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3/31: Three for free

Posted by Courtney Hollands March 31, 2008 10:31 AM

Pinching pennies? Chic but cheap? We understand. Here are three free events this week for your going out pleasure.

Tuesday, April 1

- Art-Scope 1 @ The Beehive: Leave it to this South End hot spot to introduce a new nightlife series that combines music, performance art, video, photography, and cocktails. This event is "appealing to the five senses," according to Beehive's website — in other words, it's perfect for patrons with a short attention span. Refreshments will be served, no foolin'. 7-10 p.m.

Friday, April 4

- Define-a-Thon @ Wellesley Booksmith: Hey kids, can you define "lexicographer"? That's what Steve Kleindeler is, and he'll be moderating this contest for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. It's like a spelling bee, except participants will be asked to define words for prizes. Pre-registartion is required. Are you smarter than a fourth grader? Here's your chance to find out. 4 p.m.

- Hello Stiletto Shoe Party @ DSW: If you're a true footwear fanatic, you won't mind hoofing out to Framingham Friday for this evening of shoe shopping and wine sipping. Bonus: If you are a member of the Hello Stiletto club and RSVP in advance, you'll get a free silver clutch at the door. See shoeclub.us/signup.php for details. 6:30-9 p.m.

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[No, thanks. We'd rather not walk a mile in these shoes.]

3/24: Three for free

Posted by Courtney Hollands March 24, 2008 10:34 AM

Pinching pennies? Chic but cheap? We understand. Here are three free events this week for your going out pleasure.

Wednesday, March 26

- Ladies Night @ News: What's better than a free meal? Nothing. Technically, you have to buy a cocktail to get the three-course meal — but honestly, you were going to buy a martini or a mojito (or three) anyways, right? DJ Jay Prouty provides the noshing soundtrack. 5-11 p.m.

- Betsey Johnson fashion show @ Estate: Betsey's designs are often out on a fashion limb, so to speak, but we can't wait to embrace the craziness of her Spring 2008 collection. Ruffles, ribbons, and neon hues, oh my! The fashion show is free before 10 p.m.and the first 200 guests get goody bags. Just like Christmas! 9-11 p.m.

Thursday, March 27

- Gene Wilder book signing @ Borders Back Bay: Willy Wonka himself stops in Boston to promote his new, whimsical book, "The Woman Who Wouldn't." This is the actor's second historical novella — who knew? 6 p.m.

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[Betsey makes poofy prom confections for the Rainbow Brite in all of us.]

Weekend of Burlesque

Posted by Emily Sweeney March 17, 2008 10:44 PM
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The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition and Vintage Fashion Fair is coming up this weekend. Dancers from all over will be descending upon the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge for the three-day conference, where they'll learn the latest tassel-twirling techniques, hone their pastie-making skills, and attend classes like these:

Flirtin' and Fightin - Stage Combat for Burlesque
A Consumer's Guide to Corset Buying
Dancing in Shoes You Shouldn't Be Walking In
Hula Hooping for Performance and Burlesque
The Ins /Outs Around and Abouts of Chair Dancing
Performing With Live Snakes

Several performances are scheduled over the weekend, along with an art show, costume exhibit, and pool party. And on Saturday night, the dance troupes will compete in a “battle royale of burlesque” that will determine the winners of The Howard Awards, which were named in memory of the Old Howard theater in Scollay Square. For ticket information, visit www.burlesque-expo.com

-- Emily Sweeney


Dancing machines

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase March 13, 2008 04:47 PM

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Tune in to MTV tonight at 10 to watch Boston dance group Status Quo compete on Randy Jackson's "America's Best Dance Crew."

Read all about the youth dance troupe here.

Read the Globe article about them here.

Read about how obnoxious Randy Jackson is here.

Won't you wear a sweater?

Posted by Courtney Hollands March 11, 2008 12:30 PM

Get to the dry cleaners: Your favorite sweater needs to be pressed and ready for some Mr. Rogers tribute action tomorrow (March 20).

Mr. McFeeley — yes, the mailman extraordinaire himself — is asking people to wear a cardigan, cable knit, or turtleneck to celebrate what would have been Fred Rogers' 80th birthday. Please note: Although the late Mr. Rogers' preferred a zip-up look, you can wear any style that's special to you and still be in solidarity with your neighbors everywhere.

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[Rogers in a hot red number says relax.]


They're going fast....

Posted by Emily Sweeney March 10, 2008 06:53 PM

The Dropkick Murphys just announced that they have more tickets available for their Saturday night show at Tsongas Arena on March 15th.

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Imus among us

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase March 7, 2008 10:23 AM

Imus fans, you'll be happy to hear that the big-mouthed talk show host will be broadcasting his St. Patrick's Day show at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common. It will be his ninth annual “Kiss Me I’m Imus” show taped in Boston, broadcast live March 17 from 6 to 10 a.m. on 96.9 FM (WTKK)

You can win tickets to the show at 969wtkk.com. Good luck getting them. You won't have any competition from me.






Huntington hearts you

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase March 5, 2008 06:39 PM

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Got romance? If so, the Huntington Theatre Company wants you.

Just bring your S.O. to Finale in Coolidge Corner tomorrow night from 8 to 10 p.m., and tell the Huntington film crew your romantic story. Footage will be posted on the theater's website, and visitors will vote on their favorite stories. The winning couple will receive dinner, gifts, and VIP treatment at a performance of the musical "She Loves Me."

The chocolate reign keeps growing

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase March 5, 2008 11:25 AM

How good does this sound? On weekends, ChocoLee Chocolates (83 Pembroke St.) in the South End sells warm beignets filled with mascarpone-chocolate ganache ($7 for three). Apparently, they sell out within hours.

We know where we'll be on Saturday morning.

And this summer, the shop will be making homemade chocolate popsicles and snow cones. OK, we know where we'll be every chance we get.

I love rock n' roll

Posted by Courtney Hollands March 4, 2008 11:00 AM

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Dearest Brattle Theatre:

You just made my day. Really. Just when I thought I'd have to endure another humdrum week of evenings spent huddled around pints at our neighborhood bar or playing trivia, whittling away the winter, you totally swooped in with another amazing idea altogether.

Not only are you hosting an 80s film fest next week — it's a rock 'n' roll 80s' film fest. Wow. I am so ready to dance in the purple rain, turn the speakers up to 11, and stop making sense with the Talking Heads. And while stalwarts like "Desperately Seeking Susan," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Purple Rain," and "Spinal Tap," are always welcome on any marquis, you're also offering such gems as "Rock and Roll High School" (which is actually from 1979, but I digress) and "Roadie." I mean, any movie featuring Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper, and Blondie is worth its weight in cinematic gold.

I hope you don't mind if I camp out in the theater. I'm sane and have good hygiene. All I need is some Sour Patch Kids and Sean Penn. Rad!

Your #1 fan,

Courtney
XOXO

Theatre returns to the Ironworkers Local 7

Posted by Emily Sweeney February 28, 2008 05:45 PM

Tomorrow night the Actors Playhouse will present “I Never Sang For My Father,” a play written by Robert Anderson which later became a movie starring Gene Hackman.

This local production, directed by George and Rosemary McDonough, will premiere tomorrow (Feb. 29) night at the Ironworkers Local 7 Hall on Old Colony Avenue in Southie. As I've noted before, it's a great space to watch a play.

There will be three more performances after that -- on Saturday (March 1) and the following weekend (March 7 and 8) -- and they all start at 8 p.m. Admission is $15, and parking is free. For more information, call 617-269-8084.

- Emily Sweeney

Philharmonic, denied

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase February 27, 2008 10:29 AM

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Update: Oops! The entire Chandler Travis Philharmonic will not be playing in Belmont on March 14 (as I stated below), just the Chandler Travis 4.

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Last Thursday, we urged you to go see the Chandler Travis Philharmonic tonight at Toast Lounge in Union Square, where the band has been playing a regular Wednesday night gig. Well, wouldn't you just know it, the lounge has canceled tonight's show. Travis (above) tells us it's because they're staining the bar, among other renovations, which may take another few weeks. The kitchen is also closed. So we advise you to contact Toast before you head over.

In the meantime, if you want to see Travis's Philharmonic, "the missing link between Sun Ra and the Kinks," as he describes it, the nine-piece band is playing in a benefit March 14 at the Second Friday Coffeehouse in Belmont.

Hopefully the coffeehouse, which is at a church, doesn't have a bar it feels the need to stain anytime soon.

Can't Stand Losing You, Alison

Posted by Courtney Hollands February 21, 2008 01:07 PM

I am so excited. The Police are touring with Elvis Costello this summer. This dream show touches down at the Tweeter Center on July 31. So you see: Meshing songs from these two fabulous bands for this blog entry title had to be done.

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[Insert witty line about "Watching the Detectives" and the Police here.]

I hope the bespectacled Costello joins Sting and the gang on stage for a few songs. A little "Roxanne" perhaps? Should be an interesting combination, and I wonder how the bands' respective fan bases will jive. Look for shoegazers who appreciate a little sing-a-long arena rock.

Tickets go on sale to the public Saturday at 10 a.m. Of course, if you are on Elvis Costello's mailing list (guilty) you already have a presale password to get the tickets today.

A surprise show? What's not to like?

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase February 20, 2008 11:16 AM

This from our intrepid comedy correspondent, Nick Zaino:

The Comedy Studio interrupts its regularly scheduled stand-up on Thursday to bring you a surprise show by Mike Birbiglia. The Shrewsbury native is a rising voice in comedy, and he’ll be working on his 90-minute show, “Sleepwalk With Me,” before an off-Broadway run. Get tickets for the 8 p.m. show at thecomedystudio.com.

According to a mass e-mail from club owner Rick Jenkins, Birbiglia will also put on a free "workshop/Q&A/autographing session" before the show from 6 to 7 p.m.

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Birbiglia (above), kicks off his 24-city "What I Should Have Said Was Nothing Tour," which comes to the Comedy Connection April 2, next week. His Comedy Central special of the same name hits stores on April 8.

Artists In Action

Posted by Emily Sweeney February 18, 2008 07:01 AM

Einar and Jamex de la Torre are two talented glass artists who have made their mark in the art world: their work has been exhibited all over the place, from the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art to the Kanazu Museum in Japan. Their art has even found its way into Elton John’s private collection.

The de la Torre brothers are finishing up a three-week residency at MassArt, and later on today, they plan to show off their glassblowing skills at the Diablo Glass School (123 Terrace St., Boston). In exchange for a $20 donation, you can sip French wine, nibble hors d'oeuvres and witness world-famous artists in action. The event starts at 6 p.m.

- Emily Sweeney

Rock out for a good cause

Posted by Emily Sweeney February 12, 2008 07:42 AM

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Twisted Sister and Tesla are among the many, many acts performing at Phoenix Rising, a benefit concert for the victims of The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island.

It’s happening Monday, Feb. 25 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.

Talk about a diverse lineup. The bill includes country stars John Rich (of Big & Rich), Randy Owen (of Alabama), Gretchen Wilson (singer and author of the bestselling book, “Redneck Woman: Stories From My Life”), American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler, Tom Scholz (founder of the band Boston),* and Stryper. Dee Snider and John Rich will co-host the show.

The concert marks the fifth anniversary of The Station nightclub tragedy, which left 100 people dead and 200 others seriously injured. According to event organizers, only a handful -- (15!) -- of the survivors qualified for Social Security benefits, and many are still struggling to get by.

