Wine and Dine Deal…

Hyatt Regency Continues Winemakers’ Dinner Series With Half-Off Offer
This Thursday, September 26th, at 5:30 pm, the Hyatt Regency Boston bids farewell to summer with its upcoming Winemakers Dinner.

 wine dinner

Featuring five thoughtfully-chosen pours from
Greece’s Boutari Winery, the dinner also includes Hyatt chef Kelly Armetta’s exquisite culinary creations. Make a reservation for two by end-of-day , September 24th, and you will receive half-off for a dinner companion. Call 617-422-5454 for reservations.

Ballet on the Common…

 Mark your calendar and save the date…

Night of Stars  : 50 years of Boston Ballet



                                          Free and Open to the Public

On Saturday, September 21, 2013* Boston Ballet presents Night of Stars on Boston Common  

This first-ever Boston Common performance kicks off the celebratory 50th season here in Boston at 7:00pm with a night of amazing performance, featuring the Boston Ballet dancers and live music from the Boston Ballet orchestra.

An evening not to be missed.  


*in case of rain Boston Ballet’s Night of Stars on Boston Common will be held on Sunday, September 22 at 7:00pm




























Saturday, September 21 at 7:00pm
This one-night-only performance features thrilling selections from the Company’s diverse repertoire, set against one of Boston’s most stunning historical landmarks,
and is open to the public at no charge.

Selections include Jorma Elo’s Plan to B, and excerpts from Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote,
Florence Clerc’s La Bayadère, Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, and George Balanchine’s
Symphony in Three Movements and Serenade.
Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Boston Ballet at 50!
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Xīn Nián Kuài Lè…Chinese New Year Boston Style

Here is another chance to celebrate the New Year…this time with a beautiful and colorful Chinese theme.


The Chinese Year of The Snake begins this Sunday, February 10th, and Boston’s Chinatown–the third-largest in the country–is ready to celebrate.

Shen Yun, the Chinese cultural festival, takes the stage at the Boston Opera House for three nights starting this Friday. The celebration concludes next Sunday, February 17th, with Chinatown’s annual Lion Dance parade.

The parade will start at the corner of Harrison and Essex streets at 11 am.

Mayor’s Holiday Special …

November means the start of the holiday season– and the Mayor’s Holiday Special is helping kick things off with an amazing variety of discounts to theater shows and restaurants.

Discounts include tickets to “The Nutcracker” and $10 vouchers for Back Deck, Blu, Fajitas & ‘Ritas, and GEM. The Mayor’s Holiday Special runs through New Year’s Eve.

For a list of all the offers visit the Mayor’s Holiday Special website here.

Like Theater? Emerson Has a Deal for You!

Theatre At An Unbeatable Price!

                 ONE DAY SALE! $25
                 MON, NOV 28
Give the Gift of Theatre this Holiday Season!

November 28 only, all seats are just $25 for the first two performances of every January-April show – a savings of up to 65%!*

Become a Member and get early bird access on Sunday, NOV 27! One Day Sale prices will be available to non-Members only from midnight—midnight on Monday, NOV 28.

*Conditions: Valid November 28, midnight-midnight only. Offer applies to the first two performances of every ArtsEmerson theatre event (only applies to the first performance of Tomáš Kubínek). Circa and AA section seating are excluded from this offer. No per ticket fees, however, a $5 total order fee applies. Other restrictions may apply.

Opera House and Modern Receive Historic Awards…

The restoration of Boston’s Washington Street theaters has received a national award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined representatives from Boston’s historical preservation community, Emerson College and Suffolk University in Buffalo, N.Y., to accept the esteemed Preservation Honor Award.

The project is one of 23 award winners honored by the National Trust during its 2011 National Preservation Conference held this week in Buffalo. There will also be a local celebration of the award at the Boston Opera House Today.

“This award and the successful preservation of these historic theaters in the heart of Boston is a tribute to what true collaboration can accomplish,” Menino said. “In recognizing the importance of investing in these special buildings, Suffolk, Emerson, and our partners have not only restored a unique piece of Boston history, but helped revitalize the Theater District and expanded opportunities for art and education in Boston.”

