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Allston is a neighborhood of Boston Massachusetts. According to census figures over half of the population of Allston is aged 20-34 which is a clear indication of the strong college student presence. Nearby you will find Boston University, Boston College, MIT and Harvard University.

Allston MA is the only locale in the United States named for an artist - Washington Allston. The many musicians and music venues have given rise to the nicknames "Allston Rock City" and "Rock and Roll Allston".

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KING - Jennah Bell
This event is 18 and over
KING


Twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother and musical compadre Anita Bias are KING.

In 2011 KING independently released their first EP to much acclaim; title track “The Story,” (featured on GLAMOUR‘s Top Songs Playlist), “Supernatural” (NPR's Song of the Day) and “Hey” (featured in 2014 motion picture ‘About Last Night’) make up the 3-piece introduction to their carefully crafted future-soul sound. Hours after the release, their EP had traveled far to music lovers and tastemakers alike, trending on Twitter and making new fans of many. KING have since been preparing their debut full-length album due for release Fall 2014 and are excited to invite their listeners further into their sound. The album will also include the ethereal romance “In The Meantime” (Top 2013 Pick by NPR, The Guardian UK, and Buzzbands LA).

KING’s smooth vibe, intricate production and harmonic style evolved beautifully in their home studio, a product solely of the three women. Paris produces KING’s songs, while Amber and Anita are the primary singers. The three work together on songwriting and vocal arrangements to create own their very uniquely soulful sound.

Citing influences ranging from a myriad of genres, KING’s eclectic sound is both relatable yet not simply defined. Though their cross-genre sound plays with the boundaries of their varied influences, maintained throughout each of their compositions is the common thread of a certain soulful authenticity. From Ebony Magazine: “KING bypasses the impulse to categorize musicians into a singular box by falling somewhere in the utopian realm of nostalgic R&B, futuristic soul and folksy-bluesy jazz." Add to that their electronic, new wave and downtempo tastes, their penchant for storytelling and their exceptional ability to blend 3 voices and perspectives- and the result is a melting pot of music that harks to an earlier time of unbridled exploration and creativity. From Okayplayer: "It’s not hard to tell what all the fuss is about; sophisticated pop harmonies that would seem more appropriate to past-masters than newcomers–yet never feel anything less than breezily accessible, mostly because of a certain emotional purity to the songwriting. The ladies of KING are just as refreshingly pleasant as their recordings...this just seems to confirm the eerie suspicion that though only two are blood-sisters, all three are spiritual triplets."

When: Aug 11, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $10 (Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21 )
Wild Ones
When: Aug 10, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 10.00 - 10.00 (Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21 )
Air Traffic Controller - The Tragic Thrills - Lux Deluxe
This event is 18 and over
Air Traffic Controller


"A brightly glowing Ferris wheel of musical romance" - The Boston Globe

"One of Boston's finest independent bands" - WERS
Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. One song reached producer/artist Bleu, and when Munro returned to his hometown of Boston, the aptly-named rock band Air Traffic Controller was born. The band’s debut album, NORDO, was produced by Bleu.

After the band's duet "You Know Me" shot to #1 on Hype Machine, they quickly started earning coverage for the song on AOL Spinner, NPR, FILTER, Boston Phoenix, Pop Matters and blogs like College Beats, Ryan's Smashing Life, Eargasm and Wounded Jukebox. They played the song live for Relix Magazine, FILTER/Dickies, Blue Microphones, Balcony TV LA, and the ABC Network in Los Angeles. The song has been featured in official blogs on Spotify, Grooveshark and has had over 140k listens on SoundCloud. WERS in Boston has championed the song giving it the same rotation as bands like Dawes, fun., and Youngblood Hawke. Radio play for "You Know Me" and other songs off of NORDO have been featured on over 150 College and Specialty Shows with 11 Weeks on the Top 200 CMJ Charts. Home-town support in Boston is tremendous with plays from WERS, RadioBoston, WXRV, Frank FM, WFNX, WBUR and were named by WERS as one of the Top 5 acts of 2012.

