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.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Comedy of Errors Starts Friday on the Common

One of my all time favorite summer Boston traditions - Shakespeare on the Common. This year the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production is "Comedy of Errors."

"Comedy of Errors" runs from July 31-August 16. Performances start Tuesday - Saturday @ 8pm, and Sundays @ 7pm. Matinees are scheduled for Sunday, August 9 at 1:00pm and Wednesday, August 12th and 12:30pm. For information on the cast, crew and a synopsis of the play, click here. Remember, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. is a non profit - so go show your support! And we'll have a review soon, too. :)


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Heads Up: Restaurant Week and Other Dining Deals

So Boston's summer restaurant weeks starts August 9th. 3 course lunches will be at $20.09 and dinners are priced at $33.09. There are some restaurants going beyond just the week though.

On Sundays and Mondays, Mistral, Sorellina and Mooo are offering 3 course dinners for $35, and Masa is offering their restaurant week menu the whole month of August. Many restaurants (such as Ten Tables Cambridge) also offer prix fixe meals all year long - you just have to remember to look at their menus!

Here are some restaurants participating this year in restaurant week that I would check out - TW Food (Cambridge), Pigalle (Theater District), Sportello (South Boston) just to name a few. Have any recommendations? Let us know. Click here for the full list of restaurants. Restaurant week runs from Sunday, August 9 through Friday, August 14 and
Sunday, August 16 through Friday, August 21.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer Shack Clam Bake on Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor Islands, seafood and beer - three things that spell summer. Apparently the folks at the Harbor Islands got that idea too. Now on Thursday nights this summer you can enjoy clam bakes on Spectacle Island provided by Summer Shack.

Summer Shack Clambake includes: creamy clam chowder, steamed Lobster, mussels, steamers,
corn on the cob, new potatoes, chorizo and dessert (prices can include alcohol as well). Ferries leave Long Wharf at 6:30pm and get back 9:00pm. For info on pricing and to buy tickets, click here.


Dorado Tacos & Cemitas Opens in Brookline

Chef Douglas Organ of JP's cafe D has opened a new Latin American joint filled with fish tacos and cemitas (like a sandwich).

Dorado's menu looks delicious with fish tacos (made with Atlantic white fish), regular tacos, rotisserie family meals and of course, cemitas. Sides include the regular chips and guacamole, but also have what are sure to be new favorites like spicy pickled carrots, jicama & jalapeños and smoked ancho chile dusted yucca fries. Dorado is located at 401 Harvard Street in Brookline, near Coolidge Corner. Click here for more details.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Baseball in the Yard @ the Liberty Hotel Today

Enjoy the afternoon Red Sox/Orioles game today at the Liberty Hotel's outdoor courtyard. Sounds like the next best thing to Fenway. Click here for more info.Image courtesy of Liberty Hotel.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Free Beach Boys Concert Tonight

I get around, and if you get around, head over to tonight's Oldies 103 Beach Boys concert at the Hatch Shell. All shows will begin at 7pm at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell. Click here for more info.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Big Papi's Grille Opens in Framingham

It was bound to happen - we are a big sports town. David Ortiz opens "Big Papi's Grille" on Route 9 in Framingham today. Click here for the story from WBZ. My particularly favorite thing on the menu? The three sliders of beef, lamb and crab. Yum.


Go enjoy Clink's TGIF Menu

In need of a nice drink and delightful snack? Yeah, me too. Head over to the Liberty Hotel for Clink's TGIF menu from 4:00pm-9:00pm.

So what are the snacks? Local oysters? Check. Fries with harissa aioli? check. Veal and Ricotta Meatball Sliders with Crispy Sage? Yup, that too. And these are just a few of the snacks on the TGIF menu. All items are under $10. Get is while it's hot.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Free Admission to the Isabella Stewart Garner Tonight

Need something to do with the kids tonight? Or planning to see the "Seeing Sounds" exhibit at the MFA and what to add a little more art to the night? Well, the Gardner is treating us to a free night of art, activities and more. The night starts at 5:00pm and ends at 8. Click here for more.


Check Out a Free Outdoor Concert Tonight

Do you love Buena Vista Social Club? Yeah, me too. Tonight, at 7:00pm enjoy the live sounds of Obbini Tumbao at South End's O'Day Park. Obbini Tumbao delivers high-energy latin dance music.

The concert is part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series and considering the band's been selling out local jazz clubs, this is a free gig not to miss. O'Day Park is next door to Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton Street, in Boston's South End. The park is a 10 minute walk or so from the Back Bay T stop. The concert will run from are 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 617 927-1717, email


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ducali Pizzeria Opens in the North End

There is a new place for grabbing a slice of pizza, a beer and cheering your favorite Italian soccer team and it's called Ducali.

Ducali features antipasti, salads, paninis and pizzas. The restaurant also features 10 beers on tap and a wine and cocktail list. Ducali offers take out and also just opened for lunch. Ducali is open from 11:30am-1:00pm and is located at 289 Causeway Street. For more details, click here.


