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12 07, 2018

From the Dugout: M Street Softball League

2018-07-12T17:11:02+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on From the Dugout: M Street Softball League

By Richard Campbell It was just cooling off this past Thursday night as the M Street League gathered for an amiable showdown at the edge of Medal of Honor Park.  The Silk Worms, coached by Dan Barzottini were facing Fat Baby, coached by Dave Piccirilli, and I would say they were fairly well matched in some respects, but the Fat Baby had the humor and the hits. Besting the Silk Worms 9-5, the scrappy Babies put on a show, and kept the small attending audience’s attention with side splitting one liners. The M Street League has 25 teams divided in two Divisions, with Lincoln Tavern 11-1 and City Tap House 10-1 at the top of their respective divisions, these two teams are the ones to [...]

29 06, 2018

LUXE-LEISURE – A DREAM REALIZED

2018-11-27T14:46:18+00:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Lifestyle|Comments Off on LUXE-LEISURE – A DREAM REALIZED

By: Tara M. Kerrigan Hayes   One night, as long-term couple Christine Crevier and Chris Yang were discussing the future and life goals, they discovered they shared in the same dream of some day owning their own boutique. Unsure of what they were venturing into, they decided that with hard work, passion and dedication, they could realize their dream of doing what they love, together. That evening, they took a leap of faith and filed the paperwork for an LLC for Luxe Leisure. With little to no money to fund a business, they invested their entire savings (their down payment to purchase a home) to invest in merchandise for their store, created a business plan, and rolled the dice. In 2017 Christine and Chris were [...]

29 06, 2018

Not Pot for this Summer: Adolescent Brain Development 101

2018-06-29T09:40:19+00:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Not Pot for this Summer: Adolescent Brain Development 101

By Richard Campbell Now that the flood gates are about to open on the Massachusetts marijuana experiment, as a follow-up on Rick Winterson’s questions last week, it would be prudent to introduce some of the latest studies on the effects of the drug on the adolescent brain.  The one thing that should be remembered is that adolescent brains (particularly male adolescent brains) are not fully formed and the consequences of smoking pot at this stage in life are different from adult use in many ways.  Anyone who has read the literature will come to this conclusion.  From more “mild” effects, like partial cognition and memory impairment, to the extreme effects for adolescents with vulnerable genetic predisposition towards mental illnesses, the record is not very encouraging. [...]

15 06, 2018

Crossing the Centuries: Bridging Cultures At the UMASS Boston Campus Gallery

2018-06-15T10:23:48+00:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Crossing the Centuries: Bridging Cultures At the UMASS Boston Campus Gallery

By Richard Campbell Opening this week on the UMASS Boston campus is an interesting graduate work art show by Li Wang, who having returned from studying in Japan on a Ruth Butler scholarship, was influenced by works of traditional Asian artists. The beautiful creations this study inspired have an iconic and unique feeling to them- as though one is traveling back in time simultaneous to referencing current trends in art and iconography. The work is realized with particular skill and attention to detail, and well worth a visit. One of the critical aspects often missing in post-modern art is aesthetically pleasing work that entertains the viewer for its ingenuity that would make it personal art- art that one could purchase to display in a home [...]

7 06, 2018

Dalton and The Sheriffs Come to Southie

2018-06-07T14:14:47+00:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Dalton and The Sheriffs Come to Southie

  by Rick Winterson      Country & Western in South Boston?  Why, certainly!  Every Tuesday night, that is. Plan a Tuesday drop in/hang out downstairs in the Supper Club at Capo Restaurant – 443 West Broadway, not very far from where Blinstrub’s sat for so many years.  Combine eating (varied Italian/American dishes), with drinking (inventive designer cocktails), and original C&W (“Dalton and The Sheriffs”).  And you know what?  At Capo, there’s no admission or cover.  Just show up Tuesday evenings and enjoy. Let’s mention that Dalton and The Sheriffs’ performances contain mostly their own original music, from half or more up to the entire gig, depending on the gig’s length and audience responses.  Why emphasize that fact?  Two reasons – because audiences consistently ask [...]

