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7 summer school courses to expand your horizons

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 31, 2012 10:34 AM

summerschool.jpgBy Meredith Wish

June is here and it’s summer in Boston. No more freezing rain-storms or random blizzards in April.  However, summer isn’t like how it use to be. As a career-less college student or recent grad your options are few: summer job to avoid the debt of your past semesters, go back home to either be stuck with your parents, or work at your hometown Dairy Queen. Unless, you decide to take summer courses.

There’s a difference between the “summer school” students used to be familiar with, and college summer courses. Students already have hefty loans to pay off, why not add a fun course that you normally wouldn’t have time for? They’re often less expensive than regular semester classes. Summer courses allow you to build more credit, take a chance on a subject you know nothing about, and meet new people. Here is a list of seven fun courses you can take in Boston this summer.

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High-Fives and Dope Slaps: Kerry and Powell hit Romney on foreign policy

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 30, 2012 03:30 PM

By Jeff Fish

This week: the ridiculous and on-going Elizabeth Warren minority controversy and, of course, Mitt Romney.

Romney only gets one dope-slap for cavorting with Donald Trump, but John Kerry and Colin Powell get a joint high-five for criticizing Romney’s abysmal foreign policy rhetoric. Also, Deval Patrick gets a high-five for painting a truthful and surprisingly balanced picture of Bain Capital.

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Boston's Top 7 Young Pinterest Pinners

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 30, 2012 10:30 AM

rad_pin.jpgBy Molly Donovan

In real life, I find pinboards clunky and unwieldy.  The cork is never pretty enough, the frame is never big enough, and my picture postcards and ticket stubs inevitably become lost under crumpled receipts and to-do lists from a (surely) very important week in 2010.

But in Internet life, Pinterest alleviates all these problems. It’s a great medium for managing the items that are important to you, whether meaningful photographs, inspiration for your reading list, or 500 casual pictures of food for the everyday gourmand.

What's more, you can also follow other people's pinboards and see what shoes they're coveting, what recipes they're trying tonight, and what DIY projects they're tackling this weekend.  The sheer volume of Pinterest users means that this ultimately leads to hours spent creeping on strangers.

Because anyone can have a Pinterest account, you might not know whom to follow besides your friends and the suggested Pinners the site recommends when you sign up.  It's easy to end up seeing board after board of creepy imaginary weddings or thousand-calorie slow-cooker recipes, and that can make you feel kind of weird.  These seven pinners – who all hail from the Boston area – each pin uniquely and prettily and are sure to keep you entertained and informed.

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Crazy cocktails: Back Bay edition

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 29, 2012 11:50 AM

cocktails.jpgBy Rachel Pennellatore

We’ve experienced an oddly nice deviation from New England weather this year, with an almost non-existent winter and a downright warm spring. With summer quickly approaching, it’s the season of outdoor dining (don’t forget your sunscreen!), or grabbing a shady seat at the bar when you need to cool off, and both are made better with a frosty beverage.  We’ll be making some recommendations for unique cocktails we find around the city, so take a break from your “usual” and order one of these when you’re out and about in Boston.

Last but not least, do we need to say it? Well, given Boston’s recent reputation as the“Drunkest city in America,” we probably do – please drink responsibly.

Here’s what we found around the Back Bay:

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Voices of the Class of 2012: Despite the debt, we'll make it work

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 28, 2012 03:32 PM

derek2012.jpgThis is part of an on-going series from members of Boston's class of 2012. Check out articles from other TNGG writers, here and here..

By Derek Anderson

My college graduation was only a few days ago. I’m ready to explore the open world ahead of me and chase after my dreams, something I’ve been promised since elementary school. I’m ready for the adventure.

But I have to deal with my current situation, before getting to the adventure, and that tears me apart from the inside out.

I’m a standard statistic. My case isn’t from anyone else who has struggled financially to be in school. College tuition is just not in the “affordable” or even “slightly reasonable” price range.

Yet I took loans out to do it anyway, and have since buried myself in what seems to be an impossible situation of debt (cough$80,000withinterestandcouldbemorecough).

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Yes Oui Si you in the fall? The fate of a young gallery is unknown

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 27, 2012 02:50 PM

Screen Shot 2012-05-28 at 3.07.33 PM.pngBy Danielle Messler

Nestled in a neighborhood typically associated with the MFA is a hidden gem for those seeking a more personal kind of art.

