No noisy, messy pizza parties here: Choose between the sunny Children’s Room, featuring cozy hangout spots with neon-colored furniture, and Teen Central, a stylish space with two 80-inch monitors for gaming or movies. It may be pricey, but we’re sure they’re worth it. 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA bpl.org.
DeCorbet's girly chatter and down-to-earth approach is a welcome relief from the hard sell of many other makeup artists around town, so it's easy to regard her as a pal. But make no mistake. She can do what no other friend on the planet can: transform you from plain Jane into a smoldering starlet. Better still, she's not loyal to any one brand and has a penchant for mixing and matching from the specialty lines at her counter. 234 Berkeley St., Boston, MA louisboston.com/.
Maybe it's not as posh as some of the higher-priced clubs, but the Y has, yet again, first-rate offerings: squash, pool, yoga, tai chi, and a cafe, at about half the price of the competition. This year the Huntington branch added a new aerobics room, a cardiovascular center, and some Nautilus time machines to its range of services. 316 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA .
This flashy film mecca is the place to go if you want to catch the latest huge-budget Hollywood flick. Locally shot blockbusters often have their star-studded debuts here, and the theater shows films on multiple screens, so you can actually get in on opening nights. 175 Tremont St., Boston, MA amctheatres.com.
Bernstein's opera was given the fine nuanced treatment it deserves.
Partnering with Berklee, the second BAMS Fest at Franklin Park boasted killer acts such as Eric Roberson and Cliff Notez jamming on its two stages. Roxbury, MA bamsfest.org.
Rather than fill your Instagram feed with impossible-to-achieve abs and “detoxifying” weight-loss teas, why not fill it with news you can actually use in the gym or at home? Somerville gym Achieve Fitness’s social community of almost 500,000 followers get valuable advice on living a healthy lifestyle. And if you still have questions, they’ll answer them via their story for the benefit of all. 42 Merriam St., Somerville, MA achievefitnessboston.com.
It also contained the year's two finest comebacks: ND's furious rally to take the lead, and the drive that Eagle QB Glenn Foley coolly engineered to produce the game-winning field goal.
Geoff Smith was walking at the end. And the second-place finisher was still out of sight when Smith crossed the finish line.
If you had told us a few years ago that one day we'd be scrambling to get to a yoga studio in Southie, we'd have thought you were nuts. Yet here we ar—and it's all a testament to David Vendetti. After his flowing, challenging class, we're sore but ready to take on the world, and looking forward to meeting him on the mat again. 36 W. Broadway, South Boston, MA southbostonyoga.net.
Butches and femmes hoist their bottles together here on Saturday nights, when this Chinatown karaoke lounge and dance club becomes the closest thing lesbians have to a downtown clubhouse. Two levels of dance floors offer ample space for the mostly young and urban crowd to get down to electro, house, and hip-hop. Once a month, grrls slip on suits and fedoras (and boys and butches, dresses) for "drag karaoke." 41 Essex St., Boston, MA .
An old-fashioned newshound with a tattoo of two Colt 45s on his forearm and a penchant for chewing tobacco in the newsroom, Macero has been at the forefront of just about every major sports-business story in town. He spent weeks throwing cold water all over the Pats' threatened move to Hartford, then broke the story behind Kraft's return. He's also been all over the Fenway deal, breaking the news that the Sox have more in mind than building just a ballpark—think mallpark—and that they probably want as much as $200 million of our tax dollars to do it.
She had no qualms writing a column criticizing disgraced fellow Metro writer Patricia Smith by name. But when the Globe's Steve Bailey tried to write a column criticizing McNamara by name, she complained to her bosses and voila—her name was removed from the column before the paper went to press.
Choreographer Yoshiko Chuma presented one of the best constructions of the year.