23 05, 2018

The Wiz at the Lyric: Reaching for Magic

2018-05-23T16:59:40+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on The Wiz at the Lyric: Reaching for Magic

By Richard Campbell The Lyric Stage mounted a revival of the 1970’s musical “The Wiz” this past Sunday, with guest director Dawn Simmons at the helm, Musical Director Allyssa Jones, and Choreography by Jean Appolon.  It was a show that had some amusing and touching moments, that introduced Boston audiences to up and coming talent, but the production overall was a little underwhelming.  One of the distinguishing features of this musical- besides it’s snappy score, clever jokes, and endearing characters- is a synergy between energetic choreography and pure magic. What we get here was an earnest group trying hard to take flight, hampered by a lack of continuity in production values, more attributable to the leadership roles than the talents of the cast. The powerful [...]

27 04, 2018

Flying Remembered: “A Pilot’s Life” At the South Boston Branch Library

2018-11-27T16:58:28+00:00April 27th, 2018|Categories: Lifestyle|Comments Off on Flying Remembered: “A Pilot’s Life” At the South Boston Branch Library

By Richard Campbell This past Monday night at the South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, retired pilot and author William Frew gave a brief talk on his book: “A Pilot’s Life”. There was more than the usual crowd that attends lectures presented by the South Boston Historical Society in the small program room, and the topical treatment of Bill Frew’s experiences moved by quickly. He started his presentation with some first-rate jokes about General MacArthur, and then moved on to anecdotes from his training, and aviation history. The stories he told were primarily about his life in training to become a pilot, as well as navigating the personal logistics of handling operations on a series of basses throughout training in the US Airforce. [...]

20 04, 2018

REVIEW: House of Siam Reaches 20

2018-04-20T11:16:10+00:00April 20th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on REVIEW: House of Siam Reaches 20

by Rick Winterson   His full Thai name is Banjongyuvayong Yuvayongdee, but he is known around here as Joe Thailand, although he could now be called Joe America since receiving his U.S. citizenship seven years ago.  A still youthful looking Joe Thailand has been a Boston restaurateur for 33 years, starting with his first House of Siam in Copley Square in 1985.  As a geography note, Thailand is the modern name of the nation once known as Siam.  Thai food and Siamese food mean the same. Joe opened the House of Siam now located at 542 Columbus Avenue almost exactly 20 years ago, on April 13 in 1998.  That was a very propitious date – April 13 is the Siamese New Year in Thailand.  And [...]

20 04, 2018

Café Porto Bello: Still the Best Italian Deal in Southie

2018-04-20T11:12:56+00:00April 20th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Café Porto Bello: Still the Best Italian Deal in Southie

By Richard Campbell After reviewing some of the new guns in the South Boston restaurant scene, I was recently tempted back to an old favorite: Café Porto Bello.  Friends beg me to go there whenever they visit South Boston, and over the years I’ve tasted most of the standards on this menu. Café Porto Bello is cozy and the staff is efficiently down to earth. You often get to kind of know your neighbors in this relaxing atmosphere, and that’s possible because unlike a lot of new trendy places, they have the common sense not to blare bar music during dinner.  The wine list is fairly sturdy, and the menu offers quite a variety. In short, this is a real neighborhood Italian dinner place with [...]

4 04, 2018

“Breathing Room: Mapping Boston’s Green Spaces”

2018-04-04T16:20:44+00:00April 4th, 2018|Categories: Lifestyle|Comments Off on “Breathing Room: Mapping Boston’s Green Spaces”

Dory Klein, Map Librarian, giving a tour of the exhibit. By Richard Campbell What’s not to like about the Norman Leventhal Map Center at the Copley branch of the Boston Public Library? Almost every time I stop by the place they have something new and interesting to see. For those of you who think this is simply a room full of maps, you have to see the current gallery exhibit: “Breathing Room: Mapping Boston’s Green Spaces” to get a full feeling on the history and development of the great park systems we have in Boston. From the historical to contemporary park projects, this is a really well planned exhibit. Technically if you can’t make it to the library, you can see much of [...]

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This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.