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Here Comes Kevin Garnett

7/31/2007 10:51:00 AM 0 Responses
All-Star Kevin Garnett is supposedly on his way to the Celtics. Announced today, the Celtics will be making a 5 to 1 trade with Minnesota to make this deal go through.

The Celtics will send Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, and two first-round picks to the Timberwolves for Garnett, terms both sides have agreed to in principle.

The news is all over the Globe and the Metro in case you haven't heard about it yet. All throughout June, we read articles like the one (here) on ESPN saying Garnett would never come to Boston. But the tables have turned.

Maybe he buy Manny's place when he moves here; it's still on the market. Or anyone else that has $6.9 million dollars laying around - who wouldn't want to live in the penthouse of the Ritz?

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Pinkberry Substitute

7/30/2007 12:50:00 PM 0 Responses
Ever had Pinkberry? I had it for the first time about a month or so ago while I was in New York. I'll admit that it was pretty tasty, and it was nice with the fresh fruit toppings. Steep price though. I think it was like $7 or $8 for a large.

Yesterday's Globe had a plug for another low-calorie frozen yogurt called Frogurt. My first reaction is....terrible name. It's almost as bad as when they named Botox by combining the terms 'botulism' and 'toxin.' Anyway, Frogurt is available at the Three Sisters ice cream shop in Providence. It's a 45 minute drive versus a 4 hour drive to NYC to get your '25 calorie an ounce' frozen dessert fix.

I'll report back once I have a chance to drive down there and try it. For those of you out for summer. Here's the address for you to check it out if you've got time.

1074 Hope St
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 273-7230

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“Celebrate Seafood” Dinner Series

7/29/2007 05:47:00 PM 0 Responses
Many thanks to Annie from the New England Aquarium for letting me know about their "Celebrate Seafood" dinner series focused on sustainable seafood. Do you guys remember reading an article last November about how we're going to run out of seafood over the next 50 years? An article was published in Science and there were local news articles everywhere covering it. Here's a link to a BBC article from that time (here).

I'm a huge seafood lover. I drove up to Rockport a few weeks ago to get some lobster and do some kayaking. I'm planning on still being around in 2050, and life would suck if there was no seafood left. So everyone do your part to at least be educated on the situation and what alternatives are available.

This Tuesday, July 31st, the dinner series will feature Barramundi, an ocean-friendly replacement for Chilean sea bass. BTW, the real name for Chilean Sea Bass is Patagonian Toothfish - just a little bit of trivia for you. My head is full of useless trivia. Click (here) to learn more about the barramundi.

Here's the menu for this Tuesday. It looks delicious.

First course: Oysters on the half shell served with a champagne-shallot gelée and a frisee-mizuna salad, served with champagne.

Second course: Spicy conch fritters served with a tomatillo-lime salsa and wilted beet and turnip greens, served with sauvignon blanc.

Third course: Pan-roasted barramundi with bitter greens and truffled peaches and wakame, served with pinot gris or fume blanc.

Celebrate Seafood Dinners will be held in the Aquarium’s Harborview Café from 7 – 10 p.m. Diners must be 21 years of age or older. The price is $70 per person for New England Aquarium members, and $75 for non-members. Call (617) 973-5206 for reservations.

Lastly, if you can't make it Tuesday, but you'd still like to give barramundi a try, East Ocean City in Chinatown has a tank full of live ones. You can choose how you'd like the fish prepared. Personally, I like mine steamed and served with soy sauce, ginger and scallion.

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Roxbury Film Festival

7/29/2007 05:32:00 PM 0 Responses
The Roxbury Film Festival starts this Wednesday, August 1st and runs until August 5th. The festival will be held at multiple venues including: the MFA, Northeastern University, Roxbury Center for the Arts and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Click (here) for a schedule of events each day this week.

The Roxbury Film Festival is the largest festival in New England dedicated to showcasing films that celebrate people of color. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for audiences to view these works and experience stories often overlooked in mainstream media. While New England filmmakers of color are the focus of the festival, we also screen films by filmmakers from various backgrounds and regions.

