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Free Tickets to NE Film & Video Festival

9/29/2007 11:54:00 AM 1 Response
It's that time again. I've got a pair of free tickets to Opening Night of the New England Film & Video Festival (see here) to give away to 1 lucky reader.

Opening Night festivities start at 6pm on Thursday October 4th at the Coolidge Corner Theater and will feature an opening night reception along with an afterparty starting at 9:30pm. I will provide more details as I get them.

*Update on Opening Night:
6pm - Reception
7pm - Screening of Play by Play Men
9:30pm-11:30pm - After Party at Khao Sarn Cuisine 250 Harvard St

So how do you win? Same as usual. Subscribe to my blog via either email or rss, and then send me an email with "NE Film & Video Festival" in the subject and you'll be entered for the drawing to win a pair of tickets for you and one of your friends. The contest ends on Monday at 12pm NOON.

One little request from me, PLEASE enter only if you can actually attend the event. Last time I gave out free tickets, some folks had the audacity of not showing up. Yes, I understand that they're free for you so you don't lose anything from not going. But, all you're doing is taking the chance away from someone who really does want to go.


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Topsfield Fair 2007

9/29/2007 11:29:00 AM 0 Responses
Touted as America's Oldest Fair (1818), the Topsfield Fair opened last night and continues until October 8th. It's open everyday from 10am to 10pm in Topsfield, MA.

An event this old has so much history, I don't know where to start. Click (here) for the official website and additional information. Animals + country music + a rodeo + car racing = fun for the whole family.


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Boston Palestine Film Festival 9/29-10/7

9/29/2007 11:16:00 AM 0 Responses
Starting tonight is the First Annual Boston Palestine Film Festival. From Saturday, 9/29 to Sunday 10/7 the film festival will be celebrating Palestinian Cinema at multiple venues: MFA, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square Cinema, and Harvard University.

The BPFF is the first major Boston film festival to bring an honest and independent view of Palestine - its culture, its diasporic society, and its political travails. The nine days of screenings will encompass over 40 films with many international filmmakers and actors present - and will feature the US premiere of acclaimed films Driving to ZigZigland and Hardball.

The weeklong event starts tonight at at the MFA at 7:15pm with a screener of Hijacker by Lina Makboul followed by the Festival Opening Party at 8:30pm. Click (here) for the official website and details on the week's events.



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Stubhub.com Saves the Day

9/28/2007 12:13:00 PM 2 Responses
There is nothing more aggravating to me than logging onto my computer at 9:55am the day that tickets for an event go on sale, pressing F5 like a madman until 10am hits and tickets go on sale and then not being able to get tickets.

I can't count the number of times this has happened to me in the last six months: The Killers, The Smashing Pumpkings, Wicked, the list goes on. Remember that Celtics presale I blogged about (here). It was supposed to be "early access" and I still couldn't manage to get any tickets. Apparently there are people that have "earlier than early access." On a related not, I don't even try anymore for Red Sox or Patriots tickets.

So where do I turn when there's an event that I medically NEED to go to? Probably the same as you, Stubhub.com. I've had pretty good experience with them so, I'm proud to welcome them as the newest affiliate advertiser on the Beantown Bloggery.


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New England Film & Video Festival - 10/4

9/28/2007 11:51:00 AM 0 Responses
I'm blogging about this one early because I was told tickets are selling like hotcakes and I want to make sure that those of you who want to go have the opportunity to do so.

This year marks the 32nd year that the New England Film & Video Festival has been going on. Anything that's been going on longer than I've been alive is pretty impressive. The festival will run from 10/4-10/8 at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline.

There's going to be so much going on: movie screenings, workshops, musical showcases. Click (here) for the official website and details on all the different events that are going on. More importantly, watch the trailers there to see which films you want to see and then go (here) to buy tickets.

Opening Night is October 4th and the entire festival runs through the weekend, including Monday, Columbus Day , as the last day of festivities. Special guests, including filmmakers and members of the Boston Red Sox are expected to attend. This year the festival also will include panels and workshops held at the Marriott Courtyard in Coolidge Corner as an extension of the weekend activities. For the first time ever the State Film Office Directors will gather for a panel and discuss recent tax incentives in their states and what their state has to offer for filmmakers.


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Taste of Rhode Island Festival

9/28/2007 11:41:00 AM 0 Responses
A good friend of mine used to live in Rhode Island while he attended Brown, so we'd make the occasional trip down there to hang out and have dinner. There are some surprisingly good restaurants down there, so this could be worth checking.

The 19th Annual Taste of Rhode Island takes place this weekend Saturday (9/29) and Sunday (9/30) at the Newport Yachting Center.

A culinary experience on the beautiful Newport harbor waterfront featuring restaurants from all over the Ocean State sampling their finest menu items! This two day event focuses on food but also brings healthy living, lifestyle, a Wine Garden, 3 stages of entertainment and a kids & family area to downtown Newport!

Click (here) for the official website and more information on the celebrity chefs and winemakers that will be attending this event. More importantly, the website has a list of the restaurants that are participating.



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Absinthe Coming to Boston

9/28/2007 11:31:00 AM 0 Responses
I've read the history and heard the rumors about friends of friends going to Eastern Europe and sneaking back a bottle through customs, but I've never personally seen Absinthe. Well, apparently, the Green Fairy is on its way back to Boston.

Viridian Spirits started importing absinthe made with grand wormwood into the US in May of this year. They're selling it under the name "Lucid." Click (here) to check out the official website.

As of right now, Lucid is only available in New York and a few cities in New Jersey, but it's supposed to be coming to Boston on November 2nd. For those of you that can't wait a month, there's a list of retailers in NYC (here) where you can pick some up now.

Patience has never been one of my virtues, and it just so happens that I will be in NYC this weekend. So, hopefully I can find some free time to hit up one of the liquor stores and pick up a bottle.

Next stop, Crate and Barrel for some slotted spoons and Star Market for some sugar cubes.



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Van Halen Tickets On Sale Now

9/28/2007 10:24:00 AM 0 Responses
Van Halen tickets just went on sale about 20 minutes ago. For those of you old school rock music fans, now's your chance to get a hold some tickets. Their tour has been selling out pretty quickly in other cities (here).

