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5 Napkin Burger Happy Hour = $2 Sliders

7/28/2011 09:49:00 PM 0 Responses
I was walking home from work today, trying to decide on what to have for dinner.  And what I really wanted was a cheeseburger.  What I ended up having was may less delicious, and probably only marginally healthier.  I should have had the burger.  That's where this email comes in that I received about 5 Napkin Burger's new happy hour.  It sounds AWESOME.

5 Napkin Burger is launching a Slider Happy Hour everyday from 4-7pm where our delicious hamburgers will be available for just $2 each. Starting today the sliders available for Happy Hour are the Original 5 Napkin Burger, 5 Napkin Veggie Burger and the Italian Turkey Burger. In addition you can also get $.50 cent Hell’s Kitchen Wings (minimum of 4) and Pork Taquitos (tray of 4) for $2.00 and $2 hand rolls (Choice of: spicy tuna & cucumber, spicy salmon & avocado)

Ummm, yeah I'll pass on the wings and taquitos.  Just bring me 10 sliders and a wheelbarrow to carry  me out in.

Click (here) to visit the 5 Napkin website.

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Presale: So You Think You Can Dance - 7/28

7/27/2011 10:11:00 PM 0 Responses
Yay!  Another day with a donation from a generous Bloggery reader.  Thanks very much to Ana C. for her donation today.  If this keeps up, I should be able to reach my $2500 goal by race time (here).

SYTYCD is coming to town on 9/27 and their presale starts Thursday 7/28 at 10am.  Details in the poster below.  I don't watch the show myself, but I was told by people who do that SYTYCD is the acronym they use.  I think it's a little ridiculous, but then again, I'm a fan of HIMYM, which is only one letter shorter......

Click (here) to get tickets.

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National Hot Dog Day = Free Hot Dogs!

7/26/2011 09:47:00 PM 0 Responses
First off, thanks to media rep DanDan for donating to my marathon fundraising efforts (here).  You are a gentleman and a scholar.  Yup, I get emails every time someone donates, and yes I am going to start each day's postings by thanking every person that contributed.   

Moving onwards ... to things that I should not be eating while training for the marathon - apparently July 27th is National Hot Dog Day - which means free hot dogs at the Pru courtesy of Kayem.  

Kayem, the official frank of the Boston Red Sox, will celebrate National Hot Dog Day on July 27 with a free sampling event and appearance by Red Sox player Josh Reddick at the Boylston Plaza outside of the Prudential Center. All guests will receive free Kayem franks, coupons, and the opportunity to have their photo taken with Josh Reddick, Wally the Green Monster, and the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox World Series Trophies. Chuck Nolan from WZLX will be on hand to play music and emcee the event.

As added fun, Josh Reddick will join Kayem behind the grill to help serve Kayem’s famous franks and compete against New England BBQ Grill Masters Brendan Burek and Steve Farrin for the best tasting recipe as voted by the crowd.

Prudential Center (Boylston Plaza, outside the Prudential Center food court)
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
11:00pm – 2:00pm
Josh Reddick on site from 12 to 1 PM

I went to DBGB in NYC recently.  It's one of Daniel Boulud's restaurants and it seemed that their specialty was sausages.  I had one.  It cost me $13 and let me tell you:  free hot dog > $13 fancy sausage.

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MFA Summer Concert Series

7/25/2011 09:29:00 PM 0 Responses
There's so many outdoor concert series(es) this summer, it's awesome.  I was at a jazz club this past weekend with some friends and it reminded me that I need to get some more live music going on in my life.

Summers are always exciting at the MFA, as we are able to utilize our outdoor space and bring more concert options to the Boston community. Every July and August, the Elaine and Jerome Rosenfeld Concerts in the Courtyard Summer Series provides Boston music lovers with an eclectic list of performances.

July 27: The Debo Band with Fendika and NOMO
August 3: Patty Larkin
August 10: Tift Merritt with Bill Janovitz
August 17: Mirah
August 24: Special Guest Headliner with The Parkington Sisters

Click (here) to purchase tickets. 

If you're looking for something a little bit free-er, click (here) for some other music options.  Whatever you do, just spend some more time outside while you can.  It's going to get cold before we know it.

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13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival - Starts 7/28

7/25/2011 09:17:00 PM 0 Responses
First off, my sincerest thanks to the following folks for donating to support my run for Parkinson's & Dystonia research (here).  I'll be bugging the rest of you again on a monthly basis until I reach my goal. 

Elle S.
Brian F.
Jerel N.

You guys are wonderful and I really appreciate your support.  

Moving onwards, I wanted to mention that the 13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival starts this week.

The 13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival begins Thursday, July 28th and runs through Sunday, July 31st, 2011.