This year has been exceptional for the band, winning awards like the 2013 Artist on The Verge Award from the New Music Seminar and an Independent Music Award for Best Indie/Alt Rock song "You Know Me." Their music has been used by Bose, Toyota, Polar Beverages, and have been featured on the TV shows Cougar Town and How To Live With Your Parents. They've also shared stages with bands like Dr. Dog, Explosions In The Sky, Joshua Radin, and more.
The Tragic Thrills


"My aim is to be earnest and have integrity," says Zach Porter, primary songwriter of the transcendent pop-rock quartet The Tragic Thrills. "When I write songs for this band, I question every word because I want to make sure everything is honest."

The quartet is comprised of seasoned musicians with national and international touring experience, and successful track records with both major and independent labels. In addition to Zach Porter, the band includes Michael Martinez, Brent Schneiders, and Cameron Quiseng. With The Tragic Thrills, the band members break away from their legacies to rally behind the poetic and irreverently romantic songs Porter has crafted. Emboldened by the fresh start, the guys have taken the reins to steer their destiny. They self-funded their self-titled debut, and, enamored with the subtle genius production on Mat Kearney's Young Love, handpicked producer Jason Lehning.

It's a bold way to launch a new band, but that move keeps within the vibrant emotionality packed in the group's moniker. "The name The Tragic Thrills embodies a sense of what I owe. Not what I owe to anyone, just what it'll take for me to find whatever the hell it is I'm looking for in life," Porter reveals.

For Porter, love pulled him off the music business treadmill and brought him back to soulful creative authenticity. "Meeting my girlfriend changed everything," he confides. "In the past, being in a successful band was the most important thing in the world to me—I was willing to do whatever it took to make it. But my heart moved on. Now I'm able to write in a way that my ambitions had stopped me from before. "

The Tragic Thrills debut is sublimely modern with skyward, atmospheric anthemics tastefully balanced by poignant and quaint touches likes stately cello, crystalline piano, and shimmering guitars. Against this expansive backdrop, Porter sings his powerfully confessional lyrics with rawness and urgency. On "Creeps And Strangers" Porter's voice has a winsome weariness as he sings/begs "please don't go" against the song's luminescent accompaniment.

Throughout the album Porter's lyric writing is a revelation; it's blunt and pent-up but bursting with emotion. On "Tears" he sings: I lost it all/I punched the wall again/But it was stronger than my hands/And they were swollen, they were red/And I'm a fool/I'm not a lion, I'm a man I can't outrun the hurt they said/But I can love and love again/And you too, you too. "I have days quite often where I find myself relating to 'Tears,' in many different ways," he says candidly. "I have something that means everything to me. And with that connection and devotion comes the greatest moments in my life but also some of the hardest."

The hauntingly beautiful "Fever" features some of his most imaginative and stinging lyrical ideas. "There are 3 different stories in 'Fever.' The first story I made up, although it's safe to say it happens all the time. The other 2 stories are personal stories from my life," he explains. "Getting these stories out in these songs is a huge release for me. When I sing that song I mean every word."

The Tragic Thrills sought out producer Jason Lehning for his fingerprint aesthetic of sleek poise and unvarnished expressiveness. "Jason was everything I needed. He was the perfect balance of challenging me and letting me do my thing to capture an emotion," explains Porter.

"The whole time I was making the record there was a sense of purpose," Porter says pensively, thinking back. "It felt like it was exactly what I should be doing. That sense of purpose gets me through everything," he says, pausing. "I can't wait to play this music live. The more we get out there and prove ourselves the more fulfilling this will be. "

When: Aug 26, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $10 (Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21 )
BLM Beer Blitz
Beer Tasting / Release Tweet
Good things are a-brewin’ at Brookline Liquor Mart. We are excited to announce that on Friday, September 5th, from 5pm to 8pm we are holding the BLM BEER BLITZ. We are happy to be hosting a variety of awesome microbreweries including Harpoon Brewery, Jack’s Abby Brewing, Mystic Brewery, Berkshire Brewing Company, Clown Shoes, Downeast Cider House, Green River Ambrosia, and Firestone Walker Brewing Company. This is the first of two tastings we are holding that weekend. Don’t miss this very special event, as well as, wine, beer and spirits the next day, Saturday, September 6th, from 1pm to 4pm. Admission for both events is free.

