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SpikeTV Pilot "War in 04" Filmed in East Boston

11/26/2008 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
Thanks to Bloggery Reader Edward for sending this Globe article to me. I'd read bits and pieces about this tv pilot, but I somehow missed the full article on it. SpikeTV was in town a couple of weeks ago filming a new tv pilot called "War in 04" in East Boston. East Boston was used to fill in for Southie in certain scenes.

When the locations manager came scouting, he could not find a consistently "dark and dingy" block in Southie anymore. So the film crews will descend on South Boston for just a few days this month and head to East Boston for the bulk of their work.

"They said Eastie looks like Southie," said state Representative Brian P. Wallace, a South Boston Democrat. "I cracked up. Eastie's always been 15 years behind us, so that's no problem."

The SpikeTV pilot, with a working title of "War in '04," is based on the power struggle that ensues after a mob boss flees town under federal indictment. The central character, known as Madso, realizes that he is being set up.

I don't have too many details on this shoot, maybe ya'll can fill in the gaps. I will keep an eye out though for an air date.

Click (here) to read the Globe article.

Update 12/9/08 - Filming at the Boston Winery (here)



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Message From CEO of Boloco

11/26/2008 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
Whoopsie daisy ... looks like the CEO of Boloco, John Pepper, found my post about their new restaurant opening at the corner of Boylston and Charles (here). For those of you that missed his comment, it was very well written and so I thought it deserved its own post.

Ouch - not exactly the welcome crew we dream of when we open restaurants in our beloved Boston :) That said (and as I shared yesterday with another blogger also concerned about the character of this important corner), I understand and in most cases side with all of you on this topic... Costello's Liquor next to our offices further down on Boylston (Corner of Mass Ave) is now a T-Mobile... heart-breaking.

As Kathleen pointed out, this building/location is the birthplace of Edgar Allen Poe. And thanks to Kevin C. in his "Viva Poe-Loco" post (http://redfezwriter.blogspot.com/2008/11/viva-poe-loco.html), January 19 will be Poe's 200th birthday... and because of this new found revelation, we at Boloco will now make absolutely sure we do something creative in his name on that day. I'm hoping he'd even partake if he was around to enjoy it... :)


To the first 20 people reading this (that's to cover me... i've made massively poor judgments in moments like these in past years), feel free to send me (pepper at boloco dot com) your Boloco Card # (or your mailing address if you don't have one) and i'll pop a freebie on there... it's the least we can do for including us in your posts. One day we at Boloco hope to earn our keep on that prominent corner - do remember in the meantime that Boloco is not just another Mexican burrito joint. Sure, we do sell traditional burritos, but that's just the beginning in terms of flavors and inspirations from around the world. We just happen to think the tortilla is the most efficient and yummiest way to transport all of those great ingredients - too often that gets us mixed up in the Mexican category - while Boloco sounds spanish, most of you know its not (it's short for Boston Local Co...for those still wondering).


Most importantly, we are your neighbors, we live near all of you, and we love Boston and root for the Sox and Celtics just like most of you do. Take a closer look next time you drop in...


Thanks!


John Pepper CEO and Co-Founder

PS. The luggage store moved only 2 doors around the corner next to the smoke shop - same building... I'm sure they'd appreciate your business more than ever in these interesting times :)


To Mr. Pepper - thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts. I'm sure everyone appreciates hearing from you.



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Discounts To Downtown Crossing Shops

11/26/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Not willing to wake up at 3am to get in line in the freezing cold for some of those upcoming Black Friday deals? Me either. Here's an alternative, use the Downtown Crossing Shopping Pass for discounts from 11/28 to 12/30.

Take advantage of this program to explore all the district has to offer: from November 28th to December 30th simply show the pass at any participating business to receive a special holiday discount. Offers vary and certain restrictions apply: feel free to browse this site for discounts details. From an old favorite destination to the discovery of a new hidden gem, with over 140 participating businesses you are sure meet your holiday shopping needs and more.

