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The Hard Rock Cafe Relocates

6/30/2007 11:01:00 PM 1 Response
As you may have already noticed, the Hard Rock Cafe closed its doors last week after 18 years at its location in the Back Bay/South End area. What you may not know is that the new Hard Rock Cafe is opening up on Monday July 2nd in the location that formerly housed The Rack in Fanuil Hall.

The new Hard Rock Cafe Boston will be one of the city’s largest entertainment destinations, with more than 16,000-square feet of space, including a 514-seat restaurant, a live music area for concerts and special events

I'm not exactly sure when the opening ceremony will be (but if i find out I will update my post) but a bunch of local celebs will be there and they will be smashing 71 guitars to commemorate the founding of the very first Hard Rock Cafe in London in 1971. You read correctly.....71 guitars.....what a waste. Maybe they could donate 71 guitars signed by these celebs to some underprivileged kids instead and do something productive.

Anyway, here's a list of the celebs (if you can call them that) that will be attending:

Tom Menino - mayor
Barry Goudreau - original guitarist for the rock band Boston
James Montgomery - blues singer
Damone - rock band
Jordan Knight - former New Kid On The Block
Blue Man Group
Phil Kessel - Bruins player
Rita Gilligan - Employee at the London Hard Rock who has been there since it opened in 1971

I think of the whole bunch, Rita has the most impressive credentials. I haven't really heard of anyone else other than the mayor.

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The Shamrock Cup

6/29/2007 02:41:00 PM 0 Responses
Tonight at 6pm, doors open for the first annual Shamrock Cup. The Shamrock Cup pits 1 of the best amateur boxers from the Connemara Boxing Club in Ireland against the finest from the South Boston Boxing Club. The event starts at 7pm.

The Shamrock Cup tournament takes place on Friday, June 29, at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. at the IBEW Hall, 256 Freeport Street in Dorchester. Admission is $20.00.

The South Boston Boxing Club, located at the Curley Recreation Center/L Street Bathhouse, was started in 2003 by community leaders to provide sports programs for local youth. Former professional boxer Danny Long, a South Boston native and Boston police officer, is the head coach.

For more informationa, call 617-635-1416. Or go (here). Read the Globe article about the event (here).

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Premium Concert Tickets

6/28/2007 03:26:00 PM 1 Response
This is for all of you out there with some serious disposable income. Ticketmaster and the other ticket vendors have been trying out different ways to make more of tickets and compete with the ticket scalpers of the world. Here's a few inside tips on concerts coming up soon.

Ticketmaster is holding an auction (here) for front row tickets to the Police reunion concert in Fenway Park. There are 2 concerts 7/28 and 7/29. Current bids for tickets:

7/28 concert - $410 each
7/29 concertt - $360 each

Other Awesome Concerts
TD Banknorth also has a VIP program that sets aside premium seats for people with $$$. This one's a little more secretive. Click (here) to goto the login page and use the password "insiders" Inside you will see available seats for the concerts below. Tickets for JT and Beyonce are hard to come by, so get them while their hot. The password probably keeps alot of people out. But that's what I'm here for. =)

Cirque du Soleil presents Delirium 6/29/2007 8:00:00 PM
Cirque du Soleil presents Delirium [Afternoon] 6/30/2007 3:00:00 PM
Cirque du Soleil presents Delirium [Evening] 6/30/2007 8:00:00 PM
Cirque du Soleil presents Delirium 7/1/2007 8:00:00 PM
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill [Thursday] 7/5/2007 7:30:00 PM
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill [Friday] 7/6/2007 7:30:00 PM
Roger Waters 7/9/2007 8:00:00 PM
John Mayer 7/17/2007 7:30:00 PM
Justin Timberlake [Center Stage] 8/10/2007 7:30:00 PM
Beyonce 8/12/2007 7:30:00 PM

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Toyota's Mobile Hybrid Museum

6/28/2007 01:34:00 PM 0 Responses
I know that I've already told everyone about Harborfest, but I was just informed of a special exhibit that Toyota is going to have there: The Mobile Hybrid Museum. (Thanks, Lyndsey!). According to the official website for the event (here) they'll be at Harborfest for a 6 day span starting Friday.

So if you're headed over to Harborfest at all this next week, swing by and check out the new Toyota Hybrids (Prius, Camry, and Highlander). I believe it was just a month ago that Toyota beat out GM for the #1 spot, so they must be doing something right.

Now, if they had a prototype of their Hybrid FT-HS (see link here and drool), then I'd be at the exhibit everyday throwing elbows so I could be first in line. That car would probably make Batman jealous.

For those of you that are serious about saving the environment, here's the plan: stop eyeing that Escalade, hug a tree, recycle that Diet Coke can you're holding, and check out some of these hybrid cars. It's probably the best way to learn about them without having to deal with sleazy car salesmen. Besides, gas ain't gonna get any cheaper.

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Frog Pond Opening Ceremony

6/27/2007 05:09:00 AM 0 Responses
Happy Hump Day. Only 2 more days until the Grand Opening of the Boston Common Frog Pond for the summer. On Friday, June 29th at 11am, the Frog Pond Wading Pool will officially open for the summer.

The opening will kick off with a beach party celebration with "refreshments, entertainment, artists workshops, and storytellers from ReadBoston. If Friday ends up being as hot as it was yesterday, I can't think of anything better than getting a lemonade from one of the stands in the Common, rolling up my pants and wading through Frog Pond and then spending the remainder of the afternoon working on my tan.

Frog Pond is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Labor Day. The facility is managed by the Boston Common Frog Pond Foundation and staffed by youth workers from the Boston Youth Fund. Official Website (here)

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Harborfest 2007

6/26/2007 11:19:00 AM 0 Responses
So many festivals, so little time. This whole 'going to work' thing is really putting a damper on my summer activities. I hope everyone had a chance to go to the Phantom Gourmet's BBQ Beach Party. This Thursday marks the start of the 26th Annual Boston Harborfest. Partying starts on the 28th of June and will go on all way up to July 4th.

The opening ceremony takes place at Noon on Thursday at Fanuil Hall and there will be over 200 daily events spanning the seven day celebration. In the words of the official website: (here) Boston Harborfest 2007 is a seven-day long Fourth of July festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston.

