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December 26, 2011–January 8, 2012

Happy New Year! Celebrate 2012 with The Boston Family Fireworks on Boston Common, Broadcast Live on NECN

New Year’s Eve Fashion Where to Ring in 2012

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Over 200 Events inside

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December 26, 2011–January 8, 2012 FEATURES

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Fun for All Ages

contents

Volume 61 • Number 16

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Boston Family Fireworks and more

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New Year’s Style

Look your best for 2012

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Backstage at The Nutcracker

A look at Boston Ballet’s beloved holiday tradition

The Boston Family Fireworks

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DEPARTMENTS

6 hubbub Three Pianos at A.R.T., hangover cures and fit fun

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HOLIDAY EVENTS CURRENT EVENTS ON EXHIBIT SHOPPING CAMBRIDGE MAPS NEIGHBORHOODS SIGHTSEEING FREEDOM TRAIL RESTAURANTS NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS

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New Year’s Style

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Backstage at The Nutcracker

Comedian Andy Kindler

ON THE COVER: The Boston Family

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Fireworks on Boston Common. Photo: Sarah M. Winchester. Models: Alan Chizauskas, Drew Evans, Alexandra Mack and Kevin Clough for Model Club Inc. Hair: Anna Costa for Mizu Salon (mizuforhair.com). Makeup: Meghan Dasey for skoah Boston Spa (www.skoah boston.com). Clothing: Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com). Watch: Shreve, Crump & Low (www.shrevecrumpand low.com). Jewelry: Gemvara (www.gemvara.com). P H O T O C R E D I T S ( R I G H T ) : S E C O N D F RO M T O P B Y S A R A H M . W I N C H E S T E R ; S E C O N D F RO M B O T T O M B Y A N D R E W S WA I N E ; B O T T O M B Y S U S A N M A L J A N

Comedian Andy Kindler

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The Official Guide to BOSTON

www.b osto nguide .co m December 26, 2011–January 8, 2012 Volume 61 • Number 16

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HUBBUB

WHAT BOSTON’S BUZZING ABOUT RIGHT NOW

A TALENTED TRIO

Fit Fun

THREE PIANOS American Repertory Theater Through January 16

Proving that the Boston stage still has a few tricks up its sleeve, the American Repertory Theater presents the entirely unique Three Pianos. With a recently extended run at the Loeb Drama Center through January 16, this Obie Award-winning production explores the music of Franz Schubert through the emotional interplay of three friends, each manning his own baby grand piano. Directed by Rachel Chavkin and written and performed by David Burkhardt, Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy, this show is not short on talent. Watch as the nature of music and friendship is investigated amid stirring dialogue and dazzling instrumentals in this entertaining yet avant-garde production. Refer to listing, page 28. —Paul Adler

CHEERS! Three ways to fight the dreaded hangover I have a friend who swears by ice cream; the ancient Romans used to eat deep fried canaries. It’s the cure for the common hangover and, after all our years of imbibing, we’re still not any closer to finding it. So, before we get to the bottom of another cocktail, we’re getting to the bottom of this mystery by asking a few folks what relieves their suffering. “The B vitamins and caffeine in chocolate are the perfect hangover cure,” says Nicole Coady, Executive Pastry Chef for Finale Desserts. Prodrinker and Sales Manager at Horizon Beverages, George Wright, claims that a medium-sized McDonald’s Coke is the miracle cure. And Aquitaine bartender Maggie Batista says a concoction of ginger, lemon juice, bitters, soda water and OJ does the trick. Of course, some say the best cure is to put down the cocktail. We’re not convinced. —Samantha House ___

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Now that the holidays are nearing an end, it may be time to burn calories instead of consuming them. Drop in on one of these no-membership necessary classes and rid yourself of the inevitable post-binge guilt. Bikram Yoga (multiple locations, 617-54-SWEAT), known for heated rooms to increase flexibility and fat burning and flush toxins out of your system, is the perfect place to de-stress while working every muscle in your body. Exhale Spa (multiple locations, 617-532-7000) offers one-of-akind Core Fusion classes designed to give you rock hard abs and impeccable posture. Each Core class combines strength and cardio to the beat of inspirational musical rhythms. The Dance Complex (536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-9363) offers a variety of top-notch drop-in classes ranging from hip-hop to salsa. With these no-commitment classes, you’ll be free to work off festive feasts on your own schedule. —Bailey Marquis

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NEW YEAR’S FUN FOR ALL AGES

Free Boston Family Fireworks on Boston Common by Samantha House

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ooking for somewhere fun to celebrate the New Year with the whole family? The answer is the Boston

Family Fireworks presented by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and The Mugar Foundation.

duces the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4th on the Esplanade) has produced an earlier-in-the-evening display of colorful pyrotechnics specifically catered to families. Atlas PyroVision Productions of Jaffrey, New Hampshire has created this dynamic fireworks display to ring in 2012. For more information, visit www.july4th.org.

If you can’t be there in person, this year’s celebration is televised live starting at 6 p.m. on New England Cable News as part of a one-hour special, “New Year’s Eve Live.” First Night 2012 This free event includes Boston’s First Night Festival of the Arts, a New Year’s family fun, musical performEve celebration with more than 35 years of history here in ances and, of course, the the Hub, is promising to be even more impressive this main event of the evening, a year. On December 31, the private non-profit organiza12-minute fireworks display tion, First Night, Inc., fulfills its mission of building comchoreographed to music that munity and celebrating diversity through the arts once includes 3,800 pyrotechnic again. The event, running from 1 p.m. to midnight, hosts effects. The performance 1,000 artists, 200 performances and exhibits at 35 indoor stage is located on Boston and outdoor venues all throughout Boston and parts of Common near Beacon and Cambridge. Watch Mavis Staples, Suzanne Vega, the Charles streets. The fireNew York Dolls or kid-centric entertainment like Magpie works are shot from the Puppets’ Goldilocks and the Three Bears, all for the price Boston Common Ballfield at ($15) of a stylish First Night pin, which admits you to any approximately 6:45 p.m. official First Night function. Refer to listing, page 17. For 13 years now, Boston 4 Productions (which pro-

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NEW YEAR’S STYLE Step out on December 31 looking your very best with our expert tips on hair, makeup and clothing by Samantha House

MICHAEL GROFFENBERGER, Director of Watch Operations, Shreve, Crump & Low, 440 Boylston St., 617-267-9100 “The Zenith Chronomaster Open is the ultimate representation of an iconic automatic chronograph and a great conversation piece for the night and the rest of the year!”

STEPHAN ALEX IACOBACCI, owner and hairstylist, Avanti Salon, 11 Newbury St., 617-267-4027 “Put a twist in more than just your drink with an avant garde approach to the classic French twist. Perfect for any celebration!”

MAGHAN DASEY, makeup artist and esthetician, skoah Boston Spa, 641A Tremont St., 857-350-4930 “New Year’s Eve is the perfect time for glitz and glamour so don’t be afraid to pair a strong metallic eye with a bright lip.”

GARY RITACCO, owner, Uniform Men’s Boutique, 511 Tremont St., 617-247-2360 “This Ben Sherman Plectrum tuxedo blazer is the perfect solution for a dressed up casual look. These Richard Chai for Penguin brushed cords are not only limited edition but they’re also a subtle way to be daring.”

CORINNE GROUSBECK, VP of Brand Marketing and designer of the Naked Gems collection, Gemvara, www.gemvara.com “Wear a large, gemstone ring in a rich color, draw attention to your eyes with brightly colored drop earrings or layer two or three pendants around your neck to dress up your outfit even more.”

KEN DOWNING, Fashion Director, Neiman Marcus, 5 Copley Place, 617-536-3660 “At Neiman Marcus we are all about a look that gets the looks! A sparkling personality and a sparkling wardrobe are the perfect recipe for a perfect holiday celebration!”

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o many, The Nutcracker conjures up feelings of nostalgia, having been a holiday tradition year after year. To those who have yet to see it, Boston Ballet’s production holds a world of intrigue, beauty and excitement just waiting to be discovered. The ballet chronicles the adventures of Clara, a little girl who receives a Nutcracker as a gift and drifts off to a dreamland filled with larger-than-life characters, from dancing dolls and a prancing bear to her beloved Nutcracker who comes to life as a handsome prince. This year, Panorama was elated to be invited to take a peek backstage during the first dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker at the Opera House. The Boston Ballet gave us a guided tour of the dancers stretching, practicing and preening moments before the show began. Upon entering, we heard the excited chatter of the student dancers as they prepared themselves for showtime. Well-behaved but clearly having the time of their lives, the myriad of small performers hail from the Boston Ballet School. Moving further on, we caught the eye of the little girl who was cast in the role of Clara, arguably

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the true star of the show. Her face beamed with pride as she went through her movements. We turned the corner and came upon some of the principle dancers warming up. Though truly impressed with the contortionist-like stretches we witnessed, we had to move on. Along the walls on tables and rolling racks were the costumes that have been used for more than 15 years and will have their final run in Boston this season. Little secrets revealed themselves upon closer inspection. The bear’s costume was made entirely out of layers of tulle and the perfect ringlets you see aren’t the dancers’ hair but attached to the small hats they wear and applied on top of a simple bun. Men draped cloaks around their necks and women started appearing in lavish gowns and tutus. It was moments before showtime. While the adults positioned themselves where they needed to be, the children lined up like little soldiers single file. We, too, had to vacate the backstage area. We were escorted to our seats and the show began. As the curtain rose we immediately got lost in The Nutcracker and couldn’t help but wonder if there was a child in the audience seeing it for the first time, watching in awe. The Nutcracker, Boston Ballet, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., 617-931-2787. Through December 31.Tickets: $40–169.

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HIS TIME OF YEAR BOSTON IS TRULY A WINTER WONDERLAND, packed with countless ways to celebrate the season. To help you make the most of your time here, we’ve compiled the merriest events by Paul Adler taking place in the hub.

SHOWS Because Boston has such a large offering of live shows for the holidays, it’s often difficult to choose just one. Some of our favorites include the Holiday Pops, a classical concert that overtakes Boston’s historic Symphony Hall each year (pictured right, www.bso.org); The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Citi Performing Arts Center, a lively ride that features the world-famous Rockettes (pictured above, www.radiocitychristmas.com); and The Christmas Revels, a Boston tradition for more than 40 years that brings its renowned chorus to the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge (www.revels.org).

SHOPPING

SIGHTSEEING

While the local Macy’s is full of holiday goodies, you should also stop by the white tent outside. Coined the Downtown Crossing Holiday Market (www.bostonholidaymarket.com), it houses vendors offering everything from handmade art to scented candles. Another superb spot to pick up gifts is the Harvard Square Holiday Crafts Fair at the First Parish Unitarian Church (www.harvardsquareholidayfair.com). Here, shoppers can discover a wealth of unique items made by New Englanders.

Once you’ve had your fill of holiday shopping you may want to take a leisurely walk through Boston’s festive streets. There’s no better route than the Freedom Trail and its timely Historic Holiday Stroll (www.thefreedomtrail.org). This 90-minute walking tour is led by a costumed guide dressed in Dickensian garb and educates visitors on Boston’s holiday traditions. Another event, The Candlelight Carols at Trinity Church (www.trinitychurchboston.org), draws more than 5,000 people.

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BOSTON’S GRANDEST HOLIDAY SHOW IS MORE MAGICAL THAN EVER!

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When your tummy is rumbling and you’re looking for a refuge from the cold, why not try something that satisfies not only your hunger but also your inner child? Here are some downright delicious holiday-inspired munchies that will have you saying “It’s a wonderful life!” Pioneer of the cupcake craze (the first shop of its kind in the area), Kickass Cupcakes (378 Highland Ave., Somerville, 617-628-2877) is offering limited edition holiday cupcake flavors such as brandied gingerbread cupcake with egg nog icing and Yule nog. Kingston Station (25 Kingston St., 617-482-6282) whips up homemade ice cream daily in choices like peppermint stick, gingerbread, egg nog and hot chocolate along with a do-it-yourself sundae bar. If you’re in the mood to slow down, have a seat at the already festive Upstairs on the Square (refer to listing, page 30) for a sweet treat in the form of Bouche de Noel, Christmas cookies and milk or chocolate Nutcracker mice that are included in the children’s tea service. —Samantha House

OUTDOOR FUN The wintery months are best served on ice. We’re not talking about cocktails, we’re talking about the skating variety. It’s time to grab your mittens and scarves and hit the outdoor rinks around the Hub. The Frog Pond (refer to listing, page 42) is located smack dab in the middle of Boston Common and offers the a quaint spot for an evening sprinkled with snow. Glide on over to the Charles Hotel’s public rink in Cambridge’s Harvard Square next, a 2,900 square foot playground for outdoor lovers. Also in Cambridge, Kendall Square hosts its own outdoor skating center, with a freshly Zambonied ice rink and a cafe to warm you up with a cup of cocoa. —Bailey Marquis

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AROUND THE HUB

CURRENT EVENTS WILBUR THEATRE, 246 Tremont St., 617-248-9700, www.thewilburtheatre.com. Hosting comedic headliners as well as national musical talent. Dec 31 at 7 p.m.—John Pinette, tickets: $37–47; Jan 7 at 7 p.m.—Robert Kelly, tickets: $22–25.

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FILM THE ART AND TECHNIQUE OF THE AMERICAN COMMERCIAL, The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org. Dec 18 at 2:30 p.m. The 20th annual Association of Independent Commercial Producers Show screens some of the greatest commercials, rating them in more than 25 technical and artistic categories. BRIGHT FAMILY SCREENING ROOM, Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., 617-824-8000. Tickets: $10. Visit www.arts emerson.org for full schedule. Emerson College’s state-ofthe-art screening room features a variety of classic films. Dec 16 at 6:30 p.m., Dec 17 at 2 p.m.—Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Dec 17 at 6:30 p.m., Dec 18 2 p.m—Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

THE BOSTON BRUINS: Led by captain Zdeno Chara, the defending Stanley Cup champions face their arch-rivals the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden December 19. Refer to listing, page 17.

CLASSICAL

COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-734-2500, www.coolidge.org. Call for showtimes and full schedule. Tickets: $9.75; students & matinees (before 5 p.m.) $7.75; seniors & children (under 12) $6.75. This indie movie house screens recent films, as well as the classics. Special events: Dec 15 at 10 a.m.—ARTZ presents: Meet Me at the Coolidge…and Make Memories; Dec 16 & 17 at 11:59 p.m.—The Fly; Dec 19 at 7 p.m.—Battleship Potemkin. MUGAR OMNI THEATER, Museum of Science, 617-723-2500 or 617-333-FILM, www.mos.org. Call for showtimes and full schedule. Tickets: $10; seniors $9; children (3–11) $8. Discounted admission after 6 p.m. This IMAX theater presents larger-than-life images on a five-story high domed screen. Now showing: Alaska: Spirit of the Wild; Amazing Journeys; Greece: Secrets of the Past; Rescue: Disaster Response; Ring of Fire.