Here are a few of the deals you can get:

20% off at Allen Edmonds
$15 off $75 at Champs
20% off at Macy's
20% off at Blu
Lunch Specials @ Ruth's Chris

The list goes on and on and on.

Click (here) to go to the Downtown Crossing site and check out all the discounts.

PS. Thanks to Reader Randi and my friend Lisa for both sending me a link to the Shopping Pass.



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$20 Tickets to the Boston Symphony!

11/25/2008 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
This is pretty amazing news! I've been wanting to go to the Symphony again since I went to opening night back in September (here). Now, it looks like I'll have the chance and save some serious cash while I'm at it ... luckily I have a ways to go before I hit the 40 yr old age limit.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will offer $20 concert tickets to patrons under the age of 40 to BSO concerts for the remainder of the 2008-2009 Symphony Hall season, thanks to a generous contribution by an anonymous underwriter who will pay (subsidize) the difference between the full and discounted ticket prices. Four thousand $20 tickets, normally priced from $29 to $115, will be made available to more than 45 Boston Symphony concerts throughout the remainder of the season.

Patrons who take advantage of this special offer can purchase $20 tickets to 13 different BSO programs including two programs under the direction of James Levine--Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra on January 29 and 31 and February 3 and the world premiere performance of Gunther Schuller’s Where the Word Ends on February 5, 6 and 7; Kurt Masur leading and all-Mendelssohn program on January 22, 24, and 27; Alan Gilbert leading a program of the music of Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, and Ives on March 5,6,7 and 10; Hans Graf conducting Brahms and Bruckner in a program featuring violinist Janine Jansen and cellist Alisa Weilerstein on March 19, 20, 21 and 24; Charles Dutoit leading a program of music by Ravel, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky on March 26, 27 , and 28; and Sir Colin Davis leading Berlioz’s Te Deum on April 30, May 1 and 2.


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Wagamama Coming to Prudential Center Soon

11/25/2008 12:01:00 AM 4 Responses
Thanks to reader Ryszard for letting me know about this. It's actually been a while since I've walked through the Prudential Center - trying to cut down on the spending. Apparently, Wagamama is going to open up a location in the Prudential Center.

Wagamama is a restaurant chain serving pan-Asian food in the style of a modern noodle bar. The first Wagamama opened in 1992 off Gower Street in Bloomsbury, London, which still exists today. The chain now includes branches in London, Bristol, Leicester and across England, as well as in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, The Netherlands, Istanbul, Australia, Dubai, Belgium, New Zealand, Switzerland, Egypt and Copenhagen, and the United States (in Boston and Cambridge MA). The chain's website defines wagamama as "wilful / naughty child"; however, a more accurate translation of the Japanese adjective is selfish. Their trademarked slogan is: positive eating + positive living. The chain was created by Alan Yau, who also subsequently created the Chinese restaurants Hakkasan and Yauatcha in London.

I usually eat at Qdoba when I goto to the Prudential Center, or occasionally Sakkio for their chicken teriyaki. But, once Wagamama opens, it might be worth a shot. I haven't been to either of the other Boston-area locations yet (Faneuil Hall & Harvard Sq). For those of you that have been there, how do you like it?

Click (here) for a link to the Prudential Center site that says Wagamama is coming soon.



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Charity Event: Army–Navy Football Luncheon - 12/6

11/25/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Tis the season to do nice things for others. What better way than to attend a luncheon to help others while and partaking in some great food and some great football?

The Ahern family are currently getting ready for The Fifth Annual Army–Navy Football Luncheon put on by the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation Saturday, December 6 at The Bostonville Grille in Lynnfield, MA. The event will raise funds to support Operation Ensuring Christmas, a non-profit organization that provides financial, moral and rehabilitative support to the children of American soldiers who have been killed since September 11, 2001 in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to watching the 109th Annual Army-Navy football game, the event will include a buffet luncheon, a silent auction, a live auction and raffle. The luncheon begins at 11 am and the football game starts at 12 noon.

