It's one thing to sit down to a perfectly nice three-course meal, surrounded by your close friends and loved ones. It's quite another thing to sit down to the same meal surrounded not only by your friends, but by a slew of shifty-eyed murder suspects. Such is the situation guests find themselves in at Mystery Caf?, America's original murder mystery dinner theater.
Like the perfect crime, the idea behind Mystery Caf? is equal parts simple and brilliant. The line between dinner guest and audience member is blurred as a crew of potential murders attempts to evade suspicion by serving a delicious three-course meal. All the while, guests answer a series of questions based on their observations; at the end of the meal, the individual with the most correct answers wins.
Popular though it may be, the mystery dinner is only one of several gut-busting comedy acts sponsored by Mystery Caf?. Another is ComedySportz Boston, a lightning-fast improv competition in which two teams vie for points by playing in a series of goofy improv games. Regularly held at the Davis Square Theatre in Somerville, ComedySportz has all the elements you'd look for in a more traditional sport: breakneck speed, a rowdy audience, and a referee who governs the action and decides if the losers get to live.
Not all live comedy is contained to Boston’s Theater District. Just ask the folks at Improv Asylum, located in an underground spot in the North End, where local actors perform different sketch and improvisational comedy shows nightly. The subterranean space on Hanover Street hosts 90-minute shows with up to six different actors in each show, performing skits that touch upon family humor, current events and even some adult topics (suggested minimum age for shows is 17 years due to the content). There are nine different shows held here each week, with a cast that interacts with the audience to ensure the authenticity of each show. Best of all, military and student discounts keep the already-low prices at rock-bottom levels.
When effervescent champagne meets fresh orange juice, the results can be intoxicatingly delicious. But Mimosa March, a mid-October bar crawl, elevates the classic beverage to new levels. Participants make their way to six Dupont Circle bars?including hotspots such as Buffalo Billiards and Irish Whiskey?to sip six imaginative variations on the standard mimosas they may have tasted at weekend brunches or whilst swimming alongside a newly-christened boat, jug of orange juice in tow. Mimosa Marchers also get event photos and discounts on food and additional drinks. A portion of proceeds will benefit local charities.
An hour inside BODY WORLDS Vital exhibit can change the way people see themselves in the mirror. Filling the historic Quincy Market with 200 authentic human specimens, including individual organs, transparent slices, and whole bodies, the exhibit reveals our inner workings, from eyes and brains down to feet and toes. These bodies are frozen in time, many taking on athletic poses to emphasize key muscle groups, respiratory systems, and intricate blood vessels. To stay as true to life as possible, every specimen is different: some are healthy, some show damage from disease, and virtually none of them have the ability to shoot fireballs.
This unique insight into the human body is possible thanks to a technique called Plastination. In 1977, Dr. Gunther von Hagen invented the process, which removes skin and replaces degradable cells with hard resins and polymers?allowing every body system to come into view. The Institute for Plastination, the organization behind BODY WORLDS Vital, sources its specimens from more than 13,000 donors.
Faneuil Hall is like no other marketplace in America. Originally a meeting place for colonists, the hall's original 18th-century structure was where revolutionaries pushed the message of "no taxation without representation" while protesting the Sugar Act in 1764. This was where Samuel Adams spurred the city to take up the call for independence, and where Daniel Webster delivered the eulogies for John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Other historic Americans, from Susan B. Anthony to president Bill Clinton, have spoken at Faneuil Hall.
Yet while Faneuil Hall Marketplace has its roots in the past, it has changed over the years. In 1826, it expanded to include Quincy Market, and today it's also home to North Market and South Market. More than 18 million visitors shop at the market each year, making it the 4th-most visited attraction in the United States. There's more to do than shop: you can watch musicians, jugglers, and many other street performers.
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.