Boston on the Go - a Bostonian guide to keeping yourself busy and in the know. Ideas on things to do, places to shop & dine, and what to talk about when you're out and about in the Boston area.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bostongal's picks for art exhibits to check out

Bostongal not only loves her long walks in urban parks (beaches are SO overrated) but she also likes her art exhibits. Here are a few I spotted through MIT that I think you should go check out.

At the MIT Visual Arts Center - 20 Ames Street, Cambridge. T stop: Kendall.
Open: Tues-Thurs, Sat & Sun: 12pm-6pm and Fridays, 12pm-8pm.

Though there are currently many exhibits here, check out Melanie Smith: Spiral City & Other Vicarious Pleasures which features video installations, mix-media paintings and photographs by Smith inspired by Mexico City society. Exhibit runs through April 5. (Free)

At the MIT Museum - 295 Mass Ave, Cambridge. T stop: Central or Bus 1.
Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun, 12pm-5pm. Admission: $8, $3 for students and seniors, children under 5 are free.

Holography: The Light Fantastic- the exhibit features over 23 holograms from the museums permanent collection. Also, check out some AI with Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT.

Wolk Gallery: MIT School of Architecture + Planning, 77 Mass Ave, Room 7-338, Cambridge. T stop: Kendall, Central or Bus 1.
Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

Go check out Working in Mumbai - it features architectural photography from RMA Architects. Through April 17 and free.


Friday, February 27, 2009

Technique Opens in Cambridge

Daily Candy reports that the Le Cordon Bleu has a new restaurant next to the cooking school. Tres chic.

Technique is like Daily Candy says - a little Top Chef in Boston. And considering none of the chefs on that show hail from our region, it's about time we have something. The restaurant will feature not only as a classroom but will serve both lunch and dinner. Entrees max out at $20 and tips go towards the school's scholarship fund.

Technique is located in Kendall Square in the Athenaeum Press Bldg, 215 First Street, Cambridge. 617-218-8088.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

He won't give you his d**k in a box.

Soon to be spotted in downtown Boston? Andy Samburg. Promoting his Lonely Planet Cd, featuring the songs like a J*** in My Pants, D--k in Box and new favorite, the Boat Song. Ok, that's not the name of the last song, but you get it. Head over to the Newbury Comics in Faneuil Hall Friday night and get a photo with the best Marky Mark impersonator in...well, ever. Click here for more info. Event starts at 7:00pm.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Poor Little Rich Gril Opens on Newbury Street

Davis Square favorite is hitting the other side of the river. Poor Little Rich Girl, a new, vintage and consignment store has opened its second locate at 166 Newbury Street (in between Exeter Dartmouth Streets and under Lush Cosmetics). Hours for the new store are Sunday-Friday, 12pm-6pm and Saturday 11am-7pm. For more info, click here.


Free Pancakes at IHOP!

Head over to any local (or non local) IHOP for a free short stack (that's 3) of pancakes today (7am-10pm). The closest city ones are in Brighton and Harvard Square. All IHOP wants you to do - donate to a good children's charity. Click here for more info.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Ten Tables opens in Cambridge

It's finally here! The long awaited opening of the second Ten Tables (the first one is in JP) is happening. Located at the old Craigie Street Bistro, the new restaurant actually has 14 tables and a fryalator and in house made sausages. Using local organic produce and humanely raise red meet, this is sure to be a hit for Cambridgians who never crossed the river for the first one. My recommendation - check out the $32 3 course menu on Wednesday nights - you get to choose. Ten Tables Cambridge is located at 5 Craigie Circle near Harvard Square.


Friday, February 20, 2009

DJ Spooky's "Rebirth of a Nation" Event at Beehive

The Beehive is hoppin' lately. On Sunday night, head over to Beehive around 7:00pm to see
DJ Spooky's "Rebirth of a Nation". This is a film project based on a remix of D.W. Griffith's infamous 1915 film Birth of a Nation. The event is touring around the country and most importantly, is free. Beehive is in the South End on Tremont Street.


Oyster Chuck Off at Tavern on the Water

So maybe an all you can eat hot dog contest doesn't tickle your fancy. Fear not, the folks over in Charlestown have come up with a Oyster Chuck Off Contest. On Monday, for $10, you get 4 oysters and a beer and your entry into the shuck off to win other goodies! Event runs from 6pm-9pm. Tavern is located at Pier 6, on 8th Street in Charlestown. Click here for more event info.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Manicures & Martini Night @ Savant Project

Ladies, get two things done in one spot - nails and drinks. Hot. On Monday, February 23 take part in Savant Project's Manicures and Martini's night, where the ladies of Liz's Hair Care will give you a manicure, and the awesome bartenders of the Project will give you a martini for the price of $15. Thank me later ladies. Savant Project is in Mission Hill at 1625 Boylston Street.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Art Event @ Beehive Tonight

Need something to do? Already saw Shepard Fairey's Obey exhibit? Yeah, me too. :) Head over to the Beehive tonight around 6:30pm for their newest art installation featuring local artists. Event goes from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Beehive is located in the South End. Click here for more.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pho 'n Rice Opens in Somerville

Right next to the Petsi's Pies on Beacon Street a new Vietnamese and Thai restaurant opened. From the looks of their menu, it looks cheap and full of Pho. Anthony Bourdain would be proud. Pho 'n Rice is located at 289 Beacon Street.


Friday, February 13, 2009

Two more things for the long weekend

For those of us with Monday off, check out the Chisels and Chainsaws Event at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End. Ice sculpture artists will be forming art from ice. Event runs from 10am-4:30pm. Stop by that new equal exchange coffee shop near by while you're at it. Click here for more info.

