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ICA First Fridays - Southern Exposure

Posted by Susie Callahan on Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Start your weekend off with a bang at the Institute of Contemporary Art. On the first Friday of each month, from 5pm-10pm, the ICA hosts an after hours event, themed around the current gallery exhibitions. First Fridays feature DJs, live performances, gallery talks, specialty cocktails, and more. The Water Cafe at the ICA offers a small bites menu and full bar - this is where you can find the cocktails inspired by the current exhibitions.

This, Friday, March 6th is Southern Exposure: "Hey y'all! In conjunction with our exhibition When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, we celebrate Southern creativity in all its forms: art, music, cuisine, and cocktails. Thaw out with tunes by DJ Texas Mike and enjoy live blues by Berklee College of Music. Feeling the heat? Refresh with our specialty drink: the mint julep."

Admission is completely free for members of the ICA and only $15 for nonmembers.

These events are 21+

For a complete schedule of the event, click here

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Climb at Brooklyn Boulders

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Mar 04, 2015

Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville isn't your average rock climbing gym. A unique combination of fitness, art, and entrepreneurship, this state of the art climbing facility is 40,000 square feet of awesome.

 

A variety of climbing classes are offered for first timers as well as climbing veterans. In addition to climbing, Brooklyn Boulders offers tons of other fitness and wellness classes - learn about everything from yoga to parkour to nutrition to slack line. 

28,000 square feet of world-class climbing, fitness classes, personal training, cafe & lounge spaces, dynamic community events, locker rooms complete with saunas and showers, active collaborative workspaces with free wifi, and extensive fitness equipment are just a few of their amazing amenities. 

Check out the calendar of classes and learn more about BKB Somerville here

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Dine Out Boston

Posted by Susie Callahan on Tue, Mar 03, 2015

The first Dine Out Boston week is here! There's no better time than the present to check out that new hot spot you've been itching to go to or test out that different type of cuisine you've always wanted to try. Dine Out Boston allows you to experience some of Boston's best cuisine at a special price. 

Participating restaurants choose from the following menu prices: Lunch  $15/$20/$25  |  Dinner  $28/$33/$38 The chef creates a prix fixe menu - one for lunch and one for dinner - designed to highlight that restaurants cuisine. 

Prices are per person and do not include beverages, tax or gratuity.

"Diners can choose from old favorites to the latest culinary hot spots, from nationally known chain restaurants to local chef owned bistros, from Asian or Argentinean fare to French, Italian, tapas and sushi, from the award-winning restaurants of Boston and Cambridge to the gourmet gems in the suburbs north, west and south of the city"

This event is happening March 1-6 & March 8-13

 

For a list of participating restaurants, check out the Dine Out Boston website

 

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Sam Adams Brewery Tour

Posted by Susie Callahan on Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Head over to Jamaica Plain to take a tour of the Sam Adams Brewery.

Jim Koch, the founder and brewer of Sam Adams beers, helped to pioneer American craft beer industry through his dedication to creating the highest quality product. You'll learn all about the history of Samuel Adams brand and craft brewing process. You'll also get to sample a few beers and with over 30 styles of beer, there is surely to be a variety that you'll love. 

Tours are held about every 45 minutes Monday-Saturday beginning at 10am with special Morning Mash In tours starting at 9:40am-you have to RSVP a month in advance for these ones.

Tours are free, but a $2 donation (or more if you're feeling generous)  is encouraged, all of which go to local charities. 

Parking is tough around this area, so taking the T is recommended. 

For more about the Sam Adams Brewery Tour and other general info, click here

 

 

 

 

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Five Places to Outdoor Ice Skate in Boston

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Mar 01, 2015

 

Embrace these last (hopefully) few weeks of winter weather by taking advantage of Boston's outdoor ice skating options. Here are five great spots, as provided by the Boston Calendar:

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Chinese New Year Events - Dim Sum & Lion Dance Parade

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sat, Feb 28, 2015

Celebrate the year of the goat this Sunday, March 1st at the Chinese New Year Events in Chinatown. 

