Children who are interested in music early on can get their start at From the Top, a non-profit organization designed for kids eight and older to showcase their talents on the radio. Vocalists, composers and ensembles are featured in live national performances of classical music on National Public Radio. Young budding musicians, up to age eighteen, are eligible for a scholarship program and can sign up for workshops to prepare them for a live on-air performance of classical music and future career in the arts. Live shows give kids a chance to display their musical abilities in a variety of performances, broadcasts and concerts. Past productions have also appeared on the PBS series From the Top at Carnegie Hall.
Music connoisseurs and building buffs regard Symphony Hall as one of the finest concert halls in the world. Sixteen replicas of Greek and Roman statues line the walls, and its airy space lends a majestic resonance to each string pluck and unexpected sneeze. Opened in 1900, Symphony Hall was the first auditorium designed in accordance with scientifically derived acoustic principle, sloping inward to help focus the sound of the orchestra's stirring string renditions.
Boston Magazine is no stranger to great food. For more than 40 years, the publication has covered everything to know about the city?including where to get the best meals. Yet despite their photographers' talents, no amount of barbecue sauce will make a picture taste like the real thing. Enter the magazine's annual event, The Cookout: a two-night culinary extravaganza that brings in some of the area's best chefs.
Night one, The Cue, fills the venue floor with aromas of ribs, pulled pork, and other barbecue favorites?not to mention other summer favorites such as corn on the cob. And drinks? That's also an area for competition, as 10 top mixologists pour their signature cocktails. Night two shifts to a different, equally delicious focus. The annual Battle of the Burger returns, and competitors?clad in their sesame-seed bun armor?come from 20 of the city's best restaurants, which were selected via online voting.
And though top chefs flock to the event, The Cookout is still primarily a celebration for the public. Tickets grant unlimited food and drink, along with the chance to meet chefs and listen to live music.
Berklee College of Music–trained guitarist Greg Arney instructs rock recruits and campfire connoisseurs alike in guitar lessons that cater to a multitude of styles. Fledgling pick wielders will glean important skills from 30-minute private lessons, ensuring proper technique and axe-wielding posture to avoid felling nearby potted plants, and take-home multimedia materials reinforce each newly cultivated concept. Today's Groupon is valid only for lessons in Arney's space on Massachusetts Avenue.
From way off Broadway to slightly off-Broadway comes the Chicago-born phenomenon Flanagan’s Wake. One of the longest-running shows in Chicago theater history makes the jump to NYC by way of the intimate Sweet Caroline’s theatre. For $20, you'll get one ticket to the show, a $50 value. Your Groupon can be used at any performance you want, but not for stealing hats backstage. Choose between: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; or the Sunday matinee at 4:30 p.m. The runtime is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission, so regulate your liquid intake accordingly.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.