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12.11 @ PA's Lounge w/ Arbelist, Ladymob + Chariot Brigade

8:30 DOORS
$8 at the door


9- 9:45        Arbelist        

10- 10:45    Ladymob                  

11- 11:45    Chariot Brigade 


When: Dec 11, 2014 9 PM to Dec 12, 2014 12 AMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21 )
Social Entrepreneurs and the Role of Foundations

As a promoter of people and organisations that take the lead in the field of sustainable, cultural and social innovation, DOEN believes in a green, socially-inclusive and creative society. DOEN supports these innovators and brings them into contact with each other
Annually, DOEN supports more than 200 initiatives by means of subsidies, participations, loans and guarantees. These initiatives are characterised by their enterprising approach: people, organisations and enterprises that dare to take risks, that are creative and innovatory and thus effectively contribute to a better and cleaner world.
DOEN supports initiatives in the field of Culture and Cohesion and Green and Inclusive Economy.

Presented by: Nina Tellegen, CEO, DOEN Foundation

When: Nov 17, 2014 5 PM to Nov 17, 2014 7 PMin Cambridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17 )
Cocktails and Conversation - Hingham MA 10/28/14

Join us for cocktails and a candid conversation about how you can REDEFINE your skin and your future with RODAN + FIELDS. We'll tell you what's possible when you leverage the biggest names in skincare, an innovative business model and clinically proven skincare products that beauty editors are raving about.

When: Oct 28, 2014 7 PM to Oct 28, 2014 9 PMin Hingham, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit for pricing. (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19 )
The BUzz Lab Opening
This is the Official Opening of Boston University's BUzz Lab, a lab dedicated to entrepreneurship and will provide students with the following: 
- Incubation and co-working space - A rapid prototyping area for web start-ups- Meeting rooms for mentoring sessions- Dedicated office for the entrepreneurship clubs
In attendance there will be Alumni from hot Boston Companies such as Hubspot and Wayfair (both of which went public recently). Also attending will be BU alumni who are active angel and VC investors in Boston. The event is opened for both Grad and Undergrad students. Hope to see you there!

When: Oct 29, 2014 4 PM to Oct 29, 2014 6 PMin Boston, Massachusetts (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16 )
7th Anniversary Dance Party

Saturday October 25th, 2014
Seventh Annual Anniversary Dance Party
Boston Ballroom 141 California Street, Newton Ma 02458
7:30pm - 11:00pm
Doors open at 7:00pm
Rumba and Hustle Class 7:30pm-8:15pm
$25 per Person includes Class and Dance Party
Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres
Swing, Rumba, Cha Cha, Hustle, Salsa, Foxtrot, Waltz, and More!
for more information call 617-969-3262

Couples and Singles Welcome.

When: Oct 25, 2014 7 PM to Oct 25, 2014 11 PMin Newton, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19 )
Boston Vision Walk 5K

Spend some quality time with your DG sisters and support a wonderful sight-related cause by participating in the Boston VisionWalk! This annual walk/run 5K is the signature fundraising event for Foundation Fighting Blindness, a nonprofit organization focused on finding treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases by raising funds for research.

Feel free to invite family and friends of all ages for this 5K (the walk is stroller-friendly) - the more, the merrier!

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $1000!


Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014

Time: Check in begins at 12:00pm

Walk begins at 1:00pm

Location: Artesani Park, Brighton, MA - We'll be wearing anchors!

Register here:;

Search for the Team:  Delta Gamma Boston Alumnae


Cost: There is no cost to register, although donations/fundraising for Foundation Fighting Blindness are welcome.
For more information contact Aprel McCabe:

When: Oct 26, 2014 12 PM to Oct 26, 2014 3 PMin Boston, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12 )
When: Mar 14, 2015 8 PM in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20 )
Pandemonium Faux Fur Trunk Show at Ensemble

Handmade in Seattle Faux Fur. 

Hats, gloves, scarves, vests, jackets, capes and more...

