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This weekend in Boston: Robots, records, and roller derbies
Boston events
The world descends on Boston this weekend with a very special Marathon Monday coming up, and the city’s slate of events rises to the occasion. If you’re hanging out with any runners, remember that it’s just good etiquette to pay for their beers. They need the carbs, after all.
Music
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Kid Ink, Loop, Betty Who, more Boston shows this weekend
Music
It's almost unfair how spoiled we are this weekend. Touring band after touring band, all rolling through on the same weekend of a national pot-smoking holiday? Seriously, this was like the greatest coincidence ever. Anyway, there are more than enough shows to check out this weekend, the challenge will be choosing wisely. More
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Bata Shoe Museum celebrates sneakers and sneaker culture
BDCWire
Sneakerheads and folks looking to escape the city for a weekend now that the weather is getting nicer, take heed. The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto celebrates the style, function, and history of footwear in their four impressive galleries. Housing over 13,000 shoes and related artifacts, the museum strives to share compelling cultural stories by using footwear as the point of entry into the cultures of the world. Although the museum has a running permanent collection of shoes, they are also running a sneaker-specific exhibition that explores the history of the sneaker from the 19th century through today. Rare sneakers from the archives of Adidas, Nike, Reebok, PUMA, Converse and Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, along with loans from rap legends Run DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and limited editions such as the Nike Dunk Supremes and LeBron James Stewies, are all featured. In accordance with the year-long exhibit,  Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, the Bata Shoe Museum is holding a Sneaker Design Competition. Students from seventh grade to high school seniors are asked to design a sneaker for the future.
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Music
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Local quartet Mean Creek picks its favorite Bruce Springsteen songs
Music
Local quartet Mean Creek has gladly accepted the role of Boston's chief rock ambassador in recent years, whether that has meant taking its set down to Austin each March for SXSW, hitting the road with bands like Counting Crows, or helping to provide acts like So So Glos and Hard Nips a gateway into Boston. With last week's release of the band's latest album, "Local Losers," Mean Creek continues to be the ideal band to fill that position. More
Video
Video premiere: Ryan Lee Crosby – ‘Going to Bentonia’
Video
Boston's music community has seen music man Ryan Lee Crosby take many roles around town over the years, first as the frontman for local punk trio Cancer to the Stars, but more recently as a noise maker (and noise recorder) at The Soul Shop in Medford and as an accomplished ramblin' solo artist. His latest work, "Institution Blues," was about as bare bones as Crosby has ever performed, displaying veteran fingerpicking, howling blues verses, and a modern aesthetic to vintage folk and soul forms. More
Technology
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Ears on the Couch: For Record Store Day, Omar Roca wants you to stop listening and meditate
Technology
The warm crackle of the needle hitting the groove. The unmistakable calm before the music comes bursting through the static. It is a sound that signals an experience – one that Omar Roca has been missioning to revive. For the past two years, Roca has invited groups of friends into his quaint Jamaica Plain duplex for an event he calls Ears on the Couch – a communal evening of stereo benediction.
Theater/Performance Art
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Stylus: local duo explores the sounds of sound
Theater/Performance Art
Two young men ask a single question: What is silence? Then: the sound of the needle on a record. The voice of Christopher Ricks, music historian. He catalogues, quoting novelist and anarchist philosopher Paul Goodman, the different kinds of silence. In the next hour, listeners will explore a man’s search for a silence that doesn’t exist even in the quietest place on earth, the spiritual silence experienced by a Trappist monk, the importance of the silences between the music, and ore. More
Sports
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‘Every little thing is gonna be all right’ for the Red Sox, and here’s why
Sports
Two weeks in for the Red Sox and to say it’s not been a terribly pleasant fortnight would be a bit of an understatement, no? The Sox sit uncomfortably in the American League East basement through their first 13 games at 5-8 and naturally, because this is Boston and because nuance and perspective are concepts which many find difficult to grasp, worry and even a bit of panic have begun to creep into the collective discussion. More
Movies
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Auditioning for ‘Black Mass’ was about exactly what you’d expect
Movies
Hundreds of people lined the Boston Teacher’s Union sidewalk in Dorchester this past Saturday and Sunday in hopes to land a role in a new film set in Boston this spring. “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp, is scheduled to start shooting in May, following good ol’ Whitey Bulger and his infamous rise to Mob royalty during the late 70’s. More
Politics
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Meet your gubernatorial candidates: Donald Berwick
Politics

Party: Progressive Democrat

Background: Berwick (that’s Dr. Berwick to you) has gone from pediatrician, to Obama’s Medicaid man, to gubernatorial candidate

Trivia: Berwick learned how to cross country ski when he lived in Alaska, and hasn’t been able to quit the stuff.

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