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Happy New Year!

12/31/2011 10:12:00 AM 0 Responses
Happy New Year, everyone!  I've had a few days off this past week due to the hoidays and now I never want to go back to work.  Bleh.  Have a good weekend, folks, things go back to normal way too soon.

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Stella's 3rd Annual Guest Chef Mondays

12/27/2011 07:21:00 PM 0 Responses
Celebrate Mondays at Stella's with Chef Evan Deluty and his friends! Each visiting chef will create a special appetizer, entree and dessert, and Stella's dinner menu will also be available. The "Guest Chef Mondays" menu will be available starting at 5:30 P.M. for $40 per guest
The season kicks off on January 2 with a lineup that runs through March 26 and includes:

Michael Schlow, Tico, Via Matta, Alta Strada and Radius - Jan. 2
Dante de Magistris, Restaurant Dante - Jan. 9
Anthony Caturano, Prezza - Jan.16
Marc Orfaly, Pigalle, Remick's - Jan. 23
Tony Ambrose, Ambrosia Events & Catering - Jan. 30
Louis DiBiccari, Storyville - February 6
Will Gilson - February 13
Robin King, Oro - Feb. 20
Adam Fuller, Snappy Lobster - Feb. 27
Rodney Murillo, Avila - Mar. 5
Jay Silva, Bambara - Mar. 12
Kevin Long, Red Lantern, Tosca, Shrine - Mar. 19
Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Toro - Mar. 26

*Dates may be subject to change.* To reserve, call 617-647-7747

Click (here) for the Stella website

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Free: Pinkberry in Braintree - 12/29

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Review: Three Pianos

12/20/2011 07:45:00 PM 1 Response
Bloggery media rep DanDan swung by the Loeb Drama Center to check out Three Pianos.  Here's what he had to say.

Before talking about Three Pianos, I should give the caveat that I am, by no means, a person who knows anything about classical music. With this in mind, I made sure to grab a music major friend of mine when I heard that Three Pianos was a play about three friends who find a copy of Schubert's song cycle Winterreise (I don't even know what song cycle *is*!) and decide to play it while re-enacting an imagined scene of Schubert hanging out with his friends at a house party. So I definitely wasn't planning on necessarily getting everything in the play but, given the strong work of pretty much everything A.R.T. does, I knew I would still have an enjoyable time.

Three Pianos was a riot!! First off, upon entering the play, audience members are given a glass of wine (after all, it is a house party!). As soon as the play starts, and it starts fast and doesn't look back, the actors seamlessly transition between the present day and the imagined 19th century party. As someone who had no previous knowledge of the music itself, let alone the personal history of classical composers in general, the context behind each piece was brought up in such a fun way and interesting way that I now have a new found interest in music theory... I've actually started downloading lectures online! As for my more musically inclined friend, she thought it was great as well! In fact, because she knew more coming in, she picked up on a lot of details I missed.

Oh, and did I mention that the wine keeps flowing during the play?

Three Pianos is really smart and very, very entertaining.

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Presale: Coldplay - 12/16

12/15/2011 12:52:00 AM 0 Responses
Only a screenshot today. I'm packing for Vegas to celebrate my 30th birthday. see you guys sometime in the middle of next week.

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41st Annual Christmas Revels - 12/16

12/13/2011 09:25:00 PM 0 Responses
I've been put in charge of organizing the company ugly Christmas sweater contest this year.  Anyone have suggestions on where I should look for sweaters besides ebay?  Speaking of Christmas, here comes the The Christmas Revels. 

The Christmas Revels:
In Celebration of the Winter Solstice

Directed by Patrick Swanson; George Emlen, Music Director

December 16–29, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The 41st annual Christmas Revels finds pilgrims, from all over Europe, streaming towards a small French fishing village by the sea. It's the 16th century and, led by their local Guild of Fools, villagers are preparing for a great annual feast and holiday pageant which will mark the end of the old year and the birth of the new.

Soon the stars will come out, the moon will rise and the music and singing will start. Mysterious visitors will arrive from the East. With the sun, moon and stars in delicate balance and our village Fools in charge of a smooth transition to the New Year, what could possibly go wrong?

Filled with music and dance from England, France, Spain and the Middle East, plus comedy, rituals and carols and familiar Revels touchstones like The Shortest Day, the Sussex Mummers Carol, Dona Nobis Pacem and the joyous and participatory, Lord of the Dance, this year's production will be a truly celestial celebration!

The 80-member cast includes our trio of actors from last year's production, Happenstance Theater's Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell and local favorite Tim Sawyer, the Revels Chorus of adults and children, musician and song leader David Coffin, the Pinewoods Morris Men, Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble and guest artists, the Sharq Trio from the renowned Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.

Performances begin with a specially priced Preview on Friday, December 16th at 7:30pm (most tickets just $30). Performances run through December 29th.

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$5 Off Your First Order at Seamless

12/12/2011 09:55:00 PM 0 Responses
My diet consists primarily of Subway sandwiches and places that will deliver to me off of  Thankfully that means I can eat from just about anywhere.  I tend to go for sushi or buffalo wings.  Wings especially on Sundays. 