There's so much going on, that I can't hope to type it all out here. But I will post a few of the highlights and leave links here for you for easy access.

Sunday July 1 - City Hall Plaza - Chowderfest
Monday July 2 - City Hall Plaza - Children's Day
Daily Live Music - see (here) for schedule and performers.

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BoA Pavilion Summer Concerts

6/26/2007 11:04:00 AM 0 Responses
The Summer Concert Series at the Bank of America Pavilion kicks off tonight, June 26th with a concert by Morriseey and Kristeen Young. You can get tickets to any of the shows at LiveNation (here). See below for a few of the upcoming concerts, additional concerts can be found at the LiveNation link.

June 26 - Morrissey & Kristeen Young
June 30 - Rick Springfield with Eddie Money, Patty Smyth
July 10 - Bob Weir & Ratdog / Keller Williams
July 12 - Travis
July 13 - Diana Krall
July 18 - Widespread Panic
July 25 - Boz Scaggs
July 30 - The Moody Blues
July 31 - Deep Purple & Blue Oyster Cult
August 3 - Bryan Adams
August 6 - Beastie Boys
August 7-8 - Allman Brothers
August 12 - WBCN's Band Camp: Incubus, The Bravery, and more
August 28 - WAAF Dirty Summer Circus: Hinder, Papa Roach, and more

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Folk Dancing by the Fountain

6/25/2007 03:26:00 PM 0 Responses
I'm always looking for stuff to do in the city. Trivia nights at bars are always nice, I was a bit of a Trivial Pursuit geek back in the day. Here's an interesting one to put into your calendars for Tuesdays.

The Folk Arts Center of New England is hosting a summer folk dance series from June through August. Don't know how to folk dance? They'll teach you. Dances are held in Copley Square near the corner of Clarendon and Boylston Streets on the plaza in front of historic Trinity Church.

Dances are held each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 10pm. Best of all, admission is free. See below for this summer's schedule.

June 26 New England contra dancing with caller Tony Parkes & musicians Carol Bittenson, Jim Guinness, and Roberta Sutter

July 3 Teaching by Andy Taylor-Blenis & Dana Sussman
July 10 Teaching by Marcie Van Cleave & Andy Taylor-Blenis
July 17 Teaching by Marcie Van Cleave & Andy Taylor-Blenis
July 24 Teaching by Marcie Van Cleave & Andy Taylor-Blenis
July 31 Teaching by Jo Crawford & Dan Pearl

August 7 Teaching by Marcie Van Cleave; music by Shining Moon
August 14 Teaching by Jonathan Young & Janet Yeracaris
August 21 Teaching by Marcie Van Cleave & Jonathan Young
August 28 Teaching by Marcie Van Cleave; music by the Cambridge Folk Orchestra

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Miss Massachusetts

6/25/2007 03:16:00 PM 0 Responses
The Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant took place this past weekend. Congratulations go out to Miss Valerie Amaral who won the competition and will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant.

There's suprisingly little news out there on this event. Even the wikipedia entry for Miss Massachusetts hasn't been updated yet. Anyhoo, congratulations to Miss Amaral and good luck with the Miss America pageant.

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Hollywood in MA Part II

6/25/2007 10:57:00 AM 1 Response
I posted a couple weeks ago about Good News Holdings and their interest in opening a movie studio in MA. You can read the original article (here). When posting previously, I had mentioned that one of the key pieces to the puzzle was that GNH was waiting to see if MA would provide some additional tax breaks, well we're halfway there.

Last Wednesday, the House voted 153 - 1 in favor of House Bill 4043 to make lower-budget film productions ($50K and up) eligible for tax incentives. The original threshold was $250K and up. The bill will be voted on in the Senate "in the near future."

My master plan is all falling into place.

Step 1 - movie studio opens in MA
Step 2 - celebrities move to MA to be close to work
Step 3 - I open a Pinkberry franchise and all the celebrities go there
Step 4 - Profit!

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Beacon Hill Pink Ribbon Bash

6/23/2007 05:52:00 PM 0 Responses
Feeling charitable today? Get your drink on and support a good cause at the same time tonight 6B Louge in Beacon Hill. 6B is hosting its first ever Pink Ribbon Bash in support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation. Festivities start at 8pm and go until 2am.

They will be holding raffles for prizes such as Red Sox Tickets and "More". Who knows what "more" is, but it's for a great cause. There will also be a light buffet at 9pm and DJ Azure will be spinning tonight. Cost is $15 at the door and 100% of the cover will be donated to charity. Bartenders tonight will also be donating 100% of their tips. It doesn't get more generous than that.

In addition, the signature drink of tonight will be the Pink Lady Martini. $1 from each Pink Lady sold will also be donated. So fellows, take your ladies out for drinks, support a good cause, and have yourself a Pink Lady.

Did you see that episode of How I Met Your Mother where Marshall talks about how he loves fruity drinks but he's afraid to order them because he'll be ridiculed? Well If you're a fan of the fruity drinks, go and have as many Pink Ladies as you want, it's for charity after all.

P.S. If you don't watch How I Met Your Mother, you should pick up the DVD sets. The show is LEGEN...........wait for it..........dary.

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WCOD Chowder Festival

6/23/2007 05:36:00 PM 0 Responses
It's 5:30pm on Saturday. If you're participating in the beer marathon, you're about five and a half hours in. If you're pacing yourself, that means you've had about 11 beers so far. 15 more to go. You can do it! (Happy Gilmore-style)

While you're nursing your hangover Sunday morning, head over to Hyannis for the 27th Annual WCOD Chowder festival where the best chefs on Cape Cod compete for your votes. The event will take place Sunday, June 24th from 11am to 3pm. Tickets are $15 at the door at the Cape Cod Melody Tent. BBQ is also a good way to get read of a hangover, so if you haven't been to the Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party yet, Sunday is the last day.

See below for a list of the competing restaurants and click (here) for the offical event website.

