Not every day on the Cape can be sunny and 72 degrees (shocking, we know). When the weather's lousy, head to this multipurpose Mashpee complex, which opened this past winter. There's bowling, a variety of brick-oven pizzas, and a huge selection of New England brews. If the clouds part, hit the outdoor bar for bocce and live music. 9 Greene St., Mashpee, MA lanesbowlandbistro.com.
The only place in town to catch big-name out-of-town acts like Sonny Rollins, Cassandra Wilson, and Tito Puente. A front-row table here for Betty Carter or Christian McBride is one of the most intimate world-class jazz experiences around. Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA .
Whether you're upstairs in the "Bakery" taking in the music while dining on hummus and falafel or downstairs grooving in the spacious club, you're in heaven at the Middle East. Its variety of musical acts make it the place to enjoy music from Boston—and beyond. 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA .
Curly hair, flat hair, hair that parts how it wants: Known as the “connoisseur of bobs,” Lucy Danger specializes in creating face-framing cuts that accentuate her clients’ natural beauty. 106 Bristol Rd., Somerville, MA lindsaygriffin.com.
That's right—with a Y. It's in Joe's Pub, across form the Quincy Shipyard's main gate, and its regulars describe it as an "excellent little hideaway," a "wicked great bar," and a nurturing setting for local blues acts. 132 East Howard Street, Quincy, MA .
After several disappearing acts, these terrific English muffins are back, but only in the plain flavor. If muffin mavens start demanding them, maybe the other flavors will make a comeback, too. Mrs. Kay's Cafe, The Atrium Mall, 300 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA .
Here, you can have it all: delicate nigiri crafted from local and Japanese seafood; imaginative omakase with treats like raw octopus and monkfish-liver torchon; and, last but not least, plenty of reasonably priced maki (including a solid spicy tuna). Best of all, you won't part with a week's paycheck in the process. 1105 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, cafesushicambridge.com.
Talk about the Curse. Shortly after the book came out this spring, Gordon had his record consecutive-save streak snapped, then blew out his arm. As for King he got hit by a van on the road near his Maine home.
The Maids didn't so much clean our apartment as unleash a hellfire of spic-and-span. Wearing vacuums on their backs and armed with motorized bottles (seriously), the housecleaners left no corner, crack, or crevice undusted, unscrubbed, or unwashed. They even tackled that war zone underneath the couch cushions. 179 Boylston St., Jamaica Plain, MA 2130, maids.com.
Bia is a labor of love for owners Tristen and Brian Houlihan—and a setting for love for the rest of us. The food hits plenty of amour-inspiring notes with time-honored Mediterranean dishes such as mussels in saffron cream, bouillabaisse, and velvety tart Tatin. But it's the service—carefully timed and discreet—that ultimately sets the stage for an enchanting evening. 35 S. Main St., Cohasset, MA biabistro.com/.
The best part of a meal at this Italian-inspired diner? Watching the kitchen staffers work their magic from behind the counter. What to Order: The potato gnocchi with mushroom ragu, peas, and cream; fettuccine with shrimp, ramps, hen of the woods mushrooms, and Calabrian chili. 348 Congress St., Boston, MA sportelloboston.com.
This 1,019-seat hall, with its rich gilt-and-oak stage, is as intimate a medium-size hall as you'll find. Jordan Hall is surrounded, in part, by practice rooms, so a little wandering allows you to hear students playing everything from jazz trumpet to classical piano.
In a year when many weddings were postponed or canceled, Mark Spooner stayed booked and optimistic throughout. His sunny outlook manifests in his photographs, which highlight the most tender moments: a push-back of the hair, a touch on the arm, or a joyful glance at loved ones, all captured with a soft atmospheric glow. Another positive: the bevy of helpful resources on his website, invaluable for couples and fellow wedding pros alike. markspoonerphoto.com.
This Middle East transplant's Italian jewelry and Japanese apparel have brought a global vibe to Beacon Hill. But the best part of a trip to December Thieves or Heist just may be Barakat herself, who's so darn fun to be around you might forget you're shopping at all. 88 Charles St., Boston, 617-982-6802; 51 Charles St., Boston, 857-239-9149; decemberthieves.com. 88 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114, decemberthieves.com.
The beauty of this dim sum spot's new Quincy location is in the extensive, sharply executed menu: In addition to traditional cart service, diners can order dishes via checklist, which means the char siu-stuffed bao are fluffier, the wok-fried radish cakes are crisper, and the pea pod stems—prone to wilting and sogginess at lesser restaurants—still retain their vibrant color and delicate crunch. Bonus points for a full bar. 706 Hancock St., Quincy, MA 02170, winsordimsum.com.