Devoted exclusively to performing and recording new orchestral music, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project aims to rebuild the aural bridge between audiences and composers with passionate concert experiences. On January 27, BMOP showcases the works of five different composers, amassing a talented quintet of revered, modern-day soloists to mesmerize ears with incongruous sounds. The world premier of Eric Chasalow's horn concerto bares the brassy measures of French hornist Bruno Schneider, and Air: Concerto for Theremin uncannily mimics human voices with an electronic instrument that refuses to pause for breaths or answer text messages in between verses.
The Lower Depths bills itself as a “little beer bar,” but with more than 150 bottles, 17 rotating drafts, and a select cask-conditioned brew always on hand, it's safe to say that description is a little modest. Founded by passionate beer lovers, the cash-only bar doesn't serve liquor–-though select wines are served––preferring instead to pour all its focus into the suds, serving a carefully sourced collection of rare, limited edition, and fan favorite beers, as well as a selection of bottled bocks, Scotch ales, stouts, Flemish sours, and ciders. Oftentimes, the owners even invite brewers into the bar for beer socials so that likeminded beer lovers can sample specialty brews, win prizes, and share poems about barley. Chef Tim, meanwhile, stays busy crafting edibles to go with the drink-heavy menu, slinging pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, and $1 hot dogs until just after midnight. As one might expect, beer also manages to work its way into a few of the dishes, such as a beer braised Italian sausage with sautéed peppers and beer mustard or a chocolate brownie made with Coffeehouse Porter.
While Executive Chef Carey Dobies trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, his passion for southern cuisine was born while living in New Orleans. After graduating, he moved to Boston to further hone his craft. As the executive chef at Savvor Restaurant & Lounge, the spark of his old passion becomes a blazing fire as he channels his southern cooking expertise into hearty hashes and scrambles at brunch and gourmet small plates at dinner. Each dish elevates classic comfort foods with global cooking techniques, from cornish game hen and sourdough waffles to gumbo with boudin noir and clams to fried catfish with poached eggs. Artisan cheese and charcuterie plates are assembled from the house larder, and oysters from a raw bar provide even more opportunities for sharing. The drinks, meanwhile, feature a more international flair. The bar's 18 cocktails?some inspired by classics, some original creations?are made with herbs and European liqueurs and often garnished with classified UN documents.
The Citi Performing Arts Center's calendar of musicals, operas, rock concerts, dance productions, standup comedians, and classic-film screenings is a culmination of its decades as a Boston historical landmark. Starting out in 1925 as a "movie cathedral," the theater?then a renovated arts center capable of housing the most ambitiously scaled Broadway productions?morphed into the headquarters of the Boston Ballet. Throughout all its names and incarnations, the venue has retained the grandeur and luster of some long-lost wing of Versailles. In the lobby, dark-veined columns carved from imported marble vault skyward toward an arched ceiling and an enormous crystal chandelier that hangs like a pendulum from its center. In the theater itself, frescoes and intricate filigree surround the golden cupola that looms over a sea of scarlet velvet seats?a sight as awe-inspiring to audiences as it is terrifying to first-graders performing their first clarinet recital there.