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Summer Restaurant Week 2008 - Early Reservation

6/30/2008 01:23:00 PM 0 Responses
It's that time of year again. Summer Restaurant Week is coming up in about a month and a half and those of you with American Express cards can make advanced reservations. Restaurant week is actually two weeks and runs from August 10-15 and August 17-22.

Lunch is $20.08 for a 3 courses and dinner is #33.08 for 3 courses.

Cardmembers enjoy an exclusive early reservation period 6/30–7/18. And their meals can help support hunger relief, too. For each transaction made on any American Express Card at a participating restaurant during Restaurant Week, American Express will donate $.25 to Project Bread's Food for Kids Fund, up to $10,000.

To make your reservation: call the restaurant, tell them you're an Amex cardmember, and make you early reservation.

Click (here) to access the official restaurant week website.

Click (here) to go to the Amex website that mentions the early reservation promotion.



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Congrats to Alicia Zitka - Miss Massachusetts 2008

6/30/2008 11:47:00 AM 4 Responses
Congratulations to Miss Alicia Zitka who won the Miss Massachusetts pageant this past weekend.

Miss Zitka beat out 18 other contestants to earn the crown during the pageant at Bristol Community College, where she performed a contemporary lyrical dance as her talent and won a preliminary swimsuit award.

She will now get the chance to compete for the title of Miss America at the pageant in Las Vegas in January.

Good luck in the upcoming Miss America pageant.

Click (here) for the article on Miss Zitka's win.

Click (here) to go to the Miss Massachusetts website.



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Seaport Not As Lively As They Hoped

6/30/2008 07:00:00 AM 1 Response
The front page story yesterday in the City & Region section of the Globe was an article about how the Seaport District isn't as settled as people were hoping. What do you expect? There's no T stop (except for the Silver Line), only a handful of restaurants, and no supermarket.

There's an apartment building there (Park Lane) that I checked out a couple years ago. It was really nice, but still a bit pricey - especially the parking. The Seaport District is not downtown - you CANNOT charge $400 a month for parking - it's highway robbery.

Still, after years as a wind-blown wasteland, the waterfront is beginning to show signs of life, some of it quite vibrant. The $800 million convention center has been booked beyond all expectations, Morton's steakhouse is a draw, Salvatore's has a contingent of local regulars, and LTK Bar and Kitchen is attracting curiosity-seekers from around the region. Prominent area chef Barbara Lynch is developing a restaurant in Fort Point Channel and Louis Boston owner Debi Greenberg has expressed interest in moving over from Newbury Street. Ten years from now, as people have been saying for nearly 10 years, this area should be the hottest place to be.

I've always been a fan of the Seaport District. They have great lofts there, none that I can afford, but they're pretty nice.

Click (here) to read the Globe article.



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Michael Chiklis Day in Andover - 6/27

6/30/2008 07:00:00 AM 0 Responses
I'm sure you know him from "The Commish" or maybe "The Shield" or maybe those somewhat awful Fantastic Four movies. What you may not know, however, is that he's from Andover, MA. June 27th, 2008 was declared Michael Chiklis Day in Andover as the actor visited and recieved the key to the city.

"You are entering rarefied air," Town Manager Reginald "Buzz" Stapczynski told the 44-year-old actor as he handed over the representative key to the town where Chiklis was raised. Only two other keys have been given out that Stapczynski could remember, one to a visiting principal from China last fall and the other 12 years ago when a group from Andover, England, came to visit. No other entertainers, including Andover native Jay Leno, have a key to the town.

Congratulations to Mr. Chiklis. It's nice to have your accomplishments acknowledged by the community that you came from.

Hopefully one day I'll do something awesome and Plano, TX will decide to give me a key to their city. Hehe.

Click (here) for more pictures from Michael Chiklis Day

Click (here) for an article about the event in the Eagle Tribune.



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Sir Ben Kingsley Staying at the Ritz

6/27/2008 12:55:00 PM 0 Responses
It's usually the Ritz or the Four Seasons. That's where most of the celebrities stay when they're in town. Occasionally though, they might stay at the new Liberty Hotel or the Intercontinental. That being said: Sir Ben Kingsley has been staying at the Ritz while he's in town filming Ashecliffe (here).

We briefly caught up with Sir Ben Kingsley at the Ritz-Carlton the other day, and the celebrated actor said he's nearly wrapped up work on "Ashecliffe," the Martin Scorsese movie that's kept him busy in Boston for the past few months. Kingsley told us he had wanted to teach an acting class while in town, but his hectic schedule wouldn't allow it. A big-time tennis fan, Kingsley likened his "Ashecliffe" costar Leonardo DiCaprio to Wimbledon favorite Roger Federer, a reference we didn't necessarily understand. Does Leo wear a headband?

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.



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Contest - Be the Opening Band for Coldplay - 7/1

6/27/2008 10:21:00 AM 3 Responses
Do you have a band? I mean a real one - it doesn't count if you're playing Rock Band at home on your Playstation. This is pretty exciting, here's your chance to enter a contest to open for Coldplay when they come to to the TD Banknorth Garden on August 4th (here).

Imagine performing before one of the biggest bands in the world. The lights go down and the stage is yours. Here is your chance. Live Nation and WFNX are giving your band the opportunity to go on before Coldplay at TD Banknorth Garden on Monday, August 4!

