After a minimum of six months of separation from their abusers, survivors of domestic violence are eligible to apply for a Self-Sufficiency Grant from Web of Benefit, which funds comprehensive services necessary to help women meet their goals, including funds for housing, legal assistance, and transportation to attend school or job training. A T pass from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority ensures that women in the program have guaranteed transportation for one month, and allows them to travel to school, work, job training, or job interviews.
Anderson Comedy has its fingers in many comedic pies around Boston, hosting numerous events for local up-and-comers to make their names. The company’s The Gas comedy show takes over Great Scott’s stage every Friday night to exercise audiences’ stomach muscles with standup sets by local comedians and special guests. Storyliars, held on the third Wednesday of every month, challenges audiences to identify which of the night’s storytellers are making up their tales. The comic confederation also hosts free open-mic nights on Tuesday, allowing unknowns to test their material in front of a captive audience and to control the venue’s laugh track.
Zebra's Bistro and Wine Bar's eclectic, ever-shifting menu spotlights the freshest ingredients of the season. Rev internal engines with the crab cakes, topped with wilted spinach and saffron citrus essence ($12.95), or fix headlights on the goat cheese empanadas, drizzled with corn salsa ($10.95). For entrees, the pan-roasted chicken breast rests over a Craftmatic mattress of gnocchi (19.95) while panko baked cod ($22.95) hugs a fish fillet in flaky breadcrumbs. Zebra's sushi menu fills eyes before diners fill stomachs with classic tuna rolls ($5.50), sumptuous shrimp tempura ($8.95), and a signature zebra roll stuffed with shrimp, yamagobo, and avocado ($14.95).
Boston Running Center wrangles a crack team of personal trainers, sports nutritionists, and of course, running enthusiasts with the express purpose of helping clients get the most out of their pavement-pounding routine. Whether runners are training for a marathon or simply hoping to outrun a personal demon named Azazel, the tailor-made programs and one-on-one guidance—including unlimited phone and email access to coaches—help them sprint straight into the beating heart of those goals. Clients learn to avoid common injuries, bolster lower-body strength, and fine-tune their workout routines.
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience different cultures is by exploring their cuisines, and at Maxwells 148, guests can zoom around the globe with bites from an international menu. Executive Chef Mitchell Maxwell sees to it. More than just a passive admirer of the Asian and Italian foods that stand out on the Zagat-rated menu, the experienced kitchen master has trained in the lands from which these cuisines originate. His passion for Asian food has taken him to Honolulu, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore—he spent time in a kitchen in each of those locations. And his love of Italian fare dovetailed neatly with his pan-Asian education when he learned how to cook in the style of the Friuli region of Italy with chefs who hailed from there, but who were in Hawaii with Maxwell.
The results of Chef Maxwell’s globetrotting education are palpable in the flavors of appetizers such as Maine lobster or Hudson Valley foie gras. Or, they emerge from a pasta dish of Cantonese noodles with shrimp or linguini siciliana with cauliflower. His house specialties include classic chicken marsala, gnocchi ai aragosta, and kaffir-lime seared scallops.