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Mar23

Food + Drink

Wings and Oysters with Smuttynose Brewery

  • $40

Guests enjoy a selection of hot wings and sauces paired with New England oysters (grilled, fried and on the halfshell), paired with a flight of beers from Smuttynose Brewery. Seatings at 6 and 8 pm.

Urban Hearth

2263 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States

(617) 682-7295

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Mar23 THRU Mar 25

Food + Drink

Second Annual Battle of the Barrels

  • a la carte

For this weeklong celebration, Rosebud will tap different barrel-aged beers each night. The schedule of barrels is:

Monday, March 20, 2017
Jack’s Abby 2016, Framinghammer

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Almanac, Grand Cru White 2016 / Almanac, Blueberry Jack

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Allagash, Northman / Allagash, Aventureux

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Firestone 2016, Parabola / Firestone 2016, Velvet Merkin / Firestone 2016, Stickee Monkee

Friday, March 24, 2017
Founders 2016, Kentucky Breakfast Stout / Founders, Frootwood

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Wicked Weed Brewing, French Toast Stout

Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar

381 Summer St.
Somerville, MA 02144 United States

(617) 629-9500

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Mar23 THRU Mar 26

Theater

'Stage Kiss'

  • $33-$69

Lyric Stage presents this comedy about two former lovers cast as romantic leads in a play, complicating their professional and personal lives. Directed by Courtney O’Connor.

Lyric Stage

140 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

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Mar23 THRU Mar 26

Theater

'Precious Little'

  • $40-$175

The Nora Theatre Company presents this drama, in which three actresses play multiple roles, about a research linguist who discovers through genetic testing that her unborn baby may never be able to learn a language. Directed by Melia Bensussen.

Central Square Theater

450 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

(617) 576-9278

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Mar23 THRU Apr 1

Theater

'Grand Concourse'

  • $25-$62

Dedicating one’s life to the service of others is no small potatoes, but sometimes the reality of the work can be tough to swallow. Such is the case for Shelley in SpeakEasy Stage’s Grand Concourse, a world-weary nun working in a Bronx soup kitchen. Jaded by what she’s grown to see as a fruitless battle to do good and struggling with her relationship with God, Shelley (played by prolific local playwright/actress Melinda Lopez) finds her faith and her patience tested by the arrival of a new volunteer—a young woman who breathes new life into her fellow volunteers and the diners. She also stirs an already complicated pot, however, and Shelley soon suspects she may not be all she seems. Get a taste of the action at the BCA’s Calderwood Pavilion, where the drama plays through April 1.

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Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

527 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 266-0800

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Mar23 THRU Apr 9

Theater

'Topdog/Underdog'

  • $25-$99

Huntington Theatre Company presents this comedic drama about two brothers, one a Lincoln impersonator and one a career grifter attempting to lure his sibling back into a life of hustling. Directed by Billy Porter.

BU Theatre

264 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(617) 353-3350

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Mar23 THRU Apr 30

Art

Darker Than Blue

Leica Gallery presents the East Coast premiere of Grammy-nominated artist and photographer Mathieu Bitton’s exhibit featuring candid black-and-white photos shot on his travels through New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Paris, the Bahamas and New Orleans. The exhibit will also feature photographs from Bitton’s Hand Portraits series, for which he’s shot the hands of subjects that include producer Quincy Jones wearing Frank Sinatra’s pinky ring. The exhibit opens with a debut reception from 6 to 9 pm on March 9, and is on view through April 30. 

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Leica Gallery Boston

74 Arlington St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(857) 305-3609

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Mar23 THRU May 5

Art

Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present

After it appeared in the Cooper Gallery’s 2015 group exhibition Drapetomanía, Juan Roberto Diago saw his mixed-media piece Yo soy monte (I Am the Mountain) enter the Museum of Fine Arts’ permanent collection. A few years later, the 45-year-old Cuban artist now finds himself back at the Cooper Gallery—only this time as the subject of his first major retrospective. Curator Alejandro de la Fuente scours his two-decade-plus career, in which he’s examined Cuba’s African diaspora and tackled political and social issues. Inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ed Ruscha and fellow Cubans Antonio Gattorno and Wilfredo Lam, Diago gathers plastic bottles and other materials in his neighborhood, like the metal sheet used as a canvas for Un Pedrazo de Mi Historia (A Piece of My History), seen above. Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present, which also makes use of photographs of friends and family and wooden planks from shanty structures, is on display through May 5.

