Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 1997

Arts

1997 Best Art Gallery

About every eight weeks, from September to June, the LVAC shows innovative, provocative contemporary work in all media by established and emerging artists, including the likes of Kiki Smith and...

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Bars

1997 Best Beer Bar

Back when good beer selection meant both Bud and Miller Lite, these hopheads did their damnedest to broaden our horizons. A decade later, the bar stocks nearly 500 microbrews, including...

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Bars

1997 Best Irish Pub

Its name means “Land of Eternal Youth” in Gaelic, but this smallish bar in Union Square hosts both young and old. Proprietors Robert Elliot and Patsy Wheelan run a welcoming...

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Bars

1997 Best Lounge

Sadly, the rediscovery of the cocktail culture has perverted the once noble activity of drinking, reducing it to a runway show for an unfortunate breed of baseball cap-sporting frat rats,...

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Bars

1997 Best Margarita

No pansy drinks, these. The Rio features big, honkin’ ‘ritas shaken into those pint glasses most bars reserve for ales. But while size does matter, a perfect margarita is in...

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Bars

1997 Best Martini

Stripped down to its raw form, a martini is just a stiff belt of gin, which any jamoke can pull off a no-name bottle in an alley. So how to...

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Bars

1997 Best Pub, Brew

The vittles range from basic barbeque to frou-frou. But anyone who goes to a brew pub for the food is missing the point, which, obviously, is the beer. Back Bay...

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Bars

1997 Best Home-Brew Supplier

Quality ingredients, a full line of equipment, and expert (if sometimes grumpy) advice have made BM&V the preferred training ground for hordes of thirsty home-brewers. A tiny commercial brewery and...

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Entertainment

1997 Best Gym, Climbing

A huge industrial loft in Woburn, the Boston Rock Gym is carpeted with 20 tons of chopped-up car tires, the walls are studded with tiny gargoyles, dinosaurs, and rocklike footholds,...

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Entertainment

1997 Best Poetry, Slam

Next Wednesday about 10 o’clock, shake yourself out of your TV-induced stupor and set out for Central Square. when you spot the Cantab, take a sharp right through the door,...

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Entertainment

1997 Best Radio, Hosts

WBUR. Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers) are a latter-day Bob and Ray, especially for those of us who can’t tell our crankshafts from our...

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Entertainment

1997 Best Gay Club

From dumpy to delicious, your options are unlimited at Club Cafe on Saturday nights. Guppies mingle around the piano bar or cruise the back lounges where music set at just...

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Entertainment

1997 Best Pool Hall

Among up-scale pool halls, the original Jillian’s gets bonus points for being there first. But what sets it apart from the competition is all the stuff beneath the third-floor pool...

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Entertainment

1997 Best Cinema

The Kendall Square Cinema is everything a movie theater should be, with nine large screens, perfect climate control, clean bathrooms, and sufficiently ample and inexpensive ($1) parking. The movies are...

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Entertainment

1997 Best Poet

Take a quick trip through his poems from the past 30 years—recently collected in The Figured Wheel—and you’ll discover a poet equally at home with the complexities of a 12-part...

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Music

1997 Best Jazz Club, Scene

With the shutdown of the Willow and the yuppification of Bob the Chef’s, Wally’s proposed expansion into the space next to its current Massachuetts Avenue hole-in-the-wall is the best thing...

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Music

1997 Best Jazz Club, Traditional

The only place in town to catch big-name out-of-town acts like Sonny Rollins, Cassandra Wilson, and Tito Puente. A front-row table here for Betty Carter or Christian McBride is one...

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Music

1997 Best Rock Band

This guitar-oriented quintet from Brighton has been compared to other Boston success stories such as the Pixies, the Lemonheads, and Buffalo Tom. Since its arrival in Beantown, it has released...

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Music

1997 Best Band, Mariachi

There is a little bit of Mexico at this pinata-filled spot near Jackson Square. Despite the bright lights and the warm sangria, Tacos El Charro is worth it for the...

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Music

1997 Best Band, Pop

Many starry-eyed bands crawl up from the primordial soup of Somerville, but few are chosen. On the trio’s latest Minty Fresh release, Helioself Papas Fritas consistently transcends the merely catchy...

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Music

1997 Best Jazz Club, Cutting Edge

The Regattabar occasionally offers avant-garde performers like Don Byron or Michael Marcus, but no one would ever confuse with New York’s Knitting Factory. The Institute for Contemporary Art, on the...

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Music

1997 Best Rock Band, Modern

At a time when well-deserving Boston bands are being dropped by major labels left and right, Dirt Merchants is about to have a second major label release on Sony’s Epic....

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