Times are rough for everyone thanks to this global recession, but times are even tougher for children who lost a parent while serving our country. It's a Saturday afternoon - what else were you planning on doing?

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Frog Pond Now Open for Ice Skating

11/24/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I've never actually been ice skating on Frog Pond. It's really closeby, but the opportunity has never really come up. I'm also pretty awful at ice skating, so that's probably kept me at bay as well. I bet it would make for a really cute date idea, though. Frog Pond opened up last week and will be open for public skating for the next several months.

The Frog Pond Skating Rink is now open from November to mid-March with at least 100 days of seasonal skating. Whether you're practicing for a 9.9 at the Winter Olympics or simply trying to stand on two feet, the ice at the Frog Pond will always be accommodating.

Maybe I'll give it a shot this year, check it off my list of Bostonian things to do, and also doublecheck if I even remember how to ice skate. It's been at least four years since I've been on the ice.

Click (here) for the official Frog Pond website.



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1000 Words - The Globe's 25 Most Stylish Bostonians

11/24/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
The Globe put out a special insert last week featuring the "25 Most Stylish Bostonians." Here are a few of them. They should have put me in the mix - I'm going to bring cardigans back this Winter. How's that for a contribution to fashion?






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Louis Boston Gets New Restaurant by Marc Orfaly

11/24/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I went to Boston Public once. It was in August of 2007 right after before it had opened. Chef Pino Maffeo was at the helm and I was invited to a friends and family preview event by the owners. Then, less then a year later - the restaurant closed (here).

Well, now it's reopening under the direction of chef Marc Orfaly - who owns Pigalle and Marco. Here's what the Improper Bostonian has to say:

"I want it to match the look and feel of the store," says Orfaly, who is focused on the nitty-gritty of the business that renaming the eatery was very little priority... Thus, it's Restaurant L again. He plans on continuous food service to mirror the store's hours. Orfaly describes the cuisine as "modern, eclectic" with "Malaysian, Vietnamese, French, and Italian" influences.

Apparently, there was a lawsuit against Boston Public that probably contributed to the cafe area being closed for a while. I couldn't find too much about it, but here's what I could find in the archives.

Boston Public had racked up $47,229 in unpaid state meals taxes, penalties and interest, and the lawsuit alleges that it failed to file tax returns or pay unemployment taxes and liquor vendors.

No wonder it closed so abruptly. Maybe some money problems arose? Anyone know the whole story?

Click (here) for a link to the Herald abstract regarding the lawsuit.



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Contest: Barbershop Lounge $50 Gift Card

11/21/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Remember that whole "metrosexual" craze that took place a few years ago? It's died down a bit now, but I'm glad to see that the whole concept of high end men's grooming has stuck around. Did anyone check out the Barbershop Lounge back in July when I told you to (here)?

Well if you didn't, I'm going to give you a 2nd chance.

Barbershop Lounge is reminiscent of a private gentleman’s club, catering exclusively to fine men’s grooming. A comfortable and masculine urban retreat located on Boston’s fashionable Newbury Street, it offers the ultimate grooming experience. Guests can enjoy a complimentary beverage, shoot a game of pool or check the scores on any one of the flat screen TVs - everyone is a VIP. The highly-trained and professional staff is committed to providing guests with the ultimate in custom Barbershop Lounge-branded products and services to have men look and feel at the top of their game.

I have in my possession a $50 gift card to the Barbershop Lounge that I am going to give away to one lucky reader. Same rules as always, all you need to do is subscribe to my blog via email or RSS and then send me an email with the subject titled "Barbershop Lounge" and your name and address in the body of the email.

Contest runs until 11:59pm on Black Friday 11/27.

I just spent the last five minutes reading through their list of services and I'm thinking massage. I'm long overdue for one.