A lot of hard work has been put into building up the craft beer selection at Brookline Liquor Mart, and we are excited to celebrate all the wonderful things happening in Massachusetts and beyond.

Must be 21+ to enter with valid ID

Please taste responsibly.

More: http://www.blmwine.com/

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Submitted by: RummyRedbeard

When: Sep 5, 2014 5 PM in Allston, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17 )
THE MANHATTANS
When: Aug 8, 2014 10 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $45.00 - $85.00 (Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22 )
THE MANHATTANS
When: Aug 8, 2014 8 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $45.00 - $85.00 (Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20 )
Wildcat! Wildcat!
When: Aug 8, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 10.00 - 10.00 (Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21 )
Our Last Night (Moved to Paradise Rock Club)
When: Aug 22, 2014 6 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 13.00 - 13.00 (Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18 )
Introduction to Burlesque (August 2014)
No previous experience is necessary. This series of classes was designed and created with the novice dancer in mind, but experienced dancers looking to learn classic burlesque moves and techniques will also greatly benefit. Through a series of lessons and demonstrations which build upon one another, students will learn the fundamentals of burlesque dance. At the end of the course, you will have the building blocks to create your own fun and flirty dance routine. Over the four weeks we'll discuss burlesque-related topics like music selection, the art of costuming, and performing for an audience. Burlesque is a terrific form of expression for any woman. It builds confidence, comfort with your own body and it's great exercise too! This is a four-session course. All classes are from 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. and are taught at B.A.B.E. (119 Braintree St., #206, Allston, MA 02134). Cost: Drop-in Students: No registration is required, just come on over. Each class is designed to stand alone. The drop-in fee is $30 and must be paid in cash to the instructor at the beginning of the session. Pre-paid Students: Register and pay for the class on-line at least 24 hours before the class starts and save $5.00 Please Note: there are no refunds or transfers if you pre-register and cannot attend. Pre-registration is $25 and can be done on-line for one class or multiple classes! Course Commitment: To register for the full course for $99, please select "Tuesday, August 5" as the date you wish to register for, and then select the "All 4 classes" ticket. Sessions: Session #1 (Tuesday, August 5): Week One starts things off right with some Burlesque Basics. You'll learn that classic burlesque move, The Bump, plus how to turn your everyday steps in struts and slinky walks. For the striptease lesson, you'll be learning how to remove Long Gloves. We'll have some loaner gloves available, but if you've got a pair of your own, please bring them! Session #2 (Tuesday, August 12): This week's move is The Grind, those oh-so teasing and pleasing types of hip circles that are essential to classic burlesque. Combine it with Week One's lesson, you get the classic "bump 'n' grind". Week Two's striptease lessons are on Skirts and Shirts. Please bring a skirt with a zipper and a blouse with buttons. Since you'll be removing your clothes, you may want to wear shorts or leggings and a tank top underneath or fancy lingerie, depending on your comfort level. Session #3 (Tuesday, August 19): This week's move is The Shimmy, how to quiver and shake to the delight of your audience. We'll continue to build up our movement vocabulary that now includes both bumps and grinds. Week Three's striptease lesson is all about Stockings. Please bring a pair of thigh-high stockings to class. After you learn some Floorwork to highlight your lovely gams, we'll practice the provocative stocking remove. Session #4 (Tuesday, August 26): This week's move is Tassel Twirling -- the ultimate burlesque trick! You will need to bring pasties with tassels to class for this. We'll have a few pairs for sale. If you're uncomfortable appearing in just pasties, please wear a close-fitting tank-top under your bra and affix the pasties to that. It's harder to twirl, but we don't want anyone struggling beyond their comfort level. Week Four's striptease lesson is Removing a Bra. Please bring a back-fastening bra to class. See the above note about pasties and comfort levels. That applies here too. For extra fun, we'll be playing with Feather Boas, that quintessential burlesque accessory. If you have a boa, by all means bring it, but we'll also have some loner boas and a few for sale.



