Q. Hi Meredith,
Longtime lurker, first-time writer here.
I am a 30-year-old working professional whose last serious relationship ended a little over two years ago. I gave myself some time to heal from what was a very rough breakup (he was controlling, emotionally abusive, and an alcoholic), as well as learn from it, grow, get in touch with myself, and clear my head. I vowed to never date that type of person again, made myself aware of the warning signs, and have done quite well so far avoiding this sort of situation.FULL ENTRY
On Wednesday, KISS 108’s Matt Siegel (right) shared the air on Radio Perkins, the accessible Internet radio station staffed by students at Perkins School for the Blind. Siegel shared behind-the-scenes broadcasting secrets with students from teacher Jeff Migliozzi’s communications classes. The budding DJs wanted to know everything from “Why do you interrupt Billy Costa’s celebrity news reports?” to “How often do you have to test the Emergency Alert System?” Matty’s answers? Reached later by the Globe, the host insisted that he does not interrupt Costa’s news report, but does break in to his entertainment dispatches. “Those are what we call ‘mock’ reports,” Siegel said. “We find it hard to believe anyone takes this stuff seriously.”FULL ENTRY
Liz Norden’s five kids told her that even if she didn’t win the search for the most “Unstoppable” mom on “Live With Kelly and Michael,” she was a winner. But it turns out the rest of the country held her in equally high esteem. On Friday, Norden, the mother of brothers J.P. and Paul Norden, who each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, won the honor, and along with it, $100,000.FULL ENTRY
Boston University students were still enjoying spring break on Friday, but former Boston mayor Tom Menino was back from his spring break: watching the Sox play in Fort Myers. Menino was hard at work in his new Bay State Road office, where he was preparing for his March 24 conference, “Leading Cities Through Crisis: Lessons From the Boston Marathon.” Reached by phone, the co-director of BU’s new Initiative on Cities first talked baseball. “Jon Lester looked sharp as a tack. [John] Lackey looked really good, people got a couple of runs off him. . . ”FULL ENTRY
Max Valverde a 2006 Brown University graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering, has big dreams. “I want to create products that help people,” he said. “I want to leave a mark.”
The Needham man may be on his way. He’s the genius behind arguably the world’s most popular — and possibly only — cure for a messy-hair problem he calls “morninghead.” Valverde’s invention — the $8 Morninghead cap — is a cap lined with a proprietary super-absorbent cloth that enables a wearer to instantly wet his entire head.
“I shower at night and every morning I had to deal with my crazy bed hair,” the dark-haired inventor explained. “For years I tried wetting my hair in the sink [in the morning] — but water gets everywhere and you never really get the back of your head.”FULL ENTRY
Hollywood stars sign a Harley to benefit the Concord Youth Theatre; Rodarte designers talk at the MFA
A little bit of Hollywood magic reached all the way to Concord on Thursday night, at the Los Angeles premiere of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Celebs including Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson autographed a special Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle that will be donated to “Captain America” star Chris Evans’s charity, the Concord Youth Theatre. As it happens, his mother, Lisa Capuano Evans, is the theater’s longtime artistic director. . . . LA also came to Boston that night, when Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy spoke at the MFA. During the sold-out program, they chatted with Michelle Finamore, the MFA’s Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts. Three Rodarte dresses from the MFA’s collection shared the stage.FULL ENTRY
Cambridge poet Frank Bidart and Harvard professor Leo Damrosch were among the winners at the National Book Critics Circle awards for the 2013 publishing year. The awards were announced Thursday at a ceremony at the New School in New York.FULL ENTRY
Entrepreneurs and philanthropists gathered at Royale on Thursday night for the 8th Annual Tech Charity Wine Party. As the event’s name would suggest, there were sips for the group, which helped direct money to new social ventures around town. Hosts included Anna Palmer, CEO of the Fashion Project; Adam Valkin, Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners; and Matt Bellows, founder of Yesware.FULL ENTRY
Duty, jury duty. That’s what Southie gal Sarah Downey, 29, was up to Thursday when she and a fellow juror on a homicide case at Suffolk County Superior Court spotted Daniel Craig, a.ka. James Bond, or at least a man with a British accent who looked exactly like the British actor.
