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Contest: A Holiday Shopportunity

11/30/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


Lisa over at Lisa's Hands of Time Concierge is at it again. She is graciously sponsoring another giveaway for you folks. One lucky reader will win a two hour gift certificate for her company's concierge services.

The holiday season has begun and is filled with a lot of hustle and bustle and the inevitable stress of planning parties, errands, shopping, entertaining, wrapping, decorating and gift-giving. There never seems to be enough time to get it all done.

Lisa's Hands of Time Concierge is a personal concierge service that provides errands, shopping, organizing, research, wait-services, and a 'sleigh-full' of holiday services that can ease your holiday stresses.
Lisa's team of elves will help with the inevitable gift-buying and gift-giving process. They provide shopping services; which includes planning, shopping, fighting the traffic, parking and long lines. Her staff will also wrap all your gifts, hand-deliver locally, or take to the post office or shipping store. They can also provide help with decorating (the house, the tree, the table) planning for parties, pickup of food or catering items, grocery shopping, etc.

Lisa’s Hands of Time Concierge is giving away a 2 hour gift certificate to one lucky Beantown Bloggery reader … just in time for the holidays.

There you have it folks. Same rules as usual. Email me with a subject heading "Lisa's Hands of Time" and your name in the body of the email. I'll do a drawing at the end of the week to determine the winner. Contest ends on Friday 12/4 at 10pm EST.

Click (here) to visit Lisa's Hands of Time.


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Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale Opens 12/10

11/30/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It was quite nice to have a few days off from blogging. Sometimes the weekend just isn't enough. I definitely overate this weekend, as I'm sure many of you did. The calorie counting starts up again today, that is until this Thursday when Stoddard's opens up. I love trying new restaurants, and this one's just down the street from me.

Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale will open to the public this December 3rd at 48 Temple Place in the Ladder Blocks of Downtown Crossing. Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale promises to bring us one of the most authentic early American eating and drinking experiences this city has ever seen by incorporating phenomenal historical architecture and décor, the lost art of crafting cocktails and true American comfort food as to reawaken the grandeur of days past.

Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale’s gastropub menu has been developed by Mark Cina who has spent time honing his skill in some of Boston’s premiere kitchens, like KO Prime and Craigie Street Bistro. Cina’s menu features authentic early American comfort fare that will alternate seasonally. Cina will also cure his meats in-house.


I already checked out the menu on their website and I think I'd like to have the Beef Tartar to start, then the Mushroom Stuffed Quail. Sounds delicious.

Click (here) to visit their website.

UPDATE: I was just informed that the opening has been pushed back one week until 12/10.


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Wale's "Chillin" Video Featuring Boston

11/30/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
I know I'm way late in the game to be posting this, but I honestly just saw this video a couple of days ago. I don't listen to Wale, so as a result, I totally forgot to look up the video after it finished filming here in Boston (here).



They did a quite a bit of filming at Bodega which I thought was pretty awesome. I also vaguely remember that they were supposed to do some filming at Karmaloop - anyone recognize those scenes? And then of course there was the waterfront scenes with Lady Gaga.

PS. If you've never been to Bodega, it's a pretty neat experience to walk past the sliding "Snapple" machine. I highly recommend a visit.

Click (here) if you can't see the embedded video.


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Real Estate Licensing Class for $99 - 12/5 & 12/6

11/25/2009 01:52:00 AM 0 Responses
This is a really good deal for those of you that are thinking about becoming a real estate agent. I took this same class through the Lee Institute a couple of years ago and paid $250ish.

Hodara Real Estate Group (HREG) is seeking to help students and adults alike in the difficult times of the recession. Hodara Real Estate Academy (HREA), a recently-opened branch of the brokerage, is offering its already affordable real estate licensing class for $99, compared to the original cost of $190 per class.

The $99 per class covers the cost for two days of instruction required pre-licensing. HREA also donates a portion of all profits made from the classes to One Year for Cancer, a nonprofit organization committed to reducing the time it is taking to cure cancer by connecting patients to resources.

Every student attending the next class will receive free UBURGER hamburgers. The $99 offer is applicable only to the December 5th and 6th class.


If you're even remotely interested and have this weekend free, I'd take the class now since its a significant savings and then worry about taking the real estate test later. If I remember correctly, you have 1 year from the time you finish the course to take the test.


Click (here) to sign up.



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Excelsior Becomes Bistro du Midi

11/25/2009 01:43:00 AM 0 Responses


It was I think roughly nine months ago that Excelsior closed it's doors (here). I haven't had a chance to walk by that area in a while, but according to Daily Candy, it's relaunching as Bistro du Midi.

Fuel your Parisian obsession with a stop at Bistro du Midi. The French resto just opened its glass doors in Excelsior’s old haunt. Exposed wood beams, creamy walls, and wrought-iron light fixtures add a rustic vibe.

Linger at the downstairs bar (or sweet cafe tables) over a glass of wine (they have more than 1,000 varieties) and bar snacks like fried artichokes with aioli and Swiss chard and pine nut tart. Up the winding staircase you can drool over original Matisse and Picasso sketches as you wait for beef carpaccio with ginger bread croutons and cashew nuts followed by rabbit rillette with pistachios and toasted country bread.

I was never a fan of Excelsior, so here's hoping that this new place is better. I have to say though, the name Bistro du Midi does not really roll of the tongue in conversation. But I'll forgive them if the food is good. What I'd love to see on the menu would be some really good foie gras, duck confit, and if they don't mind doing a little big of French Canadian as opposed to just French, our city needs some good poutine.

Click (here) for their 'coming soon' website.


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Death By Chocolate Starts 11/27

11/25/2009 01:29:00 AM 2 Responses


I'm trying to do stuff that's a little more out of the box lately. Concerts, comedy shows, etc - as opposed to the standard bar hopping that I typically default to. One thing that came across my inbox that looks pretty interesting is an upcoming show called "Death By Chocolate" that starts this week.