Click (here) for a link to the Ticketmaster site to purchase your tickets. Prices range from $48.25 - $148.25. The concert is on Tuesday 11/6 at the Worcester DCU Center.


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Steve-O From Jackass at The Liquor Store

9/27/2007 11:29:00 AM 0 Responses
I'm cringing as I add the 'celebrity' label to this post. But he is famous, so here goes. Steve-O from MTV's Jackass is going to be in Boston tomorrow, Friday 9/28. According to The Liquor Store's website (here) the party starts at 10pm.

As you may have guessed, Steve-O will be there to 'tame' the mechanical bull. I think the scariest part of that evening is the fact that Friday night is Bikini-Bull Riding night, and the thought of seeing Steve-O in person, in a bikini, makes me cringe even more.

But knowing him, maybe he'll just show up naked.


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College Night at the MFA Tonight

9/27/2007 11:19:00 AM 0 Responses
Ok, so you've been back to campus for 2-3 weeks now. You've purchased your textbooks and settled into your dorm room. Now it's a choice between doing your problem sets and ....well...... not doing your problem sets. I'm pretty sure I know which option wins out.

Kill some time tonight at the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts for you freshman that are new to Boston). It'll be a cultural event and maybe you'll learn something new.

Show us your college ID to enjoy Thurston Moore's* Trees outside the Academy tour, a five-hour DJ dance party, $2 pizza slices, MFA Mobile wallpapers, one-night-only 10% savings in our Bookstore & Shop, and of course, ART! (Lucky you—it's also opening night of "Walk This Way," our kickin' exhibition of shoes on display throughout the Museum.)

*Seats for Thurston Moore's performance are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Huntington Avenue Entrance doors open no sooner than 7 pm. Must have valid college ID to enter show.

For those of you older students that are already familiar with the club scene, take a night off and head to the MFA. Gypsy Bar, Mansion, Liquor Store, etc will still be there waiting for you on Friday.


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Tom Brady's Son

9/26/2007 11:51:00 AM 4 Responses
OK! Magazine, one of those celebrity gossip type magazines (I'm assuming, I've never actually read one) will be releasing the first photos of John Edward Thomas Moynahan tomorrow in its latest issue. Click (here) for a link to OK! or see below for a peek at the cover and photo of Tom Brady's new son.

According to the Boston Globe, Bridget Moynahan (who I keep confusing with the woman who plays Jean Grey in the X-men movies) was paid "in excess of $100K for the photo shoot, and donated all of the dough to children's charities." That's pretty awesome in my opinion. Props to Bridget for thinking of others.



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Russian-American Relations Exhibit

9/26/2007 11:22:00 AM 0 Responses
Here's your chance to exercise some of those brain cells. Starting tomorrow and running for about a month, the Massachusetts Historical Society is hosting an exhibit on the history of diplomatic relations between Russia and America.

How much do I know about this particular topic? Next to nothing, I can throw out buzzwords like: Sputnik, Cold War, and Space Race. But other than that, I'm drawing a blank. Anyone else feel like they've gotten dumber every day since they've left college? Maybe it's just me.

This exhibition concentrates on eyewitness accounts in letters and diaries of men and women from Massachusetts present at momentous events in modern Russian history, and their role in Russian-American diplomatic relations.

The exhibit will run everyday from September 27, 2007-October 31, 2007 from 1pm-4pm. Click (here) for the official website and more information.



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Octoberfest at the Harpoon Brewery

9/26/2007 11:14:00 AM 0 Responses
For those of us that don't have the funds or the vacation time to fly to Germany, where better to get a little taste of Octoberfest than a brewery? Coming up this weekend on Friday and Saturday, the Harpoon Brewery is celebrating the coming of Fall with some of my favorite things in life: beer and meat.

Celebrate the fall season Harpoon-style with fresh Harpoon and UFO beers, bratwurst from Kayem, and other great food. Plus live local rock bands and non-stop German Oompah bands.

Admission is $15 per person and there is a free shuttle from South Station (signs on Summer St). Parking is available across the street from the brewery, but come on guys. Don't drink and drive. Either sucker someone into being a designated driver (Designated driver at a brewery? I think that was Dante's 7th circle of Hell) or take the shuttle . The Silver Line also goes out to the brewery, so that's another option.

Click (here) for the link to the official website or see the schedule below:

Friday, September 28th, 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM (Doors close at 9:30 pm)
Saturday, September 29th, 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Doors close at 7:30 pm)



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Beantown Jazz Festival

9/26/2007 11:06:00 AM 0 Responses
Happy Hump Day Everyone! I will be celebrating by grabbing a few beers with my friends after work and then heading over to Pearl Villa for the lobster deal. I'll post pictures tomorrow after I return.

The 7th Annual Beantown Jazz Festival starts tomorrow at 9pm at The Beehive (in the South End). The event runs from 9/27 to 9/29 and is jam packed with performances by great musicians. Click (here) for the official website/schedule of events.

If you're going to choose one event to go to, might I suggest the FREE outdoor festival on Saturday from noon to 6pm? The festival will take place on Columbus Avenue between Burke St. and Mass Ave. and features 14 bands on three stages.



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The Best Lobster Deal in Boston

9/25/2007 11:02:00 AM 0 Responses
It was around seven years ago, when I first arrived in Boston as a broke college student that I stumbled upon what I thought was the best deal on lobster in Boston. It was at Tia's on the waterfront and it was ten bucks for a boiled lobster, fries and cole slaw. Fast forward to now, and i think it's now double that for the same lobster, fries and cole slaw.

Fear not, I've now found an even better deal and it can be found at Pearl Villa in Chinatown. And here it is:
I know what you're thinking. For the love of God, how does anyone outside of Chinatown find out about this deal? Well, they've since added another banner.

So the first thing you're wondering is, "2 lobsters for $9.95 are you serious?" Rest assured, I checked it out, it's the real deal. And no, these are not dead lobsters from 2 weeks ago. These are live lobsters, you can see them in the tank in the front of the restaurant. So how do they do it? They take a loss on the lobsters in order to drive traffic. Their loss is our gain. =)

The asterisk indicates the 'fine print' where you have to order 2 other dinner dishes in order to qualify for the special $9.95 pricing. Not a big deal, considering everyone else in Chinatown is charging double. Grab a few friends, have a nice family style dinner, and order the twin lobsters sauteed with ginger and scallion.