When: Nov 13, 2014 5 PM to Nov 13, 2014 9 PMin Boston, Massachusetts (Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17 )
Creating a Winning Business Proposal

Whether you’re participating in the President’s and Deans’ Challenges, or submitting an application for another business competition, a well-written business proposal is a critical component for helping your venture stand out and be positioned for strong consideration.
In this session Lynda Applegate, Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration at HBS, will lead a workshop on how to write a winning business proposal. Professor Applegate will help you understand what makes a strong business proposal, as well as illustrate the techniques for how to frame your ideas and hypotheses in order to highlight the most critical components of your venture. 

When: Nov 10, 2014 6 PM to Nov 10, 2014 7 PMin Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit for pricing. (Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18 )
Pop Up Swap - by The Fashion Exchange Project

Looking to reincarnate your wardrobe without breaking the bank?  Join the Fashion Exchange Project who will be holding a pop up swap that will allow all participants to do just that with other liked minded (or rather like clothed) individuals.  All trades are driven by emotional value rather than by simple monetary value, giving those Prada pumps a leg up on the competition for a fur coat you've been eyeing.  Targeting consumers that enjoy the thrill of consignment, the platform is event based accompanied by an online component giving members an opportunity for world wide trading.  Event is open to both men and women and includes clothing, shoes, sneakers, bags, hats and accessories.  Cost of ticket includes a personalized inspection, pick up & storgae of items, set up day of event, drink & app ticket and 2 free months of the online membership.  For more information and details please contact Chere Goldberg at the or 781-789-9541.

When: Nov 17, 2014 6 PM to Nov 17, 2014 10 PMin Boston, Massachusetts (Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18 )
Creators of the New World with Matt George (CEO and Founder of Bridj)

Today we will be joined by one of Bostons brightest new entrepreneurs Matt George is the CEO and Founder of Bridj the worlds first smart mass transit system.

Bridj is a transportation system that adapts in real-time to where you live, work, and play. It is powered by data to use express shuttles to offer efficient and flexible trips that around the city you call home.

So far Bridj is only operating in Boston but Matt has big plans for the company. During this chat we will sit down to get to know Matt better. We will dive into his story from beginning to current day and then into the future of Bridj. The goal of the conversation is to better understand how Matt has gotten where he is today but even more so to help listeners gather some insight into how they can achieve similar success for themselves.

The chat will begin promptly at 7pm and will end at 8:30pm. We will open the floor to questions from the audience at the end and hope at the end everyone is able to walk away with action items to take their lives to the next level!

When: Nov 30, 2014 7 PM to Nov 30, 2014 9 PMin Boston, Massachusetts (Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19 )
Cider Days Bus - Saturday, November 1, 2014
Transportation to and from CiderDays Apple Festival events on Saturday, November 1, 2014 ( in a luxury motorcoach (with bathroom). Itinerary: Saturday, November 1, 2014 (10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) 10:00 a.m.: Leave Watertown, MA (311 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472). Park in the garage, and look for the bus! 12:00 p.m.: Arrive at Shelburne Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls, MA. Activities include food vendors, apples, apple tastings, and crafts, such as: CiderDays Market Place (a variety of vendors, whose products range from ready to eat food (pizza, BBQ, apples, etc.) and packaged specialty food to farm products); Home Cidermakers Tasting Panel Discussion (including Ciders from the '13 Harvest, with sampling glasses available for purchase). 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (visit either the Cider Salon or Pine Hill Orchard): o Cider Salon I (21+ ADULTS ONLY): The world's longest-running hard cider tasting with more than 65 individual cider brands from across North America and Europe. 90 minutes of hard cider. Requires additional $25 Cider Salon I ticket purchased at o Pine Hill Orchard (FAMILY FRIENDLY): Come enjoy the end of the apple season. They grow apples and peaches, plus pumpkins and squash, on 75 acres. They make their own cider and sell products from their orchard store and bakery. The cider press will be going as usual. 7:00 p.m.: Return to Watertown, MA (311 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472). We'll be back in Watertown by 7 p.m. IMPORTANT: If you plan to attend the Cider Salon (90 minutes of all-you-can-drink hard cider), be sure to buy a Cider Salon ticket at: Cider Salon I tickets are also be available for anyone riding the bus! Any dollars above the break-even cost of the bus will be donated to charity.

