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Published: 2008-03-31T10:31:24-05:00


3/31: Three for free


Pinching pennies? Chic but cheap? We understand. Here are three free events this week for your going out pleasure.

Tuesday, April 1

- Art-Scope 1 @ The Beehive: Leave it to this South End hot spot to introduce a new nightlife series that combines music, performance art, video, photography, and cocktails. This event is "appealing to the five senses," according to Beehive's website — in other words, it's perfect for patrons with a short attention span. Refreshments will be served, no foolin'. 7-10 p.m.

Friday, April 4

- Define-a-Thon @ Wellesley Booksmith: Hey kids, can you define "lexicographer"? That's what Steve Kleindeler is, and he'll be moderating this contest for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. It's like a spelling bee, except participants will be asked to define words for prizes. Pre-registartion is required. Are you smarter than a fourth grader? Here's your chance to find out. 4 p.m.

- Hello Stiletto Shoe Party @ DSW: If you're a true footwear fanatic, you won't mind hoofing out to Framingham Friday for this evening of shoe shopping and wine sipping. Bonus: If you are a member of the Hello Stiletto club and RSVP in advance, you'll get a free silver clutch at the door. See for details. 6:30-9 p.m.

[No, thanks. We'd rather not walk a mile in these shoes.]

Pray at the Church of alt-country


This weekend, get your hoe-down at Church for the Second Annual Alt Country Extravaganza.

[You can borrow Tom's hat.]

For $15, you get two full nights of twangy joy from local darlin's, including my faves the Patrons on Friday, and Cassavettes on Saturday. Or you can catch just one night for the low low price of $8.

[Go be a patron of the Patrons.]

That's quite a bargain for all that music, so saddle up and get yourself to Church.

Rock out at the Silhouette


My favorite bar in all of Boston is having an open mike night? What??

Oh, Silhouette Lounge, it's been too long since I drank cheap beer in your cozy corner of the world, watching drunk Allstonites play dahts and bad pool. You were my first Boston bar. And now you're having live music? And maybe even a game show? The times they are a'changin.

You can sign up for the Monday night open mikes here.

3/24: Three for free


Pinching pennies? Chic but cheap? We understand. Here are three free events this week for your going out pleasure.

Wednesday, March 26

- Ladies Night @ News: What's better than a free meal? Nothing. Technically, you have to buy a cocktail to get the three-course meal — but honestly, you were going to buy a martini or a mojito (or three) anyways, right? DJ Jay Prouty provides the noshing soundtrack. 5-11 p.m.

- Betsey Johnson fashion show @ Estate: Betsey's designs are often out on a fashion limb, so to speak, but we can't wait to embrace the craziness of her Spring 2008 collection. Ruffles, ribbons, and neon hues, oh my! The fashion show is free before 10 p.m.and the first 200 guests get goody bags. Just like Christmas! 9-11 p.m.

Thursday, March 27

- Gene Wilder book signing @ Borders Back Bay: Willy Wonka himself stops in Boston to promote his new, whimsical book, "The Woman Who Wouldn't." This is the actor's second historical novella — who knew? 6 p.m.

[Betsey makes poofy prom confections for the Rainbow Brite in all of us.]

Speak now and never hold your peace



You, dear reader, are the King of Cool. The Queen of Boston Nightlife. A style maven. A DJ junkie. A noshing fool. An after-dark adventurer.

Every day, we tell you what we think is cool and worth checking out around the Hub. Now, we want to hear from you. Are you a Sacco's Bowl Haven fan? Will you practice the lyrics to "Roxanne" in anticipation of the Police/Elvis Costello double bill at the Tweeter Center? What is your favorite board game? (Make it a good one. We'll probably judge you based on your response.) Use our new "comments" feature on each entry and let us know!