Yes Oui Si Space, a multi-sensory gallery founded by two 20-somethings, has provided an eclectic community space since November 2010.  As a space to express a range of art, YOS has hosted over 13 in-house curated shows featuring 300 emerging artists, 200 concerts and film screenings, poetry readings—even yoga. This space has truly seen it all.

After gaining experience by putting together “guerrilla art shows” and showcasing independent local artists, co-founder Olivia Ives-Flores recalls “the point in the evolution of our events where we realized we could handle a real space. We could take it on.” A few weeks later, YOS was born.

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Gaming for N00bs: 5 reasons to stream E3

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 27, 2012 10:33 AM

E3-Logo-Header_38.jpgBy Vanessa Formato

As you may or may not be aware, the Electronic Entertainment Expo—more commonly known as E3—is less than two weeks away. I’m pumped. E3 has been an important part of the video game industry since its inception in 1995. It’s the place to be for industry insiders to hear about new games, hardware and other projects straight from the horses' mouths. Though we might not be important enough to be there in person, the Internet has done wonders for making gamers feel included in everything the expo has to offer through streaming the press conferences, and I couldn’t be happier.

When I sat down to think about how to convince readers to tune into E3 this year, I was at a loss. There are a few games I’m especially excited to hopefully hear more about—Resident Evil 6, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Pikmin 3, Lollipop Chainsaw, and the Kinect “Dragon Ball Z” game, because that’s just hilarious—but when it comes down to it, the game and hardware announcements play second fiddle to the event’s special brand of weird and wonderful.

It quickly became apparent to me that talking about why a person should watch E3 wouldn’t be half as effective as a few examples. There’s no shortage of bizarre moments guaranteed to pique your interest, but here are five of the best.

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Boston start-up duo teach the community a thing or two

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 26, 2012 11:36 AM

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By Marissa Lowman


Two local entrepreneurs have set out to help bridge the experience gap for younger entrepreneurs, as well as others interested in brushing up on or learning a new skill.

For those life-long learners who want to brush up on Photoshop skills or learn how to hire the best interns, marketer Sarah Hodges (previously at RunKeeper) and Dave Balter (who is also the CEO of BzzAgent) , co-founded Intelligent.ly, a school for the start-up world.

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2012's best and worst commencement speakers

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 25, 2012 11:12 AM

Screen Shot 2012-05-25 at 8.28.49 AM.pngBy Chelsea Feinstein

Commencement is a day about the graduates. But invariably each year, the buzz is about one thing: which famous figure each university gets to speak at its commencement. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a polyester gown and a silly hat, with the sun beating down on the back of your neck, and having to listen to someone 40 years older than you ramble on about the secret to success or their own personal journey to self-fulfillment or something else that is absolutely no good to you in a year when 50 percent of the people sitting around you won’t get jobs. But when that speaker hits the right note, if they can relate to the particular struggles of the class of 2012, they may just be able to impart some actual wisdom.

These are the best and the worst of this year’s Boston-area college commencement speakers.

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Voices of the Class of 2012: I'm done with college. Thank god.

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 24, 2012 02:05 PM

graduation hats.jpgThis is part of an on-going series from members of Boston's class of 2012. Check back throughout the week for more.

By Mike Flanagan

My girlfriend feels bad for me. She was telling me about the rigors of planning her graduation dinner, doling out invitations, writing thank-you cards, etc. Her parents rented out a part of the Abington Ale House for 80 of her closest friends and relatives. They took us out to Maggiano’s on Columbus Avenue after her graduation from BU on Sunday and racked up a hell of a bill.

My parents took us out to Joe’s American Bar and Grille at the South Shore Plaza after I graduated from Emerson last week. I got cards from my nana and godmother, and that’s about it. Nobody is planning a party for me. In fairness, I asked my parents not to.

“It really is a big deal, though,” my girlfriend insisted. “I feel like your graduation was so anticlimactic.”

Yeah, but that’s the way I wanted it.

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Opinion: Menino, don't ignore FBA. Listen.

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 23, 2012 05:34 PM

Screen Shot 2012-05-23 at 5.32.52 PM.pngBy Alex Pearlman

The little video making waves across Boston today is a critique of Mayor Menino's muscle in the city, and an example of the continued clamoring of young people to City Hall: listen up, or else!

The animated video is the mission statement of Future Boston Alliance (FBA), a new-ish non-profit helmed by Greg Selkoe, CEO of super-hip online streetwear retailer Karmaloop. The organization aims to take on the challenges facing Boston, like the brain drain, transportation and lack of late-night cultural venues.