The concert is going to be big; it's already been mentioned in Rolling Stone and on Country Music Television. The proceeds will be donated to The Station Family Fund. You can order tickets here.

UPDATE
* Gail Parenteau, the the publicist for Tom Scholz and BOSTON, contacted me after I posted this and wanted me to clarify what I had written. She said: "Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl, the longtime (24 years) guitarist of the band BOSTON are performing on one song with the band STRYPER. They will be performing the Scholz penned hit "Peace of Mind" onstage with the band STRYPER who covered this song."

Saint Valentines Day Gothic Ball

Posted by Emily Sweeney February 12, 2008 06:58 AM
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If you find yourself suffering from post-Valentine’s Day blues this Friday, and feel like stapling your hand to your forehead, you should head over to the South End for the Saint Valentines Day Gothic Ball.

This is going to be a cool party in one of my favorite venues: the Villa Victoria. Originally constructed in 1898 as a Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, the building is now called the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center (a.k.a. the Villa Victoria) and it's used as a function hall and performance space. It's a great space for parties.

If you've never attended an event there, I highly recommend checking it out. It's not every day you get to dance in a historic church building.

The Saint Valentines Day Gothic Ball features DJ addambombb, who'll be spinning a mix of 80's new wave, triphop, synth/futurepop, goth, industrial, and electro music.

There's also going to be tarot card readings, artwork, vendors, dark angels go-go dancing in cages, and an exotic black light contortionist (!).

It starts at 9 p.m., and valet parking will be available (which is very cool, considering the South End's parking scene). The event is 18+, and tickets can be purchased in advance here.

-- Emily Sweeney

The world is their oyster

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase February 5, 2008 03:21 PM

I never thought of myself as a big oyster fan. I'd eat one here and there to keep my husband company while he sucked down a plateful, but I was never enamored of the slimy, slurpable little creatures.

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[Face it, they are not cute.]

Then I attended a Legal Sea Food oyster tasting, and I've been dreaming of those briny babies ever since. I must have eaten 20 oysters that day -- scads of raw ones, including my favorites, seawater-filled delights from Prince Edward Island, as well as fried, pickled, and baked varieties. I just couldn't stop.

Legal Sea Foods is putting an emphasis on its oysters this month, with special menu items such as marscapone baked oysters, pickled oyster and cucumber salad, and oyster stew.

Even if you're squeamish, you should sample a few raw oysters, too. They're supposedly aphrodesiacs, right? And isn't it almost Valentine's Day?

Meet The Thunder Brothers

Posted by Emily Sweeney January 30, 2008 10:29 PM

If you've ever listened to WBCN (104.1-FM), chances are, you've heard the voice of Bradley Jay. He's been at the station for years. When he's not broadcasting over the airwaves, or producing podcasts for WBZ, he plays in a band called the Thunder Brothers. If you like techno, industrial, or rock, you should check them out -- they mix and mash all of those genres. Tomorrow night (Jan. 31) they're playing at the Middle East Upstairs with Benefit Friends and another "brother" group who call themselves the Awesome Brothers. The show is 18+, and cover is $8.


Line please?

Posted by Courtney Hollands January 25, 2008 04:14 PM

Attention, everyone daydreaming at work: You could catch your big break tomorrow. There's an open casting call for Martin Scorsese's latest film starring Leo DiCaprio, "Ashecliffe." Apparently, it's set in a 1950s mental institution where patients have flashbacks to WWII concentration camps. Sounds like a regular romantic comedy, right?

According to the Grant Wilfley Casting website:

We are casting people to play mental institution staff (doctors, nurses, orderlies, guards), mental patients (including interesting, quirky or unusual character faces), the malnourished and emaciated concentration camp prisoners (many of whom will have their heads shaved), and people to play WWII American and German soldiers (young athletic types, people with military or law enforcement experience and knowledge of firearms, police officers, fire fighters, ROTC, etc). Seeking men who are willing to have their hair cut short and women with natural-looking hair color, no highlights. Specifically seeking Caucasian and African American people.

Tryouts are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Boston University's George Sherman Union. If you can't make it, feel free to send a recent photo and contact information to boston@gwcnyc.com.

Just think, come March you could be on set, chatting up Leo and Marty about dating supermodels, winning Academy Awards, and generally being cooler than everyone else.

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[BFFs forever!]

SEAMLESS 3.0

Posted by Emily Sweeney January 24, 2008 07:44 AM

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I definitely want to check out SEAMLESS, a fashion show that showcases the latest in "computational couture." It's happening Jan. 30 at the Museum of Science. (I went to the first SEAMLESS show at MIT in 2005, and it rocked.)

-- Emily Sweeney

In the bag

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase January 22, 2008 11:22 AM


Good old Whole Foods. The store is phasing out disposable plastic grocery bags, and to encourage customers to use reusable bags, it is giving away 50,000 of them today (about 500 per store).

So strap on your leather-free shoes, get on your bike, and go buy some organic hummus. And don't forget to grab a free bag while you're there.

A wing and a prayer

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase January 21, 2008 05:19 PM

Boston Theatreworks is putting on Tony Kushner's epic two-part play "Angels in America" in the South End, and it's a beautiful, powerful production.

And I swear I'm not just saying this because one of my best friends is playing the unbalanced, valium-addicted Mormon housewife.

The theater company doesn't have the budget to make the angel look like this:

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It doesn't have the money for much of a set at all. In fact, it looks like the Theatreworks angel's wings have been made from a bunch of baby gates nailed together. But it works. The whole play works because the story -- about love, lust, AIDS, greed, power, and identity -- is so poignant and funny and painful, and the cast is so talented.

And did I mention that the woman who plays Harper is brilliant? "Authentically nuts," according to a guy looking at her headshot in the hallway.

Oh, and there's male nudity too.

Part 2, "Perestroika," opens this weekend. Then the two halves will be done in repertory through Feb. 10. You really shouldn't miss it.

Basstown Party Calendar

Posted by Emily Sweeney January 18, 2008 07:17 PM

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Last night I swung by Make It New, Basstown's rad dance night at the Middlesex Lounge. DJs Alan Manzi, Baldur, and David Day were droppin’ beats, and the dancefloor was packed.

Make It New will be happening again next Thursday, I highly recommend checking it out. There's no cover, and get there early if you want to avoid waiting in line.

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Basstown's superstar promoter Vicki also told me about some other cool events coming up next week. Do take note:

Sunday, Jan. 20:
Noise Makers w/ Etan + Michael Savant @ All Asia

Monday, Jan. 21: Dev/Null @ Enormous Room (Beat Research)
...there's also
Goth night @ Ceremony

Tuesday, Jan. 22: Hearthrob w/ live performance by Numero @ Middlesex Lounge

Wednesday, Jan. 23: David Day @ Enormous Room

Thursday, Jan. 24: Make It New @ Middlesex (no cover)

Friday, Jan. 25: Thunderdome X

Saturday, Jan. 26: Basstown East Coast Boast

-- Emily Sweeney

Best bangs in the biz

Posted by Courtney Hollands January 17, 2008 01:31 PM

Chan Marshall and her luxuriously full fringe will grace the Orpheum on February 7. I can't wait. She is so fabulous. Admittedly, I was once turned off by her touring name, Cat Power, as I have a hate/hate relationship with felines. But her voice is incredibly aching and beautiful, her sense of style so self-assured. She won me over:

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[I'd like to write a poem about those bangs. Seriously.]

I can't wait to hear songs from her new album &mdash "Jukebox," dropping Tuesday — at the show. Only two songs on the disc are Chan originals — the rest are covers, a format that worked really well for her on "The Covers Record" in 2000. Cat Power lovingly transforming Dylan's "I Believe in You"? Yes, please.

If you need further proof that Cat Power is undeniably cool, check out this New York Times video.

'Juno's' Other Star

Posted by Jeff Miranda January 14, 2008 08:15 PM

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Forget about Ellen Page, the 20-year-old actress whose much-buzzed-about "Juno" has been winning critics and audiences alike. The film's real find is Kimya Dawson, formerly of the Moldy Peaches, who contributes five songs to the soundtrack. Alongside spots from Buddy Holly, Belle & Sebastian, and Sonic Youth, her ditties are a charming slice of indie pop heaven.

Dawson's chirpy voice, intimate delivery, and thoughtful lyrics give the movie's quietest moments some gravitas. Though she's already released five solo albums and credits Regina Spektor and the Mountain Goats as tour buddies, "Juno" will surely make her a household name - at least among the Lemmingtrail crowd.

Dawson is performing and signing autographs at Newbury Comics, 332 Newbury St., at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Inappropriate Touching in Somerville

Posted by Emily Sweeney January 13, 2008 06:28 PM

The Washington Street Art Center will soon be hosting an interesting exhibit called “Inappropriate Touching,” a group show of dirty comics and provocative artwork. Expect plenty of edgy drawings and off-color humor from an assortment of ‘zinesters, artists, cartoonists, and illustrators from the indie comics world. Contributors include Liz Prince, Karl Stevens of the Phoenix, Ariel Schrag, Jeffrey Brown, VICE magazine’s Johnny Ryan, Jason Little and Bonnie Dewitt.

The opening reception will be happening Friday, Feb. 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring, rather appropriately, “dirty disco and dance tracks” from DJ Area D, and live music performances by Angela, The Real Life Time Machines, and Plunge Into Death.

Curator Sarah Schoemann is creating a limited edition ‘zine for this exhibition. You can purchase copies at Washington Street Art Center and comic book stores around town, and proceeds will support music programming at the center. The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 24. Gallery hours are 12 - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and also by appointment.

Drag Me Out, Drag Me In

Posted by Emily Sweeney January 11, 2008 04:02 PM

One of my favorite photographers, Kelly Davidson, has a great photography exhibit coming up at the Paradise. And one of my favorite DJs, Punketta Doilie, will be spinning at the opening reception next Thursday. I plan to be there. Admission is free, starts at 6:30 p.m. and it's 18+....

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Almost better than the real thing

Posted by Courtney Hollands January 11, 2008 03:04 PM

Sometimes I forget just how great U2 is. I've had a raging crush on Bono since 1997 or so -- but lately, he's been so busy traveling the world, speaking about poverty and AIDS, promoting his wife's denim line, and hobnobbing with the rich and famous, that it's hard to remember exactly what drew me to the band in the first place.

Oh right, the music. I've seen U2 in concert too many times to count and it's always religious. (As in, I often pray that Bono will call me up on stage and essentially sing "With or Without You" in my ear. Le sigh. That would be a beautiful day, indeed.)

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[I can't quit you.]

It'll be a long, hard wait for the boys to come back to Boston. Thankfully, "U23D" starts at the New England Aquarium on January 23. The film was produced by National Geographic and includes footage from the Latin American leg of the "Vertigo" tour. Even better than the real thing? Not quite, but seeing the concerts on the Aquarium's IMAX screen comes pretty close.

And Bono, if you're reading this: I'm free this Saturday night. Call me.

I'm a little scared...

Posted by Courtney Hollands January 8, 2008 11:49 AM

Mars Volta makes gritty, experimental rock that's actually accessible. No, really. I've seen them live twice — once crammed against a pole at Avalon, which is always a good time — and an MV show is more of an experience than a concert.

When I reviewed the Avalon show for the Patriot Ledger a few years back, I had this to say about the band's volatile frontman:

"And with lead singer Cedric Bixler - lean, mangy, more animal than man - lashing the mike stand, jumping from amps, strutting, twitching as if electrocuted and howling, you'd feel safer if the venue had actually put the band in a cage."