The Roxbury International Film Festival takes place over four days, with workshops, panel discussions and film screenings taking place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Ok, and since i'm in 'marathon mode' right now.  My pick for the festival is definitely going to be "The Athlete" which plays on Thursday.

Marathoner Abebe Bikila, the first black African to win an Olympic gold, ran his gold medal marathon barefoot. But Bikila's story becomes truly remarkable following an accident that leaves hi unable to walk. The Athlete is a well-crafted character study couched in a compelling sport biopic.

I checked out the lineup, it looks like it's going to be a great festival.

Click (here) for more info.

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Support the Beantown Bloggery & Parkinson's Disease Research

7/25/2011 12:04:00 AM 2 Responses
Ok, guys - I need your help.

I think I mentioned this before in a few posts, but I'm currently training for the NYC Marathon this upcoming November in an effort to raise money for a charity.  I'm running to benefit The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation and I would greatly appreciate if you guys could help me out.

Believe it or not, the Beantown Bloggery has almost 6,000 subscribers.  If everyone were to donate a dollar, I would more than double my goal of raising $2,500.  I'm up to about 6 miles per run right now, only 20 more to go......

Here's a little bit about the charity I'm running for:

The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation (BSDPF) was founded in 1995 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 by Louis Bachmann(1916-2000) and Bonnie Strauss. The Foundation was started to encourage new research and scientists in the fields of dystonia and Parkinson disease, and to heighten awareness about the diseases. The early stages of scientific research are often the hardest to fund. Following a similar concept to that of a "venture capital", seed money is Funded through annual grant awards, this helps to leverage new ideas and advances in the fields. To date, the Foundation has allocated over $11 million dollars to over 210 grants around the world. These grants have helped to bring greater insight into the causes and-we hope-cures for dystonia and Parkinson's disease.

And hopefully if all goes well, I'll see if I can manage the Boston Marathon next year.

Click (here) to contribute to my cause.

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Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne @ Newbury Comics - 7/26

7/25/2011 12:02:00 AM 0 Responses
So, I was watching the video for the new Flaming Lips feat. Lightning Bolt song and in the video Wayne Coyne mentions that he's going to be at the Newbury Comics in Harvard Square this Tuesday.  I took a peek at the Newbury Comics site and couldn't find anything about it - but maybe I didn't look hard enough.  In the meantime, watch the video for yourselves and if you're interested, you could try calling the store for details.

Psychedelic?  I think so.

Click (here) for the link to youtube.

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Boston = 2nd Most Honest City

7/20/2011 10:17:00 PM 0 Responses
Bummer.  I was hoping that we'd win Honest Tea's Honest City award again (here).  But apparently we came in 2nd place this year ... to Chicago.

On July 19, Honest Tea, the nation’s top-selling organic bottled tea company conducted a social experiment by setting up unmanned pop-up stores stocked with ice-cold Honest Tea and Honest Ade in 12 cities across the United States. Signage asking visitors to leave $1 per bottle on the honor system was posted next to a transparent (but securely mounted) cash box. In partnership with Ustream, hidden cameras were arranged to provide live video feeds of each pop-up store on the interactive website that documented how honest people actually were and tracked the real-time honesty results of each city.

In keeping with its mission-driven approach, Honest Tea is donating all of the money collected –nearly $5,000 to three non-profit organizations. Honest Tea will also match the funds collected, bringing the total donated to $10,000.

Check out the video below:

Click (here) for more info.

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Free: Boston Landmarks Orchestra Concerts - Wednesdays

7/19/2011 10:40:00 PM 0 Responses
I went for a run today after work along the river. It was a bit warm at first, but by the end of the run it was pretty nice out, especially with the breeze. So, of course, I decided to come home and look for more stuff to do outdoors while the weather's nice. Here's one that goes on every Wednesday thru August - Boston Landmarks Orchestra Concerts at the Hatch Shell!

Privately funded, The Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents free concerts at 7 pm at the DCR’s Hatch Shell every Wednesday night, now through August 31st and in the neighborhoods.

Here's the program for 7/20.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Christopher Wilkins, Music Director and Conductor


Soaring Over the Vast Expanse (World Premiere)
Kevin Kim (b. 1991)

Concerto for Violin in D major, op. 35
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Hyunsu Ko, Violin

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36

Where: DCR's Hatch Shell on the Esplanade
Rain location: The Church of the Covenant
67 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3090

Click (here) for more info.

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Honest Tea's Honest City Event - 7/19

7/18/2011 10:16:00 PM 0 Responses
Ok guys we won once.  We can win again.  

On Tuesday, July 19, the social experiment Honest City is back! We’ll have an unmanned pop-up store in Boylston Plaza where passersby can buy $1 bottles of Honest Tea.