The festival is co-sponsored by ACT Roxbury Consortium and The Color of Film Collaborative with assistance from The Roxbury Film Festival Planning Committee.

Click (here) to get pricing and also pick up your tickets to the festival.

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Tax Free Weekend (Aug 11-12)

7/27/2007 12:20:00 PM 0 Responses
The House voted yesterday in favor of a two day sales tax holiday in August. The tax free weekend is set for August 11-12th. The usual 5% sales tax will be suspended for purchases up to $2500.

So if you're in the market for some reasonably large purchases, save it for 2 weeks from now.

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Kate Spade F&F Sale

7/26/2007 06:26:00 AM 0 Responses
The Kate Spade Friends and Family sale starts today and runs until July 28th. The Boston store is located at 117 Newbury Street.

Click (here) for a link to the coupon and promo code. Print it out if you're going to goto the store or use code: SUMMER07 for an additional 20% off sale items.

Girls, go out and get that bag you've been wanting. Guys, go out and buy that bag that your girl has been wanting. She'll appreciate it. Your wallet will too.

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Jazz in July

7/25/2007 10:19:00 AM 0 Responses
Jazz in July is a free concert series that was running during the month of July. Official website (here). If you haven't had a chance to go to a concert yet, there are only 3 daytime concerts left and 2 evening concerts.

Lunch Hour Concerts - 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Take a break from the ordinary with lunch time concerts at a variety of downtown locations.

July 25 The Usual Suspecks
Washington & Summer Streets (Rain Location: 101 Arch Street)

July 27 Dave Johnson Trio
Borders Books - Washington & School Streets

July 30 Marianne Solivan Quartet
South Station

Relax After Work -5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Experience some of the hottest downtown establishments and relax with some of the hottest Jazz in Boston.

July 31
The Lance Martin Band @ Ivy
The Usual Suspecks @ Felt

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Concert Tix for $10

7/24/2007 09:00:00 AM 0 Responses
No time to elaborate. Have to run to client meeting. $10 Concert Ticket Sale. Click (here). Promo runs today only, Tuesday July 24, from 10am to 10pm.

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Shakespeare on the Common

7/23/2007 12:27:00 PM 0 Responses
For those that make the annual trip to Boston Common during the summer to see a free performance of Shakespeare on the Common, be aware that the schedule has been chopped to about 1/3 this year due to budget cuts.

Instead of the the usual 20 performances, there will only be 7. That's right SEVEN. The Boston Globe ran an article on this yesterday (here). So pack up the lawn chairs and beach blankets and head over to the Common this week. Otherwise, you'll miss your chance.

This year, they're doing A Midsummer Night's Dream. I watched them rehearse briefly on Friday evening - It should be a great show. I have great respect for folks that can memorize and perform an entire play. Those are skills I just don't have. I can barely remember all the words to the songs on the radio. I'm hoping to go when I get back from my business trip late this week.

Click (here) for the official website or see below for the schedule of performances.

Tuesday, July 24 @ 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25 @ 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 26 @ 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 27 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 @ 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 @ 7:00 p.m.

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Getting a Gun in Boston - Part Two

7/22/2007 04:53:00 PM 4 Responses
Sorry about not posting yesterday, I was busy Harry Pottering. As I told everyone a couple weeks ago, I finally received my gun license. Read about the entire gun licensing process (here).

Yesterday, I took my newly acquired gun license to the gun shop to purchase my first firearm. From the research that I had done online, the closest/nicest gun shop in the area is The Four Seasons in Woburn - official website (here).

The folks there are very friendly and quite knowledgeable. Since it took me 6 months to get my license, that gave me ample time to do research on what I would purchase as soon as I got my license. Here are things to consider.
I decided to start with a .22 because ammo is cheap and I'm going to need lots and lots of practice so it's the most economical way to go. Second, most competition shooting is done with a .22, so it's a good thing to start with. Lastly, because it's a small caliber weapon, there's not much kickback.

