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, Frank  covers it all. is a counted-on-source for the oft-asked questions: "What's new", "What's happening" and "Where should we go?", he lists many of the events that make Boston a choice destination for tourists and residents alike.










Waitress : world premiere musical at American Rep in Cambridge Now -Sept 27




 The American Rep's Diane Paulus has done it again.She's mounted another musical in Cambridge that Like "Pippin" and "Finding Neverland" is being sought for Broadway. From a small independent 2007 movie, she's put together an outstanding team.(music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”).book by Jesse Nelson) and starring Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful),as Jenna,   a waitress and expert pie maker, stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must choose between her commitments and her dreams. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness—but Jenna ultimately has to decide for herself. This poignant and uplifting new musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the courage it takes to pluck a long abandoned dream off the shelf.  From the production design to the outstanding cast, the musical throbs with passion and excitement. The onstage band sets the pace and keeps the actors , who by the way all have strong voices, the impetus to give the simple story depth and meaning. The first act is already there, and by the time it finishes its run on Sept 27, "Wairewss" will be more than ready for its April debut on Broadway. 

Kinky Boots at Opera House Aug 11-30


Kinky BootsKinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.



American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood

American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood

Now at Peabody Essex Museum to September 7, 2015

This is the first major exhibition on Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) in more than 25 years and the first to explore important connections between Benton's art and the movies. After working briefly in the silent film industry, Benton became acutely aware of storytelling's shift toward motion pictures and developed a cinematic style of painting that melded European art historical traditions and modern movie production techniques. In paintings, murals, drawings, prints and illustrated books, Benton reinvented national narratives for 20th-century America and captivated the public with his visual storytelling.

 free Friday movies at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade (through August 28) with the adorable Paddington. Showtime is always sundown; if the weather’s iffy, call the hot line to make sure the show will go on. 617-787-7200;


Featuring 15 recent acquisitions from the Herb Ritts Foundation, the new exhibit is a sort of modified reprise of a popular 1996 retrospective of the photographer’s work at the museum.

Now open:

Banyan Bar + Refugein the former Hammersley's space in the South End,  features plenty of raw seafood  to fried oyster buns to grilled beef tongue. (And the patio is now open for all your al fresco dining and drinking needs.)   The new venture from the team behind The Gallows feature  the culinary prowess and creativity of chef Phillip Tang, who owned East by Northeast in Inman Square before closing it in March. The menu specializes in  Sti the flavors of Asia and India with an emphasis on seafood.

Still waiting:

Sweet Cheeks owner Tiffani Faisom plans to open a south East Asian inspired restaurant and tiki bar in the Fenway                   

Further west in Newton, David Punch (Sycamore) has plans for an east Asian soul food restaurant appropriately called\ ittle Big Diner, "a small, tiny microrestaurant with 18 seats" .Along with   Hustle Cat's Alison Hearn, ithey are looking for an Octobeer opening at 1247 Centre St. Punch recently told the Globe that the East Asian soul food restaurant will be like a diner (as its name suggests). "We want to open at 11 in the morning with service throughout the day with the same menu, which is very diner-y." Expect spiciness, "big, bold flavors," and "incredible" kimchi from executive chef Daniel Scott.


Frank as Bozo

Get an autographed picture of Frank
as Bozo the Clown!

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