To enter, simply sign up by following the contest link below. All entries must be submitted from July 1 - July 7.

Click (here) to sign up for the contest. It basically entails you making a video of yourselves and uploading it onto Youtube. I didn't read the rest of the rules because I don't have a band.

PS. If anyone needs a pianist, cellist, or guitarist for their band, I'm your man. Just kidding, I haven't played in years - you're way better off going to the New England Conservatory or Berklee School of Music.



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North End Summer Feast Schedule 2008

6/27/2008 10:15:00 AM 0 Responses
Doh, I already missed one of the feasts that took place in early June. That's ok, there's plenty more running through the rest of the summer. For those of you that haven't been to one yet, there's a bunch of Feasts that take place in the North End during the summer. I went to a few of them last year like St. Anthony's Feast (here) and The Fisherman's Feast (here) - and those were just random weekends that I'd happened to go there.

This year, I had the foresight of pulling the schedule so that I can actually plan my jaunts over to the North End and now so can you. Here's the schedule.

June 28, 2008
Society of Saint Jude Thaddeus of Boston
Procession

July 6, 2008
Maria del Graze Society
Procession

July 13, 2008
St. Rocco Society
Procession

July 20, 2008
St. Domenic Society
Procession

July 25 - 27, 2008
St. Joseph Society
Feast Celebration
Battery & Hanover Streets

August 1 - 3, 2008
St. Agrippina di Mineo Society
Feast Celebration
Battery & Hanover Streets

August 8 - 10, 2008
Madonna Della Cava Society
Feast Celebration
Battery & Hanover Streets

August 14 - 17, 2008
Fisherman's Feast of the Madonna
Del Soccorso di Sciacca Society of Boston
Feast Celebration
Fleet & North Streets

August 29 - 31, 2008
San Antonio Di Padova Da Montefalcione, Inc.
Feast Celebration
Thatcher & Endicott Streets

September 1, 2008
St. Lucy Society
Feast Celebration
Thatcher & Endicott Streets

September 7, 2008
Santa Rosalia Di Palermo Society
Procession

Click (here) to go to the official North End webpage.



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Chefs in Shorts Charity BBQ - Tonight

6/27/2008 10:06:00 AM 0 Responses
Looking for something to do tonight that will benefit charity and wreak havok on your diet? Check out the 11th annual Chefs in Shorts BBQ that's going on tonight. You gotta indulge a little sometimes otherwise you'll go crazy (that's why after three consecutive nights of salads, I went to Popeye's last night and got some fried chicken - delicious)

Please join us as great chefs from around the city fire up the grills for a night of great food and fun! Tickets can be purchased for $60 a person and includes beer, wine and tastings. Proceeds from the event will go to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Click (here) to see the list of participating chefs - it's a pretty extensive list. Oh and you can buy your e-tickets there too.



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Banditos Misteriosos Scavenger Hunt - 6/28

6/26/2008 10:22:00 AM 0 Responses
Is it the weekend yet? The days are just dragging along. At least we're halfway there - time to start planning for the weekend.

If you're looking for something to do outside this Saturday, check out the Banditos Misteriosos Scavenger Hunt. It's being hosted by the same folks that brought that pillow fight in Copley a little while back (here).

Boston is a playground. Banditos Misteriosos is the city's mysterious playmate. We are an organization composed of just-everyday-people-ready-for-fun who are dedicated to bringing Boston alive with a slew of activities that are free, open to everybody and most importantly, just a little bit out of the ordinary.

This will be a “passport scavenger hunt”. So don’t worry, we will provide everything you need, merely show up with energy and shoes! All the items on the list exist within less than a 5 mile radius starting location, so there is no need for alternative transportation. You will be able to complete all the missions by mere foot work!

You have to register to participate, so if you're interested be sure to do that prior to Saturday.

Also, it's supposed to rain Saturday, so bring an umbrella or something.

Click (here) to go to the official scavenger hunt website.



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Farewell to Good Time Emporium

6/26/2008 07:00:00 AM 0 Responses
This is the 2nd time I'm writing this post. I wrote the whole darned thing and set it to publish and it disappeared. Strange. Anyhoo, here we go again.

I was pretty sad when they closed the Hooters in North Station. Not because of the food and not because they had hot waitresses, but because they used to show pay per view UFC matches on their tvs.

After they closed, the only other place I knew of to watch the fights was Good Times. Now that's disappearing too.

OK, Somerville, you wanted an Ikea in Assembly Square. But did you realize those rice paper light fixtures and assemble-your-own bookshelves would displace Skee-Ball? The Good Time Emporium announced it will close July 1 so landlord Federal Realty Investment Trust can demolish the building and make way for Ikea.

They're looking for locations to reopen, but if they don't - I'll just hafta forgo the fights cause UFC fights aren't worth $40.

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.

PS. I was just notified that there is a Facebook Group entitled "Save Good Time Emporium." You can join it (here).



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Boston Harbor Hotel Summer In The City - 8/25

6/26/2008 07:00:00 AM 0 Responses
Every summer the Boston Harbor Hotel hosts a series of events during the evenings of the week - from Tuesdays through Fridays. I walked past a few of the events last year - it was pretty nice (here).

The events started this week and will run through the end of August. Now that I live so much closer to that area, I think I might try to swing by more of the events.