Do you think Bostonians will win again this year? Last year, Boston finished first with 93.3 percent honesty.

Honest City Boston will feature bottles for purchase on the honor system. Each bottle will cost one dollar. It will be up to each individual to decide if they will pay for their drinks. We’ll have hidden cameras set up to see how honest Bostonians are.

Additional cities involved in this experiment are New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Prudential Center - Boylston Plaza
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199

(Between the Boylston Entrance and tree planter facing Boylston St., directly across from Bank of America)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET

Click (here) for more info.

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Pinkberry Coming to Wellesley in August

7/17/2011 10:03:00 PM 0 Responses
It's only Sunday night and I already have a bad case of the Mondays.  I'm not looking forward to work tomorrow.  Therefore, I'm going to keep this short and sweet:  the title says it all:  Pinkberry is coming to Wellesley in August.

Pinkberry, the number one tart frozen yogurt brand, will be opening later this summer around the first week of August 2011 in Wellesley, Massachusetts. With over 100 stores worldwide, the newest Pinkberry is situated in popular Linden Square alongside local favorite, CERI Boutique.

Pinkberry is a one-of-a-kind frozen yogurt experience. The addition of Pinkberry will introduce Wellesley to the refreshing flavors and sophisticated style for which the international brand is known.

Pinkberry will be located at 180 Linden Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02482.

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Vitamin Water Uncapped

7/14/2011 10:11:00 PM 0 Responses
A new event series recently kicked off near Fenway on Brookline Ave, and we want to let you in on the fun. vitaminwater uncapped Live is a month-long celebration of music, art, fashion and all things awesome in Boston! Best of all, the events are free and you can attend as many as you’d like.

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Boston Food Truck Initiative - 7/13

7/12/2011 09:49:00 PM 1 Response
I love food trucks.  I still have fond memories of the MIT food trucks that I basically got all my lunches from for four years.  (I was there before they brought Anna's to the student center).

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that food trucks are ready to serve “wicked good food” on Boston’s streets next week with 15 new permanent locations in several neighborhoods. The new locations have been approved by the City and the food trucks will rotate between the sites starting July 13. Boston’s Food Truck program, unlike in other cities, has designated permanent spots on city streets where food truck vendors can apply to operate. The food trucks will serve a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner foods from 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM (with a 9:00 PM closing time in some neighborhoods). These new locations are in addition to the food trucks that already operate on City Hall Plaza and on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The food trucks will be located in the Back Bay, Bay Village, South End, Fenway,
Kenmore Square, Boston University, Dorchester, Boston Marine Industrial Park/South Boston Waterfront, and the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Here are the first 15 vendors:

1. Lincoln Street Coffee on the Go
2. Go Fish
3. Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese
4. The Cupcakory
5. Redbones BBQ
6. Mobile Home
7. Savory Food
8. Staff Meal
9. The Dining Car
10. Grilled Cheese Nation – 2 Trucks: “Minnie” and “Cheese Force One”
11. Kick*ss Cupcakes
12. The Froyo Truck
13. Clover Fast Food
14. Bon Me
15. Pennypackers

Click (here) for more info.

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Grub Street New York Chooses Woodman's

7/11/2011 10:50:00 PM 0 Responses
I almost had my first lobster roll of the season last weekend while I was up in New Hampshire.  I say almost because I ended up getting too impatient and decided to just eat the lobster the old fashioned way after I finished boiling it.  It was delicious.  What I haven't had yet this summer is fried clams.  And, now I think I know where I'm going to go ... I'm a sucker for advertising/other people's endorsements.  Grubstreet has an article about 50 "State Dinners" to check out and number 22 is the Woodman's of Essex.

The destination: Woodman's of Essex in Essex, Massachusetts
How to get there: Essex is a quick drive from Gloucester and about 40 miles outside of Boston.
When to go: All summer long, but July 3

You don't have to be a New Englander to know that summer on the East Coast should mean at least a few fried-clam feasts. And if you're going to do it, you may as well go to the restaurant that claims to have invented them, 95 years ago this July 3. Normally we'd chalk a gimmick like that up to something from a tourist trap. But everyone owes it to themselves to try the corn-flour-coated "chubby's Original" fried clams here. Plump and crispy, they're exactly what every "summah" calls for.

I want some NOW.  Nom Nom Nom.......

Click (here) for the Grubstreet article.

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Free: Nightlife @ Children's Wharf - Starts 7/13

7/10/2011 10:04:00 PM 0 Responses
I am exhausted.  I went out to SF this weekend to visit a friend.  That is quite the flight to be doing for just a weekend.  So tonight, I'm going to be sleeping early, so that I'm rested for the week and all the events that are going on.  Here's one on 7/13.  Gotta love being outdoors in the summer.  