I've had a handful of massages in my lifetime and two facials. Massages are amazing, if you've never had one, I highly recommend it. Facials on the other hand are a different story. I had one that basically seemed like someone was washing my face for an hour (waste of time and money) and another where the lady went to town on my face with a lancet trying to unclog all my pores one at a time. That was a pretty painful experience.

Click (here) to visit the Barbershop Lounge website.

PS. Many thanks to Jarreau for providing the gift cards.



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1000 Words - Lauren Conrad at The Estate

11/21/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Well, I guess she came, she saw, and she conquered. Lauren Conrad was here at The Estate this past weekend for a fashion show (here).





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The Three Stooges Written on the Cape, Filmed in RI

11/21/2008 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
The Farrelly brothers are working on the script for a new "Three Stooges" movie. According to the Globe, they're down on the Cape working on the script and plan do to some of the filming in Rhode Island.

The Farrelly brothers are working frantically to finish the script for "The Three Stooges." Peter Farrelly reports that he and brother Bobby are holed up on the Cape until it's completed. "We've been working night and day," Farrelly told us during a beverage break at Scampo. The brothers are optimistic that at least some of the movie will be shot in their native Rhode Island, and it'll be in theaters this time next year. So who'll play the silly Stooges, you say? No one's signed on yet, but Peter said plenty of names are being bandied about. How about Benicio del Toro as Moe? "He's a huge Stooges fan," said Farrelly. Jeff Daniels is being considered for Larry and Andover's own Michael Chiklis could yuk it up as Curly. The Farrellys had been working on a movie called "Hall Pass," but that was shelved when they were given a deadline to deliver "The Three Stooges."

Well let's hope that in addition to doing some of the filming in Rhode Island that they end up doing some in Boston as well. Fingers crossed.

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.



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Tonya Mezrich Gets A TV Show

11/20/2008 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
I like Ben Mezrich's books. They're quick reads and fairly entertaining. Although the recent one about the HBS guy and the oil industry - I forget the name - that one wasn't so great. Anyhoo, word on the street is that Ben's wife Tonya is getting a new tv show.

Best-selling author Ben Mezrich's better half is embarking with a few friends on a new TV show. We're told Tonya Chen Mezrich is teaming with former Boston Common staffers Terri Stanley and Anna Cheshire Levitan on a 30-minute show titled "STYLE Boston." No one's willing to talk about it yet, but word is the weekly show will focus on Boston's hottest trends, hippest people, and most happening parties - a high-end version, in other words, of Billy Fairweather's lively "Dirty Water TV" show.

I haven't heard of Dirty Water TV, but after I just googled it it looks fairly interesting. I may have to start dvr'ing it. As you know, I love hearing about whats going on in Boston.

Click (here) for the Globe Blurb about Style Boston.



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TNT's Bunker Hill Will Film in Charlestown

11/20/2008 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
I love when new stuff starts filming in Boston. TNT's Bunker Hill starts in December (here) and JLo's "The Governess" should be starting soon too (here). Here's the latest on Bunker Hill:

Meanwhile, producers of the TNT pilot "Bunker Hill" have added Brian Dennehy to a cast that already includes Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan. The cop drama is due to begin shooting next month in Charlestown.

It's been a while since I've been to Charlestown. I think there's a total of three places that I've been to in Charlestown: the Bunker Hill Monument, Tangerino's, and some Greek restaurant that I don't remember. But, who knows, maybe my frequency of trips into Charlestown will increase. I love watching stuff get filmed. I love it even more when I get to see those same scenes make it onto the big screen later.

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Tom Brady & Gisele at The Butcher Shop

11/20/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
It's nice to see that Tom and Gisele share my love of Barbara Lynch's restaurants (along with the rest of Boston). Although I would have gone across the street to B&G Oysters instead. I'm overdue for a visit to B&G, will need to make a trip over there soon.