The Boston Opera House, Paramount and Modern theaters were lavish palaces when they first opened in the early 20th century, but by the 1970s they had fallen into disrepair. In 1995 the National Trust for Historic Preservation included the theaters on its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Places. Menino and city agencies developed a network of public-private partnerships to help restore the buildings and revitalize the neighborhood.

Emerson College now operates the Paramount Theater while Suffolk University has restored the Modern Theatre, and the Boston Opera House is one of the busiest theaters in New England.

Banker & Tradesman

R-C Hotel Restaurant Almost Ready to Roll…Sneak preview!

The new Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton is getting close to the finish ! 

 Artisan Bistro will feature “approachable artisanal cooking” with the menu to be based on what’s fresh and locally available during the different seasons.


This is what they have to say for themselves…

Opening in September 2011…

Much of what will make one of Boston’s newest restaurants, Artisan Bistro appealing will be its ability to please Boston locals, the stream of visitors taking in nearby performances in the Theater District, movie-goers heading to the nearby Cinema or business executives from the nearby Financial District meeting for lunch or dinner.

Artisan Bistro will serve as a meeting place; a gathering point where guests will mingle during or after-work and post-theater over cocktails while enjoying approachable artisanal cooking. As for the food, it’s aimed squarely at offering fresh local and seasonal dishes, using native ingredients, as well as uniquely sourced products with subtle bistro influences.

Executive Chef Fabian Ludwig, who joined The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common from boutique hotelier Ian Schrager’s Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City, will lead the kitchen. In his 40 years, Chef Ludwig has cooked in six countries at prestigious restaurants and hotels in Hungary, Germany, Bermuda, America, Switzerland, and England. His cuisine is derived from years of traveling the world and incorporating local and new flavors.

Signature dishes at Artisan Bistro will include Seared Licorice-Honey Glazed Chicken with Rainbow Swiss Charr and Lentil Fricasee; Croque Monsieur with North Country Ham and Gruyere Béchamel; Smoked Pork Chop with Apple Sauce, Caramelized Cipolini Onion and Mashed Potato; Blue Hill Bay Mussels in a Sweet fennel-Tomato Broth; burgers and flatbreads including a Truffled Mushroom, Mozzarella Flatbread; and daily specials to include a Braised Beef Short Rib with Mashed Potato and Root Vegetable. An Artisan Cheese Collection with cheeses imported from around the world and local New England farms will be served with house-made pickled figs, quince and preserved walnuts.

The 76-seat modern dining room will be dressed with rich dark and light woods and will feature elegant European design elements. Spot coloring in the new space includes black, off-white, cognac, blues and warm grays to echo a classic bistro look and feel. Crafted wood wainscoting will envelop the room and soft ambient lighting from above will bath white-washed, wood floors to reflect a bistro-like setting. New stitched-leather booth seating will line the dramatic windows overlooking Avery Street and two high-top booths will stage the dining room on either end. Additional cluster seating will be intimate and close, allowing for easy conversation and lively exchange. A communal table will also serve to unite friends and those who will likely be friends by evening’s end. Warm, soft colors will soothe the room from lunch to dinner, and after hours.

The new restaurant’s 22-seat bar, with a patinaed zinc top, is an integral part of the restaurant’s fun. The mood at the bar will be lively, inviting, yet relaxed and casual at the same time. The cocktail program will include local and classic favorites infused with bistro influences like the Cured Cocktail, A.B.’s Uncommon Sidecar or the Grilled Pineapple Margarita, numerous local microbrews and a signature brunch Bloody Mary menu with ‘Marys’ crafted from fresh tomato water. A wine list with exceptional varietals and moderately-priced bottles and glasses from around the globe complements Artisan’s menu.

Artisan Bistro will open in mid-September and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and brunch on Sundays.