Summer Soul Tuesdays
Summer Soul will take place every Tuesday night, from late June to late August 2008 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The Boston Harbor Hotel will host different R&B and soul singers with their bands.

Summer Swing Wednesdays
Summer Swing allows guests to come and dance the night away with family and friends to the sounds of the White Heat Orchestra on Wednesday nights, from late June to late August 2008 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Blues Barge Thursdays
The Blues Barge -- a floating stage anchored behind the Boston Harbor Hotel -- provides the setting for some of the hottest local and national blues artists. The 2008 series will include performances every Thursday evening until August 23rd, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Moonlight Movie Fridays
The Movies by Moonlight series offers guests a chance to revisit a few of time's most memorable films such as Some Like it Hot, Rio Bravo and The Hustler. The 2008 series will continue every Friday night until August 31st, starting at dusk.

Click (here) for additional details.



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George Michael Tix for $25 - Today Only

6/25/2008 01:26:00 PM 1 Response
Ticketmaster is running a special one-day sale on tickets for the upcoming George Michael concert on 7/27 (concert info here).

Just for today, they're selling the $65 dollar seats for $25. I guess ticket sales aren't going so well right now. So if you were on the fence before about going to this concert due to high ticket prices, here's your chance to score some cheap seats.

According to the email I got, this promo is for Wednesday only so get to it.

Click (here) to go to the Ticketmaster site and look for the "One Day Promo Ticket" category.



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Celtics Parade 2008 Video Footage

6/25/2008 10:09:00 AM 0 Responses
Unfortunately, I missed the parade last week, I had a business meeting out in Framingham to go to. So it was nice to be able to see pictures from the Globe (here) but even nicer to receive a link to some video footage that Karmaloop took at the event.

Warning, there's a lil bit of profanity in the video so if you're at work, put on some headphones.





Clearly, the host was right - there weren't too many sober folks at the parade.

Click (here) if you can't see the embedded video to goto Karmaloop's page.



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Farewell to Good Time Emporium

6/25/2008 07:00:00 AM 1 Response
I was pretty sad when they closed down the Hooters in North Station. Not that the food was good or the girls were hot, but because I used to watch pay per view UFC matches there. When they closed down, the only other place that I knew of that showed the fights was Good Times. Now they're closing too.

OK, Somerville, you wanted an Ikea in Assembly Square. But did you realize those rice paper light fixtures and assemble-your-own bookshelves would displace Skee-Ball? The Good Time Emporium announced it will close July 1 so landlord Federal Realty Investment Trust can demolish the building and make way for Ikea.

The good news is that they're looking into other locations so there's a chance that there might still be a place that I can go to to avoid paying the outrageous $40 fee for a pay per view UFC match.

At the same time though, I'm pretty happy that there will be an Ikea close by (Stoughton's a bit of haul). It'll probably destroy traffic in the area, but I do love me some Ikea furniture.

PS. Avoid the cinnamon rolls there, my friend dwillens got a nasty stomach bug from them.

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.



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Kiehl's Summer Book Exchange - 6/24

6/25/2008 07:00:00 AM 0 Responses
Bookworms rejoice. Kiehl's is hosting a summer book exchange program that started yesterday and runs through Labor Day. I'm sure all of you have a book laying around that you read once (or maybe didn't even finish reading) and would love to swap it out for something else.

This summer, Kiehl’s Since 1851 helps its customers stock up on more than just sun care—we’re going to keep them stocked in summer beach reads! From June 24 through Labor Day, customers can visit their nearest Kiehl’s freestanding store, drop off a well-read favorite and pick up a new title.

Customers who purchase a Kiehl’s sun preparation will also receive a Limited Edition “Safer Fun in the Sun” bookmark, to further remind them of the importance of sun protection.


I've definitely got my fair share of books that I don't want anymore. This would have come in handy a couple weeks ago PRIOR to my moving apartments. Oh well, it'd still be good to swap them out and get some new ones.

I haven't used any of Kiehl's sun-screen products, but if they're anything like their other products, I'm sure they're awesome.

Click (here) to go to the Kiehl's website.

Otherwise, swing by their stores - either on Newbury St or at the Burlington Mall and swap out some of your books.



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Salmonella Tainted Tomatoes in MA

6/25/2008 07:00:00 AM 2 Responses
The count is now up to 17 for people that have gotten sick in MA from the salmonella tainted tomatoes. I think most restaurants are pretty careful about it now. The ABP that I go to every day for lunch just started serving tomatoes again after a week long hiatus - they have a sign up that says they're getting their tomatoes from an FDA approved source.

But, it would probably still behoove you to watch your tomato intake for the time being.

Public health officials say the number of salmonella cases in Massachusetts has risen to 17 after five more people were infected as authorities struggle to curb a nationwide outbreak associated with certain types of raw tomatoes.

There were five victims from Middlesex County, four each from Suffolk and Norfolk counties as well as one each from Plymouth and Worcester counties.

I haven't been following this story too closely so maybe someone out there can answer the question. This just pertains to raw tomatoes, right? Can I still eat my marinara in the North End? I'm assuming that cooking the tomatoes should kill the salmonella.

PS. I'm sure the joke has already been made somewhere, but do ya'll remember the old school "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" movies? Hehe.