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., 617-266-2378. Tickets: $21–120, unless otherwise noted. Visit www.bso.org for full schedule. Renowned throughout the world for its distinctive sound, impressive range and virtuosity, the Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 131st year of performing the world’s most beloved and stirring classical music. Jan 4 at 7:30 p.m.—Haydn, Turnage and Strauss rehearsal, tickets: $20; Jan 5 at 8 p.m., Jan 6 at 1:30 p.m., Jan 7 at 8 p.m.— Haydn, Turnage and Strauss, tickets: $30–110.

SIMONS IMAX THEATER, New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, 866-815-4629, www.neaq.org. Open daily at 9:30 a.m. Call for showtimes and full schedule. Tickets: $9.95; seniors & children (3–11) $7.95. The Simons is the first large-format theater in Boston to have 3D viewing capability. Now showing: Under the Sea 3D; Born to Be Wild 3D; Sharks 3D; Happy Feet Two 3D.

COMEDY

KIDS CORNER

DICK DOHERTY’S COMEDY VAULT, 124 Boylston St., 800402-2221. Shows Mon–Thu at 8:30 p.m., Fri & Sat at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Tickets: $15–20. Visit dickdoherty.com for full schedule. Located in the downstairs portion of Remington’s bar and restaurant, the comedy club hosts comedians seven nights a week, ranging from local acts to national headliners with Boston roots.

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, 700 Boylston St., Copley Square, 617-536-5400, www.bpl.org. Refer to listing in Sightseeing. The first publicly supported municipal library in the world hosts many activities and special programs for children, including live performances, storytelling, interactive computer activities and films. Special events: Dec 18 at 2:30 p.m.—Mrs. Claus and Her Puppet Friends are Coming to Town; Dec 28 at 10:30 a.m.—The BSO presents The Cupcake Philharmonic in Tubby the Tuba.

IMPROV ASYLUM, 216 Hanover St., 617-263-6887. Tickets: $5–25, dinner packages available. Visit www.improv asylum.com for full schedule. Some of Boston’s top improvisational comics perform uproarious and creative shows at this theater in Boston’s North End. NICK’S COMEDY STOP, 100 Warrenton St., 617-438-1068. Shows at 8 p.m. Visit www.nickscomedystop.com for full schedule. Cover: $20. Nick’s is the city’s longest-running comedy club.

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COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-734-2500, www.coolidge.org. Tickets: $9.75; children $7.75. In addition to its screenings of indie and classic films, this theatre also hosts regular programming just for kids, ranging from films to live performances. Dec 17 at 10:30 a.m.—Alastair Moock & His Rowdy Roots Band; Jan 8 at 10:30 a.m.—Debbie & Friends.


BOSTON’S HILARIOUS WHODUNIT!

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DISNEY ON ICE TREASURE TROVE, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, 617-624-1000. Dec 26 & 28 at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., Dec 27 at noon and 4 p.m., Dec 29 at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets: $20–90. Your favorite Disney characters, including those from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Lion King, as well as the Disney princesses, come together for a magical night on the ice.

“Laugh Yourself Silly” – Boston Globe

“Comic Perfection” – Boston Herald

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, Boston Children’s Theatre, Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., 617-424-6634 x222, www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org. Through Dec 18. Tickets: $25. Margery Williams’ classic tale, adapted for the stage by Burgess Clark, combines puppetry with live actors to depict a magical bond between a child and his toy rabbit.

LIVE MUSIC

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BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER, 136 Massachusetts Ave., 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com. The primary concert hall for all Berklee College’s performances, also hosting visiting artists and community organizations. Dec 17 at 8 p.m.—Pink Martini holiday concert, tickets: $30–65. HOUSE OF BLUES, 15 Lansdowne St., 888-693-BLUE. Visit www.hob.com/boston for full schedule. The House of Blues club, concert hall and restaurant across from Fenway Park welcomes top rock, blues and pop acts. Dec 26 at 8 p.m.— The Roots, tickets: $35–45; Dec 28, 29 & 30 at 7 p.m.— Mighty Mighty Bosstones 14th Hometown Throwdown, tickets: $25–35. ORPHEUM THEATER, 1 Hamilton Place, 617-482-0106. For full schedule visit www.orpheumtheatreboston.com. The Orpheum opened in 1852 and was the site of the first Boston Symphony Orchestra performances and lectures by Booker T. Washington and Ralph Waldo Emerson. PARADISE ROCK CLUB, 967 Commonwealth Ave., 617-5628800. Visit www.thedise.com for full schedule; all shows 18+ unless otherwise noted. An intimate setting with a big sound, the Paradise is one of Boston’s favorite rock clubs.

SHOWS ALL THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

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ROYALE, 279 Tremont St., 617-338-7699. Call 800-745-300 for tickets or visit royaleboston.com for full schedule. This Theatre District club boasts both red-hot dance nights and live shows by top indie rock acts. All shows 18+ unless otherwise noted. Dec 29 at 6 p.m.—mewithoutYou, Screaming Females, Make Do and Mend, Aficionado, tickets: $17–20. SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, 617-562-4111. Visit www.scullers jazz.com for full schedule. This Boston club is known for hosting the biggest names in Latin and contemporary jazz, blues, soul, R & B, cabaret and world music. Dec 9 & 10 at 8 and 10 p.m., Dec 11 at 4 and 7 p.m.—Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding, tickets: $30; Dec 29 at 10 p.m.—Christian McBride & Inside Straight with Melissa Walker, tickets: $28; Dec 31 at 8 and 11 p.m.—New Years Eve 2011 with Christian McBride & Inside Straight with Melissa Walker, tickets: $50–60. Jan 5 at 8 p.m.—Mango Blue, tickets: $20; Jan 6 at 8 and 10 p.m.—Pieces of a Dream, tickets: $30; Jan 7 at 8 and 10 p.m.—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, tickets: $40. TOP OF THE HUB, Prudential Tower, 52nd floor, 617-536-1775. Visit www.topofthehub.net for full schedule. Enjoy food, drink and the best view in Boston as you swing to live jazz and classics from


the Great American Songbook Sun & Mon from 8 p.m.–midnight, Tue–Thu from 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m., Fri & Sat from 9 p.m.–1 a.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS FIRST NIGHT BOSTON 2012, dozens of locations throughout the city, 617-542-1399. Visit www.firstnight.org for a complete schedule of events. Dec 31 from 1 p.m.–midnight. First Night buttons: $15. The largest New Year’s Eve celebration in North America, First Night Boston shines brightly as an art-centered, alcohol-free way to ring in the New Year. Enjoy a full day of diverse artistic activities and performances for all ages, or come out as the evening hours tick down and see ice sculptures, two fire-work displays, evening performances and the Panorama Grand Procession down Boylston Street. First Night buttons may be purchased at local retailers and other locations.

SPORTS BOSTON BRUINS NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, 617-624-2327, www.tdbanknorthgarden.com.

vs. Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers vs. Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Gilette Stadium, One Patriot Place, Foxborough, 800-543-1776, www.gillettestadium.com. Dec 24 at 1 p.m. vs. Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills Jan 1 at 1 p.m.

THEATRE BLUE MAN GROUP, Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., call 617-931-2787 or 617-426-6912 for complete schedule, www.blueman.com. Ongoing. Tickets: $48 & 62. This giddily subversive off-Broadway hit serves up outrageous and inventive theater where three muted, blue-painted performers spoof both contemporary art and modern technology. Wry commentary and bemusing antics are matched only by the ingenious ways in which music and sound are created. The show has recently been updated with new performance pieces and music. A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN, Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, 219 Tremont St., 617-824-8000. Dec 16–18. Tickets: $25–75. Top talents from around the Celtic world re-create the magic of an old-world Christmas in the eighth season of the live version of Brian O’Donovan’s beloved WGBH Christmas special.

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WILBUR THEATRE, 246 Tremont St., 617-248-9700, www.thewilburtheatre.com. Built in 1914, this venue currently hosts live music and comedy shows. Dec 12 & 13 at 8 p.m.— Gillian Welch, tickets: $30; Dec 16 at 8 p.m.—Godsmack’s Sully Erna, tickets: $20; Dec 17 at 6 p.m.—Prospect Hill, tickets: $22; Dec 28 at 8 p.m.—Wu Tang Clan, tickets:$52.

Dec 17 at 7 p.m Dec 19 at 7 p.m. Dec 23 at 7 p.m. Jan 5 at 7 p.m. Jan 7 at 1 p.m.

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PETER PAN, threesixty° Entertainment, One City Hall Plaza, 888772-6849, www.peterpantheshow.com. Through Dec 30: Tue–Fri at 7 p.m., Sat at 2 and 5 p.m., Sun at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m.; Tickets $35–125. This new production of J. M. Barrie’s classic story about the boy who never grew up features amazing puppets, epic music, dazzling flying scenes and the world’s first 360-degree CGI theater set. Performed in a state-of-the-art theater pavilion, this magical new “in-the-round” extravaganza is an extraordinary experience for the whole family. THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, Citi Performing Arts Center, The Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., 866-3489738, www.radiocitychristmas.com. Through Dec 28. Tickets: $25–130. Starring the world-famous Rockettes, this glamorous production makes its triumphant return to Boston, featuring new scenes, new sets and new songs along with the traditional favorites. SHEAR MADNESS, Charles Playhouse Stage II, 74 Warrenton St., 617-426-5225, www.charles-playhouse.com. Ongoing. Tue–Fri at 8 p.m., Sat at 6 and 9 p.m., Sun at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets: $50. This hilarious Boston-set whodunit, where the clues change every night and the laughs come fast and furious, is a worldwide phenomenon filled with up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor and quicksilver improvisation where the audience becomes part of the action and gets to solve the crime. AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, Lyric Stage Company, 140 Clarendon St., 617-585-5678. Through Dec 17. For complete schedule, visit www.lyricstage.com. Tickets: $27–40. The extraordinary comic and musical soul of 1930s Harlem lives on in this rollicking, swinging evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs by Thomas “Fats” Waller, including “Honeysuckle Rose,” “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” and many others. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Citi Performing Arts Center, The Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., 866-348-9738, www.citicenter.org. Through Dec 18. Tickets: $33–93. When Georges (played by George Hamilton), the owner of a glitzy nightclub in SaintTropez, and his partner Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza, meet the conservative parents of the fiancée of Georges’ son, the bonds of family are put to the test and the feather boas fly in Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s outrageous musical comedy. GOD OF CARNAGE, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org. Beginning Jan 6. Tickets: $25–89. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning smash hit by Yasmina Reza (Art ) involves two sets of parents who meet for the first time to settle their sons’ nasty schoolyard tangle. All attempts at civilized discussion quickly devolve into childlike behavior in this fast and furious comedy of bad manners. HAMLET, The Psych Drama Company, Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., 617-933-8600, www.thepsychdramacompany.com. Through Dec 17. Tickets: $25. This production of Shakespeare’s play which focuses on the psychology behind the piece features a female Hamlet and transports the action to a contemporary setting, complete with a score by Boston indie band Varsity Drag. In accordance with the troupe’s mission, each performance is coupled with a discussion led by a psychological professional. THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Davis Square Theater, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville, 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org. Through

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Jan 1. Tickets: $28–50. Falstaff loves that he’s got it all figured out—and you’ll love him for being so wrong. Braggadocio, buffoonery and tricks all make Shakespeare’s story jiggle and jounce with great delight. PRISCILLA DREAMS THE ANSWER, Fresh Ink Theatre Company, Factory Theatre, The Piano Factory, 791 Tremont St., 866-8114111, www.freshinktheatre.com.Through Dec 17. Tickets: $16. Priscilla was feeling down, until the aliens showed up. Now she’s the most important person in the universe, and the fates of two planets rest on her. A game-show savant, a dash of math and a metric ton of bubble-wrap all come together in a dreamy, funny look at the questions we ask and the answers we need. THREE VIEWINGS, New Repertory Theatre, Black Box Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, 617923-8487, www.newrep.org. Through Dec 18.Tickets: $35. Award-winning playwright Jeffrey Hatcher explores love, money and loss in a trio of mordantly witty narratives: An infatuated man goes to extraordinary lengths in order to win a woman’s heart, a jewelry thief with a hidden secret reclaims a family heirloom and a widow confronts the repercussions of her late husband’s wheeling and dealing.

TICKETS BOSTIX, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Copley Square. Tue–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Information and tickets, including half-price seats on day of event, for the best performing arts around Boston. Log on to www.bostix.org to purchase discounted tickets and receive special e-mail updates. All ticket offers subject to availability.


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BOSTON BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, Museum Wharf, 308 Congress St., 617-426-6500, www.bostonkids.org. Sat–Thu 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri ’til 9 p.m. Admission: $12; children (under 1) free; Sat–Thu 4–5 p.m. $6; Fri 5–9 p.m. (Family Night) $1. The popular museum for families of all ages features a plethora of interactive exhibits that allow children to learn about science, history and culture firsthand. Special exhibit: Big & Little, an exhibit that examines size and scale.

JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, Columbia Point off Morrissey Boulevard, next to UMass Boston, Dorchester, 866-535-1960, www.jfklibrary.org. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission: $12; seniors & students $10; children (13–17) $9; children (12 and under) free; library forums free. This museum portrays the life, leadership and legacy of John F. Kennedy and members of his illustrious family in 21 exhibits, three theaters, 20 video presentations and more. Special exhibits: In Her Voice: Jacqueline Kennedy, The White House Years. Special event: Dec 28 at 10:30 a.m.—Catskill Puppet Theater’s The Willow Girl. THE MARY BAKER EDDY LIBRARY, 200 Massachusetts Ave., 617-450-7000, www.marybakereddylibrary.org. Tue–Sun 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: $6; seniors, students & youth (6–17) $4; children (under 6) free. The Library explores the life and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy, a New England woman who defied conventional 19th-century thinking to become an influential religious leader, publisher, teacher and businesswoman. The museum also houses the famous Mapparium—a three-story stained-glass globe, opened in 1935, which allows visitors to stand in the center, giving them a unique look at how ideas can inspire individuals and change the world. THE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY, African Meeting House, 46 Joy St. (corner of Smith Court), Beacon Hill, 617-725-2991, www.afroammuseum.org. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Admission: $5; seniors & children (13–17) $3; children (12 & under) free. Explore the history of Boston’s 19th-century African-American community at the African Meeting House, the oldest African-American church still standing in the United States. In addition, there are tour maps available for the Black Heritage Trail. Special exhibit: Treasures from the Collections of the Museum of African-American History. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 465 Huntington Ave., 617-2679300, www.mfa.org. Sat–Tue 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m., Wed–Fri ’til 9:45 p.m. Admission (includes two visits in a 10-day period): $22 seniors & students $20; Wed after 4 p.m., pay as you wish; children (7–17) $10 on weekdays before 3 p.m., free at all other times; children (6 and under) free. The museum houses an outstanding collection of paintings, prints, sculptures, furnishings and other artwork from ancient times A B OV E :

SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS: The gallery at this venerable institution hosts its annual From Minimal to Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry exhibit through December 30. Refer to listing, page 21.

through the present, as well as the most comprehensive collection of Asiatic art in the world and a brand-new four-floor Art of the Americas wing. Special exhibits: Ellsworth Kelly: Wood Sculpture; Kawanabe Kyosai and the Hell Courtesan; Europe at Mid-Century: Dubuffet, Giacometti, Picasso; Around the World in Watercolor, 1860–1920; Jewels, Gems and Treasures: Ancient to Modern; An Unspoken Dialogue with Japanese Tea; Global Patterns: Dress and Textiles in Africa; Violet Isle: A Photographic Portrait of Cuba by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb; Two Masters of Fantasy: Bresdin and Redon; Modernist Photography: 1910–1950;

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INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 100 Northern Ave., 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org. Sat, Sun, Tue & Wed 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thu & Fri ’til 9 p.m. Admission: $15; seniors $13; students $10; children (under 17) free. Free to all Thu 5–9 p.m. Boston’s first new art museum in 100 years is a state-of-the-art, gleaming structure on the South Boston waterfront which presents installations of contemporary paintings, sculptures and photographs, as well as cutting-edge live dance and musical performances. Special exhibits: Anthropocene Extinction by Swoon; Dance/Draw; Isaac Julien: 10,000 waves; Jessica Jackson Hutchins.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, Science Park, 617-723-2500, www.mos.org. Sat–Thu 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri ’til 9 p.m. Admission: $22; seniors $20; children (3–11) $19; children (under 3) free. Planetarium, laser show and Omni theater and Planetarium tickets: $10; seniors $9; children (3–11) $8. Combination ticket prices and evening discounts available. This popular museum for families of all ages boasts interactive science exhibits, as well as laser and astronomy shows in the Charles Hayden Planetarium. Special exhibits: What I Eat: Around the World in 25 Diets; In The Dark; A Day In Pompeii. Planetarium shows: Cosmic Collisions; Explore the Universe; Fractals Rock; The Sky Tonight; Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyon our Sun; beginning Dec 17—Stars Over Pompeii. NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, 99 Newbury St., 888-296-3447, www.AmericanAncestors.org. Tue & Thu–Sat 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Wed ’til 9 p.m. Non-member admission: $15. NEHGS is the country’s leading resource for family history research. They provide knowledge, skills and understanding for anyone interested in learning about their family and its place in history.