TMZ.com posted some video footage of Tom and Gisele at the Butcher Shop yesterday:

For a guy who HATES putting his personal life in the public eye, Tom Brady was especially touchy-feely-suckey-facey with Gisele last night. FOX25 in Boston caught the two gettin' all lovey-dovey during a double date with fellow Patriot Larry Izzo at "The Butcher Shop" restaurant in Boston.

Click (here) to see watch the video.



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The House Where Jordan Knight Grew Up

11/19/2008 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
There's all these famous houses in Boston. Paul Revere's House, Edgar Allen Poe's House, and a bunch of other really historical people, but what do some folks come to see? Jonathan and Jordan Knight's house.

When Kari Lusso and her trio of girlfriends flew from Seattle to Boston for the New Kids on the Block concert, they had to make a quick detour. On a rainy Saturday night, the friends drove their rental car to 10 Melville Ave. As they stood in front of the Victorian house, they shrieked and giggled like little girls. The commotion? They were at the former home of the band's brothers Jonathan and Jordan Knight. When they rang the bell, they got a quick tour.

The Knights haven't lived there in more than a dozen years. The family sold the house to the Salvation Army in 1996, but staffers there have been busy rolling out a welcome mat to rabid NKOTB fans. Ever since the band reunited last spring, fans have discovered one of Boston's best pop secrets - the Knight family's old crib.

You know who would be all over this? My cousin. She was a big NKOTB fan back in the day. And maybe she still is, I haven't talked to her in a while.

Click (here) for the rest of the article.

Click (here) to see more pictures of the house.



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Crate & Barrel & Atlantic Fish Damaged by Fire

11/19/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
This from the Sunday Globe this week, there was a 3-alarm fire in the building that houses Crate & Barrel and Atlantic Fish on Boylston street. I've had brunch a couple of times at Atlantic Fish and I'm always at the Crate & Barrel buying housewarming gifts - I like their wine carafes.

The morning fire, which temporarily eluded firefighters as it raged unseen in the uppermost ceiling of Crate & Barrel, caused an estimated $1.6 million in damage and left the popular restaurant and furniture store closed indefinitely, a Boston Fire Department spokesman said.

I haven't had time to swing by and take a look at how bad the damage is, but according to the article, it they're estimating that it may take a while to get everything fixed and running again. Good luck to all the employees that are going to be temporarily displaced during the repair-time. Supposedly the restaurant workers will be shifted over to other restaurants during this time, let's hope the C&B folks are taken care of as well.

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Cliff the Triceratops @ Museum of Science

11/19/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I can remember the last time I was at the Museum of Science - it was six years ago. I was a sophomore in college and that's where we got our Brass Rats. What that basically means is that I'm long overdue for another visit and as luck should have it, they have a pretty awesome new exhibit: Cliff the Triceratops.

The Museum of Science, Boston today announced that it will unveil an extremely rare dinosaur fossil for the first time to the public this fall – a skeleton of Triceratops horridus that was auctioned at Christie’s in Paris this past spring. According to Christie’s, the fossilized Triceratops skeleton is mostly complete, making it one of the world’s rarest paleontological finds. There are currently only three other largely complete Triceratops fossils on public display in the world. To present the fossil, the Museum has developed a new exhibit, Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff, which will open November 15, 2008. Named after the donor’s grandfather, Triceratops Cliff is the fossilized remains of a real Triceratops who lived and died over 65 million years ago.

Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff will open Saturday, November 15, 2008. The exhibit is ongoing and included with regular Exhibit Halls admission

Now that it's getting cold here, it's time to start finding some indoor activities. A visit to the Museum of Science is definitely going in the calendar - probably after all the Thanksgiving festivities are over. I'm picturing a leisurely stroll through the exhibits, a visit to Cliff, maybe a laser light show (I saw the Pink Floyd one many years ago), or perhaps an Imax flick.

See you guys there!

Click (here) to watch a time lapse video of Cliff getting put together.



