Boston Fun for Everyone! (November 20-22)

19 Nov

Happy Thursday, Boston Life!

The Boston Life WordPress series about upcoming weekend activities continues! Remember: Every Thursday, we post a list of upcoming weekend activities for families, couples, and friends alike! Please post here if there is a certain type of activity you would like to see more of (art, music, food, exercise, etc.)! And let us know how your experience was if you go to any of these events!


note: “FREE” means admission does not cost money; items/food bought at the event may have their own prices

More than One Day
Boston Latino International Film Festival (November 19-22, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
          various Boston locations
          $10 (or free)
Blue Man Group – Boston (until January 31)
          Charles Playhouse (Boston, MA)
           $57 – $103 per person
$20 Boston Symphony Tickets for Patrons under 40-Year-Old (ongoing)
          Symphony Hall (Boston, MA)
          $20 per person
Play: Fiddler on the Roof (until November 28)
          The Footlight Club (Jamaica Plain, MA)
          $25 per person
Play: “A Confederacy of Dunces” (with Nick Offerman)(until December 20)
          Boston University Theatre (Boston, MA)
          $25 – $99 per person
Play: “Elf” the Broadway Musical (until December 6)
          Citi Performing Arts Center (Boston, MA)
          $35 – $125 per person


Friday (November 20)
Anne Taylor Cashmere & Cocoa In-Store Event (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
          Prudential Center (Boston, MA)
          FREE
Pavement Comedy Night (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
          Pavement Coffeehouse (Boston, MA)
          $4 per person
6th Annual Local Craft Brew Festival (6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
          Cruiseport Boston (Boston, MA)
$50 – $140 per person
This is Tango Now (8 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
          Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA)
          $36 per person


Saturday (November 21)
Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular (2 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
          Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Boston, MA)
          FREE
Beer Summit Harvest Festival (5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
           Park Plaza Castle (Boston, MA)
           $55 per person
Trivia Night: Turkey Trivia (7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
           The NonProfit Center Boston (Boston, MA)
           $35 per person
Voyage Piano Trio (8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
           New School of Music (Cambridge, MA)
           FREE


Sunday (November 22)
Christmas Shopping Fair (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
          Veronica Robles Cultural Center (East Boston, MA)
FREE
Cocktail Wars 2015 (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
          The Sinclair (Cambridge, MA)
          $1 per person
Four-Handed Illusions: An Intimate Evening of Magic and Comedy (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
          Hampshire House (Boston, MA)
$50 per person


We hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Staff

Boston Fun for Everyone! (November 13 – 15)

11 Nov

Happy Thursday, Boston Life!

The Boston Life WordPress series about upcoming weekend activities continues! Remember: Every Thursday, we post a list of upcoming weekend activities for families, couples, and friends alike! Please post here if there is a certain type of activity you would like to see more of (art, music, food, exercise, etc.)! And let us know how your experience was if you go to any of these events!


note: “FREE” means admission does not cost money; items/food bought at the event may have their own prices

More than One Day
39th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair (November 13 – 15)
          Hynes Convention Center (Boston, MA)
          $10 – $20 per person
Blue Man Group – Boston (Now – November 15)
          Charles Playhouse (Boston, MA)
           $58 – $103 per person
$20 Boston Symphony Tickets for Patrons under 40-Year-Old (ongoing)
          Symphony Hall (Boston, MA)
          $20 per person
Play: Fiddler on the Roof (until November 21)
          The Footlight Club (Jamaica Plain, MA)
          $25 per person
Play: “A Confederacy of Dunces” (with Nick Offerman)(until December 20)
          Boston University Theatre (Boston, MA)
          $25 – $99 per person


Friday (November 13)
Engaging Immigrant Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners (8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
          Bunker Hill Community College Entrepreneurship Center (Charlestown, MA)
          $20 per person
“Local Gifting for the Holidays” Food Bank Discussion (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
          Boston Public Market (Boston, MA)
          FREE
Art Exhibit: Modern Masters (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
          Martin Lawrence Gallery (Boston, MA)
          FREE
Huzzah! Colonial Tavern Nights (7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
          Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum (Boston, MA)
          $45 per person