Last Call At Jer-Ne

After ten years of great food and drink, impeccable service, lively atmosphere and more than a few celebrity sightings, Jer-Ne restaurant and bar, at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common will have last call and close its doors forever on Sunday June 19 2011.  Be sure to stop by this weekend and enjoy a farewell cocktail with friends or come in for your favorite dinner or dessert one last time and help us send Jer-Ne out in style.
The new modern Artisan Bistro, debuting this fall will serve as a meeting place, a gathering point where hotel guests and residents will mingle for breakfast and lunch meetings, socialize after-work or mix over post-theater cocktails while enjoying approachable artisanal cooking.  As for the menu, it’s aimed squarely at offering fresh local and seasonal dishes, using native ingredients with subtle bistro influences.
The restaurant’s bar will be an integral part of the fun.  The cocktail program will include local favorites, numerous microbrews and a signature Bloody Mary menu.  The mood at the bar, like the restaurant itself, will be lively, inviting, yet relaxed and casual at the same time.
While Artisan Bistro is being “crafted,” you are invited to enjoy breakfast, lunch or a small-plate dinner in Avery Bar, which will be open from 7:00am to Midnight from Monday – Thursday and 7:00am to 1:00am from Friday – Sunday.
For breakfast, there will be a limited al la carte menu as well as a continental buffet.  At 11:00am the space will transition for lunch, which will be served from a la carte selection only.  From 5:00pm – 7:00pm will be cocktail hour, featuring an appetizer buffet including items such as cheese, charcuterie, olives, bruscetta, etc.  And an a la carte dinner menu will also be offered from 5:00pm till close.
If you haven’t checked out the new Avery Bar yet, do!  The venue reflects a refined, elegant sensibility tempered with midcentury-inspired forms, furniture and lighting.  The space is a modern, sophisticated design that is both a cocktail destination with small plates for tasting and sharing for hotel guests and local residents longing for a more stylish and relaxed feel.  And if that’s not enough incentive, the 20% food discount previously offered at Jer-Ne will now be applicable at Avery Bar.

Modern Theatre Preservation Award…

Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre project will be honored with the Paul E. Tsongas Preservation Award for its commitment to historic preservation.

Suffolk University’s restoration of the theater in Boston’s Theater District brought a new performance space to Washington Street while restoring the facade of the 1914 movie theater that introduced talkies to Boston, according to a statement. A new, 10-story residence hall set back from the theater accommodates nearly 200 students.

“The university recognized how important it was for Downtown Boston to revive its historic theater district, and we are honored that Preservation Massachusetts is recognizing our efforts on behalf of the urban environment,” said John Nucci, vice president for External Affairs at Suffolk University. “Working with the city of Boston, we formulated a plan not only to meet campus housing needs, but to do so while restoring and rebuilding the Modern Theatre’s facade and creating a new theater and gallery space on Washington Street.”

The new Modern Theatre opened in November 2010. Its jewel-box interior theater space draws upon design elements that are a modernization of some of the original theater’s most distinctive historic features, according to a statement.

Suffolk University collaborated with CBT Architects on the project.

A Star is Born…


Our very own Francesca Carriuolo recently stole the show with her smashing walk on performance in the production of Nicholas Nickleby presented by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

As a fan and patron supporter of Boston’s oldest theater production company, as well as a long time South Tower resident, Francesca was the winning bidder for the part at The Lyric’s fundraiser last Spring.

Under the direction of Producing Artistic Direct, Spiro Veloudos, Nicholas Nickleby continues at The Lyric located at 30 Clarendon Street until December 12th.

Click on the link for the Lyric for ticket details and show schedule.

In case you missed her performance here are some shots from that evening.





 Francesca with cast memebers. Photos courtesy of the Lyric Stage

Company of Boston




More Woes for W?

In case you missed this…From Banker & Tradesman

Boston’s W Residences May Be Inching To Auction

By Colleen M. Sullivan

Banker & Tradesman Staff Writer


The crisp, clear autumn air recently felt in Boston

 appropriately echoes the crisp,
clear sound of the auctioneer’s gavel – perhaps
 too much so for one struggling city
condominium development.

Two of the city’s luxury condo developments

either recently or soon will face the
hammer – Fenway’s Audubon Park development
held an auction this month, and
the Bryant Back Bay is scheduled for an early
 November date with the auctioneer.

