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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Apprently, there is a new Ticketmaster.

If you are interested in heading to a concert at the Paradise, starting Friday (Jan. 2nd) you will have to go to Live Nation's website, not Ticketmaster. My two cents? Go to the box office. For more information on this new ticketing system, click here for the Globe article.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Year's Eve

In case us bloggers get tied up with the holidays, just wanted to share a bit on places to go on NYE on places to grab dinner and drink. If I was going out, I'd go to Beehive! :)

Happy Holidays everyone!


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Forget Milk and Cookies, it's Beer and Cookies

The Wine Gallery is bringing a new trend to the area - beer and cookies tastings. Head over to Brookline on Saturday, December 20th from 3:00pm-6:00pm for a free tasting. Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar & Oatmeal Cranberry Butterscotch Cookies? Yum. Click here for the 411. Wine Gallery is located at 375 Boylston Street.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Skating Around Town

Baby, it's cold outside. So get ready to go ice skating - outdoors. Frog Pond, Kendall Square and Charles Hotel rinks are all open. For a full list of public skating rinks (in and outdoor) click here. Many places offer a snack bar and private lessons.

Kendall Square
One day: $5 adult, $3 student/seniors & $1 for children 10 and under.
Season Passes: $70 adults, $50 students/seniors & $20 for children.
Rentals: $5 for rental skates (hockey or figure skates), or $70 for a season pass.
Hours: Mondays - 12pm-8pm (unless special event, then 5pm), Tuesday-Thursday, 12pm-5pm, Friday: 12pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-9pm, Sundays & Holidays: 11am-6pm

Boston Common Frog Pond
Admission: $4 per person, children under 13 free. Season passes: individual: $100, family: $150, lunch: $60 (Monday-Friday only, non holidays).
Rentals: $8, children under 13 $5. Lockers: $1.
Hours: Monday: 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-9pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-9pm.

Charles Hotel

Admission: adults: $5, children (12 and under) $3, family (consisting of 2 adults and 2 children) $10. 10 day pass: $30 adult, $20 children and $70 family.
Rentals: $5 adults, $3 children & $10 family.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 2pm-8pm, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 10am-8pm


Friday, December 12, 2008

Free Yoga Class at the Pru

The folks at Lululemon Athletica store in the Prudential Center are offering complimentary yoga classes on Sundays. Instructors are from Life in Synergy. Mats are provided and the class is held from 9:30am-10:30am. Click here for more info.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Holiday Stroll in the North End Friday Night

Our urban neighborhoods are not letting us forget how important it is to shop locally this holiday season. Remember, your local coffee shop or gift store isn't getting any government bailout.

With that, stop by Inman Square tonight (6:00pm) in Cambridge for their holiday shopping event (almost everywhere has music & snacks, as well as a FREE Walk Boston walk. If tonight doesn't work, stop by the North End, where for the first time Bostongal has heard, they are hosting their own holiday event. Stores participating tomorrow night include: Moda, in-jean-us and The Velvet Fly. North End event starts at 7:00pm. Click here for more information.


Golden Globe Noms

Go Anne Hathaway! Not that Bostongal is biased... :)

Best Motion Picture - Drama:
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama:
Leonardo DiCaprio, "Revolutionary Road"
Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"
Sean Penn, "Milk"
Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama:
Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"
Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"
Meryl Streep, "Doubt"
Kristen Scott Thomas, "I've Loved You So Long"
Kate Winslet, "Revolutionary Road"

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy:
"Burn After Reading"
"In Bruges"
"Mamma Mia!"
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy:
Javier Bardem "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Colin Farrell, "In Bruges"
James Franco, "Pineapple Express"
Brendan Gleeson, "In Bruges"
Dustin Hoffman, "Last Chance Harvey"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy:
Rebecca Hall, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Frances McDormand, "Burn After Reading"
Meryl Streep, "Mamma Mia!"
Emma Thompson, "Last Chance Harvey"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Tom Cruise, "Tropic Thunder"
Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder"
Ralph Fiennes, "The Duchess"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"
Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Amy Adams, "Doubt"
Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Viola Davis, "Doubt"
Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"
Kate Winslet, "The Reader"