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OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 206 Washington St., 617-7201713, www.bostonhistory.org. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets: $7.50; seniors & students $6; children (6–18) $3; children (5 and under) free. At the site of the Boston Massacre and the first reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston, explore exhibits on the American Revolution, Boston’s maritime history and the Boston Massacre, and take themed tours of the city. Special exhibits: The Old State House: A Hands-on History; The Boston Massacre Multimedia Presentation; From Colony to Commonwealth; Our Favorite Things: Boston Stories; Preservation of the Old State House; Treasures from the Bostonian Society’s Collections. THE SPORTS MUSEUM, 5th and 6th floor premium seating levels, TD Garden, Causeway Street, 617-624-1234, www.sportsmuseum.org. Daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Hours altered during TD Garden events, call ahead. Admission: $10; seniors & children (10–18) $5; children (under 10) free. The Sports Museum showcases New England’s rich sports heritage through an unparalleled collection of artifacts, multimedia and artwork. Items on exhibit include the Boston Bruins Hall of Fame portraits, the Boston Garden Penalty Box , Teddy Ballgame and the Summer of ’41, The Evolution of Women’s Basketball, The Ball that Changed History, The Original Bruin and Ted Williams’ locker. USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, 617-426-1812, www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org. Daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Free admission. The museum preserves the treasures of “Old Ironsides,” the U.S. Navy’s flagship and the world’s oldest commissioned warship. View weapons, documents, journals and more, learn to load and fire a cannon, try out a sailor’s sleeping quarters and virtually command the Constitution in battle. Special exhibits: Old Ironsides in War and Peace; The Barbary War: Piracy, Politics and Power; Model Shop; All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812. Special event: through Dec 24—Ornament making.

BEYOND BOSTON CONCORD MUSEUM, 200 Lexington Road, Concord, 978-3699763, www.concordmuseum.org. Mon–Sat 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun noon–5 p.m.; beginning Jan 2: Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun 1–4 p.m. Admission: $10; seniors & students $8; children (6–17) $5; children (under 6) free. Ample free parking on Cambridge Turnpike. Relive Concord’s history, from Native American habitation and European settlement to the days of Emerson, Thoreau, the Alcotts and Hawthorne. Special exhibits: Crowdsourcing a Collection: The Concord Museum’s 125th Anniversary Exhibition; through Jan 1—16th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Special events: Dec 15 from 5–8 p.m.—An Evening with Local Authors & Illustrators; Dec 17 & 18 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.—Meet Classic Picture Book Characters!: Ladybug Girl; Dec 31 & Jan 1 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.—Meet Classic Picture Book Characters!: Mama and Papa Berenstain Bear. DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org. Tue– Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission: $12; seniors, students & children (6–18) $8; children (5 and under) free. Sculpture Park: open sunrise to sunset, admission charged during museum operating hours only. Tour one of the largest contemporary art museums and the only permanent public sculpture park in New England. Special exhibits: Andy Goldsworthy: Snow; Wall Works; Platform 7: Tory Fair, Testing A World View (Again); Platform 8: Soo Sunny Park and Spencer Topel, Capturing Resonance;

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Temporary Structures: Performing Architecture in Contemporary Art. Special events: Dec 17 from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Sculpture Park Snowshoe Tour; Dec 21 at 10:30 a.m.— Story Hour: Light; through Dec 31—The Annual Artists’ Market at the deCordova Store. GRIFFIN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, 781-729-1158, www.griffinmuseum.org. Tue– Thu 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri ’til 4 p.m., Sat & Sun noon–4 p.m. Admission: $5; seniors $2, students free. Free to all on Thu. Named for the Massachusetts-born photographer for publications like Life and Time, the Griffin Museum boasts three galleries dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of photographic art. PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM, East India Square, Salem, 866-745-1876, www.pem.org. Tue–Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission: $15; seniors $13; students $11; children (16 and under) free. The nation’s oldest continually operating museum boasts a collection showcasing African, Asian, Pacific Island and American folk and decorative art, a maritime collection and the first collection of Native American art in the hemisphere. Special exhibits: Written on the Waves: Shipboard Logs and Journals; Faces of Devotion, Indian Sculpture from the Figiel Collection; Of Gods and Mortals: Traditional Art from India; Auspicious Wishes and Natural Beauty in Korean Art; Perfect Imbalance: Exploring Chinese Aesthetics; Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light. Special events: Dec 14 at 10:30 a.m.—PEM Pals; Dec 20 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.—The Art and Nature Center’s Greatest Hits. SALEM WITCH MUSEUM, 191⁄2 Washington Square North, Salem, 978-744-1692, www.salemwitchmuseum.com. Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Dec 24 & 31 ’til 3 p.m.; closed Dec 25 & Jan 1. Admission: $9; seniors $7.50; children (6–14) $6. Life-size stage settings and historically accurate narration recreate the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials and executions of 1692. Translations available in Japanese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Special exhibit: Witches: Evolving Perceptions.

GALLERIES ART EVERYWHERE GALLERY, Boston Center for Adult Education,122 Arlington St., 617-267-4430. Mon–Thu 9 a.m.– 7 p.m., Fri 9 a.m–5 p.m. The BCAE and Art New England— the region’s premier art and culture magazine—team up for the newest installment in their ongoing Art Everywhere exhibition with works of artists Sean Hurley and Adriana Mederos. BARBARA KRAKOW GALLERY, 10 Newbury St., 617-2624490. Tue–Sat 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The Barbara Krakow Gallery attracts top contemporary artists from around the world, showcasing work that focuses on minimalism and conceptualism. Special exhibit: The Annual AIDS Benefit Exhibition 2011. BOSTON SCULPTORS GALLERY, 486 Harrison Ave., 617482-7781. Wed–Sun noon–6 p.m. A sculptors’ cooperative that has served as an alternative venue for innovative solo sculpture exhibitions since 1992. Special exhibits: through Dec 18—Works by Leslie Wilcox and Ellen Wetmore. BROMFIELD ART GALLERY, 450 Harrison Ave., 617-4513605. Wed–Sat noon–5 p.m. Boston’s oldest artist-run gallery features shows by members of the cooperative, while


exhibitions by visiting artists are selected by current members. Special exhibit: through Dec 18—Everything Must Go! 12X12 Holiday Show. CHASE YOUNG GALLERY, 450 Harrison Ave., 617-859-7222. Tue–Sat 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun ’til 4 p.m.; closed Dec 24–Jan 2. One of the city’s top galleries for the exhibition of contemporary artists, both representational and abstract. Special exhibit: through Dec 23—Small Work/Big Exhibition.

GRAND CIRCLE GALLERY, 347 Congress St., 617-346-6459. Wed, Fri & Sat 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Thu ’til 8 p.m. This gallery specializes in vintage travel posters and black & white photography. Special exhibit: Journeys Through the Mediterranean—Maps, Guides and Posters from The Golden Age of Travel. HOWARD YEZERSKI GALLERY, 460 Harrison Ave., 617-2620550. Tue–Fri 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. This South End gallery features a wide array of work from contemporary artists, ranging in media from photography to painting. Special exhibit: through Dec 23—Hannah Barrett: Family Jewels; beginning Jan 6—Brian Zink: Assembled. INTERNATIONAL POSTER GALLERY, 205 Newbury St., 617375-0076, www.internationalposter.com. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun noon–6 p.m. The acclaimed fine art poster gallery displays original vintage works from the 1890s through postWorld War II modern masters. Special exhibit: In the Spirit!: 18th Annual Holiday Poster Show.

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L’ATTITUDE GALLERY, 211 Newbury St., 617-927-4400. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun noon–5 p.m. This gallery boasts contemporary sculpture, crafts and art for the home, garden and commercial environments.

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COPLEY SOCIETY OF ART, 158 Newbury St., 617-536-5049. Tue–Sat 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun noon–5 p.m. The oldest nonprofit art association in the U.S. represents more than 500 living artists and hosts between 15–20 exhibitions each year by contemporary painters, photographers, sculptors and printmakers. Special exhibits: through Dec 24—Holiday Small Works; Ted Polomis: Recent Works.

MILLS GALLERY, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., 617-426-8835. Sun & Wed noon–5 p.m., Thu–Sat ’til 9 p.m. The BCA presents exciting contemporary works by established and emerging local, regional, national and international visual artists, mounting approximately six large-scale exhibitions in the Mills Gallery each year. Special exhibit: Notes on the Species: Annual Artist Studios Exhibition. PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOURCE CENTER, Boston University, 832 Commonwealth Ave., 617-975-0600. Tue–Fri 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat noon–4 p.m. Admission: $4; students & seniors $2; children (under 18) free. PRC exhibitions and educational programs are guided by a philosophical inquiry into the intersection of photography with aesthetic, professional and critical discourses. Special exhibit: Janelle Lynch: Los Jardines de MÊxico. SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, 175 Newbury St., 617266-1810. Tue–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The oldest non-profit crafts organization in the country specializes in contemporary American crafts. The jewelry, furniture, glass and ceramics range from cutting-edge to traditional, from functional to sculptural. Special exhibit: through Dec 30—From Minimal to Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry.

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CLOTHING LOUIS, Fan Pier, 60 Northern Ave., 617-262-6100. Mon–Wed 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Thu–Sat ’til 7 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m. This Boston institution brings high fashion to the Seaport District, offering upscale men’s and women’s clothing, bed and bath items and fine home accessories. MARC JACOBS, 81 Newbury St., 617-425-0404. Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun noon–6 p.m. This well-known designer brand claims a location right here in the Hub, specializing in hip, retro-inspired ready-to-wear fashions as well as fabulous accessories, shoes and menswear.

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UNIFORM, 511 Tremont St., 617-247-2360. Tue–Wed 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Thu–Sat 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun noon–5 p.m. One of the best shops in the city for contemporary, casual menswear. Find cutting edge fashions from such distributors as Penguin and Ben Sherman, as well as a range of skin care accessories, all at this South End staple.

DEPARTMENT STORES COPLEY PLACE: This luxurious Back Bay shopping center offers such famous retailers as Barneys New York and Tiffany & Co., as well as restaurants like Legal Sea Foods. Refer to listing, page 23.

ART & ANTIQUES INTERNATIONAL POSTER GALLERY, 205 Newbury St., 617375-0076, www.internationalposter.com. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun noon–6 p.m. This acclaimed fine art poster gallery displays and sells original vintage posters from the 1890s through post-World War II. LANNAN SHIP MODEL GALLERY, 99 High St., 617-451-2650. Mon–Fri 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat 12:30–3:30 p.m. As one of Boston’s oldest galleries with a strictly nautical theme, Lannan offers a plethora of sea-related treasures, from contemporary yacht models to paintings of antique ships. L’ATTITUDE GALLERY, 211 Newbury St., 617-927-4400. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun noon–5 p.m. This gallery boasts contemporary sculpture, crafts and art for the home and garden. MARCOZ ANTIQUES, 10 St. James Ave., 617-262-0780. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Since its inception in 1972, Marcoz Antiques has been a cornerstone establishment of the Back Bay. Featuring a collection of fine, rare antiques from around the world, Marcoz is now Boston’s largest antique showroom with a 1,700-square-foot showroom in Park Square.

ARTS & CRAFTS THE SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, 175 Newbury St., 617266-1810. Tue–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The oldest non-profit craft organization in the country, established in 1897. The Society specializes in contemporary American crafts, jewelry,

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H & M, 350 Washington St., 617-482-7001: Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; 100 Newbury St., 617-859-3192: Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–6 p.m. This youthful, cutting-edge store’s mission of “fashion and quality at the best price” translates to inexpensive, trendy garb for men and women alike. MACY’S, 450 Washington St., 617-357-3000. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Discover the season’s hottest trends, newest styles and best prices. Choose from renowned designers such as Coach, Polo, DKNY, Hugo Boss, the Martha Stewart Collection and more. MARSHALLS, 500 Boylston St., 617-262-6066: Mon–Sat 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; 350 Washington St., Downtown Crossing, 617-338-6205: Mon–Sat 9 a.m.– 8:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m. With its mantra “Brand nameclothing for less,” this discount retailer is a bargain hunter’s dream. From Ralph Lauren to Calvin Klein, Marshalls features designer duds for men, women and children. T.J. MAXX, 350 Washington St., 617-695-2424. Mon–Sat 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–8 p.m. This discount retailer offers brand-name and designer fashions for men, women and kids, as well as accessories, fine jewelry and homegoods at prices 20–60% off most department store rates.

GIFTS & SOUVENIRS NEWBURY COMICS, 332 Newbury St., 617-236-4930. Mon–Thu 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri & Sat ’til 11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Also: 36 JFK St. (Garage Mall), Cambridge, 617-491-0337; North Market Building, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 617-248-9992. You’ll have a “wicked good time” at this upstart local chain, which boasts the cheapest CD prices in town, including import, indie and major label releases, as well as T-shirts, comics and other pop culture kitsch items.


TEDDY BALLGAME’S, 1 South Station, 617-330-1230. Located at the South Station concierge desk, Teddy Ballgame’s offers tours of Boston that leave right from South Station, a wide variety of Red Sox souvenirs, T-shirts and books about the history of Boston.