When: Aug 5, 2014 8 PM to Aug 5, 2014 9 PMin Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 25 - 99 USD (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20 )
Joshua Redman Trio with Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson
When: Oct 24, 2014 8 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit website for price range. (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20 )
Turquoise Jeep
When: Jul 31, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 15.00 - 15.00 (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21 )
Ty Segall
When: Sep 19, 2014 1 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 20.00 - 20.00 (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13 )
Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet featuring Ellis Marsalis, Dezron Douglas & Winard Harper
When: Aug 15, 2014 10 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $35.00 - $75.00 (Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22 )
Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet featuring Ellis Marsalis, Dezron Douglas & Winard Harper
When: Aug 15, 2014 8 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $35.00 - $75.00 (Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20 )
Slow Club
When: Sep 21, 2014 7 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 12.00 - 12.00 (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19 )
Reptar
When: Sep 7, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 13.00 - 13.00 (Sun, 07 Sep 2014 21 )
The Cave Singers
When: Sep 18, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 13.00 - 13.00 (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21 )
The New Mastersounds
When: Sep 10, 2014 7 PM in Allston, Massachusetts (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19 )
il sogno del marinaio (with mike watt)
When: Oct 12, 2014 2 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $12.00 (Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14 )
2-Day Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Foundation Certificate

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Foundation is the first in the series of globally taught WSET Wine Education programs and is geared to anyone with an interest in wine. Absolutely NO EXPERIENCE is NECESSARY to take this course as no prior knowledge is assumed.

The Foundation course is unique in that it provides a systematized way of learning about and tasting wine. It gives participants knowledge that is both practical, hands-on and is designed to build that foundation for future wine learning and exploration. The course will introduce you to the main styles of wine available, the storage and service of wine, and the matching of food and wine. The course aims to provide you with wine product and service information, plus food and wine matching skills. At the end of the course, a short exam will be given, and upon passing, you will receive a certificate from the WSET in London.

Registration includes WSET workbook, exam fee, wine and food expenses, and all other supplies.

Lunch each day is not included; we will take a deli order first thing for people who want to order lunch, or feel free to bring your own.

Wine List and Time Line (tentative)

SATURDAY

Session 1  10am-Noon

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Carneros Chardonnay
Rose wine
Burgundian or Premium New World Pinot Noir
Bordeaux Cab dominant red
Australian Shiraz

LUNCH  Noon-1pm

Session 2  1-3pm

Basic Sparkling wine – Champagne or US
Dry Pinot Grigio
Sweet wine: Sauternes/Barsac,
Simple low tannin fruity Merlot
New World Cabernet Sauvignon with tannin
Port – Ruby or LBV

SUNDAY

Session 3  10am-Noon

Chablis
Cava
Sweet white wine (Riesling)
Beaujolais Village
Chianti (basic/Classico)
Rioja Reserva

LUNCH + STUDY TIME  Noon-2pm

TEST  2-3pm



When: Apr 12, 2014 10 AM to Dec 31, 2014 10 AMin Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10 )
JAM\u0092N 94.5 Presents: Kat Dahlia
When: Feb 18, 2015 7 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 12.00 - 12.00 (Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19 )
Drivin N Cryin
When: Aug 13, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 10.00 - 10.00 (Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21 )
Wakey! Wakey!
When: Sep 18, 2014 7 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 12.00 - 12.00 (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19 )
Mundy
When: Aug 27, 2014 7 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 20.00 - 20.00 (Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19 )
BABEfit (August)
BABEfit is the fabulous fitness series from The Boston Academy of Burlesque Education which combines burlesque flair with cardio dance. Keeping your fitness routine is easy when your workout is this much fun! Whether you're looking to add a fitness regimen to your life, or just looking for something new and different, BABEfit is the best way to bump, grind, and shimmy your way to a confident new you! Each class includes a warm up, fun & heart-pumping dance combinations using The Boston Babydolls' favorite burlesque moves, floor work to tone legs and strengthen core, and a cool down & stretch. Students should wear workout clothes and athletic shoes or flat dance shoes. Dance sneakers are ideal! Bring a yoga mat for the floor work, if lying on the dance floor will be uncomfortable. And you'll definitely want a water bottle! There is no striptease in this class, but things will certainly heat up! If you have a Living Social or Signpost coupon, please go to the B.A.B.E. website to redeem it.