When: Nov 1, 2014 10 AM to Nov 1, 2014 7 PMin Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
Cost: 35 - 35 USD (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10 )
Adult Education

When: Oct 26, 2014 10 AM to Oct 26, 2014 11 AMin Winchester, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10 )

What's up Boston!!! Be the first to see a screening of Beyond the Lights!

Black Faces Film Circuit/ Cy Global in association with Relativity Studios PRESENT ADVANCED FREE SCREENING OF BEYOND THE LIGHTS 

Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge - until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz's love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.


Be the first to see this film... FOR FREE! ACT FAST ONLY 100 TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE


1. Register for the film on event brite 

2. Go to  

3. Click on the "GET MY PASSES" icon

4. Log in or Create a new account

You will then be granted your screening passes! See you then!



When: Nov 4, 2014 7 PM to Nov 4, 2014 9 PMin Cambridge, Massachusetts (Tue, 04 Nov 2014 19 )
#HackCongress: A “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Event to Fix Congress

Though the founders envisioned Congress as the lynchpin of democracy in the United States— most Americans would argue that it is a fundamentally broken institution beset by hyper-partisanship and unresponsive to the needs of its constituents. Congress needs “fixes”—but where will these new tools and solutions come from? By bringing together political scientists, technologists, designers, lawyers, organizational psychologists, and lawmakers, #HackCongress will help foster new digital tools, policy innovations, and other technology innovations to address the growing dysfunction in Congress.

Come hack Congress. Join political scientists and policy experts, technologists, architects, and designers at #HackCongress at Harvard Kennedy School of Government to help identify ideas and innovations to overcome the dysfunction gripping much of Congress. “Hacking” is not just for technologists. “Hacks” include innovations in policy, architecture, organizational process, art and design, and educational materials, as well as new software and technologies.

Solutions presented at the end of the hackathon will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Winning projects will be invited to present their projects after a second hackathon hosted by The OpenGov Foundation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in spring 2015. The winning idea from the hackathon will gain exposure from lawmakers or other high-level officials inside Congress. Help move our democracy forward.

Find information on challenges, project ideas, agenda, and more on the #HackCongress Hackpad site.

When: Jan 30, 2015 4:10:00 PM to Feb 1, 2015 4 PMin Cambridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:10:00 )
Allagash Brewing Company Beer Dinner
MENU! WELCOME BEER: Allagash White 5.0% abv STARTER Allagash Ale & Cheddar Soup with grilled ciabatta paired with: Allagash Saison 6.1% abv ENTREES Choice of: Steak Roulade, wrapped in bacon and filled with blue cheese, asparagus & roasted red pepper, served with roasted butternut squash, grilled asparagus, and an Allagash Black peppercorn reduction paired with: Allagash Black 7.5% abv or Pan Seared Salmon, roasted Brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes & carrots, with a honey pepper glaze paired with: Allagash 16 Counties 6% abv or Harissa-Spiced Grilled Tofu Skewer and couscous risotto with shiitake mushroom, kale, butternut squash & pepitas paired with: Allagash Tripel 9% DESSERT Flourless Chocolate Cake with vanilla bean ice cream and fresh raspberry sauce paired with: Allagash Curieux 11%

When: Nov 19, 2014 6 PM to Nov 19, 2014 9 PMin Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cost: 46.39 - 46.39 USD (Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18 )
International Sundays feat Johnny Palacios

You are invited to join us for our International Sunday Special feat. Johnny Palacios!

Please note the event is featured on a high demand night and can entertain a limited capacity, as such, only a few tickets are available... admission is ticket-based. Kindly take a moment and print yours today (free of charge!)