GOURMET FOOD & BEVERAGE BOSTON OLIVE OIL COMPANY, 262 Newbury St., 857-2770007. Sun–Thu 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri & Sat ’til 7 p.m. Sample more than 50 varieties of the finest extra virgin olive oils grown and pressed by small artisans and farmers from around the world, and balsamic vinegars harvested and imported from Modena, Italy at this Back Bay store’s unique Tasting Bar. SMOOTHIE KING, 314 Newbury St., 617-236-4443. Mon–Sat 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Find nutritional smoothies custom-made with the finest natural fruits, fruit juices, proteins and vitamins, as well as healthy muffins, breads, snacks and supplements.

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THE CORNER MALL, corner of Winter and Washington streets. In step with your lifestyle and just steps away, this shopping center boasts more than 20 stores and eateries—including favorites like Skechers USA, Champs, Bath & Body Works, plus an international food court with Thai Accent, Salsa’s Mexican Grill, Dunkin’ Donuts and more. Easily reached by the MBTA or commuter rail. FANEUIL HALL MARKETPLACE, 617-523-1300, www.faneuil hallmarketplace.com. Walk through history and experience New England’s premier visitor destination. Shop more than 75 locally loved boutiques and specialty pushcarts, taste wonderfully diverse ethnic foods in the Quincy Market Colonnade or dine in one of 13 full-service restaurants.

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MARKETPLACE CENTER, located between Faneuil Hall and the Waterfront. Twenty-four distinctive shops surround an open court known as the Exedra, where you will always find a wide range of unusual pushcarts and entertainment events. Within walking distance are literally hundreds of other shops, restaurants, pubs and nightspots.

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THE SHOPS AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER, 800 Boylston St., 800-SHOP-PRU. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. The Shops at Prudential Center features more than 75 stores and restaurants including The Cheesecake Factory, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor and J. Jill. It is also a launch spot for the city’s renowned tourist attraction, the Boston Duck Tours.

BOOTS HELEN’S LEATHER, 110 Charles St., 617-742-2077. Mon–Wed, Fri & Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Thu noon–8 p.m., Sun ’til 6 p.m. For 40 years, Helen’s Leather has supplied New Englanders with quality Western boots by makers like Lucchese, Tony Lama, Justin, Nocona and Frye. In addition, Helen’s sells Western belts, buckles, shirts and Stetson hats, as well as leather jackets and bags.

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BILL RODGERS RUNNING CENTER, 353 North Market Bldg., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 617-723-5612. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.– 8:30 p.m., Sun noon–6 p.m. Owned by the four-time Boston Marathon winner, the Bill Rodgers Running Center boasts the most experienced running staff in Boston. Since 1977, they have been helping fellow runners find the best shoes for their individual needs. NIKETOWN, 200 Newbury St., 617-267-3400. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun noon–6 p.m. An enormous temple to the Nike franchise, this sporting goods retailer proffers all things Nike, including footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories. The store features an homage to the Boston Marathon, seats from the old Boston Garden and autographed shoes from Marathon champ Uta Pippig.


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SIGHTS OF INTEREST CAMBRIDGE COMMON/OLD BURYING GROUND. A grazing pasture and cemetery for Puritan Newtowne, as well as a favorite meeting spot for public figures and a tent site for the Continental Army. Early college presidents and town residents were buried in “God’s Acre” across from the Common. CHRIST CHURCH, Zero Garden St., 617-876-0200. Offices open Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Call for services. This 1761 Tory house of worship was utilized as a Colonial barracks in the American Revolution. HARVARD AND RADCLIFFE YARDS. Located within Harvard Campus. The centers of two institutions that have played major educational roles since Harvard’s founding in 1636. HARVARD SQUARE/OLD CAMBRIDGE. The center of Cambridge activity since the 17th century, the Square is home to Harvard University, historic buildings, cafes, restaurants and shops. MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY, 580 Mount Auburn St., 617547-7105. Daily 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Founded in 1831 by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Mount Auburn was the first landscaped cemetery in the country. Many prominent Americans are buried here, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Isabella Stewart Gardner and Winslow Homer. The cemetery is also an arboretum, sculpture garden and wildlife sanctuary.

ENTERTAINMENT THE BRATTLE THEATRE, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square 617876-6837, www.brattlefilm.org. Call for showtimes and full schedule. Tickets: $9.75; students & matinees $7.75; seniors & children $6.75. Classic, cutting-edge and world cinema with double features almost every day. CLUB PASSIM, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, 617-492-7679. Call for full schedule. This intimate coffeehouse was a starting place for folk icons like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. THE COMEDY STUDIO AT THE HONG KONG, 1238 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, 617-661-6507, www.thecomedystudio.com. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; shows begin at 8 p.m. Call for full schedule. Cover: $8–12. Located on the third floor of the Hong Kong restaurant, The Comedy Studio hosts cutting-edge headliners and up-and-coming comedians. IMPROVBOSTON, 40 Prospect St., Central Square, 617-5761253. Performances: Wed–Sun. Cover: $7–16. Visit www. improvboston.com for a complete schedule of shows. Enjoy improv sketch comedy, stand-up shows, original music and audience participation for all ages. THE MIDDLE EAST, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square,617-864-EAST, www.mideastclub.com. Call for full schedule. Whether Upstairs, Downstairs or in the Corner, this club showcases the best in alternative and indie rock bands. REGATTABAR, 3rd floor of The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., 617-661-5000, www.regattabarjazz.com. Call for full schedule.

Located on the third floor of the Charles Hotel, Regattabar is the leading jazz club in New England, showcasing performers not typical of Boston. Dec 30 at 7:30 p.m.—Project/Object, tickets: $25; Jan 7 at 7:30 p.m.—Darrell Nulisch, tickets: $15 T.T. THE BEAR’S PLACE, 10 Brookline St., Central Square. 617-492BEAR, www.ttthebears.com. Call for full schedule. Cover: $6–15. The night club features national and local bands seven nights a week.

THEATRE THE DONKEY SHOW, American Repertory Theater, Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. 866-811-4111, www.cluboberon.com. Ongoing. Performances: Sat at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 & 55. Bringing the ultimate disco experience to Boston, this crazy circus of mirrorballs, feathered divas, roller skaters and hustlers tells the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream through great ’70s club anthems. ARABIAN NIGHTS, The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater, Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., 866-811-4111, www.centralsquare theater.org. Through Dec 31. Tickets: $15–40. King Shahrayar, after being driven mad by his first wife’s infidelity, brands all women unfaithful. He takes a new bride every night until he meets Shahrazad, who enchants him with magical tales spanning the globe in this play based on One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of folk tales from the Middle East and Asia.

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TORY ROW (BRATTLE STREET). One of the nation’s most beautiful residential streets, Tory Row is the site of Loyalist mansions and their elegant neighbors from nearly every period of American architecture.

THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE: The classic Boston crime drama about a low-level underworld operator, based on George V. Higgins’ widely acclaimed novel, comes to life on stage at Oberon in Harvard Square. Refer to listing, page 28.

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century and, led by their local Guild of Fools, villagers prepare for a great annual feast and holiday pageant filled with music and dance from England, France, Spain and the Middle East THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, Stickball Productions, Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square, 866-811-4111, www.cluboberon.com. Tickets: $20–35. This world premiere stage adaptation of George V. Higgins’ classic 1972 crime novel tells the story of Eddie Coyle, a low-level Boston underworld operator who is a couple of weeks away from a jail sentence and making money supplying guns to a crew of bank robbers. He’s trying to stay alive and out of jail among his friends: robbers, bartenders, cops, rats and hitmen. THE SNOW QUEEN, American Repertory Theater, Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-547-8300. Through Dec 31. Tickets: $15. Hans Christian Andersen’s exuberant ode to childhood comes to life in this new adaptation. When a young boy named Kai is kidnapped by a wicked sorceress, his neighbor Gerda must embark on a perilous journey north to rescue her best friend. THREE PIANOS, American Repertory Theater, Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., 617-547-8300, www.american repertorytheater.org. Through Jan 8. Tickets: $25–65. This Obie Award-winning hit explores the life and music of Franz Schubert. Set on a blustery winter night, three friends, each manning a piano, lead the audience through fragments of Schubert’s famous work while grappling with fundamental questions about the nature of music and drinking too much.

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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES HARVARD ART MUSEUMS, 485 Broadway, 617-495-9400. Harvard Square, www.harvardartmuseums.org. Tue–Sat 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission: $9; seniors $7; students $6; children (18 and under) free. The Harvard Art Museums—including the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger museums, which are closed for renovations—are currently housed at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, which has been reinstalled with some of the finest works representing the collections of all three museums. . HARVARD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, 26 Oxford St., 617495-3045, www.hmnh.harvard.edu. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.Admission: $9; seniors & students $7; children (3–18) $6. As Harvard’s most visited attraction, the museum features exhibits rangingfrom mammals, fish and dinosaurs to minerals, gems and meteorites. MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER, 20 Ames St., 617-2534680, www.listart.mit.edu. Tue, Wed & Fri–Sun noon–6 p.m., Thu noon–8 p.m. Free admission. One of the area’s premier showcases for contemporary art, the List Center presents works from the world’s leading contemporary artists through their changing exhibitions. Special exhibits: Through Dec 31—Otto Piene: Lichtballett; Hans Haacke 1967. THE MIT MUSEUM, 265 Massachusetts Ave., 617-253-5927, www.web.mit.edu/museum. Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission: $8.50; children, seniors & students $4; children (under 5) free. Exhibits welcome visitors into the world of MIT to discover the potential of science and technology.

CLUBS AND BARS THE CANTAB LOUNGE, 738 Massachusetts Ave., 617-3542685, www.cantab-lounge.com. The crowd at The Cantab Lounge is just as diverse as its Central Square location’s resi-

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dents. The enduring dive features an eclectic offering of live jazz, soul and rock. Mon—Open Mic night; Tue—Bluegrass Night; Wed—Poetry Slam; Thu—The Chicken Slacks upstairs and Club Bohemia downstairs; Fri & Sat—The Fatback Band with the Couper Brothers. LIZARD LOUNGE, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., 617-547-0759, www.lizardloungeclub.com. This intimate, funky hangout offers live music seven nights a week, ranging from local to national acts. Mon—Open Mic Challege; Sun—Poetry Jam & Slam. Cover charge varies.

DINING Refer to Dining, page 50, for key to restaurant symbols. THE ASGARD IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT, 350 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, 617-577-9100, www.classicirish.com. Communal tables and a variety of cool, comfortable places to sit—along with an extensive menu, a large craft beer selection, outdoor patio, live music, trivia nights, DJs and no cover charge—make the Asgard a perfect spot for a pint and a meal. $ DANTE, Royal Sonesta, 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., 617-4974200, www.restaurantdante.com. Dante de Magistris serves playful, rich Mediterranean-influenced fare as diners savor great views of the Charles River and the Boston skyline. B, L, D, Sat & SB. $$$$ DOLPHIN SEAFOOD, 1105 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, 617-661-2937, www.dolphinseafood.com. This neighborhood stalwart serves up fresh and delicous fried seafood platters as well as healthier options like swordfish and all varieties of shellfish. L, D. $$ HENRIETTA’S TABLE, The Charles Hotel, One Bennett St., Harvard Square, 617-661-5005, www.henriettastable.com. Locally grown and organic produce is used to create a lively, textured menu of reinterpreted New England classics. Private dining room available. B, L, D, Sat & SB. $ HONG KONG, 1238 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, 617864-5311, www.hongkongharvard.com. A local favorite for more than five decades, this eatery serves a full array of classic Chinese dishes and exotic drinks, including its world-renowned scorpion bowl. Perfect for a meal with friends, late-night snacks or dancing on the weekends. $ NUBAR, Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden St., Harvard Square, 617-234-1365, nubarcambridge.com. This restaurant and lounge offers New England-style cuisine in a fresh, modern setting and casual atmosphere. B, L, D, SB. $$$ RIALTO, The Charles Hotel, One Bennett St., Harvard Sqaure, 617-661-5050, www.rialto-restaurant.com. One of Greater Boston’s top restaurants, Rialto specializes in fine wines and delectable Italian cuisine from renowned Chef Jody Adams. Reservations recommended. D. $$$$ RUSSELL HOUSE TAVERN, 14 JFK St., Harvard Square, 617500-3055, www.russellhousecambridge.com. Executive Chef Michael Scelfo’s menu is seasonally inspired, interpreting American classics with a modern flare. The bar serves allAmerican wines, local crafts beers and hand-crafted cocktails. L, D, SB, LS, C. $$$


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WAGAMAMA, 57 JFK St., 617-499-0930; Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market, Boston, 617-742-9242; The Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, 617-778-2344. www.wagamama.com. This international chain, modeled on the classic Japanese noodle bar, offers affordable prices, speedy service and authentic food. L, D. $$ ZEPHYR ON THE CHARLES, Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Kendall Square, 575 Memorial Drive, 617-441-6510. This restaurant serves a traditional menu of local favorites—including seared scallops and Maine lobster—loaded with flavor and flair. B, L, D, C. $$

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SIGHTSEEING Special exhibit: through Dec 18—Trees and Gardens: Photography by Joseph Flack Weiler.

