Art via Karrett Barbosa/Flickr With two feet of snow on the ground, we are clearly nowhere near New Orleans. Nevertheless, today is Mardi Gras, and it’s time to “let the good times roll,” or as they say in French, laissez les bons temps rouler. So party-goers, prepare to don those vibrant masks and beaded necklaces [...](Read Full Article)
The City of Boston confirmed today that the sneaker brand Converse is moving its headquarters from North Andover to Boston in April 2015. Specifically, they are moving to the Lovejoy Wharf by the Garden. The Globe reported last week that Converse was making the move to the new Lovejoy Wharf complex in a story reporting [...](Read Full Article)
10 Free Things To Do in Boston, January - From ultimate bootcamp to meditation class to Hippo Happenings at the Franklin Zoo, check out these free Boston events, good for all ages.
Photo via Method Fitness/Flickr “Music Pups” Sample Class Thinking it’s time to get the kiddos involved in music? Try out the Music Pups free sample class in Belmont, during which infants through 4-year-olds will be able to dance, sing, and play instruments. Registration is required. Saturday, Jan. 5, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m., Powers Music School, [...](Read Full Article)
Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend - Dinosaurs at the Seaport World Trade Center, exploding flowers at the MFA, and more.
Photo via Discover the Dinosaurs Facebook The holidays may be over, but there’s plenty of fun to be had in 2013. Here are five reasons to get up and out of the house this weekend. Family Discover the Dinosaurs This weekend, take the kids to the Seaport World Trade Center to see Discover the [...](Read Full Article)
Culture Calendar: Arts & Entertainment Events in January - Matthew Reed Baker's guide to this month's events.
Photo by Lois Greenfield DANCIN’ SHOES Savion Glover may be the world’s best tap dancer. In his 80-minute show at the Boston Opera House, SoLe Sanctuary, he’ll be paying homage to the icons of his art, including Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. 1/12 A CLASSIC GETS ITS CLOSE-UP Ralph Ellison’s epic novel Invisible Man [...](Read Full Article)
10 Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in Boston - Party hard like a Parisian, a rebellious Cinderella, or just your average club-goer. Or take it easy at a sports bar, or ring in 2013 on a boat.
Photo by efkjr79/Flickr Now that the world has not come to an abrupt end and Christmas is over, where will you ring in the New Year? For those staying local but opting out of the house party scene, here are a few prime Boston bar and club venues to become reacquainted with cardboard hats, obnoxious-yet-necessary [...](Read Full Article)
Five Things to Do If the World Doesn’t End on Friday - Get off the couch and head to one of these five Boston area venues for the chance to party end-of-the-Mayan-calendar style.
Photo via Facebook If the end of the Mayan calendar truly signifies the Apocalypse, then we will all meet our impending doom this Friday. With that ever-uplifting thought in mind, let’s ponder how we’d like to spend our supposed last hours on Earth (or, more probably, the hours preceding the weekend-before-Christmas shopping stampedes). Yes—Friday would [...](Read Full Article)
Eight Family-Friendly and Not-So-Family-Friendly Holiday Events - Check out some kid-friendly and adult-only happenings around the city as Christmas approaches.
’Tis the season to spend some quality time with your loved ones, young and old. ’Tis also the season to be merrily downing two or three drinks, laughing, and dancing with your peers. Sometimes the two do not go hand in hand. The following are a few kid-friendly things to do before Santa arrives. And [...](Read Full Article)
Boston Pops 2013 Season Pays Tribute to Film - Just as it's getting blustery and cold, Keith Lockhart and Co. have planned out sunnier days.
Photo courtesy of the BSO. You gotta give the whole Boston Symphony behemoth major props for never resting: Just has the Holiday Pops opens with its usual cozy fanfare on December 5, the Boston Pops will start selling tickets for its spring season. Do these people never quit? The schedule for Spring 2013—which runs from [...](Read Full Article)
Boston Arts and Culture Events: December - Events include the Holiday Pops, the First Night Festival, and more.
Heavenly Voices Few holiday performances are as beatific as the famous Vienna Boys’ Choir’s, and no concert space in Boston is more sublime than the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 12/2 Photo courtesy of Trans-Siberian Orchestra Merry Metal The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is schlock of the highest, most awesome order. This year’s laser-and-flame-filled show at [...](Read Full Article)
Six Must-See Live Shows in December - Performing arts and concerts for those who are looking to curtail Christmas-themed shows until it's actually Christmas.
Photo by Adrien Broom via Wikimedia Commons In the midst of preparing for the holidays, we get those constant consumerist reminders: the trusty TV holiday ads, the classic tunes on the radio, and the oversized, red-felted ribbons in immediate eyeshot the moment we stick our fur-booted feet into a shopping mall. Though we have already [...](Read Full Article)
Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend - Anthony Bourdain's Guts & Glory tour, Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza, Seinfeld Live!, and more.
The Radio Show (Photo via Abraham.in.Motion) Food Anthony Bourdain: Guts & Glory Anthony Bourdain—chef, author, and connoisseur of exotic delicacies—has traveled the world on his hit TV shows Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. On Friday, Bourdain will make a stop in Boston on his first North American Tour and share stories of his daring [...](Read Full Article)
Retail’s War on Thanksgiving - Every year on Black Friday, retail stores show us why capitalism prevails. Except in Massachusetts.
