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Somerville syrup, Brooklyn beats, and more things to do this weekend

By: - Friday, Mar 7, 2014 - 11:57am

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Take a break from your “True Detective” binge to crown Boston’s king of wings, sample some local maple syrup, and see a local institution’s milestone performance. Or don’t, it doesn’t really matter because time is a flat circle and everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again. (more…)

#youneedtofollow @thebostoncal

By: - Friday, Mar 7, 2014 - 9:49am

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“Cold sunset on the Esplanade last night.” Posted to IG by @brianmcw.

As you already know, The Boston Calendar launched an Instagram (IG as we in the biz like to call it) account less than a month ago.  We gained 332 followers and 75 posts in such a short amount of time!  Before we delve into our own Instagrammers (IGers), let’s check out who we think you should be following.  This is my biased list of the Top 10 Boston-Based Instagrams: (more…)

Where to celebrate Mardi Gras in Boston

By: - Monday, Mar 3, 2014 - 1:03pm

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Photo by gnuckx on Flickr. Posted under the Creative Commons license.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!” is a traditional New Orleans expression that roughly translates to “Let’s get drunk on a weekday!” Go out and raise a glass to Thomas Jefferson for totally fleecing Napoleon in the Louisiana Purchase, even if we had to take all those flyover states whose only contributions to American culture are meth and high-fructose corn syrup. (more…)

Weekend event roundup: Streets of fire

By: - Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 - 3:15pm

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As far as things to get drunk and stare at go, fire has to rank right up there with football and a television showing football. Saturday’s Fire & Ice Winter Festival in Union Square features professional fire-spinners A Different Spin, plus ice sculptures and specialty cocktails at area restaurants. Keep reading for more info and the rest of this weekend’s events. (more…)

How to hunt for an apartment in Boston

By: - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 - 11:11pm

Searching for an apartment in Boston is a unique process…and a big pain in the ass. 79 percent of all rentals in Boston turn over their leases between September 1st and 14th, setting the stage for aggressive rental agents and frantic tenant hopefuls. Signing on something that’s not a complete piece of shit requires some legwork and a little bit of patience. Having lived in four different apartments over eight years in Boston, I thought I’d share my experience in finding a decent place for a good price.

1) Figure out where you want to live: Budget and location are the two most important things to consider when looking for an apartment. The image below is a rental heat map put together by Jeff Kaufman — he used data from the website PadMapper. We took it a step further and added geographically accurate T stops. There’s a lot of useful info packed into this little map. For example, you can identify cheaper neighborhoods by looking at cooler colors. A quick glace at the map shows somewhat reasonable prices in Brighton Center/Oak Sq, Assembly Sq, Lower Allston, Ward 2 Somerville, and certain parts of JP and Dorchester.

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Why tomorrow’s Tasty Burger show isn’t happening at Tasty Burger

By: - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 - 4:17pm

We were pretty excited about Wednesday’s bill at Tasty Burger Harvard Square: Jangly indie rockers Bent Shapes, Philadelphia’s Bleeding Rainbow, and best-band-name-in-town candidate Fat Creeps. $5 cover, all ages, in the basement of a Pulp Fiction-inspired burger joint. What’s not to love?

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Just like a burger served slathered in mayonnaise when the menu didn’t say anything about fucking mayonnaise and you certainly didn’t ask for it, something went horribly, horribly wrong. (more…)

Weekend forecast: No blizzards, lots of events

By: - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 - 2:26pm

Right now as I type this sentence, my Weather Channel app predicts a high of 50 degrees Saturday. That’s shorts weather, people. But more importantly: It means you can make plans for the weekend without the nagging fear that you’ll look out the window, it’s snowing like crazy, and just like that everything is canceled.

For this weekend at least, Boston’s total snowfall for the winter will remain about three quarters of a Pedroia.

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Get your light jacket out of the closet and check out these events: (more…)