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By Sasha Patkin - 11/22/23 - 9:35 am
Adrian Todd Zuniga hosting Boston's 17th Literary Death Match

Adrian Todd Zuniga hosting Boston's 17th Literary Death Match.

When I think of a literary reading, I think of cardigan sweaters, stuffy rooms, and restrained academic earnestness. When I think of a death match, I think of an all-out, no holds barred, brutal and unholy spectacle.

So if I hear of something called a "Literary Death Match," there's a 100 percent chance I'll attend. Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/23 - 11:44 am

The Boston Licensing Board today indefinitely suspended the liquor license for Crave, 128 Brighton Ave. in Allston, because its owner neither showed up nor sent anybody to represent her at a hearing this week over a growing list of problems cited by police, from violence to traffic-clogging double parking outside. Read more.

By adamg - 11/14/23 - 2:17 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today began considering what to do about Crave, 128 Brighton Ave. in Allston, which one police sergeant said used to have the best fried chicken in all Boston but which he says has turned into a trouble-causing nightclub with valet parking and often a DJ. Read more.

By adamg - 11/2/23 - 11:25 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open Nov. 17 where the ShowPlace Icon Theatre used to be on Seaport Boulevard. As the name implies, beer will be on offer, along with harder drinks and food.

By adamg - 10/27/23 - 11:03 am


Kevin Karlson

WZLX reports that Kevin Karlson, part of its morning crew for nearly 20 years, has died.

Ryan Grannan-Doll, who learned of his death by listening to his show, reports: Read more.

By Sasha Patkin - 10/26/23 - 3:04 pm
The cast of Lizzie, The Musical, from left: Temma Beaudreau, Liza Giangrande, Sophia Muharram and Nora Sullivan

The cast of Lizzie, The Musical, from left: Temma Beaudreau, Liza Giangrande, Sophia Muharram and Nora Sullivan. Photo by Jim Sabitus.

The grisly Fall River murders have captivated public imagination for over 130 years, with truth often taking a backseat to fiction. That's certainly true of Lizzie, The Musical, which is being performed at the Umbrella Arts Center and reimagines the murders and trials as a riot grrrl power rock musical. Read more.

By Sasha Patkin - 10/10/23 - 9:41 pm
HONK!ers on the move

Photo by Sasha Patkin.

A ring had formed in Davis Square. In its center, a woman sang into a bullhorn while a row of trombones behind her seemed to lean into their music, taking steps forward as they played. They closed the gap with members of the surrounding crowd, who were also banging their heads, dancing to the music, and unconsciously marching closer to the musicians, until it became hard to tell who was who. Read more.

By adamg - 10/7/23 - 9:06 pm

GBH reports on the life and death of Brian O’Donovan, the longtime host of GBH’s radio show A Celtic Sojourn and the annual Christmas Celtic Sojourn.

By Sasha Patkin - 10/5/23 - 10:47 am
Girl Sküll performs at Brookline Porchfest

Girl Sküll performs at Brookline Porchfest. Photo by Sasha Patkin.

"Everyone hydrating?" Grace Buchanan, the lead singer of Girl Sküll, called out to the small crowd which had gathered outside on the quiet, leafy Brookline street.

“As we say in my household, hydrate or die straight!!" Buchanan cried, pulling a series of faces and then leading the band into a thunderous, appreciatively garage-grunge, punk-screamo number that shook up the gray, sleepy day and caused passing children on scooters to plug their ears and hurry past. Read more.

By Sasha Patkin - 8/31/23 - 4:10 pm
Wyn and the White Light perform at Sofar Boston HQ

Wyn and the White Light perform at Sofar Boston HQ. Photos by Sasha Patkin.

The last time I went to a concert it was too loud, tall people stood in front of me the whole time, and canned beers cost $15. While there's a time and place for every experience, and there can be something wonderful about being crammed in one place with thousands of fans and watching your favorite act through a giant LED stage display, sometimes you want a cozier, more intimate setting.

I've been meaning to check out a Sofar Sounds concert for years, but was never quite sure what to expect, which is entirely by design. Based on the premise of hosting secret concerts in unique venues, Sofar promises a serendipitous and intimate concert-going experience. Read more.

By adamg - 8/22/23 - 1:48 pm
New Frasier logo

It's true. Take a look at the (presumably pre-WGA/SAG strike) trailer: Read more.

By Irma la Douce - 8/11/23 - 7:04 pm

New Hampshire’s Jordan TW Trio is the opening act at tonight’s free concert at the Christian Science Lawn, to be followed by headliner RICANO. Music until 9 pm, there will be another outdoor concert on Sept. 8


By adamg - 7/28/23 - 11:32 pm
Blue Man Group with a sand gorilla

Matt Frank took in the Revere Sand Castle Festival tonight, which included a performance by Blue Man Group in front of an angry King Kong made of sand.

By adamg - 7/26/23 - 8:30 am

Brookline.News reports the Coolidge Corner Theatre, which is showing both "Oppenheimer" and "Barbie," sold more tickets their opening weekend than on any other weekend in history.

By adamg - 7/7/23 - 10:27 am
La Seleccion plays in the South End

Brooks Payne took in Miguel Ángel y La Selección at O'Day Playground in the South End yesterday - the start of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, which will host Thursday-evening performances at different parks across Boston this summer.

By adamg - 6/29/23 - 1:09 pm

The Boston Licensing Board voted unanimously today to suspend the Legacy's liquor license for three days because the Warrenton Street club didn't immediately fire a bouncer who is shown on the club's own video cold cocking one of three visiting gay Texans who had been yelling transphobic insults at a drag performer and a transsexual regular at closing time. Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/23 - 9:34 am

As part of Pride month, the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District and Men of Melanin Magic are hosting a free drag, dance and music show with local queer performers, on Summer Street at Washington Street, between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/23 - 12:32 pm

Scott Fybush reports at Northeast Radio Watch, that WJIB in Cambridge, and its sister stations on the Cape and in Maine, are staying on the air for now, using owner, program manager and DJ Bob Bittner's pre-recorded programs "with Bob’s Maine engineer Bob Perry adding an hourly announcement about Bob’s death to the station automation." Read more.

By adamg - 5/26/23 - 11:46 pm
Bob Bittner

Somerville City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen reports that Bob Bittner, owner of WJIB, 740 AM, and four other ad-free stations on the Cape and in Maine, died today. Read more.

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