John Black

John Black

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Bang a Drum at Berklee

With explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography, TAO: Drum Heart offers a breathtaking, vibrantly modern twist on a traditional art form—and a visual and sonic tour de force! This all-new production captures the best of TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina.

TAO: DRUM HEART will be at the Berklee Performance center on Feb. 18. Showtime 7:30 PM Tciekst $58, $48, $38, $30.

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Free ICA on President's Day

The Institute of Contemporary Art is offering free admission all day on President's Day, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Come see the highly acclaimed exhibition, Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today! The show comprises a broad range of works across a variety of mediums—including painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video, and web-based projects—that all investigate the extensive effects of the internet on artistic practice and contemporary culture.

Also, explore Nicholas Nixon's intimate portraits in Persistence of Vision. Experience immersive video installations by Hito Steyerl and Steve McQueen. Don't miss viewing ICA Collection: New Acquisitions during its closing week! Stop by the theater to catch a film screening.

For more information click HERE.



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Rain at The Wang

Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular in addition to all your early favorites!

This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate 50 years of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles.


Rain – A Tribute to the Beatlesis at The Wang Theatre Feb. 17, 18. For tickets and information, click  HERE.

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Feast your eyes on CHEFS!

These hilarious (and delicious) hunks give you a peek behind the apron as they slice, dice and spice things up in the kitchen through a series of escalating culinary challenges where the stakes are high: if they lose a challenge, they lose their shirt. Literally. 

CHEFS is a fully interactive experience where you will vote for the winner and may even join the boiling hot chefs on stage for uproarious cooking demonstrations. Outrageously bold and hysterically funny, CHEFS is “too hot for TV,” making it the perfect night out!


At the Hanover Theatre forthe Performing Arts on Feb. 17. Showtime 8 PM Tickets are $28 and $38 depending on seat location. Discounts are available for members and groups of ten or more. ontact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.

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Something Rotten in Hanover

Welcome to the ‘90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self… and all that jazz.

With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!


At the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts Feb 20-25. Tickets are $44 to $79 depending on seat location, with discounts available to theatre members and groups of ten or more.  Contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.

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Kickboxer: Retaliation Debuts March 13

Alain Moussi (Kill Order) returns to the role of “Kurt Sloane” in the action-packed sequel to Kickboxer: Vengeance when KICKBOXER: RETALIATION slam-bangs its way onto on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD March 13 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Directed and co-written by Dimitri Logothetis (Wings of the Dragon), the film also stars Sara Malakul Lane (King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table), legendary fighter Mike Tyson (IP Man 3), Jessica Jann (Easy A), Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (“Game of Thrones”), Steven Swadling (Kickboxer: Vengeance), Sam Medina (Olympus Has Fallen), and Miles Strommen (Wilson), with Christopher Lambert (Highlander franchise) and legendary martial arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme (“Jean-Claude Van Johnson”).


One year after finding vengeance for his murdered brother, MMA champion Kurt Sloane finds himself back in Thailand – kidnapped and imprisoned there by a powerful gangster (Christopher Lambert). His only shot at freedom is to win an underground death match against a 400lb killer enhanced with state-of the-art drugs (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). To make it out alive, he seeks training unlike anything he’s ever endured, with the help of the legendary Master Durand (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and fellow prisoner Briggs (Mike Tyson).


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Fat Tuesday Carnival in Harvard Sq

On FAT Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, Beat Brasserie is bringing Bourbon Street to Harvard Square with “Le Mardi Gras, Carnival New Orleans!”  Beginning at 4:00PM, come one, come all for an epic southern celebration featuring Cajun food, New Orleans libations by Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Inc., live music and all the Fat Tuesday fixings!

From 4:00PM – 12:00AM, all the wild ones are invited to savor the Cajun flavors with a la carte specials created by Executive Chef James Lyons, available in addition to the regular dinner menu. Pair the fare with Mardi Gras themed cocktails from New Orleans made with Berkshire Mountain Distillers, like one of Beat’s signature party favorites like Frozen Mint Julep with whiskey and fresh mint leaves, or the Ramos Gin Fizz, Cocktail à la Louisiane with Rye and absinthe, or a classic Hurricane or Vieux Carré. For those looking to mingle, make a friend over Beat’s Punch Silk Road Punch Bowl with green tea-infused tequila, Aperol, Makrut lime and grapefruit, available to share for four, six or eight! 

Forget about Valentine’s Day, because Fat Tuesday already did! Live music, food and drink specials available all night long from 4:00PM to 12:00AM, in addition to the regular dinner menu. For more information or to make a reservation for Beat Brasserie’s Mardi Gras Carnival visit, or call 617.499.0001.


WHERE:              Beat Brasserie, 13 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA | P. 617.499.0001

WHEN:                Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 | 4:00PM to 12:00AM

INFO:                   No cover charge, cash Bar. Come one, come all!