"The regulations, out-of-date outlook, and power structure are holding our city back from being the best it could be," says the video, which (although he hasn't seen it), has drawn the Mayor's ire. Well, it does compare him to Russian President Vladimir Putin, so I guess we're not surprised he's not on-board.

But he should be.

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Voices of the Class of 2012: I graduated... now what?

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 23, 2012 10:13 AM

This is the first in an on-going series from members of Boston's class of 2012. Check back throughout the week for more.
gradhat.jpgBy Hana Nobel

As of May 4, I am a college graduate, which mostly means that I am the owner of a very expensive piece of paper and that you can usually find me crying in a public bathroom or in my closet. I’ve graduated college during a time in which the Washington Post and New York Times warn me on a daily basis that I will be living in my parent's basement forever. (An April Times article cited a 13.2 percent unemployment rate for 20- to 24-year-olds.)

Unfortunately, my parents preemptively moved into a home that contains only a crawl space, ruining any basement plans. A few months ago, my mother sent me an email warning that I shouldn't return home in the near future, as my room was being used for storage. I suspected this was code for  “new craft room.”

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An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 22, 2012 05:39 PM

zuckerberg.jpgOn Friday, Facebook went public with its initial public offering, the biggest IPO for a U.S. technology firm. And since Mass. House Speaker Robert DeLeo wrote a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg begging for jobs in the Bay State, we figured we’d jump on the bandwagon. Hey, Zuck, give us jobs!
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Dear Mr Mark Zuckerberg,

We wanted to take this opportunity to update you on what you have missed in Massachusetts since you left in 2004, and ask you to please come back, sprinkle some magic stock options, and fix the economy because let’s face it - you are such a huge deal.

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High-Fives and Dope Slaps: Surprise! Romney won't win in Mass.

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 22, 2012 02:54 PM

devalobama.jpgBy Jeff Fish

I keep thinking about how sick I already am of all these campaigns. Is it really only May? Do we really have six months left of this nonsense?

Yes, we do. But I have to admit, it’s a pretty interesting time to be a Massachusetts voter and a great time to be a columnist on Massachusetts politics.

Our former governor could – probably won’t – but could be our next president (without the help of his home state, of course). If he’s not, and Obama wins, it could mean vacancies in the Governor’s office, a Senate seat, or both.

The current Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, who was accused of plagiarism this week, is probably the most high-profile in the country.

And let’s not forget that we still have state and local issues that, while not necessarily glamorous, matter to us,( i.e. the state Senate passing the ‘right-to-repair’ bill.)

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Innovative internships: Designing careers for youth

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 21, 2012 01:39 PM

Danny and I perhaps being serious about work.JPGBy Ali Robbins Hyatt

Ten years ago, Denise Korn had a day job running Korn Design, a brand strategy and design firm, and an extracurricular involvement in a New England creative economy initiative.  After interacting with the vibrant and engaged community of creative people, Korn had a hunch that she could use the design industry as an untapped resource for mentoring to urban youth.  

As far as she saw, however, “nothing was actually taking root as an actionable area,” she said.  There was a huge gap between kids’ creative aspirations and their abilities to translate those aspirations into actionable careers.  Korn describes herself as a do-er and decided if nothing was taking shape, she would just do it herself.  And so, Youth Design was born.

Youth Design offers high school students in at-risk areas the opportunities to have paid summer jobs at firms involved in the design sector while pairing the students with senior-level designers as mentors.  

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Advice for Grads: 4 Places to avoid with your parents

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 20, 2012 10:46 AM

noparents.jpgBy Alison Amorello

May is graduation month and with dozens of colleges in Boston, the city is swarming with eager visiting parents. Hopefully your itinerary is jam-packed with school ceremonies and related festivities, but should you find yourself with a few unscheduled hours, sitting around in any campus common area probably isn’t going to cut it.

Kill time and awkwardness with a tour or activity, but before you stroll anywhere, focus and know your audience. Avoid places that might lead to fear, disgust, and uncomfortable conversations. Consider the following locations as a guide to stay away.

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Local band brings out fans, memories for reunion show

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 19, 2012 03:13 PM

TREOS.jpgBy Mike Flanagan

The only way to describe The Receiving End of Sirens’ set at the Middle East on Wednesday is to say that when TREOS goes on, whether there’s alcohol involved or not, I black out.