Molly's Restaurant & Pub (West Yarmouth)
Bobby Byrnes Restaurant & Pub (Hyannis)
British Beer Company (Hyannis)
Outback Steakhouse (Hyannis)
Riverway Lobsterhouse (South Yarmouth)
Fresh Ketch (Hyannis)
Wee Packet Restaurant (Dennisport)
The Skipper Restaurant & Chowderhouse (South Yarmouth)
The Lobster Boat Restaurant (West Yarmouth)
Old Country Buffet (Hyannis)
The Copper Top Tavern @ The Claddagh Inn (West Harwich)
Rumpy's Beef & Reef @ The Dockside (Hyannis)

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The Great Boston Beer Marathon

6/22/2007 02:01:00 PM 1 Response
I was just made aware of this event on Wednesday when I asked a buddy of mine what he was up to on Saturday. I felt hungover just hearing him talk about it. 26 bars in 14 hours - that's about 1.8 beers per hour. I've never really quantified my drinks like that before and paced myself over a 14 hr span. But 26 beers in a day sounds painful.

But if you're up for it, on Saturday June 23rd, gear up for the 2nd Annual Great Boston Beer Marathon. Online signups have ended but they still have spots left. Get there early (11am) and register at the door for $25. The marathon is scheduled to start at noon at Game On! behind Fenway Park. Beer is NOT included in the registration fee.

Here's what you get for your $25:
  • Official Great Boston Beer Marathon t-Shirt
  • Official Beer Bottle Openers
  • Party Beads & Chachki
  • Maps & Runners cards
  • Rockstar Energy Drink to energize for the Marathon!
  • Waived cover at each of the Highlighted Bars
  • Viking Helmets for the first 100 to the finish line
  • Free Pizza at the End of the Night
  • Entry into raffle for 37 inch LCD High-Definition Television
  • Beer is not included in the ticket price

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Where to Get an Iphone

6/22/2007 10:58:00 AM 0 Responses
I'm not sure how much craziness is going to ensue, with people camping out to get their hands on an Iphone. So, I figured I would post a week early in case you need time to run out and get a sleeping bag and a tent. You also probably want to call one of these stores to make sure they're going to have the Iphone on the release date which is June 29th at 6pm. Happy hunting everyone, I'm still trying to get my hands on a Wii, so I'll be passing on this one.

AT&T Corporate Stores
647 Boylston St, Boston
290 Washington St, Boston
371 Washington St, Boston
1329 Beacon St, Brookline
75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington
1 Central Sq, Cambridge
860 Providence Highway, Dedham
50-60 Worcester Road, Framingham
25 Franklin Village Drive, Franklin
98 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke
50 Holyoke St, Holyoke
769 Lyannough Road, Hyannis
1224 Lyannough Road, Hyannis
90 Pleasant Valley St, Methuen
1250 South Washington St, North Attleborough
999 Wouth Wasthington Street, North Attleborough
88 Needham St, Newton
140 Main St, Northampton
1 Sylvan St, Peabody
1395 North Main St, Randolph
Route 1, South Main St, Saugus
475 Winter St, Waltham
1018 Riverdale St, West Springfield
310 Lowell St, Wilmington
453 Park Ave, Worcester

Apple Stores
250 Granite St, Braintree
75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington
100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge
199 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill
94 Derby Shoppes, Hingham
210 Andover St, Peabody

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I Owe Anonyomous A Cookie

6/22/2007 10:22:00 AM 0 Responses
Thanks again to everyone for your continued support. Today marks the 1 month point for the Beantown Bloggery and things are off to a great start. [Anonymous] left a comment yesterday on my posting about Mass. Ave being closed this weekend that I owed him/her a cookie. If I knew who you were, I would. But since I don't, here are a few great places so everyone can go out and get their own. PS. I love comments, keep them coming.

Cookie Place #1
Finale has been around for a few years now, I believe they have 3 locations now. Park Plaza, Harvard Sq, and Coolidge Corner. It's a great place to take a date. Their signature dish is their molten chocolate cake. I'm a big fan of their creme brulee. Also, if you get takeout from their bakery, you can get their cookies. They are a little on the small side, but quite delicious.

Cookie Place #2
Garden of Eden
This South End Bakery has indoor and outdoor dining and a bakery that you can get takeout from. Having lived right next to the Garden of Eden a year or so ago, I used to run in and grab a cookie on my walk home from work on a regular basis. These cookies are huge and delicious. The oatmeal raisin is awesome and so is the dark chocolate chip.

Cookie Place #3
Petsi's Pies
I could tell you to go to Petsi's for the cookies, but you'd come back and tell me I'm crazy. The cookies there are wonderful, but the pies are even better. If you're a food person and you haven't heard of or, goto those websites and check them out. I like the reviews I find there better than the ones I can find on citysearch. For example: (here)

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The Red Tide Cometh

6/21/2007 11:57:00 AM 0 Responses
A no-harvesting order has been issued along the North Shore for mussels and soft-shell clams after red tide spread from southern Maine to Gloucester. Being a big fan of seafood and eating in general, I just thought I'd pass this little tidbit along.

Red Tide is a seasonal algal bloom of algae that causes a buildup of toxins in certain shellfish. Learn more about it (here) on Wikipedia. Also, there's an article in today's Globe (here) that provides a few more regionally specific details. According to the article, only clams and mussels are affected while lobsters, shrimp, crabs, and other fish are not.

But if it makes you nervous, maybe it's best to avoid local seafood for a little while. Stick to the imported stuff like my favorite the Chilean Sea Bass aka the Patagonian Toothfish. I kid you not, that's the real name. But fisherman realized no one would ever eat it if they called it by its real name, so they made up a new one. MMMMmMMMM Patagonian Toothfish.......

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Avoid Mass Ave This Weekend

6/21/2007 11:38:00 AM 1 Response
Four blocks of Mass. Ave., from Waterhouse Street to Wendell Street starting at 6pm on Friday, June 22 until 5am on Monday, June 25. If you can guess why, you win a pat on a back and a cookie.

If you guessed: repaving the road - you're wrong. If you guessed: street festival - you're still wrong. If you guessed: so Harvard can move three buildings that they own about a block and a half North, then I owe you a cookie.

That's right folks. If you were planning on driving up Mass Ave. in Cambridge this weekend, think again. Harvard's Ukrainian House, Baker House, and what's described as a 'carriage house' will be lifted and moved on hydraulic lifts this weekend so that Harvard can build something else there. Apparently this process will take 3 WHOLE DAYS!