The other special that they have going on is for fresh, in-the-shell scallops. The 'fine print' is that it's limit 1 per person at the special price of 99 cents. After that, it's $1.99 each. If you've never had fresh scallops, they're amazing. Order 1 for each person as an appetizer. Have them steamed with garlic and vermicelli.

Pricing that I'm reporting is accurate as of this past weekend. I'm not responsible if it changes.

For all my friends out there that faithfully read this blog to support me, ya'll want to grab dinner at Pearl Villa this week? I'm drooling as I type this.



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Coolidge Corner Science On Screen

9/24/2007 10:31:00 AM 0 Responses
The Coolidge Corner Theatre kicks off a new season of its Science on Screen series today, 9/24 @ 7pm with a presentation of "Everything’s Cool."

The screening will be followed by Q&A with Adam Wolfensohn, co-producer of Everything’s Cool; Ross Gelbspan, veteran journalist and bestselling author of The Heat Is On and Boiling Point; and Beth Daley, environmental reporter for The Boston Globe. Kathleen Frith, Assistant Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, will moderate.

With Science on Screen, the Coolidge shows a feature film or documentary with a basis in science, along with exciting remarks by noted scientists and others in related fields. Click (here) for a link to the official website.



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Movie Filming in Boston - 9/24/07

9/24/2007 10:20:00 AM 5 Responses
Monday morning, the only time of the week that I wish that I was a coffee drinker. As I was walking to work today I noticed numerous signs up indicating that it's going to be another busy day of Hollywood movie filming.

I'm not sure which movie they're working on (The Women, Bachelor No. 2, Pink Panther 2) but they were setting up filming equipment in the Public Garden and then setting up catering equipment near the intersection of Newbury St. and Arlington St.

So if you're a star-gazer and have the day off today (lucky you) head over and see if you can see some celebrities. If you happen to snap a picture, send it to me and I'll post it for all to see.

Your guess is as good as mine as to what exactly "Extreme Motion Picture Catering" entails and what could possibly make catering "Extreme."



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Bruce Springstein Tickets On Sale 9/24

9/22/2007 05:18:00 PM 0 Responses
Mr. Springstein and the E Street band will be coming to perform in Boston on Sunday, November 18th at the TD Banknorth Garden. Tickets are surprisingly affordable considering how awesome Bruce Springstein is ($65-$95).

Tickets go on sale Monday, 9/24, at 10am EST. Click (here) for the link to Ticketmaster to get your tickets when they go on sale.

Out of curiosity, does anyone out there buy and resell concert tickets for a profit on sites like Ebay or Stubhub? Do you make pretty good money doing it? A little while back I logged onto Stubhub just to see what Beyonce tickets were selling for, and they were astronomical.



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College Fest '07 - 9/22-9/23

9/21/2007 11:57:00 AM 0 Responses
The "Welcome Back" parties are still going strong for the returning college students. Coming up this weekend is College Fest '07 at the Hynes Convention Center. This one looks like it's going to be a pretty big event.

CollegeFest® 2007 will feature appearances by local-area sports figures, TV stars including cast members from MTV’s Real World Sydney and Playboy magazine Playmates. Nationally renowned recording artists confirmed to appear this year include hip hop star Fabolous, chart-toppers Shop Boyz (performing their hit song “Party Like a Rockstar”), rockers We Are The Fury, and VH1 reality stars Whitestarr. Popular Boston-area acts appearing include Adam Ezra Group, Roots of Creation, and the Josh Dion Band, among others.

Click (here) for the official website and (here) to purchase tickets. Tickets are $10. The event goes on on Saturday from noon to 7pm and sunday from noon to 6pm. Get your tickets and prepare to Party Like a Rock Starrrrrr.



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Dancing on the Charles 4 - 9/22

9/21/2007 11:44:00 AM 0 Responses
Whew, Happy Friday Everyone! Part of me is surprised I actually made it - it's been a particularly painful work week. Thank goodness for the weekends. For a while I was working everyday. On Fridays I would think to myself "Oh good, only 2 more workdays until Monday." But that's no way to live. Nowadays, the email gets turned off on Friday after work and doesn't start up again until Sunday night.

Coming up tomorrow, Saturday 9/22, is the fourth and final Dancing on the Charles event.

D.O.T.C. parties are from 7pm-1am and are 21+. There is a $5 cover before 10pm and a $10 cover after that. D.O.T.C. is at American Legion Marsh Post #442 . American Legion Marsh Post #442 is at 1 Gerry's Landing, outside of Harvard Square, Cambridge.



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Join Equinox Boston for $16

9/20/2007 10:52:00 PM 0 Responses
I already shared with everyone my thoughts on Equinox, the new gym in Back Bay (here). But those of you who would like to join, I just received an email saying that they have a special going on for 1 week where the initiation fee is $16. If I remember correctly, when I went in a few weeks ago, the initiation fee was $250ish.

I remain a big proponent of the Sports Club LA, but being able to get the initiation fee down to $16 is a pretty awesome deal. God knows I paid a retarded amount to join the SCLA. For where I live, the SCLA just makes more sense - it's within walking distance for me. But if I lived in Back Bay or the South End, I'd definitely check out Equinox. On another note, if anyone wants to join the SCLA, I may be able to get you a discount on the initiation fee by getting you a member referral. If anyone is interested, let me know and I will go find out.

Here are the details for Equinox:

$16 initiation offer valid for Select and Regional Access Memberships only sold between 9.20.07-9.27.07. Save $420 on All Access Memberships when you join 63rd St., Greenwich Ave., or Columbus Circle. Not valid at Woodland Hills, E, Tysons Corner, 17th St., or Century City. Certain restrictions apply.

Here's Equinox's address: BACK BAY - 131 DARTMOUTH ST 617.578.8918.

If you'd feel more comfortable going in there with a print out of the email, send me an email and I will forward it to you.