Seamless is running a refer-a-friend promotion right now.  Think of it as a delicous, delicious ponzi scheme.  I refer you guys, you get $5 off when you join and I get a $10 credit.  Then once you're a member, you refer your friends and you get the $10 credit.  Or at least that's how I'm assuming it should work.

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21st Annual Boston Wine Expo

12/11/2011 10:50:00 PM 0 Responses
I learned a valuable lesson last week:  stick to the wines that I know.  I went and bought a cheaper Bordeaux the other day to give it a shot.  I usually stay away from Bordeaux's because it's cost prohibitive.  But I found a cheaper bottle and decided to get it.  It was horrible.  Undrinkable.  A corollary to that lesson, is that I need to learn more about other types of wines so that this doesn't happen again.  Hence, the 21st Annual Boston Wine Expo.

Boston's best-loved wine event is bigger, bolder and better than ever. Get ready for a weeklong celebration of the world's most popular wine-growing regions.

Beginning Monday January 16th, wineries will host exclusive Vintner Dinners at some of the city’s most enticing restaurants. Many local favorite restaurants will provide the opportunity for guests to taste creative pairings of food and wine as they learn about each. Saturday and Sunday’s Grand Tasting features wines from four regions of the world, as well as food and wine pairings from more than 40 restaurants. Ticket admission covers all wine and food samples, and allows consumers to enjoy two Chef Stages showcasing demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Christopher Coombs of Deuxave, Antonio Bettencourt of 62 on Wharf, Vittorio Ettore of Bistro 5 and Patricia Yeo of Om Restaurant & Lounge. A local farmer’s market and Cyber CafĂ© will feature live tweeting and attendee polling of the wines available at the Expo.

The educational series has been extended to offer three days of seminars featuring top winemakers and industry experts including keynote Kevin Zraly, as part of the 2012 Seminar Program. Consumers and trade can explore a range of topics such as “The One Hour Wine Expert” with Zraly, “Explore the Crus of Beaujolais” with Domaine Louis Jadot, “Get to Know Amarone” with the Wines of Masi, “Armand de Brignac Champagne Experience” and “The Tuscan Gem: Ornellaia Vertical Tasting.”

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A Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2011 -

12/06/2011 09:32:00 PM 0 Responses
A New England holiday favorite is back and bigger than ever. The Ninth Annual A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan returns to the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston from December 16-18. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan features an ensemble cast that offers an intimate sharing of Christmas music, dancing, songs and stories in the Celtic tradition
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan will feature a variety of singers, musicians and dancers steeped in Celtic tradition. The cast will include:

· The wonderful Canadian singer Ruth Moody who is part of the trio The Wailin’ Jennys, now such a staple on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion

· Hanneke Cassel, who was a big hit in the 2010 concert, has re-assembled the group Halali, with Laura Cortese, Lissa Schneckenburger and guitarist Flynn Cohen.

· Simon Chrisman who is part of the up and coming act The Bee Eaters will bring a new instrument to the show, the Hammer Dulcimer

· The Uilleann Pipes will be featured for the first time on the show played by newcomer Kieran O’Hare.

· Multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan of Solas will again be back on stage and, and again in his role as music director.

· Seamus will be joined by long time collaborators Chico Huff on acoustic bass, and new to Christmas Celtic this year, percussionist Ben Wittman who has recorded with to name a few, Rosanne Cash, Eileen Ivers, Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson.

· Kevin Doyle, will make his return to Christmas Celtic this year not just as the spectacular dancer he is, but as the dance director and is already busy working with a young group from the Harney Academy of Walpole who have become a fixture in the show.

· Paula Plum returns as the artistic director for her ninth year

The full 2011 schedule of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is as follows:

· Friday, December 9, 7:30: Hanover Theatre - Worcester, MA
· Saturday, December 10, 3PM and 8PM: The Music Hall - Portsmouth, NH
· Sunday, December 11, 7PM: Zeiterion Theatre - New Bedford, MA
· Wednesday, December 14: Shalin Liu Performance Centre - Rockport, MA
· Friday, December 16th, 8PM: Cutler Emerson Majestic Theatre- Boston, MA
· Saturday, December 17: 3PM and 8PM, Cutler Emerson Majestic Theatre - Boston, MA
· Sunday, December 18: 1PM and 5PM, Cutler Emerson Majestic Theatre – Boston, MA

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4th Annual Santa Brunch @ Beehive - 12/10

12/05/2011 08:41:00 PM 0 Responses
I'm getting so lazy as the year draws to a close.  I'm now going to be leaning heavily towards pictures, so I don't have to type words.  At least until I get some vacation in me.  I'm supposed to have 15 days this year.  I'm going to get to take 4 before the year ends.  Sad, I know.  But 2 of those days are going to be spent in Vegas celebrating my birthday - hopefully i win enough cash to buy an iphone w/o the contract so I can get rid of this retarded HTC Thunderbolt.  But before Vegas, we have several Christmas events that I plan on hitting up, including the following:

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Ibex Winter Warming Party - 12/8

12/05/2011 08:32:00 PM 0 Responses

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The Velveteen Rabbit - Now Playing

12/04/2011 10:27:00 PM 0 Responses
I loved the Velveteen Rabbit as a kid.  Would it be creepy if I went to go see it now?  Maybe I should bring a girl with me.  Or borrow someone's kid ... errr ... offer to babysit for a day. 

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