Sounds like fun, right?

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[Mars Volta: Just a coupla average Joes.]

Check them out Saturday at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence — just a hop, skip, and a 45-minute drive from Boston. College kids: The show is all ages. Plus, if you get there early, you can do some shopping at the lovely Providence Place mall. Nothing says a Saturday out like Nordstrom and some headbanging.

How plucky

Posted by Courtney Hollands December 28, 2007 01:17 PM

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Scenesters: Looking to start 2008 on a quirky note? Head over to Club Passim Wednesday night for Viva La Revel-UKE-tion! Nix all notions of the ukulele as a wah-wahing, cheesy Hawaiian stereotype — this is punk, hard rock, even spoken word set to four strings. Rad. The East Boston Make-Out Club Band (amazing name, ladies), Ian Schwartz, Sweet Soubrette, and Ed White are all set to perform.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and the tickets are $10.

Books for Bigfoot

Posted by Danielle Capalbo December 20, 2007 02:26 PM

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The Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute in Egleston Square has a vast collection of wild things, from unicorn tears and strange skulls to a big, furry paw that might once have belonged to the center's namesake creature.

Now, the kind and curious folks at 826 Boston - the writing and tutoring center for public school students that hides behind the research institute's freaky facade - are on the prowl for the good stuff: books.

Help 826 Boston inspire the imaginations of local kids by participating in their book drive, from Jan. 7 to Feb. 15. The goal is to raise at least 1,500 titles (including reference books) to keep on hand at their center in Roxbury. Drop-off points around the city will be posted soon to the center's website, or you can donate "new or gently used" books at the center itself, at 3035 Washington St. Take the opportunity to browse the faux-institute's selection of strange souvenirs, too - the shop's income helps the non-profit grow.

For more suggestions on how to help, e-mail Joseph, an 826 intern, at info@826boston.org.

826 Boston opened its doors in October as the newest chapter of 826 National, founded by author and publisher Dave Eggers. The writing and tutoring centers serve public schools in cities around the country, from San Francisco to Seattle, and are run by volunteers.

Pillow Fight Club

Posted by Jeff Miranda December 14, 2007 04:49 PM

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[San Francisco's flash mob pillow fight earlier this year]

As a throwback to the days when life was easy, Banditos Misteriosos, ("an organization composed of artists, musicians, improvers and just-plain-everyday-people-ready-for-fun," according to its website), is sponsoring a citywide pillow fight Saturday on the Boston Common at 1 p.m.

Here's Bandito's rules:

1. Bring a pillow. (A soft one is preferred.)
2. Only hit those who are holding pillows.
3. Arrive early and remain inconspicuous until 1 p.m., then rush in.
4. Spread the word and bring your friends, kids, etc.

All pillow-fighters are asked to meet at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul Episcopal, 138 Tremont St.

And Bandito's best tip? Costumes are encouraged.

Saved by "Santaland"

Posted by Courtney Hollands December 11, 2007 03:56 PM

Sick of sappy, saccharine holiday fare like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Rudolph"? (Although, you can't deny that claymation elves named Hermey who want to be dentists generally rule.) Ready to drive your car into the nearest snowbank the next time Bing's "White Christmas" warbles over the radio?

Lucky for you, there's a proven cure for holiday malaise. It's called the "Santaland Diaries." The show — based on David Sedaris' hilarious autobiographical account of working at Macy's during the holiday rush — starts at the New Repertory Theatre next Wednesday. Guy Olivieri stars as Crumpet, the disgruntled elf.

Put down the eggnog and stop popping your neighbor's tacky, inflatable lawn snow globes. Hurry to the New Rep instead. You can thank me later.

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[We've all been in the holiday fetal position before, trust me.]

And if you can't wait a week, check out Sedaris' original commentary here.


What's black, white and read all over?

Posted by Jeff Miranda December 7, 2007 02:50 PM

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Hayden Christensen in "Shattered Glass."

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Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for "Capote."

People may think journalism's future is all doom and gloom, but that doesn't mean its history isn't relevant today.

Fox Butterfield, a New York Times reporter who shared a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the infamous "Pentagon Papers" story, will lead a discussion following the screenings of "Shattered Glass" starring Hayden Christensen and "Capote" which won Philip Seymour Hoffman an Oscar.

Check it out in room 224 of BU's College of Arts & Sciences at 1 p.m. And best of it all, it's FREE.

Have a trolley jolly Christmas

Posted by Joan Charlotte Matelli December 7, 2007 10:55 AM

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[What, another Somerville-Paris comparison?]

Hanukkah came early this year, and Mother Nature's already set the stage for a white Christmas. Do you have your holiday decorations up yet?

So maybe climbing on an icy railing isn't quite your thing. No worries, plenty of folks in Somerville have picked up your slack. Tickets are now on sale for the Somerville Arts Council's annual Illuminations Tour. Hop on a trolley, sip some hot chocolate, and check out the nabe's best and brightest.

Do ask, and they'll tell

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase December 4, 2007 01:41 PM


Tonight's a good night to see "Streamers" at the Huntington.

That's because after the 7:30 p.m. show, which focuses on four men waiting to be deployed to Vietnam and an act of violence that changes everything, there's a discussion about gays and lesbians in the military. Panelists include former Navy ROTC cadet Renee Farster, who experienced harassment, discrimination, and court martial-like proceedings at the University of Pennsylvania, and Boston lawyer Louis Tompros, the plaintiff attorney in the Cook v. Rumsfeld challenge of the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy.

The talk is free for ticket holders of any "Streamers" performance. Get tickets here.



Free stuff

Posted by Emily Sweeney December 3, 2007 12:06 PM

Hey! look at this....

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I just got an an e-mail about a free wine tasting party that's happening tomorrow at Vinalia from 6pm to 8pm.

All you have to do is RSVP at the Boston Wine Tasters website.


-- Emily Sweeney

So, you think you can dance?

Posted by Jeff Miranda November 30, 2007 05:08 PM

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Hoping to prove that AIDS awareness can be fun as well as educational, the AIDS Action Committee is hosting "Dancing In Time: AIDS Action Dance-A-Thon," Sunday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Featuring "themed music," from the '70s, '80s, '90s and today, dancers are encouraged to wear costumes from their favorite era, and prizes will be awarded at the end of the night to those dressed to the nines. All proceeds will benefit AAC.

It's at Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave. It's 21-plus and registration is $25. Visit www.aac.org/danceathon to learn more.

Giving and getting

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase November 28, 2007 06:26 PM


Looking to give to charity and have a good time doing it? Check out WXRV's Riverfeast tomorrow night at the Sheraton Colonial Ballroom in Wakefield. Dolores O'Riordan from the Cranberries headlines the show, with English R&B singer James Hunter, Latin pop rockers deSol, and popster Matt Nathanson. There's also a banquet and a silent auction of rock 'n' roll memorabilia. Tickets are available here; they ain't cheap, but proceeds benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Drag King 101

Posted by Emily Sweeney November 28, 2007 03:41 PM

If you're looking to unleash your inner drag king, but not sure how..... you can learn the tricks of the trade from a real pro tomorrow night, at the @ The Video Underground in JP.

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The workshop is taught by Heywood Wakefield, who will show aspiring gender-benders how to dress, walk, and talk like dudes. The class costs $15, and you have to register in advance.

If you want to showcase your new-found drag performing skills on stage, you can also sign up to compete in “Wreckage: The Contest Show” at the Milky Way on Dec. 9th. (btw, this talent competition is open to anyone, not just drag folks) You can show off your singing and dancing skills, spoken word, stand-up comedy, hula hoop, acrobatics, burlesque, whatever…and possibly win $200. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Nov. 30th.


Add to your Red Sox autograph collection

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase November 26, 2007 03:21 PM

It's been a few weeks since the World Series victory parade, so a lot of you must be jonesing for some Red Sox action. And here's some now: Pitcher Jon Lester -- the cute pie who beat cancer -- will be signing copies of the Official MLB 2007 World Series Highlight DVD (narrated by Matt Damon!) tomorrow night from 6 to 8 at iParty in Brighton. The DVD, which includes interviews, clubhouse celebrations, and the parade, sells for $19.99 -- a small price to pay for a piece of Red Sox glory, no? Especially when it comes with a little face time with this guy.
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The Last Dead Pool

Posted by Emily Sweeney November 24, 2007 02:46 PM

Dead_Pool_Icon.jpg Pat Man tells me that this Sunday will be the last Dead Pool event at Flattop Johnny's.....so if you wanna listen to DJ Chris Ewen spinning goth/industrial/new wave/electro/synthpop while shooting pool with your buddies, this is your last chance. The event is 18+, and the cover is $3. Doors at 8pm.

-- Emily Sweeney

Get schooled

Posted by Emily Sweeney November 24, 2007 02:21 PM
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Basstown is throwing a party tonight. On the decks will be DJs Profecyr, Etan, Die Young, Mistaker , and Basstown master David Day. If you RSVP thru their Going webpage you can save $$ off the cover.

-- Emily Sweeney


Talking, and tasting, turkey on the radio

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase November 20, 2007 11:22 AM

If you're the kind of person who is hungry for turkey at 5:30 a.m. the day before Thanksgiving, does WZLX have a promo for you. It's the annual Karlson and McKenzie Turkey Meat and Greet, and it's happening tomorrow morning from 5:30 to 10 at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. The club's chef is preparing a 15-turkey Thanksgiving feast for ZLX listeners to taste during a live broadcast, and there are giveaways galore: Patriots tickets, Celtics tickets (handed out by Celtics dancers). And a classic rock band, of course.

Free turkey, free tickets ... what's not to like? At least on the radio, no one can see you undo the top button of your pants.

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Make my dreams come true

Posted by Courtney Hollands November 15, 2007 03:10 PM

Merry Christmas to me:

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[Attention maneaters: Private eyes are watching you.]

The Hall & Oates "Christmas List" concert extravaganza lands at the Orpheum on December 8. The dynamic duo will sing selections from their re-released "Home for Christmas" album, including: "Jingle Bell Rock," "The Christmas Song," and one of my personal holiday favorites, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear." A quick Ticketmaster search reveals that tickets are still available — how can it not be sold out yet?

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["Dear everyone: Why don't you like us anymore?"]

At any rate, I'm personally holding out for a week or two more to buy tickets. I need confirmation that other hits will be played at this shindig. If they won't rock out to "Sara Smile" or "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)," then I'm not shelling out a cool $39.50. Plain and simple.

And now Merry Christmas to you: I'll stop posting gratuitous photos of Hall & Oates. Although if you feel like I do, you can send an ecard to all your friends to notify them about this amazing holiday event.

Hit the Deck

Posted by Emily Sweeney November 14, 2007 04:56 PM
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There's a cool skateboard art show happening tomorrow. DJ Frank White will be spinning, and there will be countless decks on display, including masterpieces by Dave Tree, Tak Toyoshima (a.k.a. Secret Asian Man), and Alone1. If you buy a ticket in advance, you can get free admission to the VIP reception that starts at 8pm.

In it to win it

Posted by Joan Charlotte Matelli November 14, 2007 11:27 AM

In more reality TV news, Beauty and the Geek is down to three remaining teams -- and it's the teams of our three hometown heroes! That's right, Dave, Nicole and Jen have trampled all the non-Boston opposition, and are in a dead heat for the finish.