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Global Mala Project Boston - 9/22

9/20/2007 09:56:00 PM 0 Responses
Per one of my earlier posts, I admitted to being just a free weights and cardio kind of guy. But, I did recently add yoga to the mix in hopes of increasing my flexibility. I'm hoping that one day in the distant future, I'll be able to touch my toes again. I've been hitting the yoga classes off and on as my work travel schedule permits and it has been a decent workout. The "gentle" yoga classes are mainly for flexibility, but the power yoga does kick me in the ass.

Coming up this Saturday, Sept 22nd is the biggest yoga event Boston has seen this year - The Global Mala Project:

Join 19 of the most senior yoga teachers at the Global Mala Project Sun Salutation Event at the Cambridge Masonic Hall and then join us for the Global Mala Project Evening event for a kirtan concert with Krishna Das and a dharma talk by best selling author Jon Kabat Zin.


Click (here) to register for the yoga event and then click (here) to goto Ticketmaster to buy tickets for the evening concert.


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Early Access to Celtics Tickets

9/19/2007 12:10:00 PM 0 Responses
Those of you with an American Express card, or those of you with a friend with an Amex that you can coerce might want to jump on this. I've heard rumblings that thanks to Kevin Garnett, tickets for Celtics games are already hard to come by.

Purchase tickets to The Boston Celtics before the general public! Tickets are limited and subject to availability. Now through Thursday, September 20 at 11:59PM EST.

The pre-sale includes a limited number of tickets for the Celtics home games at TD Banknorth Garden. Get them while the gettin's good. Click (here) for the Ticketmaster promo link.



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Phantom Gourmet Food Festival - 9/23

9/19/2007 11:38:00 AM 0 Responses
The Annual Phantom Gourmet Food Festival goes on this weekend, September 23rd. The party takes place on Landsdowne and Ipswich street near Fenway from 11am - 4pm. I went to the food festival a few years back, and had a pretty good time. From the looks of it, this year is going to be bigger and better - with food stands outside and parties held inside the Landsdowne clubs.

Most importantly, you MUST buy tickets in advance. They will not be selling tickets during the day of the event. Click (here) for information on where you can get the tickets (online or at certain restaurants).

The list of participating restaurants is so long, that I'm not even going to attempt to type it out. Click (here) for a list of the restaurants. And click (here) for a list of the parties that are going to be held at each of the different Landsdowne venues.



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Guinness...It's What's For Dinner

9/18/2007 09:12:00 PM 0 Responses
I had some friends from out of town visit a couple weekends ago and while at the bars, they insisted on having Black & Tans - they had heard it was a Boston drink. The 2 bars we went to (who shall remain nameless because I don't want to shame them) did not have Black & Tans but instead served us Black & Blues (using Blue Moon instead of Bass). I hadn't had Guinness and while and forgot how delicious it is.

Guinness is hosting an invitation-only event in October in 3 cities: Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. If it's invitation-only how do you get in? Well, I'm going to give you the password to RSVP. The password is "Harp" and you can click (here) to RSVP. The event is being held on 3 different days (10/11 - 10/13) RSVP and pick which one you'd like to go to, it will be held at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.

Believer brings together GUINNESS® Draught enthusiasts to celebrate the heritage and the legend of one of the world's most fabled beers. Enter into a world where GUINNESS® Draught is rejoiced and its fans regaled triumphant — with cold GUINNESS® Draught, satisfying food and fiery conversation.

Disclaimer: I am not 100% sure if it'll work if you didn't get an invite. On the RSVP page, I tried a different email (from the one I got the invitation sent to) and the same "Harp" password and it let me proceed to the next page. So, give it a shot. You've got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.



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Live Jazz & Art - 9/19

9/18/2007 07:46:00 PM 0 Responses
This is an event that I'm really excited about. Live Jazz & art - it's going to be an evening of sophistication. The artwork is by local artist Lisa Finch. It's terrific stuff.

Celebrate Hump Day by swinging by Vinalia from 8pm to 11pm for some live music and some great artwork. I was crushed when a client decided last minute (yesterday) that they wanted to have an out of town meeting tomorrow. Because if I was in Boston tomorrow night (ie: All you readers out there) you'd find me at Vinalia.



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Michael A. Tye Golf Tournament - 9/19

9/17/2007 06:47:00 PM 0 Responses
It's getting cold fast. I feel like it was warm all last week and then then when the weekend hit, it suddenly got surprisingly cold. I was driving around at one point and the temperature meter in my car said it was 48 degrees outside.

Soon, it's going to be snowing out. I'm cringing as I think about the upcoming winter. According to the Farmer's Almanac, it's going to be a really cold one. Takeaway message? Spend time outside while you can.

The 5th Annual Michael A. Tye Golf Tournament takes place this Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 at the Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, MA. Click (here) for the official website and additional information.

Proceeds go to the Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation where their mission is to facilitate access to medical treatments for financially vulnerable individuals in our society, thereby assuring equal access to specialized, life-saving medical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation to all.



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1000 Words - Natick Collection

9/15/2007 06:29:00 PM 0 Responses
I just got back from the new Natick Collection (what used to be known as the Natick Mall) and I have to say that I'm really impressed with what they've done with the place. In addition to all the expansion, Natick has done a great job of attracting A-List stores/restaurants. LV, Burberry, LuluLemon, Zara, etc. Copley is going to get a run for it's money. And since a picture is worth 1000 words, here's 9000 words worth.

PS. Traffic in and around Natick is now nightmarish. Parking is also insane despite the new parking garages they built for the mall. Hopefully it will die down a little once the "new mall" novelty has worn off.



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Celebrities In Boston - The Sports Club LA

9/14/2007 01:34:00 PM 4 Responses
I blogged a little while ago about how Boston Public was a great place to see Hollywood celebrities while they are in town. Here comes another: The Sports Club LA. The Sports Club is located on Avery Street adjacent to the Ritz Carlton. It's also considered one of the nicest gyms in Boston. You'd figure that the health conscious stars out there would be swinging by the Sports Club for a workout while staying at the Ritz during their Boston stay.

I saw The Rock at the Sports Club way back when in November when he was in town filming his new movie "The Game Plan." The Boston Globe reported that Justin Timberlake was working out with a friend at the Sports Club while he was in town.

