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Bar exam: Tough old women and Cambridge poop banks
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It’s getting to the point where slushy, greying snow and black ice have topped the list of things you hate, beating out world hunger, bigotry, columns about lazy millennials, and the gov’ment. You’re sick of falling on your hands, and so you’ve stopped going outside on weekends. Your closest companion is now a cube-shaped lamp that is supposed to cure your seasonal affective disorder. You’ve begun talking to him, and you’ve made him a tiny hat. Listen: It’s time to leave the house. Take a cue from all the tough-as-nails women in the news this week, dress up Lampy in his finest fedora, and brave the ice so you can have a conversation with some real people. We’ll get you started with some small talk. More

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Pussy Riot takes to ‘Colbert’ to remind us that Russia sucks
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A few weeks ago, Russian feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot was freed from a Siberian prison camp. The trio was originally arrested after performing in a Russian Church and was incarcerated under the charge of “hooliganism” (leading to a fascinating film). Last night, the band appeared on “The Colbert Report,” because if anyone is almost as good at hating on Putin, it’s political funny man Stephen Colbert. More

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Russian feminist punks Pussy Riot in key, on message in film
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From Christian Marclay’s video loops to Laurie Anderson’s violin-record player, the Institute of Contemporary Art isn’t necessarily the first place to go if you want to hear music that you can hum. That’s because within the contemporary art world, music seeks to be more than just melodies and words. It seeks to be transcendent. That can be said for Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar or nearly everything about the way Michael Jackson danced. It certainly can be said for feminist Russian punk collective Pussy Riot, which is the subject of the new documentary “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” screening tonight at 7 p.m. at the ICA (the last film in its series “Art Over Politics,” which has centered on the crucial relationship between contemporary art and politics). More