Influenced by dance trends from Europe to Latin America, the staff at SuperShag Dance Studios splits its time between three Boston-area spaces filled with dancing poles, yoga mats, and custom sound systems. Founder Chris Johnston—who won several amateur Latin dance championships as a kid in Ireland and was named a World Class adjudicator by the National Dance Council of America—carefully amassed his talented troupe of teachers from dance schools around the world and from Fred Astaire’s botched attempts to clone himself. During private and group lessons, they spice up Latin-, ballroom-, and pole-dance numbers with an urban twist heavily influenced by British Dancesport, and ready students for competitions.
An Evening with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
The swell of strings, the roar of percussion: a night at Symphony Hall is a passionate, singular affair, whether you’re there to revel in Beethoven or to explore intrepid contemporary works. But in order to get the most out of a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance, it’s helpful to know a bit of background. Read on for a guide to this longstanding Boston institution:
An Illustrious History
1881: Founded by philanthropist Henry Lee Higginson, the orchestra gives its first performance at the Boston Music Hall.
1900: Symphony Hall opens and becomes the orchestra’s permanent residence. Its fin de siècle architecture enthralls audiences to this day.
1940: Inspired by Higginson, music director Serge Koussevitzky founds the Berkshire Music Center. Now known as the Tanglewood Music Center, it trains musicians and puts on a popular summer concert series.
1950s: The BSO begins performing internationally. In 1956, it tours the Soviet Union—the first American orchestra to do so.
2004: James Levine takes over as music director, a post he holds until 2011. During his tenure, Levine embraces the work of contemporary artists and expands the orchestra’s reach over new platforms, successfully ushering it into the 21st century.
What to wear: Unless you’re there on the opening night of the season, black tie is not necessary. Men can get by with a dark suit; women can wear a dress that’s at least knee-length, or a pair of dressy slacks.
When to clap: Use your program (or the rest of the audience) as your guide. Don’t applaud in between movements of longer pieces; wait until the piece is completely finished to signal your appreciation.
Who to bring: Children younger than 5 are not allowed at performances, but older kids may enjoy the orchestra’s sights and sounds. Specifically tailored to the preschool set, the BSO’s Concerts for Very Young People are free events held at the Boston Children’s Museum.
Before and After
The neighborhood has plenty to offer those who want to make the night special. For an authentic French dinner beforehand, reserve a table at Brasserie Jo; show your BSO ticket for a glass of wine or a dessert on the house with the purchase of an entrée. After the performance, head to the intimate Lucca Back Bay, which serves cocktails until 2 a.m.
Visit Limelight Stage & Studio for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Boston's Chinatown - Leather District.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Perfect for parties on the larger side, Limelight Stage & Studio also has a private area available for use.
Live musical acts often perform, and patrons take advantage of the spacious dance floor.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the restaurant, it's best to reserve a table before heading over.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Limelight Stage & Studio also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Limelight Stage & Studio is located in a prime location surrounded by various parking options.
Limelight Stage & Studio makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Menu items at Limelight Stage & Studio tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Limelight Stage & Studio.
Pay Limelight Stage & Studio a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Limelight Stage & Studio today.
For those extra long days, cool off with a cocktail at Jacques.
Kick back, relax and watch the game on Jacques' TV.
Treat your ears to some live tunes — the restaurant frequently features a DJ or band.
Energize your evening with some dancing — the restaurant often hosts a DJ.
Loud is an understatement when it comes to the decibel levels at this restaurant, so it's best to save conversation for another location.
If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation.
Jacques is just steps away from a parking lot.
Tired from driving? Enjoy a relaxing ride when you take public transportation; accessible stops include Tufts Medical Center (Orange), New England Medical Center Station, and Washington St. @ Tufts Med Center (SL4, SL5).
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Jacques is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Expect your bill at Jacques to come in at around $30 per person.
At the end of your gourmet meal, break out the bills because Jacques only accepts cash.
So when you're looking for a good time with great company, head to Jacques for drinks and dancing.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Jacques.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Jacques and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
The Press Box: Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
Under the guidance of conductor Benjamin Zander, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra has entered what fellow conductor Christopher Wilkins calls "a Golden Age." From stages at Symphony Hall, Harvard, and the New England Conservatory, the orchestra invites Bostonians of all stripes to make music a part of their lives. Its renowned classical programs often come with musicology lessons, courtesy of the orchestra's passionate conductor:
“Zander did his usual peptalk beforehand, sharing infectious energy and humor, growling, snarling and demonstrating chords at a piano to translate Strauss’s emotions into music.” — Boston Musical Intelligencer
“[...] the Boston Philharmonic was a fascinating and often briskly exciting ride” — Boston Globe
“Whoops, whistles and flash bulbs at the end attested to an abundance of family and friends in the audience, but the concert was one that any music lover would savor.” — New York Times
“I wish more professional orchestras played as thrillingly and with as much commitment as they did.” — New York Arts
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.