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BOSTON ATHENÆUM, 101⁄2 Beacon St., 617-227-0270. Mon, Tue & Wed 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Thu & Fri ’til 5:30 p.m., Sat noon–4 p.m. Art & Architecture tours: Tue & Thu at 3 p.m. Reservations required. One of the oldest and most distinguished private libraries in the United States, the Athenæum was founded in 1807. For nearly half a century, it was the unchallenged center of intellectual life in Boston, and by 1851 it had become one of the five largest libraries in the country. Special exhibit: Artists’ Books: Books by Artists. BOSTON PUBLIC GARDEN, bordered by Arlington, Charles, Beacon and Boylston streets. Open daily dawn to dusk. Established in 1837, the Public Garden is the nation’s first public botanical garden. Its 24 acres are filled with scenic and diverse greenery, as well as sculptures, including one that commemorates the popular children’s book Make Way for Ducklings. Other fixtures include the Lagoon—home to the famed Swan Boats from April through September—and the world’s smallest suspension bridge. BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, 700 Boylston St., Copley Square, 617-536-5400. Mon–Thu 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri & BOSTON UPPER DECK TROLLEY TOURS: Sat ’til 5 p.m., Sun 1–5 p.m. Free admission. Art & This unique tour operator offers visitors a bird’s eye Architecture tours Mon at 2:30 p.m., Tue at 6 p.m., Fri & view of all the most famous sites in the city. Refer Sat at 11 a.m. The first publicly supported municipal to listing, page 44. library in the world hosts one million visitors a year, who come to view this architectural masterpiece and its collection of more than five million books. Film festivals, exhibits and children’s programs run throughout the year. ICE SKATING Special exhibits: Home Front: Boston and the Civil War; Torn in Two: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. FROG POND ICE SKATING RINK, Boston Common, 617-6352120. Mon 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Tue–Thu & Sun ’til 9 p.m., Fri & BUNKER HILL PAVILION, Boston National Historical Park Sat ’til 10 p.m. Fee: $5; children (under 13) free. Rental Visitors Center, Monument Square, Charlestown, 617-242skates: $9; children (under 13) $5. Lockers: $2. Seasonal 5641. Located yards from the USS Constitution. Visitor center, passes available. Ice skating on Boston Common’s Frog Pond bookstore and museum open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Visitors can has become a staple of wintertime in Boston. The heated climb the Bunker Hill Monument, a 221-foot granite obelisk skate house offers hot chocolate, snacks and music. marking the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution, or tour the nearby Bunker Hill Museum. LARZ ANDERSON SKATING RINK, 23 Newton St., Brookline, 617-739-7518. Tue & Thu 10 a.m.–noon, Fri 7:45–9:45 p.m., CUSTOM HOUSE TOWER, 3 McKinley Square, 617-310-6300. Sat & Sun noon–5 p.m. Fee: $7; children (17 and under) $4. Observation deck tours daily, except Fri, at 2 p.m.; tickets: Rental skates: $5. Skate sharpening: $7. Named one of the $3. Tours may be cancelled due to weather conditions, call most romantic destinations in the Hub by Boston magazine, ahead. Boston’s first skyscraper, the Custom House, stands Larz Anderson Park was the former residence of the Anderson high over Boston Harbor as one of the city’s most impressive family and is now a 64-acre public park that is home to the landmarks. Crowned by its distinctive clock tower and reAuto Museum, several themed gardens and historical artistored with modern luxuries, the building (operated by the facts. The skating pavilion sits atop a wooded hill in the midMarriott Corporation) epitomizes the preservation of Boston’s dle of what was once an Italian garden designed by Charles A. historic architecture. Platt in 1901. THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST, 210 Massachusetts Ave., 617-450-2000. Free tours of The Mother SIGHTS OF INTEREST Church Tue noon–4 p.m., Wed 1–4 p.m., Thu–Sat noon–5 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m.–3 p.m., every half hour. Services: Sun ARNOLD ARBORETUM, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, 617at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The original Mother Church built in 524-1718. Grounds open year-round from sunrise to sunset. 1894 is at the heart of the Christian Science Center, situated Free admission. Visitor Center open Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–4 p.m., on 14 acres in the Back Bay. The Romanesque structure is Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun noon–4 p.m. This 265-acre tree made from New Hampshire granite with stained glass sanctuary designed by Emerald Necklace architect Frederick windows illustrating Biblical events. Law Olmsted opened in 1872. Now a National Historic Landmark, the arboretum and its gardens contain more than FOREST HILLS CEMETERY, 95 Forest Hills Ave., Jamaica 7,000 varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers for your perusal. Plain, 617-524-0128. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Created

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in 1848, this cemetery serves as the final resting place of Eugene O’Neill, Anne Sexton, E.E. Cummings, William Lloyd Garrison and former Boston Celtic Reggie Lewis. The 275 acres also contain sculptural treasures, an arboretum and an open-air museum.

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NEW ENGLAND HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL, Carmen Park, Congress Street near Faneuil Hall, 617-457-8755. Tours available upon request. This haunting memorial features six luminous glass towers etched with the six million prisoner numbers of those who perished in the Holocaust. Visitors can walk under the towers and read the dramatic stories of the victims and heroes of this tremendous human tragedy. OTIS HOUSE MUSEUM, 141 Cambridge St., 617-994-5920. Wed–Sun 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m., tours every half hour. Admission: $8; seniors $7; students & children (5–18) $4; children (under 5), Historic New England members and Boston residents free; $24 maximum per family. Built in 1796 for Harrison Gray Otis and his wife, this grand mansion is an example of high-style Federal elegance. Tours offer insight into the social, business and family life of the post-Revolution American elite. THE SKYWALK OBSERVATORY AT THE PRUDENTIAL CENTER, 800 Boylston St., Prudential Tower, 50th floor, 617859-0648. Daily 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Admission (including a headset audio tour of points of interest): $13; seniors & students (with college ID) $11; children (under 12) $9. Observatory may be closed due to weather conditions, please call ahead. The Skywalk is New England’s premier observatory, offering spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of Boston and its most famous sites. This unique experience is a must for all Boston visitors, and boasts an audio tour, multimedia theater, the Dreams of Freedom Immigration Museum and much more. TRINITY CHURCH, 206 Clarendon St., Copley Square, 617536-0944. Sun 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Mon, Fri & Sat 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tue & Thu ’til 6 p.m. Worship services: Sun 7:45, 9 and 11:15 a.m., 6 p.m.; Wed 5:45 p.m.; Thu 12:10 p.m. Tours available for $7; seniors & students (with ID) $5; children (under 16) free with an adult. Guided tours and self-guided visits: Mon, Fri, Sat 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tue–Thu ’til 6 p.m., Sun 1–6 p.m. Built in 1877, this house of worship is a combination of Victorian, Gothic and French Romanesque styles and is one of the great masterpieces of American church architecture.

TOURS AND TRAILS ANTIQUE LIMOUSINE, 617-309-6414. www.bostontoursantiquelimo.com. Tours by appointment only. Enjoy historic Freedom Trail tours in a 1939 Cadillac seven-passenger limousine, just like the Godfather’s car. Get close to the sights where the trolleys and duck tours can’t. The drivers dress, speak and act the part—just don’t mess with them or you might be riding in the trunk! They’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse. Ask about their specials. BLACK HERITAGE TRAIL, 46 Joy St., 617-725-5415. Free tours by appointment only. Call at least 24 hours in advance for reservations. Visit www.afroammuseum.org for site descriptions. A guided tour through the north side of Beacon Hill, including the homes of politicians and entrepreneurs; the African Meeting House, built in 1806; the oldest standing house built by an African-American (1797); and the home of

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SAMUEL ADAMS BREWERY TOUR: The Boston Beer Company’s original brewery in Jamaica Plain offers visitors an inside look at the brewing process, along with samples of some of America’s finest brews. Refer to listing, page 46.

Lewis and Harriet Hayden, who harbored runaway slaves. Maps are available at the Museum of African-American History. BOSTON IRISH HERITAGE TRAIL, various sites Downtown and in the Back Bay, 617-696-9880, www.irishheritage trail.com. Maps available at Boston Common and Prudential Center Visitor Information Centers. This self-guided, threemile walking tour covers 300 years of history, taking you through Boston’s downtown, North End, Beacon Hill and Back Bay neighborhoods. Learn about famous politicians, artists and war heroes, and the Boston Irish’s rich tradition of rebellion, leadership and triumph. BOSTON UPPER DECK TROLLEY TOURS, 617-742-1440. Tours depart daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on the half hour; schedule is subject to change, visit www.bostonupperdeck trolleytours.com or call ahead for availability. Tickets can be purchased aboard trolleys or at various locations throughout the city. Tickets: $38; military, seniors & students $34; children (3–11) $18; children (under 3) free. Boston’s newest upper deck “Green” and eco-conscious trolley fleet provides superior views as you tour Boston’s historic sights in comfort. This 2.5 hour loop covers more than 100 points of interest, including Fenway Park, the North End, the USS Constitution, Back Bay and the Theatre District. As a bonus, connect with Super Tours’ Cambridge loop, which takes visitors to Harvard Square and Cambridge’s historic universities. All of this, plus a free second day on the trolley, a free walking tour of Harvard University and your choice of a free Boston Harbor Cruise, Charles Riverboat Cruise, tour of the Old South Meeting House or tour of the Harvard Museum of Natural History makes this comprehensive tour one of Boston’s best values for visitors.


CITY VIEW TROLLEY TOURS, of the Freedom Trail and historic Boston, departing every 20–30 minutes from the Boston Common Visitor Center, New England Aquarium, South Station, North Station, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and other locations, 617-363-7899. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.Tickets: $36; children (4–12) $14. Discount tickets available online at www.cityview trolleys.com. This year-round trolley company offers Hop On & Off privileges at the most scenic and historic locations, including the New England Aquarium and sites along the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the North End, Beacon Hill, the historic waterfront, the USS Constitution, Bunker Hill and many more.

THE FREEDOM TRAIL FOUNDATION’S FREEDOM TRAIL PLAYERS, 617-357-8300. Tours depart at noon from Boston Common. Tickets: $13; seniors $11; children (12 and under) $7; call for for private tours. Explore the Freedom Trail with costumed actors portraying famous patriots such as James Otis, Abigail Adams and William Dawes in this 90-minute tour. Stops include the Park Street Church, the Boston Massacre Site, the Old State House and Faneuil Hall. HISTORIC PUB CRAWL, BosTix Booth, Faneuil Hall, 617-3578300. Reservations required. Tue at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $43. The Freedom Trail Foundation’s 18th-century costumed guide takes you on a tour of Boston’s historic pubs where treasonous events were hatched more than 250 years ago. Enjoy plenty of beer and light fare along the way. THE KENNEDY TOUR OF BOSTON, 617-710-0603, departing from Boston Common. Wed–Sun at 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $12; seniors & students $10. Visit the Boston sites and landmarks that played a significant role in John F. Kennedy’s rise to political power. The walking tour visits spots like the Omni Parker House, where JFK announced his bid for Congress and proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier; the JFK statue on the State House lawn; and JFK’s Senate headquarters on Kilby Street, among others. NORTH END MARKET TOUR, 617-523-6032. Three-hour tours: Wed, Fri & Sat at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Fri at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required. Custom tours for groups available. Tickets: $50. Michele Topor, an authority on Italian cuisine and culture, hosts walking tours through one of the nation’s oldest Italian-American communities. OLD BOSTON TOURS, 617-755-2648. Visit www.oldboston tours.com for a full tour schedule. Reservations required. Learn about Boston while seeing sights both famous and obscure as you walk one of Old Boston Tours’ offerings, including the “Secret” Tour of the North End and the Power of Women Tour, focused on Boston’s remarkable ladies. Tours are led by local historians and reveal things you never imagined about the Hub. OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS OF BOSTON, 617-269-7010. Tours depart daily every 20 minutes from 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $42; seniors & students $39; children (3–12) $16; children

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FENWAY PARK TOURS, 4 Yawkey Way, 617-226-6666. Tours leave daily, every hour on the hour, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Tickets: $12; seniors $11; children (3–15) & military personnel $10. Tours originate at the Souvenir Store located on Yawkey Way across from Service Gate D, rain or shine. This tour offers an inside look at America’s oldest active Major League ballpark, including a visit to the top of the famed “Green Monster” and stories from Boston Red Sox history.

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(under 3) free. With 16 stops throughout the city, including the New England Aquarium, Fenway Park, USS Constitution Museum and the Trolley Stop Store at South Charles and Boylston streets, patrons can enjoy a 110-minute, fully narrated sightseeing tour of more than 100 points of interest aboard the orange-and-green, all-weather trolley. ON LOCATION TOURS, 800-979-3370. Visit www.screen tours.com for online booking, Sat at 11 a.m., Experience the city of Boston the way Tinseltown has through such films as The Town, Good Will Hunting, Mystic River, Fever Pitch, The Departed and others. Both the 90-minute Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour (Fri–Sun at 2:30 p.m.; tickets: $22 ) and the 180-minute Lights Camera Boston! Bus Tour (Thu–Sun at 11 a.m.; tickets: $40 ) take cinema buffs to television and movie filming locations in Boston and Cambridge, sharing trivia about Hollywood in the Hub. SAMUEL ADAMS BREWERY TOUR: DRINK IN A LITTLE HISTORY, 30 Germania St., Jamaica Plain, 617-368-5080. Tours begin approximately every 45 minutes, Mon–Thu & Sat 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Fri ’til 5:30 p.m. One-hour tours include samples (ID required). Tickets: $2 donation to a local charity. Call for special events and closings. Learn about the art of brewing beer and taste rich malts and spicy hops on this tour of the original Samuel Adams brewery.

WILDLIFE FRANKLIN PARK ZOO, One Franklin Park Road, Franklin Park, 617-541-LION. Daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: $16; seniors $13; children (2–12) $10; military personnel with ID $8 $10 for all from 10 a.m.–noon the first Sat of each month. Home to more than 210 species, many of them endangered. Roam the Australian Outback Trail with kangaroos, visit the gorillas in the Tropical Forest, marvel at the lion and tigers at Kalahari Kingdom and see zebras, ostriches and wildebeests at Serengeti Crossing. NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM, Central Wharf, 617-973-5206. Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat & Sun ’til 6 p.m. Admission: $22.95; seniors (60+) $20.95; children (3–11) $15.95; children (under 3) free. Refer to Current Events section under Film for IMAX theater listings. Combination ticket prices available. Dedicated to advancing knowledge of the world of water, this outstanding aquatic zoo features a 187,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank containing a Caribbean coral reef with sharks, sea turtles, moray eels and other aquatic life; a popular penguin habitat; Northern fur seals in the Marine Mammal Center; a brand-new 25,000-gallon shark and ray touch tank; and the Simons 3D IMAX Theater. STONE ZOO, 149 Pond St., Stoneham, 781-438-5100. Daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: $13; seniors $11; children (2–12) $9; military personnel with ID $6.50; $9 for all from 10 a.m.–noon the first Sat of each month. Highlights include Mexican gray wolves, meerkats, snow leopards, jaguars, reindeer, llamas, black bears and white-cheeked gibbons. Special event: through Dec 25—ZooLights Holiday Light Show.

BEYOND BOSTON 5W!TS, Patriot Place, North Marketplace, Two Patriot Place, Foxboro, 508-698-1600. Sun–Thu 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Fri & Sat ’til 10 p.m. Tickets: $18; children (12 and under) $14.

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Combining the appeals of theme parks, museums and haunted houses, 5W!ts provides visitors with action-packed interactive game-play and puzzle-solving activities. The new state-of-the-art facility at Patriot Place features two exciting attractions: Espionage, which turns players into secret agents whose mission involves cracking safes, hacking computers and dodging lasers; and 20,000 Leagues, which takes players on a journey to the bottom of the sea aboard Captain Nemo’s sub, the Nautilus. MINUTE MAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, 978-369-6993, Concord and Lexington (North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty St., Concord). Park grounds open sunrise to sunset. Created in 1959 to preserve the sites associated with the opening battles of the American Revolution, Minute Man Park consists of more than 900 acres of land along original segments of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, including Lexington Green and Concord’s North Bridge. The park also preserves The Wayside, the 19th-century home of literary greats Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott. OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, 508-347-3362. Daily from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets: $20; seniors $18; children (3–17) $7; (under 3) free. Take a trip back in time at this recreation of an early 19th-century New England village where costumed educators give visitors a glimpse of life in America’s early days. Visit a tin shop, a cider mill and a blacksmith, ride the old-fashioned yellow stagecoach and tour restorations of period New England homes while marveling at authentic remnants from a longgone age. Special events: Dec 15 at 11:30 a.m.—Broadway Delivers to the Oliver Wight Tavern; Dec 16–18 at 4 p.m.— Christmas by Candlelight; Dec 28 at 5 p.m.—Families Cook, tickets: $85; Jan 1 at 9 a.m—New Years Day Brunch at the Oliver Wight Tavern. YANKEE CANDLE FACTORY, 5 North St., South Deerfield, 877- 636-7707. Tue–Thu 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri–Mon ’til 8 p.m. Call for additional information. The Yankee Candle Factory is one part of a larger complex devoted to the company. It also includes a museum, a candle store and the Bavarian Christmas Village. Visitors are able to dip their own creations at this one-of-a-kind must-see for fans of the popular scented candles. Also see the new Nutcracker Castle and Santa’s Enchated Toy Works.

