Impolitic: Propaganda for Non-Politicians – Next Super Precious art show

Here’s some information about the next Super Precious Art Gallery group art show. Super Precious is one of the projects I started earlier in the year, and the shows have been getting better and better. If you like art, it’d be awesome if you’d sign up on the mailing list.

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Into the highly charged political arena of this election season, Super Precious Art Gallery wades with an irreverent look at Propaganda for Non-Politicians. The show features over 20 pieces from 18 local and national artists advocating for everything from boats to coffee to Q*bert. Join us on Sunday, November 4th at Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square, Somerville for an opening reception of the show with artists on hand and prints available.

The show will hang at Bloc 11 from 10/31-11/13. More information available at http://superprecio.us/ Peep the awesome poster by Josh LaFayette below.

Please RSVP and invite your friends to the opening here.

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Impolitic: Propaganda for Non-Politicians – Next Super Precious art show

Immediate economic impact of Hurricane Sandy – Market Basket edition

I’ve got a long history of fawning over Market Basket, the grocery store around the corner from my house. It’s cheap, constantly crowded, and features a parking lot way too small for the number of people who want to go. There is always a police detail on site, and for the week around holidays, there are TWO police details on site. The floors are constantly sawdusted from wet breakage. The chaos in the aisles and check out area on the day before Thanksgiving and the days before Christmas is my spirit animal.

Market Basket is the perfect place to check out maniacal storm preparation, but today the road leading into the parking lot was shut for a street fair. The parking lot was more than half empty, and I’ve never seen the store so calm or quiet. Market Basket probably would done tremendous sales today, instead they probably won’t even make their average.

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Immediate economic impact of Hurricane Sandy – Market Basket edition

BLT Battle at Sea Karaoke Harbor Cruise

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The BLT Battle at Sea is my next food event in Boston. It’s a 3 hour cruise around Boston Harbor with BLTs from 4 awesome Boston restaurants and food trucks (Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Chez Henri, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, and Staff Meal), beer from Smuttynose and Clown Shoes. Saint Germain will also be on board making a Sunday Funday beer cocktail with Smuttynose called the Star Island Shandy.

Because no harbor cruise is complete without karaoke, there will also be karaoke. You can get tickets here. PS Check out the awesome BLT Battle art by Josh LaFayette.

BLT Battle at Sea Karaoke Harbor Cruise

Good Job. Good Effort.

I love this “Good job. Good Effort” kid. The Miami Heat lost last night’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and after the game, the crowd went mostly silent. Except for one young fan cheering for his team. His exhortations echo through the tunnel as Miami goes into the locker room to think about what they’ve done. His passion is charming and his parents should be proud for raising a good sport. That said, I really hope the Garden chants Good Job Good Effort incessantly during Game 6. Incidentally, Bill Simmons used to watch the Celtics from seats above the tunnel at the Boston Garden.

Good Job. Good Effort.

Fuck yeah, Massachusetts

This is all I’m saying.

A few other metrics of social well-being: The Bay State has the second-lowest teen birth rate, the fourth-lowest suicide rate, and the lowest traffic fatality rate. The birthplace of Dunkin’ Donuts has the sixth-lowest obesity rate. And depending on the source, the first state to legalize gay marriage has either the lowest or one of the very lowest divorce rates in the country.

Fuck yeah, Massachusetts

Bacon and Beer Fest recap

It’s been slow around Unlikely Words lately because I just put on the Boston Bacon and Beer Festival. We had 28 restaurants, 18 brewers (about 45 total beers), and 1450 attendees (along with about 200 vendors and 30 volunteers) at the House of Blues on Lansdowne St, right across the street from Fenway Park. It was pretty rad, if a little too crowded. Best of all, we raised a bit over $22K for two local hunger relief organizations, Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Community Servings.

This is the third year of the Bacon and Beer Fest, and last year after it sold out in 2 minutes, I wanted to make it possible for more people to participate. This year I partnered with BostonChefs.com to turn Bacon and Beer Fest into Bacon and Beer Week, so from April 28 – May 5, there were bacon and beer themed events all over Boston. This included restaurant specials around town, a Bacon and Beer Karaoke Harbor Cruise, and a bacon and beer inspired art show from Super Precious Art Gallery (a new project of mine). Below are some links related to the week if you wanted to read more and so I can have them all in one place. Thanks to all the vendors, volunteers, and especially Jessie (for letting me talk about this incessantly for 10 weeks) and Alex (for letting me talk about this incessantly for 10 weeks and doing the dirty work).

-The line to get into the fest was long. I didn’t get to check it out, but if you know Boston, the line went all the way down to the ATM in Kenmore Square. Here are a few other pictures I liked.

-We totally packed the HOB. Here’s a picture I took. Here’s one I found on Twitter.
Here’s a picture from Robert Gill.

-Here’s a Bacon and Beer Fest photo gallery by Boston.com. And here’s a gallery from BostInno. And here’s one from Mike Johnson.

-On the day after Bacon and Beer Fest, we did a karaoke cruise around Boston Harbor. There was a gigantic box of fried chicken skins, and things got weird resulting in people being duct taped to a column on the dance floor. A few days later, we had an art opening in a dive bar. It actually didn’t get weird.

-Upon entry to the Bacon and Beer Fest, everyone is given one cup and one spork, both compostable, to use throughout the event. This seems to do an OK job limiting the amount of waste created. In the first year, we were pretty combative when people asked for a replacement, but age has softened us.

-Chris Piascik and Josh LaFayette made some awesome shirt designs. All told I ordered 465 shirts which weighed 154 pounds.
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-I know of at least 3 people who got the bacon and beer hat trick by attending the festival, the karaoke cruise, and the art show.

-Here’s a screenshot of the server load Wheretoeat.in experienced the hour tickets went on sale. The site…crashed.

-Bacon and Beer Fest got some really good press this year. I’m pretty excited about the coverage in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald (Herald again), The Weekly Dig, a Boston.com blog, another Boston.com blog, and I was on TV again, doing a little bit better than last time.

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-And now I can stop talking about or thinking about bacon and beer for a while.

Bacon and Beer Fest recap

They use ferrets to look for buried art?

An update on the Gardner Museum Heist?

They have brought with them a ground-penetrating radar device, as well as two beagles and a ferret, to look for what they say are weapons. But we all know what they are actually looking for — and they are looking for the paintings,” McGuigan said.

Authorities have said that at least two men dressed as police officers talked their way into the Gardner on March 18, 1990, tied up the security guards, and left with 13 masterworks, including three by Rembrandt and five by Degas. Some of the stolen pieces could sell for $50 million on the open market, art experts say.

They use ferrets to look for buried art?