A company member of Shear Madness, Mike Dorval stars in his one-man show “Death By Chocolate” in a limited holiday weekend run at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theatre beginning this weekend: November 27th and running through the weekend of December 18th.

“Death By Chocolate” details Dorval’s one-man, 30-year, 110 lb odyssey of cake, candy, and a few things he learned between meals. Also a comedian by trade, Mike's takes on his Catholic upbringing, love life, and the insanity of the world around him have entertained audiences at colleges and clubs across the country.

I saw Shear Madness my freshman year in college. That was 9 years ago ... makes me feel old to think about that.

Click (here) to get tickets.

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Rob Guillory In Town This Week - 11/29

11/25/2009 01:19:00 AM 0 Responses


I'm not much of a comic book person not from lack of interest, but rather lack of funds. How do kids afford comic books? I'm a grown man with a job and I still find it painful to have to buy that many books to keep up. I'd prefer to spend my $ on beer. =)

That being said, I'm unfortunately not familiar with the comic Chew. But for those of you that are, Rob Guillory - the artist for Chew - is going to be in town later this week on 11/29 from 9am – 3pm at the Westford Regency (219 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886) for Larry's COmic Book Show.

Larry’s Comic Book Show proudly welcomes Rob Guillory, artist of the hit indie comic Chew, to their Thanksgiving weekend show. Rob says in addition to doing quick sketches and selling original art pages from all six issues of Chew, "I may bring out some sneak peeks at future issues of the book, just for the fans there."

As a special incentive, an exclusive limited edition variant of the sold out first issue will be available for sale at the show. “Chew very well may be the runaway best-selling new series of the year,” says promoter Larry Doherty, “I am thrilled to be hosting series artist Rob Guillory for his first time meeting New England comic fans.”


I think the last comic book series that I read was the X-men series written by Joss Whedon. I was crashing with a buddy of mine while in SF and he insisted that I read it. It was quite good. Oh and I also do read Naruto online, so I guess that counts too.

Click (here) for more info on the show.


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No More Northeastern Football?

11/24/2009 01:05:00 AM 0 Responses
According to the Globe, it looks like this may be the end of football at Northeastern. That's rather unfortunate. What they need is some wealthy, eccentric alumnus to swoop in and offer to foot the bill in order to keep football alive.

Northeastern University plans to announce today that it is ending its football program after 74 seasons, saying it is unwilling to invest the millions of dollars needed to improve the team to meet the school’s ambitions.

President Joseph E. Aoun and the board of trustees endorsed the move Friday after an extensive, two-year review of the athletic program by its director, Peter Roby. The decision to eliminate football follows six straight losing seasons and sparse game attendance at a school whose ice rink often sells out for hockey.

Personal story for you. It's sad and funny that I didn't actually discover that we had a football team at MIT until my senior year. And the only reason I did is because one of my friends became a cheerleader at MIT and cheered at the games. I also did not know that we had cheerleaders at MIT ... until about 10 seconds prior to finding out that we had a football team.

Click (here) to read the article.

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Joseph Mazzello Joins The Social Network

11/24/2009 12:57:00 AM 0 Responses
I haven't heard much lately about filming for the latest Ben Mezrich book to movie adaptation - The Social Network. It's the one about the founding of Facebook that Justin Timberlake is going to be ine.

Anyway, Joseph Mazzello just joined the cast. If that name doesn't ring a bell, think back to the original Jurassic Park movie. Remember that little kid, the grandson that was all into dinosaurs? Yup, he's going to be in the movie.

Dustin Moskovitz, one of Facebook's co-founders and its head of engineering until he left last year, will be played by the little boy from "Jurassic Park" in the tell-all flick "The Social Network."

According to details in the Internet Movie Database, the role of Moskovitz has been filled by Joseph Mazzello, the actor best known for playing Timmy, the skinny 8-year-old who fell out of trees, nearly got electrocuted, and narrowly escaped getting eaten by all kinds of meany dinosaurs in the 1993 blockbuster.


Click (here) to read the article.


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12th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot - 11/26

11/24/2009 12:46:00 AM 0 Responses


Remember last week when Kate Moss made that comment about how nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels? She's wrong. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I can think of lots of things that taste better than being skinny. But then again, I've never been skinny in my life, so I'm not sure how that feels.

Oh, so the reason I was thinking about that comment is because the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is coming up this week and I figure that's a good way to burn a few hundred calories before I ingest several thousand. AND, it's also for a good cause.

Ray Ciccolo’s Boston Volvo Village of Brighton is sponsoring their 12
th Annual 5K Charity Road Race to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central New England Chapter. The Turkey Trot, which has become a tradition for hundreds of runners each year, goes through the streets of Brighton, starting and ending at Boston Volvo Village. Registration is available for $20 online at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/volvo5k or $25 on-site the morning of the race.

WHEN:
Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009
Registration begins at 7:30 AM
Race starts at 9:00 AM

WHERE:
Ray Ciccolo’s Boston Volvo Village
75 North Beacon Street
Brighton, MA

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Apparently "The Box" Is Awful

11/23/2009 01:25:00 AM 0 Responses


The Box was filmed in Boston just over two years ago (here). It was one of the first of MANY movies that have subsequently been filmed in our lovely city. Did anyone happen to see it when it came out in theaters a week or two ago? I haven't yet, but apparently the critics hated it.

CAMERON DIAZ's new film THE BOX has been voted one of the worst films of all time by moviegoers - just days after its U.S. release.

The thriller, based on Richard Matheson' 1970 short story Button, Button, has been panned by film buffs in America, with officials at CinemaScore, who monitor fan reaction to movies, giving the flop an F rating - the lowest score possible.


