It suddenly seems like there's more azaleas, dogwoods, dog parks, historical markers, and farmers markets than ever thought. Ah... summer in Cambridge! Sundays from April to November, a solid mile of Memorial Drive is closed to traffic so you can bike, rollerblade, and stroll along the Charles ‘til you're famished. And where, then, do you go? The following are some of the best dining and drinking spots, for varying budgets, that come alive in the summertime. (Makeshift sidewalk patios wedged between traffic and panhandlers not included!) These are cultivated urban oases Cantabridgians and visitors alike return to year after year.
Social Networking sites have become an advertisers dream to reach millions of people at little to no cost, and Pepsi is making a huge move which could change the way stores issue loyalty rewards to customers as we know it.
According to the NY Times, Pepsi is teaming up with Foursquare to notify users when they are near a given location and offer them up to the minute information on sales/and discounts right where they are. This will allow businesses to know exactly where YOU are and lead you in with incentives and offers. You might think it's creepy, but I'd prefer a digital notification than some crackhead on the corner of 31st and 7th handing out flyers.
For the first time in history, New York is getting something cool after LA. Enter Dance Right, the party that was being held at a downtown Mexican bar.
What Mexican food is to LA, Chinese Food is to New York, so it's no surprise that when the party hits the east coast on May 1st, it will be at a dim-sum-turned-nightclub spot in Chinatown.
This will also the official afterparty for May Day, Shepard Fairy's exhibition at Deitch that celebrates cultural icons and political activists and the party will be going all night with Atrak, DJ Diabetic, Blu Jemz, and DJ Pubes.
They have teamed up with venues including 1Oak, Tenjune, Kiss & Fly, Greenhouse, The Eldridge, Hudson Terrace, and Pink. Just to name a few.
I'm sure we will be hearing even more great things about the company soon so keep those ears clean.
Personality liaison, Micah Jesse, presented Downtown Meets Uptown this past Friday night at Hotel Empire.
The Empire was accompanied by Micah's personal guests including Designer Malan Breton, Al Reynolds, Project Runway alum Kevin Christiana, musician Steph Jones, designer Leo Velasquez, and celebrity stylist Damon Peruzzi.
Thankfully, the weather held up this Friday evening to enjoy the open roof top on the deck. Mia Moretti provided the music along with two special performances from violinist, Caitlin Moe.
It was a nothing less of a great time and felt like a summer party on a spring night.
[Photo courtesy of Moises De Pena via MicahJesse.com]
The weekend ended with a bang in the nightlife industry on Saturday night with the anticipated birthday celebration for Adam Alpert, 1Oak's Director and co-founder of the new DJ managment company, 4AM.
Even though his birthday was a few weeks ago, 1Oak owners, Richie Akiva, Scott Sartiano, Ronnie Madra, and Jeffrey Jah, made sure to plan something special and dedicate the night to Alpert.
1Oak was filled with the usual A-list crowd in addition to the guestlist for the private event. Champagne and vodka were poured throughout the night and there were special performances from none other than the 4AM DJs themselves.
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Chet's Pick Of The Week:
This is the place to be on Wednesday night. So, you're thinking Tea Room and getting images of Queen Elizabeth holed up in her sitting room in Buckingham Palace right? You're furthest from the truth. You'll want to show your face before the clock strikes twelve though. And, speaking of faces, the owners better know yours or your chances of getting in are slim.
Tucked away in a slender passageway behind the main stage in H.Wood, The Tea Room certainly defies every cliche image you have in your head. It's a who's who of the celebrity scene coming straight off the movie lots and into their best Armani suit for a night of hob knobbing with the world's loveliest. The cocktails are strong and guest list is short, so my recommendation is to buy your way onto a barstool at H.Wood proper first, and work your way into the tightly knit circle that most Tea Rooms are. You can do it, if you do it right!
While the official start of summer is still weeks away, it doesn't hurt to nail down plans for those coastal weekend visits. Before you know it, the unpredictable New England weather will cease to dip below the 60 degree mark and slowly climb upward. Where will you retreat this year to escape the summer heat?
If you believe in sea salt, boats and lobster rolls, the old-school seafaring town of Marblehead is a go-to summer spot for New Englanders and New Yorkers alike. Sick of the Hamptons? Marblehead, the yachting capital of the world, provides a truly authentic colonial atmosphere with great food, shopping, beaches and opportunities to kick back on a boat-minus the attitude of many premier seaside communities. Amidst local boat shops and wharfs, attractions worthy of a weekend visit await.
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Cirque du Soleil has already proved they can pay a fabulous acrobatic homage to music's greatest icons (LOVE, Viva Elvis) so it should come as no surprise that the French-Canadian circus troupe has teamed up with the Jackson estate.