Click (here) for more details courtesy of the Boston Herald. Good thing I prefer spending my time in Boston and not Cambridge. For those of you driving in Cambridge, I' sure there will be lots of people that didn't get the memo, so anticipate that traffic will be horrible all throughout that area.

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Summer in the City @ Boston Harbor Hotel

6/21/2007 10:27:00 AM 0 Responses
Starting tonight June 21st, the Boston Harbor Hotel kicks off their 9th annual "Summer in the City" series. This annual series starts tonight and runs through August. Like I've said before, we only get a few months of warm weather, so spend as much time outdoors as you can.

So what exactly does this "Summer in the City" entail? It's a series of free weekly events during the evenings that take place on a floating barge outside the Boston Harbor Hotel. More details can be found (here) at their official website. Here's a general overview of what you can look forward to.

Summer Soul Tuesdays - R&B and soul singers with their bands this summer including Ray Greene, Soul City and World Premier Band

Summer Swing Wednesdays - dance the night away with family and friends to the sounds of the White Heat Orchestra

Blues Barge Thursdays - come hear some of the hottest local and national blues artists

Movies by Moonlight Fridays - revisit a few of time’s most memorable films such as Roman Holiday and To Kill a Mockingbird.

And for you geeky science people out there. Today is the summer solstice - the first official day of summer.

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The Bloggery Finds a New Home

6/20/2007 09:33:00 PM 0 Responses
Welcome to the new digs. I'm still using Blogger to host my blog, but now my new address is slightly easier to remember. Tell your friends. Spread the word.

Unfortunately, I've lost all my diggs. But hopefully there will be more to come in the future. To all my current readers, thank you for your support. I will see everyone tomorrow. Same bat time.....same bat channel.

BOGO Jamba Juice

6/20/2007 11:10:00 AM 0 Responses
There's nothing better than a cold refreshing drink on a hot summer day. Actually I take that back. I suppose two cold refreshing drinks for the price of one, would be better. That's exactly what's going on at Jamba Juice right now if you have (this) coupon. Limit one per customer per visit. So that means from now until July 4th when the offer expires, I should print out 14 copies of this coupon. All I need now is a smoothie buddy.

There's only 1 Jamba Juice that I know of in the vicinity. If you know of others, please let me know and I will post those addresses as well.

Jamba Juice
Boston University / Boston
775 Commonwealth Ave.

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Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party

6/20/2007 11:00:00 AM 0 Responses
Happy Hump Day. Per usual, I'm already thinking about the weekend. And what a weekend it's going to be. Let's start off with the Phantom Gourmet's BBQ Beach Party which will be going on June 22, 23, 24 from 10am to 10pm each day at Boston City Hall Plaza. Were you there a few weeks ago for the Scooper Bowl? Well it's time to go back.

I'm not sure I can think of anything better right now that a cold beer and a plate of BBQ while hanging out in the warm weather. The Village Smokehouse (see review) was pretty amazing, but this event will feature BBQ from restaurants in Memphis, Texas, Ohio, Virginia, etc. It's gonna be remarkable.

Admission is $10. Beers are $5. And food ranges from $5-$15 depending on what you're getting. Click (here) for details from the official event website.

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Summer Activity 3: Work on Your Tan

6/19/2007 04:03:00 PM 0 Responses
After spending 6 months in sweaters, unless you fake bake, you're probably pretty pale. Don't worry, you're not alone. Now that the weather has warmed up and the layers are coming off, it's time to work on your tan. And the best place to work on your tan: the pool.

This past weekend, the city's outdoor pools opened for the summer.

2 pools the Clougherty Pool on Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown and the Mirabella Pool in the North end will be open every day from 11am to 7pm through September.

Here's a list of other pools in the area:

Draper Pool - West Roxbury
Flaherty Pool - Roslindale
Harborside - East Boston
Hennigan - Jamaica Plain
Holland - Dorchester
Madison Park -Roxbury
Marshall - Dorchester
Mason Pool - Roxbury
Mattahunt - Mattapan
Murphy - Dorchester
Paris Street Pool - East Boston

You can find contact information (here) if you'd like to call and see what their hours of operation are.

And if you're a high roller, the Colonnade Hotel Roof Top Pool is available to the public Monday-Friday during the summers from 8am to 8pm for a $30 entrance fee per day. It's free for guests of the hotel.

Boston's only Roof Top Pool, nicknamed RTP, is an exquisite spot for dining al fresco, with captivating views of the Boston cityscape. Sunset cocktails, summer outings and seasonal events are all popular uses for this one-of-a-kind spot. Come take a break at RTP and enjoy an invigorating swim, read a book, or just relax in the sun.

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Jose McIntyre's Block Party

6/19/2007 03:55:00 PM 0 Responses
Jose McIntyre - "Boston's only Irish Mexican Pub" is hosting their 15th Annual Block Party this Thursday, June 21st. There is no better way to spend your hump day than hanging out outside, listening to Joshua Tree (U2 Cover Band) while sipping a frozen margarita. The weather has been great this week. Spend some time outdoors. God knows you spend enough time sitting in your cubical.

The festivities begin at 5pm and go until 11pm - just in time to hit up another bar. Proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. So do your part to save lives - have a couple beers.

Jose McIntyre's
160 Milk Street
Boston, MA

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Summer Activity 2: Go to Aruba

6/18/2007 10:40:00 PM 2 Responses
Need a break from Boston? Summer is the season for travel. You're out of school. Or perhaps your kids are out of school. Time to take a load off. I've got the perfect place......ARUBA. If you don't have a tree at home that money happens to grows on, then here's a few tips that will help you out.

Tip 1: On June 30, JetBlue will add Saturday-only nonstop service to Aruba with fares ranging between $149-$399 each way.

Tip 2: Go to and make it your best friend. If you've never heard of Priceline, that will be your other best friend. But basically, biddingfortravel is a bulletin board where people post the lowest prices that they've received via Priceline. I'm going to focus on the part of the website with hotel listings. Scroll down or click (here) to see the board that features Aruba and the prices that people have successfully bid on for hotels/resorts.

Tip 3: Google "priceline maximum rebids" to learn about the art of free rebids on Priceline when trying to get a hotel or resort.