Brand I also just started a subscription of Guns & Ammo since I don't know much about guns and want to learn more. Honestly as a first gun, I was just looking for something with decent reviews and a relatively low cost. The first .22 I ever shot was a Smith & Wesson Model 41. It was a really awesome gun, but then I found out that thing costs about $1000. I eventually settled on a Ruger Mark III. The Ruger website shows it has an MSRP of $382, but I got it for $299 at Four Seasons. All in all, a pretty good deal in my opinion.

Say hello to my little friend.

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Gospel Fest 2007

7/20/2007 03:07:00 PM 0 Responses
Coming to Boston City Hall Plaza this Sunday, July 22nd is Gospel Fest 2007. The event will take place from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

This year marks the 8th anniversary of this firmly established Boston tradition. GospelFest 2007 blends contemporary and traditional gospel melodies and this year will feature Karen Clark-Sheard and J Moss. The program will also showcase Pajam artist 21:03 and local talent The Kingdom Sanctuary Choir.

Click (here) for more information on the two featured performers.

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East Boston Italian Festival

7/19/2007 09:43:00 PM 0 Responses
The saga continues. Now i'm in Philly, missed my connection due to delays, but rescheduled on an 11pm flight back to Boston. Let's hope there aren't any delays on this one. I'd like to be home at some point tonight.

Starting tomorrow and lasting the entire weekend is the 13th Annual East Boston Italian Festival. The opening ceremony starts tomorrow (July 20th) at 7pm. Festivities will continue for the remainder of the weekend. Click (here) for official website and schedule of events.

Here are my two favorites from the list:

1. "World's Largest Sausage Eating Contest." So many jokes, so little time. Click (here) for a link to the contestants' profiles.

2. The music stylings of Frank Stallone (or as I'm sure Sylvester Stallone calls him: Mini-Me) Frank is his little brother, but you could tell me he was a clone and I wouldn't be surprised.

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Concerts in the MFA Courtyard

7/18/2007 05:03:00 PM 0 Responses
Happy Hump Day everyone. Not so happy for me as I'm stuck in the Chicago O'Hare airport for the next several hours. Have a drink for me if you're out and about tonight.

The MFA has been hosting a summer concert series in their courtyard all summer and now it's about halfway through. Concerts are held Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the courtyard. So if you're feeling classy and artsy tonight, go check it out. If it rains, the concert is brought indoors. Official website (here) and remaining concerts listed below.

  • Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience - July 18
  • Vieux Farka Toure - July 25
  • Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective - August 1
  • Elvis Perkins in Dearland with Dr. Dog - August 8
  • Erin McKeown with the Winterpills - August 15
  • Budos Band - August 22

  • UPDATE: For those of you that were wondering, it's 5 hours later and I'm sitting on the plane in the middle of a lightning storm with 20 planes ahead of us. The airport is shut down so we can't head back so I guess we'll eventually take off. Laptop battery is dying and so is my phone battery (I use my cellphone as a modem to get online). I hate Chicago O'Hare. Worst airport EVER.

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    Taste of Cambridge

    7/17/2007 11:41:00 AM 1 Response
    I love food festivals for the same reason I love buffets. As a single guy, I can sample alot of different foods without having to order a bunch of dishes and eat leftovers for the rest of the week. Coming up on Thursday (unless it rains) is the Taste of Cambridge food festival. Official website (here)

    "The Taste of Cambridge is a celebration of the diverse restaurant scene in Cambridge. With cuisine from America to Japan to Brazil to France and everything in between, Cambridge is a melting pot- a tasty one to be sure- of culture and cuisine. This event features creative and abundant samples of food, beer and wine from the wonderful restaurants found around the city, enhanced by a beautiful outdoor setting, live music and a great crowd."

    Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. You can get them online at the website or at any Cambridge Whole Foods store.

    The event is currently planned for July 19th 5:30-7:30pm 2007 in Technology Square near Kendall. If it rains though, the event will be postponed for a week until July 26th. Based on the current forecast it's looking like the event will most likely be postponed.

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    Sasso's Oyster Night

    7/17/2007 11:33:00 AM 0 Responses
    What's better than raw oysters? Free raw oysters. Sasso restaurant is hosting it's first ever Oyster night tonight, Tuesday July 17th. Oyster night will feature prosecco wine and Island Creek Oysters - FREE. The event runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm or until the food runs out.

