TUGG Boston to hold their Annual Wine & Tequila Party on Thursday, Mar 13, 2014

By: - Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 - 4:02pm

This past summer I was made aware of TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) at a potluck meeting for social good in Boston. At the meeting I was introduced to the director of TUGG, David Brown, by potluck organizer Justin Kang. Justin told me about all the money TUGG has raised for nonprofits around the Boston area, and went on to rave about their Annual Charity Wine & Tequila Party. Well, on Thursday, March 13th that party is set to take place. Aside from it likely being amazing, the event is on track to raise $300K for charity! I caught back up with David via email and asked him about TUGG and the upcoming party…

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TUGG’s official LOGO (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…)

Former Mayor Menino holds “coffee hour” with BU students every Thursday

By: - Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 - 11:55pm

Mayor Menino has tweeted multiple times about a recurring “coffee hour” event for BU students every Thursday afternoon. The Daily Free Press (independent newspaper at BU) reports that those office hours take place at his new office (75 Bay State Road) every Thursday from 3:30 to 5p, and “any students interested in speaking with him can drop into his office and explore their city-related concerns.” There is no official event listing or anything like that, so we went ahead and put it on The Boston Calendar. Keep in mind that this event is most likely open to BU students only.

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From Menino’s twitter account

If you’re a student at BU this seems like a cool opportunity. Meet with the former mayor of Boston in a relaxed, informal setting? (more…)

Big Papi would welcome gay teammates: “It’s the (expletive) 21st century man. Get over it.”

By: - Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 - 12:49am

In an interview with Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald, 2013 World Series MVP David Ortiz spoke about gay athletes:

Ortiz said his mom Angela is responsible for teaching him acceptance, and spoke about one of his childhood friends, who, he said, “we all knew, when he was 13, that he was gay. And he was always talking to my mother, telling her everything. They were close. And it was my mother who taught me to love people for who they are. That’s what she told me.”

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Photo courtesy of Keith Allison on Flickr. Posted under the Creative Commons license.

Ortiz continued: (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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Chris P. Bacon visits Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton

By: - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 - 8:07pm

Pig in a wheelchair, Chris P. Bacon, paid a visit to Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton today to bring some cheer to patients.

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Photo via the Franciscan Hospital twitter account @FranciscanHFC (more…)

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…)

Bodega Warehouse Sale 2014 (Feb 21, 22, 23)

By: - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 - 3:36pm

Underground specialty sneaker & clothing shop, Bodega, updated it’s Facebook page earlier today announcing that their annual Warehouse Sale will take place this weekend.

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The above left picture was tweeted by @jonanzaldi during 2013’s sale

Apparel will be discounted 40% on Friday, 50% on Saturday, and 60% on Sunday.

You can find this event on The Boston Calendar here.