100 Halloween Events (for Grown-Ups) in Boston

By: - Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 - 1:33am

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Halloween’s pretty great as a kid: Your whole objective in life is getting candy, and it’s the one day a year everyone is giving it away for free. But as an adult? It’s an excuse to party extra hard and put on a mask. (I mean, besides the figurative mask you wear every day just go get through life in 2017.) Here’s 100 ways to celebrate Halloween around Boston.

Above photo via reddit Boston.

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30 Free Things to do in Boston in October

By: - Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 - 12:39pm

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October isn’t just one of Boston’s best months for weather, it’s also home to some of the area’s best free events, from Somerville’s Honk! festival to the Head of the Charles Regatta. Here’s our monthly recap of the best free things to do in Boston this month. (And because it’s October, don’t miss our picks for pumpkin and apple and picking and Halloween events around Boston.) (more…)

50 Free Things to do in Boston in September

By: - Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 - 5:57pm

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Whether you’re a student moving back to town or just feel like one after a summer spending splurge, everyone loves free things to do. From Allston Christmas to free museums, street fairs and cultural festivals, here’s 50 free events to keep your calendar — and your wallet — full through September. (more…)

19 photos that capture the styles of Boston Calling 2017

By: - Monday, May 29, 2017 - 4:17pm

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From fanny packs to fishnets, white chucks to crop tops, we asked @thetrendistic to spot the styles of Boston Calling. Here’s 19 photos capturing the fashions of the 2017 Boston Calling Music Festival. (Photos by @tequilapluslime via @thebostoncalendar Instagram account.) (more…)

20 St. Patrick’s Day Events around Boston

By: - Monday, Mar 13, 2017 - 3:15pm
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John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, South Boston, 1958.

Boston’s greenest (and drunkest) day of the year is almost here, and not even a blizzard could stop us from celebrating. From bar crawls to beer releases to Irish music and theatre — and yeah, that parade in Southie — here’s 20 events to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day around Boston.  (more…)

100 March Events Around Boston

By: - Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 - 3:20pm
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March is here! Break out your light jacket. Or your winter coat. Or shorts and a T-shirt. I don’t know, March is weird. Make the most of the moodiest month with our picks for 100 things to do around Boston — concerts, theater and film, food and drink, fitness, festivals and more.  (more…)

Rihanna Receives 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award from Harvard University

By: - Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 - 1:15pm

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Rihanna accepted Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award Tuesday at the Sanders Theatre for partnering with multiple charitable institutions that promote better global education and health care.

The artist founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, the Believe Foundation in 2006, and has worked with philanthropic organizations such as UNICEF and Global Partnership for Education.

RiRi delivered a speech at the student-packed ceremony after receiving the Peter J. Gomes award, sharing her inspiration for giving back to the community.

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“When I was five or six years old, I remember watching TV and I would see these commercials and I was watching children suffer in other parts of the world,” the Barbados native said. “The commercials were, ‘Give 25 cents and you save a child’s life,’ and I would think to myself, ‘I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all the kids in Africa.’”

Rihanna further urged the audience to give back to the community themselves.

She said: “All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that’s a humanitarian.”

The Harvard Foundation celebrated the singer through musical performances by the University’s Kuumba Singers and speeches from the students and dean.

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“Thank you for inspiring us to use our abilities to work, work, work,” joked a student speaker, referring to the artist’s hit single.

Check out the TBC’s Twitter and Instagram posts from the event.

TBC Q&A: Matoma

By: - Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 - 10:00am

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Producer. Pianist. DJ.

Meet Matoma.

Known as Tom Stræte Lagergren when he’s not energizing a crowd at a festival, Matoma is a Norwegian DJ and tropical house producer. The all-good-vibes artist is well-known for his popular single with The Vamps, “All Night” and his 2015 album, “Hakuna Matoma.”

Matoma began DJing at a local student community in Trondheim, Norway and since then has come a long way – playing at major musical festivals like Belgium’s Tomorrowland and kicking off his Party at Your Place World Tour this month, featuring a stop at Boston’s House of Blues on March 30.

The talented DJ answered a few questions from TBC via email.

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Q: Who’s the coolest artist you’ve collaborated with so far? 