Company boss Ed Mintz says, "People really thought this was a stinker." Mintz rates the film as the fourth least popular this decade, behind 2006 horror Bug, Wolf Creek in 2005 and Darkness, which came out in 2002.


I'll probably still end up watching it at some point to see if I can recognize any of the locations that they filmed at. But I guess this one will have to wait until video. Sorry Cameron, hopefully Knight & Day will be better received.

Click (here) for the original article.


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Downtown Crossing Holiday Market - 11/28

11/23/2009 01:16:00 AM 3 Responses


I have to hand it to the folks at the BRA and the Boston Public Market. They're trying really hard to make this Downtown Crossing revitalization happen despite the big gaping hole that the developers left where Filene's once stood. Coming up in a few days is the first annual Downtown Crossing Holiday Market.

The Holiday Market starts on November 28th and will run through December 24th.

The first Annual Downtown Crossing Holiday Market will have everything you need for everyone on your list. Find unique and local handcrafted jewelry, holiday ornaments, oil paintings, pet items, photography, fresh baked breads, wearables, local cider for mulling, cheeses and dessert sauces, art for the walls, chairs to sit in, ceramics, locally grown flowers and hand blown vases to put them in.

Not that anyone asked me, but I'd love to see a Trader Joe's move into that old Barnes and Nobles space that's been vacant for so long. Walking to that Whole Foods on Cambridge Street is a huge pain in the butt. And since I'm fantasizing, can we have more variety in our food carts other than just hot dogs and sausages? I'd like chicken and rice carts like they have in NYC.

Click (here) for more details on the Holiday Market.


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David Ortiz Golf Classic Online Auction

11/23/2009 01:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Couldn't get the vacation time to go to the Dominican Republic to play in David Ortiz's upcoming celebrity golf classic (here)? It's ok, neither could I. But if you'd still like to do something to help the cause, I just found out that there is an online auction going on right now for his charity.

David Ortiz is hosting his 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic from December 3-6, 2009 at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. While most of us won’t be able to attend the golf tournament, we can still help David Ortiz raise funds for children in need by participating in the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic Online Auction. From two tickets to the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park with an overnight stay at the Four Seasons Boston to tickets to the Red Sox Home Opener versus the New York Yankees, there is something certain to please everyone.

Perfect for holiday gifts, some of the highlights of the 2009 auction include tickets to the NHL Winter Classic with a two night stay at the Four Seasons Boston, a Costa Rican Vacation, Tickets for the Red Sox Homer vs. The NY Yankees, a Jonas Brothers signed NY Yankees Jersey and much more.

I'm not sure who in Boston is going to want a Yankees jersey signed by the Jonas Brothers, cause that's really two slaps in the face, rather than just one. Just kidding ... I'm sure somebody out there wants it.

I took a look and it seems that Mark Wahlberg has donated several items, one of which I think would be awesome - VIP invites to the Boston Premiere of "The Fighter".

Click (here) to visit the auction.


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Zipcar Discount to Boston Ballet

11/20/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


You know what? I just realized that I've never been to the ballet. I've been to musicals, plays, operas, the symphony. Just about everything you could think of. But I've never been to the ballet. I was just reminded of that when I got this email about the new partnership that the Boston Ballet and Zipcar launched recently to provide Zipsters with discount tickets.

The internationally renowned Boston Ballet and Zipcar, Inc., the world’s largest car-sharing service, have partnered to bring a bit of The Nutcracker to the streets of Boston in November. On November 16, a tutu-clad Zipcar will be making its debut at Boston Ballet’s South End studios to be greeted by Boston Ballet dancer Sylvia Deaton, also in a tutu.

The Zipcar, named MINI Meschke, will be patrolling the streets for two weeks in November accompanied by Zipcar’s Boston Street Team to inform Bostonians of the partnership between the two organizations which offers Zipcar members a discount on tickets to the ballet.

Let's hope it doesn't snow over these next couple of weeks. No one wants to see that tutu get ruined.

Click (here) to see some of the other discounts Zipcar members get.


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2010 Bodies By Boston Contest

11/20/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
Are you in good shape? Like really, really good shape? Stuff Magazine is now taking submissions for their annual Bodies by Boston contest.

We love bodies. All kinds — hard or soft, tall or short. (And a little ink only makes them more fun.) We like to dress them up in the latest fashions and strip them down for a photo shoot. Do you love your body? We hope you do. If so, let us see it! We’re currently accepting submissions for our 2010 Bodies by Boston Issue. Send us a current photo and tell us a little bit about yourself. Are you a dancer? A rock climber? Has your body been through a major transformation? Do you spend most of your free time at the gym? Are you a burlesque dancer with fierce curves? Whatever story your body tells, we want to hear it.

Well, not a bad way to lower my self esteem a little bit on a Friday morning. I know it should be 'inspirational' for me to see pics like that to hopefully motivate me to work out more and lose the rest of this weight. But really it just makes me want to weep a little.

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John Mayer Tickets On Sale - 11/21

11/20/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


John Mayer isn't really my cup of tea, but I know LOTS of people who love him. For some reason, there are just a couple of pretty popular performers that I can't get into. DMB is one of them and John Mayer is one of the others. Other than that, I'm a huge lover of music in general.

For those of you that do happen to be John Mayer fans, tickets for his upcoming concert in Boston (in Feb) go on sale this Saturday at 9am EST. That seems a little suspect to me because usually tickets always go on sale at 10am, but you may want to just check it out for yourselves

John Mayer with Special Guest Michael Franti & Spearhead
TD Garden
Boston, MA
Wed, Feb 24, 2010 08:00 PM

I'm still pissed off that Lady Gaga canceled her tour with Kanye. Grrrr.....

