For the 12th year in a row, the Boston Comedy Festival is pitting a diverse lineup of side splitters against each other for a $10,000 grand prize and the chance to coax giggles from top managers, agents and talent scouts. Laughter-packed preliminary rounds spotlight at least 10 comics who were carefully harvested from across the globe, either through an arduous audition process or pie fights with stern anti-humor magistrates. An assortment of comedic styles helps maintain a healthy concord of cackles, and special guest appearances during select rounds add celebrity fuel to an already roaring fire of revelry. Additionally, many past finalists and winners have landed on national television, granting festival audiences sneak peaks at budding jokesters before they become famous or sign lucrative contracts to perform in outer space.
The fully licensed and insured professionals at J&J Building and Remodeling tackle each job with equal parts skill and creativity. Whether it’s a small remodeling job, such as installing a bathroom fixture, hanging a TV, or uninstalling a houseguest, or a large-scale project, such as remodeling a kitchen or a deck, their goal isn't just to make a site look good––it's to make sure its completed as soundly and cost-effectively as possible. To this end, owner Jeffery Etter oversees all projects––including commercial builds for Old Navy and Kohl's––to make sure the work is being completed to the company’s high standards. Customers can rest even easier knowing Jeff and his crew are backed by 15 years of remodeling experience, as well as a Homeowner Guarantee Fund that––though they've never had reason to use it––gives customers access to federal funds to finish any project in the unlikely event that J&J Building and Remodeling cannot complete it.
Nestled in Homewood, Meat and Three Cafeteria keeps American culinary traditions alive with home-cooked comfort food for customers either dining in or just passing through. Just as a dining-room table hosts different portions for all tastes, the menu features an array of country-style meats and vegetarian-friendly sides from which patrons can customize their own platters. Dishes such as beef tips, chicken and dumplings, and fried catfish join steaming servings of sautéed squash, fried okra, or yams, and desserts such as fresh pecan pie keep sweet teeth from storming out of their gums in envy.
Beantown Chimney Sweep's trained technicians can clean your home's soot-filled sinuses starting with a CSIA level-one inspection. Then, a chimney cleaning helps eliminate bad odors and potentially dangerous and flammable creosote deposits while improving fireplace draft. Beantown's soot scrubbers also offer free estimates to deep clean both old and new chimneys, fine-tuning firewood holders so that smoke-signal communiqués do not go misinterpreted.
The World's Fair of Money is a huge show sponsored by the American Numismatic Association devoted to the exhibition and history of currency. With more than 1,000 of the nation's most prominent coin dealers displaying their gargantuan inventory of coins, paper money, medals, tokens, and more, the World's Fair of Money is equal parts coin show and family-friendly activity. While kids are engaged in getting their world mint passport stamped at each international mint location along the fair's promenade (they'll receive a coin from each participating country, including Australia, China, France, and the Isle of Man), serious collectors can take in the educational seminars or the fair's museum-quality exhibits presented by the Smithsonian Institution, the ANA Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, and private collectors. Whether flying solo or traveling with the entire family in a tiny silver car or accelerated thimble, the World's Fair of Money offers a pleasing sight for every visiting numismatist.