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1000 Words - Edge of Darkness in South End

11/18/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Many thanks to Bloggery Reader "Closer To The Edge" for sending me links to photos as well as a video interview of Mel Gibson while he's been in town filming.





Click (here) to see additional photos.

Click (here) for an Entertainment Tonight video clip.



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A Couple Notable Restaurants Closing Their Doors

11/18/2008 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
I read over the past couple of weeks that a couple of notable restaurants (when I say notable I mean restaurants that I've eaten at before) will be closing down.

First off, Brown Sugar Cafe in Fenway (129 Jersey St) will be closing possibly before the end of the year. That's too bad. I really like Brown Sugar Cafe, it's probably my favorite place for thai food in the city. But then again I usually go to their location on Comm Ave.

Also closing sometime next year is Joe's American Bar & Grill (Corner of Dartmouth and Newbury). I've had brunch a couple of times there, I didn't find it to be anything special, but they do have some nice outdoor seating. Joe's is going to be replaced by the Metropolitan Club (steakhouse)

Lastly, you know that TGI Friday's on Newbury that's been closed for many, many years? Well Back Bay Restaurant Group has a 20 year lease on it and it's rumored that they might move Joe's there or possibly move Papa Razzi over there.



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Jack & Suzy Welch Lived in Boston?

11/18/2008 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
I honestly had no clue that Jack & Suzy Welch lived in Boston. Apparently they've been here for the past several years. I guess they've been avoiding the limelight because I definitely try to read as much news as I can and I haven't heard much about them lately. Well anyway, they're leaving Boston to move to New York and the house they were living in is on sale for $27.5M

Want to live like Jack and Suzy Welch? Break out your wallet. The grand Greek Revival on Beacon Street that has been the couple's crib for the past several years is on the market, and the asking price is a cool $27.5 million. The building at 40 Beacon St., known as the Appleton-Parker House, is actually owned by developer James Pappas, who declined to speak with us yesterday. He may be selling now because Jack and Suzy are leaving town. "As long planned, with the last of our kids going off to school next September, we're moving to New York, where we already have a home and where our work is," Suzy Welch wrote in reply to an e-mail yesterday. "We love Boston and will visit often." The building, formerly home to the Women's City Club and listed since 1978 on the National Register of Historic Places, has 12 bedrooms, breathtaking views, and a three-car garage. Although it's been a single-family residence of late, the 18,000-square-foot building is zoned for four condos. Jack Welch, the legendary former CEO of GE, met Suzy Wetlaufer in 2001 when she was editor of the Harvard Business Review. They married three years later. The couple has written two books together and dispense words of wisdom at www.welchway.com.

I'm sure I've walked past it before. I have a friend who lives in the vicinity on the 20ish block of Beacon. I'll hafta go check it out again though, now that I know that's where Jack Welch used to live.

Click (here) for a link to the Globe blurb.

PS. I like how the Globe started out their piece with the words "break out your wallet." If I were to break out my wallet, I'd still owe the bank ~$27.4999 million dollars.



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Gisele in Elle Modeling 80's Styles

11/17/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I don't really know fashion too well, but are the 80's coming back? Stuff@Night had an 80's prom party a couple of weeks ago (here) and now Gisele is in the latest issue of Elle modeling "80's inspired rocker looks."







If the 80's really are making a comeback, maybe I can rummage through my closet back home when I'm there for Christmas and see if I can find my Girbauds and my Hypercolor T shirts.

Click (here) to go to the Elle site and see what exactly Gisele is wearing.



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Bina Osteria & Alimentari Open Today - 11/17

11/17/2008 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
Also on my walk through downtown, I passed by Bina Osteria and Bina Alimentari (near the Ritz) several times (here). It looked like they were trying to open this past weekend, but as of this Sunday morning, there was a new sign up saying that they wouldn't open until Today - Monday 11/17.