More recently, Equinox opened up near the Back Bay T Stop. They had a huge banner up proclaiming that they were now the best gym in Boston - so I had to check it out. I will admit that it was pretty nicely decorated. New places usually are. Their bathroom fixtures were quite nice. I think the fingerprint scanners & iris scanners were a bit overkill. Overall I think Equinox is a bit more modern, but I'm sticking with the Sports Club LA.



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Beckett Bowl Charity Event - Tonight

9/13/2007 04:18:00 PM 0 Responses
Sorry for the short notice, it totally slipped my mind earlier this week. Josh Beckett's Beckett Bowl charity event goes on tonight. Proceeds will go to benefit the Children's Hospital Boston. Yes, the Red Sox pitcher is a local celebrity. But it's the guest performer that will be drawing the crowds.

Adrian Grenier (You and I know him as Vinny Chase from Entourage) will be performing with his band the Honey Brothers at the afterparty. Man, I love that show. And I'm sure you do too. Click (here) for the official website and details. Swing by and catch a Glimpse of AquaMan.

Town Line Ten Pin & Rain Nightlife
665 Broadway
Malden, MA
781-324-7120

5:00 PM Bowling Tournament
9:00 PM Post-Event Party



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I'm In StuffatNight This Week!

9/13/2007 03:13:00 PM 0 Responses
Remember the Hot 100 issue of Stuff@Night from last month? Click (here) for a link to my disgruntled blog post after reading that issue. The magazine was supposed to feature the 100 Hottest things in Boston. Hottest restaurant, Hottest clothing store, etc. When it came time for the Hottest Blog, they chose a NYC blog.

Well in addition to just writing a blog entry, I also wrote an email to Stuff@Night and it was published this week. It's the issue with the Welcome Back doormat on the cover. Goto the stands and grab a copy!!!!



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Walking for a Cause - 9/16

9/13/2007 02:11:00 PM 0 Responses
I suppose its best to get all the walking in now while the weather is still decent. No one's going to do a charity walk in November when it's freezing out. Personally, I find it hard to roll about of bed in the morning for the 5 months spanning November to March.

Coming up this Sunday 9/16 there are two walks for you to choose from. Or if you're really ambitious, you could try to do both.

The 15th Annual Lupus Walk on the Charles starts at 9am with registration and then the walk commences at 10am. The walk will start at Artesani Park in Brighton. Click (here) for directions. I think that this is a 3 mile walk, but I can't be certain. The website doesn't really have much information on it.

The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is also going on this Sunday.

The Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk gives participants the opportunity to follow the course of the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon in honor or memory of friends, family, co-workers, and patients facing all forms of cancer. It is the only event other than the Boston Marathon itself that is sanctioned by the Boston Athletic Association to use the historic route. Walkers choose from one of four route options designed for everyone from the marathon enthusiast to the youngest walker.

Click (here) to see the different routes and their starting times. Routes range from the full 26.2 miles down to a 3 mile walk.

If you're really ambitious, do the Lupus walk in the morning and then the 3-mile Boston walk for the Jimmy fund at 2pm. It's for a good cause and it'll help you burn off all those beers you sampled at the Riverfront Beerfest.


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Children's Book Festival - 9/15

9/12/2007 08:29:00 PM 0 Responses
While some of us are drinking beers in an effort to get textbooks for the kids. Other's may want to take that time and take their kids to the 5th Annual Children's Book Festival going on in Copley Square this Saturday 9/15 from 11am - 5pm.

Enjoy a fun-filled day of readings by children's author's and illustrators, book signings, appearances by costumed characters, music, giveaways, and more. Admission is FREE and more than 20 local and national authors and performers will be on hand for the event.

Click (here) for the official website and schedule of events for the day. I guess I'm getting old because I can't recognize any of the authors. But, not so old that I'm buying books for kids of my own. What happened to the days of Louis Sachar and the Sideways Stories from Wayside School? Man, those were classics.



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Riverfront Brewfest - 9/15

9/12/2007 08:18:00 PM 0 Responses
Coming up this Saturday is the 2nd Annual Haverhill Brewery Riverfront Brewfest. There's another beer festival next week as well, but who says you can't go to two beer festivals, two weeks in a row?

One flyer says that there will be beer from 15 breweries, a different one says there will be beers from 20 local breweries. Conclusion? There will be more than enough beer to sample. There are 2 sessions on Saturday. Noon to 4pm and 5pm to 9pm.

Proceeds benefit the Haverhill Public Schools Textbook Project. You drink, so the kids can have textbooks. Sounds like a great idea to me. Just remember to find yourselves a designated driver. Choose that friend of yours on Atkins, he/she can't drink anyway. Beer = carbs.

Click (here) for the official website. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.



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Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival 9/14

9/11/2007 06:07:00 PM 0 Responses
This is going to be a jam packed weekend, I can already tell. The good news is, we'll all have plenty of options to choose from. For those of you that are fans of gourmet food, the Foxwoods Casino is hosting a Food & Wine Festival this weekend that looks like its going to be amazing.

Celebrity chefs, wine & spirit experts - I'm pretty excited. Here's a list of the celebrity chef's that will be there: Lidia Bastianich, David Burke, Giada De Laurentiis, Dave Lieberman, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Schlow, Ming Tsai, Jody Adams ....... ok I'm going to stop because my hands are getting tired and there's a dozen more chefs. Click (here) for the complete list of chefs.

A few of the events are already sold out, but click (here) to see the schedule of events and see if you'd like to go to any of the remaining events.



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Boston Film Festival - 9/14

9/11/2007 05:50:00 PM 0 Responses
Coming up this Friday is the start of the 23rd Annual Boston Film Festival. The festival starts on 9/14 and goes on for an entire week. Films will be shown at the AMC Boston Common on Tremont Street.

Over the past 23 years the BFF has premiered such notable films as "The Last Kiss," "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Renaissance," "Deliver Us From Evil," "Jesus Camp," "The Ground Truth," "The US vs. John Lennon," "A Desperate Crossing," "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Prime," "North Country."

For those of you that are hoping to catch a glimpse of some hollywood celebs, the following folks will be in town: George Clooney, Jessica Alba, Dane Cook, Alison Eastwood (Clint's daughter), and Alicja Bachleda.

