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Crash Line Productions, in partnership with Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID) and The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, announcesthe 2014 Boston Calling Block Party series. Kicking off May 8, 2014 and running through September 25, 2014, the parties will be held every Thursday evening from 5-8pm in Dewey Square, directly across from South Station. All events are free and open to the public, and are presented by Shock Top and Radio BDC. The Swinging Johnsons will perform this Thursday and fans can check the rotating schedule of local artists each week at The Block Party series is in addition to Boston Calling’s three-day music festivals, which take place May 23-25, 2014 and September 5-7, 2014 respectively.

It’s official. Summer is in the house.

The folks who put on Boston Calling Music Festival feel like Boston could use even MORE fun and music throughout the warmer months, those jerks 🙂

But seriously, this is a great move to showcase the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway, local artists and DJs, as well as some delicious local produce from the farmer’s market.

Mayoral Walsh also chimed in to offer his approval:

“We are excited about Boston Calling’s creative activation of the City of Boston’s unique open spaces. The popular Block Party Series’ move to Dewey Square, where food trucks and the Boston Public Market already bring people together, will add additional energy to the square. It will create a new environment for friends to gather after work, and will make the Rose Kennedy Greenway and our whole city even more vibrant.”

So kick off those wingtips and heels, flower children, and enjoy the green grass beneath your feet because Boston’s ‘summah’ just got ‘funnah’.

If you want to enjoy some other great events put on by the great folks at Boston Calling check out the Music Festival coming up: 



Destination Chestnut Hill


Chestnut Hill just had the best. weekend. ever.

Look, anytime you have a construction sign warning of Sunday afternoon traffic for a new grocery store, then you know things are going something special and they most likely sell and see commercial equipment auctions.

Let’s not leave it at just a new area Wegman’s opening up so close to town. Having been around the Chestnut Hill strip pretty regularly since 2002, it’s been a pretty remarkable change. What was once a destination for a nightmarish traffic run past Brookline, a small mall and a not-so-modern Bloomingdale’s, Chestnut Hill has reimagined itself to stay ahead of the pace and potential perceptions of the Newton borough.

The abandoned Atrium Mall has been redistributed across open-area spots like the Wegman’s Market area, the refreshed strip malls on the north side of Boylston and, most notably, the Street. Look no further than a sparkling City Sports that replaced the old one facing the lake; the Shake Shack that took over where a Rugged Bear once stood; and a Lux Cinema upscaling the old AMC joint that once stood on that same The Street.

Eat the Street Week

It never was fine dining, really, there either – but that’s also changed. Sure, the Capital Grille has long stood on Rte. 9, but that was about it. Now it has plenty of competition, and not just in the form of Cheesecake Factory and another Legal’s. One of the more interesting ones to come in there was an alternate steakhouse combo from the folks at Del Frisco’s, known as The Grille. At a media dinner earlier this month, the others around the table and I discussed how the different concept (as opposed to the Double Eagle version down in Seaport) offers a very different atmosphere and less-traditional steakhouse menu while still getting right what it needs to – that is, of course, the steak.

Chestnut Hill Del Frisco's Grille

The cuts of meat certainly hit the spot, but that’s not what grabbed our attention the most. It was the Tuna Tartare tacos, the VIP cocktail and the pretty incredible Cheesesteak Egg Rolls – not exactly the creamed spinach and mashed potatoes that you’ll get at a white-tablecloth joint, but sometimes exactly what you want to mix up the traditional Steak Night.

Naturally, it fits into this new version of Chestnut Hill, too, which like abandoned white tablecloths has shed some of its stuffy image to be a little more hip with expansion. Whether it’s Wegman’s, Shake Shack or the Grille that gets you out there, it may not be the CH you remember.


Got $1,200? You Can Rent the Greenhouse on Faneuil for Pop-Up Joy

I’ve always been curious by things like the Pop-Up shop trend. I’ll admit the concept was new to me until last year when something called One Direction set one up on the greenhouse space down on Fanueil Hall.

Now I realized that it’s just not that hard to get. In fact, there’s even a Airbnb type site for open store space (called Storefront) and, here in Boston, one of the available properties is said space. Three days minimum, at $1,200 a pop – that really doesn’t sound that bad.