Sure, the pages can be a bit cramped (and slow to load), but there's no better online source for data that matters to Bostonians. The Boston Globe is the centerpiece, but Boston.com also features stories from Mass High Tech, banker & Tradesman, and the Associated Press, plus financial data form Nordby International, cheap airfares from Travelocity, and forecasts from Weather Services Corporation. What you can't find on Boston.com you can get from links to Boston.com partners like WBUR, WBZ, Yankee magazine, and (full disclosure) Boston Magazine.
The Boston Menckenii, a quintet of H. L. Mencken devotees who meet once a year on the Baltimore iconoclast's birthday. Boston, MA
Fifty glistening lanes which resound with pin thunder twenty-four hours a day. Donny Graham, the sports editor of the Washington Post has been known to make mid-night excursions to this candlepin paradise. 820 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, MA .
There are more than 1,000 titles in this small, packed store, and what you don't see they can always get. The emphasis is on New England books and authors. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA .
It’s impossible to make a Zoom gala as exciting as the real deal, but Boston Ballet’s virtual ball, dubbed “The Next Step,” came pretty darn close. The breezy evening’s highlights, as always, were two world premieres: a live performance from Boston Ballet’s South End studio and a recorded performance at the Liberty Hotel. And lest they go hungry (and thirsty) while watching, guests received gift boxes containing splits of champagne, crackers, cheese and charcuterie, and a mezze selection — not to mention auction paddles that helped the organization raise more than $1.5 million that night. 19 Clarendon St., South End, MA 02116, bostonballet.org.
A simple way to sort through the cultural offerings on any given day, Digital City Boston does all the little things right. A single movie page, for instance, tells you when and where a film is playing, and gives a synopsis, a critic's review, and a chance to submit your own rating. The dining area constantly updates the top 10 users' choices; it's also easy to search for restaurants by location, price range, or name.
Just when the future of the Opera Company could hardly look bleaker, Sarah Caldwell came through with her finest direction. Suddenly, people remembered why it is so important to keep the OCB alive.
This celebrated boutique wants bridesmaids not only to love their dresses, but to be able to wear them again (and again). And its covetable stock of sophisticated designs from favorites such as Theia and Jenny Yoo ensures you’ll be able to check both boxes: Brides can rest easy knowing their ’maids will be able to rock the shop’s drop-shouldered and open-backed numbers at any event—be it the wedding ceremony, a dinner date, or a charity gala. 140 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, flairbridesmaid.com.
The city's preeminent dance organization dazzled audiences this past year with Ivan Lika's thrilling Le Corsaire, while also embarking on a new five-year partnership with internationally renowned choreographer William Forsythe. The company's dancers always impress, whether performing Forsythe's ode to ballet, Artifact, or bringing beloved stories to life: Thanks to popular demand, The Sleeping Beauty will return for a weeklong run in 2018, along with Romeo & Juliet and Classic Balanchine. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111, bostonballet.org.
You found it. The dress. Now it’s your bridesmaids’ turn. Choose a frock they’ll want to wear again (really) at Flair, where owner Stacey Kraft helps bridal parties sift through rack upon colorful rack of shifts, one-shoulders, and A-lines from top designers such as Jenny Yoo, Anna Elyse, and the Dessy Group. Beloved by wedding pros, the airy studio offers top-notch service and refreshingly honest advice. 140 Newbury St., Boston, MA flairbridesmaid.com.
Classical music can be inaccessible to the casual listener, maybe even intimidating. To remedy this, Boston Philharmonic conductor Benjamin Zander delivers illuminating pre-concert lectures, helping the audience better understand each performance. No snobbery or attitude; he just wants everyone to enjoy the show. bostonphil.org.
Praise be: Louis now has a registry. You still have to sign up for practical presents (serving pieces, glassware, cookware, towels, linens), but the gifts you'll get are guaranteed to be over-the-top cool, luxe, and fabulous. The registry focuses on first-floor items, but feel free to sneak in a dreamy fashion design or two. 234 Berkeley St., Boston, MA louisboston.com/.
Combining classic, Old World methods with innovative design, Priscilla's talented seamstresses create some of the globe's most stunning wedding frocks. Designs run from tastefully simple silken A-lines to intricate, glamorous affairs like the Calais lace sheath gown, hand-beaded with more than 1,000 Austrian crystals and seed pearls. Priscilla's Charlestown-based design house and factory makes easy shipments and personalized service all but guaranteed—a godsend for any bride who has special requests or needs last-minute alterations. 801 Boylston St., Boston, MA priscillaofboston.com/.
We hate to break it to you: Your dog is definitely getting laughed out of the park in that chain store sweater. Louis's fashion-forward wagwear—print collars, camo rain vests, skull-and-bones hoodies—will have your mutt looking catwalk ready. The store also sells handpainted ceramic food bowls and (very civilized) squeaky monsters. 60 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 2110, louisboston.com.