Illustration via Thinkstock Last year, retailers upset folks when they decided to open at midnight on Thanksgiving for Black Friday, just so they could unload millions of dollars of consumer products at a discount to customers willing to brave the elements and stampedes. This year, of course, capitalism’s ever-continuing march forward means that retailers including [...](Read Full Article)
Republicans Scott Brown and Richard Tisei’s electoral losses have inspired some major hand-wringing among Republicans in the past week. “The MassGOP … is dead,” reads a blunt Red Mass Group headline. Losing an election typically leads to an inter-party “civil war” of sorts in which the commentariat debates how best to rise from the ashes, [...](Read Full Article)
Election Night Events in Boston: Where to Go When the Polls Are Closed - So you've earned that little 'I Voted' sticker. Now what?
Photo via Thinkstock Alas: Election Day is here. Time to cast your vote, celebrate a new presidential term, and watch YouTube videos and TV in peace without being bombarded by obnoxious campaign ads. Mitt Romney will be in Boston with his supporters, and while he certainly parties in style, most of us will probably celebrate [...](Read Full Article)
Free Things to Do in Boston, November - 15 free arts, entertainment, and recreational events happening this month in Boston.
#6: The Fernet-Branca Barback Games at Royale Tuesday, Nov. 6. (Photo via Fernet-Branca/Facebook) The following is a slew of free (free!) events to check out in Boston during the month of November. As Christmas approaches and your wallet continues to thin, substitute dinner and a movie with one of these great money-savers. 1. The Hub [...](Read Full Article)
10 Boston-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas - Still searching for the perfect Halloween costume? Here are 10 ideas for Halloween costumes inspired by Boston.
Photo via Bain Capital Mitt Romney and his money There are sure to be plenty of Mitt Romneys and Barack Obamas roaming around on Halloween night, so make yours special by channeling this now-famous picture of our former governor when he worked for Bain and had money literally coming out of his suit. Find as [...](Read Full Article)
Local Blue Ivy Event Planner Wins Trademark Battle - Jay-Z and Beyonce won't have a children's birthday party business anytime soon.Jay-Z and Beyonce’s infant superstar may be only nine months old, but she better not hope to do party planning in the future. The local company who shares the same name as the child, Blue Ivy, has successfully secured a trademark for the name, “under specific categories, focused on event planning, entertainment and party retail items,” reports [...] (Read Full Article)
Everything You Need to Know about the Head of the Charles Regatta - A viewer's guide to this weekend's HOCR, plus interesting facts and figures.
Photo via Flickr/Casey Eisenreich Bridge Guide to the Head of the Charles Regatta One of the major issues with outdoor events like the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR), which takes place this weekend, is finding the best place to sit or stand. Crowding along the Charles River can be tricky, and though you may [...](Read Full Article)
20 Free Things to Do in Boston - Free arts, entertainment, and recreational events from a lighthearted pumpkin pageant to a spooky psychic and witchcraft fair.
#12. The Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons) Now that we are nearing mid-October, you may have already shelled out a few extra bucks on your polyester superhero Halloween getup and now feel a painful empty leather cavity in your wallet. But alas, here are 20 free things to do in [...](Read Full Article)
Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend - Food Truck Throwdown: Boston vs. New York City, an Oktoberfest 5K, the Haunted Ship at the U.S.S. Salem, and more.
Oktoberfest 5K, 2011 (Photo via Cambridge 5K) Food Fight Food Truck Throwdown: Boston vs. New York City The Food Truck Throwdown is a daylong competition that pits seven food trucks from Boston against seven trucks from New York City as contestants fight for the title of Best Food Truck. Throughout the month of September, a [...](Read Full Article)
Eight Arts Must-Sees in October - Bring in a new month with these arts and entertainment events in Boston.
Photo by Mario Testino (Gisele Bundchen, New York, 2007) BATTLE OF THE BEARDS With their lengthy coifs and monster riffs, the guys behind Boston quartet Township look and sound like ’70s arena rockers. At Brighton Music Hall, they’ll be part of an all-New England double bill with the equally hirsute alt-country act the Mallett Brothers [...](Read Full Article)
The South Shore Gets a New Arts Hub - The gloriously rehabbed Norwood Theatre hosts its first big show this weekend.
Photo by Jim Abts A new arts season is upon us, as it is every fall, but this year is different on the South Shore, with a stellar new addition to its arts community. Built in 1927, the Norwood Theatre is celebrating its 85th birthday with a comprehensive renovation, after having gone dark four years [...](Read Full Article)
Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend - The Boston Symphony Orchestra's opening gala, the Sam Adams OctoberFest celebration, and more.
Photo courtesy of The Boston Cup Automobiles The Boston Cup Classic Car Show This Sunday, people can park their cars in Boston Common, but only if the vehicle is one of 100 invitation-only concours-quality vehicles competing for The Boston Cup. Check out these stylish rides from all around the world, including Andy Rooney’s 1966 Tiger [...](Read Full Article)