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Fung Wah Bus Hit By Truck - 1 Person Dies

6/24/2008 10:58:00 AM 1 Response
This was all over the news yesterday in both Boston and NYC. Fung Wah - one of the "chinatown bus" companies was involved in an accident yesterday in NYC that resulted in one person's death. The accident was not their fault, but will probably still prove to be bad PR for them.

A dump truck hit a parked Fung Wah bus in New York yesterday morning, creating a chain reaction that left one pedestrian dead and six others injured, police said.

Lai Ho, 57, of Brooklyn was among several people waiting to cross the street when the accident happened. A sign attached to a light pole fell as a result of the crash, hitting Ho, Diaz said. She was taken to Beekman Hospital, where she was pronounced dead from a heart attack, Diaz said.

I suppose this is why Boston doesn't allow buses to pickup and drop off in the middle of the street (the chinatown buses used to do that here, but have since moved to the South Station bus terminal)

Click (here) to read the rest of the article.

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1000 Words - Gisele on the Cover of GQ

6/24/2008 10:40:00 AM 0 Responses
Tom Brady's girlfriend Gisele is on the cover of GQ's July issue in case you want to check it out. Here are a few of the pictures from the spread:





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Casting Call for MTV's "Bromance" - 6/28

6/24/2008 12:32:00 AM 1 Response
This one's for the guys out there that want to be famous. Here's your chance to get your fifteen minutes. MTV & Ryan Seacrest are teaming up to create a new show starring "The Hills'" Brody Jenner and they're doing a casting call in Boston this weekend. Here's the email that I got and a few additional details:

I am a Casting Producer based out of Los Angeles. I stumbled across your page and hoped you could post a notice about our MTV/Ryan Seacrest Productions casting call in Boston Saturday June, 28th at Ned Devine's. We are heading to Boston to find males 21-26 years of age, all types and characters to become a part of Brody Jenner's entourage.

Bros selected to participate on MTV's BROMANCE will be flown to Los Angeles, move into a mansion, and live the celebrity highlife! You will have the opportunity to party with beautiful women and get to see what it's like to be apart of Brody's Entourage.

Casting Call Information
Saturday, June 28th, 2008
10:00pm - 11-:30pm
Ned Devine's
Quincy Market Building
2nd floor
Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Click (here) to get more information on the casting call.

I'm surprised the event isn't being held at one of Ed Kane's clubs (here) and (here). From all the times he's had Brody at his clubs, you'd think Ed would be all over this.



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Are You Life Is Good's Greatest Backyard Athlete?

6/24/2008 12:19:00 AM 0 Responses
Life is Good has a festival each summer to raise money for charity. The one last year (here) was a huge success, so I can only expect this year to be bigger and better.

One of the things they're doing this year is hosting a competition called the "World's Greatest Backyard Athlete" to raise additional funds.

More than 100 individuals will compete in this friendly, low-key competition for the coveted title while raising funds for the Life is good Kids Foundation. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be directed by the foundation to Project Joy, a Boston-based non-profit organization whose mission is to use the healing power of play to transform children impacted by violence, poverty and loss into healthy and joyful players in the game of life.

The pledge-driven competition, sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, features men and women putting their skills to the test through a number of old-fashioned backyard games including Frisbee toss, bocce, watermelon seed spitting, and Wiffle Ball Homerun Derby. Competing athletes commit to raise at least $1,000 for the Life is good Kids Foundation.
The top fundraiser will win a three night stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Palmas del Mar Resort in Puerto Rico.

The event is going to be held on July 19th. Click (here) to get more information on how to sign up and compete. It's for a good cause - so bust out the wiffleball bat and start practicing.


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Meg Ryan Summers in Martha's Vineyard

6/23/2008 10:30:00 AM 2 Responses
I like Meg Ryan movies. They're cute and entertaining. I like them much in the same way I like Hugh Grant movies where he plays the archetypal aloof/clumsy British guy. I pulled up Ms. Ryan's wikipedia page to look over her list of works, and I think my favorite one is You've Got Mail. I saw it again recently - it's so outdated now with the whole AOL email thing - but still fun to watch. Does anyone out there still use AOL?

Anyway, according to the Globe, Meg Ryan spends her summers in Martha's Vineyard.

Considering she summers on Martha's Vineyard, it wasn't too difficult for Meg Ryan to make it to this weekend's Nantucket Film Festival, where she was honored for her long and illustrious oeuvre.

Between chats, Meg Ryan stopped into American Seasons to sample some of chef Michael LaScola's cuisine.

FYI, for those that forgot, Meg Ryan is in "The Women" which filmed in Boston last year (here).

Click (here) for a link to the blurb on Meg.



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8' Tall Hulk Statue Stolen in Lowell

6/23/2008 07:00:00 AM 1 Response
Idle hands are the Devil's playground. Summer has just begun and it looks like the idle hands are already doing what they do best.

Police in Lowell are seeking an 8-foot tall green man wearing ripped purple pants last seen standing in front of a city cinema. Police say the promotional statue for "The Incredible Hulk" movie disappeared from in front of the theater early Tuesday. The statue is also missing its feet, because it was bolted to a plywood platform and whoever took it snapped it off at the ankles. Police Captain James McPadden believes more than one person was involved and a car or pickup truck was needed to whisk the statue away. McPadden says the theater has video surveillance cameras and is hoping the theft was captured on film.