My friend Garrett and I discussed this phenomenon on our drive from the South Shore to Cambridge—it’s almost impossible to explain TREOS to people who don’t already love TREOS.

People who know us now might find it hard to picture us melding in with sweaty bodies, grabbing the soaked collars of similarly entranced strangers, screaming overly aggressive lyrics to a salvo of drop-C guitar chugs and pounding our chests to the double kick drum during the breakdowns.

Sure, that kind of catharsis is what drew us to TREOS shows in high school—what red-blooded, suburban high school kid doesn’t want an excuse to use someone’s head to vault himself up to kick other people in the head with no consequence? It was an undeniably age-appropriate release, even more so because we were in a band that hoped and dreamed of one day becoming TREOS.

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The Reading List: 5 great literary graduation speeches

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 19, 2012 10:14 AM

littlebook.jpgBy Tamar Zmora

There comes a time in every student’s life where they say, “That’s it. I’m done.” This moment is called graduation. But, what is a commencement without a speech?

The knowledge imparted over the last four years (or however long it took) wasn’t enough. Students and parents need, on average, an extra hour and a half to be talked at by a celebrity, famed journalist, dignitary, or entrepreneurial superstar. How else will you know your tuition went to good use?

As 2012’s graduates move forward into fulfilling careers... or, who are we kidding? The possibility of a first job at the local KFC-Pizza Hut-Taco Bell, unpaid internship, or living at home for a while is more realistic. Here is some advice from literary minds for all you graduates venturing into the unforeseeable future.

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Jersey Shore: Thoughts on the great social experiment of our time

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 18, 2012 11:33 AM

thesituation.jpgBy Ryan Hadfield

Back in December of 2009, Fridays were even more engaging around the water cooler, as all colloquial conversation centered on what transpired at Karma night club the night before, if the “D.T.F.” girl was a grenade, and why The Situation should open a restaurant (or at least be a judge on Top Chef). Reality television had a new king, Jersey Shore. And, little did we know, it was here to stay. I’d like to claim I was a fan of Jersey Shore from the start, like it is an obscure indie band that makes it big, but everything about it is so aggressively supercilious that doing so actually subtracts from one’s pop culture currency.

Looking back, in the early seasons, the Jersey Shore’s biggest feat was the producers’ ability to intertwine actual events with the innate nothingness that consumes most other reality TV shows. The audiences’ investment in Jersey Shore was built on the foundation of larger moments -- like a bro punching Snooki in the face; Ronnie emphatically clamoring, “One shot, kid! One shot!” after beheading another bro with his fist; Ronnie going to prison for said-decapitation a half hour later; and everything about The Situation (his misplaced confidence, everlasting quest for sex, and lovable yet antagonistic demeanor).

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7 rules for safe summer city biking

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 17, 2012 10:35 AM

summerbiking.jpgBy Welina Farah 

In the lovely city we call home, summer is creeping around the corner. What does this mean for Bostonians? After spending three awful seasons indoors, it’s time we break out of our “I-don’t-wanna-go-outside” attitude.

May is National Bike Month and what better way to celebrate than to learn more about how to ride the two-wheeled machine? Here are seven ways you can stay safe this summer while riding your bike:

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Adam LoDolce: Master of the pick-up

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 16, 2012 03:44 PM

dating-coach-Boston.jpgBy Kenny Soto

Watching “confidence dating coach” Adam LoDolce approach a woman in the park is like watching David Ortiz step into the batter’s box.

“Here, let’s do this one…” he said as we approached a beautiful blonde walking near the Swan Boats on Boston Common. “Excuse me, I just saw you walking by, and I just need to tell you that I think you are absolutely gorgeous,” he said. As I fell back into “creepy friend” viewing position, the blonde smiled and thanked Adam for the compliment. He continued, “And I would literally have gone home and kicked myself in the face if I hadn’t just come up and introduced myself.  My name is Adam.”

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Gaming for N00bs: Gaming on the job made me a better gamer

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 16, 2012 09:46 AM

controller.jpgBy Vanessa Formato

I have a confession to make: I’m a lazy gamer. And before the snide comments about how all gamers are lazy start rolling in, I don’t mean that in the Dorito-munching, “Game Fuel”-swilling, basement-dwelling way you’re thinking (read: stereotyping). I discovered the wide world of walkthroughs and never looked back—until now.