Monday, July 20, 2009

Another Manic Monday? Head over the Tempo in Waltham

Just because it's Monday doesn't mean you cannot have a little fun and a treat. So head over to Tempo Bistro in Waltham for their special deal - Seven Apps for $7 before 7:00pm, Monday-Sunday.

Seven Before Seven deal is at the bar only and features some delicious combinations, such as:blue cheese and bacon sautéed wild Maine mussels, baked brie in puff pastry, grilled pizza, caramelized onions, fontina cheese and truffle oil; and seared shrimp and chorizo - and this is just a few of the delicious items on the list. Grab one of their martinis and you, your coworker, your girlfriend or bromance buddy can eat, drink and reminiscence about the fun of the weekend.

Tempo is located at 474 Moody St in Waltham. Click here for more info.


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Free Admission to the MFA Today!

It's community day at the Museum of Fine Arts today. Enjoy free general admission from 10:00am-4:45pm. Click here for a list of events.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Art Beat in Davids Sq Today!

Enjoy live music, hundreds of artists and more today in Davis Square! And remember, the streets are closes to cars in the area for all you drivers. :) Click here for the schedule of events.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Nick Varano's Famous Deli Opens in the North End

From the fellas who brought you Strega and Nico, check out Nick Varano's Famous Deli.

The menu features huge and cheap sandwiches (prices are around $9.95)with variations on a hot pastrami, pulled pork, house-made roast beef and a tuna melt. The famous in these sandwiches are in their names, with the Sopranos and Frank Sinatra getting shout outs.

Nick Varano’s Famous Deli is located at 66 Cross Street in the North End and offers outdoor seating as well as delivery to parts of Boston. Click here for more info.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Head Out to the Mystic River Music Festival This Weekend

Head over to Medford on Saturday and enjoy live music, free Whole Food BBQ and more this Saturday, July 18th.

The 2nd Annual Mystic River Music Festival features live music from 12:00pm-7:00pm, a Whole Foods grilling station, an organic beer and wine garden and a variety of local eco-friendly vendors, such as businesses and local artists. Sounds delightful. The festival is being held at The Condon Shell, Rt. 16 Medford - right along the River. The festival is free and open to the public. For more info, click here.


Bina on the Common Opens

So I stopped by Bina Osteria the other day (they have homemade gelato and the cantaloupe flavor is divine!) and they are apparently doing very well because they have opened a new cafe on Tremont and Bolyston.

A small cafe with 10 tables, people should consider this a great addition to area for a grab and go. I've deducted that breakfast items include fresh baked bagels, muffins, brioche and scones, and the $4 Breakfast Special includes a fruit, yogurt and granola parfait with a cup of coffee. Better than any of those Dunkin' Donuts deals.

Besides breakfast, pre-made panini sandwiches, burgers, grilled portabella burgers and mixed vegetables from the grill will also be offered. Other menu items include salads, a cheese plate and homemade pasta to name a few.

It will be open Monday to Friday, from 8m-6pm and Saturday, 10am-5pm.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Head to Brattle Theater's Tralier Treats on Thursday

Summer is all about fun and funny looking summer movies. Brattle Theater realizes your need for sugary movies and treats. Tomorrow night's is the Brattle's annual "Trailer Treats and Smackdown."

Join the Brattle for fun trailers from the Brattle’s collection, terrific tunes, delicious snacks, and, of course, a ton of fun! And for a 3rd year in a row, Trailer Treats will also feature the finalists in our TRAILER SMACKDOWN competition and the audience, will get to vote for a winner. Admission is $12 for show, musical guests are Poverty Old-Time Band and food and drinks are sponsored by Veggie Planet and Cambridge Brewing Company. Party stats at 8:00pm. Click here for tickets and more info.


Surf's Up Party at the Peabody Essex Museum

It seems this week our cultural institutions are showing us how to rock the party, the art party that is. This Friday, North Shore's Peabody Essex Museum is throwing a Surf's Up Beach Party to compliment its Surf Land photography exhibit.

The party entails a variety of beach fun - learn how to surf, build a sand castle, watch films, design your own surfboard and dance under the stars. The event includes a casual summer menu of pizza, burgers (beef and veggie), hot dogs, vegetable sticks, fruit salad and cool drinks. Cash bar will be available. The event is $10 for non members, and free for members. Click here for more info on the event and the Surf Land exhibit.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

This Week's "Garner After Hours" Features Soul Clap

So we've been mentioning the Garner After Hours events a lot on our "what to do" section, but just thought I'd give Thursday's event a shout out.

Well known local DJ Soul Clap will be spinning tunes tomorrow night, which just amps up an already fun event (art, cocktails, music and people watching...hello?!). Garner After Hours is Thursday, July 16th from 5:30pm-9:30pm. Admission is $5-23 and free for museum members. Click here for more info.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Celebrate Bastille Day at the Beehive

Beehive is going french on us tomorrow for Bastille Day. From 5:00pm to 2:00am, enjoy live music, drinks and dinner specials. Cover is $10 for the event only.