Well, maybe not a dead heat. Our guy Dave might have an edge, having won the last two challenges with style and flair. Last week he ripped open his shirt, flashing a smooth waxed chest, to take the Salsa Dance Challenge; this week he pulled a Tom Cruise in the Bartending Challenge.

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If you really want to root for the home teams, enter here for free tickets to the live season finale on November 30. The plane ticket out to LA isn't free, but isn't it worth it to cheer on Boston's geek dominance in person?

Making a Scene

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase November 12, 2007 05:21 PM

Broken Social Scene is back in town tomorrow night for a show at the Paradise, once again playing tunes from Kevin Drew's solo album. Globe music critic Joan Anderman liked the orchestral pop collective's MySpace Secret Show at T.T.'s in August, so chances are the show will be worth checking out ...

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The lineup is always different, but here's one version of the band.

Wanted: Single Men & Women

Posted by Emily Sweeney November 8, 2007 06:04 PM

Warner Bros. is looking for eligible ladies and gents to star in the upcoming season of The Bachelor. They're holding casting calls this weekend at Felt, on Saturday from 3 - 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 3 - 6 pm.

(via Bostonist)

Be our Guest

Posted by Courtney Hollands November 8, 2007 01:26 PM

(Note: The event is a few weeks away. Consider this your advance advance warning to get tickets.)

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[The numbers all go to eleven. Thank you, Nigel.]

Clear your calendar on November 30: Writer, director, musician, Grammy Award-winning composer, and all-around-hilarious-guy Christoper Guest will perform songs from his films — "A Mighty Wind," "This is Spinal Tap," and "Waiting for Guffman" — with a little help from his Berklee student and faculty friends. He will also receive an honorary doctor of music degree from the college during the concert.

Of course, "Stonehenge" and "Big Bottom" are on the set list. Rock out!

Tickets are $30, $22.50, and are on sale through Ticketmaster.

Yes, there's a roller disco party in my 'hood

Posted by Emily Sweeney November 8, 2007 01:13 PM
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Boston’s best – and only? – roller disco party returns to Chez Vous tonight. Lindsay Crudele says the goal is to raise $800 to repair some of the rink's rental skates, and hopefully buy some new ones.

DJ Joseph Colbourne will be spinning this party. It's an all-ages event, starts at 8pm and costs 7 bucks.

w00t!

-- Emily Sweeney

Dig this

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase November 8, 2007 11:08 AM

Nothing says Veterans Day like solving the riddles of an archeological dig in ancient Egypt, right? Maybe not, but 5 W!TS is offering free admission for veterans to its theme-park-like attraction TOMB Sunday and Monday. The interactive exhibit in the Fenway bills itself as a 45-minute adventure that incorporates the features of a haunted house, a video game, and a choose-your-own adventure book.
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Normally the exhibit costs $16-$20 on weekends, so it's a nice savings.

Thanks, vets, for all you've done for our country -- hope you find some mummy treasure!

Update (incorporated above):The free entry is for veterans only.

A community groove

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase November 7, 2007 05:08 PM


The Kells can be a scary place: guys grabbing at you on the dance floor; college students as far as the eye can see, all drowning in cologne and hairspray and wedged into tight pants.

But tomorrow night, the Allston club is hosting a very different sort of event: "All Bright World Night," a musical event focusing on community and diversity. Salsa band La Internacional Positiva and punk-mambo outfit Babaloo (left) will perform, and hors d'oeuvres from around the world will be served. It's 20 bucks to get in (10 for members of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation), and goes from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Which means that after all the community and diversity building is over, the college kids will still have a chance to get their groove on.

Half price? How nice.

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase November 1, 2007 03:28 PM


Want half-price tickets to "The Nutcracker" or "White Christmas"?

Starting today, more than 5,200 half-price tickets to Boston holiday events are on sale at MayorsHolidaySpecial.com.

Thanks, Menino!

Canada to the rescue

Posted by Courtney Hollands October 31, 2007 07:57 AM

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[The New Pornographers like singing in the rain, long walks on the beach...]

If you missed the New Pornographers show at the Roxy last week (like I did!), don't fret. The aptly described supergroup will be back in Boston on December 12 as part of the "Canada Comes to Berklee" concert. A.C. Newman, the lovely Neko Case, and the rest of the New Pornos gang will be joined by k-os, Bill King's Saturday Nite Fish Fry, and several Canadian Berklee students. Tickets are $30.

Unfortunately, cheese rocker Bryan Adams, another Canadian export, will not be performing that night. Maybe his invitation got lost in the mail? That just cuts like a knife!

So funny it's spooky

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase October 26, 2007 11:59 AM

Taking notes in public can yield unexpected treasures. I was minding my own business at the Comedians of Comedy show at the Roxy last night, trying to jot down jokes between gales of laughter, when a guy came up and handed me a flier for Anderson Comedy's "Halloween Spooktacular" at the Middle East Corner on Tuesday night. "Since you're taking notes, I thought I'd give you this," he said. Whoever he was, he's a natural PR man. It looks like it'll be a funny show: A raft of local comedians are performing tribute sets as Larry the Cable Guy, Carlos Mencia, Jerry Seinfeld, Yakov Smirnoff (!), and more. Best of all, it's free. And that's no joke.

Just don't drink too much or you'll wind up like this guy.
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Reality TV auditions @ Estate

Posted by Emily Sweeney October 25, 2007 05:56 PM

Casting directors will be scoping the scene at Estate on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, looking for people to star in the upcoming season of Beauty and the Geek.

If you want to get to the front of the line at the casting call, send your mugshot and resume along to Christie at Big Night Promotions. If you look the part, she'll hook you up with a VIP card for an audition.

- Emily Sweeney

My dog wants to party all the time

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase October 19, 2007 06:18 PM


How strange is this? The founder of PETA has written a cutesy book called "Let's Have a Dog Party." There are 20 ideas for "tailwagging" celebrations, including a "Bark Mitzvah," as well as cake recipes and nonalcoholic beer choices. (I don't know what your dog's beverage of choice is, but ours loves Michelob). Anyway, Ingrid Newkirk will be signing copies of her book at the Harvard Coop Sunday at 2 p.m. Dogs are welcome, particularly those who like to party.

Dead poet society

Posted by Jeff Miranda October 19, 2007 05:26 PM

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Cambridge native e.e. cummings’ was the 20th century’s premier text messager. Using a simplistic style to share visions of love and loss, cummings’ was one of the most prolific poets of his generation - a voice that still resonates with audiences today. On Sunday, for $5, hear four local poets read some of his most famous works, at the Forsyth Chapel, 95 Forest Hills Ave. in Jamaica Plain. at 2 p.m.

Visit www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/156 to brush up on cummings' poetry.

Up in smoke

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase October 19, 2007 03:12 PM


Sometimes I get sick of being logical. Must everything always make sense? Happily, the answer is no. How else could there be such a thing as "Reefer Madness: The Musical"? Come on -- a musical about marijuana? Could there be anything more ridiculously fun? Loki Arts is putting on the show, based on the 1936 film about the dangers of dope, this weekend and next at the Arlington Center for the Arts. I doubt they'll mind if you sing along.

Go to lokiarts.com for details.

Get thee cultured!

Posted by Courtney Hollands October 19, 2007 09:56 AM

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[Insert yourself here.]

Obviously we all have Big Papi and Mike Lowell on the brain this weekend. But why not add a little art to your beer-and-sports-bar-soaked agenda with a trip to the Fort Point Open Studios? The 28th annual open studios features more than 200 artists working in various media: photography, video, jewelry, printmaking, mosaics, etc.

Not only can you get a jump on your holiday shopping but you can satisfy your voyeuristic side &mdash I know you have one &mdash by getting a taste for how artists work. Open studios are marked with red balloons ("You and I in a little toy shop, bought a bag of balloons...") and the event is blissfully free.

Oh, and go Sox!

Space case

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase October 16, 2007 11:22 AM

It's not often you see an astrophysicist celebrating his brand-new PhD by rocking out, which is why we recommend heading to the Burren tomorrow night to check out the Franklin Kite. Frontman Ryan Hickox, who studied black holes in faraway galaxies at Harvard, is leading his thoughtful indie-rock band in a free acoustic show tomorrow night at 9.

Next week Ryan will be starting as a postdoc at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge. But tomorrow, it's all about the party. Hickox (below left) promises it'll be a stellar night. And who are we not to believe him? He's the expert, after all.

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Pedal for a good cause

Posted by Emily Sweeney October 13, 2007 05:52 PM

Honah Lee just gave me the heads up on a group bike ride that's happening tomorrow. It's called the Lady K Ride, in honor of Kirsten Anne Malone, a really cool gal who was killed while riding her bicycle in Allston in June 2004.

Money raised from the event will benefit the Kirsten A. Malone Scholarship Fund. The ride starts from Harvard Square at 2 p.m. and ends at MassArt. Anyone can participate, and you can really help the cause by downloading a pledge sheet and collecting some money to support the Lady K scholarship.

-- Emily Sweeney

'Local crops, global shops'

Posted by Jeff Miranda October 12, 2007 05:34 PM

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If week-old pizza sounds as unappealing to you as it did to me last night, fear not. Tomorrow, Somerville's ArtsUnion is sponsoring a food fest called "Project YUM: A Union Square festival celebrating local crops and global shops."

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Union Square Plaza, prepare to taste your way through exotic foods like kimche and chucchitos as well as locally-grown produce. "Project YUM" will also feature an Iron Chef Cook-off from three Somerville restaurant chefs.

Bon appetite.

Scary but oh-so-good

Posted by Courtney Hollands October 11, 2007 12:03 PM

Hey-yo Flipsiders! Sorry for the blogging hiatus. I'm happy that my colleagues were able to satisfy your crazy social appetities while I was on vacay in San Francisco -- and what a wine-and-thai-food-filled weekend it was.

Alrighty, let's get to it. On October 27 (or on October 28, in other parts of the world), a group called Thrill the World is attempting to organize the world's largest simultaneous dance to MJ's "Thriller." (Stuck in your head now, isn't it?) Why, for the love of God? To break the Guiness World Record, of course.

According to Thrill the World's website, there will be 60 dancing events in 15 countries. The Boston team will boogie down at 6 p.m. on October 27 at a to-be-determined location. Zombie dress is optional, but c'mon, anything less is weak sauce.

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[Michael wants you to dance. Or else he will dangle you over a balcony.]

Get your ghoulish self to the first rehearal this Saturday, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Harvard's Longwood Campus in the Vanderbuilt Gym. If you want more info, you can contact Thrill the World Boston's organizers Dave and Janice at ttwboston@gmail.com. And if you want to brush up on your skills, check out these tutorials on YouTube.

Paws be with you

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase October 3, 2007 04:29 PM

Is your kitty cat cursed? Does your dog dig like the devil? Maybe they could use a good blessing. Cavalry Episcopal Church is holding its fourth annual "Blessing of the Animals" Saturday afternoon at Endicott Park in Danvers, and it may be just what the veterinarian ordered.

The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas will give your pet a hands-on blessing -- or bless photographs if Fido is too finicky to be taken out in public; she'll even offer prayers for pets who have passed.

Why is the church going to all this trouble? To raise awareness about animals that need homes.
Several animal organizations will be on hand, and there will also be police-dog demos, free nail clippings, and therapy-dog screenings.

The free blessing is from 1 to 3 p.m. All breeds and faiths welcome. Just don't forget to put the dogma on a leash.

Wine not?

Posted by Courtney Hollands September 27, 2007 01:27 PM

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[I love wine a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck...]

