A Night at the Theater, Harvard Square, Neighborhoods, We Love Food, We Love the Arts

A Night at the Theater – The Glass Menagerie

Thinking about exploring the theatrical side of Beantown? We’ll help you make a night of it! Everything from transportation, to dinner, to ticket purchase, to after-show-drinks is all planned out for you in this step-by-step guide.

This week – find out why fans of American Horror Story, devotees of 24, and collectors of Swarovski figurines will all enjoy the A.R.T.’s The Glass Menagerie. Also, discover the best Cambridge restaurant you’ve never been to, and cap off your night with a villain of Old English poetry fame.

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Quickly Around Town, Things to Do, We Love the Arts

ICA First Fridays Goes New Wave

Come dressed to impress as Prince, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Sylvester Stallone for a dramatic night of music, drinks, and art. During the reception, DJ Knife, DJ Nite Train, and DJ Paul Foley will be mixing music of the ‘80s for a fantastic throwback party.

First Fridays are a series of evening art events held on the first Friday of the month from 5-10pm. This Friday night will be a ‘80s theme party to celebrate the new exhibition This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s.  The show is a dramatic one, recounting the creative turn art took within the 1980s spurred from political and controversial events taking place at this time.  Abandoning traditional techniques of painting, “photography challenged the primacy of painting and sculpture”.

ICA First Fridays are free to members of the ICA, and only $15 for non-members. Admission includes gallery admission, free tours of the “This Will Have Been” art exhibit, and a glass of wine or beer.

This is a steal… admission to the ICA is normally $15 without any freebies!

The event is 21+, and usually sells out so pick up your tickets!

Downtown, Things to Do

Blink!

Faneuil Hall’s annual tree lighting ceremony is getting a major overhaul this year! Stages will be set up around the Market Place which will include live performances from the Boston Ballet, a performance by the “Legends of Boston Comedy”, and the Boston Pops.  For the dudes, Jerod Mayo will be signing autographs. The Grinch will also make an appearance, and read stories to children…I’m assuming this is after the Whos sing to him… who would want a Grinch with a heart 3 sizes too small reading to children??… I also noticed on the stage map that there will be a station for a Balloonist/Face Painter. I may get a Rudolph Nose or Bumble Face painted on me.

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Education, Quickly Around Town

Field Trips Without the Bumpy Bus Ride

Google wants to help you take a field trip around town.

Google has unveiled a mobile app that alerts users of “fun facts” around them as they navigate through a city. The app helps people explore Boston (as well as 5 others cities) in a whole new way, showcasing hidden spaces and long forgotten history.

“The idea behind the app was to build something that would help people connect with the real, physical world around them,” said John Hanke, a vice president of product at Google.

Topics include historical trivia, architectural landmarks, and even obscure restaurants and coffee shops. The app sends updates, based on alert settings, to the user centered on location specific data that Google has complied.

Right now the app is only available for Android phones, but an iPhone compatible version is in the works.