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Boston Latino International Film Festival - 11/19

11/18/2009 12:03:00 AM 1 Response
The Boston Latino International Film Festival starts this Friday and the opening ceremony is a free event. There are actually a handful of Spanish movies that came out recently that I have in my Netflix queue. This looks to be my chance to see some new ones.

The Boston Latino International Film Festival is here! From November 19th to December 13th, 2009, BLIFF will be presenting the latest films pertaining to Latino social issues in the US and Latin America.

Join us for the Opening Ceremony on:

Thursday, November 19th at 6:00PM (free event)

at the Harvard Film Archive (24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138)


Over 75 films from over 14 countries will be featured, including the United States, Argentina, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Mexico, among others.


I swung by the film festival site and watched some of the trailers. Looks like some interesting stuff.

Click (here) for more details.


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Barbara Lynch's New Cookbook

11/18/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
All of you know that I'm a fan of Barbara Lynch, B&G Oysters being my favorite. Which reminds me, I need to go there sometime soon. The Butcher Shop is also awesome, along with No 9 Park. The only place that I wasn't a huge fan of was Sportello.

Next up on the docket, her first cook book. Here's what Tasting Table has to say:

Now, she's bringing her singular culinary ethos to the home kitchen with her first cookbook, Stir.

The book outlines her trajectory from a scrappy South Boston upbringing to her time in the kitchen at Todd English's Olives to the opening of No. 9 Park. It's a fascinating tale, but her recipes provide an even more compelling narrative.


Sounds good to me. You know, I made pasta from scratch ones. It turned out pretty decent, but boy was it a lot of work. I've got all of Thomas Keller's cookbooks. Those are pretty impossible to cook out of. Maybe I'll give this one a shot.

Click (here) for details.


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A 2nd Sonic May Be Coming to MA

11/18/2009 12:02:00 AM 1 Response


I never made it out to the Sonic in Peabody (here) after it opened back in August. I've been known to drive pretty far for fast food cravings (ie: driving to Burlington for Chic-fil-a) but I guess I just haven't craved Sonic yet.

For those of you in Marlborough, you might not need to drive too far to get Sonic if a new proposal gets approved.

Marlborough may eventually be home to an uncommon sight in Massachusetts - a Sonic Drive-In restaurant. The proposed location is on Boston Post Road West near Ames Street, beyond the Hannaford plaza, Vigeant said.

Council President Arthur Vigeant said he expects to set a public hearing for sometime after the first of the year, when the newly-elected council begins work.

For those of you that now crave Sonic's after reading this. I recommend a cherry limeade, the chili cheese tator tots, and a cheese burger.

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Boston Might Get A Shake Shack??

11/17/2009 12:03:00 AM 0 Responses


According to the Herald, the owner of NYC's Shake Shack has submitted a proposal to bring one to the Boston Common. His proposal is one of two that are competing for the space. Sounds exciting to me.

New York City’s beloved Shake Shack is angling for a spot in the heart of the Hub as the owner of the bustling Madison Square Park burger spot is one of two restaurateurs pitching the city on a much-needed new eatery on Boston Common.

That puts the Madison Square Park landmark in head-to-head competition with Boston-bartender-turned-Gotham-restaurant-mogul Jeffrey Mills, whose rival bid envisions an eatery called The Common House featuring “all the cheap eats synonymous with New England.”

I've never actually eaten at Shake Shack. Every time I happen to be close by, the line is ridiculous. So, I always end up leaving. I am however planning a trip down to NYC in early December. I'm thinking it may be time to bite the bullet, stand in line and give it a try. Especially since there's a chance it might be coming to Boston.

Click (here) to read the article.

PS. Shake Shack is welcome in our beloved city. The rats though that are always in that area can stay in NYC. We have enough of those of our own.


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Review: A Tale of Two Cities

11/17/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


Bloggery media rep Dwillens swung by the Wheelock Family Theatre this past weekend to check out the production of A Tale of Two Cities that I told you about earlier (here). Here's what he had to say:

Wheelock Family Theatre has produced here a greatly approachable introduction to Charles Dickens's most famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities. Dwayne Hartford's updated language makes the narrative accessible to the modern audience, even to those who may not be familiar with the novel itself. In order to keep the script at a reasonable length, Mr. Hartford has also trimmed the tale to its essentials--it is tightly focused on the major plotline of the novel and the 10 or so characters around which it revolves.

Particularly notable performances come from Bill Moortos as Sydney Carton (who also acts as the narrator) and Jane Staab as Madame Defarge. Mr. Moortos aptly represents Carton's initially dogged cynicism, as well as its gradual softening towards his eventual redemption. Ms. Staab's portrayal of Madame Defarge's lust for vengeance, on the other hand, heightens intensely as the plot reaches its climax. The costumes are rich and convincing, and the set, austere by design and with only a few changing elements, is cleverly used to represent everything from the galleries of a London courtroom to the streets of Paris during the storming of the Bastille.

Wheelock Family Theatre, true to their mission of engaging the whole family in the theater experience, has also spent the time to create a helpful study guide providing discussion questions for the audience. At each show, they also offer an event (in our case, a debate on the themes of the narrative) to further encourage audience discussion and participation.

The play is runs through the end of the month so you've got two more weeks to kick it in gear and get over there and see it.

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Boston Globe Launches New Digital Version

11/16/2009 01:15:00 AM 0 Responses


The Boston Globe is launching a new digital version of their newspaper and I commend them on the fact that they actually address one of my main issues with reading the news online right now. I like to read the paper cover to cover. This way it makes it next to impossible to miss anything. Online versions right now are just a series of hyperlinks, so I always feel like I'm missing something.

The Boston Globe is launching a new electronic version of the newspaper for which it will charge $4.98 a week, the company said yesterday.