A: The coolest artist I have collaborated with is a hard question because I have enjoyed all my collaborations. Astrid S., Becky Hill, ‪Akon, ‪Sean Paul, The Vamps, ‪Jason Derulo, and many more are great artist and songwriters and I had such an amazing time in the studio with them.

Q: You recently collaborated with The Vamps on your shared single “All Night.” What was working with them like? 

A: First of all, they are great people and so down to earth and nice. I really enjoyed working with them and to challenge myself to go outside the box and produce something I’ve never produced before was so much fun. I met the guys when we performed at BBC Radio One Live in London last fall and we had such a good time. It was also fun to meet my good friend ‪Sean Paul who also was there to promote his song with Anna Marie.

Q: Are there any artists you wish to collaborate with in the future? 

A: Yes, I have one artist on my bucket list that I would love to collaborate with, but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen, but I cross my fingers. It’s ‪Will Smith.

Q: In 2016, you performed at Tomorrowland, one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals. What was that experience like?

A: To perform at Tomorrowland was a big milestone in my career and a big accomplishment for the team and myself. We worked hard to get me on that slot and the reaction of the crowd when I played was amazing. People around the world gathered and waved with their flags and spirits. It was also my girlfriend’s birthday, so we celebrated that backstage with champagne and cake. It was truly an amazing experience.

Q: You’re going to be performing at Panaroma, Firefly, and Hangout Fest with major artists like Frank Ocean, Solange, MGMT, and so on. Which music festival are you most excited to play? Any artists you hope to meet? 

A: I’m excited to play at all the festivals I’m doing this year. The last three years, me as an artist and my team, have worked hard and dedicated to get me on these different festivals and finally I’m playing some really late night sets on some huge stages. That for me is huge and I’m super pumped.

Q: What do you do when you’re not DJing? 

A: I love nature. I love making music. I love swimming. But I also love being with friends and family. When I’m with family, my girlfriend, and friends you can find me in the most happy conditions in life. Then it’s good to bring that energy along when I’m Djing and touring.

 Q: Should fans expect another single soon? 

A: YES! 🙂

 Q: Last but not least, what’s your favorite thing about Boston? 

A: The people, the atmosphere, and architectural infrastructure!

Be sure to listen to Matoma’s music here and get all the details on his upcoming show at the House of Blues on The Boston Calendar.

Hasty Pudding’s 2017 Man of the Year: Ryan Reynolds

By: - Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 - 9:00am

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“Hit me with your best shot Harvard,” Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds said, sitting center stage, preparing himself for Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ annual roast.

The Golden Globe nominated actor was honored Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 51st Man of the Year award on Friday, February 3, at Harvard University’s performing arts center. The theatre company traditionally celebrates the Pudding Pot winner with a student-comedy roast followed by a press conference.

“It’s me, your zombie wife, Blake Deadly,” taunted one Harvard actor dressed in a white gown and plastic butcher knife headband, who Reynolds later gave a lap dance to.

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“You starred in Big Monster on Campus which could have described you, if you went to college” joked another student. “I did 45 minutes of community college and it sucked,” Reynolds defended.

The students even made poor Reynolds insult Massachusetts’ King, Tom Brady. Hesitant, Reynolds chose to rag on Brady’s voting skills.

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At the press conference, live-streamed on Hasty Pudding’s Facebook page, Reynolds touched on various topics – his time in Boston, his proudest moment as a parent, and his outlook on the importance of comedy.

When The Boston Calendar asked, “Who’s a better kisser, Blake (Lively) or Andrew (Garfield)? referring to his mouth-to-mouth exchange with Andrew Garfield at the Golden Globes, the actor responded: “I’m going to go with my wife on that one, for a number of reasons. Not the least of which, is that, you know, with my wife it’s going to be unleashed. … But make no mistake, Andrew Garfield is a wonderful kisser.” The press room laughed.

Ryan Reynolds received Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man of the Year award a week after Octavia Spencer received her Woman of the Year prize.

100 February Events Around Boston

By: - Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 - 5:31pm

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February might be the shortest month on the calendar, but thanks to unpredictable Boston winters, it can feel like the longest. (Fun fact: That random “r” in February stands for “R we ever going to get to the end of this stupid month?”) Here’s 100 things to do around Boston to help February fly by.

Above photo by @kkcappello on Instagram.

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