Who would want an eight foot tall footless hulk statue? My guess would be frat boys at U Mass Lowell. A frat house seems like a likely place that you could stash a hulk statue without anyone noticing.

Whoever you are, have fun with the statue while it lasts, and pray that the video surveillance doesn't come up with anything.

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Playgrounds in The Area By

6/23/2008 07:00:00 AM 0 Responses
There was a piece in the Globe yesterday where writer Geoff Eders wrote on his top five playground picks. For those of you with little kids, you could make a few weekends out of it and check them out.

Here's the list of playgrounds chosen:

1. Artesani Playground - 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton
2. Titus Sparrow Park - West Newton Street, Next to the Southwest Corridor Park, Boston
3. Warren Park - 90 Washington Street, Wellesley
4. Winthrop Park - St. Paul Street, Brookline
5. Robbins Farm Park - 61 Eastern Avenue, Arlington.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find the article on the web, so I can't link to it. Sorry.



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Mix 98.5 Summer Concert Series - 6/26

6/23/2008 07:00:00 AM 0 Responses
Just like last year, Mix 98.5 is hosting their Summer Concert Series at the Prudential Center. For those of you that get lunch breaks at work (lucky ducks) or those of you that are on vacation (even luckier ducks), swing by the Prudential Center South Garden at 12:30pm to watch the free concerts.

Here's the schedule of artists for the summer:

Thursday, June 26 - Tristan Prettyman & The Last Goodnight
Thursday, July 10 - The Spill Canvas & Jon McLaughlin
Thursday, July 17 - Newton Faulkner & Delta Goodrem
Thursday, July 24 - Augustana

Click (here) to go to the Summer Concert Series website.



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Steve Carell In Boston Last Night

6/20/2008 10:27:00 AM 1 Response
Despite all the newspapers and news websites I read each day, I figure I still miss about 90% of what's going on in Boston. Apparently, Steve Carell was in town last night for a fundraiser and screening of his new movie "Get Smart."

Concord native Steve Carell returned to town last night, hosting a special screening of "Get Smart" at the Citi Performing Arts Center. The event was a fund-raiser for the Zachary Carson Brain Tumor Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Any high rollers out there that can shed some light on how you get invited to these events? Although I suppose even if I did get an invitation, I probably wouldn't be able to afford to go.

At a reception before the movie, guests bid to have the actor's "Office" character, Michael Scott, provide the message on their answering machine. And one big spender bid $42,000 to drop by the "Office" set. With ticket prices ranging from $100 to $500, last night's event was a big moneymaker for Carson's cause, raising more than $400,000.

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Boston Health & Fitness Expo - 6/20

6/20/2008 10:02:00 AM 0 Responses
Maybe I should check this Expo out. I've been trying to lose weight for the past 6-9 months. Actually I should rephrase, I've always been "trying" to lose weight - I've just been trying a lot harder for the past 6-9 months. I'm down about 15-20lbs but I've got some more to go. This book (here) was pivotal in helping me in the process. I've recently plateaued - so talking to some fitness experts might help.

The health expo will run tomorrow and sunday 6/20-6/21 from 10am to 5pm each day. The event is being held at the Hynes Convention Center.

7 NBC/CW56 and Partners HealthCare welcome you to Boston's second annual Health & Fitness Expo. We share a deep commitment to helping Boston-area residents improve their health and stay fit and healthy for the future. That's why we've come together to offer two days filled with over one hundred lively, educational and healthy activities for visitors of all ages.

It's a free event and I bet lots of vendors will be handing out free stuff - like they do at all conventions. Swing by and you'll probably return home with a new collection of keychains, frisbees, water bottles, etc.

Click (here) to go to the official website.



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1000 Words - Celtics Parade 2008

6/20/2008 09:50:00 AM 1 Response
Unfortunately, I missed the parade yesterday due to a business meeting out in Framingham, but it looks like it was awesome. I hope everyone that was able to go had a great time. Here are a few pictures from the Globe.


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Free Zipcar Membership and $100 Credit

6/20/2008 07:00:00 AM 2 Responses
About six months ago, Zipcar had a promotion for a one year membership for free. I passed because I already have a car so I didn't see a need to join even if it was free. This new promotion though - the low car diet - hooked me.

Here's how it works. You agree to keep your car keys in your junk drawer for just one month, from July 21st through August 15th. In return, you get a loaded public transit pass, a free 1-year Zipcar membership, some driving time and more goodies that we'll tell you about a little later.

The free credit is what got me. This way I can try Zipcar absolutely free. Maybe one day I will make the switch. Here's what the screen showed up after I signed up.

Group: Low Car Diet 2008 - Boston Thanks for participating in the Zipcar Low-Car Diet! As part of the program you are entitled to a FREE 1-year Zipcar membership + $100 in FREE driving credit for the month. Please proceed and fill out the member application to get your very own Zipcard. No deposit. No monthly commitment.

This actually works out really well because the garage I currently park in has a couple of Zipcars in it. This way, I can walk to the same garage and just grab a Zipcar instead of my own. Free car, free gas, w00t w00t.

Also, I really want to try driving a Prius and see what all the hooplah is about. Would also be nice to drive that BMW zipcar I saw at the garage - I've never driven one before.