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The Cooper Gallery

102 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

(617) 496-5777

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Mar23 THRU May 7

Art

Chocolate: The Exhibition

  • $25

Beginning Jan. 29, the Museum of Science is giving visitors something they can sink their teeth into. Its latest temporary exhibit investigates an ancient Aztec currency, intercontinental slave trade and a modern $90 billion business as it traces the harvesting, transit, marketing and consumption of Forrest Gump’s favorite boxed good and the stuff of dentists’ nightmares. Chocolate: The Exhibition spans 5,000 square feet and 200 objects, allowing visitors to stroll through a rainforest with a life-size cacao tree replica, learn about a chili-spiked, frothy drink invented by the Mayans, relive the moment when the bitter morsel met its sugary match in 16th-century Spain and peek at today’s Ghanaian and Mexican farmers and their equatorial plantations. Perch on a bonbon (pictured above) to get a taste yourself—Chocolate is on display in the museum’s Blue Wing through May 7.

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Museum of Science

1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114 United States

(617) 723-2500

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Mar24 THRU Mar 25

Shopping

The Gilt Sample Sale

  • $5-$25

Gilt pops up at the Cyclorama for a sample sale featuring designer shoes, handbags, apparel and home decor from designers like Balenciaga, Prada, Valentino and Paul Smith at up to 80 percent off retail value. The event will also feature on-site styling, on-demand tailoring, pop-up shops, a Gilt City concierge and more.

Cyclorama at the BCA

539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 426-5000

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Mar24

Music

DJ John Volitans

  • $10

The NYC DJ makes his Boston debut, spinning electro-pop, new wave, post-punk, ’80s, synth and more. 21+.

Market

21 Broad St.
Boston, MA 02109 United States

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Mar25

Comedy   |   Music

Yacht Rock Revue

  • $22

Calling all fans of smooth-as-silk pop music tailormade for cruising the open seas in a madras shirt unbuttoned to the navel, chest hair blowing in the ocean breeze! Yacht Rock Revue is docking in town. The Atlanta-based cover band/comedy troupe pays tribute to ’70s and ’80s light-rock titans like Hall & Oates, Toto and Steely Dan at their shows—once awarded the dubious but apt distinction of “the best place to get drunk with your dad”—where they perform a mix of cheeseball hits and self-aware comedy. Previously part of an indie band, the boys of Yacht Rock Revue discovered an untapped fan base when they played some ’70s soft-rock jams at a gig on a lark. A phenomenon was born. Set sail when the Revue cruises into the Sinclair for two shows on March 25.

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The Sinclair

52 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

(617) 547-5200

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Mar25

Benefit   |   Party

The 2nd Annual NMO Awareness Gala

  • $175

This black tie, Roaring ’20s-themed gala to raise awareness of Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) aka Devic’s disease, hosted by the Sumaira Foundation, features cocktails and dancing. 8 pm-midnight. NMO patients are invited to attend free of charge.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

776 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199 United States

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Mar25

Benefit   |   Music

Cult of Point Break Society plays the Music of Steely Dan to Benefit ALCU and Planned Parenthood

  • $12

The collective—currently comprised of members of Eddie Japan, Lifestyle, The I Want You, Viva Gina, Boston Rock Opera and more—performs a Steely Dan tribute show to benefit the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys opens. 21+.

Thunder Road

379 Somerville Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143 United States

(617) 776-7623

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Mar26

Art   |   Shopping

SoWa Salon Sunday

  • Free

The SoWa Artists Guild opens their doors from noon to 5 pm, inviting the public to meet the artists and view and purchase works in acrylic, oil, watercolor, encaustic, print, wire, jewelry, sculpting, fabric design, photography, drawing, multi-media, collage and more.

SoWa

450 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118 United States

978337419

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Mar26

Music

Boiler House Jazz Series: Albino Jorge Mbie

  • $20

Mozambique-born musician Albino Jorge Mbie performs as part of the museum’s jazz series.


Mar27

Benefit   |   Food + Drink

Sharing Our Strength's Cooking Matters Dinner

  • $150

Chef Andy Husbands partners with Share Our Strength to raise funds for the No Kid Hungry campaign at this multi-course seated dinner, with wine pairings, taking place at Tremont 647 and adjoining restaurant Sister Sorel. A cocktail reception at 6 pm precedes the dinner. 21+.