Tip 4: Be sure to reapply sunscreen after you go for a dip in the ocean. Otherwise you'll burn. Most sunscreen isn't nearly as waterproof as they claim to be.

If you're interested in more specifics on the whole Priceline & Biddingfortravel strategy, leave a comment and if there is enough demand then I'll write a couple more posts on the subject.

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First Time Home Buyers

6/17/2007 10:24:00 AM 0 Responses
Prudential Real Estate is hosting a FREE first time home buyer seminar on Tuesday June 19. As most of you have noticed, the real estate market has been in a bit of a slump lately. I take that back. The normal real estate market in the Boston area has been in a bit of a slump. The luxury condo market is still on fire.

For the most part, I personally haven't seen huge decreases in pricing, but what I have seen is increasing inventory. There's alot of stuff on the market these days. And while some experts think the end is near, and others think we're in for another 1-2 years of pain, I think it's always best to be prepared.

If you are first time home buyer (which I will be in who knows how many years once I manage to save enough for a down payment) then it wouldn't hurt to check out this seminar. I'm sure they'll try to hook you in to use them as their real estate agents or what not, but hey information is information. Just stick to your guns and let them know that you're just there to learn. Peer pressure is bad.

Who: You
What: Free First Time Home Buyer Seminar
When: Tuesday June 19, 2007 (time unknown)
Where: Holiday Inn Brookline (1200 Beacon Street)
Why: Cause you have nothing better to do on a Tuesday

RSVP by calling 617-264-7900 or going to their website (here)

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Summer Activity 1: Picking Your Own Fruit

6/16/2007 03:52:00 PM 0 Responses
Looking for something to do outside so you can enjoy the warm weather? Look no further. Beantown Bloggery proudly presents our Summer Activity Series with our debut activity: fruit picking. Being in the New England are, there's actually quite the variety to choose from. Below we'll outline the best 'seasons' for each of the fruits.

Strawberries: Mid-June through Early July.
Blueberries: Mid-July through Mid-August.
Raspberries: Early July until Fall.

Apple picking is in the Fall, so we'll leave that for another post. Lastly, here are a couple of nearby farms that will be happy to indulge you in your fruit picking adventures.

Connors Farm: Route 35 in Danvers
Lookout Farm: Route 16 in Natick

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Mix 98.5 Summer Concert Series

6/16/2007 03:41:00 PM 0 Responses
Mix 98.5, the radio station, is hosting a summer concert series in the south Garden at the Prudential Center mall. If it rains, the concerts will take place in the Food Court. Nothing like a live serenade while you're wolfing down a burrito from Qdoba or some chicken teriyaki from Sakkio. MMmMMMMmm......chicken teriyaki..........

Anyhoo, the first of the concerts starts this Monday, June 18th. All concerts will start at 12:30pm. So if you're out shopping during this fine summer weather, stop in for some lunch and a free concert.

June 18th - Paolo Nutini
June 28th - Emerson Hart
July 12 - The Click Five
July 16th - Mandy Moore

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Download 2007

6/15/2007 04:10:00 PM 0 Responses
Do you like live music? Do you like lots of live music all at once? Well, Download 2007 is coming to Boston on August 18th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning, Saturday 6/16 at 10am.

For more information on the music festival, head over to the offical website (here) and then if you'd like to purchase tickets, head over to the Livenation site (here).

Current headliners for the festival:

Modest Mouse
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Neko Case
Wolf Parade
Band of Horses

Like I said previously, the concert is on August 18th and it will be held at teh Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. This might be one of the last times you get to go to the "Tweeter Center." Now that Tweeter has filed bankrupty and given up it's naming rights, who knows, maybe one day it'll be the Beantown Bloggery Center in Mansfield, MA.

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Cambidge River Festival

6/15/2007 03:57:00 PM 0 Responses
Happy Friday Everyone. Hope you've all made it through the week relatively unscathed. Tomorrow (6/16/07), the Cambridge Arts Council is hosting their 28th annual Cambridge River Festival.

This year's theme is "Twist and Shout" and the festivities begin at noon until 6pm. Seeing as how it's a River Festival, the partying will commence along the banks of the Charles River on Mem Drive between JFK Street and Western Ave.

There will be four stages with various performers: dance, jazz, gospel msuic, world music, and moder music. There will also be a children's stage with free music/dance lessons.

So bring the whole family, check out some of the music, pick something up at the Art Bazaar and grab a snack at the World of Food.

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American Beer Festival

6/14/2007 02:20:00 PM 2 Responses
This weekend, the Beer Advocate presents the 3rd annual American Beer Fest. I went last year and it was a great time. Lucky thing that I lived close enough that i managed to crawl home. Remember kids, don't drink and drive.

Who: You

What: American Beer Fest

When: June 15th & 16th

Where: The Cyclorama @ The Boston Center for the Arts.

Why: Because beer is delicious

Details (here) on the festivities.

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Fashion News Update

6/14/2007 01:49:00 PM 3 Responses
Good news for the ladies. Zara is coming to town. For those of you that aren't familiar, Zara is a Spanish retailer. And those reading, I know what you're thinking. Half of you are thinking "Hell yeah, it's about time." The other half are thinking, "This sucks, I used to be the only one around with Zara clothing. Now everyone will have it." I rememeber the same thing happening when Club Monaco came to the Prudenial center.

Anyway, Zara has chosen Boston as one of its target markets for expansion in the U.S. Right now the plan is to open stores in 3 locations. Details (here).

1. This year: The Natick Collection (the new name for the
Natick Mall)
2. Next year: The 3 story space formerly occupied by Emporio Armani.

3. Eventually: A store within the former Filene's Building in Downtown Crossing

And if you can't wait for Zara to start your shopping, here's a list of some of the sales going on right now.

Obviously all of these are on "selected merchandise"

: 40% off through June 30th
Anne Fontaine
: 30-50% off from 6/15 - 6/30
Black and Blues
: 50% off through June 30th
Brooks Brothers
: Up to 40% off through July 1
: Up to 75% off items from the Spring 2007 collection through June 30th
: 20-50% off from late June through Mid July
: 30% off through June 30th
Lord & Taylor
: 30% off 6/15-6/26
: 50% off all lingerie 6/23-6/30
30-70% off through June 30th
: 30% through June 30th

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Testdrive A Vespa & Watch Transformers for Free

6/13/2007 07:04:00 PM 0 Responses
Test drive a Vespa at a participating dealer during the Vespa National Open House June 14-24 and walk out with a free movie ticket to this summer's highly anticipated film - Transformers. Simply verify your email online, print the confirmation email and coupon, then go to a participating dealer during the open house dates to test drive a Vespa and receive your free Transformers movie ticket.