And brokers are increasingly worried that the

W Boston Hotel & Residences in the
Theater District may be next.

Since opening late last year, only 18 of the

 building’s 122 condo units had sold
through September, according to data
obtained from The Warren Group, publisher
of Banker & Tradesman. The last recorded
 sale closed more than two months ago,
 and no sales were recorded in September.

Though sales have been slow since the

beginning, the fact that the W’s developers,
SW Boston Ventures, declared Chapter 11
Bankruptcy in April isn’t helping matters.
 In early May, bankruptcy court filings by
the developer listed 12 units as having
 signed purchase and sale agreements
and awaiting closing. Only four of the units
 named have closed since then – though
one buyer did back out of their original
 agreement in order to purchase a larger
unit within the building.

While it’s normally difficult to extricate

 oneself from a purchase and sale
 the uncertainties created by the
developer’s bankruptcy may provide
an avenue for
 buyers to get out of their contracts,
observers said. Additionally, lenders are
scrutinizing the overall fiscal condition
of condo buildings much more closely than
in the past, according to Richard Vetstein,
 a real estate lawyer and founder of the
 Vetstein Law Group in Framingham.

“Anytime there’s financial distress and

chaos, it might be time to renegotiate the
 deal,” Vetstein said.

Post-bankruptcy, two large units – one

on the 27th floor and one in the penthouse –
have sold for $2.2 million and $4.1 million,
 respectively. But in the sub-million-dollar
 price range, post-bankruptcy prices for
the sales that have occurred have been
considerably less than pre-bankruptcy prices.

Three units sold in December of last year –

pre-bankruptcy – for $710,000, $750,000
and $850,000. Similarly-sized units sold in
May – post-bankruptcy – went for
 $600,000, $635,000, and $655,000. It is
 not clear based on available data
whether and how interior fixtures may diffe
r among the units. All units examined
were on comparable floors.

If it was left to the lender’s hands, the

properties might already be on the block.
 Prudential Insurance Co. of America,
which owns the senior debt on the property,
has already filed a motion in court seeking
the right to foreclose, arguing the
developer’s lack of sales means a timely
exit from bankruptcy is unlikely.
The property’s fate may be decided as early
as next month, when the bankruptcy
court is scheduled to hold hearings on
Prudential’s petition to foreclose. Prudential
 did not return calls seeking comment.

Court filings reveal that the original loan

agreement between SW Boston Ventures
and Prudential required units be sold for
certain minimum sales prices. While in
bankruptcy, developers must seek
Prudential’s permission to discount the units,
which the insurance giant has granted to
allow some of the post-Chapter 11 sales
to go through.

But it’s not clear whether the already steep

cuts are deep enough, given the current
environment. Recent luxury auctions have
 seen units go for an average of 70 percent
 below the original asking price.

At this month’s Audubon Park auction, units

sold for an average 72 percent of the
asking price, or a median price of $479 per
 square foot, a far cry from the $712
median price per square foot the W units
have garnered post-bankruptcy.


In Case You Missed it.

Boston Globe Reports:

“Mayor Menino and business executives are stepping up a campaign to encourage commercial property owners to pay a special tax to fund cleaning and streetscape improvements in a 100-acre swath of downtown Boston.

In coming days, organizers will collect signatures for a petition to the City Council, whose approval is needed to levy the tax.  At least 50 percent of property owners in the area, which includes Downtown Crossing and portions of the Financial and Theater districts, would have to sign the petition before the council could consider it.

The goal is to create what is known as a business improvement district, a nonprofit association of property owners who agree to pay extra to supplement city services, such as cleaning and security services.

The association would try to raise about $5 million annually for a range of upgrades in the area.  Among them would be new landscaping and lighting, seasonal decorations, and uniformed sanitation workers to power-wash streets and remove graffiti daily.

Boston is one of the only major US cities without a business improvement district, which has become a common method of managing commercial districts elsewhere.”

                                                                                          Boston Globe 9/25/09

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