One of the big reasons why I love Beantown is our thriving arts scene. Between Berklee and Boston Conservatory, the POPS and art vendors at SoWa, Chuck Hogan and Dennis Lehane; Boston isn’t short of its singers, musicians, artists, and writers. Being a writer is hard (I know) and being a successful one is even harder.
So when Chuck Hogan, author of “The Town,” writes a positive review of your new novel, you put print that sucker on the back of your book. That’s just what author Ron MacLean did with his new novel – “Headlong” – a mystery crime thriller set in Boston.
The official book launch of “Headlong” will be tonight at 7:00pm, at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. Ron MacLean will be on hand to sign, chat, and crack you up. I hear that if you order him a nice bourbon ale, he’ll answer any and all literary questions and be your best friend for the rest of the night. Support a great local author and check out the reading tonight. I’ll be there – let’s be friends!
Dressed For The Occasion (Thursday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m. Boston Common, Park Street Stage)
In the summer of 2010, singer Addison Chase came to Boston with plans of completing an acoustic album produced by guitarist Patrick Hopkins. But in a twist of fate, he wound up forming a band with him instead. With the addition of bassist Alex Ferrero and drummer Michael Penney, Dressed for the Occasion was born and ready to rock. Rooted in classics like Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Hank Williams, and The Doors, they create a sound that can only be described as a thunderstorm of originality. Dressed for the Occasion has opened for world renowned acts like The Vibrators and The Hudson Falcons, and played in clubs throughout Boston like The Middle East and T.T. the Bear’s. Before long, they won the Boston Battle of the Bands and were nominated for New Act of the Year by the New England Music Awards. With vocals reminiscent of Eddie Vedder set to hard rocking, rootsy guitar licks, Dressed for the Occasion has earned their place in the Boston spotlight.
The Internet is what keeps us entertained when we don’t have stuff to do. The question, of course, is how can the Internet not only fulfill our boredom but also encourage us to get out and try something new.
We’re lucky in Boston that, over the past years, several Internet denizens have made it their job to make sure locals know what’s going on and how to take advantage of it the best. In writing We Love Beantown, we’ve gotten to know many of these great writers, local aficionados and community supporters – people like Tom of BostonTweet, Adam of Universal Hub and EventBrite’s Sara come to mind.
Now, as I talk about this, I do think to how we tell you about things we’re most interested in. In fact, there’s a delicate balance, because when it comes to it, our purpose here is to tell you about things we’d do ourselves (that’s what our We Love Weekends series is all about).
Every now and then, something comes up we really want to spotlight, though, so you’ll get a feature post – and we want to make sure we push that out beyond our walls if we can. How the heck do we make sure that the traveling rovers of Boston – gone for the summer, busy with other events or, well, just calling it a day next to air conditioner – get to these cool things going on?
Today’s How to Boston is a case study – what’s the best way (or least shameless or most shameless, if that’s what what you’re into) to get your events out to the locals of Boston?
You can learn a lot over a cup of tea with some friends. I recently joined two Brookline roommates, Rebecca Geller and Katie White, to discuss life, Hollywood nights, and their roles in the film Bulletproof, premiering at Coolidge Corner Theatre tonight.