Your Go To It friends

Weekend of Burlesque



The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition and Vintage Fashion Fair is coming up this weekend. Dancers from all over will be descending upon the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge for the three-day conference, where they'll learn the latest tassel-twirling techniques, hone their pastie-making skills, and attend classes like these:

Flirtin' and Fightin - Stage Combat for Burlesque
A Consumer's Guide to Corset Buying
Dancing in Shoes You Shouldn't Be Walking In
Hula Hooping for Performance and Burlesque
The Ins /Outs Around and Abouts of Chair Dancing
Performing With Live Snakes

Several performances are scheduled over the weekend, along with an art show, costume exhibit, and pool party. And on Saturday night, the dance troupes will compete in a “battle royale of burlesque” that will determine the winners of The Howard Awards, which were named in memory of the Old Howard theater in Scollay Square. For ticket information, visit

-- Emily Sweeney

Dancing machines



Tune in to MTV tonight at 10 to watch Boston dance group Status Quo compete on Randy Jackson's "America's Best Dance Crew."

Read all about the youth dance troupe here.

Read the Globe article about them here.

Read about how obnoxious Randy Jackson is here.

Milky Way Sprinkler Fundraiser



The Milky Way Lounge & Lanes in JP is hosting a cool event on Friday, March 21 to help raise money for their new sprinkler system. Pressure Cooker will headline the show.

(The Milky Way doesn't own the building, but agreed to spend $70K to install a new sprinkler system so they could stay open in that location.)

[via Universal Hub]

A sign of weakness?


I went to the Achilles Project last weekend (clothing store and restaurant in Fort Point), and tore my Achilles tendon two days later. Coincidence? Discuss.

Saved by the fries


So I *finally* popped into Alibi at the Liberty Hotel for a drink this weekend — and yes, I know that I am about four months behind in my chic pub crawl. Let me just say this: Alibi is a cool lounge. Like, New York cool. As soon as I sat down at a high-top table, I knew that I was going to pay dearly for the exposed brick, barred windows, and overall ambiance of the packed room.

[Help! My wallet is caught in a hostage situation!]

But $13 for a cocktail! Surely, someone is jesting. My sickly sweet cucumber, vanilla rum, and mint concoction — "The Cool Hand Cuke"— was only worth about $8. $9 at the most. You see, Alibi, though I said you were "New York cool," you aren't actually located in NYC — what's up with the Big Apple prices? In fact, there's already an Alibi Lounge in Greenwich Village, and it serves $5 apple martinis during happy hour. So there.

The saving grace of my see-and-be-seen trip to the lounge was a platter of Parmesan truffle fries. We split them four tasty ways. However, the bar food is actually from Harvard Gardens, so I'm not sure I can give Alibi the credit for the crispy, cheesy goodness.

Maybe next time I'll stick to wine and fries. Or maybe I'll just go to Highland Kitchen instead.

Won't you wear a sweater?


Get to the dry cleaners: Your favorite sweater needs to be pressed and ready for some Mr. Rogers tribute action tomorrow (March 20).

Mr. McFeeley — yes, the mailman extraordinaire himself — is asking people to wear a cardigan, cable knit, or turtleneck to celebrate what would have been Fred Rogers' 80th birthday. Please note: Although the late Mr. Rogers' preferred a zip-up look, you can wear any style that's special to you and still be in solidarity with your neighbors everywhere.

[Rogers in a hot red number says relax.]

They're going fast....


The Dropkick Murphys just announced that they have more tickets available for their Saturday night show at Tsongas Arena on March 15th.

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Pub theatrics


There’s a unique play reading at the Brendan Behan in JP on Sunday night. Get to the pub by 7 (the doors shut soon after that), and you’ll hear a reading of “The Weir,” a play by Irish writer Conor McPherson, whose play “Shining City” opens this weekend at the Huntington Theatre.

And for more on the Behan and Irish pubs in general, enjoy this one.

Imus among us



Imus fans, you'll be happy to hear that the big-mouthed talk show host will be broadcasting his St. Patrick's Day show at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common. It will be his ninth annual “Kiss Me I’m Imus” show taped in Boston, broadcast live March 17 from 6 to 10 a.m. on 96.9 FM (WTKK)

You can win tickets to the show at Good luck getting them. You won't have any competition from me.

A spanking party?


Yes, a spanking party. Curious?