Click (here) for the official site and schedule of movies.




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Boston Film Festival - 9/14

9/11/2007 05:50:00 PM 0 Responses
Coming up this Friday is the start of the 23rd Annual Boston Film Festival. The festival starts on 9/14 and goes on for an entire week. Films will be shown at the AMC Boston Common on Tremont Street.

Over the past 23 years the BFF has premiered such notable films as "The Last Kiss," "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Renaissance," "Deliver Us From Evil," "Jesus Camp," "The Ground Truth," "The US vs. John Lennon," "A Desperate Crossing," "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Prime," "North Country."

For those of you that are hoping to catch a glimpse of some Hollywood celebs, the following folks will be in town for the event: George Clooney, Jessica Alba, Dane Cook, Alison Eastwood (Clint's daughter), and Alicja Bachleda.

Click (here) for the official site and schedule of movies.




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Moment of Silence - 9/11/07

9/11/2007 08:58:00 AM 0 Responses
Good morning everyone. Just wanted to ask that we all take a moment of silence today in honor of the loved ones who died six years ago on this day.

Many of us in Boston had family/friends that were on those planes that left from Logan. It's shocking that six years have already gone by, don't let their memories fade.


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Celebrities in Boston - 9/10/07

9/10/2007 11:52:00 AM 0 Responses
It's been a busy week for celebrities in Boston. Not only were 3 movies being filmed in the Boston area, but the AARP convention was also in town. Kirk & Michael Douglas spoke at the convention. Wife Catherine Zeta Jones was reported to be in town as well. In addition, LL Cool J hosted a Friday morning workout for convention-goers. And then on Saturday, Whoopi Goldberg and Maya Angelou were on stage together for an interview.

Gisele was spotted at the Patriots game on Sunday supporting her man. Congrats to the Patriots for crushing the Jets. And also congrats to Ellis Hobbs for your 108 yard kickoff return. If you missed it, Hobbs set a new NFL record for the longest kickoff return beating the previous record of 106 yards, by Green Bay's Al Carmichael in 1966, Kansas City's Nolan Smith in 1967 and Roy Green of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979.

Dane Cook and Kate Hudson made their way to Comedy Connection on Saturday night to see Russell Peters perform. Cook made his way on the stage to join Peters at one point.

Boston is substituting for Paris in the filming of the movie Pink Panther 2. Winthrop Square was temporarily transformed into the French city on Saturday when filming began. I'm really curious to see how the movie comes out. Substituting Boston for Paris is a pretty big stretch. The Pink Panther 2 stars: Steve Martin, Andy Garcia, John Cleese, and Alfred Molina. Keep an eye out for these folks in and around Boston in the next few weeks. Filming this week will take place at the Wang Theatre.



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Boston Taxi Drivers

9/10/2007 11:24:00 AM 4 Responses
The Metro has an interesting blurb today talking about what it takes to be a Taxi driver in Boston. I've always wondered how it worked, so if you were wondering also, here are the 3 steps.

Step 1: Goto the Boston Police Headquarters
Criminal Record Check
Driving Record Check
Drug Test
Interview
10 Question test on the rules of the road

Step 2: Taxi School
3 day course at Roxbury Community College

Step 3: Get a Job
Find a local taxi fleet where you can lease a car per shift
$77 per 12 hours
$139 per 24 hours
$700 per week

The one question that I have, is how did any of the cab drivers I've ever ridden with pass the 10 question test on the rules of the road?



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Museum of Science College Night

9/09/2007 07:38:00 PM 0 Responses
Tomorrow, Monday 9/10, the Museum of Science is sponsoring "College Night" to welcome all the college students back to Boston. The event will be held from 4pm to 10pm and students get free admission to all venues with their college ID. Click (here) for official website or see below for a list of what will be going on that evening.

Book Signing
Candid discussion with Amber Madison, author of Hooking Up: A Girl's All-Out Guide to Sex and Sexuality, followed by a book signing.

Exhibit Halls

More than 700 interactive exhibits plus Theater of Electricity demos and live animal presentations.

Laser Shows
Laser Led Zeppelin
Laser U2
Laser Pink Floyd (I saw this one, it's awesome)

Omni Passes
The Mugar Omni Theater will be closed for renovation during College Night, but you can pick up two free passes to go back after mid-November

Free Raffle
Prizes available from many Boston-area stores, restaurants, and venues

Boston Duck Tours
Depart from the Museum at 4pm and 4:30pm

3-D Digital Cinema
Bugs
3D Sun



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Langham Hotel Chocolate Bar

9/09/2007 07:13:00 PM 0 Responses
The Langham Hotel's famous Chocolate Bar opened this past weekend. For those of you that haven't experienced it, the Chocolate Bar is a seasonal all-you-can-eat buffet featuring chocolate of all shapes, sizes, and incarnations. This year's theme is "Air, Fire, Water & Earth."

Experience this all-you-can-enjoy buffet through the four elements of nature as chocolate creations. This delicious assortment of more than 125 chocolate desserts includes chocolate mousses, specialty cakes, made-to-order chocolate crêpes, homemade ice cream, fresh baked cookies, milk chocolate passion fruit tarts, miniature s’more cups, cotton candy, delicate truffles, donut machine, homemade waffles with chocolate fondue and more.

I do enjoy the occasional piece of chocolate, but a full meal of just chocolate isn't really my cup of tea. If you're a chocolate lover, though, and haven't checked this out yet, keep one of your Saturdays open for this event. As I think about it more, I may have to check it out at least once, just to see how it is. The Chocolate Bar is only served on Saturdays from noon to 3pm. Click (here) for the official website and number to call for reservations.



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Ollie Road Race on Saturday

9/07/2007 01:25:00 PM 0 Responses
The Ollie Road Race is a 5 mile run / 2 mile walk taking place tomorrow, Saturday 9/8 at 10am. This race has been going on in South Boston for the past 66 years! Granted, I don't really go to South Boston very often, but this is the first I've heard of the Ollie Road Race in the 7 years that I've been in Boston.