The product, known as GlobeReader, resembles the look of the print edition while offering electronic features that make it easy to search and scan. It can be downloaded to desktops, laptops, and netbooks, and read offline or online.

GlobeReader features Globe content but is different from the paper’s website, Boston.com, which remains free. Like other news organizations, the Globe continues to evaluate whether to charge for access to some or all of its website.

Now here's the bad news (to the Globe). I stopped subscribing about six months ago for two reasons. The main reason, I find it difficult to pay for something I can get for free. It's the same reason I drink tap water vs. bottled (and yes I know technically tap water isn't free, but it's free-er than bottled). Secondly, it's better for the environment when I read stuff online. And whereas I appreciate the effort with this new Globe Reader, I'm probably going to stick with the free version of the news.

And yes, I am aware that this opens up the whole can of worms about the financial struggles that the Globe and all other paper media is dealing with due to the news being free online. Feel free to let me have it.

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Annual Holiday Tree Lighting - 11/21

11/16/2009 01:06:00 AM 2 Responses
I'm starting the day with an oxymoron ... Happy Monday, everyone! Heh, it consistently takes all the willpower in my body not to fling my alarm clock out the window on Mondays and then goto work. That being said, I figured I'd give us all a light at the end of the tunnel to focus on this week. Coming up this Saturday is the annual Holiday Tree (are we not allowed to call it a Christmas Tree anymore?) Lighting in Faneuil Hall.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace celebrates the 25th year of the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 21st from 11AM-7:30PM.

At approximately 5:30pm, the Mayor of Boston and a surprise movie star or athlete switch on the Christmas tree lights while illuminating the entire Marketplace with some 300,00 ‘Bee-Lights’. The Tree Lighting is historically recognized as the 1st Lighting of the Holiday Season by the City of Boston.


The Holiday Tree is approximately 85’ high and the Douglas Fir boasts over 15,000 bright white lights; some 3,000 Gold, Red & Green ornaments. The event is free and open to all. Also on that day, Faneuil Hall’s activities will include:


11AM-12:45PM: Street Performers; carolers, musical school groups kick off celebration

1PM: Santa arrives on his legendary sleigh!

4:45PM: JADA - all girl band belting out a mix of pop & R & B

5:30PM: ERNIE & THE AUTOMATICS - original rock band with a "bluesy" edge (they will perform when lights are switched on)


So I'm thinking head over to Faneuil Hall a little before 5:30. Hang out, see the lighting of the tree, and then head over to Giacommo's or The Daily Catch in the North End for some dinner. Who's in?

Click (here) for more info.



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Test out EA Sports Active - Starts 11/16

11/13/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


For someone who was really, really into video games when I was a kid. I sure am a sorry excuse for a gamer nowadays. That whole pesky "work" thing just really puts a damper on things. Even when my beloved Street Fighter franchise came out with their latest rendition, I played it for about 3 weeks and then promptly stopped. I still love video games, I just don't have the time anymore. That being said, you can probably find me on Newbury St next week testing out the new EA Sports Active game just to see what it's all about.

On November 16th EA SPORTS Active will be just around the corner, transforming an empty space for one month into a pop-up training center. Come in and meet with knowledgeable EA SPORTS Active ambassadors, use EA SPORTS Active on the spot or borrow from the lending library and try it out at home. With customizable and personalized workout routines that can be performed from the comfort of home, it’s a simple, fun and cost-effective way to stay healthy during the holidays, making it the perfect gift for you, and anyone on your list.

EA SPORTS will convert an empty storefront at 156 Newbury Street in Boston into a free workout space.

Video games that make you healthy? What will they think of next. First Wii Fit, and now this. Maybe this is the key to that whole childhood obesity problem that our nation is suffering from. It sure beats m

y solution: one year of mandatory military service (boot camp) after high school. My rationale, if you have to run three miles a day for an entire year, you won't be obese.


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Jay-Z Tickets On Sale Tomorrow - 11/14

11/13/2009 12:02:00 AM 1 Response


The most I've ever paid for concert tickets (by FAR) was to go see Jay-Z last year with Mary J. Blige and Rihanna. I'm actually embarrassed to admit how much I paid, so I won't. That being said, I'm taking a pass on this year's concert. But for those of that are interested, the public sale starts tomorrow - 11/14 at 10am EST.

Jay-Z: The BP3 Tour Tickets
Thursday 03/11/10 at 8:00 PM
TD Garden
Boston, MA

And just to make sure there's no confusion. The concert was amazing last year. And I had amazing seats, 10th row front and center, I just can't stomach that kind of $ to see him again. Once is enough.

Click (here) for the Livenation site.


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Michelle Lewis @ Cagney's - Tonight!

11/13/2009 12:02:00 AM 2 Responses


Bloggery Reader Julie asked if I could do a quick plug for her friend Michelle's performance tonight. Who am I to say no? Here's what she had to say:

A very talented and beautiful girlfriend of mine is playing a show at Cagney's in Quincy this Friday night. There's no cover and she'll be playing 8 - 12.

She's folky (think Jewel) and is going to have a great mix of her own music and then covers to play through the night. Her shows are always great and I thought maybe if you checked her out and listened to her that you might want to share this on the Beantown Bloggery.

Well Julie, I see your plug and I raise you a youtube video. See Michelle's latest music video for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" below.





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“First Frost” Belvedere Dinner @ BOKX109 - 11/13

11/12/2009 12:03:00 AM 3 Responses


If you know me, you know I love to eat. That's why this calorie counting thing that I'm doing now is causing me to die a little bit each day. But on the flip side, like I posted a few weeks ago, I am down 20lbs, so at least it's working.