Click (here) to sign up for yourself.



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The Surrogates Filming in Lynn Today - 6/20

6/20/2008 07:00:00 AM 0 Responses
The Globe had a nice article yesterday about The Surrogates filming in Lynn and also mentioned where they'd be filming today.

"The Surrogates," a sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames, is also being filmed in Worcester, Lawrence, Wayland, Taunton, Hopedale, and Boston. Willis was on hand for filming in Lynn on May 30, but stunt doubles took over yesterday for car and helicopter chases.

For those of you that want to swing by Lynn and watch the movie filming should head here:

Filming is scheduled to continue today and Friday. Exchange Street and Central Avenue are scheduled to be closed today, said Andrea Scalise, a Lynn mayoral aide. Andrew Street is expected to be closed Friday.

If anyone happens to go and is able to snap a few pictures, I'd love to post them here.

Click (here) to read the rest of the article.



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Built To Spill Presale Password - Today Only

6/19/2008 12:29:00 PM 0 Responses
Everyone loves a good pre-sale password. Helps you get a leg up on good seats. And although I've never heard of these guys, I'm sure some of you have and would like to go.

Built to Spill with Dinosaur Jr. and Meat Puppets is performing on Saturday, September 27 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Presale started this morning, Jun 19 at 10am and ends tonight at 10pm.

The Presale password is: owl.

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Teen Pregnancy Problem in Gloucester

6/19/2008 10:12:00 AM 17 Responses
This was the topic of discussion this morning on Michael Grahams radio show. I had to pull my car out early to avoid the blocked streets (business meeting to go to this morning). I find this rather horrifying.

As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester High School are expecting babies—more than four times the number of pregnancies the 1,200-student school had last year.

All it took was a few simple questions before nearly half the expecting students, none older than 16, confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. Then the story got worse. "We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy,"

Compounding the issue is this:

But by May, after nurse practitioner Kim Daly had administered some 150 pregnancy tests at Gloucester High's student clinic, she and the clinic's medical director, Dr. Brian Orr, a local pediatrician, began to advocate prescribing contraceptives regardless of parental consent, a practice at about 15 public high schools in Massachusetts.

I'm not going to go too much into my own opinions since I don't have kids. But doing something "regardless of parental consent" sounds wrong to me.

Click (here) to read the article.

Update 6/23/08
Click (here) for an article in today's Globe discussing the fact that there may not have been a pregnancy pact. It was the high school principal that made that claim and no one else has spoken out to verify if it is true.



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Celtics Parade Route

6/19/2008 09:16:00 AM 0 Responses
If you're thinking about driving downtown this morning, don't. Streets are being blocked off starting at 9:30am for the Celtics Parade.

The parade will start on Causeway Street in front of the Garden, where Celtics players, coaching staff and family will board Duck boats, heading up Staniford Street, turning left onto Cambridge Street, then onto Tremont, before turning right onto Boylston Street and ending at Copley Square.


Click (here) for more details.



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Bachelor No. 2 = My Best Friend's Girl

6/18/2008 01:03:00 PM 7 Responses
Not very many people were reading this blog back in Sept '07 but for those of you that did (thanks!) you'll remember that Jason Biggs, Dane Cook, and Kate Hudson were in town shooting a film called The Bachelor No. 2. Well, since then it's been renamed "My Best Friend's Girl" and here's the trailer.





It's kind of fun watching the trailer and trying to pick areas you recognize. Obviously there's the jogging scene in Boston Common. The strip club scene must have been what they filmed at Centerfolds (here) and then right after that I recognized the area on the waterfront/harbor where Jason Biggs and Kate Hudson are eating from that big blue thing in the background. Any other scenes you guys recognize?

Click (here) to go to the movie website an watch the trailer if it doesn't show up here for you.



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Shrine Grand Opening at MGM - 6/19

6/18/2008 11:26:00 AM 1 Response
So the MGM Grand at Foxwoods opened up about a month ago (here). Has anyone checked it out yet? If so, let me know how it is. It's on my to-do list but I needed to get this move into my new apartment taken care of first. Hopefully I'll be able to make it down within the next month or so.

Anyhoo, Ed Kane's nightclub down there is opening up tomorrow. The grand opening is June 19th and is being hosted by Karina Smirfnoff (from Dancing with the Stars) and DJ Riz.


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Fenway Food Probably Dirty

6/18/2008 06:51:00 AM 0 Responses
How clean do you think that hot dog is that you're eating when you're sitting at Fenway cheering on the Red Sox? I didn't find this article too surprising, but it's still gross to read about it.

The food stands at Fenway failed city inspections a couple of times in April until they finally passed almost a month and a half later on May 16th. What did inspectors find? Stop reading if you've just eaten - I don't want it coming back up:

In the initial visit, on April 1, inspectors found sausages thawing in stagnant water, employees handling raw burgers without changing their gloves, and rodent droppings underneath service counters, city records show.

One vendor was cited for a "black moldlike substance" on the inside of a refrigerator, soiled frialator cabinets," "rodent droppings throughout the stand," and a sink that was not set up to wash, rinse, and sanitize. Another was ordered to "remove foul odor from stand" and to "clean drains to remove odor."