Following the Settlement House tradition, the Ollie Road Race Classic was initiated in 1941 and is one of the longstanding road races in New England. Beginning as an athletic event for young men, the Ollie Road Race Classic is now more than just a race – it is a community event that provides all family members with the opportunity to celebrate the positive aspects of the neighborhood.

To make things a little more interesting this year, Procter & Gamble is sponsoring Dunkin' Donuts runners to run in the race while pushing grocery shopping carts and passing out samples of the new packaged coffee.

So if you're free tomorrow and want to enjoy the last few bits of warm weather before it starts to get cold - head over to South Boston, cheer on the runners, and grab some free coffee. Click (here) for the official website and information on free parking or see below for the schedule. Yes, you can still register to run tomorrow morning, just go early.

7:30 AM EST: Registration opens and Warm-Up
10:00 AM EST: Race and Walk Begin
11:00 AM EST: Awards Ceremony
11:30 AM EST: Entertainment



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Boston Fashion Week - 9.7-9.14

9/07/2007 11:03:00 AM 2 Responses
Today marks the start of Boston Fashion Week. For those of you that are fashionable and like to stay on top of trends, this is the week for you. Click (here) for the official website and schedule of events for the week.

Fashion Week kicks off with the re-opening of the new Natick Mall called "Natick Collection." I will admit that they've got some great stores now. I can already foresee them stealing business from Newbury Street. They do afterall have PARKING! At the very least, people will start exhibiting a migratory pattern. Newbury Street for the Spring/Summer shopping and Natick Collection for the winter/"freezing my butt off" shopping.

If you're free this weekend, go check out the new mall and let me know what you think. A few notable stores: Nordstrom's, Zara, LuluLemon. I should probably visit myself at some point and get some fashion tips. I still get mistaken as a college student when I'm walking to and from work. Perhaps it's time to step it up.

PS. Be sure to check out the Fashion Week website if you want to attend the parties in the evenings. Several of them require you to RSVP in order to gain entry.



The Decemberists Tickets - 9/8/07

9/07/2007 10:51:00 AM 1 Response
When I read that the Decemberists were coming back so soon, I immediately got on IM and starting messaging people. This time around, they are doing a two concert series called "The Long and Short of it." I think it's rather clever. One day (11/3) is the "Long of It" concert where they will play their epic eight-minute plus songs and then the next day (11/4) is the "Short of It" concert where they will be playing their shorter more pop-type songs.

The concerts are going to be held at the Orpheum Theater on 11/3-11/4 (Saturday and Sunday) and tickets go on sale tomorrow 9/8 @ 10am EST. Click (here) for a link to the "Long of It" concert on 11/3 or click (here) for a link to the "Short of It" concert on 11/4.

I'm checking my schedule to see if I can make both concerts - but I'll most likely only make it to the Sunday show. I think my Wicked tickets are on that Saturday. If you haven't heard the Decemberists, check them out. They're awesome. When I got their cd Picaresque, I listened to Eli, The Barrow Boy over and over again for weeks at a time.



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A Night At The Rock Opera Tickets

9/07/2007 10:26:00 AM 0 Responses
Thanks to Adam for letting me know about this upcoming event - A Night at the Rock Opera. A Somerville based group called the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra (URO) will be putting on a series of concerts at the Wilbur Theater starting in Late October. Tickets went on sale at 10am this morning. See below for a mini-excerpt describing the show.

A Night at the Rock Opera will feature spectacular sound and lighting as the 23-member production performs music from the Beatles, The Who, David Bowie, Queen and Jesus Christ Superstar, along with Will We Rock You?, the URO’s all-original mini-opera. We believe this is a great story - Boston producers, Boston band and singers, Boston production breathing new life into these great classic rock songs and at classic Boston venue.

And you know me, I'm all about concerts and I'm all about supporting anything Boston related. I digress, but did anyone else make it out to Lupo's (in Providence) last night to see the Arctic Monkeys? It was an awesome show. They should have come to Boston instead, it would have saved me some gas.

To be honest, I had never heard of The URO prior to this so I did a little research. Click (here) for a link to their official website where you can download a couple of videos or listen to audio. I downloaded the Bohemian Rhapsody video and was pretty impressed. Next stop on the research train - MySpace. They've got one of those also (here).

Now that my interest is thoroughly piqued, time to check out Ticketmaster. Click (here) for the list of concert dates. If you notice, it's a seated concert and all the tickets are the same price. What does that mean? It means buy your tickets NOW so you get good seats for $35 as opposed to waiting for a few weeks to buy and paying the same $35 for crappier seats.



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Celebrities In Boston - 9/6/07

9/06/2007 12:13:00 PM 0 Responses
I guess late summer and early fall is THE time to film movies in Boston. The Women, Bachelor No 2, and now a third.

Steve Martin is in town filming scenes for "Pink Panther 2." He was spotted at Papa Razzi on Dartmouth Street having lunch earlier this week.

Rex Lee from "Entourage" who plays Lloyd, Ari's assistant, was at Abe & Louie's this week for an RCN promotion to find “Entourage” fans at local colleges for the Entourage Red Carpet Walk-Off at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen swung by Louis Boston last night to introduce their new high-end fashion line, The Row. As you might have guessed, they had dinner at Boston Public first and then hosted an invitation only meet-and-greet for Louis Boston customers.



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Films at the Gate - Chinatown

9/06/2007 10:33:00 AM 0 Responses
I went to Chinatown for dinner last night (Wing's Kitchen if anyone's curious) and as I was walking there, I noticed that a projector had been set up in the parking lot next to Ginza and folks were sitting in some chairs that had been set up and were watching a movie.

Well turns out, the event is called Films at the Gate and last night was the first of a series of movie screenings that will continue through Sunday night. Each evening features 7pm shorts and 8pm feature films. Click (here) for the official website and details on which movies will be playing.

My movie pick? Tonight's feature "Mystery Movie II" starring Stephen Chow. You probably know him from Shaolin Soccer or Kung Fu Hustle. And if you want to see a classic Stephen Chow movie, see if you can dig up a copy of "All for the Winner" (1989). It's a parody of Chow-Yun Fat's God of Gamblers and it's hilarious.