Coming up this Friday at BOKX109 is their "First Frost" Belvedere Vodka Dinner. And I'm telling you guys about it for a couple of reasons. First, I like vodka. My first choice is Chopin, but Belvedere's pretty good too. Second, the menu includes a lot of things that I hold dear to my heart like: scallops, wagyu beef, and Hudson Valley duck.

WHAT: BOKX 109 American Prime and Hotel Indigo are being iced over by the “First Frost” Belvedere Vodka Dinner on November 13th. BOKX 109 invites you to bundle up and enter their Winter Wonderland where guests will enjoy food stations perfectly created by Executive Chef Evan Percoco, chilled Belvedere vodka concoctions and music by DJ Sensae.

PASSING
Lobster Caviar
corn blini, lemon mascarpone

Wood Grilled Scallop
purple sticky rice, grapefruit star anise

Charred Wagyu Beef
micro arugula black truffle

STATIONS
Hudson Valley Duck Two Ways
cacao crusted duck breast and citrus cured terrine
Belvedere Orange

Lemon and Fennel Cured Scottish Salmon
arborio rice, preserved lemon foam
Belvedere Lemon

4 Hour Sarsaparilla Braised Pork Belly
chestnut johnnycake, black cherry jus
Belvedere IX

DESSERT
Chocolate Bombe stuffed raspberry gelée
Belvedere Black Raspberry

RSVP REQUIRED: For reservations and more information call 617.969.5300.

WHEN: Friday, November 13th, 2009 at 6:30pm
COST: $25.00, excluding tax and gratuity.
WHERE: BOKX 109 American Prime
399 Grove Street Newton, MA 02462 (Located inside Hotel Indigo)

UPDATE: Looks like the press release I was sent had a typo. Per Bloggery Reader Hoppzor's comment, I checked the website and it says $85. Sorry folks.

UPDATE 2: I just got confirmation that the price is indeed $25. It was the website that was wrong, not the press release. Sorry for all this confusion.



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The Town Needs Extras at Mohegan Sun

11/12/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


I try to stay away from the casinos in Connecticut. Everyone time I go I leave poorer. Then again, that's really the story with almost all casinos in my case. But those of you who want a chance to be in Ben Affleck's latest movie, CP Casting is doing a casting call for extras.

Then again, if they promised me that I'd get to meet Blake Lively, I'd do it. Here's the details:

The movie “The Town” based on the book “Prince of Thieves” by Chuck Hogan is filming at MOHEGAN SUN CASINO in CONNECTICUT on Monday, November 16, 2009.

The movie stars and is being directed by Ben Affleck.

C.P. CASTING, Inc. of Boston is seeking ADULT MEN and WOMEN, 21+
who are interested in WORKING as BACKGROUND EXTRAS in the movie
on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009.

Extras would need to provide their own transportation to MOHEGAN SUN
and may be asked to arrive, ready to work, as early as 6:00am.

IF CHOSEN to work, these will be PAID JOBS.
Union members are paid the SAG rate for 8 hours plus overtime.
All others will be paid $100 for 11 hours work, and time and a half for overtime.
ALL extras hired will need to provide identification and documentation,
that enables them to work in the United States.
You will be paid by mail and taxes will be taken out.

You must be available ALL DAY, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16
-- from early in the morning until late in the evening.

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR WORK

YOU MUST SEND AN EMAIL TO: thetowncasino@gmail.com

------------------------------------------

In the EMAIL, be SURE to include:

[1] A SMALL, RECENT PHOTO OF YOURSELF

AND YOUR

[2] NAME
[3] TELEPHONE NUMBER
[4] AGE
[5] WHERE YOU LIVE

AND YOUR

[6] AVAILABILITY ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Click (here) for more info.



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Kim Kardashian Cancels Gypsy Bar Appearance

11/12/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


Sorry to all of you that were looking forward to seeing Kim Kardashian this weekend (here). I have bad news. I just got an email that she has canceled due to a filming conflict.

Due to a filming conflict, Kim Kardashian will be rescheduling her Gypsy Bar appearance. Filling in for Kim at Gypsy’s anniversary bash will be New York City’s DJ Roctakon and Montreal’s DJ Yossi. Doors open at 9pm. Please arrive early, this event will sell out!

Unfortunately, I have not heard of neither DJ Roctakon nor DJ Yossi. Soooooo, looks like I'm going to be doing something else that evening. But for those of you that picked up tix already, it's still their Anniversary party, so I'm sure they'll have something special going on that evening.

I'm glad we were notified in advance, though. Nothing pissed me off more than the time I went to go see the Pussycat Dolls open for the Black Eyed Peas and they didn't announce that PCD had cancelled until we got to the concert. And to add insult to injury, they got Danity Kane to replace them. PCD > Danity Kane.


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Contest: Name A Zipcar

11/11/2009 12:02:00 AM 2 Responses


I got an email that Zipcar is looking for suggestions to name some of their new cars. And boy do I have the perfect name. There's a back story too.

So back in August, a big group of friends and I were headed to the Coldplay concert. We took two cars. My car was already at the Tweeter Center when I got a call from the other car. Their car broke down on the highway and they weren't sure they were gonna make it. Major bummer. Miraculously, 1/3 of the way into Coldplay's first song, my friends made it. How you ask? One person used his iphone to rent a zipcar at the nearest location they could find while another person called a cab to pick them up and take them there.

Name this Zipcar. Post your ideas for "M" names today and Wednesday. On Thursday, we'll pick ten of the best ones to grace ten of our Mazda 3's. Are those creative juices flowing yet? Okay, go for it.

Oh, so the name I'm thinking of? Monterey Jack (or Monty) after that dude from the Rescue Rangers. Because that zipcar definitely saved the day. Would have been even better if it didn't have to be an "M" name, then I'd suggest Zipper (the blue fly from Rescue Rangers). Anyway, if you'd like to make a suggestion of your own. Find Zipcar on Facebook and suggest away.