Still buzzing hours later, Downey, a marketing director for Ovuline, a Boston start-up, related the tale of the best jury-duty day ever. She and her fellow juror rode up in the elevator with the star, but pretended not to notice him, while noticing. “He was wearing hipster glasses with big circular frames — brownish — jeans, and like a puffy blue jacket,” she reported.FULL ENTRY
The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard hosted “Meanings of Mandela,” an event celebrating Nelson Mandela, at Sanders Theatre on Tuesday. Special guests and speakers included former Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Harvard supporter Glenn Hutchins.FULL ENTRY
Bill Shields of WBZ-TV—and the many viewers who admire his reporting—got good news earlier this week. “I’m cancer free,” he said gleefully on Thursday, from the newsroom, where he was, of course, working on a story.
Shields, who’s been with the station for 33 years, was diagnosed with lung cancer in October, but despite an initially grim “inoperable” diagnosis, Shield said, two Dana-Farber Cancer Institute doctors said, “ ‘We’re going to see what we can do about this.’ They maxed me out on chemo and radiation, and I had my final PET scan on Tuesday.” The results left Shields and his wife, Katherine Rossmoore , a yoga teacher and health coach, hugging, and his doctors, David Jackman and Raymond Mak , high fiving, he said.FULL ENTRY
Looks like the power balance in the motorist-bicyclist turf battle is about to shift. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, veteran bike commuter and engineer Jonathan Lansey is poised to release his Loud Bicycle Horn . At 112 decibels, the $95 horn is so loud — and car-horn like — that motorists think they’re being honked at by two tons of steel, not some guy wearing spandex and riding a $3,000, 18-pound titanium two-wheeler.
“If bikes are sharing the roads with cars,” said Lansey, “they should communicate in the drivers’ language.” (Besides flipping the bird, that is.) “Drivers react instantly to a car horn. They don’t need to think about what to do.”
Lansey’s bike commute from Medford to work, most recently at Quanttus , a Cambridge start-up developing wearable monitors, motivated his quest for a better horn.FULL ENTRY
Lexington’s Matt Nathanson performed at Tuesday night’s Boston Flower & Garden Show Preview Party, which benefited the Genesis Foundation for Children, an organization that helps young people with complex genetic disorders. Nathanson is best known for his single “Come On Get Higher” — and for attending the Fessenden School in West Newton. The Flower & Garden show runs at the Seaport World Trade Center from Wednesday to Sunday.FULL ENTRY
Guests at a private party celebrating Emirates Airline’s new flight from Boston to Dubai were surprised with a performance by pop singer Enrique Iglesias. The heartthrob performed for about 400 travel industry professionals at the festivities, which were held at the Citi Wang Theatre. VIPS at the event included Gov. Deval Patrick and Iglesias’s girlfriend, retired tennis pro Anna Kournikova.FULL ENTRY
As a young man, Afaa Michael Weaver spent 15 years working in factories in his native Baltimore — not the usual career path for a poet. Then again, most laborers aren’t publishing a book, winning a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and earning a fellowship in the graduate creative writing program at Brown University (on the condition he complete hisbachelor’s degree, which he did at Excelsior College).
That was in the 1980s, and the decades have brought Weaver, 62, and now a professor at Simmons College, more awards and honors. Those include a Fulbright Scholarship in 2002, and just this week, the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award — and its $100,000 prize — for his 12th collection, “The Government of Nature.”FULL ENTRY
Here’s one bride who probably didn’t worry about getting in shape for her wedding: Winchester’s own Olympic gymnast, Alicia Sacramone, married her longtime beau, NFL quarterback Brady Quinn (currently a free agent), over the weekend, in an intimate reception at the Biltmore hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., according to E!
The bride wore a “stunning lace gown that fit her like a glove,” E! reported, and the groom wore a gray suit. And — like a thoroughly modern woman — she changed her name on Twitter to Alicia Quinn.
The athletic power couple (as they’re being called) registered at Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel for all the regular things — cookie sheets, a duvet cover, bowls-and also, according to one report for something more exciting: activities on their honeymoon in the South of France.FULL ENTRY
If March has a theme, surely it’s the quest to stay relevant. First the SATs, and now Scrabble. (“Relevance” is to “profits” as what is to what?) In an attempt to keep up with the new words spawned by technology and pop culture—“selfie” and “hashtag” among them--Rhode Island-based Hasbro, along with Merriam-Webster, have announced that for the first time in nine years they’re updating “The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary.” Their brain trust apparently has thousands of words already planned, but they’ve also reserved a spot in the dictionary for a single word to be nominated and chosen by fans (and disputed by family members).
