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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Things to Do

Boston Shark Tank – The Work Week’s Best Party? I Think So.

It’s a busy week for professional events in Boston. On Tuesday, there’s the MassChallenge Award Ceremony wherein the remaining 26 teams will compete for lots of monies. (Fun Fact: Orlando Jones, of 7UP commercial fame is acting as the Master of Ceremonies –bringing the early 00’s back, folks). And there’s Xconomy’s Future of Big Data Forum on Wednesday at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology in the Seaport District.

But probably loudest of all this week is MITX’s FutureM – a leading marketing and technology conference. Of all the events spread across three venues (NERD Center, Fidelity Center for Applied Technology and Hynes Convention Center), I have a theory for which will be the most fun. The Shark Tank. Continue reading

Downtown, Things to Do, We Love Food

Get Ready for a Food Fight, New York!

Boston vs. NYC…the rivalry continues, this time with food.

Head out to Dewey Square from 11-9 this Saturday for the First Annual food truck grudge matchSavory and Sweet Trucks representing each city will go head to head in various contests throughout the day for a chance to be crowned “Best Food Truck”. Boston’s trucks will include Bon Me, Kickass Cupcakes, Lobsta Love, The Cookie Monstah, Staff Meal, and Mei Mei Street Kitchen. The New York trucks are Bian Dang, Big D’s Grub, Fishing Shrimp, Mike N’ Wallies, The Munchie Mobile, Nuchas, and Waffels & Dinges.

I am personally rooting for Bon Me. Their rice bowls are always fresh and fast with complex layers of flavor. The fresh cilantro coarsely chopped in all of their dishes really sells me. Try their “Thai Basil Iced Tea” and you will be rooting for them too!