I'm pretty excited for Bina Alimentari. We could use a European grocery store in the area. I can get great breads from the North End, but I hadn't found any places for cheeses. When I lived in the South End, I'd go to Lionette's all the time to get my cheeses and pates. Hopefully this new place can take it's place. I could go for some nice robiola cheese right about now.



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Green's Luggage & Boylston St Florist Being Renovated

11/17/2008 12:01:00 AM 5 Responses
I had an awesome weekend, hope everyone else did as well - can you believe how warm it was? I spent Saturday afternoon wandering around downtown and saw that the old Green's Luggage Shop & Boylston Street Florist (which has been closed for a little while now) is now being renovated. Into what you ask? Take a look.


I have to admit. I'm a little disappointed. Another Boloco? There's already one on Newbury St. If it had to be a burrito place, I would have preferred a Chipotle? Oh well. It's on the corner of Boylston and Charles St for those that aren't too familiar with the area.



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Events This Weekend - 11/15-11/16

11/16/2008 01:44:00 AM 0 Responses
Reader Fibrowitch is keeping me on my toes for events this weekend and filling everyone in via email. Sorry I missed the Saturday ones, I was out all day and didn't have a chance to post. Several of these are still going on today (Sunday).

Between the book fair at Hynes, the events at BPL this is going to be a busy weekend in Boston. Considering how rotten it will be outside, It's time to be inside.

12th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show

Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show

Boston Public Library

CRAFTBOSTON Holiday 2008

Skinner Auction


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Free Taxis For A Week - Starts 11/17

11/14/2008 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
This sounds pretty awesome. Free taxis (sort of) for a week starting 11/17!

Cold and flu season is upon us. To the rescue are TYLENOL® Warming Liquids, offering FREE WARMING TAXIS to get you wherever you need to go in Boston. The warming taxis will be in Boston from November 17 through November 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

So now you're asking yourself, "Where does one catch one of these free taxis?" Well I've got the list of participating CVS's.

11/17 – 11/23 @ 587 Boylston Street
11/17 @ 55 Summer Street
11/18 @ 231 Massachusetts Avenue
11/19 @ 631 Washington Street
11/20 @ 900 Commonwealth Avenue
11/21 @ 3 Post Office Square
11/22 @ 263 Washington Street
11/23 @ 300 Longwood Avenue

As luck should have it, I work about three blocks away from the CVS that's going to have the taxi all week. Hopefully I'll have a chance to give it a spin.



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1000 Words - Agent Provocateur

11/14/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Back in September, it was still a work in progress, but looks like Agent Provocateur is now open for business on Newbury St (here).





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1000 Words - Kim Kardashian at Gypsy Bar

11/13/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Did anyone go to Gypsy when Kim Kardashian was here last weekend (here)?


Another day, another dollar. Such is the life of Kim Kardashian, who goes from one paid appearance to another when she's not taping her reality TV show, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Reggie Bush's bodacious girlfriend attracted admirers to Gypsy Bar Friday, hosting a party and posing for pictures with a steady stream of wannabes. She bolted Boston immediately afterward, bound for Miami and the Make-a-Wish Ball Saturday night

Click (here) for a link to the Globe blurb.



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EoD Filmed in the South End

11/13/2008 12:01:00 AM 5 Responses
Looks like the latest film site for Edge of Darkness was in the South End. This little blurb was from the Globe on Tuesday, 11/11.

Why was Mel Gibson brandishing a Glock outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross the other night? That's his job. In "Edge of Darkness," the Aussie actor plays a Boston homicide detective, and that means he's packing. We're told this scene, at the corner of Washington and Waltham streets, attracted a few gawkers.

I hope it was a pre-ban Glock. Us folks in MA aren't allowed to have Glocks that weren't already in the state prior to 1998.

Click (here) for a link to the Globe blurb.