DESTINATIONS THE BERKSHIRES. These mountains located roughly three hours west of Boston are Massachusetts’ answer to New York’s Catskills. Part of the Appalachian Trail, the Berkshires are considered a top cultural resort location, home to numerous antique shops, art galleries, spas, spots for boating, scenic biking, skiing and hiking, as well as Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home and a venue for jazz and popular concerts. BLUE HILLS RESERVATION, Reservation Headquarters, 695 Hillside St., Milton, 617-698-1802. Covering more than 7,000 acres in the suburbs of Boston, Blue Hills Reservation offers a scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With campgrounds, fishing, hiking and mountain biking among theactivities, Blue Hills is a popular destination year- round. The 22 hills provide scenic views and more than 125 miles of trails for any outdoor enthusiast, and the reservation also offers a number of fun winter activities including ice-skating,


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PROVINCETOWN, Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown marches to its own beat. This New England fishing village and prominent art colony is home to a thriving gay community, and is also where playwright Eugene O’Neill penned some of his best work and Thoreau completed his walk around the Cape. Provincetown boasts miles of beaches, a charming and eclectic shopping district, trails for hiking and biking and whale watches for those looking to escape the busy city. SALEM. This North Shore town will always be known for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, but Salem also boasts a bustling wharf with many bars and restaurants, and is regarded as an up-and-coming enclave for the young and trendy. Fans of

SOUTHERN MAINE, Contrary to its image as a far-flung, moose-filled wilderness, Maine has many points of interest within a couple hours’ drive from Boston. Kittery is a mecca for bargain-hunters, boasting 100+ outlet stores ranging from Black & Decker to J Crew. The seaside community of Portland, known for its artsy boutiques, is also home to a burgeoning nightlife scene and the Red Sox AA affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs. And Maine’s coastal communities are renowned for their abundance of fresh lobster and beautiful beaches, including Kennebunk Beach and Ogunquit Beach. WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, 978-464-2300. Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Sat & Sun 8 a.m.– 10 p.m. Lift tickets: $38–56. Group rates (15+) available. Reaching 2,006 feet above sea level, Wachusett Mountain is the highest peak in Massachusetts east of the Connecticut River. The mountain offers skiing and snowboarding on its more than 100 acres and provides lessons for anyone from beginners to aspiring racers, as well as a half-pipe, Polar Kid’s Playground and dining options such as The Black Diamond restaurant and The Coppertop Lounge. If you don’t have a car, you can now get to Wachusett by taking the commuter rail “Ski Train,” providing transportation from North Station to the mountain.

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NASHOBA VALLEY SKI AREA, 79 Powers Rd., Westford, 978692-3033. Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Sat & Sun 8:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Lift tickets: $20–46. Group rates (15+) available. Nashoba Valley Ski Area offers skiing and snowboarding as well as New England’s largest snow-tubing park. There are more than 15 ski trails, varying in levels from beginner to advanced, with both private and group lessons available for skiers at any level. Those looking to snowboard can take advantage of Nashoba Valley’s extensive terrain park which includes rails, boxes and a feature jump. For something a little different, visitors can head to the 15-lane snow-tubing park, which provides fun for all ages. An on-site restaurant and a Marriott hotel located just two miles away offer a chance to relax and rejuvenate between activities.

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FREEDOM TRAIL Hancock. The red brick portion was designed by legendary architect Charles Bulfinch. PARK STREET CHURCH. Corner of Park and Tremont streets, 617523-3383. Sunday services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Morning services are traditional, evening services are contemporary. Built in 1809, this church was described by Henry James as “the most interesting mass of brick and

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mortar in America.” OLD GRANARY BURYING GROUND. Tremont Street next to Park Street Church, 617-635-4505. Open daily 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. This historic cemetery, adjacent to the former town granary, is the final resting place of John Hancock, Paul Revere, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams, Peter Faneuil and the victims of the Boston Massacre, as well as Elizabeth Goose, believed to be the legendary “Mother Goose.” KING’S CHAPEL AND BURYING GROUND. Tremont and School popular attractions connects 16 historic sites with streets, 617-227-2155. Chapel open a red-brick line. Refer to listings, below. Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Services: Sun at 11 a.m., Wed at 12:15 p.m. Burying Grounds open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Still an active house of worship, The Freedom Trail begins at the Boston King’s Chapel was established in Common Information Kiosk, where you can 1687 as the first Anglican congregation in Boston. The second obtain a guide map, rent a self-guided audio chapel, built in 1754, became the first Unitarian church in tour or take a walking tour (in season) with an America after the Revolution. 18th-century costumed guide. (Ticket sales from Freedom Trail Foundation tours help SITE OF THE FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL AND BEN FRANKLIN’S STATUE. On preserve the historic sites.) Boston National School Street, marked by a column and Historical Park (National Park Service) tours commemorative plaque. On April 13, begin at State and Devonshire streets. Please 1635, the town voted to establish the call 617-357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org first public school in the country. Nearby for additional information. is Benjamin Franklin’s statue, built in 1856, the first portrait statue erected in the United States. BOSTON COMMON. Set aside in 1634 as a military training field and grazing SITE OF THE OLD CORNER pasture, the Common is the oldest pubBOOKSTORE. School and Washington lic park in America. The park served as streets. Constructed as an apothecary in quarters for British as well as Colonial 1718, the ground floor was later a troops, and later housed Civil War regibookstore and literary center of Boston ments. The British Army set out for the and a meeting place for notables like start of the Revolutionary War from Emerson, Hawthorne and Thoreau. what is now Park Square.

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THE STATE HOUSE. Beacon Street, top of Beacon Hill facing Boston Common, 617727-3676. Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m., except holidays. Advance registration is required for guided tours. The famous golden dome of the State House marks the government seat of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Samuel Adams laid the cornerstone, and the building stands on land acquired from John PA N O R A M A

OLD SOUTH MEETING HOUSE. 310 Washington St., 617-482-6439. Daily 10:00 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: $6; seniors & students $5; children (6–18) $1; children (under 6) free. This building housed many town meetings, the most famous of which saw an outraged Samuel Adams signal the start of the Boston Tea Party.


BOSTON MASSACRE SITE. State Street in front of the Old State House. At the next intersection below the State House, a ring of cobblestones marks the site of the clash between a jeering Boston crowd and a British guard of nine soldiers on March 5, 1770.



OLD STATE HOUSE. Corner of Washington and State streets, 617-720-1713. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission: $7.50; seniors & students $6; children (6–18) $3; children (under 6) free. Built in 1713, this seat of Colonial government was the center of activity for such patriots as John Hancock and Samuel and John Adams. It was from the east balcony that the Declaration of Independence was first read in Boston.

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FANEUIL HALL. Merchants Row and Faneuil Hall Square, 617-242-5689. Mon–Thu 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Fri & Sat ’til 9 p.m., Sun noon–6 p.m. Historical talks given every half hour from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., when hall is not in use. “The Cradle of Liberty” combines a marketplace on the first floor with the town meeting hall upstairs, the site of fiery revolutionary debate.

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PAUL REVERE HOUSE. 19 North Square, North Street, 617-523-2338. Daily 9:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m. Admission: $3.50; seniors & students $3; children (5–17) $1. The oldest home in Boston (built c. 1680), occupied by silversmith and patriot Paul Revere from 1770 to 1800.

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OLD NORTH CHURCH. 193 Salem St., 617-523-6676. Daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Services: Sun at 9 and 11 a.m., Thu at 6 p.m. Known as Christ Church and erected in 1723, this is Boston’s oldest standing church. Two lanterns were hung here on April 18, 1775, signaling the Redcoats’ departure by sea for Lexington and Concord.

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COPP’S HILL BURYING GROUND. Hull Street. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Set out in 1660, Copp’s Hill was Boston’s second cemetery. Many remarkable people are interred here, including the Mather family of ministers and Edmund Hartt, builder of the USS Constitution. BUNKER HILL MONUMENT. Breed’s Hill, Charlestown, 617-242-7511. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m., last climb at 4:30 p.m. The site of the historic battle of June 17, 1775. USS CONSTITUTION. Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, 617-242-5670. Tue–Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tours every halfhour ’til 5:30 p.m. This 44-gun frigate is the world’s oldest commissioned warship, christened “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812 when the cannonballs of a British warship literally bounced off her triple hull.

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RESTAURANTS award-winning restaurant combines traditional French favorites like coq au vin with unique specialties such as Uncle Hansi’s onion tart. Home-brewed beer and a lengthy wine list complete this Gallic experience. B, L, D. $$$ CLIO, The Eliot Hotel, 370-A Commonwealth Ave., 617536-7200, www.cliorestaurant.com. James Beard Awardwinning chef Ken Oringer serves up French-American fare with Asian influences in a sophisticated atmosphere styled after a Parisian supper club. D. $$$$ DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE, 75 Arlington St., 617-357-4810, www.davios.com. Davio’s spacious, relaxed dining room serves as the perfect stage for its signature dishes, including a selection of homemade pastas and Brandt meats as well as a selection of fresh seafood. Additional flair is provided by the open kitchen layout. L,D. $$$ GRILL 23 & BAR, 161 Berkeley St., 617-542-2255, www.grill23.com. This superb eatery offers prime dry-aged beef, imaginative seafood dishes and an impressive wine list, all presented in a clubby yet congenial atmosphere. D. $$$$

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DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE: Dine on steaks, seafood and upscale Italian cuisine at this opulent eatery in the Back Bay. Refer to listing, right.

ALLSTON/BRIGHTON BIG CITY PIZZA KITCHEN & POOL HALL, 138 Brighton Ave., Allston, 617-782-2020, www.allstonsfinest.com. Big City boasts 15 pool tables, four foosball tables, 80 beer taps and thin crust pizzas that always keep customers coming back. L, D, LS, Sat & SB. $ THE SUNSET GRILL & TAP, 130 Brighton Ave. (corner of Harvard and Brighton avenues), Allston, 617-254-1331, www.allstonsfinest.com. This popular Allston hangout features Boston’s biggest beer selection, with more than 112 beers on tap and 380 microbrews and imports in bottles as well as award-winning steam beer burgers and famous curly fries. L, D, C, LS, SB. $

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JASPER WHITE’S SUMMER SHACK, 50 Dalton St., 617-8679955; 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, 617-5209500, www.summershackrestaurant.com. Top-notch fare such as pan-roasted lobster, award-winning fried chicken and an impressive raw bar in a casual setting. L, D. $$$ *KINGS, 50 Dalton St., 617-266-2695, kingsbackbay.com. Kings isn’t your parent’s bowling alley. Executive Chef Andre has crafted a versatile American menu highlighted by delectable appetizers, house-smoked ribs, marinated steak tips, hand-tossed pizzas and inventive homemade entrees. Come for the bowling; come back for the food. L, D, LS, C. $$ L’ESPALIER, Mandarin Oriental Boston, 774 Boylston St., 617-262-3023, www.lespalier.com. This sophisticated French classic, consistently named as one of Boston’s top eateries, is a favorite of both power brokers and couples out for a romantic evening. L, D. $$$$ *THE OAK ROOM, Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Ave., 617-267-5300, www.theoakroom.com. This high-end eatery offers a traditional steakhouse menu of prime steaks, chops and fresh seafood in an elegant hotel setting. B, L, D, SB. $$$$ *SKIPJACK’S SEAFOOD EMPORIUM, 199 Clarendon St., Copley Square, 617-536-3500, www.skipjacks.com; other locations outside Boston. Enjoy specialties such as blackened tuna sashimi, moonfish, Maryland crabcakes and lobster in a comfortable atmosphere. Winner of Best of Boston 2003 award for seafood. L, D, SB. $$

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SNAPPY SUSHI, 108 Newbury St., 617-262-4530; 420 Highland Ave., Davis Sq., Somerville, 617-625-0400, www.snappy sushi.com. These popular sushi bars specialize in freshly prepared maki rolls and fun specials. Affordably priced, Snappy offers sushi lovers a fast, cheap dining alternative. L, D. $ STEPHANIE’S ON NEWBURY, 190 Newbury St., 617-2360990, www.stephaniesonnewbury.com. Lauded by The New York Times, chef/owner Stephanie Sokolove’s eatery showcases sophisticated cooking and classic comfort food. Casual elegance at its best with a sidewalk cafe, club-like bar and skylit dining space. L, D, SB. $$$ STEVE’S GREEK CUISINE, 316 Newbury St., 617-267-1817. For more than 20 years, this family-run restaurant has offered Greek hospitality and masterfully prepared Greek cuisine. Serving specialties like spanikopita, pastichio, shish kebabs and gyros, Steve’s is a local favorite. B, L, D. $ *THE TAJ BOSTON, 15 Arlington St., 617-536-5700, www.tajhotels.com. This 1927 landmark offers award-winning contemporary French cuisine, as well as a historic dining room for special events. Cafe: B, L, D, Sat & SB. Lounge: L, D, C, LS. Bar: L, D, C, LS. $$$$

TOWNE STOVE AND SPIRITS, 900 Boylston St., 617-2470400, www.towneboston.com. The melting pot of cuisines at this favored eatery within the Hynes Convention Center draws inspiration from numerous sources, creating a menu that truly has something for everyone. L, D, Sat & SB, C. $$$$ TURNER FISHERIES, Westin Hotel Copley Place, Stuart and Dartmouth streets, 617-424-7425, www.turnersboston.com. Turner Fisheries is known for its fresh seafood, as well as impressive decor, which features seven-foot-high French windows, mahogany paneling and cobalt blue tile. L, D, C, LS, VP. $$$ VLORA MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT & WINE BAR, 545 Boylston St., 617-638-9699, www.vloraboston.com. Located in Copley Square, Vlora embraces the Mediterranean adage of “eat better, live well.” Featuring authentic southern Italian, Greek and Albanian cuisine, Vlora’s signature dishes are some of Boston’s best. L, D, C, LS, Sat & SB, VP. $$$

BEACON HILL ANTONIO’S, 288 Cambridge St., 617-367-3310, www.antoniosonbeaconhill.com. One of Boston’s finest Italian restaurants, Antonio’s serves traditional Italian food with

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TAPEO, 266 Newbury St., 617-267-4799, www.tapeo.com. This popular Back Bay cousin to Dali in Somerville offers delectable, authentic tapas in a glorious Newbury Street setting, complete with seasonal patio dining for prime people-watching as you enjoy your scallops in saffron cream, lobster ravioli and sangria. D, C, L Sat & Sun. $$

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nightly specials and a lengthy wine list. Specialties include homemade fusilli and shrimp margarita. L, D. $ *CHEERS, 84 Beacon St., 617-227-9605; Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 617-227-0150, www.cheersboston.com. Both the original Beacon Hill pub and its spinoff offer tasty traditional fare and an abundant beverage selection. Live entertainment Thu–Sat. L, D, C, LS. $