Second event to recommend is on Saturday or Sunday at Grafton Street in Harvard Square. They are starting a new deal where you can get $4 bloody marys and blood orange mimosas. I may need that after a night out. This deal ends March 31st, so you got plenty of time. Grafton is located on the corner of Mass Ave and Bow Street.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Noir's Matchmaking Mixer

Where are all my single ladies? And fellas? Well, single peeps, head over to Noir on Saturday night, aka Valentine's day, for Noir's non-traditional V-day party (aka, a singles party). Noir is promising their delicious drinks, desserts and flirting fun. What are they asking of you? To bring yourself and your other single friends. So head on over from 9:00pm-2:00am and meet some people. You never know what may happen. :) Noir is located in Harvard Square in the Charles Hotel. Click here for more info.

For other V-day events, check over on our "what to do"section.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mass Chicken Opens in Central Square

Hot Off the Press, a somewhat hogepodge paini cafe closed near by the Cantab Lounge and a new Middle Eastern take out place has opened - Mass Chicken. Mass Chicken features different types of kabobs and wraps, and everything was under $10 and only one item was $15. So this new spot is worth a try (especially since it's open until 11pm on weeknights!). Mass Chicken is located at 736 Massachusetts Ave.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Anime fans or not, go see Grave of Fireflies at the MFA

Besides that recent Clint Eastwood movie that portrayed the Japanese viewpoint during WWII, it's not very often us Americans have seen how the other half lived. In an animated film, you can see just that. "Grave of the Fireflies" will be shown at the MFA tomorrow February 11, with a lecture following the event. I'm not a big Anime person, but this movie is definitely worth it.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Yet Another Boloco

Downtown is getting overrun with Boloco stores. At the old Kabloom location on School St in Downtown Crossing, a new Boloco is being constructed at a rapid pace.

On the weekends downtown Boston (like most downtowns) has a very dead feel to it with all the office buildings and work week restaurants boarded up for the weekend, so let's hope, unlike the other downtown Bolocos, this one will be open all week.

Follow-up: As you can see in the comments, there is a response from the CEO and co-founder of Boloco and so this is in hopes of answering his question. I actually love the smoothies from them and enjoy the occasional burrito as well. I am incredibly surprised though that there is that much burrito demand for them to have so many stores downtown - but apparently there is. The main concern, however, is what happens to downtown when stores and restaurants are not open on weekends. It seems without places to go, people won't come downtown, but without people coming to downtown there's no demand for restaurants to be open. Alas, an endless cycle. Sounds like the new store will be open on weekends so that is a definite plus.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Check out these Rock Stars

Starting Saturday, you can check out over in Kenmore the RADIO SILENCE : A SELECTED VISUAL HISTORY OF AMERICAN HARDCORE MUSIC photography exhibit. The authors of the book that is featured in this exhibit documented the time between the Ramones and Nirvana...aka rock between 1978-1993. According to the website, you will see: "unseen photos lay next to hand-made t-shirts and original artwork brought to life by the words of their creators and fans." Now, those are hard core rock fans. The Fourth Wall Project where the exhibit is being held is located at 132 Brookline Ave and is open from 7pm-10pm on Saturday for the show. For more information, email the space at:


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Review of Bond Restaurant and Lounge

Boston on the Go had the opportunity to swing by Bond Restaurant and Lounge at the Langham Hotel last Friday. We did not make it to the DJ hours, however, so a more extensive review will have to be posted at a later date. Our impression thus far:

It was definitely a crowded after-work scene with a lot of attractive young professionals gracing the couches and the bar area. While the average age is probably under 30, there is a good mix of ages and everyone should feel comfortable there. The music was not overpowering (at least pre-DJ hours), which allowed for relaxed conversations and a general buzz was in the air from all the different conversations mixing.

The menu is pretty much all appetizers, but priced under $20. Mixed drinks are in the $15 dollar range, while beer (bottles only) are in the $5 to $6 range. There is a complimentary coat check.

The biggest downside is definitely the long line at the bar ... quite a few of their drinks involve a blender which slows down service. Also, the bar area is also not overly large, causing the bar crowd to spill over between the couches.

The beautiful building the Langham is in is not overly evident while at Bond, but the decor and design provide for a really nice atmosphere. Overall it was definitely a great experience and is a nice lounge spot downtown.

If you make it to the DJ hours before we do, please let us know what you think!


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Thaitation opens up in the Fenway

Brown Sugar Cafe is gone from Jersey Street and in its place Thaitation has opened. Looks like a similar menu and dinner prices are pretty cheap, with the most expensive menu item was $20.95. Thaitation has extensive info online and is located at 129 Jersey Street.


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Patriot Place

Devra First, the food critic at the Globe has reviewed the CBS Scene at Patriot Place recently, and it got me to remember I forgot to mention my first visit down south.

First, I should mention two things- I smartly went when the Pats were already out of the playoffs and it was cold. So, my friend and I didn't walk around the stores, like the Bass Pro Fishing Shop or the new Old Navy. But my South Shore friend reassured me that having these stores is such a big asset. And I believe it, in the strip auto mall that is Route One.

The cool thing about CBS Scene is that you can get tables at your personal TV, so while you are sipping on cocktails you can watch Two and a Half men, or preferably, football, basketball or How I Met Your Mother. But, I bet watching a game in the summer or early fall there is awesome. One, more people are around, and they have a HUGE outdoor TV for the patio. Perfecto.

The other restaurants in the area definitely seem worth visiting as does the place in warmer weather. As I recommended to my friend, I would totally go there before a Revolutions game!

For a list of all the shopping, dining and events at Patriot Place, click here.