    Sasso is a new restaurant from the team that brough us Lucca in the North End. Click (here) for their official website. Sasso's owner, Skip Bennet will be there shucking oysters and giving away free T-shirts.

    Sasso Restaurant & Bar
    116 Huntington Avenue
    Boston Massachusetts
    (617) 247-2400

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    Harry Potter at the BPL

    7/16/2007 07:04:00 PM 0 Responses
    Happy Monday everyone. As you may well know, the final Harry Potter book is going to be released this Saturday. If you haven't pre-ordered it yet, go (here) to find out where the best deal is.

    In celebration of the upcoming release, the Boston Public Library in Copley is holding free screenings of all the films to date. Each film will be shown at 1:30pm in the Rabb Lecture Hall. Apologies for not getting this out sooner, because the first screening already happened today.

    Mon July 16 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    Tues July 17 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    Wed July 18 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Fri July 20 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    On Saturday, July 21, the BPL will host Harry Potter Day from 9am to 5pm in the Young Adults and Children's Rooms. They'll be celebrating the new release with movies, trivia, and games.

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    Brunch in Boston

    7/15/2007 08:14:00 PM 0 Responses
    When I lived in the South End, there were numerous options for brunch on Sunday mornings: Garden of Eden, Aquitaine, Tremont 647, and my personal favorite Metropolis Cafe. It was at Metropolis that I found the best orange juice next to fresh squeezed.

    Quick aside for the OJ - Natalie's Orchid Island orange juice is what they serve at Metropolis. I used to go religiously and order that stuff, one day while sitting at the bar area and having my breakfast, I asked the waitress if i could see the juice jug. I read the label and promptly went home and googled the name. Then I emailed the company to find out where I could buy it. Answer: Trader Joe's. Believe me, it's awesome stuff.

    Back to the topic of brunch. After moving from the south end, it's been slim pickins in terms of places i could walk to closeby. Last week I walked over to The Paramount in Beacon Hill with some friends. It was my first time eating there and I will say that it was pretty good. If you've never been, they're cafeteria style. You stand in line and wait to get your food, and then only after are you allowed to grab a seat. Having only eaten there once, I'm not sure yet how I feel about it. A little amusing and a little annoying at the same time.

    I'm always interested in new places, any readers out there have good brunch suggestions?

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    Bastille Day Street Dance

    7/13/2007 11:07:00 AM 0 Responses
    Tomorrow, July 14th is Bastille Day. In celebration of this French Holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille in 1789 the French Library Alliance is hosting a "Street Dance" from 6pm to 11pm tonight on Marlborough Street between Berkeley and Clarendon streets.

    Obviously that section of street will be closed off to traffic so if you're on the road, take a detour. The event features live music by three French-speaking performers: Rechard Lemvo from the Congo, Ousmane Toure from Senegal, and Emeline Michel from Haiti.

    Dance to the live music, sample some French Food, grab a cold beer or glass of wine and take a load off. It's been a long week. Tickets are $35 at the door if they haven't sold out yet. Broaden your horizons and celebrate a holiday from the folks that brought us french fries, french toast, and my personal favorite: french kissing. Just kidding..........french fries are my favorite.

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    Getting a Gun License In Boston

    7/12/2007 01:53:00 PM 79 Responses
    My LTC (License to Carry) finally arrived. In celebration, I thought that I would detail out the steps that it takes for all my readers so that hopefully you will have an easier time getting one. In addition, these steps only apply to the city of Boston, most of the suburbs are less strict, so just keep that in mind and be sure to check in with your city's Police HQ to see what the exact protocol is

    Types of Licenses
    There are 3 types of Licenses that you can get:
    FID Card - A Firearms Identification Card is good for shotguns and rifles only. So if you plan on hunting, you can just go for one of these cards.
    LTC Class A - A Class A License to Carry allows you to purchase "high capacity" weapons. A high capacity weapon is defined as a handgun that holds more than 10 rounds or a shotgun that holds more than 5 founds. Also, if you get an unrestricted Class A LTC, you can carry a concealed handgun. Note: If you're in Boston, chances are you won't get approved for an unrestricted Class A.
    LTC Class B - A Class B License to Carry does not allow you to purchase "high capacity" weapons. Also, Class B licenses do not allow the option of carrying a concealed handgun.

