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. Bostonman.com 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.
2015 Tanglewood Season Highlights.
The 2015 Tanglewood season celebrates two historic occasions: the inaugural season of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons and the 75th Anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center. Following his inaugural season at Symphony Hall, Andris Nelsons leads five BSO concerts this summer: with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinist Renaud Capuçon, and cellist Gautier Capuçon in Beethoven's Triple Concerto (8/1); a program with Dean's Dramatis personae featuring trumpet star Håkan Hardenberger and Strauss' Don Quixotewith Yo-Yo Ma (8/2); a special gala performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the TMC Orchestra, alumni of the TMC, and theTanglewood Festival Chorus (8/8); and concerts featuring Christian Tetzlaff in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto (8/14) and soprano Kristine Opolais in a program of Barber, Boito, Puccini, Verdi, and Strauss (8/15).
Beantown Tap Festival at Arsenal Center in Watertown Aug 3-9
Classes, performances and workshops make this a mecca for tap afficianados. The highlight will be Friday Aug 7 at 8 pm when the faculty showcase takes place.Julia Boynton has assembled a star studded cast. Tix:32/37. For more info:617 522 5438.
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; boston.cbslocal.com/flicks
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.
New Restaurants continue to flourish in the Hub.
Banyan Bar + Refuge, now in its second week of existencei in the former Hammersley's space in the South End, will feature plenty of raw seafood to buns 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 will feature the flavors of Asia and India with an emphasis on seafood.
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 diner meets izakaya.