When: Aug 26, 2014 7 PM to Aug 26, 2014 8 PMin Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 48 USD (Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19 )
Christopher Denny
When: Aug 7, 2014 12 AM in Allston, Massachusetts (Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00 )
Tiny Ruins
When: Aug 6, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 10.00 - 10.00 (Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21 )
Secret Chiefs 3
When: Oct 19, 2014 8 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 15.00 - 15.00 (Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20 )
2nd Annual Punk N Roll BBQ - Fundraiser for Rawkstars Inc. - Presented by Ocelot Records - Burning Streets - Dead Cats Dead Rats - The Digs - Zip-Tie Handcuffs - A Minor Revolution - Psychic Dog - The Hideout - Patrick Simas - Horse Mode - The Down And Outs - Supersona - Bucky Harris
08.03.14 Sun
2nd Annual Punk N Roll BBQ
Fundraiser for Rawkstars Inc.
Presented by Ocelot Records
Burning Streets
Dead Cats Dead Rats
The Digs
Zip-Tie Handcuffs
A Minor Revolution
Psychic Dog
The Hideout
Patrick Simas
Horse Mode
The Down And Outs
Supersona
Bucky Harris

O'Brien's
Ocelot Records


1pm Doors
21+
$16 ADV/$20 Door

Event Details




When: Aug 3, 2014 1 PM in Allston, Massachusetts (Sun, 03 Aug 2014 13 )
MICHAEL DUTRA Presents "FRANK & LIZA" with the STRICTLY SINATRA BAND
When: Oct 5, 2014 4 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $45.00 - $85.00 (Sun, 05 Oct 2014 16 )
Ty Segall
When: Sep 19, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21 )
Allston Pudding & Boston Hassle Present Pretty & Nice
When: Aug 16, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 8.00 - 8.00 (Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21 )
Rachelle Ferrell
When: Oct 11, 2014 8 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $48.00 - $88.00 (Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20 )
Rachelle Ferrell
When: Oct 11, 2014 10 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $48.00 - $88.00 (Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22 )
Gruff Rhys
When: Nov 7, 2014 7 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 12.00 - 12.00 (Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19 )
Bastard Squad
When: Sep 20, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 10.00 - 10.00 (Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21 )
Mineral (Moved to Paradise Rock Club)
When: Sep 10, 2014 7 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 18.00 - 18.00 (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19 )
The Sidekicks
When: Aug 20, 2014 2 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $10.00 (Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14 )
Elephants - Bellwire - Everything and Everyone - The Original Cowards
09.13.14 Sat
Elephants
Bellwire
Everything and Everyone
The Original Cowards

O'Brien's
As Built PR


8pm Doors
21+
$8

Event Details


When: Sep 13, 2014 8 PM in Allston, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20 )
OCELOT 2nd Annual Punk N Roll BBQ featuring Fundraiser for Rawkstars Inc.
When: Aug 3, 2014 1:20:00 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $16.00 (Sun, 03 Aug 2014 13:20:00 )
The Drums
When: Sep 22, 2014 7 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 15.00 - 15.00 (Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19 )
Wine, Cheese and The Pursuit of Happiness (Class + Dinner)

Is there anything more delicious with wine than cheese? If there is, I want some!

We'll pair up creamy brie, crunchy aged Gouda, and tangy blues with lots of great wines. You'll learn about the spectrum of wine and the spectrum of cheese and other strategies for making great matches.