Music : Global Open Format

Additional Details:

- Weekly events are RSVP only
- No cover
- Up-scale dress code (no hats, jerseys, sandals, etc)
- Dinner menu until 11pm

- For further info or table reservations, reach the host (Al) directly @ 857-264-1321

For further information please stop by our facebook group page @ International Sundays at Minibar - Boston


When: Oct 26, 2014 9 PM to Oct 27, 2014 2 AMin Boston, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21 )
Youth Special Needs Soccer & Multi-Sports
Sponsored by: Newton Athletes Unlimited
Minimum age: 16
The Bears kick off their 10th year of soccer this fall followed by a 4 week multi-sports program in November. Boston Cares volunteers work 1:1 with athletes ages 8-16 and help them with basic soccer skills (dribble, pass, shoot) and then assist them with other sport skills for the multi-sports compo . . .

When: Oct 25, 2014 8 AM in Newton Center, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08 )
Stock Food at the Elizabeth Peabody House Food Pantry
Sponsored by: Elizabeth Peabody House Minimum age: 15 During this volunteer opportunity, the EPH Food Pantry coordinator and volunteers travel via van to the Greater Boston Food Bank to pick up our weekly food order. Volunteers are advised to arrive at the Elizabeth Peabody House Food Pantry (277 Broadway, Grant Street entrance) by 9:30am and leave wit

When: Oct 27, 2014 9 AM in Somerville, Massachusetts (Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09 )
Let's talk Tech! Basic ELL and Computer Skills with St. Mark's Education
Sponsored by: St Mark Community Education Program
Minimum age: 18
Volunteers will work with ELL students to master basic technology skills and practice their English at the same time! No former tutoring experience is required and technology skills will be basic. Teachers will already have a curriculum and activities in place and will utilize volunteers to break th . . .

When: Oct 29, 2014 6 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18 )
Dirty Dek

When: Oct 25, 2014 10 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22 )
50 Years Later: Why are we still fighting?

The Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited discrimination in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made employment discrimination illegal. Fifty years after Congress passed the Civil Rights, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) in conjunction with Suffolk University will host “50 Years Later: Why are we still fighting?” forum and reception in remembrance of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only laid the foundation for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but it also addressed every other aspect of daily life in the African American community. As we reflect on this legislation we acknowledge that the law cannot right every wrong and that our journey is not complete. This Civil Rights Act of 1964 changed our nation’s future by enforcing the belief that everyone is created equal despite their race, gender, color or creed. This event will be a reflection of the civil rights legislation passed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as well as an examination of the civil rights issues the African American community currently faces. 

The forum and reception will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Suffolk Law School on 120 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108. The evening will comprise of a 5 person panel discussion that includes Beverly Morgan-Welch, Executive Director of the Museum of African American History and David Harris, Managing Director for the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice as well as a keynote speaker.


When: Oct 27, 2014 4 PM to Oct 27, 2014 7 PMin Boston, Massachusetts (Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16 )
Thursday: The Next Level

Next Level Comedy with Ryan Donahue, Brett Johnson, Mike Seltow.

The Comedy Studio is located at the top of the Hong Kong Restaurant in Harvard Square and is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Doors open at 7:30pm, all shows begin at 8pm. Food and drink menu are available. And, yes, we have scorpion bowls!

Seating is assigned. If you to be seated with another party, please call 617-661-6507 or email to make arrangements.

For more info, call us at 617-661-6507 or email us anytime!

When: Mar 26, 2015 8 PM to Mar 26, 2015 10 PMin Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit for pricing. (Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20 )
Word Games & Trivial Pursuit Night at the Hale House
Sponsored by: Hale House Barnard Services
Minimum age: 10
Come join the residents of Hale House for a night of word games and Trivial Pursuit! The Hale House is a residential assisted living facility with lively and active older men and women. Hale House provides residential and support services of exceptional quality for a diverse older population. Volunt . . .

When: Oct 29, 2014 6 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18 )
Judge a Citywide Debate Tournament for High School Students
Sponsored by: Boston Debate League
Minimum age: 18
Volunteer judges listen to students, providing vital reinforcement for the notion that students have valuable ideas to contribute to society. After the debate, judges offer encouragement, share advice for the next round, and tell the tournament organizers who won. With a student to judge ratio of on . . .