Click (here) to goto their FB fanpage.

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30% Off Juicy Couture - Starts Today!

11/11/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


Believe it or not, I actually have a couple articles of Juicy Couture clothing. A friend of mine used to work for their corporate office and one time he grabbed me a couple of shirts from them. I saw the price tags and threw up in my mouth a little. So I can understand why those of you who do purchase their clothing are going to need this 30% off coupon that starts today and runs for a week.


I did a quick store search and apparently there's a Juicy at both the Natick Mall and on Newbury. Happy Shopping!

Click (here) for the original coupon site. Warning, there's background music.


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Girl on Top Book Tour - 11/17 & 11/18

11/10/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


Best selling author, Nicole Williams, is coming to Boston for a book tour for her new book "Girl on Top" and it's going to take the form of a networking party/runway show. She'll be in town both 11/17 and 11/18 and you guys, my lovely readers, have a chance to get yourselves a VIP pass for the event.

As part of her nationwide Girl on Top book tour sponsored by The Limited and Elle Magazine, Nicole is hosting networking parties/runway shows in 15 cities across the United States, including Boston. We’d be thrilled to reserve an exclusive spot at the Boston events on November 17th and 18th just for your readers and friends.

Here’s what those who RSVP for the event will receive a VIP pass to:

- Chatting up the women in the area you need to have on speed dial
- An amazing gift bag (first come first serve, so get there on time!)
- An exclusive 40% discount on The Limited's brand new business-chic attire (perfect for that next big meeting or interview)
- Free-flowing Girl On Top Cocktails
- Career advice from Nicole Williams (who couldn’t use that at a time like this?)

Not sure if this is my cup of tea. But then again, I've been to a couple of those Shecky's Girls Night Out Events. The things I'll do for my readers ... So maybe I'll see you there. It's really a question of whether or not I can find some female friends to accompany me so I don't look THAT out of place.

Click (here) to RSVP.

PS. It does say "free flowing cocktails," so maybe it is my cup of tea.


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Speed's Grilled Pastrami

11/10/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


I got an email about a week or so ago that made me drool a little bit as I read it. A Bloggery reader and fellow blogger sent it to me regarding a new item at Boston Speeds Hot Dog Wagon: Grilled Pastrami.

We were having lunch at the Boston Speed Dog truck last week, when Chef Greg Gale tempted our already full bellies with his newest offering-- Grilled Pastrami. He's been trying to find the right alternative for that one person in a group who really doesn't want a hot dog.We think he found it. "Speed's Grilled Pastrami" is to pastrami sandwiches what a Speed Dog is to an ordinary hot dog.

Imagine excellent pastrami, placed on the flaming wood grill and tossed to let the flames melt some of the fat and crisp the edges into bacon-like goodness. Alongside, a roll spends a few moments on the fire toasting lightly. Then, if you're smart enough to follow Greg's guidance, a streak of his special mustard blend and a spoonful of fresh-made barbeque sauce is added to the bun. Finally, when the chef is happy with the melting, crisping and warming, the pastrami is piled on top.

As you'll recall, I made my first trip down to Speed's this past summer (here) for their famous hot dog. It was a little on the sweet side but still really delicious. Methinks it's time to make it down for the Grilled Pastrami.

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Friday Night Lights Filmed in Boston - 11/7

11/09/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


Thanks to Bloggery Readers Ina and Kaitlin for the heads up, sadly I didn't get your emails in time to head over to Harvard Square this weekend to see the filming of Friday Night Lights. My buddy Eugene is going to be pissed, he loves that show - he would have wanted to know about this.

Luckily, Kaitlin headed over to the set and wrote a post about it on her own blog. Here's an excerpt:

Harvard Square is not a large place, and as luck would have it the camera and lighting crew were already setting up when my mom and I strolled out of the T (subway for non-Bostonians) at 3:50pm. We hung around the crew, chatted them up, took photos, and asked where else filming had taken place that day. We quickly found out that Connie Britton & Aimee Teegarden had already filmed scenes at Tufts University, Boston College and Boston University earlier in the day, and that this would be the second outdoor scene of the day, and also the final scene to take place in Boston. It seems that our little Julie Taylor might be venturing off to college in Red Sox Nation!

Kaitlin's also got a bunch of great pics from the filming on her page.

Click (here) to check out her post.


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Jayde Nicole at The Estate - 11/11

11/09/2009 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses


There's something magical about women in black dresses. It's hard not to look HOT. Coming up this Wednesday at the Estate is their "Little Black Dress Party" and it's being hosted this year by Jayde Nicole.

I'm doing a wikipedia search right now to figure out who she is and it seems that she's a Playboy Playmate. Oh, and she's appeared on The Hills.

It’s that time of year again…Boston’s stylish elite are invited to slip on their best black dresses for the sexiest party of the season – The Little Black Dress Party at The Estate. Hosted by Actress and Model Jayde Nicole, the sultry evening will feature music from the nightclub’s resident DJ Buddy Costa, who will spin today’s hottest music all night long.

The dress code for ladies is of course, a little black dress. Gentleman should dress for the occasion in creative upscale black attire, including a sport coat and shoes.

See you guys there?

Click (here) for more info. (Website has music)


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A Tale of Two Cities @ Wheelock Theatre

11/06/2009 01:22:00 AM 0 Responses
I still remember when I was fairly young, probably the middle school timeframe, my dad purchased me a HUGE book to help me brush up on my vocabulary. After all, the SAT's were only a mere 5-6 years away. The book in question was a compilation of several Charles Dickens novels. And so at a very early age, I learned to hate Dickens.

But it grew on me as I got older and I was required to reread those books for school in highschool. Starting last week and running until the end of the month is a production of A Tale of Two Cities at the Wheelock Family Theatre.