For those of you in Boston, here is the address of the closest participating Vespa Dealer in the area.

Vespa Boston
22 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134

Who doesn't like free stuff? Certainly not me. And having grown up on the Transformers cartoon, this is too good to pass up.

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Summer of Inconvenience

6/13/2007 04:41:00 PM 0 Responses
Is summertime a slow season for everyone? The weather is finally nice and it seems like the city is shutting down. I wrote previously about the numerous clubs on Lansdowne that will be getting renovated this summer (here).

Now, to kick you while you're already down, I saw an announcement today that the Hong Kong in Harvard Sq will be closing for renovations as well. According to the announcement the kitchen and bar will remain open during this time, but I'm not quite sure what that means. I've contacted them to see if they can provide any details and will post what I learn as soon as I hear back.

In the meantime, where else can I find scorpion bowls, little plastic animals, and underaged Harvard students with fake ID's all in one place?

But wait, it get's worse. Not only will several of your favorite hangouts be closed, but you'll have trouble getting there as well. The D line (Green Line) is going to be closed from June 23rd to August 31st for renovations.

During phase 1 (June 23 - Aug 3) a bus service will run from Riverside to Reservoir.

During phase 2 (Aug 4 - Aug 31) a bus service will run from Reservoir to Fenway.

I guess our fair city loses a huge chunk of its population when all the students go home, so it makes summer ideal for renovations. But what about us old folk that still want to go out?

UPDATE: As promised, here is the official update from the Kong:

Many of the details are still up in the air but here’s what I know right now. The 1st floor dining room will be closed for a 6-8 week period. The exact dates aren’t known yet. The 2nd and 3rd floor will continue to remain open with a short period where I anticipate that the entrance work will need to be done and we may have to close the entire building. However, I am unsure when or if this will even have to happen. I hope to have all this completed by September 1st. That is all I have at this point as there are many details that still need to be worked out.

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Wedding Season

6/12/2007 09:30:00 AM 0 Responses
It's warm outside - that means weddings. It also means bachelor parties, but that's another post.

Two big events are going on this week for all you brides out there. And while I'm sure those that are getting married are pretty on top of their game already, there may be a few ladies out there that are not quite engaged yet but still curious about what's available. So here we go.


Preview Event For:
Vera Wang's Spring 2008 Bridal Collection
June 14th through June 16th

Call to schedule a trunk show appointment:

Vera Wang Boston
253 Newbury Street
Boston, MA


Filene's Basement's "Running of the Brides"
1 Day Only - Friday, June 15th @ 8am
Downtown Crossing
Prices from: $249, $499, $699

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Boston Tango Festival 6/13 - 6/17

6/12/2007 09:15:00 AM 0 Responses
Someone commented that I don't give enough notice on some of the events that I post about. In response, I will do my best to post a few days prior to the event instead of the day before. (This post doesn't count)

The Tango Society of Boston and the MIT Tango Club hosts their 4th Annual Boston Tango Festival starting tomorrow, 6/13. It's a five day event at MIT and Zero Arrow Theatre.

Go to the offical website (here) for registration information and the schedule of events.

Over sixty classes at all levels will be taught, and there will be milongas every night (dance parties where you can showcase your new moves).

The highlight of the show will be "Celebrate Tango" on June 15th, a show featuring Miriam Larici and Hugo Patyn.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

6/11/2007 10:24:00 PM 0 Responses
So this is a little aside from my regular Boston posts, but I couldn't resist. I did a comparative analysis of where I could get the best price for a preorder of the last Harry Potter book and figured I'd share what i found. - $18.99 + $2.98 shipping - $17.99 + $3.99 shipping (or free if you have Amazon Prime or spend $25+) - $20.99 + $3.99 shipping (or $18.89 for members + $3.99 shipping)

Walmart $17.87 + $0.97 shipping - same as

So, I ended up going with Total after tax and shipping was: $19.73.

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Taste of Beacon Hill - 6/12/07

6/11/2007 04:13:00 PM 0 Responses
Beacon Hill: home to politicians (John Kerry), dive bars (Beacon Hill Pub), and numerous restaurants will be hosting its 6th Annual Taste of Beacon Hill tomorrow.

The hotel formerly know as the Ritz (Taj Boston) will be hosting the event in their ballrooms and the event will run from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. 15 Arlington St.

Tickets are $65/person in advance and $80/person at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Cambridge Trust Company, 65 Beacon St. or by calling 617-503-4140.

This year, a new element has been added with an "Iron Chef Competition" - A team of 3-4 chefs is provided with a "mystery" basket of ingredients and asked to provide a first, second and third course in half hour's time using all ingredients. A panel of judges will determine rankings and prizes will be distributed to winners. This will be in addition to the regular "Taste of Beacon Hill" participation, where restaurants showcase their cuisines. The chefs from the non-competing restaurants will help determine the "mystery" basket ingredients.

10% of gross proceeds will benefit the Taste of Beacon Hill Scholarship Fund which helps students interested in pursuing culinary careers.

Here is a list of some of the participating restaurants:

75 Chestnut Street
Beacon Hill Bistro
Hungry I
No. 9 Park
Scollay Square
The Upper Crust

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Career Fairs - June 11th and 12th

6/11/2007 12:21:00 AM 0 Responses
In case you didn't see anything you liked at the career fair last week, here's two more for you to hit up this week.

