Tag Archives: North End

Improv or Stand Up…You Choose

You know what I don’t do nearly enough?  Go to comedy shows.

Every few years a few of us get together and make plans to take in a show….and then, inevitably I find myself wondering, “Why don’t I do this more often?”

Who doesn’t need a good, honest, unbridled laugh every so often?

Last week I did just that.  I laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

Somehow, a year has gone by since my friends opened Laugh Boston and, on the club’s 1st anniversary, it was finally time to cross it off this year’s bucket list. I am so glad that I did! The comedians were, well, hysterical and the club itself is, dare I say, the perfect combination of industrial yet cozy.  Its fantastic location within the Westin Waterfront in Boston’s Seaport district doesn’t hurt either.  Nor does its full bar and “light fare” menu.

Laugh Boston is, as they say, “the stand-up brother to the Improv Asylum, Boston’s improv & sketch comedy theater located in the North End.”

If you haven’t been there either….you are totally missing out. In contrast to Stand Up comedy, the Improv Asylum features incredibly quick-witted improvisation and sketch comedy.  Which, in my humble opinion, takes a true artist to pull off.  They can boast to over 10,000 shows since its opening in 1998.

So, dinner and drinks in the North End and then a riot of an evening at the club. Or, a trip to the Seaport District, tons of laughs at the stand up club, and maybe even a quick overnight stay at the Westin? With summer coming to an end, that’s two good excuses to get over not only the A. Piatt Andrew, but also, the Tobin Bridges!

Laugh Boston

Improv Asylum 

Heather Atwood’s Visit With Chef Jose Duarte in Boston’s North End Video

Check Out The Video At The Gloucester Times Website By Clicking The Picture-image

Heather Atwood shot a video recently with Chef Jose Duarte of Taranta in Boston’s North End 

Jose Duarte is becoming very well known for two reasons, his unique combination of Peruvian and Italian dishes and his absolute dedication to operating a sustainable restaurant. In this video Jose shows Heather how to make  a scallop ceviche Peruvian style, called "Tiradito, a ceviche-like treatment of fish cut like sashimi, evidence of the wave of Japanese farm workers who arrived in Peru in the late 19th century." The food is too spectacular not to be recognized.  Zagat named it one of the best new restaurants of the Decade.  Boston Magazine named it one of the top 50 Restaurants in Boston.  The Massachusetts Restaurant Association has just named Jose Duarte “Chef of the Year.”

Historical Opening Night of the Fisherman’s Feast in Boston’s North End Video

Video From Joanne Aiello

August 12, 2010: For the first time ever, the statue of St. Peter was brought out of Gloucester in tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Fisherman’s Feast in honor of the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca, the longest running feast in Boston. This was a touching moment made more so by a beautiful rendition of the Ave Maria and the large contingent of Gloucester people who accompanied the statue of St. Peter through the streets of the North End shouting “Viva San Pietro!” and “Viva La Madonna del Soccorso!”

Several years ago the statue of the Madonna was brought to the Cape Ann Historical Museum as part of an exhibition of Sicilian-American artifacts, a testimony to the bond between the Madonna del Soccorso Society and the Sicilian fishermen of Gloucester.

Saint Peter at the 100th Anniversary of the La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Fiesta in the North End

Christine Militello Sova Writes-

Joe,

Thought you might like this for your blog!

Saint Peter at the  100th Anniversary of the La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Fiesta in the North End

300+ from Gloucester accompanied Saint Peter along with the Fiesta Committee to help Commensurate the 100th anniversary of the Saint Peter at the  100th Anniversary of the La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Fiesta in the North End  (Feast of the Fisherman)

Cordially ,

Christine Militello Sova ,

Proud daughter of a Gloucester Fisherman and Past Saint Peter’s Fiesta Committee member and President Salvatore Miltello and Great, Great Grand daughter of  Contadino di Acursio Dometrio  one of the founding members of the  La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Fiesta in the North End.

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St. Peter in the Big City

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St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee

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St. Peter at the 100th Anniversary of the La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Fiesta

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The founders of the La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Society 1910

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Johnny, Me and Frank