    The application fee for any of these licenses is $100, so I'd suggest you always apply for the Class A.

    Boston Requirements
    Remember that this is only for Boston and its immediate suburbs. I've heard even Cambridge is alot less strict about the requirements. The City of Boston requires:

    1. State Approved Hand Gun Safety Course (Most gun clubs offer a safety course)
    2. Membership in a Gun Club
    3. Passing a Marksmanship Test (I practiced in NH and at a range in Springfield, MA)
    4. This is on top of all the background checks and fingerprinting that they will do when you apply. If you have a criminal record, check with a lawyer or even ask the folks at the Licensing department if you're able to apply. This website (here) is also a pretty good resource.

    Handgun Safety Course
    Like I said previously, most gun clubs offer a safety course. Sign up well in advance because these things fill up quickly. Cost is usually around $150 for the class. If you're only interested in hunting, you can take a hunting education course offered by the state of MA. The hunting class is free, schedule and details available (here). If you're able to, take the class held in Springfield at the Smith & Wesson factory. The teachers there are awesome.

    One pitfall to avoid is that I read somewhere online that this hunting class qualified as a handgun safety course so you could apply for an LTC. But when I tried, I was rejected. The police officer said I had to take another handgun safety course. This cost me almost 2 months because all the classes around that time were already full up, so I had to register for one in the future.

    Membership in a Gun Club
    This makes sense I suppose. If you're legally trying to get a permit for a gun, then you have to have a place to legally shoot it. My only gripe is that I joined the gun club 3 months ago just so that I could apply for a license. That's 3 months of dues that I paid for a membership I can't use. I guess it would be different if I already had friends at the gun club and use their guns while at the club. Click (here) for a list of shooting ranges as compiled by the NRA.

    Passing A Marksmanship Test
    I should have taken a picture of the target so I could post it, but I just threw it away last week when I was cleaning my car. The target is oval shaped, fairly large. The shooting test is done at the Police shooting range on Moon Island.

    You will be required to fire a .357 revolver with .38 special ammunition. The test consists of 2 parts. Part 1, you fire 12 rounds single-handed double-action from 7 yards. In Part 2, you fire 18 rounds from 15 yards and you choose single or double-action.

    A score of 210 out of 300 qualifies as passing. It's really not hard at all. Just make sure you've shot a gun a few times before. And if you've only shot .22's, it would be a good idea to try a .357. There's significantly more kickback with the .357.

    I tested a .357 up in NH where there are still a few ranges that you can rent guns. I went to the Manchester Firing Line (here), just note that it will cost you quite a bit to practice there. If you've got a friend that's already a gun owner, ask him to teach you and offer to pay for the ammo. That would be the most cost effective way to get some practice in.

    The Waiting Game
    After you've jumped through all of those hoops. You get to wait 6-8 weeks before the license arrives in the mail. My wait time was just about 6 weeks. If you're interested, here's what I went through and this is why I'm hoping I can save you some time.

    January '07 - sign up for Hunter Education Course in March
    March '07 - Take Hunter Education Course
    April '07 - Join Gun Club and apply for Gun License.
    April 'o7 - Get told that I need to take an additional safety course
    April '07 - Sign up for Safety Course in May
    May '07 - Take Handgun Safety Course
    June '07 - Apply for LTC
    July '07 - Receive LTC

    UPDATE 10/1/09 - Gun Club Membership requirement removed (here).

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    Tito Puente Latin Music Series

    7/11/2007 08:12:00 PM 0 Responses
    If hanging out in a cemetary isn't your thing, maybe this will be more to your liking. Also on Thursday night (7pm - 9pm) O'Day Park in the South End will be hosting a performance by Cuban drummer Francisco Mela and his group Melao.