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Lauren Conrad Coming To Boston - 11/15

11/13/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I've never actually seen an episode of The Hills, but from what I'm told it's a pretty popular show. It must be since I heard they're paying LC $75K per episode (here). Anyway, Lauren Conrad is going to be here this upcoming Saturday, November 15th at The Estate.

On Saturday night, do not miss LAUREN CONRAD at The Estate, as we host the LC3 College Tour. Red carpet festivities will include makeovers by Marc cosmetics and a live fashion show featuring local girls competing to win a chance to join LC herself at Fashion Week in LA. 7pm doors. 18+ until 10pm.

Did anyone go to the Style event last night (here)? How was it? It's been a while since I've been clubbing, lately its mostly been bars or Irish Pubs. I don't think I've been to The Estate yet, might be a good time to check it out. But more than likely I'll be out somewhere watching UFC 91 - that's more my thing than LC.

Click (here) to get tickets.



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New Startup Launched in Boston - RUNmyErrand.com

11/12/2008 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
Talk about coincidences. So, two days ago the founder of a new startup in Boston called RUNmyErrand sent me an email to check out her new site. I did and I thought that it was a great idea. Boston has an abundance of both broke college students as well as people too busy to do their own errands. How else would you explain the success of Peapod, the grocery delivery service (here)? People just don't have the time - me included.

So here's where the coincidence comes in. Last night, my roomate says to me "Dude, do you think you could do me a favor sometime this week and help me pick up my dry cleaning? The place closes at 6pm and I'm not going to get out of work by then any time soon."

My roommate is a doctor, works ungodly hours, and is clearly way too busy saving lives to pick up dry cleaning. He'd be a perfect candidate for RUNmyERRAND.

For all you other busy folk out there - doctors, lawyers, finance people trying to stop losing zillions of dollars in the stock market - I highly recommend that you check out this new site. It could save you some valuable time.

Click (here) to check out the site for yourself.

PS. To my roomate, according to the site, the going rate for picking up dry cleaning is $5. You owe me $5. I'd like it paid out in beer.


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Vote for Bernie & Phyl's Contest Winner

11/12/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Did any of you enter the Bernie & Phyl's video contest like I told you to (here)? Well the finalists have been chosen and now it's up to us to choose the winner. If you've forgotten, the winner gets a new 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid - pretty sweet for just singing a jingle in front of a camera.

A panel of judges has selected 10 finalists, based primarily on their originality and creativity, from all of the submissions received. The public will have the opportunity to vote online at www.bernieandphyls.com – from November 10, 2008 to November 23, 2008 – for their favorite video. The Grand Prize winner, based on the video that receives the most votes, will be announced on November 28, 2008 at a special public event at Bernie & Phyl’s Saugus store. There is a limit of one vote per e-mail address.

Click (here) to vote for your winner.


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Christopher's Catwalk: A Benefit Fashion Show - 11/13

11/12/2008 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Looks like this is going to be a fashion filled week. There's the Style2008 event tonight at Estate (here) and then tomorrow there's a philanthropic fashion event: Christopher's Catwalk - A Benefit Fashion Show.

Get up, get out and join the Boston On Your Feet Project for our most stylish event to date, a charity fashion show to benefit Christopher's Haven on Thursday, November 13 at Parris Lounge in Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market Building, Second Floor. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the runway action begins at 9 p.m. featuring the beauty gurus from James Joseph Studio and the season's hottest styles from local Boston boutiques including The Velvet Fly, RickWalkers, Oak, and Bless by Bless Couture. All proceeds will go directly to Christopher's Haven.

Christopher's Haven provides a home away from home for children being treated for cancer at the Mass General Hospital (MGH) for Children.


Ok folks, you were planning on going to Faneuil Hall this Thursday anyway to start celebrating the upcoming weekend. May as well celebrate and support a good cause at the same time. Word on the street is that they're going to have $5 cocktail specials with Beija virgin sugar rum. Have yourself a few mojitos and pretend it's still warm outside.

Click (here) to get your tickets now for $20 or pay $25 at the door.



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