Performing will be“Gainsbourg Etcetera" - a musical collaboration of Segre Gainsbourg’s wife Bambou Gainsbourg, son LuLu Gainsbourg and five of Gainsbourg’s former musicians including: Gary “Mr. La Javanaise" Georgett, Mike Rathke, Tony “Thunder” Smith,John Kumnick and Stan Harrison, this event is truly musical history in the making as the group performs renditions of Gainsbourg’s works and original arrangements by LuLu Gainsbourg. For more information on dinner and concert specials, call the Beehive at 617-423-0069.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Summer in the Parks: 2009 Outdoor Film Series

It looks like the outdoor movie series sponsored by the Coolidge Corner Theatre are back again this year.

The series kicks off tomorrow, July 13th with “The Princess Bride” at Devotion School Field, 345 Harvard St, near Coolidge Corner. Also at Devotion, come watch “Some Like it Hot” on Monday July 20th. The series finishes on Monday July 27th with "E.T." at the recently renovated Amory Park at the intersection of Amory and Freeman streets.

Movies start around 8:00pm and if there is high rain or wind, the movie will be rescheduled to the following day. All movies are free and open to the public.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Chinatown Main Street Festival Sunday

Who doesn't love Chinatown? One of Boston's oldest cultural districts is having a party. Stop by Boston's Chinatown for an all day festival.

Watch traditional Chinese dances, eat great food, visit vendor booths, and more. Festival runs Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm. Stop by Chinatown Park (160 Kingston)for the major activity. Oh yeah - and its free. :)


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Crazy Hotel Deal from Copley Square Hotel

This falls into the gimmicky bucket, but a good deal is a good deal. The Copley Square Hotel is celebrating its 118 birthday and is offering rooms from $18 to $118 per night through the fall. This is how it works:

On July 14th, starting at 1:18 pm and lasting 118 minutes (until 3:16 pm) you can try and reserve a room at this boutique hotel for a stay between July 14 and September 24. There's 5 rooms at each of those rates for each of those nights, so beef up your internet bandwidth and mouse clicking skills between now and the 14th and try to reserve one.

For more information visit their birthday website:


In case you just woke up: T is hiking up the fares.

Apparently the sales tax going up wasn't enough. Alas, that is how it is. Click here for the article, but just know that your monthly charlie card is now $69 instead of $59.


Free Outdoor Karaoke Party @ MFA Tonight!

Hola amigos. I love the MFA and people singing badly. So tonight's Free Outdoor Karaoke Party at the MFA sounds right up my alley.

Event starts at 6:30pm. Click here for more.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

ICA's Free Thursday Night Concert Series

The ICA and Berklee College of Music are collaborating once again for HarborWalk Sounds, a July concert series.

HarborWalk Sounds happens on Target Free Thursday Nights in July, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. The action takes place on the outdoor waterfront plaza, or inside if bad weather. The museum and Water Cafe are also open at this time. Concert listings are below, but for more info click here.

July 9 - Neara Russell - rock, jazz, classical & electronic.

July 16 - Tubby Love - reggae

July 23 - La Timbistica - latin jazz

July 30 - Alex Wintz - jazz guitarist


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Info on the new B-Side Lounge Venu

Many of us were sad to see the Cambridge staple, B-Side Lounge leave us earlier this year. Good news is that it's getting revamped into - the Lord Hobo bar and restaurant.

Improper Bostonian is reporting that the new owner, Daniel Lanigan is the owner of two Western Mass bars (Moan and Dove in Amherst and the Dirty Truth in Northampton) and just took over ownership of Boston's the Other Side Cafe. The new venue will feature a new interior (expect mahogany, steel, red walls) and menu. But never fear B-Side lovahs, the bar will still maintain the old faithfuls - great cocktails and beer and wine lists. Lord Hobo is rumored to be opening mid-July.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Two Things to Do Tonight

Good morning everyone! Hope everyone had a lovely 4th weekend - did you see that sun? We definitely all deserved it.

Anyhoo, to get you back into the swing of things - check out the new Laser Guitar Hero show at the Museum of Science and Ole's Taco Loco Mondays.

Laser Guitar Hero is the new laser show at the Planetarium and features the music of Weezer, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party and the Foo Fighters just to name a few. First show is at 5:30 and costs $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for children. Click here for more information.

And now for the food fun - Ole Mexican Grill in Inman Square has been hosting a Taco Loco Monday deal - choose from 15 minis, including shredded pork, shrimp, beef crap and one with duck mole. Hmm....mole. Tacos run from $3.50-$5.50 each. Ole is located at 11 Springfield Street in Cambridge. Click here for more on Ole.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Lyndell's Bakery Opens 2nd location in the North End

Good news and bad news - Lulu's Bakery in the North End is out (that's the bad news). Good news - 122 year old Somerville staple Lyndell's Bakery has opened in its place.

Lyndell's is still located on Broadway in Ball Square, Somerville but also 227 Hanover Street, North End. Call 617-720-2200 for more details.
Photo courtesy of Daily Candy


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lansdowne Pub Gets Good Reviews

Lansdowne Pub is the new joint that replaced Jake Ivory's down near the new House of Blues on Lansdowne Street. Click here for the Globe review.
Those sliders look delicious. :)