In 1995, Jeff Popkin was tired of hearing about parties only after they happened. Being a fan of parties, he did not appreciate this, and he imagined other people shared his sentiment. He started Boston Event Guide, a website that aggregates upcoming bashes in one place including some of the top social, nightlife, fashion, restaurant, and arts events in Boston such as the Resolution Ball New Year's Eve Party. In addition to posting events such as fashion shows at the Liberty Hotel, party cruises, and beer-and-chocolate tours, he and his staff send out a weekly newsletter that highlights top events that are ideal for company outings, birthdays, or group parties.
Thousands of fashionistas flock to StyleFixx Premier Shopping Events to meet up-and-coming independent fashion designers and browse the latest styles. This year’s displays include the 2012 lines of Hivernage NYC, Bling Boutique, and Cimber Designs. In between shopping sprees, attendees may relax with complimentary beauty treatments such as hair services by Dellaria Salons, makeovers by Virginn Pure Mineral Makeup, and body wraps by good-natured mummies. Once pampered, refreshed guests mingle while sipping free cocktails and munching on samples from Finale Desserts and Haru Sushi, and each partygoer receives a StyleFixx Swag Bag loaded with product samples.
Perhaps best known as a Marilyn Monroe movie from 1956, William Inge's Bus Stop begins with a snowstorm that strands a busload of passengers at a diner outside Kansas City. As the motley band—which includes a lovestruck cowboy and the nightclub singer he longs for—spend the night together, they fill the cold air with bluster, heartache, and laughter as they reach out tentatively for love. Huntington's former artistic director Nicholas Martin artfully unfolds the whole thing over the course of two hours, with two 10-minute intermissions for the audience to catch its breath after laughing and running wind sprints up and down the aisles.