Julia Venanzi was nervous. She was about to teach her first health workshop to a room full of East Boston High School ninth graders who weren’t particularly interested in what she had to say. Cell phones vibrated, students continued to talk despite her attempted authoritative stance at the front of the classroom, while others struggled to keep their eyes open.
Every fall as Thanksgiving rolls around, students across Boston University’s campus prepare to fly home to indulge their cravings for tryptophan.
The Muse sat down to chat with Portia Doubleday and Michael Cera about inappropriate books, how Cera looked forward to playing a part in drag and their upcoming movie, Youth in Revolt.
What does it mean to be an American? For Mexican-born artist Dami’aacute;n Ortega, the answer is the title of his ongoing exhibit in Boston: Do It Yourself. The exhibit, on display until Jan. 18 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, takes a giddy, nearly old-fashioned view of the Americas as a bastion of ingenuity ‘- even as it sneaks in some social criticism.
In 1988, Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Lovering joined forces to record the Pixies’ first full-length studio album, Surfer Rosa (4AD), and planted the seeds for grunge rock.’ Kurt Cobain himself claimed he ‘was basically trying to rip off the Pixies’ while writing the grunge anthem ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’