Visiting Boston

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    Feb 20, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    hey all,

    i am visiting boston in March to go to a dental school interview. afterwards, i plan to stay a couple of days to get a feel for what boston is all about. do an y of your boston natives have suggestions on where i should go/eat/see?

    any suggestions are appreciated!


    have a greeeeeeeeat day!

  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 20, 2009 8:35 PM GMT
    I wish that I could help you out but I have not been to Boston in almost 20 years. I have heard that it has become a really great, exciting city with a lot to offer. I have always wanted to go back and visit Boston and see all the changes that have occured over the years. I am more than sure that there are Boston Area realjocks that will be very interested in helping you get acquainted with their city.
  • treader

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    Feb 20, 2009 10:01 PM GMT

    There's always a lot going on here in Boston. I'm not sure what you're interested in, but here are some suggestions. If you have particular interests, let me know. Best of luck with your interview.

    Ryan Landry's 'Of Mice and Mink'.

    Harvard's annual Hasty Pudding show:

    Gay Night at the Huntington ("Two Men of Florence") March 12th 7:30pm

    Gay Dance Sat March 21st
    JP Men's Group and The Living Soulfully men's group host a retro dance with the famous DJ/VJ Tom Yaz. Second year. Held again at Tim Roger's parish in Newtonville.

    See Renaissance Venice at the MFA

    Boston Guerrilla Bar Night (Friday March 6th)
    Straight bar take over. Tons of people. Always a great night. Location won't be announced until the night before.

    Ice skate on the Frog Pond in the Boston Common

    See the Boston Symphony:

    I could go on but I'll stop there...

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    Feb 21, 2009 2:38 AM GMT
    the south end has great restaurants. The South End is pure gay friendly with great restuarants with very mixed crowds. Restaurant Row on Tremont st. 647 Tremont, Sibling Rivalry, Pops, Plus some others on Harrison and Washington. Stella, Rocca, Union

    Sister Sorel on Tremont attracts a gay crowd for drinks at night.

    Gay clubs = Club Cafe, Epic (Saturday night Dance club)

    The North End = italian.
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    Feb 21, 2009 8:48 AM GMT
    hey hey,

    thanks for all of the suggestions!! i will definitely be checking some of those out. are there any theatres with good broadway'ish musicals? or any exceptional museums? i am not sure if i will be able to check out the bar scene since my boyfriend is not 21 until after we leave boston =( .

    thanks in advanced!

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    Mar 02, 2009 1:34 PM GMT
    There is definitely a theatre district with shows. Shubert Theatre is one but I am sure if you google theatre Boston you will get all the shows.

    Museum of Fine Arts is great. Museum of Science in Cambridge. All the historical places on the Freedom Trail. The New England Aquarium.
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    Mar 02, 2009 1:50 PM GMT
    mikeable askedor any exceptional museums?

    Treader and pmslc already mentioned the MFA. From there you can walk to the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum---a one-of-a-kind place.

    The ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) is OK. I don't think they have a great permanent collection, but the building itself is worth seeing, and right now there's an exhibition of Shepard Fairey's work, he's the guy who created the famous Obama "hope" poster.

    The Harvard Museum of Natural History is fun (if you go, make sure you see the glass flower collection).

    If you have enough time to leave Boston, I'd recommend the Peabody Essex Museum up in Salem:

    Have a good visit---I hope you're not in town today! It's snowing like mad.
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    Mar 02, 2009 2:06 PM GMT
    Put on some good walking shoes and take a long hike though Beacon Hill and Back Bay. You'll see a beautiful collection of 19th century architecture, have lots of diverse food and shopping opportunities, and see what makes Boston distinctive among U.S. cities.
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    Mar 02, 2009 2:08 PM GMT
    Eventful is a pretty good site listing all the shows around town, and how to get tickets. Just go to the Boston Metro area and search.

    Some of the more popular music venues are Middle East and Paradise (on Commonwealth Ave - not to be confused with Paradise in Cambridge - eww). (music venue in Boston) (malnourished dancer/escorts and bad porn - make sure you have your shots)

    For broadway type shows, I think the Opera House usually has something.
    Looks like they're doing "Dirty Dancing" until March 15.

    For weird artsy theater, check out the American Repertory Theatre productions in Harvard Square. I've seen a couple of their shows with other friends - not my cup of tea, but if you like pretentious "theatre for theatre people" type shows, then give it a shot.

    The MFA was mentioned earlier, but the ICA is cool too. I hear the Museum of Science is fun.

    You also asked about places to eat. I can't believe no one mentioned that Restaurant Week is coming up. A lot of places around town participate by serving a prix fix menu for lunch ($15.09 or $20.09) or dinner ($33.09) Read the recommendations and go from there. I would check out the North End in general - can't go wrong with most of the Italian restaurants there. Harvard Square has some great places too. I hear Top of the Hub is cool if only for the view from the top of the Prudential Center. If you like BBQ, definitely check out Redbones in Davis Sq. For ice cream, go to Toscanini's (JP Lick's is over-rated)

    Boston has a lot to offer if you're willing to ask around. Don't limit your sights on the gayer South End. Go walk the Freedom Trail at least once. Hang out in Harvard Square. Check out some museums. Stay warm!

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    Mar 02, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    heeh thank you all for your help. ehhe, i won't be in boston till march 21-25, so hopefully the snow goes away by then =) . i am all down for cold weather but the snow can be a little overwhelming for a SoCal kid like me, where winter here is like 70s lol, with the occasional 1mm rain and 60C days aha. maybe we can all go run the trails together lol!
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    Mar 02, 2009 7:54 PM GMT
    You might also want to do some walking around some of the neighborhoods where you might live if you decide to go to school here. Most of them tend to be on the MBTA lines (Cambridge/Somerville on the Red northbound, Dorchester/Quincy southbound, JP/Mission Hill/Roxbury on the Orange Southbound, Malden northbound, and Allston/Brighton/Brookline on the Green Line Westbound). You might be able to get a better idea about where you'd want to live, and what you can afford, and how easy it is to get around to your school/work. You can live here without a car easily.

    All the suggestions given here are good for museums and restaurants. I'd also check out Bay Windows for more information on anything particular going on in the gay community while you're here. From what I understand, the scene here is a bit different that other places, as people really meet each other through clubs and organizations more than bars.