Saturday (November 14)
Festi-Fall and Craft Fair at the Jackson Mann (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
          Jackson-Mann School (Allston, MA)
          FREE
New Blue Holiday Makers’ Market (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
           Out of the Blue Too Gallery (Cambridge, MA)
           FREE
Bantam Cider Company Taproom Tastings (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
           Bantam Cider Company (Somerville, MA)
           FREE


Sunday (November 15)
Kids’ Shows: Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
          Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline, MA)
$9 – $12 per person
Building a New Cultural Narrative for Social Justice (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
          Boston Ethical Community (Cambridge, MA)
          FREE
Fun-Filled Open House (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
          The Plein-Air Art Academy (Brighton, MA)
          FREE
Thirsty Scholar Trivia (8 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
          The Thirsty Scholar Pub (Somerville, MA)
          FREE


We hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Staff

Phrase of the Week

11 Nov

Good morning, Boston Life!

It’s time for the English phrase of the week! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask us–administration and teachers alike! Have a great time learning!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Administration


PHRASE OF THE WEEK
“Give me a hand.” OR “Gimme a hand.”

“Give me a hand” is an English phrase that is a way to ask for help with a task. “Give me a hand” would be used if one person would like the assistance of another person. It is an informal phrase that means, “Would you help me with this?” The second form of the sentence, “Gimme a hand” is a shortened version of the first form. “Gimme” is a shorter way to say “Give me” in English.

For example:
Person A: “Could you give me a hand with these bags?”
Person B: “Of course I’ll help you carry your groceries to your apartment!”
Person A: “Thank you!”

Boston Fun for Everyone! (October 23 – 25)

22 Oct

Happy Thursday, Boston Life!

The Boston Life WordPress series about upcoming weekend activities continues! Remember: Every Thursday, we post a list of upcoming weekend activities for families, couples, and friends alike! Please post here if there is a certain type of activity you would like to see more of (art, music, food, exercise, etc.)! And let us know how your experience was if you go to any of these events!


note: “FREE” means admission does not cost money; items/food bought at the event may have their own prices

More than One Day
Boston Asian-American Film Festival (October 22 – 25)
          Bright Family Screening Room (Boston, MA)
          $5 – $10 per person
“Tales of Halloween” Horror Anthology (October 23 & 24, 9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
          Brattle Theater (Cambridge, MA)
           $9 – $11 per person
$20 Boston Symphony Tickets for Patrons under 40-Year-Old (ongoing)
          Symphony Hall (Boston, MA)
          $20 per person
Boston Book Festival (October 23 & 24)
          Copley Square (Boston, MA)
          most events are free
19th Annual Boston International Fine Arts Show (October 22 – 25)
          The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA)
          $15 per person


Friday (October 23)
Film Screening: “My Life in China” (7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
          Bright Family Screening Room (Boston, MA)
          $5 – $10 per person
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (8 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
          Citi Performing Arts Center (Boston, MA)
          $45 – $180 per person
Film Screening: “Redefining Home” (9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.)
          Bright Family Screening Room (Boston, MA)
          $5 – $10 per person


Saturday (October 24)
Film Screening: The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor (7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
          Bright Family Screening Room (Boston, MA)
          $5 – $10 per person
Faneuil Hall Halloween Pet Parade (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
           Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Boston, MA)
           FREE


Sunday (October 25)
Free Boston Duck Tours for Kids in Costume (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
          Boston Duck Tours (Boston, MA)
          FREE for kids
Food Day: “Just Eat It” Film and Panel (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
          Bright Family Screening Room (Boston, MA)
          $5 – $8 per person
Film Screening: Home in America (1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
          Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA)
          $5 – $10 per person
FallFEST (10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
          Assembly Row (Somerville, MA)
          FREE
Boston Public Market Pumpkin Patch (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
          Boston Public Market (Boston, MA)
          FREE


We hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Staff

Phrase of the Week

21 Oct

Good morning, Boston Life!

