By - 7/8/15 - 12:45 pm
Ghostbusters scene on Harrison Avenue in Chinatown

Craig Caplan caught a bit of the movie magic on Harrison Avenue in Chinatown today - such as making the normally soulless Verizon fortress look like it actually has something to do with the rest of Chinatown.

Riptor wonders: Who ya gonna call? Read more:

By - 7/7/15 - 4:25 pm
Japanese hot-pot place becomes Hong Kong restaurant for movie in Boston's Chinatown

What happened to the Japanese hot-pot place that used to be here?

So they're filming the Ghostbusters remake in Boston, which, of course, has to stand in for New York, because, well, that's what the Keymaster demands or something. Today, a half block of Harrison Avenue at Essex was made more Chinatownier for the movie.

The old Verizon switching station was livened up with Chinese banners (as was the newer and uglier Verizon switching station next door): Read more.

By - 7/2/15 - 11:31 am

Organizers of the Jamaica Plain Porchfest on July 11 say more than 100 bands will perform on porches and in yards across the neighborhood, between noon and 6 p.m. In addition to musicians, spaces will be set aside for storytelling, dramatic readings and circus performers - including unicyclists.

Meanwhile, the Roslindale Arts Alliance is putting together the first Roslindale Porch Fest, on Sept. 12.

By - 7/1/15 - 5:03 pm

Pennypackers in Magoun Square shut at 5 today because Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are filming their movie outside. They're not being compensated for the lost business, though:

Because we were told we can stay open if we want- but they're shutting the street down to the public.

Via Drew Starr.

By - 6/27/15 - 4:45 pm
Dancing in Chinatown

Rachel enjoyed the dance performance that was part of a Chinatown street festival today.

By - 6/26/15 - 9:09 pm
Cambridge Dance Party

Barbara S. hopped over to the Cambridge Dance Party outside City Hall in Central Square.

By - 6/19/15 - 11:33 am
By - 6/16/15 - 1:07 pm

Bijou owner George Aboujaoude says he is "very grateful" Boston Police quickly showed up outside his club early on May 17 - without that, a melee that ended with ten arrests, three guns seized and one officer in the hospital could have turned out far worse.

But at a Boston Licensing Board hearing on the incident this morning, Aboujaoude and club attorney Karen Simao said they're taking several steps to try to keep gang members - whom police blame for a good part of the roving brawl and all three of the guns - out of the club. Read more.

By - 6/9/15 - 10:45 pm
Piano on wheels in Copley Square

Nilesh Gandhi reports this guy wheeled into Copley Square tonight with a piano hitched to his bike, unhitched the piano and started playing classical and jazz.

By - 6/3/15 - 11:47 am

Seems Fallout 4 will be set in a post-apocalyptic Boston. BGR takes us on a tour and compares some screen caps with the pre-devastation sites they're based on.

H/t Jared.

By - 5/20/15 - 9:42 am

Crews from "Chasing Life," an ABC Family series about "April, an ambitious young journalist" newly diagnosed with cancer, are in the Back Bay today doing filming type stuff. They'll be shooting some shots in the Copley T stop, too.

By - 5/19/15 - 11:05 am

Wendy Blom, Executive Director of SCATV, sits down with Eric Fellinger, Board Chair of Union Square Main Streets, and Esther Hanig, Executive Director of Union Square Main Streets to discuss their grassroots fundraising campaign to help provide farm fresh food to Somerville neighbors in need of Farmers Market SNAP benefits. Support their endeavor: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/20...

By - 5/15/15 - 12:24 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports T.T. the Bear's Place could soon exit this mortal coil.

By - 5/13/15 - 10:43 am

Help us dust off and unlock our community vaults! Join your neighbors for a special film screening at Davis Sq. Theater on June 20th at 3pm.

Saturday, June 20th! Jump back in time with us as we rediscover the history of community + place, and explore how it has changed. Or will we discover that it hasn’t changed much? The full line-up of videos will be announced late May. Community Vault proceeds will help support the mission of Somerville Community Access TV station--your local community media center.

By - 4/23/15 - 3:55 pm

Yep, it's the trailer for the Johnny Depp version of the Whitey Bulger story.

H/t Patty Palmer.

By - 4/18/15 - 5:29 pm
Swing dancing on the Common

Erica Mattison took in some swing dancing on the Common today.

By - 4/12/15 - 11:53 am

Jacques Cabaret, 79 Broadway in Bay Village, goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday for permission to stop serving food - the day after it has to answer charges of not using the food-serving license it has.

The cabaret currently has a liquor license that requires it to make food available to patrons. On Tuesday, Jacques has to explain to the board why BPD detectives caught it on March 2 not offering food to customers, indeed, not having a kitchen or food-preparation area at all.

By - 4/9/15 - 9:30 am

Yes, it's an official thing, with a mayoral proclamation and everything. Vanyaland explains.

By - 4/4/15 - 5:41 pm
Pikachu in Boston's Prudential Center

The kidlet and I made our annual trek to the Pru to check out the costumes for Anime Boston. As always, it didn't disappoint, except for maybe the fact there were no Tron characters.

Thousands of costumed con goers flitted through both the Hynes and the Pru, where they mixed with bemused tourists and a few little kids, who found themselves watching an impromptu parade.