Entertainment

By - 3/19/19 - 10:17 am

Fitchburg's own Michael Brodeur is bringing his music project New Dad to Boston and it's going to be a real hoot!

You know Brodeur from his work at such local publications as DigBoston, Boston Phoenix, and currently, the Boston Globe.

And, duh: Brodeur penned that brilliant satirical taxonomy, "Fake Massachusetts Towns", that ran in McSweeney's. The stuff of Massachusetts Memes legend:

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/fake-massachusetts-towns

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(from New Dad's Instagram)

By - 2/28/19 - 5:16 pm

The American Repertory Theater reports it will be moving from Cambridge to Allston thanks to a $100-million donation to Harvard to build "a state-of-the-art research and performance center" in Allston - although it will remain in its current home in the Loeb Drama Center for several years. Read more.

By - 2/25/19 - 8:06 pm

Adam Sacks, the guy who'd been raising funds to digitally remove the rat from the ending of "The Departed" got served a big ol' case of cease and desist by Warner Bros. Sacks reports Kickstarter has pulled down his fundraising effort after getting a formal complaint from the movie company under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

By - 2/24/19 - 2:30 pm
Fenway Theater architect's rendering.

Architect's rendering.

The Red Sox last week filed their formal plans for a four-level performing-arts theater behind the Fenway Park outfield that can hold up to 5,400 patrons at once. Read more.

By - 2/22/19 - 11:18 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered the Grand, 25 Northern Ave., to close for two nights because of an incident last fall in which a manager let a table of men finish their drinks even after their server told him one of the men had grabbed her and inserted his finger in her. Read more.

By - 2/20/19 - 1:31 pm
Rat scurries in front of Boston State House

Heavy-handed symbolism or wry comment on how rats are endemic to Beacon Hill?

So this guy who says he really loves "The Departed" is trying to raise $4,000 to buy some equipment an software and hire a digital-effects specialist to digitally remove a rat that scurries across the screen at the end in what he considers too much heavy-handed symbolism for a Scorsese film about human rats. Read more.

By - 2/17/19 - 1:29 pm

Mayo Kaan, born and raised in Revere (he eventually became head lifeguard at Revere Beach), went to his grave in 2002 proclaiming he was the male model on which Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster based the Man of Steel (literally - click the link to see his tombstone). Read more.

By - 2/1/19 - 5:19 pm

Ryan Benharris has gone through the list of concerts at Fenway Park since they started in 2003, and found that out of all 66 concerts, only one has had a black headliner - and that even then, Jay-Z had to share billing with Justin Timberlake. Read more.

By - 1/31/19 - 11:03 pm

City On A Hill (2019) Official Trailer | Kevin Bacon SHOWTIME Series

We can't wait for this new Showtime series, because of its exciting story line involving an intrepid prosecutor going after corrupt, racist cops and hockey-mask-wearing armored-car holdup guys in Charlestown. All those Roslindale-based movies have gotten a bit tiresome, even if, as Jay Kraft notes the chase scenes through the Arboretum are always spectacular.

By - 1/15/19 - 9:31 pm

Mayor Walsh announced tonight that musician William Banfield will be opening a cafe in Dudley Square's Bolling Building that will couple a restaurant with performances that will range from jazz to dance and theater. Read more.

By - 1/2/19 - 10:46 am

NBC Boston rides around with Ryan Cook, an Emerson graduate who earns his money finding and securing sites for movies made in Boston.

By - 12/30/18 - 11:27 pm
Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Maria M. took in the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' at their annual Hometown Throwdown at the House of Blues Saturday night, including Dicky Barrett greeting his fans.

Copyright Maria M. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/19/18 - 9:08 am

The mayor's office reports GrubStreet, which offers creative-writing classes, has been awarded space in a Fan Pier luxury condo building to create "a literary destination with year-round programming." Read more.

By - 12/17/18 - 7:45 pm
Keytar Bear in the subway

David Weininger caught Keytar Bear in his Christmas finest at Park Street at rush hour.

Maria M., meanwhile, caught him upstairs at Downtown Crossing a couple of nights ago.

By - 12/16/18 - 2:52 pm

WMFO, 91.5 FM in Medford, played two straight hours of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" this morning - including the versions by Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel and Michael Buble and Miss Piggy.

H/t Ron Newman for noticing, since here at UHub World Headquarters, we get WMLN in Milton on 91.5.

By - 12/13/18 - 10:02 pm

Revolution Axe Throwing has started hiring axe throwing coaches for its axe throwing venue on Norman Street in Everett's Fermentation District (of course Everett has a Fermentation District). Good news: "No axe throwing experience necessary."

Just last week, Urban Axes, which lets you get both your axe and your drink on, opened in Somerville.

By - 12/13/18 - 9:43 am

Billy West Christmas in Kenmore Square WBCN Audio Master courtesy of Tom Sandman Billy & Tom

From the WBCN oldies collection.

H/t Gary C.

By - 12/4/18 - 1:30 pm
Davido and TMP

Members of the band that opened for Nigerian singer Davido at the House of Blues on Aug. 31 told the Boston Licensing Board today that the singer's beefy security entourage beat them up and chased them out of the backstage room where they had been enjoying a post-concert snack. Read more.