Yum ... black mold-like substances ... delicious. Then again, I eat several meals a week in chinatown which I'm guessing isn't that much cleaner. I know we all love our "Dirty Water" (here) but it'd probably be better if our Fenway Franks weren't steeping in it.

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MFA Entrance Unveiling & Free Admission

6/18/2008 06:43:00 AM 0 Responses
Wow, I never thought this day would actually come. The Fenway Entrance of the MFA is finally going to open after being closed for almost thirty years. I didn't realize it had been closed for that long. The entrance will open on Friday

The museum will hold a ceremony Friday to mark the opening of the newly christened State Street Corporation fenway Entrance. Boston-based State Street donated $10 million toward reopening the Fenway Entrance.

Also, the museum is going to be offering free admission on Sunday 6/22 through their Fenway entrance. So if you're planning on going - be sure to go thru that specific entrance.

The MFA said there will be free admission June 22 for those who walk through the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance. Entry to "El Greco to Velázquez," tours, family activities, and gallery talks will also be free. The day is sponsored by State Street Corp.

Free admission to the special El Greco exhibit is totally worth it. See you there.

Click (here) for the BBJ article.



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True Religion Store Now Open on Newbury

6/17/2008 12:22:00 PM 2 Responses
I went to Shino Express on Newbury (more about them another day) for dinner on Saturday and happened to walk past the True Religion storefront (here) and noticed that people were inside. The BBJ confirmed it, True Religion is finally open.

True Religion Apparel Inc. opened its first store in New England in the Back Bay. The 1,984-square-foot store, which opened Thursday, is located at 119 Newbury St. It will carry the True Religion collection for men, women and kids, as well as a full range of licensed products, such as footwear, swimwear, headwear and handbags.


Click (here) to goto the BBJ blurb.



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Opening A Restaurant In Boston Common?

6/17/2008 11:11:00 AM 1 Response
There was a really interesting article this past weekend in the Globe about Boston officials and their goal to rejuvenate Boston Common. In an effort to get some ideas, they went to NYC and checked out some of the restaurants there that are located in or around NYC parks.

Boston officials, marveling at the vibrant scenes they found in New York, said they are exploring the idea of establishing a full-scale restaurant, a simple food kiosk, or something in between to attract diners to the Common.

One of the restaurants they visited in NYC was Shake Shack (here). I've seen this place first hand, the line is literally always fifty people long. It's pretty amazing. I haven't eaten there yet, but I've heard it's quite good.

I would love if they opened something along those lines in the Common. There's another place in Napa that also has a similar feel - called Taylor's Refresher (here). I ate there on my last vacation to CA. Again, the line was long and winding to get food.

Just one thing for the Boston officials to be wary of if they decide to do this. And I don't know if Shake Shack causes this or if it's just a problem NYC has, but the rats in that area are gigantic. I hope they have a good garbage disposal plan developed as well.

Click (here) to read the Globe article.


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Jose McIntyre Block Party 2008 - 6/19

6/17/2008 10:53:00 AM 0 Responses
This was one of the most searched events on my blog last summer. Well it's that time of year again. The 16th Annual Jose McIntyre Block Party 2008 is going on this Thursday June 19th from 5pm to 11pm. Here's the only info I could find on their website:

JOSE McINTYRES 16TH ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY!!!!!
16TH ANNUAL JOSE McINTYRE\'S BLOCK PARTY 5-10 OUTSIDE OF JOSE McINTYRE'S JOSHUA TREE PERFORMING LIVE. DONT MISS THE BIGGEST PARTY OF THE SUMMER!

And from one of the ads I tore out of some magazine, it says that Joshua Tree will be performing outside and DJ Dan McCarthy will be spinning inside. Benefits go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

My friends and I have celebrated many a Hump Day at Jose Mac's. We always have a pretty good time there.

Click (here) to go to the Jose Mac website.


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Taste of Cambridge 2008 - 6/19

6/17/2008 10:25:00 AM 0 Responses
I love food fairs for the same reason that I love buffets. I can try a little bit of everything all in one location. Coming up this Thursday, June 19th is the annual Taste of Cambridge "culinary tour."

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.

Looks like there will be 40+ vendors at the fair including some of my favorites: East Coast Grill, The Blue Room, etc.

Tickets may also be purchased at all Cambridge Whole Foods, Grafton Street Pub and Grille, Tavern in the Square Central Square, Tavern in the Square Porter Square, Cambridge Brewing Company, MIT and Harvard.

Click (here) to go to the Taste of Cambridge website.



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Leonardo DiCaprio @ KO Prime Last Week

6/17/2008 07:00:00 AM 0 Responses
This one got lost in the mix, but I just found it, so it's being posted now. I haven't heard too much lately on the filming of Ashecliffe but it must still be going on seeing as how Leonardo DiCaprio is still around (as of last week). Here's a little blurb about him and his girlfriend from last week.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli were spotted dining at KO Prime Tuesday night. DiCaprio, in town to shoot "Ashecliffe" with director Martin Scorsese, reportedly shared oysters, chopped salad, T-bone steaks, and a glass of wine with his main squeeze at the trendy Tremont Street steakhouse.

Man, I just missed them by a matter of days. I was at KO Prime about four days before Leo and Bar were there (here). Doh.

Oh well, I did see him that one time back in March when he was checking into the Ritz (here).

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.