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CLINK, The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., 617-224-4004, www.libertyhotel.com/clink. Artfully marrying European culinary tradition with contemporary American innovation, Clink’s dining room features elements of the original cells from its earlier life as the Charles Street Jail. Clink’s lobby bar draws urbanites with its energetic nightlife scene. B,L,C. $$$ THE HUNGRY I, 711⁄2 Charles St., 617-227-3524, www.hungryi boston.com. In a two-story townhouse with three working fireplaces and an outdoor patio, Chef Peter Ballarin serves signature dishes including venison au poivre. L, D, SB, C. $$$ NO. 9 PARK, 9 Park St., 617-742-9991, www.no9park.com. Acclaimed chef Barbara Lynch serves up French- and Italianstyle dishes in a sophisticated bistro atmosphere atop Beacon Hill, offering inventive versions of classic fare like fresh pasta and foie gras. L, D, LS. $$$$ THE PARAMOUNT, 44 Charles St., 617-720-1152, www.paramount boston.com. A Boston staple since 1937, The Paramount often finds itself at the top of many “best of” lists. Superb American cuisine, hearty portions and an active atmosphere make it a favorite. B, L, D. $$ SCOLLAY SQUARE, 21 Beacon St., 617-742-4900, www.scollaysquare.com. Scollay Square is a warm, inviting environment serving American comfort food at a reasonable price with a sophisticated cocktail list. This neighborhood bistro-style restaurant is a great meeting place for friends and small groups to eat, drink and socialize. L, D, SB, C. $$$

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MAX & DYLANS, 1 Chelsea St., Charlestown, 617-242-7400; 15 West St., 617-423-3600, www.maxanddylans.com. This hip, casual restaurant features appetizers, flatbreads, sandwiches and refined comfort food entrees along with vibrant cocktails. L, D, LS, SB. $$ *THE WARREN TAVERN, 2 Pleasant St., Charlestown, 617241-8142, www.warrentavern.com. More than 225 years old, the Warren is the oldest tavern in Massachusetts, and was frequented by historical figures like George Washington and Paul Revere. Today, diners can sit beside a fire and enjoy shepherd’s pie and other comfort foods. Live music Wed & Thu. L, D, BR. $$

DOWNTOWN *BOND, Langham Hotel Boston, 250 Franklin St., 617-9568765, www.bondboston.com. This swanky restaurant and lounge boasts a diverse cocktail and wine menu to accompany its array of exotic international cuisine. L, D, C. $$$ *CAFE FLEURI, Langham Hotel, 250 Franklin St., 617-4511900, www.boston.langhamhotels.com. Enjoy one of Boston’s


top Sunday brunches, or sample a la carte Mediterranean and American fare and French desserts within a sunlit garden atrium. B, L, D, SB. $$ CALITERRA, Hilton Boston/Financial District, 89 Broad St., 617-556-0006, www.caliterra.com. Located in the heart of the Financial District, this casual, upscale restaurant features Cal-Ital cuisine with seasonal New England flavors. B, L, D. $$ FAJITAS & ’RITAS, 25 West St., 617-426-1222, www.fajitas andritas.com. Established in 1989, Fajitas & ’Ritas features fresh, healthy Texan and barbecue cuisine at bargain prices. A fun place to eat, drink and hang out, the walls are decorated with colorful murals and the bar boasts some of Boston’s best— and sturdiest—margaritas. $ *HOWL AT THE MOON, 184 High St., 617-292-4695, www.howlatthemoon.com. Howl at the Moon is a high-energy, clapping, stomping, dancing, rock ’n’ roll dueling piano show. Part bar, part sing-along, the Howl at the Moon experience is centered around two baby grand pianos and audience participation. Also boasts supersized 86-ounce cocktails and a full menu of appetizers, sandwiches, pizza and more. Live music nightly. $

O YA, 9 East St., 617-654-9900, www.oyarestaurant boston.com. This contemporary and edgy sushi eatery, crowned Boston’s best restaurant of 2009 by Boston magazine, boasts a simple, natural decor that perfectly complements the exquisitely created dishes. The intimate seating capacity of 37 diners makes reservations a must. D, C, VP. $$$ PARKER’S RESTAURANT, Omni Parker House, 60 School St., 617-227-8600. Enjoy nostalgic cuisine with a contemporary flair within the stately dining room where Boston cream pie and the Parker House roll were first served. B, L, D. $$$$ RADIUS, 8 High St., 617-426-1234, www.radius restaurant.com. James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Michael Schlow and staff offer impeccably prepared nouveau French fare in an ultra-modern, minimalist setting. The ambiance is powerbroker chic, and the service is top-notch. L, D, C, LS. $$$$ YE OLDE UNION OYSTER HOUSE, 41 Union St., 617-2272750, www.unionoysterhouse.com. America’s oldest restaurant, now celebrating 185 years, serves Yankee-style seafood, beef and chicken, and is famed for the oyster bar where Daniel Webster dined daily. Specialties include clam chowder and fresh lobster. L, D, VP. $$$

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*THE KINSALE IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT, 2 Center Plaza (Cambridge Street), 617-742-5577, www.classicirish.com. Hand-crafted in Ireland and shipped to Boston, this classic pub features a cozy interior with beautiful Celtic motifs and traditional Irish fare with 20+ beers on tap, 100-seat seasonal patio, live music and trivia on Wed. Sat & SB. L, D, C. $$

OCEANA, Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, 296 State St., 617-2273838, www.marriottlongwharf.com. Executive chef Joseph Chaves serves seasonal dishes, including fresh seafood delivered directly to the hotel’s dock, in a dining room offering panoramic views of Boston Harbor. B, L (Mon–Fri), D, SB. $$

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ROWES WHARF SEA GRILLE, Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, 617-856-7744, www.bgh.com. Chef Daniel Bruce celebrates Boston’s spectacular harborfront and the bounties that come from it at this contemporary, nautical-influenced eatery overlooking Boston Harbor. B, L, D. $$$ SMITH & WOLLENSKY, 294 Congress St. at Atlantic Wharf, 617-778-2200; 101 Arlington St., Back Bay, 617-423-1112; www.smithandwollensky.com. Indulge your senses at two Boston locations: The new Atlantic Wharf outpost on historic Boston Harbor, which boasts waterfront views and an outside lounge and patio, or Back Bay’s historic “castle,” offering “behind the scenes” tours. Atlantic Wharf: L, D. $$$$

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MIEL, InterContinental Hotel, 510 Atlantic Ave., 617-2175151, www.intercontinentalboston.com. This “Brasserie Provencal” brings the feel and flavor of the French countryside to Boston’s waterfront. Diners can enjoy the extensive wine list or an exquisite “small plate” SB in a dining room overlooking Boston Harbor. L, D, SB. $$$

TRADE, 540 Atlantic Ave., 617-451-1234, www.tradeboston.com. James Beard Award-winning Chef Jody Adams serves delectable fusion dishes inspired by her world travels in an elegant, modern interior. L, D, SB. $$$

FANEUIL HALL MARKETPLACE *DICK’S LAST RESORT, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market, 617-267-8080, www.dickslastresort.com. Enjoy the outrageous antics of Dick’s sassy staff as they serve up buckets of ribs, succulent crab, juicy steaks, sandwiches, burgers and salads. Live music every night. L, D, C. $$ *DURGIN-PARK, 340 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 617-2272038, www.durgin-park.com. This Boston landmark in historic Faneuil Hall features steaks, chops and seafood in a New England tradition. Piano and oyster bars open late. L, D. $ *HARD ROCK CAFE, 22–24 Clinton St., 617-424-7625, www.hardrock.com. The Hard Rock offers classic American cuisine served with a healthy dose of rock ’n’ roll. After you eat, take in the massive collection of authentic music memorabilia or enjoy live music from hot local and national acts. L, D, C, LS. $ NORTH 26, Millennium Bostonian Hotel, 26 North St., 617557-3640, www.milleniumhotels.com. North 26 combines a commitment to fresh, local meats and seafood with a dedication to simple, hearty regional dishes. B, L, D, C. $$$ *RED SKY, 16–18 North St., 617-742-3333, www.redsky boston.com. Located below the Millennium Hotel, this stylish restaurant and lounge boasts an array of dining options with a fusion of French, Italian, Asian and American cuisine. Red Sky also offers a tapas menu and a full bar with specialty cocktails in a relaxed but chic environment. L, D, C. $$


FENWAY/KENMORE SQUARE *AUDUBON CIRCLE, 838 Beacon St., 617-421-1910, www.audubon circle.us. Since 1996, Audubon Circle has catered to the tastes of the Fenway area—whether you’re in the mood for an upscale alternative to the Fenway Frank or a late night hot spot on the weekends, when live DJs bring out a funky and friendly crowd. D, SB, C. $$

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EASTERN STANDARD, Hotel Commonwealth, 528 Commonwealth Ave., 617-532-9100, www.easternstandard boston.com. This Kenmore Square brasserie resembles an old hotel dining room, and attracts a diverse crowd, from businessmen to Red Sox fans seeking a pre-game bite. B, L, D. $$ GAME ON!, 82 Lansdowne St., 617-351-7001, www.gameonboston.com. This sports bar/restaurant /nightclub built inside Fenway Park, a star of Boston’s nightlife scene, offers a sleek spot in which to sample a full menu and watch varied sporting events on a number of big-screen TVs. L, D. $$

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JERRY REMY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 1265 Boylston St., 617-236-7369; 250 Northern Ave, 617-856-7369, www.jerry remys.com. Jerry Remy, the local sports icon, brings comfort food to Boston with his eponymous sports bar. The extensive drink list offers everything from beer to single malt scotches, while the menu features casual yet tasty treats such as house-smoked barbecue. L, D, C, LS. $$

NORTH END ANTICO FORNO, 93 Salem St., 617-723-6733, www.antico fornoboston.com. Antico Forno features brick-oven classics such as roasted chicken with garlic and herbs; pizza with artichoke hearts, porcini and buffalo mozzarella; and linguini with clams, mussels, calamari and shrimp. L, D. $$ ASSAGGIO, 25–29 Prince St., 617-227-7380, www.assaggio boston.com. This wine bar and bistro offers nightly specials from its mesquite-wood grill, as well as some of the best traditional Italian cuisine. Complement your dinner with one of 110 wines or an international beer or microbrew. L, D, LS. $$

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NEPTUNE OYSTER, 63 Salem St., 617-742-3474, www.neptune oyster.com. This outstanding raw bar in the North End offers an enormous selection of seafood, often cooked with a hint of Italian flair. The menu features 12 varieties of oysters, a renowned New England lobster roll, oyster minestrone and lobster scampi. L, D. $$$ REGINA PIZZA, 111⁄2 Thacher St., 617-227-0765, www.regina pizza.com; also: Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall Marketplace; The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St.; South Station, Atlantic Ave. and Summer Street; 353 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-783-2300. Since 1926, patrons have been indulging in delicious, award-winning homemade pizza at Boston’s oldest brick-oven pizzeria. Delivery and curbside-to-go takeout available. C in Allston. L & D daily. $ RISTORANTE BELLA VISTA, 288 Hanover St., 617-367-4999. Located in the heart of the historic North End, this casual yet elegant family-style restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine, from escarole soup to lobster fra diavolo. L, D. $$

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RISTORANTE SARACENO, 286 Hanover St., 617-227-5888, www.saracenos.com. Neapolitan cuisine served in an intimate atmosphere complete with charming, beautifully decorated exposed brick walls. Reservations recommended. L, D, VP, C. $$ TERRAMIA RISTORANTE, 98 Salem St., 617-523-3112, www.terramiaristorante.com. Specializing in creative interpretations of Italian classics, Terramia offers seasonally based dishes and an extensive wine list in a cozy, rustic atmosphere. D. $$

SOMERVILLE BOSTON BURGER COMPANY, 37 Davis Square, Somerville, 617-440-7361, www.bostonburgerco.com. These burger fanatics offer dozens of variations on the classic burger, serving them up with nearly every condiment and topping imaginable, along with a dozen types of French fries and more. L, D. $ DALI, 415 Washington St., Somerville, 617-661-3254, www.dalirestaurant.com. Authentic Spanish tapas are perfect for sharing, and with at least 40 offerings on the menu it’s easy to find something geat. Entrees are also served, and everything can be washed down with a pitcher of sangria or a selection from Dali’s expansive wine list. D. $$ FLATBREAD COMPANY, 45 Day St., Davis Square, Somerville, 617-776-0552, www.flatbreadcompany.com. Located inside Sacco’s Bowl Haven, this restaurant serves all-natural wood-fired pizzas prepared with organic produce, free-range chicken and nitrate-free meats, as well as a fine selection of regional craft beers. L, D, C, LS. $ *REDBONES, 55 Chester St., Davis Square, Somerville, 617-628-2200, www.redbones.com. Not only does this low-key BBQ joint offer authentic Southern cooking like fried okra, Louisiana catfish and slow-cooked ribs, it also has approximately 20 microbrews and eclectic musical performers. L, D. $

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SOUTH BOSTON AURA, Seaport Hotel, One Seaport Lane, 617-385-4300, www.aurarestaurant.com. This recently expanded and renovated waterfront eatery features Chef Rachel Klein’s global, Asian-influenced menu, as well as a steakhouse offering such prime cuts as Painted Hills Farm sirloin. B, L, D, SB. $$$ THE BARKING CRAB, 88 Sleeper St., 617-426-CRAB, www.barkingcrab.com. No frills at this ramshackle little clam shack that’s a Boston dining institution. Pluck mussels and steamers from plastic buckets and drink wine out of styrofoam cups under an outdoor tent brimming with communalstyle picnic tables. L & D. $$ DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE, 250 Northern Ave., Suite 200, 617-951-1368, delfriscos.com. Located at Liberty Wharf, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House offers guests prime steaks, chops and fresh seafood. Boasting an award-winning, 1,200+ wine list, spectacular harbor views and unparalleled hospitality, Del Frisco’s represents an exciting new destination in Boston dining. L, D, C, LS, VP. $$$$ MENTON, 354 Congress St., 617-737-0099, www.menton boston.com. This famed restaurant by star Chef Barbara Lynch combines meticulous French technique with a passionate Italian sensibility in a luxurious atmosphere. D. $$$$

SPORTELLO, 348 Congress St., 617-737-1234, www.sportello boston.com. Celebrity Chef Barbara Lynch provides her interpretation of a classic diner, serving up impeccable Trattoriainspired Italian dishes and an array of mouth-watering baked goods. L, D, SB. $$$ 606 CONGRESS, Renaissance Hotel, 606 Congress St., 617-476-5606, www.606congress.com. Vaulted ceilings, an exhibition kitchen and patio seating make this restaurant on the Boston waterfront a visually appealing locale in which to enjoy the modern farm cuisine of Chef Richard Garcia. B, L, D, C, VP. $$ STREGA WATERFRONT, One Marina Park Drive, Fan Pier, 617-345-3992, www.stregawaterfront.com. Strega’s menu includes Italian favorites like fettuccine carbonara and gnocchi sorrentina. A popular stop for visiting celebrities, Strega’s original North End location is one of the area’s most popular nightspots, while Strega Waterfront draws diners looking for a great meal with a great view. L, D, LS, C. $$$