    His most recent album also named "Melao" was named the best debut album of 2006 by All About Jazz magazine.

    If you like Latin Jazz, click here for information on the rest of this concert series sponsored by Berklee School of Music.

    And if you don't know where O'Day Park is, the address is 85 West Newton Street. Oh, last but not least, all the concerts are free.

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    Forest Hills Lantern Festival

    7/11/2007 08:04:00 PM 0 Responses
    Happy Hump Day Everyone. Hope you're out celebrating and having a good time on this muggy Wednesday evening. Tomorrow night, July 12, from 6pm to 9pm the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain will hold a Lantern Festival.

    Inspired by the traditional Japanese Bon Festival, a Buddhist ritual honoring the spirits of family members, you can inscribe and light a lantern with a candle and then set it to float on Lake Hibiscus.

    Japanese taiko drummers, traditional Japanese and Chinese dancers, and gospel singers will provide live entertainment. Like I said 'inspired' by the Japanese festival, but these folks are jazzing it up a bit.

    Click (here) for official website and additional information. Admission is free but making a lantern will cost $10. If it rains, the event will be rescheduled for the 19th.

    PS. There are no lights in the cemetary, so if you stay until after sundown, be sure to bring a flashlight with you so you can find your way out.

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    Drive In Movies

    7/10/2007 05:35:00 PM 0 Responses
    Drive In Movies were before my time, but I stumbled upon a list of a few in the area, and it's piqued my interest. It could be a fun novelty to check out at some point. For those of you in the same boat as me, and those of you that are older and just want to re-live the good 'ol days, here's a few places to check out while the weather is nice out.

    Northfield Drive In (MA & NH Border)
    Northfield – Hinsdale Road (Rt. 63)

    Wellfleet Drive in (Cape Cod)
    Route 6 Eastham-Wellfleet Line

    Mansfield Drive In (Connecticut)
    228 Stafford Rd, Mansfield Center, CT

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    Maroon 5 Concert Ticket Presale

    7/09/2007 03:30:00 PM 0 Responses
    Calling all huge fans of Maroon 5. Presale tickets for their concert at TD Banknorth Garden on Monday, Oct 15, 2007 at 7:30pm just went on sale 30 minutes ago for members of their fan club.

    Membership into the Maroon 5 fan club costs $35. So if you're willing to shell out the extra dough, you can get tickets now for their concert in October. Click (here) for the Ticketmaster page where you can purchase tickets now. Tix are $38 and $48, not too bad if you ask me.

    If you'd rather not shell out the extra $35, tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday 7/14 at 10am EST.

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    Copley Square Summer Concert Series

    7/09/2007 03:12:00 PM 0 Responses
    Many thanks to Bloggery reader Joanie for letting me know about this event. Starting this Thursday, July 12th, catch a free outdoor concert at the 2007 WBOS FREE Summer Concert Series presented by Mohegan Sun.

    The series begins on July 12th at Copley Square Park in the Back Bay and continues on every Thursday through August 16th. Concerts start at 5:30pm. See the schedule below or click (here) to go to the official event website.

    7/12/07 - Brandi Carlile &
    The Dennis Brennan Band
    7/19/07 - Martin Sexton & Chad Perrone
    7/26/07 - The Cat Empire & Eli "Paperboy" Reed and The Trueloves
    8/2/07 - DeSol & Ryan Shaw
    8/9/07 - Fountains of Wayne & Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles
    8/16/07 - Matt Nathanson & Jonatha Brooke

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    Revere Beach Makeover

    7/08/2007 03:04:00 PM 0 Responses
    I was in Lynn, MA on Thursday evening test driving a car and the sales rep took me on the 'scenic route' along the beach in Revere. It was somewhat scenic, but what really caught my attention was all the construction that was going on alongside Revere Beach. Orange cones and barricades were up everywhere, limiting everyone to a single lane of traffic.

    Sure enough, today's Globe has an article describing the renovations that are going on right now. Click (here) to read the entire article. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is spending about $11 million dollars on renovations and the project is expected to take until early next year.

