Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 1995

Arts

1995 Best Omission

MFA curator Clifford Ackley spent six years researching the artist but initially failed to mention in his presentation that Nolde is widely believed to have been a Nazi sympathizer...

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Arts

1995 Best Exhibition

An expansive collection of watercolors, prints, and paintings, the Emil Nolde show at the MFA revealed the works of one of Germany’s most talented expressionists...

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Bars

1995 Best Margarita

Ask bartender Kevin Shannon for an Ultimate Margarita ($6.95) with Cointreau. It’s a tart, smooth, and potent libation with Patron Silver Tequila, fresh lemon and lime juice, and a splash...

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Bars

1995 Best Bar, Neighborhood

With Didi (formerly of the Blue Room) in the kitchen and cheap drinks at the bar, this lounge has become the South End’s favorite place to hang if you’re young,...

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1995 Best Beer Bar

The food is as good as the ale. Master brewer Tim Morse works hand in hand with chef Joe Kubik to ensure that the beers both complement and counterpoint the...

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Bars

1995 Best Sports Bar

When you go to a sports bar, you should feel like a sport. Such is the feeling at Champion’s, where table hockey, free-throwing hoop toss, and a full roster of...

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Entertainment

1995 Best Ducker

The Medford Hurricane managed to score a $700,000 payday with Mike Tyson without fighting anyone more dangerous than his mom, proving the old adage that crime doesn’t pay but pigmentation...

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Entertainment

1995 Best Scene, Cyber

This popular cafe mixes cappuccinos, Internet on-line services, CD-ROM, virtual reality, teleconferencing, games, and a Sony Playstation to create a futuristic and tasty blend for patrons...

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Entertainment

1995 Best Good-Bye

After a year of whining, bitching, and generally brutal basketball, the Green summoned up one more moment of pride to wake up the echoes and close the building with style....

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1995 Best Comedian

Katz’s deadpan delivery and bassett-hound face have made him a favorite with local audiences for years. Now national audiences are discovering him via his hit show on Comedy Central, Dr....

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Entertainment

1995 Best Shaft

Rather than promoting him to head the Bruins, Harry Sinden had a toady fire loyal foot soldier Tom McVie. While Sinden vacationed in Florida. Now, that’s class...

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Entertainment

1995 Best Hack

Sports guy Steve Buckley holds down four, count’em, four jobs: ESPN2 staffer, Herald columnist, WEEI weekend man, and prodigious freelancer. A little Buckley goes a long way...

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Entertainment

1995 Best Applause

Normally surly Fenway mob gave equally surly prodigal son Jim Rice a standing ovation on Opening Day. All is forgiven, Jim. Now if only the Hall of Fame voters were...

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Entertainment

1995 Best Sustainable Loss

Fidelity got clobbered in the bond business during the past year, losing top-dog bondsman Thomas Steffanci as well as about $6 billion worth of investors’ money. On the other hand,...

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Entertainment

1995 Best High-Speed Getaway

Foreign car-buff Jim Mullen (Wenham-based Mullen Advertising) took great pride in his two-year-old account. But that was before March, when BMW switched to a Minneapolis-based agency, costing Mullen an account...

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Entertainment

1995 Best Gay Bar

Eschews trendiness and meat-market aesthetics for a laid-back neighborhood feel. Great videos, movies, and theme nights—not to mention a killer float in this year’s Gay Pride Parade...

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Entertainment

1995 Best Hypocrisy

NYNEX has failed so far to unplug the Boston Phoenix‘s escort-service ads, even though (hypocrisy alert) the NYNEX yellow pages contain 15 pages of escort-service ads. Score another one for...

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Entertainment

1995 Best Internet Server

TIAC offers the standard UNIX Shell and SLIP/PPP accounts for World Wide Web access, as well as 8 a.m.-1 a.m. support (617-276-7200), customized software, and a ready patient staff...

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Entertainment

1995 Best Entertainment, Deal

Wilmington’s CMG Fidelity Services sold America Online a neat piece of software that allows users to quickly browse the Internet’s World Wide Web and retrieve data. The price: 710,000 shares...

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Entertainment

1995 Best Bench Player

Former Boston Celtics player Ed Pinckney left the pros in the dust when he competed in a Boston Globe stock-picking contest. Pinckney tagged RJR Nabisco, which fell some 27 percent...

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1995 Best Political Intrigue

Best: Senate president William Bulger. Says he’s “intrigued” by the job of UMass president. Even Better: Boston University president John Silber. Said he was “intrigued” by the job of Boston...

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Music

1995 Best Quintet

One of the hottest classical acts in the country, the Borromeo Quintet is in residence at the New England Conservatory this year. Keep a close watch for local show times—these...

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Music

1995 Best Club, Rock

The Aerosmith-inspired Lansdowne Street club is the latest addition to the Lyons empire. A word of advice—it’s loud in here...

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1995 Best R&B

Tedeschi’s 1995 debut CD, Better Days, was well received, but Tedeschi’s crowning moment came when she won second prize in the National Amateur Blues competition last summer...

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Music

1995 Best Concert, Facility, New

Boston hasn’t had an outdoor concert venue since Concerts on the Common was canned. Now there’s Harborlights, a dramatic open-air structure whose graceful tented peaks overlook the harbor, with sailboats,...

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Music

1995 Best Trend, New

Tanya Donnelly (Belly) Juliana Hatfield, Mary Timony (Helium), Tracy Bonham, and Jennifer Trynin are among those reaping the benefits of being women on top...

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Music

1995 Best Venue, Old-is-New

This legendary folk club/coffeehouse was nearly forced to shut its doors, but now a new-and-improved Club Passim is open under new management. And it now has a 4 a.m. license,...

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Music

1995 Best Media Success

File under Finally Getting the Attention It Deserves: Conan, MTV, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, People, Esquire, USA Today—you name it. Morphine has been there, and deservedly so....

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Music

1995 Best Music, World Beat

The Mighty Charge believes in music with a message—its debut CD, released in January, is titled Save the World. This seven-piece Marley influenced reggae band is fronted by Jamaican-born George...

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Music

1995 Best Music Store, CD Store

Sure, there are comic books, and posters, and T-shirts, and even lava lamps. But mostly we hang at Newbury for the terrific selection of music at consistently better prices than...

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Music

1995 Best New Face

The new 35-year-old conductor of the Boston Pops has entered the stage on in-line skates and at another time seated on an elephant. He has also jumped out of a...

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Music

1995 Best Jazz Performer

The future of big-band sound is crafted right here in Boston by the Either/Or, a 10-piece band with a raw power, eccentric touches, a dash of Gil Evans, and a...

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Music

1995 Best Band, Cutting-Edge

Okay, so Paul Janovitz of Cold Water Flat is the brother of Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz. There’s no sibling rivalry going on here. Buffalo Tom may have captured MTV and...

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Nightlife

1995 Best Dance Hall

Loyal patrons were dismayed to find Revere’s Wonderland Ballroom suddenly closed last August, shorter after the death of owner Augustino Luongo. The largest dance hall in New England reopened in...

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Theater

1995 Best Cinema, Food

So it’s hardly gourmet fare, but at least at this new suburban megaplex you can get a cup of Starbucks coffee and a slice of Pizzeria Uno pizza or some...

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1995 Best Intentions

Asked during a debate sponsored by the Boston Herald whether he intended to make an issue of his opponent’s religious beliefs, Lakian insisted that he would have no comment on...

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