When: Nov 14, 2014 7 AM in Boston, Massachusetts (Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07 )
From the Ground Up
When: Nov 6, 2014 8 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20 )
Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
NHL Hockey

When: Nov 6, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19 )
John Butler Trio
When: Nov 22, 2014 8 PM in Northampton, Massachusetts
Cost: $32.50 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20 )
Russell Peters
Renowned for his quick wit and piercing mimicry, Russell Peters has mastered the art of traversing between hilarious characters of all races and cultures, creating an immediate connection with his audiences. His riotous performances have established him as an artist with bona fide international acclaim. Peters has been nominated for four of Canada’s prestigious Gemini Awards. He has been a featured comic at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. His television appearances include CBC-TV‘s “Comics!”, “Club Class” on Channel 5 (UK) and two one-hour “Comedy Now!” specials on Canada’s Comedy Network. He has also hosted his own talk show on BBC-TV (UK) and performed on “The David Frost Comedy Festival Special,” broadcast on both the BBC and the CBC. In April 2005, Peters was the first South Asian to headline and sell-out the famous Apollo Theatre in New York City.

When: Nov 22, 2014 7 PM to Nov 22, 2014 9 PMin Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $55-$65 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19 )

When: Nov 22, 2014 6 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 29.50 - 39.50 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18 )
Lisa Williams
When: Nov 22, 2014 7 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 36.00 - 66.00 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19 )
When: Nov 22, 2014 6 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18 )
Merrimack Warriors at Northeastern Huskies Hockey
When: Nov 22, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19 )
Arlo Guthrie
When: Nov 22, 2014 8 PM in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20 )
The Heavy Pets
When: Nov 22, 2014 11 PM in Allston, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23 )
Robert Morris Colonials at American International College Yellow Jackets Hockey
When: Nov 22, 2014 4:05:00 PM in West Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:05:00 )
Wild Child
When: Jan 21, 2015 8 PM in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $13 advance / $15 day of show (Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20 )
Kicker Arenacross
Saturday, November 22, 2014

The nations top indoor motorcycle race series, Kicker Arenacross, comes to the DCU Center on November 22, 2014. With high flying, bar to bar race action, Worcester, MA is the second stop on the tour and will feature some of the top professional and amateur Arenacross competitors in the nation.

With over 150 truckloads of dirt hauled into the Arena, Kicker Arenacross will create a man-made motorcycle race course that will challenge even the toughest of riders. Massive air, high bank turns and technical rhythm sections make this a MUST SEE event.

If thats not enough, then hold on for the ultimate Freestyle Motocross show featuring the world famous Metal Mulisha. Watch as motorcycle freestyle stunt riders jump over 70 feet through the air, while getting their machines upside down and more.

For more information, visit

Tickets are on sale now at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at

Group discount for 10+ on select seating. For more information or to book a group, call (508) 929-0125 or email

All tickets subject to applicable handling, convenience and facility fees.

When: Nov 22, 2014 7 PM in Worcester, Massachusetts
Cost: Adult: $26.00 & 21.00; Kids: 11.00 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19 )
Boston Bhangra Competition 2014
BHANGRA! BHANGRA! BHANGRA! If you like excitement, culture and dance this an event you don't want to miss. This will be the 11th annual Boston Bhangra Competition. We will have some of the best teams from North America in Boston for one night only. We will also have Benny Dhaliwal, the upcoming Bhangra superstar, performing! Don't miss out! Visit: for more information.

When: Nov 22, 2014 6 PM to Nov 22, 2014 9 PMin Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $20-$100 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18 )
Russell Peters
Renowned for his quick wit and piercing mimicry, Russell Peters has mastered the art of traversing between hilarious characters of all races and cultures, creating an immediate connection with his audiences. His riotous performances have established him as an artist with bona fide international acclaim. Peters has been nominated for four of Canada’s prestigious Gemini Awards. He has been a featured comic at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. His television appearances include CBC-TV‘s “Comics!”, “Club Class” on Channel 5 (UK) and two one-hour “Comedy Now!” specials on Canada’s Comedy Network. He has also hosted his own talk show on BBC-TV (UK) and performed on “The David Frost Comedy Festival Special,” broadcast on both the BBC and the CBC. In April 2005, Peters was the first South Asian to headline and sell-out the famous Apollo Theatre in New York City.