Monday, June 11th
Nursing & Allied Health Career Fair
Westin Copley Place
10am - 3pm

Find positions for:
  • Registered Nurses
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Medical Assistants
  • Case Managers
  • Speech Pathologists

Tuesday, June 12th

Harvard University Career Forum
Graduate School of Design's Gund Hall
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA
4pm - 6:30pm

The Harvard Career Forum provides job seekers the opportunity to meet hiring representatives from across the University. It is an opportunity to learn more about the various schools and departments and to discuss current opportunities as well as the many benefits that come with working at Harvard. Remember, however, that you must apply to a specific position online to be considered a formal candidate. Apply online (here)

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The Village Smokehouse

6/10/2007 08:19:00 PM 1 Response
Before I begin, a brief aside, if I may. Does anyone live in the BU area? Do you know if Choe's Cafe (korean restaurant) in the BU area is still open? I called their number and it's been disconnected. Based on an 8 month old yelp posting (here), it was supposed to reopen in Brookline at the end of May. FYI - it hasn't.

This is a first for the Beantown Bloggery - a restaurant review. I won't be reviewing restaurants for the sake of writing reviews, but when I find what I consider a 'hidden gem' - I'll write to let everyone know.

Tonight's feature is the Village Smokehouse in Brookline Village. Having moved here from Texas seven years ago, I have a special place in my heart for BBQ. I stumbled upon this place while looking for the new site of Choe's Cafe. Needless to say, the new site still has a 'Coming Soon' sign up.

While walking around Brookline Village looking for some other place to eat, my sister and I walked past the Smokehouse and I was immediately attracted to the large poster with the state of Texas plastered in the front window.

The place was packed, but as luck may have it, we got the last open table in the house. We sat down and proceeded to order. A sign of a true bbq place is the roll of paper towel that should be sitting at each and every table. I'm not going to say that it's the best BBQ I've ever had (that title is reserved for a restaurant I went to in Nashville, TN). But, I will say that it's the best BBQ I've ever had in Boston.

We started with the "Smoked Sampler" appetizer ($5.95) which featured 2 wings, 2 shrimp, and 4 slices of brisket. The shrimp were pretty standard. Nothing special, but then again who eats seafood at a BBQ restaurant? The wings were big, tender, and flavorful. The brisket was surprisngly moist. I say surprisingly because there were no traces of fat on the meat. It was lean, but still remarkably moist.

Proceeding to the entrees, I had the Texas Size Beef Ribs ($19.95) and my sister had the Chili Burger w/ Cheese ($8.75). The Beef Ribs were spectacular. The Texas Size featured 4 ribs, all slathered with their homemade BBQ sauce with meat that was falling off the bone. At the risk of sounding repetitive, the only words that I can think of to describe the ribs are "moist" and "tender". Maybe what I need is a nice sit down with a thesaurus. The ribs came with a side of baked beans and 1 choice of side. I had the mashed potatoes. The beans and the potatoes were pretty decent.

But, it wasn't all good. My sister's burger was a bit disappointing - mostly because the chili lacked flavor. The burger itself looked ok, but when topped with a generous portion of mediocre chili, it makes for a disappointing burger overall. Since Tim's closed, the only place I can get a decent burger is the Texas Roadhouse in Everett. But that's a story for another day.

Lastly, we shared a slice of their homemade pecan pie. For those of you that watch How I Met Your Mother, the pie was as Barey would say LEGEN.........wait for it........DARY. Not too sweet like some of those storebought pies you usually get. And it was served warm with a generous dollop of whipped cream on the side. Yum.

In conclusion, I highly recommend the Village Smokehouse for their BBQ. The chicken wings, brisket, and beef ribs were fantastic. And the pie, don't forget the pie. All you carnivores out there, GO GO GO. On the drive home, I was trying to think of an excuse to have a party so that I could order takeout from the Smokehouse and pig out in the comfort of my own home. I haven't thought of one yet.

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Boston Dragon Boat Festival

6/09/2007 03:05:00 PM 2 Responses
It's been a tough weekend. It's been a very gloomy Saturday. But fear not, tomorrow should be sunnier (but still a little cold). And, I have the perfect event for you to checkout while you're outside.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival of Boston will be taking place tomorrow, Sunday June 10th. Boat racing starts at 9am so don't party too hard tonight if you want to be there for the start. Offical website and events schedule can be found (here).

A Little History Lesson:

Traditionally held on the fifth day of the fifth moon on the lunar calendar -- late May to mid June on the solar calendar (June 19th for 2007) -- the Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the life and death of the ancient patriot-poet Qu Yuan who lived from 340-278 B.C. Qu Yuan was a minister who advocated reforms in his home state of Chu. The King refused to listen to Qu Yuan's advice and instead banished him from the state of Chu. In exile, Qu Yuan wrote poetry expressing his concern for his country and people. In 278, when Qu Yuan heard that his home had been invaded, he drowned himself in the Mi Lo River.

So if you're free tomorrow, go out and get yourself a lesson in the Chinese culture. Racing starts at 9am and food, arts & crafts, and other entertainment starts around noon.

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Free Movie - Citizen Kane

6/08/2007 01:02:00 PM 0 Responses
The Brattle Theater is having a free screening of Citizen Kane tomorrow morning (6/9). It's part of their new "Elements of Cinema" Series where they will air a different film every month. Citizen Kane is the first in the series. Discussion will follow after the screening.

If you're a morning person (which I am definitely not), head over to Harvard Square for breakfast and then swing by the Brattle Theater for a FREE screening of Citizen Kane at 11am.

The Brattle Theater
40 Brattle Street


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Gay Pride Parade

6/08/2007 12:22:00 PM 0 Responses
The Gay Pride Parade 2007 will be taking place tomorrow. An estimated 35,000 people are expected to march from the South end to City Hall, Saturday June 9th. The parade starts at noon and will be taking place rain or shine.

I lived in the South End last year, right on Tremont Street. I remember watching the parade go by through my living room window. It was a sight to be seen. Unfortunately, the forecast looks like it's going to rain tomorrow, so if you're going to march or go out and show your support, bring your rain boots.

Click (here) for details and facts on this years parade. See below for the route that the parade will be taking. Take note, these streets will be closed tomorrow, so don't plan on driving in to the downtown area.

And if you're just a parade-type-of-person. Click (here) to one of my previous entries that had a link to the Boston Parade Schedule as supplied by the City of Boston.

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Sex Sells ... But You Already Knew That

6/08/2007 11:28:00 AM 0 Responses
Let me apologize in advance to any conservative readers out there. This post contains questionable material, and because of that, I will not provide any links this time around. If you're really curious, you can Google it on your own.