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HAMERSLEY’S BISTRO, 553 Tremont St., 617-423-2700, www.hamersleybistro.com. This pioneering French-American classic, helmed by husband-and-wife team Gordon and Fiona Hamersley, puts South End dining on the map. D. $$$$

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MASA, 439 Tremont St., 617-338-8884, www.masa restaurant.com. Bringing the Southwest to the South End, Chef Philip Aviles serves up specialties such as roasted salmon with chipotle and horseradish crust and chili rubbed steaks. Masa also serves brunch and a $1 tapas menu. D, SB, C. $$$ MYERS + CHANG, 1145 Washington St., 617-542-5200, www.myersandchang.com. Inspired by traditional Taiwanese cuisine and Asian street food, this fun and funky eatery offers playful and novel takes on the classic dishes and flavors of Southeast Asia. L, D, C. $$ SIBLING RIVALRY, 525 Tremont St., 617-338-5338. Each night, brothers/chefs David and Bob Kinkead create “dueling” menus that showcase their talents with different interpretations of shared ingredients. D,C, LS. $$$ TORO, 1704 Washington St., 617-536-4300, toro-restaurant.com. Chef Ken Oringer’s Spanish restaurant aims for a highly social dining experience. The seating is a series of communal tables and the small, perfect-for-sharing tapas dishes—such as salt cod fritters, crispy pork belly and salty fried peppers—blend a variety of vibrant styles and flavors. D, C. $$$ TREMONT 647, 647 Tremont St., 617-266-4600, tremont647.com. Chef Andy Husband’s inspired American fusion draws constant crowds to this South End staple. Make sure to catch the excellent brunch, or dinner for that matter, as anything you order will be well worth the wait. D, Sat & SB. $$

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UNION BAR AND GRILLE, 1357 Washington St., 617-4230555, www.unionrestaurant.com. This sleek, upscale American bistro in the SoWa District features everything from gourmet comfort food like the Reuben sandwich and a beefand-sausage burger to the award-winning 10K tuna in a roasted tomato vinaigrette. D, C, LS, SB. $$$


THEATRE DISTRICT AVENUE ONE RESTAURANT, Hyatt Regency, One Avenue de Lafayette, 617-422-5579, www.regencyboston.hyatt.com. Newly renovated, this restaurant and lounge serves contemporary New England cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail, three-course prix fixe dinner or a delectable dessert. Discounted parking available. B, L, D, C, VP. $$$ AVILA MODERN MEDITERRANEAN, One Charles Street South, 617-267-4810, www.avilarestaurant.com. Enjoy the flavors of Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Greece with a modern flair. Savor the finest quality beef and seafood entrees with bread and desserts made fresh daily, as well as a cozy bar and lounge. L, D, SB. $$$ CITYPLACE, On Stuart Street between Tremont and S. Charles streets in the State Transportation Building, www.city placeboston.com. Enjoy everything from fresh pasta at Vapiano, handcrafted beers at the newly renovated Rock Bottom Brewery and gourmet Chinese at P.F. Chang’s to flatbread sandwiches, specialty pizzas, custom burritos and more in the Food Court. B, L, D, C. $–$$$

*JACOB WIRTH, 31–37 Stuart St., 617-338-8586, www.jacob wirth.com. Opened in 1868, Jacob Wirth is the city’s secondoldest restaurant, serving traditional German fare like wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten and a great selection of German beers. L, D, C, LS. $$ LEGAL SEA FOODS, 26 Park Plaza, Park Square Motor Mart, 617-426-4444; 255 State St., Long Wharf, 617-742-5300; Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., 617-266-6800; 270 Northern Ave., Liberty Wharf, 617-477-2900; other locations, www.legalseafoods.com. Legal Sea Foods, a Boston tradition for more than 50 years, features more than 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish as well as a lengthy wine list. Named “Boston’s Most Popular Restaurant” by Zagat. L & D. $$$ LOCKE-OBER, 3 Winter Place, 617-542-1340, www.locke ober.com. Since 1868, this storied restaurant and bar has been serving impecabble American fare to generations of Bostonians in a well-appointed dining room. D. $$$$ MARKET BY JEAN-GEORGES, W Hotel, 100 Stuart St., 617310-6790, www.marketbyjgboston.com. This restaurant from acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten boasts a menu packed with fresh, locally produced ingredients. Combining French, Asian and Italian flavors, Market is sure to please everyone’s tastes. B, L, D, BR, C, LS, VP. $$$

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FINALE, One Columbus Ave., 617-423-3184; 30 Dunster St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge, 617-441-9797; other locations, www.finaledesserts.com. This standout for sweets offers a wide array of specialty dessert creations, savory fare, coffees, wine and cocktails. L, D, LS, C. $$

TEATRO, 177 Tremont St., 617-778-6841, www.teatro boston.com. Teatro boasts a reasonably priced Italianinfluenced menu by owner/chef Jamie Mammano. The restaurant was named “Best Pre-Theatre Dining 2003” (Improper Bostonian) and “Best Italian Restaurant 2003” (Boston magazine). D, C, VP. $$$ THEATRE CAFE, Radisson Hotel, 200 Stuart St., 617-5742752. Located in the heart of the Theatre District, this restaurant features traditional American fare in a comfortable

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American Audubon Circle, p. 55 Aura, p. 57 The Beehive, p. 57 Big City Pizza Kitchen & Pool Hall, p. 50 Boston Beer Works, p. 60 Boston Burger Company, p. 56 Cheers, p. 52 Clink, p. 52 Dick’s Last Resort, p. 54 Finale, p. 59 Flatbread Company, p. 56 Flour Bakery & Cafe, p. 58 The Fours, p. 60 Game On!, p. 55 Hard Rock Cafe, p. 54 Howl at the Moon, p. 53 Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill, p. 55 Kings, p. 50 Locke-Ober, p. 59 Max & Dylans, p. 52 Meritage, p. 54 North 26, p. 54 The Paramount, p. 52 Parker’s Restaurant, p. 53 Redbones, p. 56 Russell House Tavern, p. 28 Scollay Square, p. 52 Sibling Rivalry, p. 58 606 Congress, p. 57 Stephanie’s On Newbury, p. 51

CUISINE INDEX International Ristorante Bella Vista, Bond, p. 52 p. 56 CityPlace, p. 59 Ristorante Saraceno, Flat Iron Tapas Bar & p. 56 Lounge, p. 60 Sportello, p. 57 Jacob Wirth, p. 59 Strega Waterfront, Market by Jeanp. 57 Georges, p. 59 Teatro, p. 59 Menton, p. 57 Terramia Ristorante, Red Sky, p. 54 p. 56 The Taj Boston, p. 51 Towne Stove and Japanese/Sushi Spirits, p. 51 O Ya, p. 53 Trade, p. 54 Snappy Sushi, p. 51 Chinese Zephyr on the Wagamama, p. 30 Hong Kong, p. 28 Charles, p. 30 Myers + Chang, p. 58 Mediterranean Irish Avila Modern French/FrenchThe Asgard Irish Pub Mediterranean, American & Restaurant, p. 28 p. 59 Brasserie Jo, p. 50 The Kinsale Irish Pub Dante, p. 28 Cafe Fleuri, p. 52 & Restaurant, p. 53 Vlora Mediterranean Clio, p. 50 Restaurant & Wine Eastern Standard, Italian Bar, p. 51 p. 55 Antico Forno, p. 55 Gaslight, p. 58 Antonio’s, p. 51 Mexican/ Hamersley’s Bistro, Assaggio, p. 55 Southwestern p. 58 Caffe Pompei, p. 55 Fajitas & ’Ritas, p. 53 L’Espalier, p. 50 Caliterra, p. 53 Masa, p. 58 Miel, p. 54 Coppa, p. 58 No. 9 Park, p. 52 Davio’s Northern New England Radius, p. 53 Italian Steakhouse, Avenue One, p. 58 p. 50 Durgin-Park, p. 54 French Country Filippo Ristorante, Henrietta’s Table, The Hungry i, p. 52 p. 55 p. 28 Lucca Restaurant & Nubar, p. 28 Greek/GreekBar, p. 55 American Massimino’s Cucina Seafood Steve’s Greek Cuisine, Italiana, p. 55 The Barking Crab, p. 51 Nebo, p. 60 p. 57 Zoe’s, p. 30 Regina Pizza, p. 56 Dolphin Seafood, Rialto, p. 28 p. 28

The Sunset Grill & Tap, p. 50 Theatre Cafe, p. 59 Top of the Hub, p. 51 Tremont 647, p. 58 Union Bar and Grille, p. 58 Upstairs on the Square, p. 30 The Warren Tavern, p. 52 West End Johnnie’s, p. 60

atmosphere and is a great location for pre- and post-theater dining. Seasonal outdoor dining and discounted parking at on-site garage is available. B, L, D. $$

WEST END/NORTH STATION BOSTON BEER WORKS, 112 Canal St., 617-896-2337; 61 Brookline Ave., 617-536-2337, www.beerworks.net. Enjoy 15 microbrews on tap and an extensive menu of bold American food, including BBQ ribs, buckets of fries and burger menu at BBW’s second Boston location, steps from TD Garden. L, D. $ FLAT IRON TAPAS BAR & LOUNGE, 107 Merrimac St., 617-778-2900, www.flatironboston.com. Located in the Bulfinch Hotel, the sleek décor and lounge music create a relaxed environment perfect for savoring a cocktail and sharing tasty tapas. The menu includes sophisticated dishes from countries around the globe and creative specialty drinks like the Iron Margarite. D, C. $$$

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Jasper White’s Summer Shack, p. 50 Legal Sea Foods, p. 59 Neptune Oyster, p. 56 Oceana, p. 53 Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, p. 54 Skipjack’s, p. 50 Turner Fisheries, p. 51 Ye Olde Union Oyster House, p. 53 Spanish/Tapas Dali, p. 56 Tapeo, p. 51 Toro, p. 58 Steakhouses Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, p. 50 Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, p. 57 Grill 23 & Bar, p. 50 Morton’s The Steakhouse, p. 57 The Oak Room, p. 50 Smith & Wollensky, p. 54

THE FOURS, 166 Canal St., 617-720-4455, www.thefours.com. This bar and restaurant has been named one of the best sports bars in America by Sports Illustrated and Maxim. The homemade clam chowder, buffalo wings and abundant menu of appetizers, sandwiches and pub food have made it as popular for its cuisine as its sports scene. L, D, LS. $$ NEBO, 90 N. Washington St., 617-723-6326, nebo restaurant.com. Located just steps away from the TD Garden, this upscale pizzeria and enoteca with a familial vibe offers up a pleasing menu of antipasti, homemade pastas and 30 varieties of Neapolitan-style pizza, all served in a stylish environment of natural wood, chocolate suede and brick walls. D. $$$ *WEST END JOHNNIE’S, 138 Portland St., 617-227-1588, www.westendjohnnies.com. This restaurant’s décor, featuring autographed memorabilia, evokes the feel of Boston’s old West End. With a mix of Italian and traditional New England cuisine, the menu also includes ethnic dishes such as molasses-glazed wings and roasted salmon. L, D, SB, C. $$$


ELCOME 2012 THE RIGHT WAY—AT A FABULOUS PARTY, OF COURSE. The following are our picks for the countdown before your resolutions kick in. by Bailey Marquis

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Feel candy cravings coming on? Ring in the New Year among everlasting gobstoppers and chocolate rivers. Grab your golden ticket and head to The Greatest Bar. Willy Wonka has turned the place into his Chocolate Factory for the night, complete with a candy bar. Tickets: $50–125. Visit www.thegreatestbar.com or call 617-335-5582.

If you’re looking for a celebration where food takes the main stage, look no further than Top of the Hub. Mingle 52 floors high while enjoying an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and arguably the best view of the city. Then sit down for a six-course meal, sip a glass of champagne and toast 2012 at the strike of midnight. Tickets: $275. Visit www.topofthe hub.net or call 617-536-1775.

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Bring out your inner secret agent for a night Oberon in Cambridge is where it’s at for a of James Bond-inspired partying at the wild night of disco fever. Not only do partyCourtyard Marriott Hotel. This upscale goers get to experience the legendary ’70sevent, called Timeless, complete with red themed The Donkey Show, they also get a carpet, serves cocktails (shaken, not stirred) special New Year’s toast and a groovy after and photo ops to capture the unforgettable party. Tickets: $55–85. Visit www.american night and make you repertorytheater.org feel like a Hollywood or call 617-599-7718. star. Tickets: On January 2, swing by the Panorama $70–140. Visit Climb aboard Spirit Welcome Center located in Copley www.synergynye.com of Boston’s cruise Place for a post-celebration pick me up. or call 617-340-2349. ship for a seaworthy The 5-Hour Energy folks serve up fourcelebration of Auld calorie goodness in the form of free Check out Lang Syne. Dinner, (you heard us right) samples. The Beehive’s dancing and drinks Discoteque New will be abundant Year’s Eve for a night filled with Parisian throughout the night, not to mention the burlesque, live funk jams by The AB’s and an spectacular view of the midnight fireworks all-around Bohemian vibe. Tickets: $75; $105 you’ll take in while you’re on the water. with buffet. Visit www.beehiveboston.com or Tickets: $129.90–219.90. Visit www.spiritof call 617-423-0069. boston.com or call 866-310-2469.

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backin boston by Paul Adler s comedian Andy Kindler made coffee in his California residence, even the sounds were funny. Gurgles, plops and jingles of caffeine paraphernalia accompanied Kindler’s reminiscences. “When I was a kid I was always smaller than everyone else. They made us line up according to size so I was always aware I was the shortest kid in school.” Now, with voice acting roles on two wildly popular cartoons, contributions to “The Daily Show,” appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” one of the most celebrated stand-up acts in the nation and a gig on the hit show “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Kindler is certainly no small fry when it comes to laughs. With all this success, Kindler has somehow managed to remain more than humble. “I think acting is a very strange thing and stand-up is something you never feel like you can master. The night you say ‘I have this down,’ you are absolutely going to bomb the next.” And bombing for Andy is simply not an option. Even when a joke goes awry Kindler is known to stop and analyze the bit mid-act and, in doing so, elicits some of his biggest laughs. Kindler laments the fact that most comedians assume

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Andy Kindler “Americans need to know every step of the way or they get lost. [For instance] on most shows a guy says ‘I really got upset at that party,’ then they cut to the guy getting upset at the party.” Kindler refuses such easy (read: hackneyed) approaches, and his appearance at this year’s Boston Comedy Festival was no exception. “I love Boston. I first came here in the ’90s to record sessions for ‘Dr. Katz,’ and I got to stay in Harvard Square and pretend I was an intellectual,” says Kindler, who did not disappoint audiences this year. In fact, with locals left laughing long after his show ended, there is no doubt Boston would be happy to have this funny man as a year-round fixture.

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Panorama Magazine: December 26, 2011 Issue  

Panorama Magazine: December 26, 2011 Issue