When: Nov 22, 2014 9:45:00 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $50-$65 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:45:00 )
Maine Black Bears at Boston College Eagles Hockey
When: Nov 22, 2014 7 PM in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19 )
The Budos Band
When: Nov 22, 2014 8 PM in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit website for price range. (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20 )
Joshua Tree
When: Nov 22, 2014 10 PM in Somerville, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit website for price range. (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22 )
Quintron and Miss Pussycat
When: Nov 22, 2014 9 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21 )
Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Crimson Football
When: Nov 22, 2014 12 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12 )
Vermont Catamounts at Massachusetts Minutemen Hockey
When: Nov 22, 2014 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19 )
Mary Chapin Carpenter
When: Nov 22, 2014 8 PM in Rockport, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20 )
Stars - Hey Rosetta!
This event is 18 and over

Stars: No One Is Lost

Like their celestial namesake, Stars only come out at night. It’s been 14 years since the Montreal band debuted with an album of intimate synth-pop whispers titled Nightsongs, but really, any of the increasingly assertive and sonically elaborate records they’ve released since could be named that. Whether between the sheets or on the streets, the nighttime is when the most pivotal moments of your life play out: the drunken dusk-to-dawn hangs through which eternal friendships are forged; the knowing glance across the dancefloor that leads to exchanged phone numbers, that ominous 3 a.m. phone call from the hospital; the decision to turn a new leaf that can only come when you’ve spent five despairing hours staring at a ceiling fan. These are the worlds that Stars songs inhabit, to show us that, even in our most vulnerable and naked states, we are never truly alone.

Stars’ albums have always served as thermochromic barometers of their makers’ emotional well-being, be it the romantic upheaval of 2003’s Heart and 2004’s Set Yourself On Fire, the newsticker-triggered discontent of 2007’s In Our Bedroom After the War, the downcast elegies of 2010’s The Five Ghosts (a requiem for singer Torquil Campbell’s father, who passed away during the album’s creation), or the rejuvenation of 2012’s The North (recorded while inter-band couple Amy Millan and Evan Cranley were in the throes of new parenthood). However, as Millan admits, the band initially approached its new seventh album from a place of relative stability. “We’ve always had so many things defining every album, whether it was the band going through a difficult emotional turmoil, Torq’s father passing away, or us having children. And now it’s like: You know what? We’re pretty good. This is one of the best times of our lives.”

This time around, Stars decided to scratch the seven-album itch by shaping their own environment. After inheriting the Mile End rehearsal space vacated by the then-disbanding Handsome Furs, Stars refashioned the space—“basically a dirty apartment,” says Cranley—into a fully operational studio, where recording for No One Is Lost began last December with old friend Liam O’Neil (Metric, The Stills) behind the boards.

“It was initially quite painstaking,” says keyboardist Chris Seligman. “But we put love into our space and our space gave us love back.”

Campbell is also a parent, but his recording sojourns in Montreal allowed him to keep, shall we say, more traditional musician’s hours.

“I’m a nighttime guy, I don’t really like making records in the day,” says Campbell, who made the studio his home for the duration of his recording sessions. “I slept on the couch. I’ve never enjoyed making a record so much, because I always hated going home at the end of the day. This time, in Montreal, the studio was my home.”

Funnily enough, it was during one of Campbell’s studio sleepovers that the city itself became truly present: noise was bleeding in from the gay discotheque, The Royal Phoenix, located on the floor below them.

Says Campbell: “I went to sleep to the sound of Charli XCX every night—and I loved it.”

So rather than fight the funk, Stars rolled alongside, with the incessant 4/4 thump emanating from below serving as the metronomic template that would form the basis of No One Is Lost. You can hear that influence percolate in real time on the album’s monumental lead-off track “From the Night”—Stars’ most epic opening salvo since Set Yourself on Fire’s “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”—with a near-subliminal pulse vibrating the floorboards beneath your feet before exploding into a kaleidoscopic, French-touched house jam. And that crowd noise you hear at the beginning? That’s Millan and Seligman walking into The Royal Phoenix during a Friday-night rager, field-recording gear in hand.

