's true whether we're talking about megafarm-produced food, macrobrews, or now, increasingly, spirits. Getting small, in other words, is hot. It's also historical. Massachusetts practically owes its existence to the rum trade back in colonial times. Bully Boy Distillers (bullyboydistillers.

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston


    Photo: JOEL VEAK

    Piglets and kids and lambs, oh my. Local kitchens are becoming full-fledged menageries these days, with more and more chefs getting into the groove of whole-animal roasts. First on the bandwagon (or perhaps "ark" is a better word?) were Scampo (215 Charles Street, Boston, 617.536.


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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston
    Getting jacked up on sugary, metallic-tasting medicine water is old news. Kids these days want a beverage that lets them ride mellow waves of relaxation. We used to call that “alcohol” back in the day, but now there are drinks designed to chill you out even while they cool you off. Mary Jane’s Relaxing Soda — whose name winks toward a certain smokable weed, we’re guessing — is one of a handful of herbal sodas that promise calming effects.

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston

    How's this for hotness? Aaron Sorkin (the fast-talking wit behind The West Wing) adapts your "based on true events" book for the screen; Justin Timberlake appears in the film, which goes on to win three Academy Awards. That's what happened to local scribe Ben Mezrich, whose 2009 book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook - A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal, inspired 2010's critically acclaimed The Social Network

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston

    The accomplishments of author, historian, professor, and all-around Renaissance man David McCullough could fill a book of their own. He's won two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award. He's received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and narrated movies (Seabiscuit, anyone?). This spring, he published his 10th book, The Greater Journey, about famous Americans living in Paris from the 1830s to 1900.

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  • July 25, 2011
    By Stuff Boston

    Sichuan peppercorns are perhaps the only taste sensation that offers both a taste and a sensation. Unrelated to black pepper or chili peppers, Sichuan peppercorns aren't spicy, but they do produce a slightly numb feeling that makes your tongue tingle. They also pack an intense flavor that's somewhere between juniper and a savory version of Pop Rocks.

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