The first round of the “Scrabble Word Showdown” runs through March 28, on the Hasbro Game Night Facebook page. On April 2, Scrabble and Merriam-Webster will unveil 16 finalists, and those lucky words will move onto a March Madness bracket-style competition.FULL ENTRY
Lauren Csete, Liz Hayes, Laura Marie Duncan, and Elyse Collier mingled with Boston Conservatory board chairman Al Houston at the school’s annual gala and auction the other night. The event, “An Evening Celebrating Sondheim,” included a performance at the Boston Conservatory Theater followed by a reception at the Harvard Club. Money raised during the evening will help pay for student scholarships.FULL ENTRY
You’d think that being Poet Laureate of the United States would be enough for a person. But it turns out that when Robert Pinsky was a high schooler, in Jersey, he dreamed of being a musician. Now he’s merging his goals. On Tuesday night, the Boston University English professor taped a poetry and jazz session with Grammy Award-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood, saxophonist Stan Strickland, and bassist John Lockwood). The evening will be part of Pinsky’s open online course, premiering next fall, and it unites two genres that probably should always be taught together. “Ezra Pound said that music atrophies when it gets too far from dance,” Pinsky said, “and poetry atrophies when it gets too far from music.” For those who can’t wait until the fall to see Prof. Pinsky, he’ll be at Sanders Theatre this Friday, with the Vijay Iyer Trio.FULL ENTRY
Stoneham’s Liz Norden was on “Live With Kelly and Michael” on Tuesday after being chosen as one of four finalists for the show’s “Search for Unstoppable Moms“ contest. Norden has five children, two of whom lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings. The winner of the “Unstoppable Moms” contest — which will be named Friday — gets $100,000. Norden says that if she gets the money, she’ll use it to start a non-profit called A Leg for Life.FULL ENTRY
The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, which includes the Hasty Pudding Club, The Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard, and the Harvard Krokodiloes, honored producer David Heyman — the winner of its 2014 Order of the Golden Sphinx — with a gala at Lincoln Center on Monday night. Heyman is best known for producing the “Harry Potter” movies and recent Oscar favorite “Gravity.” The Sphinx award celebrates his career-long contributions to the arts. (Last year’s Sphinx winner was Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.) Heyman was entertained during Monday’s festivities by in-drag Hasty Pudding performers and by the Krokodiloes, the school’s oldest a cappella group.FULL ENTRY
There’s some chic news coming from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which Wednesday announces its first-ever fashion exhibition. “Carla Fernandez: The Barefoot Designer — A Passion for Radical Design and Community” is the first solo US show for the Mexican fashion force, who spent three weeks as artist-in-residence at the Gardner last summer.FULL ENTRY
Maria Shriver had her kids and a Kennedy with her during a Hollywood screening of “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,” a documentary Shriver produced as part of her project “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink.” The special airs on HBO March 17. Joining Shriver for a reception after the premiere were Christina Schwarzenegger; Patrick Schwarzenegger; Katherine Schwarzenegger, and Christopher Schwarzenegger; filmmaker Rory Kennedy, whose documentary “Ethel” aired on HBO; and Oprah Winfrey.FULL ENTRY
There’s a date. On Nov. 16, The Harvard Art Museums will reopen after a six-year, $350 million renovation and expansion that has transformed the facility on Quincy Street. The new complex will bring the collections of the three museums — the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, and the Arthur M. Sackler — under the same roof for the first time as well as adding study centers, gallery space, and a renovated courtyard with a shop and cafe. The new building, designed by Renzo Piano, also features a glass roof that regulates light throughout the building.FULL ENTRY
Buckingham Browne & Nichols grad and “The Mindy Project” star and executive producer Mindy Kaling was the main attraction during “Running the Show: TV's New Queen of Comedy,” a discussion Sunday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. She was interviewed in front of an audience by Marie Claire editor in chief Anne Fulenwider and joined by her “Mindy” co-stars, Adam Pally and Ike Barinholtz.FULL ENTRY
On Friday night, at a packed party at an enormous house in West Newton, Patricia O’Brien was unabashedly Patricia O’Brien: best-selling author, former national political reporter, Neiman Fellow, and Mike Dukakis’s presidential campaign secretary. But O’Brien wrote the historical novel being celebrated, “The Daring Ladies of Lowell,” as Kate Alcott . That’s a pseudonym her famous agent Esther Newburg created after 13 New York publishers turned down O’Brien’s “The Dressmaker” because sales of a previous book had been too weak. Among the celebrants were former Globe columnist Ellen Goodman (who co-wrote “I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women’s Lives” with O’Brien), Megan Marshall, the scholar and Pulitzer finalist; Boston School Committee member Meg Campbell ; the author’s daughter, Marianna Koval , a senior fellow with The Trust for Public Land; Boston University’s chief science public info officer Sara Rimer, and party host Stephen Burgay , B.U.’s S.V.P. of external affairs.FULL ENTRY
Perhaps he should give up his day job. John Kerry, secretary of state, and heretofore underappreciated stand-up comic, showed a new side at the Gridiron Club’s annual dinner in Washington on Saturday night.