“The sub-bass throb coming from the club below our studio was undeniably and unavoidably influential,” affirms drummer Pat McGee. “It motivated us to out-throb the throb.”

But the Royal Phoenix proved to be more than just a musical inspiration; the bar essentially served as Stars’ home away from home, with the band coming to know the servers on a first-name basis, and even getting cocktails christened in their honour. And through observing the bacchanalia playing out every weekend in their de facto rec room, the thematic framework for the album came into focus.

“I always find it so moving and beautiful to watch people have their nights out. “ Campbell explains. “There’s something so heartbreaking about it: People have jobs that they have to get up for, jobs they hate, and they live for the weekend; they live for these moments. And they put everything they have into it: They put all their money into it, they put their emotion into it, they sacrifice their health for it, just to make a connection out there, and go home with someone and not be alone.”

During the writing of the new album, Stars were hit with another cruelly sobering reminder of just how precious our days here on this planet really are: the band’s long-time manager, Eoin O Leary, was diagnosed with cancer.

Fortunately, No One Is Lost translates all that anxiety into pure ecstasy, from the laser-cut new-waved precision of Millan’s “This Is the Last Time” to the soaring, Mozzerific chorus of Campbell’s “Trap Door” to the dreamy duet “Look Away.” And the titanic title track-closer—the sound of a dancefloor being swallowed whole by an ocean of sweat and swapped spit—feels like the moment Stars’ entire 15-year journey has been leading up to, a euphoric house banger that distills all the hope, fear, joy, sadness, and sex in the band’s songbook into a pair of unshakeable mantras: “put your hands up because everybody dies / put your hands up if you know you’re going to lose.”

“The fact Eoin got cancer is definitely sewn into the fabric of the album, lyrically and sonically,” Millan reveals. “Because you had to believe he was going to be okay. [Spoiler alert: he’s currently recovering from treatment quite nicely.] I think that’s where the title No One Is Lost comes from: We were the army standing behind him.”

Campbell, for his part, offers a somewhat more urgent interpretation:

“This record’s called No One Is Lost because that is a fucking lie. We are all lost, we are all going to lose this game and, as you get older, you lose people more and more. Eoin’s been facing down the Grim Reaper, and that was bringing us the fuck down. But we decided to go for it anyway, and so did he, and it was enormous act of blind hope to even think he would make it this far. So I wanted to call this record No One Is Lost because I just wanted to close my eyes and jump and hope that was true. Life is loss, love is loss. And loving people is about accepting that you’re going to have to say goodbye to them. And that’s why it’s fucking brave. It’s easy to hate, because you never have to let go of anything. It takes guts to be gentle and kind. That’s Stars’ ethos: this life is very heartbreaking and sad… so let’s get completely fucking arseholed and listen to some Dionne Warwick.”

Alas, Stars will need to find a new place to get arseholed: The day that the mastering of No One Is Lost was completed last July, word got out that The Royal Phoenix was closing, despite its undiminished popularity among local revellers. But then, this sudden turn of events was an oddly appropriate denouement for an album that evolved according to its own curious logic. After all, No One Is Lost is a record that began with Stars building a studio hideaway that allowed them to function as a self-contained unit free of external pressures, yet wound up being greatly shaped by its surrounding environment. And it’s a record that, at its core, was intended as a celebration of life but became a rallying cry for an ailing friend and, now, a eulogy to a beloved bar. But that’s the equally wonderful and terrifying thing about living for the night: you never know what the next one’s going to bring you. Each sundown marks not the end of the day, but the beginning of a new adventure into the unknown—and No One Is Lost is the radiant flash of pink neon that lights the way. So, go dance.

When: Nov 9, 2014 8 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $22 advance / $24 day of show (Sun, 09 Nov 2014 20 )
Trans - Siberian Orchestra
When: Dec 20, 2014 3 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 40.00 - 70.00 (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15 )
TV On The Radio
When: Nov 14, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 30.00 - 30.00 (Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19 )

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