Over seven years, the Boston String Quartet has vibrated strings in collaboration with artists such as John Mayer and the Boston Ballet, stirred the air molecules at Symphony Hall and PBS, and performed by invitation for former President George H.W. Bush. With this deal, eighth-note connoisseurs can wrap their eardrums around the quartet's dulcet tones as they present "Xibus," an evening of contemporary and classical that marks the zenith of a two-day workshop collaborating with Finneytown High School orchestra students. Over the course of the evening program, the quartet and the students will cajole their chordophones into ringing out in harmonious arrangements of music by Carlos Santana, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Bill Gates's new Viking-punk band, as well as performing original compositions by members of Boston String Quartet.
When The Original Chimney Sweep first opened in 1976, founder Dennis Arseneau could be found gracing rooftops and sweeping away soot while dressed to the nines in a top hat and tails. Today, he's retired the Dick Van Dyke number and lets his service record speak for itself. Over the course of 30 years, the Arseneau family has reaped more than 56,000 loyal customers across southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island thanks to Dennis's detail-oriented approach to service, which includes offering free estimates and keeping homes free of sootprints. Beyond inspecting flues of all shapes and sizes, his team can inspect and clean dryer vents, oil- and gas-burning appliances, and carbon monoxide detectors, and even offers a selection of fireplace accessories, such as screens, grates, and kindling made from handwritten love letters.
StateWide Maids' systematic sanitizers tidy up domiciles with a barrage of both conventional and organic cleaning products and a comprehensive checklist particular to each room. Unencumbered by room-size restrictions, the spot scourers speedily purge dust and cobwebs from furniture, windows, and ceiling fans, wipe away grime from light switches and outlets, and spot-clean walls to erase all evidence of their late-night spaghetti binges. A swirling shine enhances bathroom countertops with a tarnish-free gleam, and an aggressive disinfection banishes dallying germs and sudsy toeprints from floors, toilets and sinks. Refusing to confine their talents to only the most traveled of living spaces, the clean team also beautifies bedrooms with freshly polished furniture, vacuumed or washed floors, and freshly made beds.
Povilas Mecys, the primary painter and manager of Residential Home Painting, sees himself as the creative mastermind behind its signature home-painting services. Before commencing with interior painting projects, he consults with clients to help them select colors that work with their decor to achieve a soothing, harmonious effect. Once colors are picked out, he applies this same attention to detail to preparation. He and the crew lay down drop cloths, tape wood baseboards, and fix nail holes and cracks before applying their brushes.