For fresh foie gras and game, this is where Boston's best chefs go. 753 Beacon St., Newton Center, MA .
Boston's original denim source—and the pride of Evisu jeans-clad owner Riccardo Dallai—stocks more than 40 "it" lines, among them Prps, Ksubi, and Nudie. 116 Newbury St, Boston, MA 2116, riccardiboston.com.
Bill Rodgers's third consecutive Boston Marathon victory, despite the uncertainty of the Olympic walkout.
Always graceful, always strong. Young was the tantrum-proof center of the Boston Ballet. She will remain as director of the Boston Ballet II and the Summer Dance Program.
A veteran of Boston's theater scene, Steinbach exhibits astonishing versatility—and this year was one of her best yet. As a founding member of the Actors' Shakespeare Project, she played not one but two ancient kings: Nestor and Priam, in Troilus and Cressida. Then, when the Boston Playwrights' Theatre staged Deported, a dream play, Steinbach excelled as an Armenian-genocide survivor. But her biggest triumph was in the New Repertory Theatre's Collected Stories by Donald Margulies. That performance as an aging author betrayed by her protégé won her the Independent Reviewers of New England's best actress award.
You can catch an Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu flick at any multiplex nowadays, but you won't see Boston Underground Film Festival highlights or a repertory series of World War II movies—or, for that matter, a weeklong Muppets marathon—anywhere else but the Brattle. The Harvard Square institution has been screening foreign, art house, and classic films for over 50 years, but it's much more than a sleepy civic treasure: It's holy ground for Boston's cineastes, budding film auteurs, and anyone who just likes to watch Casablanca on the big screen. 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA brattlefilm.org.
A smokin' supergroup of Boston-based jazz all-stars: Galindo (trombone), Phaneuf (sax), and Ken Cervenka (trumpet) front the hottest rhythm section in New England. Pianist Tim Ray, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Bob Gullotti round off the group. As individuals, these guys have played with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Lyle Lovett to the Boston Pops. After three years gigging around Boston, the band has just issued its first CD, Locking Horns. Cadence Magazine notes that on the album Galindo "uses his lip and slide to twist squeeze notes like warm putty from a tube."
Lydia Shire gets a lot of praise, and she should, but her sidekick deserves much credit for Boston's most creative cuisine. 272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA .
Boston's own WBCN, which now airs syndicated New York shows during both the morning and afternoon drive times.
Soul, blues, and R&B keep this cozy club cranking in Mission Hill—Boston's most maligned neighborhood. 808 Huntingtone Ave., Boston, MA .
The affable writer, scholar, and former director of the Yale Art Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Art starts work at Boston's MFA next month. Lucky MFA. Lucky us.
Boston's three-mile walk through America's history. Start at the kiosk near the Park Street subway station. Don't miss the USS Constitution, the Old State House, and the Paul Revere House.
The Regattabar occasionally offers avant-garde performers like Don Byron or Michael Marcus, but no one would ever confuse with New York's Knitting Factory. The Institute for Contemporary Art, on the other hand, in cahoots with the recently revived Boston Creative Music Alliance (brainchild of the Pheonix's Ed Hazel and onetime ICA affiliate Gillian Levine), has hosted some cutting-edge jazz in the last year. Boston's fringe fans were treated to acts like John Zorn's Masada and Henry Threadgill and the Far East Side Band, who came into town in conjunction with the "New Histories" exhibit, up-and-coming pianist Myra Melford, and free jazz masters Matthew Shipp and William Parker. New shows are in the works for the fall. It may be wishful thinking, but we're calling this a trend. 955 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
<em>Boston Globe</em>'s "Mush from the Wimp" editorial headline of March 15, over a commentary on Jimmy Carter's latest economic proposals
Even if you’re more familiar with his droll presence on Twitter, where he weighs in on everything from the latest trials of the Celtics to Saved by the Bell, it’s not hard to catch this funnyman around town. He’s performed on Boston Calling’s comedy stage and seems to pop up at nearly every local showcase. If Boston has a surging comedy scene right now, Price might just be the face of it: unapologetically Boston, unafraid to take big swings. MA lamontpricelive.com.