Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 1999

Arts

1999 Best Art Gallery

The gallery moved last year from its swank Newbury Street location to a more intimate South End setting. Toale’s edginess is more than topographical however: He represents many of the...

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Arts

1999 Best Art, Maven

The Jerry McGuire of the local arts scene, Tucker has been showing us the Monet for the last decade, organizing three spectacular exhibitions for the Museum of Fine Arts—and radically...

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Arts

1999 Best Art, Public

Even before Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Shakespeare in Love, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s free outdoor performances showed Boston just how sexy the Bard can be. Under the brilliant...

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Arts

1999 Best Classes, Dance

On the social faux pas scale, making a fool of yourself on the dance floor ranks second only to bad karaoke. And with dance so popular these days, your chances...

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Arts

1999 Best Critic, Art

Covering both the galleries and the small exhibition spaces, McQuaid’s reviews are insightful, enthusiastic, and deeply serious. Boston artists know she’s out there, and they know she cares...

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Arts

1999 Best Exhibition, Painting

A citywide celebration of the art of John Singer Sargent—at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Fogg Art Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Boston Public Library—provides a...

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1999 Best Exhibition, Photography

The Cuban-born Morrell, who teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art, actually had two exhibitions this year (at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) showcasing...

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Bars

1999 Best Irish Pub

It’s tough for a newcomer to stand out in a city that already has more Irish pubs than Ireland. Kitty O’Shea’s, though, is like a trip to the Emerald Isle....

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Bars

1999 Best Lounge

Take one part funky restaurant and one part festive bar scene. Sprinkle it with urban hipsters, geeky academics, and East Cambridge natives. Shake gently to the beat of Sinatra or...

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Bars

1999 Best Margarita

The essence of a perfect margarita is in its simplicity: fresh lime juice, a dash of orange-flavored liqueur, and top-shelf tequila (we prefer gold). Any joint that junks up a...

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Bars

1999 Best Martini

First, a point of order: A proper martini will never, ever be preceded by an adjective. Not chocolate, not raspberry, not blue velvet, not anything. Except, of course, for the...

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Bars

1999 Best Bar, Students

There are plenty of great bars in Boston, but the Cellar has all the right ingredients: homey, mellow atmosphere; excellent music; an eclectic, friendly crowd; and good, inexpensive beer (Guinness...

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Bars

1999 Best Beer, Selection

Is anyone even competing with these guys? With some 600 beers in stock, including 112 on top and three beer engines for those hard-to-find cask-conditioned ales, Sunset is a hophead’s...

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Bars

1999 Best Pub, Brew

In years past, we anointed Back Bay, but with one reservation. Brewmeister Tod Mott always made the damn small-batch beers this side of the Mississippi. (His seasonal Imperial stout is...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Cinema

This Brookline landmark sure knows how to draw ’em in. While other art houses are content dishing out classics, these guys go right for the guts, with events like Annie...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Classes, Sailing

Whoever said you can’t get something for nothing didn’t know the Courageous Sailing Center. The center teaches mini-mariners to sail for free thanks to finding form the city, adult membership...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Poet

Through his writings, readings, teaching, radio readings, inspired translations, and generosity to other poets, Pinsky is truly poetry in motion. Small wonder that he’s also the nation’s poet laureate...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Drag King

His gender-bending Dollhouse Theater in the South End, with shows like Rosemary’s Baby: The Musical and Charlie’s Angels, proves that even Big Girls can be butch...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Tour

Let’s face it, Boston’s a walking town; buy into a pricey gimmick tour, and you’ll spend half the time stuck in traffic. At Boston By Foot, though, the guides are...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Reading Series

In addition to bringing the authors to Boston, the Harvard Book Store also provides the most diverse and frequent reading series. HBS increases its breadth by teaming up with the...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Drag Queen

If Shirley Temple had grown up to be a more generously proportioned, raunchy queen, she would have turned into Chris Konevil. Chris can be seen performing at Jacques to the...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Bowling Alley

Forget “cosmic bowling”—whatever that is. Instead, check out the Milky Way Lounge & Lanes in Jamaica Plain, where in addition to candlepin bowling, hot local bands and DJs take the...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Gay Club

Two dance floors crammed with beautifully sweaty bodies, awesome music by DJs Michael Sheehan and Mary Alice, friendly bartenders (including Christian, with the chest-hair configuration of a young Sean Connery),...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Gay Club

Just over the Back Bay border of the South End, this joint is the city’s gay answer to Cheers, a place where everybody knows your name—and probably has some good...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Pool Hall

Most of Boston’s pool halls either reek of arrogance—or just plain reek. Yet year after year, Boston Billiard Club preserves its place among the city’s best. This year, even in...

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Entertainment

1999 Best Bike Path

This ride has everything: shade, scenery, and history. It even has—for the most part—good pavement. Start at Weston Center. Take Conant Road into Lincoln, turn right on Silver Street and...

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Music

1999 Best Record Label, Local

A joint venture with Rykodisc, indie label Slow River was started in 1995 out of head honcho George Howard’s Providence apartment. Now headquartered in Salem, Slow River releases some of...

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Music

1999 Best Drum 'n' Bass Night

Lots of local clubs have recently “discovered” electronica, but Phoenix Landing in Central Square has been hosting an authentic techno scene for years. A mild-mannered pub by day, the Landing...

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Music

1999 Best Duet

Morris’ yearly appearances in Boston have become an eagerly awaited tradition, but this year Yo-Yo Ma and his cello joined the dancers on stage at the Wang Center for a...

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Music

1999 Best Jazz Band

A smokin’ supergroup of Boston-based jazz all-stars: Galindo (trombone), Phaneuf (sax), and Ken Cervenka (trumpet) front the hottest rhythm section in New England. Pianist Tim Ray, bassist John Lockwood, and...

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Music

1999 Best Jazz Club, Scene

Its old location, across the street from where it is today, hosted the likes of Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday. The present-day stage has seen Branford Marsalis and Chick Corea....

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Music

1999 Best Jazz Club, Traditional

So it’s in a hotel, so what? Suits and garment bags can be forgotten in this dimly lighted club with its huge windows overlooking the Charles. Scullers consistently provides the...

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Music

1999 Best Jazz Performer

An Israeli native, this master guitar player combines the sounds of his homeland with blues and Latin influences. His band is young, but they swing hard and play tight...

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Music

1999 Best Radio, Rock

They aren’t just a whole lot cooler than ‘FNX, ‘BCN, and all the other top-40 alterna-drivel, these college stations aren’t even allowed to broadcast commercials. From M.I.T. and Boston College...

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Nightlife

1999 Best Club, New Scene

With city club kids being the jet setters they are, it was only a matter of time before the cross-pollination yielded a scene straight out of South Beach. Now Venu—with...

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Nightlife

1999 Best Table Dancing

We’re not talking about strip joints—get your mind out of the gutter. Table dancing of the G-rated sort is a rare and special event within city limits, taking place at...

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Theater

1999 Best Intentions

The Newton theater tried to jump on the Titanic bandwagon by staging Scotland Road, a brainsteaser about a survivor of the disaster. It turned out to be brain dead...

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Theater

1999 Best Opera

The highlight of Boston Early Music Festival’s splendid season was this 17th-century opera, written by Francesco Cavalli for the wedding of Louis XIV. The lavish production included charming costumes, delightful...

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1999 Best Play, New

A surreal study of the spreading mediascape featured the most interviewed man in the world. Novelist DeLilo’s second play said something true and haunting about how the national obsession with...

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