My new issue of Stuff Magazine came in the mail yesterday. I was leafing through it this morning and lo and behold, a tiny blurb about a porn magazine run by college students in Boston. I was shocked and clearly had to investigate. The publication in questions: Boink Magazine. And it's published by BU students.

Here is what I assume is their mission statement:

Boink is what happens when a group of undergrads from a major Boston area university decide to publish a sex magazine. Boink is the only national adult magazine made by and for college students. We deal openly with sexual themes that are relevant to college-aged men and women. Inside our pages you will find graphic stories, prescriptive advice, confessions, and naked pictures of REAL university students.

From my college days, I remember hearing about Harvard students starting a sex-themed publication called the H Bomb. And I remember hearing about MIT students who were running a website called Geek Porn.

That makes 3 sexually oriented publications from area Universities. Anyone know of any others? I'm sure the Jesuits at Boston College wouldn't be too happy if something like this was going on at BC.

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A Little Piece of Hollywood in MA

6/07/2007 11:14:00 AM 0 Responses
Fact 1
Yesterday's Globe had an article (here) about how Good News Holdings (GNH), a Christian-faith based movie studio is looking into opening up a movie studio in MA. The article says that the cofounder of GNH David Kirkpatrick and the President of MassDevelopment Robert Culver will not divulge the locations that they have been considering.

Fact 2
Today's Metro has an article saying that some movie executives are considering the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station as the possible home for a new movie production campus according to Rep. Ronald Mariano of Quincy.

Fact 3
Both articles say that this deal hinges on legislation that would "increase the tax credit limit and boost the payroll reimbursement rate from 20 percent to 25 percent."

Either 2 movie studios are looking to move into Massachusetts, or Good News Holdings is looking at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station as a possibility for its new home.

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Boston International Film Festival

6/06/2007 11:43:00 AM 0 Responses
Today has been just packed with events. Here's one more to add to your calendar.

The Boston International Film Festival starts today and will be here from June 6 - 13th. All screenings will be held at the AMC Theatres near the Boston Common. If you don't know the one I'm talking about its the one across the street from the Boylston T stop. Address is 175 Tremont Street.

All Access VIP tickets - $150.
(With these you get to meet the stars/filmmakers, attend the parties/seminars, AND see all the films.)
Opening and Closing Night Screenings + Gala Parties - $45
All Screenings Access Pass - $75
Individual Session Passes - $10

Click (here) for information on puchasing tickets.

Click (here) for the schedule of events.

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The Clintons in Boston Tonight

6/06/2007 11:33:00 AM 0 Responses
Happy Hump Day everyone. And to celebrate, I'm posting to let everyone know that Bill Clinton will be in town tonight. Hehehe.

Bill Clinton is the keynote speaker tonight at Hillary's fundraising event at the Fairmount Copley Plaza. I'm not into politics at all, but for those of you who are, you might be interested to know that there are 'young professionals' tickets available for $100. General admission is $500 per ticket, so if you're young and into politics, I guess that's quite the bargain.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Fairmont Copley Plaza
138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

I'm not exactly sure where you can purchase tickets, but you can rsvp (here).

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Beyonce in Boston

6/06/2007 08:59:00 AM 0 Responses
Presale for Beyonce's concert at TD Banknorth Garden on Sunday, August 12 starts in 1 hour!

Sorry for the short notice, I was going to post about this yesterday when I found out, but I promptly fell asleep on my couch when I got home from work.

Per my method of getting good seats posted (
here), I will be sitting on my computer at 9:58am hitting F5 until 10am rolls around and the presale starts.

Presale Tickets are available at 10am today at Ticketmaster (
here). The password for the internet presale is "bday".

Presale ends Thursday at 5pm. Get your tickets before they're released to the masses.

PS. If you subscribe to my blog via RSS, you'll get my updates as soon as they're available. Scroll down to find out how to subscribe to The Bloggery.

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Parking Downtown? That'll Be An Arm and A Leg, Please.

6/05/2007 04:58:00 PM 0 Responses
Tired of paying an arm and a leg for parking downtown? Me too. Today's Globe has an article on the front page about how the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority would like to expand the size of the Boston Common Garage to twice its current capacity.

I think this is a wonderful idea. In a town where a single parking space sold for $250K just six months ago, nothing would make me happier than more parking spaces. The Boston Common Garage now produces $5 million in profit. Just a sign that there's no street parking EVER.

Of course announcing this is just step one. Step 2 through step 3937 will be to jump through every regulatory hurdle in the book, including existing federal EPA restrictions on the number of parking spaces allowed in downtown Boston. In case you're counting, the cap is set at 35,303 spaces.

There's been alot of growth lately in the surrounding areas. Chinatown has the new Archstone Boston Common luxury apartments (Anybody out there reading this live there? How in the world do you afford the rent?) And there's also a big gaping hole in Chinatown where the Glass Slipper used to be. I believe more luxury apartments are supposed to be built there as well. Rumor has it that a W hotel is going to be built in the Theatre District. All signs point to us needing more parking.

I live downtown, and I pay $260 a month for a parking space. Let's get a little competition going in the market so we can drive prices down and I can stop eating Ramen on a daily basis.

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Post-Job Hunt Celebration - The Scooper Bowl

6/04/2007 01:13:00 PM 0 Responses
After you've worn yourself out telling recruiters about how wonderful you are and how many words per minute you can type, head over to Boston City Hall Plaza for the Scooper Bowl. I know what you're thinking: I ate too many hot dogs at the Hot Dog Safari on Sunday, I'm not sure I can stomach all-you-can-eat ice cream.

Of course you can, it's for a good cause. The 25th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl will be (here) for 3 days only. They will be offering 40+ flavors including ice cream from Baskin-Robbins, Ben & Jerry's. Breyers, Brigham's, Cold Stone Creamery, Elan Frozen Yogurt, Edy's Grand Ice Cream, Garelick Farms, Gifford's, Haagen-Dazs, and Hood.

June 5 and 7 - 11:30am to 6pm
June 6 - 11:30am to 8pm

$7 for Adults
$3 for Kids

Proceeds go to the Jimmy Fund. Last year they raised almost $87,000. Let's help them surpass that this year. Cookies and Cream, here I come.

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