    If you don't mind dealing with the construction, the Revere Beach Sand Castle Festival just started this weekend and will continue on until July 15th. Click (here) for the festival schedule. Swing by to see the sand castles and grab a sandwich at the famous Kelly's Roast Beef.

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    Life is Good Summer Festival

    7/06/2007 10:40:00 PM 0 Responses
    You've seen their products. Maybe you've been to their store on Newbury. Life is Good is hosting a summer festival tomorrow Saturday July 7 at Fenway Park. It's going to be a great time for the whole family. The event runs from 11am to 6pm. Official website and additional info can be found (here)

    For just $20 per adult and $10 per kid, you can enjoy a host of activities, including:

    Dunk-a-Yank Tank
    World's Biggest Game of Catch
    Peanut Pitching
    Scavenger Hunts
    Dugout Photos
    Football Fling
    Magic Shows
    Bubble Gum Blowing Contests
    Face Painting
    Batting Cage
    Seed Spitting
    Soccer Kick
    Arts and Crafts
    Dog Bowling
    Baseball Speed Pitch
    Double Dutch

    This is a charity event with a goal of raising $1 million on behalf of the Red Sox Foundation and Project Joy, a grassroots nonprofit utilizing the healing power of play to foster the social and emotional development of Boston's poorest children.

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    Smashing Pumpkins

    7/05/2007 10:58:00 AM 0 Responses
    The Smashing Pumpkins will be releasing their comeback album in a week (July 10th). They just announced this week what their Fall tour schedule will be. Supposedly, fans who pre-order "Zeitgeist" through the iTunes Music Store will get first crack at tickets via a Ticketmaster promotion. General public tickets go on sale July 14.

    Full Tour Schedule can be found (here), otherwise this is the date that you want to mark in your calendar.

    Oct. 15-16: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)

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    Happy 4th of July

    7/04/2007 09:58:00 PM 0 Responses
    Happy Fourth of July, Everyone. Have a safe evening and try to stay dry.

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    August Restaurant Week

    7/03/2007 12:30:00 PM 0 Responses
    It's that time again. Restaurant Week is a month away and this time it's twice as good. This year, during the weeks of August 5-10 and August 12-17, over 150 restaurants in the boston area will offer 3 course lunches for $20.07 and 3 course dinners for $33.07.

    Not all restaurants will serve both lunch and dinner so be sure to doublecheck (here) on July 11th when the official restaurant list goes live.

    PSSSssssst.....still reading? Here's a little secret. f you have an American Express card, you can make reservations now before anyone else. Just call the restaurant you're interested in and mention that you have an Amex and that you'd like to make a reservation. Starting July 11, reservations will be open to everyone.

    Click (here) for more details on the Amex early reservations promo. And click (here) to download a PDF of all the participating restaurants.

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    First of the Month

    7/02/2007 11:33:00 AM 0 Responses
    I can hear the Bone Thugs singing in my head while I write this post. Wake up...wake up...wake's the first of the month. Well I guess technically it's the 2nd, but anyway. Each month there are a few events that take place in Boston that happen on the "first of." Here's two that you might enjoy.

    Free Food at Faneuil Hall

    The Taste of Quincy Market: An international Gourmet Feast, takes place on the first Wednesday of the month all summer (June to September) from 5pm to 7pm. Click (here) for the official website, you'll need to scroll all the way to the bottom to read the little blurb. Participating vendors will be showcase their signature cuisine which ranges from local favorites to more exotic fare.

    Cocktails at the Museum of Fine Art

    MFA First Fridays is a cocktail hour that is held on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 to 9:30pm. The events feature signature cocktails, a tapas menu, special exhibition highlights, and live music. This one's more on the upscale side, so dress up a bit. Entry to the cocktail hour is free with Museum Admission. If you're an art lover, this is a great event to goto meet other like-minded folks. If you're interested in other special MFA events, you should look into joining the museum council. I was a council member for a little while, I really enjoyed the special exhibit lectures. It made seeing the exhibit much more worthwhile. If you're curious about the council, drop me a line and I'll try to point you in the right direction.

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