Night Life @Children’s Wharf presented by Boston Children’s Museum (BCM) offers free outdoor evening concerts 6-9pm featuring different World Music bands and ensembles such as Caribbean Percussion; Salsa; New Orleans Zydeco; Polynesian; Tiki; with themed alfresco food, drink, dancing and spectacular waterfront views. All concerts take place on the wharf outside Boston Children’s Museum on Wednesday evenings as listed (In the event of inclement weather, the band is moved under cover). The Improper Bostonian is Night Life @Children’s Wharf Media Sponsor.

The lineup of bands includes:

July 13 - Tiki Band
August 3 - Afro-funk/pop
August 17 - Zydeco

“Boston Children’s Museum is proud to present Night Life @Children’s Wharf,” said Carole Charnow, President & CEO Boston Children’s Museum. “With this concert series, our hope is to engage a new audience and renew old friendships.”

These unforgettable evening events will attract young professionals (21+), downtown dwellers, and fun-seekers meeting friends and making new ones. Night Life @Children’s Wharf is the perfect mix!

*Alcoholic beverages and appetizers may be purchased on the Wharf
*All concerts are wheelchair accessible
*Wharf seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring their own low lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Click (here) for more info.

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PSY Cast Party at Stoddard's - 7/14

7/10/2011 09:59:00 PM 0 Responses

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Presale: Kaiser Chiefs @ HOB - 9/13

7/06/2011 10:07:00 PM 0 Responses

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Praud Launches Figureground T-Shirt Line

7/05/2011 09:54:00 PM 0 Responses
You know me and my love of local companies. Here's a new one that has piqued my interest. It's a research company that has come out with a line of t-shirts featuring their research.

PRAUD, a Boston based research and design firm, launched this month FIGUREGROUND, a T-shirt line featuring graphic designs based on the firm’s research of cities.

PRAUD gathered geographical, economic and demographic data from the top 32 most influential cities around the globe and developed graphic representations of the data as T-shirt designs. The firm aims to offer a product that is both stylish and educational while appealing to tourists and city locals. The T-shirts are fully manufactured in the U.S. and provide style and comfort as well as promote interesting facts about different cities.

FIGUREGROUND has a team of designers and researchers working to collect data of the places where products are purchased, the city designs that are purchased, and the places where they ship. This data will be used later to compare the marketability of a city to the world ranking of world’s most influential cities.

Obviously, I'm partial to their Boston line.

Click (here) to check out their shirts.

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Downtown Crossing: Jazz in July

7/05/2011 09:46:00 PM 0 Responses
Lots of free outdoor music this season, which is awesome. So yesterday I blogged about the Harborwalk Sounds event that is ongoing. Today, I figured I'd fill you in on some live music going on in Downtown Crossing.

Jazz in July 2011 launches this Friday July 1st , with nearly 50 performances scheduled at indoor and outdoor locations throughout downtown, including the Hyatt Regency's Avenue One, BiNA Osteria, Mantra, Max & Dylans, and Petit Robert Central.

New this year will be performances at the Norman B. Leventhal Park in Post Office Square, on July 11, 18, and 25.

I took a look at the calendar, they do indeed have a ton of performances lined up pretty much every day this month.

Click (here) to check out the schedule.

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1000 Words: Extreme Sailing Series

7/04/2011 09:07:00 PM 0 Responses

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Harborwalk Sounds 2011 Starts This Week

7/04/2011 08:46:00 PM 0 Responses
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July.  I spent the weekend up in New Hampshire at my friend's lakehouse.  It was nice to get away.  And thankfully, I did not end up feeding the mosquitos to the extent that I thought I would.  I also got to play my first round of real golf ever.  So that was cool.

My personal mandate for the summer is to spend as much time outside as I can before it gets cold again.  So you can bet your bottom dollar that I'm going to try to checkout a few of the Harborwalk Sounds concerts that start up this week. 

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) once again partners with the world-renowned Berklee College of Music to present HarborWalk Sounds, a wildly popular series of free summer concerts on the Boston waterfront. Showcasing some of the best new talent Berklee has to offer, HarborWalk Sounds takes place on the ICA’s stunning Putnam Investments Plaza (100 Northern Ave, Boston) from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on ICA Free Thursday Nights through the summer.

July 7: Tubby Love & Eric Robertson (reggae/roots)
July 14: il abanico (indie pop)
July 21: Sons of Daughters (improvisational jazz)
July 28 Emily Elbert (folk/pop)
August 4: Will Wells and Dynamic Sound
August 11: Kiesza (pop/electro)
August 18: Julia Easterlin (alternative/electro)
August 25: Grace Kelly (jazz)
September 1: Sierra Hull & Highway 111 (bluegrass)
September 8: Mark Whitfield Jr. Quartet (jazz)

Click (here) for more info.

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