It’s time for the phrase of the week! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask us–administration and teachers alike! Have a great time learning!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Administration


PHRASE OF THE WEEK
No problem.” OR “It’s no problem.

“No problem” is an English phrase which is used to reply to someone else saying “thank you.” It is a way to say that the act that someone is thanking you for did not inconvenience you and you were happy to help/provide something/etc. “No problem” is equivalent to “you are welcome,” but is much more casual and more common. Many English-speakers say “no problem” instead of “you’re welcome,” but the two phrases mean similar things. “You’re welcome” is more common in formal situations, but “no problem” is common in casual situations, such as when someone holds a door open for you or does a little service.

For example:
“Thank you for helping me today!”
“It was no problem!”
OR
“Thanks for the bottle of water!”
“No problem!”

Boston Fun for Everyone! (October 16-18)

15 Oct

Happy Thursday, Boston Life!

The Boston Life WordPress series about upcoming weekend activities continues! Remember: Every Thursday, we post a list of upcoming weekend activities for families, couples, and friends alike! Please post here if there is a certain type of activity you would like to see more of (art, music, food, exercise, etc.)! And let us know how your experience was if you go to any of these events!


note: “FREE” means admission does not cost money; items/food bought at the event may have their own prices

More than One Day
Boo at the Zoo (October 17 & 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
          Stone Zoo (Stoneham, MA)
          $16/adults, $12/children
United States Olympic Team in Boston (October 17 & 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
          Weld Exhibit Area (Boston, MA)
           FREE
51st Head of the Charles Regatta Rowing Race (October 17 & 18, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
          Charles River (Cambridge, MA)
          FREE
Fall Foliage Picnic Cruise (October 17 & 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
          Rowes Wharf (Boston, MA)
          $71 per person (discounted tickets here)


Friday (October 16)
Duck & Apple Dinner Party (7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
          TBD Foods (Somerville, MA)
          $35 per person


Saturday (October 17)
Somerville Local First Harvest Fest (2 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
          Arts at the Armory (Somerville, MA)
          $25 – $55 per person
Fall Harvest-Fun for Kids (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
          Haley House (Boston, MA)
          FREE
Fall Pumpkin Festival at Frog Pond (4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
           Frog Pond (Boston, MA)
           FREE


Sunday (October 18)
YMCA Oaktoberfest 5K Run and Taste (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
          Oak Square YMCA (Brighton, MA)
          $30 per person
Fall Craft Beer Festival (12 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
          Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA)
          $59 – $69 per person (discounted tickets here)


We hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Staff

Phrase of the Week

14 Oct

Good afternoon, Boston Life!

It’s time for the phrase of the week! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask us–administration and teachers alike! Have a great time learning!

Sincerely,
Boston Life Administration


PHRASE OF THE WEEK
“trick-or-treat”

Keeping with the autumn/Halloween theme from recent blog posts, I want to discuss a phrase that Americans use when going door-to-door to collect candy on Halloween. Later this month, I will have another post about the holiday of Halloween, but for now, let’s talk about “trick-or-treat”!

The phrase, “trick-or-treat” comes from an old tradition when Halloween was used to make mischief (tricks) or to do kind things for your friends (treats). Nowadays, however, the “treats” we are talking about are candy on Halloween.

On October 31st, Halloween, when children dress in costumes and walk around their neighborhoods, they ring each doorbell and say “trick or treat!” The neighbor then gives the children candy! The act of going door to door to ask for candy on Halloween is called “trick-or-treating.” Children bring pillow cases or pumpkin-shaped buckets with them while they trick-or-treat so that they can collect their candy. So this upcoming holiday, it won’t be surprising to you if children knock on your door and say, “trick or treat!”

For example:
“Are you taking your children trick-or-treating on Halloween?”
“Yes, I am! My children are dressing up as a witch and a fireman, and they are very excited!”