Tremont 647

647 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118 United States

(617) 266-4600

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Mar28

Food + Drink

Barbara's Feast

  • $85; $55 wine pairings

This four-course dinner features dishes made with ingredients from the Piedmont region of Italy, paired with regional wines. Reservations between 5 and 10 pm.

Sportello

348 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02110 United States

(617) 737-1234

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Mar31

Benefit   |   Music

Cult of Point Break Society plays the Music of Steely Dan to Benefit ALCU and Planned Parenthood

  • $10

The collective—currently comprised of members of Eddie Japan, Lifestyle, The I Want You, Viva Gina, Boston Rock Opera and more—performs a Steely Dan tribute show to benefit the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. All ages.

The Lily Pad

1353 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

(617) 955-7729

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Apr1

Theater

Shaolin Warriors

  • $30-$58

Most people have only seen kung fu in action flicks, but the Chinese fighting style was around long before the likes of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li brought their jaw-dropping moves to the big screen. In fact, the monks of the Shaolin temple in China’s Henan province honed their skills for more than a thousand years. Today Shaolin Warriors celebrates that ancient art in a live stage show featuring traditional costumes and music and more than 20 kung fu masters, who perform acrobatic feats, choreographed combat and some impressive stunts involving a sledgehammer and a bed of nails.

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Orpheum Theatre

1 Hamilton Place
Boston, MA 02108 United States

(617) 482-0106

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Apr2

Taste of South Boston

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the 15th Annual Taste of South Boston at the Seaport Hotel. Sample culinary specialties, enjoy live entertainment and more. For tickets and more information go to tasteofsouthboston.com.

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Seaport Hotel

One Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(617) 385-4000

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Apr4

Party

Elders Living at Home Program: 30 Years of Health, Housing and Hope

  • $125; $75 per additional guest

The program celebrates its 30th anniversary with hor d’oeuvres, cocktails, a silent auction and more, at a party honoring Secretary Alice Bonner, Ph.D., R.N.

Aloft Boston Seaport

401-403 D St.
Boston, 02210 United States

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Apr7

Benefit   |   Food + Drink

Dinner & Late Night with Friends

  • $150-$500

The Friends of Dana-Farber present their annual spring gala, featuring dinner from a host of local chefs (including Jody Adams, Jeremy Sewall and Tiffani Faison), drinks, culinary demos and more.

Hotel Commonwealth

500 Comm. Ave.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(617) 933-5000

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Apr8

Music

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

  • $29.50-$39.50

Andrew McMahon has come a long way since his days of kissing drunk girls. The singer/songwriter earned legions of fans in the early aughts singing angsty emo ballads about teen romances and bullies as the uber-sensitive frontman of Something Corporate (and later, Jack Mannequin), but these days he’s tackling more mature issues. McMahon went solo in 2013 and has since taken on side project Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, which finds the prolific musician spinning lyrical pop dealing with adult matters like his early battle with cancer and the birth of his first daughter Cecilia. If You C Jordan, tell him McMahon is doing just fine and playing the House of Blues on April 8.

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House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(888) 693-2583

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Apr9

Festival   |   Food + Drink

Cochon555

  • $125; $200, VIP

Get ready to pig out at Cochon555, a nose-to-tail showdown that’ll have culinary teams led by local toques from Townsman, Juliet, Tapestry, Loyal Nine and La Brasa competing to create the tastiest pig plates. The chefs get one week to dream up six dishes using a 200-pound heritage pig, which they’ll unveil at a Heritage BBQ where guests taste test ’em all. Be sure to wear pants with an elastic waist: This year, the event will also include a Somm Smackdown with wine pros competing to design the best pork pairings, bartenders duking it out for the title of Punch King and pop-ups dishing out non-piggie offerings like ramen, cheese and baked goods. Come see who brings home the bacon when Cochon555 takes over the SoWa Power Station on April 9.

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SoWa Power Station

540 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118 United States

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Apr9

Music

Boiler House Jazz Series: Albino Jorge Mbie

  • $20

The Mozambique born Berklee grad and award-winning guitarist/singer/composer performs as part of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation’s live music series.


