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I just made serious revisions to the Where's Chaz website -- there are an unusual number of "available weekends" -- I've been slacking! Dave and I are chatting about going to Washington, D.C. in the spring, and we're still arguing over the Sint Maarten trip. It just dawned on me that because the SXM trip was pushed out two weeks from when I was originally planning it, I will return from the Caribbean just to hop a jet to go to London five days later... Sigh. Oh well, that's several weeks away and there's still time to change it around a bit.

This weekend, Dave and are planning on going to Urinetown - The Musical (tonight), The Alley on Friday night for Boston Bears' Happy Hour, the Boston BikExpo at the World Trade Center and then on Sunday, it's off to Chinese New Year in Chinatown, Boston!

Monday I will be going to the Massachusetts State House to present the MGM Bill to all 197 of my elected officials in person!
Toady's song, Midge Ure - Cold, Cold Heart:

When I was just a boy
The voice of an angel came to me
It said your future is there inside your cold cold heart
But I was just a boy
And a boy sees what he wants to see
And I saw nothing to share inside this cold cold heart
Somebody should have told me
That when you're born to this world
Your life starts slipping away

Come stand beside me
Come gather round me
Come stand beside me, Come gather round me
An' heat this cold cold heart
With love inside me
With arms around me
With love inside me, with arms around me
We'll heat this cold cold heart

Oh, when I became a man
The voice of a devil said to me
It said forever you'll live inside your cold cold heart
But I'm a better man
A wiser man who wants to be free
To have someone to care about this cold cold heart
Somebody should have loved me
They should have taken me on
Instead of taking away


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Feb. 2nd, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
Urinetown!!!!! Where is it showing?
Feb. 2nd, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)

Urinetown!!!!! Where is it showing?

Check here: http://web.mit.edu/mtg/www/
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Feb. 2nd, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
But Chinese New Year (Fire Dog 4704) was last Sunday?

Is there an event being staged in Chinatown?

The Chinese New Year

By Liza Weisstuch, Globe Correspondent | January 25, 2006

The Chinese calendar predates the international calendar by centuries, which makes Chinese New Year one of the oldest new year celebrations on the planet. This year welcomes 4704, the Year of the Dog, and it’s just around the corner. The festivities, which begin Sunday and last 15 days, are a time to solicit good luck with symbolic food and rituals. There are plenty of places around town ready to usher you into a year of good fortune and happiness with big helpings of traditional morsels, delicious beverages, and lively rituals dished out with a few modern twists.

Unlike the Western take on New Year’s Eve, where champagne is a staple, alcohol isn’t integral to the Chinese New Year. Still, restaurants can’t resist the opportunity to craft new cocktails, and in honor of the Year of the Dog, the chic retro eastern eatery Betty’s Wok & Noodle (250 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-424-1950) has created the Mota martini ($7), named for the owner’s shih tzu.

It’s a mix of sake and lotus flower fusion, the bud symbolically linked with health and procreation. After its New Year’s launch, it will be offered all dog-year long. Pair that with Betty’s bamboo shoot long noodle kung pao ($14-$17), since noodles symbolize long life.

Maxwell’s 148 (148 East Central St., Natick. 508-907-6262) has also gotten inventive by presenting traditional ingredients in liquid form. They’re offering libations like the Asian pear martini ($10), and the pearl martini with coconut vodka, lime juice, and Thai basil ($10), drinks designed to complement the New Year’s four-course prix fixe menu ($33, drinks not included), which will be offered Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

The Chinese word for fish also sounds like the word for abundance, so families traditionally eat a whole fish as a symbol of prosperity and togetherness. Chinatown’s Peach Farm Restaurant (4 Tyler St., Boston. 617-482-3332) offers a whole cod ($30-$40). Call at least three days ahead. From Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, Blue Ginger (583 Washington St., Wellesley. 781-283-5790) adds to its menu a whole crispy fish ($30) — accompanied by a green, which symbolizes money — as well as fresh-from-scratch Blue Ginger pork pot-stickers ($12), which represent prosperity because they’re shaped like ancient silver and gold ingots.

Heading out with a big group? You should. A critical aspect of Chinese New Year is celebrating with family. If you’re with a crew of revelers and want strict authenticity, Taiwan Café in Chinatown (34 Oxford St., Boston. 617-426-8181) offers banquets of 10 courses for 10 people starting at $25 per person. Make sure to call a few days ahead to make a reservation, because the more expensive menus require exotic seafood ordered from New York.

If you want your Eastern fete topped off with a touch of cheeky kitsch, haul your posse to Peking Tom’s (25 Kingston St., Boston. 617-482-6282), which is featuring a Lucky 8-Choice family-style menu and Year of the Dog cocktails (starting Saturday and running through Feb. 4.) The three-course menu ($20.06 per person) gives you a choice of eight of the restaurant’s dishes for each course — for the Chinese, eight is the luckiest number. The menu launches Saturday with Chinese lion dancers supplying a circus-like spectacle as they ward off evil spirits to drummers’ accompaniment.

In Vietnam, the New Year is celebrated according to the same lunar calendar, so on Jan. 31, the stylishly sassy Pho Republique (1415 Washington St., Boston. 617-262-0005) hosts a six-course dinner ($45) that includes entrées such as crispy spicy orange sirloin and whole bass with two sauces.
Feb. 2nd, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
enjoy the musical and weeknds.

thanks for the words of the songs...it helps in ways :-)

Feb. 2nd, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
enjoy the musical and weeknds.

thanks for the words of the songs...it helps in ways :-)


hey whenever your in detroit...let me know
Feb. 2nd, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Toady's song, Midge Ure - Cold, Cold Heart:

I'm not a toady! I just look like one!
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