Frank Avruch

A New England television personality for over 40 years, Frank Avruch is Boston born and bred. He had  an ongoing love affair with the city...a mixture of the old and new, a burgeoning restaurant scene, a thriving theatre, music and arts mecca,  Bostonman.com expresses  the events and places that he thinks everyone should enjoy,particularly his theatre and movie choices. Have fun browsing and enjoy! 

 

 

 

Boston Pops Season Underway!

 

The 2016 Boston Pops season, -Now -June 18, under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart, features classic Boston Pops programming, including film scores of the silver screen, ballads from Broadway and the great American Songbook, classic rock anthems, and a Gospel NightBrian Wilsonspectacular, along with an impressive lineup of Boston Pops debuts, new programs that spotlight the best of the worlds of dance and puppetry, and the return of last year’s audience favorite, Pops On Demand: You Choosethe Tune 
the season closes on June 17 and 18 with Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest albums of all time.  Tickets to the 2016 Boston Pops season, at 888-266-1200 or www.bostonpops.or g.

 

 

Boston Ballet's "Swan Lake' closes May 26

This limited engagement of Swan Lake won't return to the stage for several years.

From the very first note of Tchaikovsky's romantic and ageless score, audiences are transported into a world where enchanted swans rise from a misty lake and a love-struck prince is deceived by a cruel and dangerous beauty.Virtuoso dancing abounds, from the mesmerizing corps of elegant swans, the colorful national dances, and incredible athleticism and grace of Odile's fouettés (whip turns), to the heartbreaking finale when Siegfried's unintentional betrayal and Odette's broken heart dooms the swans to their tragic fate.

 

 Upcoming Highlights on the Art Scene:

 The Gardner Museum will be showcasing 25 of the museum's most famous works of art by such masters as Rmbrandt,Bottecelli, Michaelangelo. Reubens and Rafael at the contemporary Hostetter Gallery now - Aug 1

Guest curator Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) was on hand to launch the retrospective featuring landscapes from The  Canadian artist Lawren Harris at  The museum of Fine Arts NoJune 1

Inside info:

Billy Joel will be playing at Fenway Park for the third consecutive summer. The Piano Man is set to play at the ballpark Aug. 18,  This is the second show announced for Fenway.James Taylor and Jackson Browne are playing the lyric little bandbox Aug. 3..


Jazz fans and Pop music fans: Discover the latest performance schedules, event listings, news, and other info about the area jazz scene at the well-curated site, MassJazz.  

 

The ever-changing dining scene:

 

Brookline's Tatte's renovation a major success!

photo of Tatte Bakery and Cafe, Brookline, MA.
 Tatte Bakery and Cafe has reopened its Brookline location, with the Beacon Street shop increasing its indoor seating from 8 to 40 and its outdoor seating from 15 to 40. The renovated space also has a larger kitchen which allows the eatery to offer the full menu that its Cambridge outlets have, and it now has two restrooms for customers.

 1003 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446. Its website is at http://tattebakery.com/

Saloniki

There's a new dining spot in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. Sserving up fast-casual Greek fare, including honey-garlic braised pork, spicy lamb meatballs, zucchini fritters, and more, which can all be wrapped in a fresh-house made pita or served over rice or a salad. There are recommended combinations as well as the opportunity to build one's own from a variety of options. Base prices range from $8 to $10.50.On the drink side, there are red and white house wines on tap, two Harpoon beers, a classic Greek frappé (sweetened, foamy ice coffee), Greek ice tea, lemonade with cucumber and mint, and local Spindrift sodas.Trade co-owners Jody Adams and Eric Papachristos, along with Trade opening manager Jonathan Mendez, are behind the new restaurant. Its name is an homage to Papachristos' Greek hometown, Thessaloniki.

Saloniki is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  4 Kimarnock Street, Boston

Yvonne's

Calling itself a "modern supper club," Yvonne's is now open in the historical Locke-Ober space in Downtown Crossing, featuring a dark, secretive library bar. There's a high-powered food and drink team; key players include chefs Tom Berry (Proprietors in Nantucket) and Juan Pedrosa (The Glenville Stops), magical pastry sorceress Kate Holowchik (jm Curley, Bread & Salt Hospitality), and cocktail wizard Will Thompson (Drink, Deep Ellum, everywhere). 

2 Winter Place, Boston 617 267 0047

 Uni

It's back, and it's bigger. Clio closed at the end of 2015 after almost two decades to make way for Ken Oringer and Tony Messina to expand tiny Uni, Clio's neighbor and sibling, into the space. After a quick month of renovations, the new Uni has arrived with nigiri and maki from O Ya alum Akira Sugimoto, tiki and classic cocktails from Jason Kilgore (The Hawthorne), and a large menu of dishes inspired by Japan and southeast Asia. Want to go all out? The omakase (chef's tasting) will set you back $195, and there's caviar service for $1