Apples + chardonnay + bus to drive you back and forth to the vineyard = best fall day ever! Boston's chapter of the On Your Feet Project is running a trip out to the Nashoba Valley Winery and Orchard in Bolton on Sunday. Register online, show up at the Boston Common for the 10 a.m. bus (or earlier if you want free food from Starbucks), and enjoy a drink a day in the country. The $30 ticket includes transportation, wine tasting and tour, and a glass, and benefits On Your Feet's programs. ("Dueling Banjos" and denim overalls not included.)

Get away from the city and gorge on apple-based foods -- caramel apples, apple crisp, apple cider, apple butter -- all for a good cause. A sweet fall day, indeed.

We've all lived there...

Posted by Courtney Hollands September 20, 2007 11:05 AM

O.K., so not everyone who reads this blog has lived in Allston-Brighton. But chances are, if you went to Boston University or Boston College, or ever relocated to Boston looking for cheap rents, you once called the A-B's mean streets home. I currently have a love-hate relationship with the area (love: trivia at White Horse Tavern, LAB, Great Scott; hate: rats, catcalls, general seediness):

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[Those were good times. Tipsy times, mostly, but good times.]

As part of Allston-Brighton's bicentennial celebration this year, there will be an Allston Village Street Fair from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Festivities will include: live music from local bands, artists, designers, jugglers, children's activities, and of course, hipsters. And I hear that Student Advantage is giving away a free month's rent to a lucky starving artist or student. If that's not enough to make you pull out your fixed gear bike and book it to Harvard Ave. this weekend, I don't know what is.

I kid, I kid. In all seriousness, Allston's community pride is another addition to the loves list.

Va-va-vegan

Posted by Courtney Hollands September 17, 2007 10:47 AM

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Vegans: mark your gastronomical calendars! On Wednesday, chef Steven Brand at Upstairs on the Square is offering a "Harvest Vegan Dinner." Tantalizing menu items include: wax beans and artichoke with truffle vinaigrette and oatmeal crisp cookies. And for my fellow tipplers: the meal is paired with organic wines. Yum all around.

I'm not vegan, but I tend to order vegetarian options when I go out to eat because many area chefs are in tune with what's local and in season when shaping their menus. Though there are solid vegan options around the city -- standbys like Veggie Planet in Harvard Square and Grasshopper in Allston and relative newcomers like TJ Scallywaggle's in Allston -- it's nice to see an upper crust restaurant offer tasty gourmet options for our meat-free and dairy-free friends.

(FYI: The Boston Vegan Association has a great, frequently updated website with recent restaurant reviews, vegan happenings, and announcements. Check it out here.)

What the Fluff?!

Posted by Joan Charlotte Matelli September 13, 2007 03:12 PM

Do you like it fluffy?

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Fluff was invented right here in my beloved Somerville, and the annual celebration of the sticky sweet treat is always a hoot. This year's What the Fluff Festival, on September 29 in Union Sqaure, marks the 90th anniversary of the invention, so the party should be over the top. Check out the "Eighth Wonder of the World Rice Krispie Tower," tell your favorite Fluff memories in the "Tales from the Fluff Jar" oral history booth, or get your photo taken with the Flufferettes!

Rain date September 30; no one wants soggy fluff.

How do they afford their rock 'n' roll yard sale?

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase September 11, 2007 11:29 AM

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Most yard sales are great sources of old books, chipped plates, toy cars -- and for me, boredom. I'm just not into paying people to take unwanted junk off their hands. But Saturday's Somerville Rock 'n' Roll Yard Sale sounds infinitely more interesting. All things music will be for sale -- vinyl records, posters, stereo equipment, tapes -- along with vintage clothing and vegan food. Bands will play, and a DJ will spin records found at thrift stores and yard sales. Best of all, there'll be an exhibit of bad thrift-store lamps -- the worst of which will be honored with a lightbulb-smashing ceremony. Not boring in the slightest.

Festivities take place from 3 to 7 p.m. in Union Square. Thanks to the Somerville Arts Council's ArtsUnion for hosting.

For more info on past Rock & Roll Yard sales in Providence, click here.

Something "Wicked" This Way Comes

Posted by Joan Charlotte Matelli September 10, 2007 03:03 PM

This Wednesday, September 12, "Wicked" opens at the Opera House for a two-month run.

Throughout the run, there will be a day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of $25 seats. These tickets are only available in person, so show up at the Opera House box office 2½ hours before show time and submit your name for a random drawing. There's a limit of two tickets per person, cash only.

Good luck!

Kate Hudson not included

Posted by Courtney Hollands September 7, 2007 03:26 PM

Is your star on the rise? Prove it. There will be an open casting call for "Bachelor No. 2" (starring Kate Hudson and Dane Cook, who have been cavorting around Boston) at the Comedy Connection from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

According to the press release, the crew is looking for: "Hot, beautiful young college women and handsome college guys, hipster types, model types, and internet geeks of all races and ethnicities." Apparently, actual talent may not be required to secure a bit part in this film. Nonetheless extras will be paid -- sweet!

So if you want a chance to hobnob with Hudson**, head over to Fanueil Hall this weekend.

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[**Okay, so Kate won't be at the casting call. You won't be able to talk to her or see her. In fact, you probably won't be in the same scenes. But her boots are hot, n'est-ce pas?]

Get thee to Natick!

Posted by Courtney Hollands September 7, 2007 11:16 AM

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What are you waiting for? You already missed the make-up and beauty tailgating party outside Nordstrom, for shame. All this weekend, the revamped Natick Collection is celebrating its unveiling -- with trunk shows, demonstrations, and more, oh my!

The Collection will no doubt be packed -- but if you're drooling for fall's new shoes and have a hankering for chic threads, don't hold back.

McHanging under McGrath

Posted by Courtney Hollands September 5, 2007 10:54 AM

Night owls, you will soon realize that I have intense and irrational Somerville pride (specifically Union Square pride). I'm one happy camper if my weekend plans keep me north of the Charles. That's why the art/social scene in the 'Ville is so exciting.

And while I usually don't spend my Friday and Saturday nights chilling under McGrath highway, I'll certainly be stopping by the Project SUM opening party this Saturday.

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You too can browse the sculpture installations while bobbing to Brazilian beats under the bridge (how's that for alliteration?). Ohmigod, a free and cultural event!

Check out more ArtsUnion events here.

Hipsters on wheels

Posted by Jeff Miranda September 4, 2007 12:52 PM

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Oh, the Boston hipster scene. From thrift-store clothes to a general disdain for anyone not privy to the most obscure music possible (so, have you heard the new Band of Horses album?), they weave in and out of traffic on vintage ten speeds with a scowl that says, "Hey, I'm different."

If you're anywhere between Newbury Street and the Washington Mall this weekend, you might spot more "cooler-than-thou" attitudes than usual. Cambridge Bicycles and the OtherSide Cafe, among others, are sponsoring a two-day bike race; the winner receives prizes (maybe like the one above) and a celebratory awards party at OtherSide Sunday evening.

Unfortunately this blogger didn't make the exclusive invite list. A Jacobs Bicycle spokesman (another sponsor) kindly shared with me that "we don't want to be affiliated with the Boston Globe."

OOPS SORRY DUDE.

It's no Paul Rudd, but....

Posted by Courtney Hollands August 31, 2007 12:37 PM

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[Who called with the pest problem?]

Paul Rudd originally played the lead, Adam Sorenson, in Neil LaBute's play (and later movie) "The Shape of Things." While the cheeky hunk was nowhere to be found in the South End last night, the Spontaneous Theater Project's rendition of the LaBute melodrama about art and love was hilarious, heart wrenching, and absolutely convincing.

The show was staged in the Bernard Toale gallery, and the small space increased the already visceral, awkward intensity of the four-actor play. Short synopsis: Dorky Adam meets art student Evelyn, who gradually transforms Adam, physically and emotionally. Adam's friends Phillip and Jenny are understandably freaked out. Heartbreak ensues.

I won't spoil it. You have two more opportunities to catch this excellent show: tonight and tomorrow night. And might I recommend a stop at the buzzing new bistro, The Gaslight, for negronis and croque monsieurs before? It's right down the street from the Bernard Toale, and the ambiance is worth the wait.

Somerville: Paris of the '90s, Chess Club of the '00s?

Posted by Joan Charlotte Matelli August 28, 2007 03:59 PM

It looks like that casting call was fruitful -- in the upcoming season of "Beauty and the Geek", three of the cast members hail from Somerville. I guess it's not all artists and café culture in my fair city after all.

Ordinarily we're trying to get you off the couch and out the door. But set aside some time on September 18 to tune into the CW and root for the home team players. We want to see if this guy goes all the way!

Everybody wants some... Van Halen tickets!

Posted by Courtney Hollands August 28, 2007 10:35 AM

Ugh. So I tried to purchase Van Halen tickets the old-fashioned way last weekend (well, through ticketmaster.com) to no avail.They were sold out when I attempted my purchase at 10:05 am. Apparently there are fellow David Lee Roth fans in this fine city. I also tried Ace Ticketing, where the cheapest Halen tickets were $199 each for nosebleeds. I wonder whether my half-ironic love of "Panama" and "Running with the Devil" is worth 200 clams.

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[Diamond Dave at the height of U.S. spandex consumption]

Yes, totally worth it. Next stop: Craigslist.

Superhuman

Posted by Emily Sweeney August 24, 2007 04:38 PM
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If watching sweaty men lift weights and flip 800-pound tires around a parking lot is your idea of a fun Saturday afternoon, then here's an event for you.

Tomorrow the Uno Chicago Grill in Waltham is hosting the Strength Beyond Strength Strongman Challenge, which includes a 25,000-pound truck pull and a tire-flipping competition. Admission is free.

-- Emily Sweeney


More Movies by Moonlight

Posted by Joan Charlotte Matelli August 24, 2007 11:08 AM

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If you haven't caught a free Friday movie at the Boston Harbor Hotel yet this summer, you've got a few more chances, and they've saved some of the best for last:

Tonight: "Citizen Kane"
August 31st: "The Thin Man"

Classic movies not your thing? Got kids to entertain? There's also Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell:

Tonight: "Happy Feet"
August 31st: "Charlotte's Web"

All shows start at sunset, weather permitting.

Please don't rock me like a hurricane

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase August 24, 2007 10:09 AM

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I just heard the Scorpions are playing the Orpheum Sept. 29. The very thought of Klaus Meine's nasaly heavy-metal wailing is giving me an instant headache. When I was a tweener, my older brother used to blast the Scorpions from his bedroom next door, and now anytime I hear the opening chords to "Rock You Like a Hurricane," my head starts throbbing. People have tried to convince me it's a great song, but I can't get past my childhood mental block. Go if you must -- I"ll be at home with my fingers in my ears.

Cyber rattling

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase August 17, 2007 03:55 PM

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A recommendation from new Flip Side blogger and sci-fi fan Danielle Capalbo, a Northeastern student working at the Globe this semester:

In 1982, William Gibson coined the term "cyberspace." Two years later, Ace Science Fiction published his celebrated debut novel, "Neuromancer," and Gibson became the father of cyberpunk. He's endured a quarter-century of reality from then to now, and his imagination has only grown darker and wilder. The best-selling author makes his rounds in Boston early next week to read at the Brattle (Sunday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.) and the Coolidge (Monday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.) from his ninth novel, "Spook Country." Grab tickets while you can - the sci-fi legend has a reputation as impressive as his visionary body of work. Plus, tickets are just $5.