Set during the tumult of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities vividly dramatizes the influence of historical and political upheaval on the individual. It follows the intertwined fortunes of a French Aristocrat who reject’s his family’s tradition of terrorizing the lower classes; a physician whose long imprisonment has left him a symbolic hero for the oppressed; a drunken lawyer who finds meaning in life through an requited love; and a mob leader whose sheer rage at the degradation of the lower classes demands vengeance. This new adaptation of the Dickens classic poses questions as pressing today as they were two centuries ago.

Bloggery meda rep Dwillens is going to check it out next weekend. You should too. Bring the kids. You're never too young to learn what a guillotine is. Just kidding, the program description says it's for ages 11 and up. Leave the really young kiddos at home.

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Boston Bowl 50th Anniversary - 11/7

11/05/2009 12:24:00 AM 0 Responses


I'm going to take a very circuitous path with this post. Step one, watch this video of Russell Peters doing some stand up below.




Funny? I thought so too. Now, what I'd like to do is tell you what YOU can do with fifty cents. Head over to Boston Bowl's 50th Anniversary party this Saturday, 11/7.


I can't remember the last time I went to Boston Bowl. It was mostly likely while I was still in college. We used to take prospective pledges there during rush.

Click (here) for more info.



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Kim Kardashian Coming to Gypsy Bar - 11/13

11/04/2009 12:02:00 AM 1 Response
I still don't actually understand why Kim Kardashian is famous. But that could be because I've never watched any of the TV shows that she's on. She is pretty hot though, that I definitely give to her. And she's coming to Boston. On Friday 11/13 - she's going to be hosting a party at Gypsy Bar.

Kim Kardashian the famous socialite, fashion icon and star of E! Entertainment’s “Keeping up with the Kardashians” will be in Boston for one night only. Friday, November 13th Kim Kardashian will host the city’s biggest anniversary bash with style, grace and a little bit of sass. Don’t miss your chance to party with one of Hollywood’s most beautiful and glamorous rising stars at Gypsy Bar.


It's been a while since I've been to Gypsy Bar, not that I don't love the place. It's just been a while since I've gone clubbing. Nowadays, you're more likely to find me at a regular bar.

Click (here) to visit the Gypsy Bar site.


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Casting Call: Top Chef Season 7

11/04/2009 12:02:00 AM 1 Response
I was told that I really need to start watching Top Chef and that it's an awesome show. I'll make you guys a deal, one of you make it onto the show, and I'll start watching. And I'll make sure all the other Bloggery readers cheer you on as well.

We are NOW CASTING for Top Chef Season 7!

Chefs with a passion for food, creativity, a thorough knowledge of cooking techniques and trends and oodles of charisma are what we’re looking for. We want talented, experienced chefs with that flare that puts you over the top.


BOSTON

Wednesday, November 4, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Westin Boston Waterfront


Click (here) to get more info.

PS. Wow, Padma is really hot.


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Cabs & Credit Cards

11/03/2009 12:53:00 AM 3 Responses


I complained about this once already (here) but it bears repeating because I just had another round of horrible interactions with cab drivers this Halloween weekend AND I saw that Adam over at Universal Hub did a post on it as well (here).

SuperMark reports that when his cab driver told him after an $18 ride that his cab's credit-card reader was broken, he told the guy he only had $8 on him and that he was breaking the law by driving around with a busted reader. Miraculously, the cab driver managed to get the reader to work.

I usually walk or take the T when I go somewhere that doesn't have parking because I hate taking cabs.

Number one, fifty percent of the time, they end up taking a longer route than necessary in order to rack up the bill. I LIVE here, please stop making insane excuses for the obviously longer routes. Number two, for machines that were just installed less than 6 months ago, there sure are a lot of broken credit card machines out there.

Here's the part I liked the most, that came from a commenter on Adam's post. You can now file complaints online (here). Please try not to crash their servers.


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Forbes Says Boston is the 4th Safest City

11/02/2009 01:25:00 AM 0 Responses


Interesting little article in the Boston Business Journal recently saying that according to Forbes, Boston is the 4th safest of the 4o largest cities in the US. Color me pleasantly surprised. I think I'm probably just jaded because I sit and read the local news all day and it just seems like there's tons of crime. It also doesn't help that one of my good friends is and ER doc and he's always telling me about the gun shots and stabbings he gets to deal with.

The Greater Boston area is the fourth-safest place among the largest 40 cities in the U.S., according to a ranking by Forbes. The rankings take into account each city’s 2008 levels of violent crime, workplace fatalities rates, traffic death rates and natural disaster risk.

Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked No. 1 and has the nation’s lowest workplace fatality rate. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis was No. 2, with the nation’s lowest natural disaster risk. Portland, Ore., with the lowest violent crime rate, was No. 3.


Ok after seeing who beat us, I'm going to go out on a limb and say I'd rather be fourth than live in Milwaukee. Sorry to those of you reading who are from Milwaukee. I have nothing against you guys, I drank a lot of your "Best" back in college. I just prefer Boston.

Click (here) to read the article.


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Thrillist Movember Event - 11/4

11/02/2009 01:20:00 AM 2 Responses


I can actually remember the last time I had Canadian Club. It was for a Mad Men party that Stuff was hosting. I was invited by a cute girl and everyone knows I'm a sucker for cute girls and whiskey .. in that order.

Coming up this Wednesday 11/4 at Bleacher Bar- 4 Yawkey Way is the latest Thrillist Boston event: Canadian Club Movember.





Come join Thrillist to kick off Movember with The Doll House DJs, a fully equipped shaving booth operated by King of Shaves, and handcrafted cocktails by Canadian Club.

The shenanigans starts at 7pm.

Click (here) to RSVP.



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