“It truly is humbling to be here,” he told the crowd of high-powered journalists and public figures gathered at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, according to a transcript provided by Kerry’s office, which also apparently had a laugh meter running.FULL ENTRY
Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker dined at the Kowloon in Saugus the other night and hung out with owner Stanley Wong.FULL ENTRY
Former Patriot Joe Andruzzi was at Erinn Fleming and Peter Riddle’s Boston Marathon fund-raiser party at Forum Bar and Restaurant on Sunday. Fleming, who is Forum’s director of events and marketing, and her friend Riddle, who’s on the board of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, are both running for the organization, which provides financial and emotional support to cancer patients and their families. The afternoon benefit for the Andruzzi marathon team included live music, food, and a silent auction. Fleming was working at Forum at the time of last year’s Marathon bombings. The Boylston Street bar, which suffered significant damage, reopened after reconstruction in August.FULL ENTRY
Massachusetts will be well represented at the 2014 MTV Video Awards, which airs April 13. Brookliner Conan O’Brien signed on last week to host, and it was just announced that Dorchester’s Mark Wahlberg will be honored with this year’s Generation Award. The winner of last year’s honor was Jamie Foxx. Foxx, by the way, spent his weekend at Foxwoods, first performing at the MGM Grand and then hanging out at the nightclub Shrine.FULL ENTRY
The Young Professionals Board of Jumpstart, an organization that promotes early education, partied for the cause at its Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Gala on Saturday night at the Wintergarden in Seaport East. Among the revelers were Allison Bert, Sandra Valdez, Amy Earley, Annie Mullen, and David Blum, who spent some of the evening in limbo.FULL ENTRY
Enduring rock act the Smithereens played a show at the Verve, Crowne Plaza Natick on Friday night. That’s Pat DiNizio on the left and Severo Jornacion on the right.FULL ENTRY
New Hampshire’s Seth Meyers was in Austin over the weekend to talk about his career and his new show, “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” at SXSW. Olivia Munn moderated the event, which also featured late-night producer Mike Shoemaker.FULL ENTRY
One night after receiving Berklee College of Music’s honorary doctor of music degree, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte received the Museum of African American History’s Living Legend Award at the Four Season’s Hotel Friday night. The gala honors contemporary leaders who have followed in the footsteps of renowned civil rights pioneers like Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, who’s great grandchildren, Frank and Edith Garrison, were there to celebrate.FULL ENTRY
“Twilight” and “Nurse Jackie” star Peter Facinelli, who’s in town to film the NBC pilot “Odyssey,” was seen dining at Red Lantern in a party of six on Friday night. Facinelli seems to be investing in the community during his stay. On Saturday, he asked his two million followers to donate money to support Framingham High School’s upcoming service trip to Costa Rica. He explained, “Ran into some fans while filming #Odyssey who were working on this project. Help them achieve their goal.”FULL ENTRY
Yasminaand Jason Pettine really love the Celtics — and each other — which is why they got married in an executive suite at the TD Garden just before the start of Friday night’s Celtics-Nets game. The couple had 12 guests with them for the ceremony and enjoyed a team-themed wedding cake. Luckily, our guys won that night.FULL ENTRY
Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s new production arm has announced its first theater project. The institute, which consists of the Hasty Pudding Club, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and the Harvard Krokodiloes, has teamed up with the producers of “Heathers: The Musical,” the new stage adaptation of Daniel Waters’s 1989 dark comedy.FULL ENTRY
She hung up her dance slippers long ago, but legendary Alvin Ailey dancer and choreographer Judith Jamison still knows how to captivate an audience. Jamison, artistic director emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, spoke to a packed house at Lesley University’s Washburn Auditorium as part of the Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Jamison’s speech ran the gamut, and she spoke quite passionately about other people of color who have influenced her life, and about how art has the power to alter world events.FULL ENTRY