New Wave + Electro Show

Posted by Emily Sweeney August 14, 2007 03:01 PM
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check out the rad lineup playing @ T.T. da Bears tonight:


Provocateur

Coulter
The Daily Pravda
with The Milling Gowns


$7, 18+, doors at 8:30

-- Emily Sweeney

Pile on the Potters

Posted by Bobby Hankinson July 20, 2007 02:25 PM

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Emily beat me to the punch with her Harry and the Potters note. I'll be checking out the Best Harry Potter Party EVER! tonight myself. I chatted with Paul DeGeorge, who portrays Harry Year 7 in the band, to get his feelings on tonight's party and the book's end.

He told us despite the band's immense popularity, they were holding out to play a local "Harry Potter" event for the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." "As soon as they released the date for the book, I put up a note on our website, 'Do not contact us unless you're from Boston,'" he said.

Of course, like all Harry fans, DeGeorge's got his own theories on how the series will end. On whether Snape is good or evil, he weighed in, "I don't think he's necessarily either. I think Snape will redeem himself in some way." When it comes to the title character's own fate though, he's got a unique perspective.

"I think Harry's going to pull through for sure -- he's got to form his own band at some point!"

Flip Side will report back this weekend with photos and sightings from the Harvard Square bash, in case any of you muggles miss it.

Harry and the Potters

Posted by Emily Sweeney July 20, 2007 01:59 PM

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I wrote a story about Harry and the Potters a few years ago. They're cool guys.

As you can imagine, tonight will be a big night for Harry and the Potters -- they're playing a free show tonight in Harvard Yard with Draco and the Malfoys and the Hungarian Horntails. It's from 7 - 10 p.m.


-- Emily Sweeney

Scooter Rally This Weekend

Posted by Emily Sweeney July 19, 2007 05:46 PM
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The third annual Rippin’est Town Rally is happening this weekend.

Be on the lookout for a motorcade of vintage scooters -- they'll be departing from from Howard Johnson's on Boylston Street on Saturday around noon. They plan to scoot over to Allston and hold a moment of silence in honor of Mr. Butch.

-- Emily Sweeney

Shop 'til you bop

Posted by Bobby Hankinson June 14, 2007 03:34 PM

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No plans this weekend? As usual, Sidekick is here to help. On Friday and Saturday shopaholics can spend some dough toward a good cause at Retail Therapy. Head on down to Downtown Crossing to pick up a passport good for a bunch of discounts and giveaways. Proceeds benefit Boston Medical Center's healthcare programs for the homeless. The passport requires a $15 donation, but the chance to shop for a good cause is pretty priceless.

Also on Saturday, funk legend Maceo Parker blows his horn at Harpers Ferry for an intimate show. He's worked with James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic, and Prince, in addition to his own numerous albums. It's a sweet, funky way to end such a busy day.

Modern Graffiti: A 30-year Look at Street Syles and Art

Posted by Emily Sweeney June 13, 2007 02:14 PM
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I noticed this cool event posted on the Warhol Is Dead website...

Aerosol art historian Jim Prigoff will be presenting a slideshow on street art at Northeastern's John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

After his presentation, there's gonna be a panel discussion featuring Boston graf writers.

Admission is free.

-- Emily Sweeney

THUDFest 2007

Posted by Emily Sweeney June 11, 2007 03:41 PM


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If you dig industrial + electronic music, you should check out THUDFest 2007 on July 3rd. Nate Roman (aka DJ Mothra) has booked a solid lineup of DJs and bands for what promises to be a thumping electro-fest at Great Scott. The show is 18+ and you can buy tix in advance here.

-- Emily Sweeney


Coming up at Marina Bay....

Posted by Emily Sweeney June 5, 2007 02:52 PM
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Kevin Dillon (a.k.a. Johnny Drama of Entourage) will be partying at WaterWorks on Sunday night. DJ SL from NYC will be spinning Top 40 dance hits and remixes. Click here to RSVP and get a discount off the cover charge.

-- Emily Sweeney

Cheap Alt-rock

Posted by Emily Sweeney June 3, 2007 03:14 PM

Dinosaur Jr. is playing a show in Harvard Square on Monday, June 11th.

Admission is free -- all ya gotta do is print out this invite and you're good to go.

The show starts at 8 p.m., inside the Urban Outfitters store on JFK Street. They say space is limited, so you may want to get there early.

For a sneak preview of what the show might be like, watch this video clip of Dinosaur Jr. performing on the Jenny Jones show back in '97 -- one of the great moments in alt-rock history, indeed.

-- Emily Sweeney

Ride another day

Posted by Bobby Hankinson May 30, 2007 06:51 PM

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For those of you bummed out because the Cambridge Bike Tour on May 19 was canceled due to rain, fear not.

The ride, which focuses on the effects of geograpy on the development of Cambridge, is rescheduled for June 16. Get more info here.

Ride on.

Homey D. Clown Comes 2 Town

Posted by Emily Sweeney May 29, 2007 02:38 PM


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Damon Wayans will be performing at the Comedy Connection this weekend.

Man, he was great on In Living Color. I loved that show, especially the Homey theme song:

Homey the clown, don't mess around,
Even though the Man, try to keep him down.
One day Homey will, break all the chains,
Then he'll fly away, but until that day,
Homey don't play.

-- Emily Sweeney

Mighty 4 Boston

Posted by Emily Sweeney May 25, 2007 01:14 PM

If you're lookin' for something to do tonight, you may want to stumble over to the South End...because the Floor Lords will be hosting a B-boy battle at the Villa Victoria.

A cabaret kickoff

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase May 18, 2007 04:30 PM

Looking for something different to do Saturday night? Maybe something entertaining that supports a good cause at the same time? Loki Arts, a new theater/arts group that aims to give creative outlets to people with mental and physical challenges, is throwing itself a launch party Saturday night at the Arlington Center for the Arts (41 Foster St.). It's a cabaret-style show with music, dancing, and performance, as well as a silent auction and refreshments. The tickets are $25 and will be for sale at the door. Check the company's website for more details.

This from Robin Thomas, a member of Loki Arts' board of directors:
"Through workshops, seminars, and classes, we will bring some of the areas' best talents to diverse populations. Our hope is to give hands-on involvement to people who might not otherwise get the opportunity to discover this. We are also looking challenge the greater Boston theater scene by producing unique or rarely done shows."


The Wheel of Fortune Wants You

Posted by Emily Sweeney May 18, 2007 02:10 PM
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The Wheel of Fortune's promotions team is rolling into town to search for contestants to appear on the show. They'll be holding auditions at Suffolk Downs in Eastie this weekend. Just look for their pimped-out Winnebago, you can't miss it.

-- Emily Sweeney

Kirkland Cafe, R.I.P.

Posted by Emily Sweeney May 8, 2007 02:34 PM
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The Kirkland Café is closing for good on May 28.

Over the next few weeks, local musicians will be paying their last respects to the club, which has been around for almost 40 years.

The Allstonians lead vocalist King K says the Kirkland is "Somerville's answer to Juilliard" and that its imminent demise "is enough to make a grown man weep."

The Allstonians will bid farewell to the club by headlining a show this Friday. Keyboardist Nigel T. Knucklehead gives props to the Kirkland's own Mickey Bliss for having them play there so many times, and says that Friday's show will be a "bittersweet gig."

::sniff::

The Kirkland isn’t going out quietly... the bar will mark its last two days by hosting the Kirkland Kiss Off Memorial Meltdown, a 2-day bash that will start at noon and won't stop until last call.

-- Emily Sweeney

Word on the street....

Posted by Emily Sweeney May 8, 2007 11:48 AM

* The Boston Babydolls will bust out their burlesque moves this weekend at The International Lounge....
I also hear the B-Dolls just signed a book deal – they’ll be writing a series of instructional guides for aspiring tassel-twirlers. Sweet

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* ManRay's goth-industrial night returns from the dead – again! Following a long run at Toast in Somerville, Crypt has found a new home at the ol' Ramrod, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday nights of every month. It starts on May 16: DJ Chris Ewen will spin goth/industrial/electro, Terri the bartender will pour stiff drinks, and we’ll all staple our hands to our foreheads and reminisce about 21 Brookline St. ...R.I.P.

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* George and Rosemary McDonough of The Actors Playhouse wrapped up the final performance of "And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little." Hillary MacArthur and Heidi Rhodes and the rest of the cast gave a fine performance. I went to the opening night at the Ironworkers Hall in South Boston, and it was a great show. Look out for more theatrical performances happening there in the coming months.

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* Calling all journalists and media mavens....Mediabistro is throwing a party tomorrow night to welcome Boston Phoenix editor Lance Gould. The event will be hosted by three local journos, Ethan Gilsdorf, Susan Chaityn Lebovits, and Gabrielle Gurley. If you wanna go, be sure to RSVP.

-- Emily Sweeney



With justice and cocktails for all

Posted by Bobby Hankinson May 8, 2007 11:09 AM

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The 2008 debates have already kicked off and maybe they've got you thinking about the pressing issues facing the world. Perhaps "An Inconvenient Truth" pushed your buttons. Or maybe you just can't stop refreshing Wonkette (questionable language warning) all day.

Whatever it is that moves you, there's a chance to connect with other like-minded progressives thanks to Socializing for Justice. The group aims to create meetups for people who want to organize cross-issue coalitions or just make a few new friends. There's no program or speaker, just a relaxed atmosphere. Plus, participants can have a little fun with the "Looking for ... " and "Ask me about ... " name tags.

Tomorrow (May 9) at 6 the group heads over to Peking Tom's in Downtown Crossing for some Cocktails for Justice. $2 admission.
RSVP appreciated at sojust.org.

Worth 1,000 words

Posted by Bobby Hankinson May 3, 2007 01:11 PM

Today's Sidekick has a mini-feature on the School of the Museum of Fine Arts’ Fifth Year Exhibition 2007. But, what's an art show without the art? So, as an added bonus to loyal Sidekick-enthusiasts, here's a sneak peak of what you can catch at the show.

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Crislin Meshberg, Rupture, 2007. Oil on canvas

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Timothy Andrew Kadish, Harold: It’s A Jungle Out There, 2007. Mixed media on lead.

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Norah Solorzano, Blindspot (still), 2007. Drawn-on-paper animation.

I'll be in Southie tonight...

Posted by Emily Sweeney April 27, 2007 03:12 PM

...headin' over to the union hall later to check out this new play:

"And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little"
By Paul Zindel
Presented by the Actors Playhouse
Directed by George and Rosemary McDonough
8 p.m. - April 27 & 28; May 4 & 5
Admission $15

Iron Workers Local 7
195 Old Colony Ave.
South Boston

- Emily Sweeney

Zombies! Roller derby! Fist-pumping thrills!

Posted by Emily Sweeney April 13, 2007 12:07 PM

Lotsa stuff happening this weekend:

...ZOMBIES!
J. Cannibal's Feast of Flesh takes over the Coolidge Corner Theatre tonight. It's gonna be "a show of insanity from beyond the grave" featuring a zombie costume contest, a film screening of the Japanese zombie flick Wild Zero, live music by BEWARE!, performances by Black Cat Burlesque...and free gory goodie bags to take home. Word.
...ROLLER DERBY!
Saturday, April 14th, 5 pm
Shriner's Auditorium, Wilmington
Watch the Boston Massacre vs. Baltimore's Charm City Roller Girls , with music by DJ Boo Boo Danger, and a halftime show by the Have Nots. FYI, derby fans -- the season is drawing to a close, and after this, there’s only one more bout. The last one will be May 5th, the season championship.