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Forbes & The Wall Street Journal

9/06/2007 10:18:00 AM 0 Responses
I think I've gone through the list before of what I try to read on a daily/weekly basis to stay informed on what's going on in the world and also Boston specifically. There's the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, The Metro, Boston NOW, The Phoenix, The Weekly Dig, Stuff@Night, Improper Bostonian, and even Barstool Sports (The one with the scantily clad women on the cover). Other than the Globe and WSJ, the rest of the publications are free.

In terms of magazines, I just started getting subscriptions to Boston Magazine, Forbes, and US News & World Report. Forbes because we're all interested in finance (or at least we should be) and US News & World Report because sometimes you need a more national perspective on things to see what Boston-related issues are making national headlines. That's also what cnn.com is for - seeing how our little world impacts those across the country.

Anyways, I am happy to announce newly established advertising partnerships with the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. If you're interested in subscribing to either of these publications, please use one of my links below. For all of you MBA students at Harvard and Sloan - school just started, better get a move on and get those subscriptions going.


Click Here For The Wall Street Journal



Subscribe now to Forbes Magazine!



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Brazilian Independence Day Festival

9/05/2007 11:16:00 AM 1 Response
Time for a little culture? The Brazilian Independence Day Festival starts tonight and runs through the weekend. Why should we celebrate? Because we love Brazil. Ask any fund/etf manager who's been doing the heavy lifting in Latin America - answer: Brazil. Who gave us Carnival? Brazil. Who brought us those glorious restaurants where the waiters walk around with skewers of roasted meat? Brazil. Soccer? Brazil (ok, ok and David Beckham). Over half of our beloved Victoria Secret Models (I <3 Adriana Lima)? Brazil.

I think I've made my point. So get ready to party this week. Click (here) for the official website and additional information or see below for a schedule of events.

Wednesday 9/5 @ 7pm
Film Screening: Bossa Nova (2000)
Framingham Public Library
Costin Room
49 Lexington Street
Framingham, MA

Thursday 9/6 @ 7pm
Film Screening: Favela Rising (2005)
Regent Theater
7 Medford Street
Arlington, MA

Friday 9/7 @ 12:30pm
Civic Ceremony
Hoisting of the Brazilian Flag
Singing of the National Anthem
Boston City Hall Plaza
Government Center

Sunday 9/9 @ 12pm to 6pm
Outdoor Festival
Artesani Park on Soldier's Filed Road
Charles River (Across from Channel 4)
Live Entertainment, Brazilian Food, Arts & Crafts and more.



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1000 Words - St. Anthony's Feast

9/04/2007 11:12:00 PM 0 Responses

St. Anthony's Feast
North End
Saturday, August 25th


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The Liberty Hotel Grand Opening

9/04/2007 02:53:00 PM 0 Responses
The Liberty Hotel (near the Charles MGH T Stop) officially opens tomorrow, Wednesday 9/4. For those that have been in Boston for a while, you're aware that this particular hotel has an interesting past. It was formerly the Charles Street Jail.

Today's Globe has an article about all the amenities that this new hotel will have and goes in to great detail as to what measures were taken to preserve some of the nostalgia of the former jail such as a restaurant named "Clink" and a bar named "Alibi." Click (here) to read the article.

If you've got some free time tomorrow, go check out the latest hotel to open up in Boston. Let me know if it looks like it's worth the $319 -$525 they will be charging for rooms. I just walked through the new Intercontinental this past weekend and it looked amazing. More on that hotel to come.



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Back to School - The South End

9/04/2007 02:28:00 PM 3 Responses
For today's Back to School edition, I'd like to talk about the South End. After having moved out of that neighborhood last year, I hadn't been back in a while - until this past Sunday. I had forgotten how much character and how quaint the South End is. Makes me almost miss living there.

The South End is basically the area south of Back Bay. Although they are the area around Shawmut Street and Washington Street have undergone extensive changes over the last few years, I never really roam south of Tremont Street. In fact, I spend most of my time there (all my favorite restaurants are conveniently located on Tremont).


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As you can tell, I really enjoyed all the restaurants on Tremont Street and didn't really venture away from that area very often. Why did I move? I had a car that I had to park in a garage 10 minutes away (Near Back Bay T Stop) and whenever I did park on the street, I had to worry about tickets from street cleaning and parking meters. Also, it was pretty noisy living on Tremont Street - garbage trucks at 5am woke me up almost daily.

But every place has their pros and cons. One big pro for the South End is definitely the food. If there are any other places readers would like me to mark on the map, send me a comment or email.



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Boston Tattoo Convention

9/03/2007 02:45:00 PM 0 Responses
It's sad that the work week hasn't even started yet and I'm already thinking about the weekend. Coming up on Friday 9/7 is the 6th Annual Boston Tattoo Convention. It runs all weekend and promises to be an interesting experience.

Tattoo artists from all around the country will be attending this event at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End. Click (here) for additional info on the official website. If I was in great physical shape, I'd totally get a tattoo - maybe on my back somewhere. Too bad I'm not in great shape, gotta hit the gym for a while first and lose some weight.


Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116


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IFC Free Film Fest

9/02/2007 02:23:00 PM 0 Responses
I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend. The weather has been amazing so far and according to the forecast it should hold up for the next couple days. I spent yesterday walking down Newbury Street, it's been a while since I've walked all the way down from Arlington to Mass Ave. Also took a quick walk through the Pru and Copley Mall. And nope, still can't afford anything in Copley.

Enjoy the weekend because after tomorrow, it's back to work/school on Tuesday. But fear not, I've got the perfect after work event for you this week to ease you back into the Fall. The IFC Free Film fest starts Tuesday and continues through Thursday. Click (here) for the official website. Movies will be shown in Copley Square on the lawn at Trinity Church.

Join us for uncut screenings of these three films - the Coen Brothers cult hit, "Raising Arizona"; the family-friendly fairy tale classic "The Princess Bride"; as well as the unconventionally humorous "Napoleon Dynamite". All films will be shown on a 40' x 20' inflatable air screen constructed specifically by IFC for the tour - a state-of-the-art outdoor video system. The films will begin at dusk, following a variety of pre-show activities, including musical entertainment.

Tuesday 9/4 - Raising Arizona
Wednesday 9/5 - The Princess Bride
Thursday 9/6 - Napoleon Dynamite



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