Former Celtics star Paul Pierce’s heart may be in New York now, but his stomach remains loyal to at least one Boston-based business. The current Brooklyn Nets forward was spotted Thursday feasting on spinach dip, clam chowder, and shrimp at Legal Sea Foods in Park Square. The Nets took on the Celtics at the TD Garden on Friday.FULL ENTRY
Clinton’s Sam Alves returned home Friday after becoming a star in South America. Alves, a former contestant on NBC’s hit singing competition “The Voice,” and a recent winner of “The Voice” in his native Brazil, performed Friday at the Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough.FULL ENTRY
Just days after unveiling his first season of programs, and conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of “Salome,” Andris Nelsons returned to the stage — for lunch. The music director designate chatted with donors at the Great Benefactors luncheon, held onstage at Symphony Hall Friday. Pictured (left to right) are BSO managing director Mark Volpe, Ray and Maria Stata, Nelsons, and BSO board of trustees chairman Ted Kelly.FULL ENTRY
Author Alice Hoffman was honored recently for her latest big gift - $50,000 - to the Mount Auburn Hospital’s Hoffman Breast Center. The donation put Hoffman’s total giving to the hospital over $2 million. The gift was in honor of surgeon and director of the Hoffman Breast Center, Dr. Susan Pories. Hoffman, who completed her own treatment for breast cancer 15 years ago, donated the advance for her latest non-fiction book, “Survival Lessons,” about her own experiences with breast cancer, to the center.FULL ENTRY
President Obama had a whirlwind visit to Boston last week, but he made time to drop by the South End headquarters of City Year, where he posed for pictures and lauded staffers for helping to keep kids in school.FULL ENTRY
Now that New Hampshire’s Alex Preston has made it to the final 11 on “American Idol,” what should fans expect next?
“A little more of me,” said the 20-year-old Mount Vernon resident, whose given name is Alex Philbrick. “My style is indie, acoustic-y, that sort of thing.” Last week, the judges — especially Jennifer Lopez — were critical of his take on Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be,” but Preston made it through the elimination round.FULL ENTRY
One of only four remaining copies of the original Magna Carta is coming to Boston. The Museum of Fine Arts will display the document this summer as part of a special exhibition in its Art of the Americas Wing.FULL ENTRY
Chef Jody Adams hosted the 5th Annual Women's Luncheon at her Charles Hotel restaurant Rialto on Wednesday. This topic for this year’s discussion was “If Women in White Aren’t in the Picture, They’re Not in the Picture,” which focused on the visibility of female chefs. Victoria Budson, founding executive director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program, lead a panel that included Food & Wine Magazine Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin, Women Online founder Morra Aarons-Mele; and Chef Traci Des Jardins of San Francisco restaurant Jardiniere.FULL ENTRY
The Tossers, a Chicago-based Celtic punk band that has opened in the past for the Dropkick Murphys and legendary Irish act the Pogues, blew through the area earlier this week with shows at the Middle East in Cambridge and Fete in Providence. During Tuesday’s Middle East show, which was sparkling but lasted for only 50 minutes, lead singer Tony Duggins apparently punctuated the band’s final song by yelling “Let’s go Blackhawks!” Naturally, most of the room began to boo. Walking off the stage, Duggins responded with a laugh and an emphatic middle finger.FULL ENTRY
A Tupac Shakur lookalike surfaced at the Celtics game at TD Garden Wednesday night, captivating crowds who’d given up on their badly losing team. By “coincidence,” the house DJ played the 1996 song “California Love,” one of the late Shakur’s biggest hits. Fans posed for pictures with the unidentified man, who wore a bandana like Shakur, and even began chanting “Let’s go, Tupac.”FULL ENTRY
Former Patriot Jermaine Wiggins will be featured on Saturday’s episode of the A&E show “Flipping Boston.” Apparently the segment has the show’s hosts (Peter Souhleris and Dave Seymour) helping Wiggins try to flip a house in Eastie.FULL ENTRY
Sudbury-bred actor Chris Evans, last seen at the Oscars introducing a montage about heroes, told Glamour UK that he when he’s done playing Captain America for Marvel, he’ll “take a little break from acting.” “With acting, you’re one piece in a very big puzzle. It’s like you helped buy a gift but you don’t know what the gift is, so you come back and see the movie. Sometimes it’s nice, sometimes it’s tragic,” he told the publication. Evans just finished directing a feature called “1:30 Train,” in which he co-stars with actress Alice Eve.FULL ENTRY
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