370 Commonwealth Ave. 617 536 7200

Novara

An modern Italian-style restaurant is now open next door to its sister, Abby Park.  Novara, which took over the former Milton Cinema in East Milton Square, is sserving dinner from executive chef Tony DeRienzo.The menu features items like burrata, gorgonzola tortellini, pancetta-wrapped chicken, king crab scampi, homemade pasta dishes like butternut squash carbonara, plus brick-oven pizzas and salads.Novara also has a varied wine list, an assortment of craft beers, and craft cocktails. Designer Steve Todisco (who also did Abby Park and Davio's) worked to retain elements of the grandiose space. The 5,500-square-foot restaurant plays up the 23-foot theater ceilings, with an island bar at the center of the space, a visible kitchen, a courtyard, and a drop-down projection screen. 556 Adams St. Milton 617 696 8400


Bon Me 

Bon Me began as a food truck, after owners Alison Fong and Patrick Lynch won the City of Boston's Food Truck Challenge in 2010. The two (who are married) expanded their idea and now operate six food trucks in the area, in addition to their restaurants and a location in the new Boston Public Market. The restaurant focuses on locally sourced ingredients for their assortment of sandwiches, noodle and rice bowls, and salads.Each meal has a create-your-own style series of options, with fillings that include roasted soy and paprika tofu, spice rubbed chicken, Chinese barbecue pork, and miso-braised pulled pork, plus a range of rotating selections. There are also sides (like deviled tea eggs) and drinks (such as Vietnamese iced coffee), and items can be made vegetarian or vegan.The Chestnut Hill location will be open Monday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Frank Pepe's 

Very big in Connecticuit, and New York, Pepe's has opened its first Mass operation with roughly 80 seats and an indoor patio.Started in 1925 by grandfather  Frank Pepe, the pizzas have a distinct crunchy and chewy crust a little charred. They'll offer salads and various toppings, the most popular is the white clams.You can't miss it with a huge sign on the Chestnut Hill Facade. It's attracting big crowds, so best go during off hours, and you won't have to wait. Chestnut Hill Shopping Mall Newton

Tiger Mama:

Chef Tiffani Faison's Southeast Asian restaurant in Fenway down the street from her barbecue place Sweet Cheeks. Drawing inspiration from Faison's travels.she told the Globe of the "unbelievable smells" she found while visiting Southeast Asia in 2008 The menu breaks down into seven categories, "snacks, cold and fresh, crispy and spicy, broths and curries, rich and earthy, noodles and rice, and banquet."Faison said she planned to have familiar dishes like pad thai (kicked up a notch, naturally) along with unfamiliar features, like cha ca la vong, a halibut-based dish flavored with dill, scallions, nuoc cham, and more. Had a chance to check it out and can predict Tiffani has another winner on her hands. 
1363 Boylston St.
(617) 425-MAMA

Osteria Posto
Newly opened in Waltham, the grand-looking Osteria Posto is sibling to Somerville's Posto (along with Rosebud and the Painted Burro). Unlike Posto, Osteria Posto doesn't serve pizza — it's more of an Italian steakhouse vibe, with some hefty meat options complemented by an ample pasta selection. Executive chef Robert Fathman, most recently at Bel Ari and Les Zygomates, is no stranger to steakhouses — his Boston culinary roots date back to the early 1990s, when he worked at Grill 23 in Back Bay.
99 3rd Ave Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 622-1500

Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
Michael Schlow shut down 13-year-old Via Matta and has opened Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar, featuring simple Greek food .Decorated with art by his wife, Adrienne Schlow, whose family is from Greece. "I think it's time for just plain old Greek,, noting that there are lots of Mediterranean restaurants but not many that focus solely on Greece.
79 Park Plaza, Boston

Bonapita
The old expression “great things come in small packages” holds true for my experience last night. at Downtown Crossing at 49 Franklin street to be exact around the corner where the new Millennium Tower is being built.  Tucked away in the former chapel space of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross,is one of the most unique restaurants you’ll ever encounter. .Bonapita  a take on the French “ bon appetite” could also aptly describe the “good pita” that is baked fresh daily . Unlike any pita you’ve tasted before, this Medeteranean-style eatery is also unique in that there is no printed menu.  It’s all in large letters on the wall and offers choices,such as.Grilled chicken  in a specially created sauce, delicious meatballs, Ground black beans and beets, mushroom lentils and fresh thyme,. Fill up your pita with your choice or have it on a plate. There’s varieties of hummus, chopped salad, and home made soup available as well.Three choices of tea with some scrumptious home-made desserts.It’s a find!  A one of a kind Don’t worry about the line out the door. It moves quickly They're open Monday- Friday from 11:30 to 4.
Bonapita
49 Franklin St, Boston
857-350-4606

BISq
Bergamot's kid sibling BISq finally opened in Cambridge's Inman Square a few months back, and it's full of charcuterie and recycled wine bottles. The cozy, lively space features a distinctive chef's bar, perfect for interacting with Dan Bazzinotti, especially if you want to talk meat. There's also an intimate back room with a bar and a hidden television. Now serving brunch!
BISq
1071 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Coppersmith
A massive space that will include food trucks parked inside, a rooftop raw bar, a cafe, and more. "We are not reinventing the culinary wheel," executive chef Chris Henry, a Barbara Lynch Gruppo alum, previously said via press release. "Exceptional seasonal ingredients, a focus on flavor, easy to understand dishes, but executed with precision and attention to detail. Just great food without pretense."
Coppersmith
40 West Third St., Boston (South Boston)

 

Frank as Bozo

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as Bozo the Clown!

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