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By adamg - 3/3/21 - 3:20 pm
Part of Harvard Square made up to look like Yale

Eric Weinberger reports from New Haven on the Charles that some movie maker has recast an area near Harvard to look like Yale.

When Boston was made to look like New York.

By adamg - 2/28/21 - 2:19 pm

Boston Birthday Flash Mob

In the before times, it was a thing: People would just gather in some crowded place and begin to dance, or sing or play instruments. Remember crowded spaces? Here are some videos of Boston flash mobs back in the day: Read more.

By adamg - 2/26/21 - 11:59 am

Mayor Walsh (yes, he's still here) announced yesterday that unlike the rest of the state, Boston will not be allowing live music to resume at smaller venues and restaurants on Monday, but will instead wait until March 22, "if public health data allows."

More details.

By adamg - 2/26/21 - 10:40 am

Thrillist talks to Frank Poindexter, general manager of Wally's on Mass. Ave. about how it's staying around when so many other small music sites in the Boston area have had to shut over the past year.

By adamg - 2/22/21 - 12:28 pm

Boston Calling says mark your calendar for Memorial Day weekend - in 2022, when it hopes to return after canceling the festival again this year due to exactly the reason you would expect.

After exploring all possible options for hosting Boston Calling this year, we have made the difficult decision in conjunction with local and state authorities to cancel the 2021 festival.

By adamg - 2/11/21 - 7:22 pm

Corea was 79. He grew up in Chelsea, and one of his first gigs was with Cab Calloway in Boston.

By adamg - 1/27/21 - 2:03 pm
Rockwood telling the Boston Licensing Board of his plans

Ken Rockwood talks music-hall buildouts with the licensing board.

The operator of a small Manhattan music hall hopes to open a similar facility at Van Ness and Kilmarnock streets in the Fenway. Read more

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 9:36 am
Hotel in Sacramento that's really the Midtown Hotel in Boston

Something familiar about this Sacramento scene.

Charles Dennison IV was watching an episode of "Mr. Mayor" that involves a trip to Sacramento when he noticed an oddly familiar "Sacramento" hotel.

Roughly similar view from Google that will help you place it. Wonder if the Sacramento hotel is also slated to be replaced?

By adamg - 1/17/21 - 10:16 pm
Walter DeVenne

"Little Walter" DeVenne, who started broadcasting doo-wop and oldies on the MIT student radio station in 1967 and then just kept going across the Boston radio dial before settling on WODS with "Little Walter's Time Machine," died yesterday from Covid-19, according to a posting on the Boston Radio Interest mailing list. Read more.

By adamg - 1/3/21 - 5:49 pm
New York City cabs on Devonshire Street in Boston

Adam Castiglioni discovered that somebody's turned Devonshire Street downtown into a giant New York City cab stand, either because there were all these New Yorkers up here who are very particular about how they get back home or because somebody's filming something downtown where Boston stands in for New York (it's been done before).

By adamg - 12/29/20 - 9:59 am

Larry Davidson listens to the audio version of Hank Phillippi Ryan's The Murder List (affiliate link) and generally likes it, but finds one mistake that is surprising coming from a veteran Boston reporter: Read more.

By adamg - 12/24/20 - 3:49 pm

Michael Spicher watched the JP Honkband perform "Mad World" in the Jamaica Pond gazebo this afternoon: Read more.

By adamg - 12/20/20 - 10:08 pm

First Baptist Church of Dorchester "A Christmas Carol" Radio Play

The First Baptist Church in Dorchester has created this "Zoomed production" radio-play version of Dickens's classic story.

By adamg - 12/14/20 - 4:32 pm

With Covid-19 numbers continuing to rise, Mayor Walsh said today he's rolling the city back to an earlier time in the pandemic and ordering that a variety of indoor facilities and outdoor tours be shut for three weeks starting Wednesday. Read more.

By adamg - 12/8/20 - 12:23 pm

Sammy Davis Jr. Live In Boston 1988

Dart Adams provides some background on Davis's performance with the Pops in 1988:

Sammy Davis Jr. first came to Boston's South End/Lower Roxbury as a child and lived there for years with his father and his "uncle" Will Mastin as part of the Will Mastin Trio.

By adamg - 12/4/20 - 2:59 pm

News that Ewan McGregor might show up here for filming of a Star Wars series based on the planet Tatooine has gotten local folks to wondering why Boston and the accommodations needed for our local mores: Read more.

By adamg - 12/3/20 - 2:07 pm

WBZ reports Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in filming next month in Boston as part of a series about his adventures on Tatooine, "a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders."

By adamg - 10/30/20 - 9:33 pm
Proposed Live Long and Prosper monuent

Rendering of proposed statue.

Julie Nimoy, Leonard's daughter, today proposed erecting a 25-foot-high memorial in Boston to her father, in the form of the "live long and prosper" hand gesture he made famous. Read more.

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