Apr9

Film

'1984'

More than three decades after the titular year of George Orwell’s 1984, the cautionary novel continues to engross readers, even rising to the top of Amazon’s best-selling books list in January. Also still timely: Michael Radford’s cinematic adaptation of the same name. Released in that year, it stars the late John Hurt as protagonist Winston Smith, a government employee for the Ministry of Truth who rewrites historical records in accordance with the Party’s latest policies—until love leads him to rebel against Big Brother. Kick off National Library Week when the film screens with François Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 in a dystopian double feature at the Brattle Theatre on April 9. / Arden Stringer

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Brattle Theatre

40 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

(617) 876-6837

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Apr20

Benefit   |   Shopping

An Evening With Rachel Zoe

  • $250-$450

Newbury Street boutique Max & Riley hosts this shopping event where guests are invited to shop the Rachel Zoe Collection for a good cause, meet Rachel Zoe in person and enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks, as well as a fashion presentation. $50 from each ticket will benefit the Massachusetts General Hospital for Neurofibromatosis. Ticket price also includes a $50 gift card to be used to shop at the event.

Taj Boston

15 Arlington St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 536-5700

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Apr21 THRU Apr 23

CraftBoston Spring

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of CraftBoston Spring and Holiday, presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts. This twice annual show features artists showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. For more information go to societyofcrafts.org.

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Cyclorama at the BCA

539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 426-5000

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Apr21

Cooking for a Cause

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the 13th Annual Cooking for a Cause. Enjoy an evening of gourmet food and creative cocktails to benefit the East End House. For tickets and more information visit eastendhouse.org/cooking-for-a-cause

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Royal Sonesta Cambridge

40 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA

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Apr23

Education   |   Food + Drink

Trade Secrets Spanish Cooking Class with Jody Adams

  • $150

This intimate cooking classes led by Trade chef Jody Adams features welcoming coffee and scones, followed by a class on cooking Spanish cuisine and a3-course lunch with wine pairing. Attendees will receive recipe cards to take home to recreate the dishes.

Trade

540 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(617) 451-1234

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May3

Runway to Miracles

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the eighth annual St. Jude Runway to Miracles, an upbeat fashion show benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information visit stjude.org/get-involved/find-an-event/dinners-and-galas/runway-to-miracles.

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Neiman Marcus

310 Speen Street
Natick, MA

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May10

30th Annual Beyond Shelter Benefit

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the 30th Annual Beyond Shelter Benefit. Sample fare from 20 Boston area restaurants, dance to music by the Berklee College Bob Marley Ensemble, play some games, win fun silent and live auction items, and try your luck with their raffle. For tickets and more information go to http://bit.ly/2klaQiN

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House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(888) 693-2583

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May20

Festival   |   Music

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes’ Patriot Fest

  • $40

Country artists Tyler Farr and Eric Paslay headline this year’s Patriot Fest, which will also feature local talent including Dalton and the Sheriffs and Louie Bello.

Lawn on D

420 D St.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(877) 393-3393

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Jun4

World Oceans Day

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of World Oceans Day.  For details and more information go to neaq.org/learn/for-families-teens/oceansday.

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Oct7 THRU Oct 8

Bruno Mars brings his 24K Magic Tour to Boston

  • $45-150

Sponsored

Grammy Award winner and world-renowned, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer/director/musician, Bruno Mars, revealed details behind his massive upcoming global headline tour – The 24K Magic World Tour. This show comes to Boston for two shows, October 7 and 8, 2017.

You can buy tickets online at livenation.com.

The 24K Magic World Tour marks Mars’ first full-length tour since 2013’s hugely successful Moonshine Jungle World Tour, an international blockbuster that sold 2 million tickets worldwide across 155 sold-out dates.

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TD Garden

100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114 United States

(617) 624-1050

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Nov10 THRU Nov 12

"Amadeus" Live

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of “Amadeus” Live”. Complete film with soundtrack performed live by the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and Chorus. For more information visit handelandhaydn.org.

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Symphony Hall

301 Mass. Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 266-1200

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Dec2 THRU Dec 4

CraftBoston Holiday

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of CraftBoston Spring and Holiday, presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts. This twice annual show features artists showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. For more information go to societyofcrafts.org.

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Hynes Convention Center

900 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 954-2000

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