In my defense, the Internet makes lazy gaming excessively easy. In the early days of video games, you had to beg your parents to buy you the accompanying strategy guide if you wanted unlimited hints. Nowadays, Google can guide you to a Yahoo Answer for any puzzle solution, Youtube has a “Let’s Play” detailing every in-game moment, and whole websites are dedicated the minutia of every campaign mission and side quest. Once you figure out that you never really need to struggle through a level if you don’t want to, you might just stop wanting to.

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High-Fives and Dope Slaps: State-wide silly season is upon us

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 15, 2012 02:41 PM

7076488191_973dbe5a77_n.jpgBy Jeff Fish

I’m really sick of writing about Mitt Romney, but he is our former governor and he’s all but clinched the Republican nomination, so I guess I have to. He gets a double-dope slap this week.

Also, I’m already bored of the Senate campaign between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. The only high-five this week is that Massachusetts will finally engage in the Secure Communities Program, a totally reasonable way to deal with illegal immigrants that happen to also be dangerous criminals.

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Conversations with the founder of flash sale site PLNDR

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 15, 2012 10:20 AM

showoff-landing-banner.jpgBy: Melissa Reohr

The Karmaloop/PLNDR offices on Boylston Street have an amazing culture. Even early in the morning, the vibe is upbeat and happy. There’s music playing, hip designers sporting tattoos and  stylish hair, and best of all, there are PUPPIES.

The cool office culture really helps define the mindset of the company and what they’re trying to be: a crazy-fun environment for the up-and-coming generation.

Leandrew Robinson directly translated the culture of the office to his site, PLNDR, an online limited time sale boutique and place to connect and share the latest trends in streetwear.

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Boston Beta educates local entrepreneurial community

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 14, 2012 01:28 PM

montage1.pngBy Marissa Lowman

This city has no shortage of networking events, but Boston Beta aims to educate entrepreneurs and those interested in startups by hosting three different types of events, each with its own unique structure.

After graduating from college and moving from Chicago to San Francisco, Christian Perry founded Boston Beta’s parent organization, beta ltd -- then known as Room Full of People, Inc. -- in 2006. The organization started out hosting events in San Francisco, but due to growing interest, has expanded to Boulder, New York, Seattle, and Boston within the past year. It also maintains an international presence, with chapters in Dublin and Sao Paulo.

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The Reading List: Magic realism

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 12, 2012 10:00 AM

bannedbooks.gifBy Tamar Zmora

At the heart of stories that fall under the umbrella of magic realism are tragedies and despair from histories plagued by violence, warfare, and bloodshed. To escape from the present and the past one must imagine a new reality, and a different way of life. It’s not so much a dream, but a reshaping of the present. When matters are out of our control, and resistance means death, the sublime and phenomenal can uplift the soul and make life a bit more palpable. Infinite possibility lies in these surreal titles, so raise your glass, and get lost in the magic and wonder.

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OPINION: Obama Supports Gay Marriage… So What?

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 11, 2012 11:23 AM

obamalgbt_tngg.jpgBy Michelle Weiser

As a queer woman, I am not jumping for joy at Obama’s “personal acceptance” of gay marriage. My girlfriend went so far as to call it a “slap in the face” and said,  “I’m very wary of applauding a leader tokenizing me and my people to make him look electable.” We have been getting calls from many straight friends congratulating us on the victory and saying how excited we must be. We are not excited.

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College-Budget Cuisine: Guilt Free “Red Velvet” Brownies

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 10, 2012 04:33 PM

DSC_1370.JPGBy Kimberly Karter

With Mother’s Day, grad parties, summer barbeques and picnics on the horizon, take the opportunity to impress your friends and family with a delicious dish. (After all, you won’t want to show up to these gatherings empty-handed!)  

Forget the typical pasta salad or veggie platter; this time, we’re bringing dessert. Not to worry though, these satisfying fudgy brownies are guilt-free because they’re made with a secret ingredient – beets!

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Obama announcement an investment in the youth vote

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 10, 2012 11:35 AM

obamagaymarriage_tngg.jpgBy Matt McQuaid

In a shocking turn of events yesterday, President Obama came out.

...for gay marriage. He came out in favor of gay marriage.

Obama, who had previously taken heat for walking a fine line on the issue, comes in the wake of Biden’s remarks over the weekend in favor of the initiative and recent action by North Carolina banning same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution.

Obama’s forward motion on the controversial issue may seem like a rather daring maneuver midway through an election, but in many ways it is a well calculated ploy. The amount of people who aren’t going to vote for Obama because of his support of same-sex marriage is negligible, as Barney Frank pointed out, and support during an election year will galvanize support from a well-funded movement at a time when the cost of running for the highest office in the land is at an all-time high.