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Shu Uemura Anniversary Celebration - 6/18

6/16/2008 01:00:00 PM 0 Responses
Funny story for you. About a year or two ago, I was in Hong Kong on business and was shopping for gifts to bring back for folks. I decided to get my girlfriend some stuff from Shu Uemura because there wasn't a store in Boston.

I hand carried that makeup all the way back from Asia, returned to Boston, returned to work on Monday, and cracked open one of those free magazines (probably Improper Bostonian) and guess what I saw - a blurb on how Shu Uemura was opening a store on Newbury St. I think there's still a dent in the wall of my office from where I was banging my head against it that day. Anyhoo back to the topic at hand:

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the first shu uemura boutique opening in Tokyo, the shu uemura Boston boutique invites one and all to experience our legendary Tokyo Lash Bar, with complimentary eyelashes and lash application, every Thursday, beginning June 19th through July 31st, from 5 to 7 PM. Customers must call ahead to make their appointments for their personal shu uemura lash styling.

The summer celebration will kick off with a cocktail reception and shu uemura retrospective on June 18, 2008, from 6pm to 9pm. Guests can make their first appointments for complimentary eyelashes and lash application, and view a visual retrospective of the rich history and milestones of shu uemura. Guests will also have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a Tokyo Lash Box filled with shu uemura products, valued at $500.


Call to book your appointment or RSVP for the cocktail reception: (617) 247-3500



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DJ Tiesto @ The Estate - 6/18 & 6/19

6/16/2008 12:54:00 PM 0 Responses
My favorite DJ is going to be in town this week for an unprecedented appearance - two concerts. He usually does maybe one a year max in Boston. This time he's going to do two shows, one on 6/18 and one on 6/19. This is part of his In Search of Sunrise '08 tour. Personally, I love his In Search of Sunrise series - but none of them have been as good as ISOS2 and ISOS3.

Anyhoo, tickets are already sold out for the 6/19 concert, so if you want to go tickets are still available for 6/18 but get them quick. I bet that one will sell out too.

Click (here) to get your tickets.

PS. Mad props to The Estate. They've done a really great job this year of hosting some pretty awesome events.



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Provincetown International Film Festival - 6/18

6/16/2008 12:45:00 PM 0 Responses
So you've read about the cicadas (here) and you've read about the smell (here), but you still want to go to Cape Cod. Ok, well here's an event that you might want to check out if you're planning on going this weekend: The 10th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival. It runs from June 18 to June 22nd.

The Provincetown International Film Festival invites you to bask in the beauty of Cape Cod for five relaxing summer days of original and independent filmmaking. The quality and breadth of our programs offer more of what makes Provincetown famous: artistic adventure, intriguing entertainment, and a fun, friendly social scene.

Here are a few notable names that won awards (and I'm assuming will be there to pick them up): Quentin Tarantino, Jane Lynch, and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Click (here) to go to their official website and also check out the schedule of films.



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William Gibson Book Signing - 6/17

6/16/2008 12:23:00 PM 0 Responses
I think I have a case of the Mondays. After driving all over the place this morning at the behest of my boss, I'm finally back in the office. As some of you know, I've been spending my Saturday nights at Border's reading books on venture capital and on my last trip there, I picked up a schedule of events.

Coming up tomorrow is a book signing and reading by William Gibson for his new book Spook Country. This is where the case of the Mondays comes in. I searched all over the Borders website and could not find any mention of it, so all I have to go on is this blurb from another site.

Book Signing & Reading
Spook Country is the perfect follow-up to Pattern Recognition, which was called by The Washington Post (among many glowing reviews), "One of the first authentic and vital novels of the twenty-first century."

I'm assuming that the reading will be at the Borders in Downtown Crossing since the blurb is from DowntownCrossing.org (here) - and it starts at 1pm tomorrow, June 17th.



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Bloggery Upgrades: Forum & Nav Buttons

6/15/2008 07:00:00 AM 0 Responses
The upgrades are finally here - in beta form. I told you I'm not that web-savvy so please bear with me as I try to figure all this stuff out. I rue the day I dropped my EE/CS major.

Upgrade #1 - Navigation Buttons

If you take a look at the top of the webpage, there is now a set of navigation buttons. Only three for now. I'll add more as I figure out what exactly belongs up there.

Upgrade #2 - The Beantown Bloggery Forums

I've been wanting to do this for a while. Hopefully it doesn't kill the traffic to The Bloggery (cause I need ya'll to come here and click my ads). But, I think a forum is a much better organizational tool to have ongoing conversations. I know people have been making due by leaving comments but it's not the most efficient way to do it. Hopefully The Forums will help. Oh and please don't stop commenting - they brighten my day.

Please keep in mind that The Forums are very early stage. It will continue to grow and evolve. One of the navigation buttons leads to The Forums. Or you can click (here).



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1000 Words - LBGT Pride Parade 2008

6/15/2008 07:00:00 AM 0 Responses
The weather was beautiful yesterday so I decided to walk over and have lunch at the Barking Crab (haven't been there for years) and also check out the James Hook site. Good news, it doesn't small too bad in the vicinity anymore unless you walk up pretty close to the former James Hook site itself. On the walk home, I stopped by the Pride Week celebration at City Hall Plaza just as the Parade was arriving (here). Here are a few pics I snapped:







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