...and FIST-PUMPING THRILLS!

Recycled Percussion
Saturday, April 14
7:30pm @ Plymouth Memorial Hall
Power Percussion. Junk Rock. I’m not sure what it means, but it sounds cool. And you gotta love the way they describe the show: "Remarkable hard-rock drumming led by the world’s ‘fastest extreme drummer’ Justin Spencer, and intoxicating hip-hop funk grooves spun by DJ Pharaoh create music that is sophisticated, mesmerizing, and a fist-pumping thrill to experience."

-- Emily Sweeney

Smackdown 101

Posted by Emily Sweeney April 12, 2007 01:14 PM

Yup, it’s true: MIT offers a course on pro wrestling. I got to check out the class for myself, and I was very impressed.

This particular course on wrasslin’ has been generating a fair amount o' buzz in da blogosphere. One of my fellow reporters pointed out to me that there's a discussion about it on the Boston.com message boards, too.

If you're envious of these students, you might want to swing by the MIT campus later this afternoon. WWE champ Mick Foley is the guest lecturer this week, and he's giving a talk at 5 p.m. Cool thing is, you don’t have to be an MIT student to attend – this lecture is totally free and open to the public. Here’s da scoop:

The Real World’s Faker than Wrestling: MIT presents Former WWE Champion and Best-Selling Author Mick Foley
April 12, 2007 | 5:00 PM | @ MIT

"Mick Foley, one of the top wrestling performers of the past decade, will talk about his experiences as an entertainer and bestselling author who has written three memoirs (including Foley Is Good: And the Real World is Faker Than Wrestling) two novels, and a variety of children’s books. Foley has been a professional wrestler since the mid-1980s and was a headlining star for World Wrestling Entertainment (m) under the personas of Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love. Foley will discuss telling stories in a variety of written and performative genres and how he has managed to bridge the gap across multiple genres and entertainment forms."

-- Emily Sweeney


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Not your typical story hour

Posted by Emily Sweeney April 2, 2007 09:23 PM
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Local scribe Jeannie Greeley is going to share some of her most memorable (and hilarious) stories at the Boston Public Library next week.

She’s one of ten authors slated to appear at the library’s West End branch on Thursday, April 12th for True Stories, an event put together by Aforementioned Productions.

As the headline suggests, the program features "poets and writers reading work which has been inspired by or taken from real-life events."

I’m not exactly sure what the other folks will be reading, but Jeannie said she plans to “horrify dignified audiences” with selections from her Stuff@Night Sexploits column and her Pink Mafia series that appears regularly in Bay Windows.

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-- Emily Sweeney

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More rollerskatin'

Posted by Emily Sweeney March 25, 2007 01:24 PM

April 1980 - Ray Warner of Boston takes a tumble at Spinoff (the old roller rink on Lansdowne Street, where Jillians is now)

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All Skate is hosting another rollerskating par-tay at Chez Vous next Thursday, April 5th.

This one is called "Spring Roll" and features DJs 7L, Knife (of Marinate fame) and All Skate's resident disco scholar, Joseph Colbourne.

It's all ages, and admission is $8.

-- Emily Sweeney

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Happy Birthday, Garment District!

Posted by Emily Sweeney March 22, 2007 10:38 PM


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The Garment District is turning 21 years old. To celebrate, they're throwing a b-day bash at the store this Saturday, with free bagels, scones and coffee starting at 9 a.m., followed by birthday cake in the afternoon. And they'll be holding a gift card raffle, too.

-- Emily Sweeney

MIT Smackdown

Posted by Emily Sweeney March 20, 2007 07:40 PM
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The ringside announcer from the WWE is giving a lecture at MIT!

How cool is that. It's open to the public, too.

I never thought I'd see something like this in a college course catalog:

This One’s Gonna Be a Slobberknocker: a Q&A with WWE’s "Good Ol’ J.R." Jim Ross
March 22, 2007 | 5 PM | MIT Room 4-370
Jim Ross, the longtime voice of World Wrestling Entertainment, joins CMS graduate student Sam Ford to discuss the unique blend of reality and fiction in the world of American professional wrestling world. Ross will talk about how WWE’s distribution across multiple media platforms creates an interesting storytelling atmosphere, and he will share experiences from his many years in the television industry as wrestling has moved from broadcast to cable and pay-per-view and now to DVD distribution, on-demand, and the Web. See Ross’s Web site at www.jrsbarbq.com.

This is the first of two colloquia about American professional wrestling being organized this term by Sam Ford ’07. Ford is teaching a spring class on the pro wrestling industry and is a researcher for the Convergence Culture Consortium. He is a weekly columnist for the Ohio County Times-News in Hartford, Ky., and performs in pro wrestling events on occasion. A third colloquium on April 26 with Sharon Mazer will also examine aspects of wrestling.

IN+ERACT 2

Posted by Emily Sweeney March 19, 2007 09:42 AM
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I hear there's a cool event coming up this Friday at the Villa Victoria (a.k.a. Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center), which is, hands down, one of the best spaces in this city to have a party. (My pals and I threw a Halloween bash there back in 2004).

The organizers of IN+ERACT 2 say they want us to "experience art with all five senses" with the help of complimentary beer + cocktails. They're also gonna have henna tattoos, body-painting, a fashion show, art exhibits, and DJs spinning jazz, soul, funk, and house. The cover is pricey, but not bad, considering you'll get free booze and they've planned lotsa interesting stuff for the evening. You can buy tickets here.

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Larkin Brigade + The Allstonians

Posted by Emily Sweeney March 16, 2007 08:50 PM

(please pardon the black bar across this lady's chest! I placed it there because she looked kinda cold. - E.S.)

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The Larkin Brigade is celebrating E-day with one of Boston's legendary ska bands.

....this will be a cool show.

I haven't seen The Allstonians in years....(I think the last time I saw them was at The Rat.)

...and remember this ska compilation?

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The other day I dug through my cassette tape collection and dusted it off. It's official: "B-Train to Allston" is still one of my favorite songs of all time.

Rippin'est Town Rally III

Posted by Emily Sweeney February 23, 2007 09:57 PM

Attention scooter fans: dates for the third annual Rippin’est Town Rally have been announced. Scooterists from all over the world will descend upon HoJo’s during the weekend of July 20-21 to show off their rides...

Here’s da scoop:

RIPPIN'EST TOWN RALLY III
Mods v. Rockers Week-ender & Motor Competition

Friday, July 20
I-SCREAM SOCIAL
10 p.m. @ The Baseball Tavern
w/Tommy & The Terrors, Riki Rocksteady & The Bad Ideas, and The Larkin Brigade


Saturday, July 21
GROUP RIDE
12- 1 p.m. – All the scooters will depart from HoJo’s and form "Boston's biggest antique motorcade," touring the Emerald Necklace to Larz Anderson park to swing by the Museum of Transportation.


MOTOR COMPETITION & MONSTER BBQ
7 p.m. @ Great Scott
w/ The Raging Teens, World’s Greatest Sinners, The Curses, The Alrighters, and DJ Benny
There will be BBQ, a raffle, and dancing. Trophies will be awarded to the best Vespa, Lambretta, European motorcycle, American motorcycle, Asian motorcycle, and moped.

This should be a cool event. Here's a photo from the 2005 Rippin'est Town Rally...that's Jason Ciolfi, and his custom-built 1966 Vespa Gran Super Sport.

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Publicists are people too

Posted by Bobby Hankinson February 22, 2007 01:30 PM

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Emily Singer: PR-whiz, comedian

Compiling the events that fill the pages of Sidekick and the posts of Flip Side requires a lot of fact-checking. Inevitably there are phone calls and e-mails to publicists to confirm times, prices, phone numbers, etc. There's a lot of nitty-gritty to get locked down. Most of the time these PR flacks, as they're affectionately called, are no more than a voice on the other end of the phone or the cold, lifeless text in an e-mail reply.

That's why I was surprised when I realized that Emily Singer, one of those voices on the other end of the phone that provides the info on events at Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway Theater, was the same Emily Singer performing tomorrow night with Chance Langton.

I just never put two and two together that the woman whom I call to double-check Tingle's 14-plus age suggestion could actually have a life outside of repeatedly answering my simple queries. Turns out, not only is she a comedian, but she's pretty darn funny. (Check out an interview she did with WROR-FM here and here.)

She performs with Chance Langton tomorrow at 7:30. Tickets are $15, call 866-811-4111 or check it out online.

Cover me bad

Posted by Bobby Hankinson February 15, 2007 04:08 PM

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My love of cheesy '90s cover bands is well-documented. Now I think I've added another local group of remakers to my list of musical loves. Meet Infuse.

The Brockton-based foursome tackles tunes including "Move Along" by All American Rejects, "Far Behind" by Candlebox, and "Bulls on Parade" by Rage Against the Machine. For a sampling of the band's sound, its site has a few .mp3s to check out. (Some are good, some are not so good.)

You can judge for yourself when Infuse performs at Copperfield's in Boston on Saturday.

Theatre comes to the Ironworkers Local 7

Posted by Emily Sweeney February 7, 2007 02:26 PM

George and Rosemary McDonough founded the Actors Playhouse in 1990, and over the years they've produced dozens of plays in South Boston.

Their latest stage production is Proof, the award-winning play that was made into a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Anthony Hopkins.

It stars South Boston Online editor Rick Winterson, Quincy native Jeff Tidwell, Hillary MacArthur, and Heidi Rhodes as the lead role of Catherine.

The Actors Playhouse recently lost their usual venue, so they're presenting "Proof" at the Ironworkers Local 7 Hall on Old Colony Avenue -- you know, the same place where local pols hold the St. Patty's Day breakfast every year.

It's a gorgeous facility: the ceilings are high, the lighting is perfect, and the acoustics are good, so you can hear everything that's being said on stage.

My mother and I attended the opening night last Friday, and we had a good time. The cast did a great job -- I was very impressed. Heidi Rhodes made the lead role of Catherine memorable...and executed perfect comedic timing throughout the play. Some of her rants were hilarious - Ma and I were laughing so hard.

Here's what Ma had to say:

"I loved the play. The actors gave great performances. It's wonderful that Local 7 opened up their hall for this production. Local 7 is a superb place to see a play...it's local, inexpensive, and the sound and lighting effects were top notch. Kudos to the performers and to Local 7...and Maude Farrell did a fantastic job with the lighting, setting up the stage, serving refreshments, and working the door. It's a perfect night out to enjoy a play while contributing to a neighborhood cause."
-- Jean Sweeney-Rock

Proof will be presented two more times -- Friday, Feb. 9th and Saturday, Feb. 10th -- at the union hall. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Admission is $15, and proceeds benefit the South Boston Neighborhood House.

- Emily Sweeney

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Adult swim

Posted by Bobby Hankinson February 1, 2007 11:14 PM

The Promise party mentioned below and in Thursday's Sidekick will now be 21-plus.


Sorry, youngsters.

SRSLY open bar?!

Posted by Bobby Hankinson February 1, 2007 12:10 AM

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More information on the PROMISE party mentioned in today's "Night Is Young" column can be found here. If you can't make it, there is also a way to support Second Gallery by making a donation.

Of course, then you'd be missing the "SRSLY open bar."

PAN9 benefit

Posted by Emily Sweeney January 24, 2007 04:19 PM

The residents of Pan9 are still recovering from the fire that burned through their Allston loft space last month. Thankfully, everyone got out alive...but the place got totally wrecked.