 

 

Start out by grabbing some Dim Sum (Chinese version of "small plates," served in the morning, and often through mid-afternoon on weekends - the perfect brunch!). Here are some ideas for great spots in Chinatown, from Boston Discovery Guide:

China Pearl: "Waitresses bustle around with carts of dim sum fresh from the kitchen.  If you don't see anything you like on one cart, you're sure to find plenty on the next.  Lines get long on the weekends; arrive before 10am for the shortest wait"

Chau Chow City: "Another Boston favorite serving dim sum from steam carts is Chau Chow City.Like China Pearl, Chau Chow City has plenty of large tables - excellent place to come with a group."

Great Taste Bakery and Restaurant: "Here, you order off a menu of sorts - really just a paper list.  You check the items that you want.  They arrive at the table, piping hot, as soon as the kitchen prepares them."

After a Dim Sum brunch, head out into the streets to enjoy the festivities,starting with the Lion Dance parade. The traditional Lion Dances are believed to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck. The dances will start on Beach Street at the Chinatown Gate and continue on various paths through he neighborhood, going from business to business and street to street. "Offerings", oftentimes oranges and cabbages,  are placed on a small chair or table by local bakeries and restaurants outside of their front door. 

There will be no shortage of Lion Dances, firecrackers, and drums making this an exciting event not to be missed.

To learn more about the Chinese New Year events, click here

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Boston Scavenger Hunt

Posted by Susie Callahan on Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Experience Boston in a different way with this Urban Adventure Quest. "Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour." You'll start out at Boston Common, one of the oldest parks in the nation and from there, make your way through the city stopping at key historical points along the Freedom Trail. Attractions you'll see include the Granary Burial Ground, Quincy Market, Paul Revere's House, and the North End. 

"Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Start when you want and play at your own pace. " 

There are tons of start dates to choose from. See them all here!

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Whole Foods Boston Beer & Wine Paint Night

Posted by Susie Callahan on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Learn how to paint a masterpiece at the first ever Whole Foods Boston Beer & Wine Paint Night. Enjoy beer, wine and light appetizers while painting with their own in-store artists.Tickets are only $20 and all of the proceeds go to the Whole Planet Foundation - an awesome non-profit organization dedicated to poverty alleviation through microcredit in communities around the world that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.

This event will take this Saturday, February 28th at 7pm in their Cafe. 

Be sure to buy your tickets ASAP, as they're capping the event at 15 people. Sign up here and RSVP to CRPevents@wholefoods.com so they have a headcount! 
Check out their events calendar here for more fun events!

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Stargaze at BU's Coit Observatory

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Get a chance to see the night sky up close and personal at the Coit Observatory. Each (weather-permitting) Wednesday, Boston University hosts a Public Open Night, giving you have access to their telescopes to stargaze, check out planets, and see the moon. Staff members are there to offer you educational tidbits and provide any help you need.  These events are fun,free, and educational so this is a great idea for kids or out of town guests. 

 

Be sure to check their twitter feed the day-of, to make sure the event isn't canceled due to weather. 

You can also give them a call at (617) 353-2630. 

 

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Afternoon Tea at the Boston Public Library

Posted by Susie Callahan on Tue, Feb 24, 2015

Sure, we all know about the Boston Public Library, but did you know there's an afternoon tea party held there three days each week? For just $32 per person,enjoy tea sandwiches (think Lobster Salad with Marcona Almond on Pate a Choux and Deviled Chicken & Espelette Pepper), scones and other sweets while sipping teas ranging from Earl Grey to Matcha to White Wedding Tea. 

Here's a sample of their tea menu:

Organic Darjeeling
A second-flush Darjeeling from the Seeyok Garden for Darjeeling fans who prefer an organic version.
Matcha
This powdered tea has been the pride of Uji for several centuries. A real eye opener!
Dragon Pearl Jasmine
Beautiful hand-rolled pearls from Fuan, China gently infused with floral essences from Jasmine flowers. 

Afternoon tea is served every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2pm-4pm.

 

These events are hosted by The Catered Affair

Take a look at the full menu here!

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