Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South Africa and Tibet

I really miss live music and I often wonder when concerts will return. And I wonder when I will feel safe enough to attend a concert. All I know for sure is that it will be a transcendent experience and there will be tears. For now, I am grateful for the virtual concert experiences that […]

Oprah Winfrey

Next Best Thing

Attending live events is my thing. It’s one of the reasons I continue to live in an expensive city in a small yard-less one-bedroom apartment with my partner. I need access to concerts, lectures, book readings, theater. A LOT of access. The pandemic has brought an end to live events for the foreseeable future, which […]

Flea market stall

Flea Life

Allen likes to paint. He has dozens of very cool paintings sitting in storage, so I suggested he try selling some at a local flea market. They should be on walls making people happy, right? Neither of us had sold at a flea market before, so when he was accepted to the Boston Hassle Flea, […]

The Milling Gowns

The Plough & Stars

Well, it took me 20 years to make it to The Plough & Stars pub in Cambridge…but better late than never, right? I’ve heard about this place for probably 20 years, so I blame my late arrival on the fact that I live on the “other side of the [Charles] river.” OK, I really have […]

Coolidge Corner Theatre

Starstruck: John and Julianne

A friend and I saw John Cameron Mitchell on his “Origin of Love” Tour a couple of months ago. He performed many songs from his musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch and also shared life stories in between songs. I’ve only seen the musical (theater and film versions) a handful of times, so I was […]