Follow class with a delicious wine pairing dinner and put what you just learned to the test!

 

Sample Menu

 

TASTING MENU

Sparkling Prosecco + Ricotta Fresca     German Riesling + Five Year-Old Gouda

Beaujolais + Brie     Spanish Syrah + Mahon    Zinfandel + Egyptian Roumy

Port + Fourme d'Ambert Blue

 

DINNER MENU: A Night in Italy

Chicken involtini | Timballo | Pasta rosette | Green salad vinaigrette

2007 Antane Chianti (Tuscany, central Italy)

Citrus polenta cake | Lemon almond torta | Strawberries



When: Nov 15, 2014 6 PM to Nov 15, 2014 9 PMin Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 115.00 true Wine, Cheese and the Pursuit of Happiness (Class + Dinner) 115.00

(Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18 )
VENI VIDI VINO! Wine Tasting Tour of Italy (4 Thursdays)

So many excellent Italian wines, so little time! Take a whirlwind introductory tour of the whole Italian peninsula, from Nebbiolo in the foothills of the Alps, to Chianti in Tuscany, all the way south to Sicily's rugged reds. These are some of the best food wines in the world, and we'll explore how beautifully they work with Italian cheeses, olives, and olive oil too. We could easily do a 52-week Italian wine class and never run out of exciting wines to taste, but we'll try and jam all the delicious into just four weeks.

CAN'T MAKE ALL FOUR CLASSES? No problem, just let me know in advance, and we will work something out.

SYLLABUS (tentative)
Week 1 ~ Introduction to Italy: Wines, Regions, and Grapes
Week 2 ~ Northern Italy: Veneto, Piedmont, and the Alps
Week 3 ~ Southern Stars: Sicily and Puglia
Week 4 ~ Tuscany: Chianti and Beyond

 



When: Sep 25, 2014 6 PM to Sep 25, 2014 8 PMin Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 250.00 true Wine Tasting Tour of Italy (4 Thursdays) 250.00

(Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18 )
VENI VIDI VINO! Wine Tasting Tour of Italy (4 Tuesdays)

So many excellent Italian wines, so little time! Take a whirlwind introductory tour of the whole Italian peninsula, from Nebbiolo in the foothills of the Alps, to Chianti in Tuscany, all the way south to Sicily's rugged reds. These are some of the best food wines in the world, and we'll explore how beautifully they work with Italian cheeses, olives, and olive oil too. We could easily do a 52-week Italian wine class and never run out of exciting wines to taste, but we'll try and jam all the delicious into just four weeks.

CAN'T MAKE ALL FOUR CLASSES? No problem, just let me know in advance, and we will work something out.

SYLLABUS (tentative)
Week 1 ~ Introduction to Italy: Wines, Regions, and Grapes
Week 2 ~ Northern Italy: Veneto, Piedmont, and the Alps
Week 3 ~ Southern Stars: Sicily and Puglia
Week 4 ~ Tuscany: Chianti and Beyond

 



When: Nov 11, 2014 6 PM to Nov 11, 2014 8 PMin Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 250.00 true Wine Tasting Tour of Italy (4 Tuesdays) 250.00

(Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18 )
Polyphonic Spree
When: Aug 25, 2014 7 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 18.00 - 18.00 (Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19 )
MEHMET ALI SANLIKOL
When: Oct 1, 2014 8 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $25 (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20 )
Fink
When: Sep 26, 2014 7 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 16.00 - 16.00 (Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19 )
Introduction to Burlesque (August 2014)
No previous experience is necessary. This series of classes was designed and created with the novice dancer in mind, but experienced dancers looking to learn classic burlesque moves and techniques will also greatly benefit. Through a series of lessons and demonstrations which build upon one another, students will learn the fundamentals of burlesque dance. At the end of the course, you will have the building blocks to create your own fun and flirty dance routine. Over the four weeks we'll discuss burlesque-related topics like music selection, the art of costuming, and performing for an audience. Burlesque is a terrific form of expression for any woman. It builds confidence, comfort with your own body and it's great exercise too! This is a four-session course. All classes are from 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. and are taught at B.A.B.E. (119 Braintree St., #206, Allston, MA 02134). Cost: Drop-in Students: No registration is required, just come on over. Each class is designed to stand alone. The drop-in fee is $30 and must be paid in cash to the instructor at the beginning of the session. Pre-paid Students: Register and pay for the class on-line at least 24 hours before the class starts and save $5.00 Please Note: there are no refunds or transfers if you pre-register and cannot attend. Pre-registration is $25 and can be done on-line for one class or multiple classes! Course Commitment: To register for the full course for $99, please select "Tuesday, August 5" as the date you wish to register for, and then select the "All 4 classes" ticket. Sessions: Session #1 (Tuesday, August 5): Week One starts things off right with some Burlesque Basics. You'll learn that classic burlesque move, The Bump, plus how to turn your everyday steps in struts and slinky walks. For the striptease lesson, you'll be learning how to remove Long Gloves. We'll have some loaner gloves available, but if you've got a pair of your own, please bring them! Session #2 (Tuesday, August 12): This week's move is The Grind, those oh-so teasing and pleasing types of hip circles that are essential to classic burlesque. Combine it with Week One's lesson, you get the classic "bump 'n' grind". Week Two's striptease lessons are on Skirts and Shirts. Please bring a skirt with a zipper and a blouse with buttons. Since you'll be removing your clothes, you may want to wear shorts or leggings and a tank top underneath or fancy lingerie, depending on your comfort level. Session #3 (Tuesday, August 19): This week's move is The Shimmy, how to quiver and shake to the delight of your audience. We'll continue to build up our movement vocabulary that now includes both bumps and grinds. Week Three's striptease lesson is all about Stockings. Please bring a pair of thigh-high stockings to class. After you learn some Floorwork to highlight your lovely gams, we'll practice the provocative stocking remove. Session #4 (Tuesday, August 26): This week's move is Tassel Twirling -- the ultimate burlesque trick! You will need to bring pasties with tassels to class for this. We'll have a few pairs for sale. If you're uncomfortable appearing in just pasties, please wear a close-fitting tank-top under your bra and affix the pasties to that. It's harder to twirl, but we don't want anyone struggling beyond their comfort level. Week Four's striptease lesson is Removing a Bra. Please bring a back-fastening bra to class. See the above note about pasties and comfort levels. That applies here too. For extra fun, we'll be playing with Feather Boas, that quintessential burlesque accessory. If you have a boa, by all means bring it, but we'll also have some loner boas and a few for sale.



When: Aug 19, 2014 8 PM to Aug 19, 2014 9 PMin Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 25 - 99 USD (Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20 )
Sweet Earth - Meadowhawks - The Canyon Rays
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When: Aug 31, 2014 8 PM in Allston, Massachusetts (Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20 )
Goodnight, Texas
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Goodnight, Texas


If you take out a map and measure the midway point between San Francisco and Chapel Hill, North Carolina — the homes of songwriters Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, respectively — you’ll find an unincorporated town called Goodnight, Texas (population at last count: 18). That’s what the duo discovered when they went looking for the center of their long-distance collaboration, a musical project that sounds, appropriately enough, like a cross-country drive on Interstate 40: Expansive, full of possibility, American in every sense of the word — the perfect place for missing someone but regretting nothing, for losing yourself in the crackle of guitar through speakers and having a good long think.

After meeting in San Francisco in 2007 through the Vinocur and Wolf built a friendship based on trading words and tunes. “I had never been able to sing with anyone before Pat. I was terrible at it,” says Vinocur. “But I didn't even have to try to harmonize with him. I still sort of have a hard time believing how easy it still is.” When Wolf moved to North Carolina in 2009, the songwriters kept in touch, finding their stylistic midpoint amidst banjo, guitar and mandolin, a love of working-class anthems. Though the two singers have notably different styles — Wolf showcasing a lifelong love of acoustic folk; Vinocur clearly comes from the world of garage rock, and leans toward darker blues — the duo shared a mutual admiration and easy harmony, as well as a fascination with late 19th century small-town America: A vision of a grittier, simpler world, full of raw pain and mysterious beauty. In 2012, after picking up a rhythm section (Alex Nash and Scott G. Padden), Goodnight, Texas released their debut LP, A Long Life of Living, to much critical acclaim.