Best Animated Feature:
"Kung Fu Panda"

Best Foreign Language Film:
"The Baader Meinhof Complex" (Germany)
"Everlasting Moments" (Sweden/Denmark)
"Gomorrah" (Italy)
"I've Loved You So Long" (France)
"Waltz with Bashir" (Israel)

Best Director - Motion Picture:
Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Stephen Daldry, "The Reader"
David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"
Sam Mendes, "Revolutionary Road"

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture:
Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire"
David Hare, "The Reader"
Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon"
Eric Roth, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
John Patrick Shanley, "Doubt"

Best Original Score - Motion Picture:
Alexandre Desplat, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Clint Eastwood, "Changeling"
James Newton Howard, "Defiance"
A.R. Rahman, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Hans Zimmer, "Frost/Nixon"

Best Original Song - Motion Picture:
"Down to Earth" from "WALL-E"
"Gran Torino" from "Gran Torino"
"I Thought I Lost You" from "Bolt"
"Once in a Lifetime" from "Cadillac Records"
"The Wrestler" from "The Wrestler"


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Take advantage of Tuesdays & Sundays at VeeVee in JP

I just had to share this deal over at VeeVee on Centre Street, especially considering it's one of my favorites down there.

Sunday & Tuesday Night Prix Fixe:

$19 vegetarian or $24 non-vegetarian

Select any appetizer from our regular menu*, then choose your entree. The price is determined by your entree selection.

Special prix fixe for dining in only.

*lobster sausage appetizer an additional $4


Restaurant L takes over the Boston Public Location

So Boston Public wasn't even open that long, but Daily Candy is reporting that the restaurant inside Louis Boston has closed and Restaurant L has opened.

Restaurant L is the baby to Pigalle (yum) and Marco chef, Marc Orfaly. Features of the new place is the stand-and-go cheese and wine bar, and the menu included Kobe beef and foie gras dumplings. The bar menu features Asian snacks. As Daily Candy states, "For now, it’s open only during store hours (till 7 p.m.), but rumor has it the place will transform into an acoustic lounge once a month on weekend nights." Newbury Street could use a "lounge" but it could also afford some cheaper options for shopping and dining (H&M and Filene's Basement excluded). Head on over before Louis Boston moves to its new digs. Restaurant L is in Louis Boston store located at 234 Berkley Street.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Milky Ways New Digs Means No Bowling

In the Globe today, they finally gave us some news about the JP neighborhood fave, Milky Way lounges & lanes. When the Milky Way heads over to the brewery area, it will get a snazzy red bar, more dancing space, a jukebox and possibly skeeball (hooray! it's about time someone brought skeeball back, yeah!).

What will be missing - yes, bowling. Milky Way cut its size in half, which means there is no space for 6 or 2 lanes of bowling, if you still want to have latin, afro-beat and other fun nights of diverse music. For the full Globe article, click here.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Roomier Red Line?

Apparently, if you take the Red Line during rush hour on Monday, you may not be able to get a seat...and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Check out this Boston.Com article. The new "Big Red" trolley photo is on the left. Courtesy of MBTA.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Union Square Holiday Market

In the midst of all these wonderful local holiday events (see what to do) and craft shows, another one hits the streets of Union Square. On Saturday from 11:00am-4:00pm, check out Holiday Market. I should actually say markets, because there will be 3 individual markets plus shops in the Square that will be offering great gift ideas. Some of those ideas include: sculpture, jewelry, knitwear, photography, handbags, greeting cards, and more. Click here for more info.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Free admission to all exhibits at the MFA this Wednesday!

Apparently, Wednesdays are becoming free event days. After the Downtown Crossing Wine Crawl (see below) head over to the MFA for some holiday cheer. On December 3rd, not only is the general exhibit halls free (after 4:45pm on Wednesdays, they always are) but the MFA is giving you an extra gift - free admission into the Assyria exhibit. That's normally a $23 ticket! Holy bananas! While at the MFA, also check out the rumored gingerbread house exhibit...bostongal is already salivating at the idea. Enjoy!