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Bostonians on Obama and gay marriage

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 9, 2012 10:36 PM

On the heels of President Obama's proclamation for his personal support of gay marriage, following North Carolina's ban and Vice President Biden's statement about being all for it, the Twittershpere is abuzz.

We looked through some Twitter streams and found that in general, young people in Boston share the president's opinion. This is what some young Bostonians had to say. (Chosen at random)

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How the Real Housewives teach real life lessons

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 9, 2012 05:06 PM

realhousewives_tngg.jpgBy Megan Riesz

I am a sheep in an infinite flock of young Real Housewives fanatics.

We are a loyal bunch as dedicated to Bravo’s five-year-old enterprise as we are embarrassed by our allegiance to it. The often-bashed series has served us well, as a mechanism for bonding with classmates or feeling better after a bad day. It’s the light at the end of the work tunnel. It’s voyeuristic and thrilling. In other words, it’s an easy way to make small talk – and it’s cheaper than therapy.

Other than Jersey Shore, there is no other franchise that so quickly evokes eye rolls or sneers from those who call themselves immune to such frivolous television. It’s easy to write it off as mindless trash, typical of America’s thirst for theatrics. But it’s possible that Housewives could be leaving a positive footprint in the minds of today’s money-hungry college students.

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BCAE’s newest exhibition celebrates 40 years of Boston's LGBT Pride

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 9, 2012 11:31 AM

gay_liberation_TNGG.jpgBy Lisa Hagen

This isn’t just your average wine and cheese party. To celebrate their upcoming exhibition, the Boston Center for Adult Education will be hosting “Sip the Rainbow,” a cocktail reception that will be held four days after the opening of two Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) pride exhibits.

On May 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at BCAE on 122 Arlington Street, there will be a variety of Grey Goose drinks in different colors to symbolize the gay pride flag. Alejandro Alvarez, lead bartender for The Ki Bar, has concocted three complementary, signature drinks – for a $10 donation.

Marking the 42nd year of the Boston Pride parade, the exhibition coincides with this celebration and traces its transformation in the city since 1970. BCAE will showcase two exhibits from May 14 to June 31: “Pride: 40 Years of Protest & Celebration” and “Fierce Pride: 1992.”

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Leaders council looking for change-makers

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 8, 2012 10:06 AM

NLC Award.jpgBy Katie Lannan 

Upstairs at Hennessey’s on a Monday evening in late April, Lil' Jon was playing over the speakers, drinks were flowing and plates of cheese and crackers were passed around. A standard barroom scene, except for one detail: more than 100 under-30s mingled and made small talk, and many took the chance to casually chat with the Massachusetts attorney general.

Martha Coakley’s in the room--how many times do you get to hang out with the attorney general?” asked Rachel O’h-Uiginn as she surveyed the crowd.

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Internet Memes Invade MIT: ROFLCon 2012

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 7, 2012 02:03 PM

2012-05-05_09-45-06_597.jpgBy Kenny Soto
Paul Vasquez is a filmmaker who lives outside Yosemite National Park. He has never had a hit film or television show. He has never hosted a talk show or directed a commercial. But, at ROFLCon, Paul Vasquez is a celebrity. He describes himself as a guy with a camera who wants to make sure his “great, great, great, great, great grandchildren can see what I was like.”

This weekend at the third annual ROFLCon at MIT, Vasquez signed autographs, posed for pictures and spoke in front of a crowd of hundreds about his life and his art. Paul Vasquez is the “Double Rainbow Guy.”

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The 20-Something Bridesmaid: Say yes to the bridesmaid dress

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 6, 2012 05:00 PM

bridesmaid dresses.jpgBy Bethany O'Meara

Perhaps the top thing that women associate with the task of being a bridesmaid -- even more so than taking part in the pre-wedding festivities or being in the wedding itself -- is the dress. It’s almost a tradition in and of itself for bridesmaids to worry about spending lots of money on an ”ugly” dress that they’ll only wear once.

Fortunately, modern brides are fairly conscious of the stigma attached to bridesmaid dresses, and given the recent trend towards cocktail party-appropriate selections from popular retailers like J. Crew and Ann Taylor, today’s bridesmaids have it better than ever before. Still, my advice for dress shopping is to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

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Young professionals ‘give opportunities’ to a younger generation through GOTO

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 6, 2012 09:22 AM

goto boston spring gala.JPGBy Kaily Nash

When you sit down with down with Meaghan Louise, Lindsay Ting, and Sarah Williams, you immediately feel at ease. Each young woman has a very different personality, yet when they get together at the same table, everything just seems to mesh together perfectly.