The band’s contagiously entertaining dynamic at live shows, as well as the album’s energy, soul and range — from red-blooded, foot-stomping rock ’n’ roll to wistful front porch ballads to haunting tales of doomed romance — has made devotees out of both music critics and a growing legion of fans spread out across the country. Goodnight, Texas spent the last year and a half out on the road, supporting acts like Shakey Graves and Rusted Root, in addition to playing two sold-out hometown shows at the Fillmore alongside Bombay Bicycle Club and Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. The band released their sophomore record, Uncle John Farquhar, in the summer of 2014.

“It's a more upbeat, a little more fun, but it's still got some heaviness,” says Wolf of the new record. “The highs are higher and the lows are lower.” Vinocur, in particular, is excited to release “Dearest Sarah,” based on an actual Civil War letter written from husband to wife in 1861, a song Vinocur’s been working at for nearly eight years. “I wrote it in 2006 as a 4/4 acoustic guitar song and played it at two shows before taking it out of my set list.” says Vinocur “It was a lot of lyrics to remember and I was worried I would mess them up and ruin the song's impact. I knew it was a significant song to me, but it wasn't quite right yet.” Vinocur says the song was “all but forgotten until I re-watched Ken Burns’ Civil War where Sullivan Ballou's letter is read. Very shortly thereafter, on a particularly lonely trip to New Zealand in 2012, I re-learned it on a rooftop in Auckland and switched it to mandolin and waltz time. I added the bridge riff and the whole vibe came together. Finally I felt it was done and we recorded for release on our new record, 8 years after I first wrote it. “

The album itself is named for Wolf’s great-great-great grandfather, and a sermon he delivered on the occasion of Abraham Lincoln’s death graces the record’s liner notes. “In my eyes, he serves as kind of the first entry in the scrapbook that is this album concept,” says Wolf of the old photo of Farquhar that originally captured his imagination. “I was thinking of the album as a scrapbook - a collection of clippings over the course of the past century and a half,” says Wolf. “The oldest entries of the album package relate to John Farquhar, who was my maternal great-great-great grandfather, a minister in Lancaster PA: the cover of his Abraham Lincoln sermon is the cover of the liner notes booklet. Inside the booklet a letter that he wrote to his cousin in Massachusetts during the Civil War after visiting makeshift hospitals right outside the battle of Gettysburg. These documents are sort of the anchor of the work, so we've got this familial link to a seminal point in America's history and an example of both his (John Farquar’s) public and private voices. “

Americana is arguably an overused term at the moment — but what sets Goodnight, Texas apart from the pack is its richly imagined, full-color stories. In the longstanding folk tradition of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash, Goodnight, Texas sings songs that are each a world in and of themselves — transporting listeners from the battlefields of the deep south to a saloon full of hard-drinking but good-natured regulars to the nervous feeling in the stomach of a poor boy about to ask for his girl’s hand in marriage.

Uncle John Farquhar showcases this talent perhaps better than ever, with the two songwriters’ styles playing off each other to great effect, balancing a wry sense of humor with an obvious respect for the ghosts of this country’s past. Whether in Vinocur’s realm of epic sagas of loss and animated hit-the-road tunes or Wolf’s natural gift for deceptively sparse, emotion-driven songwriting, we can feel the sun-baked earth, taste the sweat of a day’s labor, hear the hound dog howling in the yard. Our protagonists are lonely travelers and scorned lovers ad sympathetically conjured bank robbers, and for the duration of a song, we are rooting for them with all we’ve got.

When: Sep 9, 2014 9 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: $10 (Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21 )

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