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Buy a Burger & PUT A RING ON IT!

This Valentine’s Day, Pauli’s, Boston’s most acclaimed sandwich shop, is offering customers the chance to make an unforgettable proposal story all inside a blinged-out burger! On Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, lovers ready to seal the deal can order a Big Boy Burger with fries for lunch, topped with onion rings, American cheese, bacon, and BBQ sauce, and oh…. a stunning diamond engagement ring!

Available for one day only and in partnership with Kay Jewelers, this burger like-no-other features a 7/8 carat Neil Lane engagement ring. Nothing says “I love you” quite like Boston’s best burger topped with a princess cut ring framed by round diamonds on a band of 14k gold. For $3,000.00, savor the flavor of Pauli’s Big Boy Burger, and simmer in sweet bliss, if they say yes!

Make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable with the ultimate Pauli’s Proposal. Customers interested in ordering Pauli’s proposal package must order 48 hours in advance and reserve with a valid credit card, and should act fast, as availability is limited and sure to sell out. Offer is available for one day only, Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. Takeout and delivery is available.  For more information, visit or call 857.284.7064. 


WHEN:                Valentine’s Day | Wednesday, February 14, 2018. If interested, please call ahead 48 hours in advance and reserve with a valid credit card. Offer only available while supplies last

WHERE:              Pauli’s North End | 65 Salem St., Boston, MA 02113 | 857.284.7064

COST:                 $3,000.00



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Freezin' for a Reason

Face the chilly temperatures for a good cause this February; don your bathing suit and dive into the icy cold waters of the Vineyard Sound off of Falmouth Heights Beach on Saturday, February 10th during Gosnold’s 3rd annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Plunge. Gosnold is a nationally recognized addiction and mental health treatment organization that has provided innovative treatment and prevention solutions to those dealing with addiction, and has served as a thought leader in these areas for more than 45 years. Funds raised from the Polar Plunge will benefit Gosnold’s newly revitalized alumni programs. The goal of the alumni programs is to provide ongoing services and support to those leaving treatment and beginning their recovery journey and to help individuals form long-term relationships within the recovery community. Community members are invited to sign up, join a team or sponsor a ‘plunger’; participants who raise $100 or more will receive a complimentary beach towel.


WHEN:                 Saturday, February 10th. Registration and check-in at 11:00am, plunge at 12:00pm

WHERE:               Falmouth Heights Beach, Grand Avenue, Falmouth, MA

WHO:                   Individuals, families, friends and community members who have been affected by addiction and want to support the recovery process are invited to attend and/or participate

COST:                    $25.00 registration fee per person. To register or to donate, visit:

With the rise of food delivery services catering to high end restaurants, Puritan & Company Chef/Owner Will Gilson has created a new, transport-friendly restaurant concept that is set to debut on February 5th. Called Puritan Trading Company, this “Ghost Restaurant” will have a separate menu, separate pickup located in the space next to Puritan & Company and its own separate website

The menu is going to be a range of cuisine and concepts that cater to the takeout crowd and travel well. The food will be made out of the Puritan & Company kitchen, but the packaging and pickup of the orders will be completed out of the space next to Puritan & Company, which will act as a Ghost Restaurant. The restaurant is working exclusively through Caviar for the launch. Customers are encouraged to order directly through the Caviar website.

According to Gilson, “The menu features food we love from our travels around the world and the foods that WE would want to eat if we ordered take out. And most importantly, the food on this menu is designed to be packaged and transported,” said Gilson. “Construction of a restaurant in the space next door featuring this menu would be too costly at this point, so it’s almost like making a restaurant without an address.”

The genesis of the idea came from Gilson and his culinary team looking at how to incorporate some new and unique dishes that didn’t work on the current Puritan & Company menu or fit into the current concept. They let the idea of delivery service take hold and make it a creative and fun way to still make creative dishes for guests that also travel well.


Some of the menu selections include:


Scallop and linguica dumplings-sweet and sour piri piri sauce or roasted garlic aioli

Street food style seared udon noodles-chicken, cauliflower, shishito peppers, green onions

Jonah crab rangoons-sweet and sour piri piri sauce or roasted garlic aioli

Fried whole belly clams -squid ink aioli, grilled lemon, jalapeno, thai basil

Grilled pork belly banh mi-quick pickles, cilantro, sub roll, hoisin bbq

Spicy white clam garlic toast

Double fried chicken wings-jalapeno, cilantro-lime aioli, Sichuan oil

Spicy Fried cauliflower  -scallion, sesame, chili

Grilled marinated beef shortribs-ginger-scallion sauce

Guanciale fried chinese black rice

Crispy chicken sandwich -potato bun, pickles, iceberg, sweet and sour sauce

Service will be available seven days a week and information can be found on twitter and Instagram at @puritantrading and on the website at