You could say the same thing about GOTO (Giving Opportunities To Others), the volunteer organization that the trio spends a significant amount of time promoting. Although the organization is made up of five different committees -- scholarship, event, marketing, membership, and development -- and has over 20 volunteers, all of those involved continually come together to achieve their ultimate goal: enriching the lives of a younger generation.

To that end, GOTO Boston is hosting their “Guys in Ties & Girls in Pearls” spring gala on Saturday, May 19, at Space with a Soul. If you’re over the legal drinking age, get out your Nantucket Reds and best polo for a night full of preppy fun (and an open bar).

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School Secrets: 5 things to know about Suffolk

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 5, 2012 05:35 PM

suffolk university logo.jpgBy Melissa Werthmann

In 1906, a young lawyer by the name of Gleason L. Archer founded the Suffolk School of Law, which grew into the more diverse Suffolk University. The school currently has about 9,500 students, and many of its graduates have gone on to become successful politicians and authors. Popular YouTube personality Jenna Marbles even holds a degree from Suffolk.

Here are five great things about life at Suffolk.

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Treat yourself with sweet treats from Brookline’s Serenade Chocolatier

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 4, 2012 05:47 PM

Serenade Eric B. Lee2.jpgBy Christi Kim

When you're in need of a quick sugar rush, you can find chocolate at plenty of places in this city. But if you’re looking for sweets that look beautiful and taste delicious, the place to go is Brookline Village’s Serenade Chocolatier. The shop’s creative chocolate designs -- all of which are made in-store -- make great gifts for a friend, family member, or coworkers -- or yourself.

“We’ve been around for 26 years now, and we’ve always made our own chocolate right here in our open kitchen,” said Nur Kilic, Serenade’s owner. “We make about 55-56 different types of chocolates a week. We experiment, we change some things. Some things are standard, some things are seasonal.”

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Leavin’ on a jet plane? Grab a bite at these Logan Airport eateries

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 4, 2012 09:09 AM

logan airport.jpgBy Ali Robbins Hyatt

If you fly a lot for work, one perk is the frequent flier miles and hotel points that you can cash in for free vacations. Being a road warrior myself, I’ll admit that that part’s not half bad. One of the not-so-perks, however, is the amount of time you spend in airports. But since you can’t really avoid it, you may as well enjoy yourself while you’re there.

As someone who has spent many hours grabbing oatmeal and sandwiches en route to her next flight out of Logan Airport, I’ve learned to not just order from the first place I see (partially thanks to the trusty GateGuru app). Broken down by terminal, here are my picks for the best bites.

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JP-based Endowment for Unexceptional Humans rewards average people's big dreams

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 3, 2012 05:55 PM

the endowment for unexceptional humans.pngBy Katie Lannan

Amy Clark is unexceptional.

She is a writer, a college professor, and a tutor. She’s volunteered in Tanzania, and she’s started a scholarship foundation. But if it was up to a college admissions board, Clark said, she probably wouldn’t earn a traditional scholarship herself.

“I wasn’t an all-A student in high school,” she said. “If I’d had to rely exclusively on scholarships, I wouldn’t have made it. I would not have met those merit requirements.”

Clark sees the availability of merit scholarships as creating a disparity between students of varying incomes, where those with financial need have to succeed at a higher level to receive the help they need to pay for college. To help close this gap, Clark -- along with her husband Scott Thomson and friend Jeremy Bushnell -- founded The Endowment for Unexceptional Humans, a Jamaica Plain-based charity that provides grants and scholarships based on a unique set of criteria.

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Boston-area job postings, week of April 30

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 3, 2012 01:34 PM

help glowing.jpgWhether it’s that first gig out of college, a dream job, or a career change, Millennials are looking for jobs. And, let’s face it -- the market is tough, and you can use all the help you can get…which is where we come in.

Each week, TNGG Boston will feature a few postings we think you might enjoy.* If you’re a company looking for great young talent, or if you just have a tip about a cool job, email boston@tngg.co with the details.

*Note: TNGG has not received compensation of any kind from these companies. We just think they’re cool opportunities with interesting companies!

