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Did a harsh winter help by killing off rats?

Did a harsh winter help by killing off rats?

The bitter cold of this winter and the Polar Vortex is expected to be a memory by this morning, but don’t expect that to mean an end to the rats that have been infesting the city.

Eight holidays grown by geeks, nerds, wonks and the counterculture since 1970

Eight holidays grown by geeks, nerds, wonks and the counterculture since 1970

Sure, our calendars are filled with increasingly commodified holidays, but it’s also filling up with new days of nationwide significance.

Five things to do this weekend: April 26-27

Five things to do this weekend: April 26-27

Family-friendly rock; open studios; Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration; Blake Brasher’s Art Party; and Ari & Mia at Passim.

Five things to do this weekend: April 19-20

Five things to do this weekend: April 19-20

Saturday Easter egg hunts; an all ages dance-plus class; Science Carnival & Robot Zoo; a Harvard Square bluegrass festival; and a Bollywood Dance Night.

Five things to do this weekend: April 12-13

Five things to do this weekend: April 12-13

The Closed Kitchens walking tour; Empty Bowls benefit dinner; A Cappella Spring Benefit Jam; People’s Battle Stand-Up Tournament; and Painted Burro Guac Off.

Five things to do this weekend: April 5-6

Five things to do this weekend: April 5-6

The “Rain Dance” family opera; reading from “A Map of Everything”; tribute to Pete Seeger; theatrical look at reproductive rights; and symphony fundraiser.

Five things to do this weekend: March 29-30

Five things to do this weekend: March 29-30

The Juilliard String Quartet or historic keyboards; Boston Underground Film Festival; “Eating My Garbage” one-man show; TEDxSomerville; or rock with Dead Rider and … And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead.

Five things to do this weekend: March 22-23

Five things to do this weekend: March 22-23

Sci-fi convention; tour and film screening at the List; Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”; Rock with The Grownup Noise and Food Will Win the War; or with The Darcys.

Five things to do this weekend: March 15-16

Five things to do this weekend: March 15-16

The Death of Caesar gets Union Square festival; “12 Years a Slave” screens; live comedy sci-fi adventure; Puccini’s “Tosca”; and Slant of Light plays original folk.

Five things to do this weekend: March 8-9

Five things to do this weekend: March 8-9

A bookmaking workshop, Kiniwe African concert, peek into Pakistani culture, “Brundibar & But the Giraffe!” family opera and Rough Cut video social.