There's a Pan9 benefit show coming up next Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, featuring the The Steamy Bohemians with Fluttr Effect Trio (aka The Charlie's Angels of Art Rock) closing the night. The doors fly open at 9pm, 21+, cover is 8 bucks.



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Pan9 neighbor Vessela Stoyanova, the marimba player for Fluttr Effect (and Trio), says the full Fluttr band will be back playing live shows next month.

Vessela's apartment (aka Fluttr Effect headquarters) was also damaged in the fire – her place was totally flooded but, luckily, her marimba and Troy Kidwell's guitars survived the ordeal.

Fluttr Effect will play at the Strictly For the Birds CD release party at the Middle East Downstairs on Friday, Feb. 9, and then they’ll hit the Lizard Lounge on Feb. 17th.

-- Emily Sweeney

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Rollah Disco

Posted by Emily Sweeney January 17, 2007 07:57 AM

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Support your local rollerskating rink!

there's gonna be another roller disco party at Chez Vous next month...

...on Thursday night, February 8th --> DJs Baltimoroder, David Day, PTVN and Colbourne will spin house, electro disco from 8 pm til midnight.

For those of you who've never ventured out of your own neighborhood, now's the time. Chez Vous is located on the border of Dorchester and Mattapan....directions and further details are on the rink's new-n-improved website.

All ages are welcome, admission is 8 bucks, and it’s for a good cause...it’s going to benefit the rink. For the love of God, please go. I’ll cry if Boston’s only roller skating rink closes.

-- Emily Sweeney

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Open-minded Thursday

Posted by Bobby Hankinson January 10, 2007 03:56 PM

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This Thursday, step outside the boxes of "male" and "female" at Spontaneous Celebrations. Gender Crash, the longest-running open mic for queer, transgender, and gender queer folks in Boston, is celebrating its seventh anniversary. The all-ages event is usually held the second Thursday of every month and features orginal performances including poetry, dance, and music. Admission is pay-what-you-can starting at $5 for adults.

Get informed with the trans/gender queer 101 at gendercrash.com.

Eat your feelings

Posted by Bobby Hankinson January 8, 2007 10:58 PM

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So I've finally recovered from the holidays just in time to start fretting over Valentine's Day. Even more difficult than trying to squeeze a romantic evening into two very packed schedules is planning the perfect dinner. Lucky for us, there's no need to risk turning on the sketchy stove in my Allston apartment. Some of the city's tastiest restaurants will be putting out their best pre fixe menus. Whether out with that special someone or dining with another single friend, there will be no shortage of places to eat one's feelings. But, as January begins to fly to by, it's time to make those reservations before the best of the bunch get booked.

Conundrum has already announced its varied V-Day selections.

The Cambridge eatery is serving up a four-course meal for $80 ($110 with a bottle of wine). The menu includes such delicious offerings as marinated quail stuffed with dried fruit, mesclun greens with champagne vinaigrette, and pan seared skate wing with truffle risotto.

Call 617-868-0335 for reservations.

A gift from JT and me

Posted by Bobby Hankinson December 26, 2006 04:42 PM

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Jimmy Tingle


There will be a mention of "Jimmy Tingle's American Dream" in Sidekick on Thursday, but -- in the spirit of giving -- here's another tip:

Tomorrow (Wed.), the show's director Larry Arrick will be present for a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Tingle following the performance. Arrick has worked with tons of stars including Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman, and Alan Arkin. Tickets for the show and discussion are $25 (students half-price). Go here for more info.

Flip Side gives you a list of reasons to wear uncomfortable shoes on New Year's Eve.

Posted by Meredith Goldstein December 26, 2006 03:27 PM

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Tomorrow's Get Out column in Sidekick will feature a list of just some of the nightlife happenings scheduled for New Year's Eve. We'll give it to you early here on Flip Side.

At the Living Room, you can be a VIP for $100, eat for $75, or simply party in the lounge for $50. All packages include appetizers, dancing to pop tunes, and a champagne toast at midnight

Felt's Winter Wonderland party boasts three DJs, a champagne toast, party favors, and dessert stations (the club says call for ticket info).

At Rendezvous in Central Square, you can order from a holiday menu a la carte or come after dinner and dance to R&B and soul music for no cover. Guests will be treated to champagne at midnight.

Club Café hosts a New Year's Eve dance for only $10 per person with DJs who are also VJs, a live video feed from Times Square, and a complimentary dessert and coffee bar.

Dick's Last Resort throws a party for people who need a break from First Night activities downtown. You can spend your whole night (including dinner) at the restaurant for $50. For just $25, you can stop by the bar after 8 and enjoy live music and grab a "2006/2007 Survival Kit."

Young-man-about-town Dominic Amenta throws a party at Paddy O's with music by DJ Elliott Ness. It's $90 for a night of open bar.

There's live music and champagne for a $10 cover at Orleans in Davis Square.

$60 gets you into the Gypsy Bar for dancing, party favors, and champagne.

Vox is serving a prix fixe dinner for $65, but you can skip the meal and enjoy a DJ, party favors, hors d'oeuvres, and the champagne toast for $30 ($40 at the door).

Avalon boasts an appearance by internationally- known DJ Tiesto (cover is $125)

Tone Loc is at Rain in Malden for $40.

DJ Pretty Boy Jones hosts the party at Middlesex in Central Square for a $10 cover.

Mix 98.5 sends its DJs to the Rack for a party that includes a buffet and a champagne toast for $50.

Nightlife kings 6one7 Productions are hosting multiple parties around town including a shindig at Rumor for $75 run by the folks famous for the club's Evolution Tuesdays, a $75 party at Venu with DJ Louie DeVito, the "Just Poppin' Bottles" party at Pure with music by JAM'N 94.5's Gee-Spin for $75, and an event on the 50th floor of the Prudential Building called "Party in the Sky." The last one, 6one7's classiest shindig, includes a Joan Rivers impersonator, Frank Sinatra singer Rich DiMare, food, dancing, and, of course, a view for $175.

Vinalia offers a "Night With Sinatra" that includes a cocktail reception, a dinner, and Sinatra hits for $70.

Red Sky's party has food, live music, a DJ, party favors, and champagne for $50.


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offers a party with a live band, eats, and bowling for no cover.

DJ Matt Phipps spins Top 40 tunes at the party at Game On that features eats, drinks, and the ball dropping on about a million TVs. Cover is $40.

Pamela Anderson hosts a New Year's at Tao. Yes, that in Vegas, but we thought you should know.

Another Goldstein.

Posted by Meredith Goldstein December 20, 2006 07:27 PM

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DJ AM was in Boston this past October working the turntables at a corporate party, but you probably weren’t invited to that shindig.

Don’t feel bad. You have another chance to see the celebrity spinner. According to Gypsy Bar’s website, he’ll make an appearance at the club January 12.

For those of you who don’t know, DJ AM is a big deal because he used to be engaged to Nicole Richie.

Also, his real name is Adam Goldstein. No relation.

An alternative X-mas alternative

Posted by Bobby Hankinson December 19, 2006 02:53 PM

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If Seth Cohen from "the O.C." dropped into Boston Thursday, you could be sure he'd be at JEWLTIDE at T.T. the Bear's. At 9 p.m., Klezmer-rockers Golem will party down with DJ SoCalled for an indie Hanukkah celebration. This is the first year the HEEB Magazine-sponsored event has made it up to Boston since its inception in 2003. You'd be a meshugana to miss it.

Where there's a Weill, there's a way

Posted by Bobby Hankinson December 18, 2006 02:45 PM

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I'd love to be able to appreciate opera, but the truth is, I don't know a mezzo from a matzo. Large ladies decked-out in Flavor Flav helmets singing in some other language just doesn't draw me in. If only the opera could come to me ...

What luck! Opera Boston is starting an informal, opera cabaret and hosting performances in "non-traditional" venues. The first program by Opera Boston Underground, "Kurt Weill's World," will take place at Lizard Lounge Jan. 17. If that tickles your fancy, Opera Boston is presenting Weill's "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" at the Cutler Majestic Theatre Feb. 23-27.

For more information, check out OperaBoston.org

Tie this on for size

Posted by Bobby Hankinson December 11, 2006 11:28 PM

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Aliza Shapiro, the brains behind Truth Serum Productions, has been producing stenciled vintage ties and patches. This weekend there are two chances to check them out as holiday shopping draws to a close. With sassy sayings like "Stud" and "Hustler" (and some too saucy to be referenced here), these UtiliTies and UtiliPatches are the perfect gift for both the naughty and nice.

Grab one for yourself at Toast on Friday or at the Bazaar Bizarre on Saturday.

Custom orders also available online.

The Pill

Posted by Emily Sweeney December 7, 2006 09:51 PM


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My favorite Irishman-about-town Mick Murray was snapping photos when the Bon Savants held their CD release party at The Pill last Friday:
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...this Friday (Dec. 8th) Pill-goers will be treated to a performance by The Glass Set, and DJ Ken will spin the best from his Britpop and mod indie bag o’tricks.

The Pill is 21+...$5 before 11pm...and be sure to look sharp.

-- Emily Sweeney

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Pick me.

Posted by Meredith Goldstein November 28, 2006 10:51 AM

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For several weeks now, casting directors have been hunting for local personalities to host “Dirty Water,” a new show about nightlife in Boston. Tomorrow, you can watch finalists battle for the coveted correspondent positions. We haven’t been told what network will air “Dirty Water” (we assume local cable). All we know is that tomorrow night should be good entertainment, and that the bar should be packed with Ryan Seacrest wannabes. It starts at 8.

Not home alone for the holidays

Posted by Bobby Hankinson November 27, 2006 11:06 PM

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It's not too late to find someone to kiss under the mistletoe this holiday season. On Thursday (Nov. 30), singles can mix it up at Bellinis and Beer at the Foundation Lounge. From 7 to 9 there'll be complimentary drinks, give-aways, and Zensai (Japanese appetizers). But, in the spirit of giving, bring a friend of the opposite sex to insure maximum dating potential for everyone. Cover is $10 and Jenny Johnson, Associate Producer of NECN's "TV Diner," will host.

RSVP with your name and the names of anyone you're bringing to bellinisandbeer@yahoo.com

Shop til you drop, again

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase November 27, 2006 10:24 AM

If you've recovered from Black Friday's middle-of-the-night shopping spree -- or didn't get a chance to join in the fun -- here's another chance to pick up a few late-night discounts. Davis Square is holding a Midnight Madness Holiday Shopping Night on Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to midnight. Participating businesses include clothing stores Black & Blues, Cibeline (clothing sample pictured below), Chinook (for the outdoorsy types on your list), and Poor Little Rich Girl (a newly expanded upscale consignment store); Magpie, which has funky handmade gifts; McIntyre & Moore, home of fascinatingly obscure books; and Spark Craft Studios. Treats will be served, and proceeds go to the Somerville Homeless Coalition.
Come on everybody, there's shopping to be done!

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Katie Johnston Chase likes dive bars, old country music, and pop art that has something to say.
Meredith Goldstein is keen on DJs who spin pop music and restaurants that serve real food after 11 p.m.
Emily Sweeney is a lifelong Bostonian who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
Jeff Miranda has never heard a '90s alternative-rock jam that's not already a mainstay on his iPod.
Joan Charlotte Matelli digs movie singalongs, well-made cocktails, and alt-country rockers.
Courtney Hollands is a shopaholic and a music junkie with a penchant for tapas, chai, and Hall & Oates dance parties.
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