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7 must-go May shows

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 3, 2012 09:47 AM

concert crowd.jpgBy Mike Flanagan

Finals are over (or at least they're about to be), and after all that "fun," I’m sure everyone's going to be in the mood this month to spend his extra T/gas/lunch/textbook money on as much alcohol as a human body can feasibly hold. Why not spend a little more and put a soundtrack to these last weeks of school and first weeks of summer?

Here are my recommendations for can't-miss shows during the month of May.

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Nerd Nite Boston offers a relaxed, quirky alternative to the typical bar scene

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 2, 2012 05:57 PM

nerd nite boston.jpgBy Alex Masurovsky

If you ever find yourself sitting in class thinking, “This would be a lot better if I had a beer to sip on,” or wishing you could knock a few back to ease your stage fright before a big presentation, you’ll want to swing over to Cambridge -- the Hub’s “nerd hub,” if you will -- for Nerd Nite. If the creative spelling doesn’t draw you in, perhaps you’ll find yourself intrigued by the sheer tenacity of an event that seeks attendance from a crowd notorious for staying in -- or you might “secretly” be a nerd yourself.

At Nerd Nite, “nerds and non-nerds alike gather to meet, drink, and learn something new,” according to the event’s website -- and gather they do. Nerd Nite got its start in 2003 at Jamaica Plain’s Midway Café and is now a regular event in over 36 cities, including spots in Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia. The Boston group currently holds its meetups at Middlesex Lounge.

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Celebrate summer vacation at these 4 Boston-area weekend events

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 2, 2012 01:39 PM

today is calendar day.pngSo much to do, so little time -- and so many event listings and Facebook invites to comb through! Lucky for you, we here at TNGG Boston can also fill in as your social planners. Each week, we’ll feature a few weekend events we think you should check out.* If you know of an upcoming event that might appeal to our audience, email boston@tngg.co with the details.

*Note: TNGG is not receiving compensation of any kind to promote these events. We just think they sound like fun!

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Silent discos, Boston's Silent Storm Sound System take the party 'a little bit softer now'

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 2, 2012 09:00 AM

421464_10150600153088123_97848938122_9482080_1402439976_n.jpgBy Rachel Pennellatore

I first encountered a “silent disco” back in June 2010 at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.; the quiet dance parties have been a staple attraction of the annual festival since DJ Robbie “Motion Potion” Kowal played in 2005. At first, in the dark, the silent disco just looked like a tent full of people dancing to nothing in the middle of the night (hey, you’re on vacation, go for it). But when they suddenly broke out into a perfectly synchronized chorus -- not unlike a flash mob -- I knew I had to take a closer look.

When you enter a silent disco area, you’re handed a pair of wireless headphones. Once you put them on, what was before a strange scene becomes a concept that makes total sense: The DJ’s songs are broadcast to each set headset, rather than through a traditional speaker system. By containing the noise, silent discos open up a whole new realm of dance party locations.

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A 'shot' of summertime: 6 seasonal shots you can find near Fenway

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 1, 2012 06:00 PM

summertime shot recipes.jpgBy Alison Amorello

I have good news and bad news.

First, the good news: The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the Red Sox are back in town for the summer -- all of which means that it’s the perfect time to make a trip to Fenway.

Now, the bad news: The T ride to the ballpark is bound to be sweaty, it can be hard to play hookey from work in order to catch a game in person, and the Sox haven’t exactly been a portrait of consistency when it comes to, you know, actually winning games this season.

What’s a Bostonian to do? Rather than jumping off the bandwagon with all of the other fair-weather fans, sit back, relax, and have a drink. Plenty of ballpark-area bars offer refreshing, delicious summertime shots that'll give you the perfect taste of the season when you're looking for a good time -- or will go down easy if you need to ease the pain of another loss.

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High-Fives and Dope Slaps: Could Mass. politicians invade Washington in November?

Posted by Alex Pearlman May 1, 2012 09:44 AM

john kerry secretary of state.jpgBy Jeff Fish

It's officially May now, but despite the calendar change, things on both the state and national political scenes are pretty much the same: It’s still, and will continue to be, anyone’s game in the Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren election, although the former has picked up some key Democratic endorsements. While only one candidate can win the seat, a rumor is buzzing around that Sen. John Kerry could have a spot in President Obama’s cabinet, which would stir things up in the Senate.

In other news, Gov. Deval Patrick and his predecessor are getting a dope slap and a high-five, respectively -- Patrick for putting the ol' “there are more important issues” label on medical marijuana and Romney for doing something decent and showing his human side.

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