Dec 172014
 

**Disclosure: I received a pair of tickets to see The Nutcracker at no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

When I was in the 4th grade, my class took a field trip into Boston to see a matinee performance of Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker.  Being nine years old at the time, I basically had no appreciation for what I was watching.  Fast forward to the present when I had a chance to go see this years production of The Nutcracker at The Boston Opera House and got a second chance to take in the show – as a “grown up” with a whole different outlook on the show.  My husband, Chris, had never even seen The Nutcracker before, so I knew he was going to be in for a real treat.

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“Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas père titled The Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”  

The show itself was absolutely breath taking.  All of the dancers were so graceful and they all did such a great job of telling the story through dance.  Chris and I sat there in awe throughout the entire show.

More than 300 dancers will perform in the new production and each performance has approximately 150 dancers involved. There are 250 children in the performance, making up three or four casts (classical ballet students from the Boston, Newton and North Shore studios). Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 

*My family and I were invited to this attend WWE’s Money in the Bank live pay per view event and received tickets at no charge. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Back in March I chaperoned my youngest son’s class field trip to the aquarium.  On both the bus ride to the aquarium and the ride home, all the little boys talked about was wrestling.  John Cena this and Kane that.  It was really cute, but prior to that, I didn’t realize that my son knew anything about any of the WWE wrestlers.  When we got home that night I asked him about it and he sure schooled me.  He knew them all and talked my ear off for a good half hour about the WWE and mostly John Cena.

When my family received an invitation to attend the live pay-per-view (PPV) event, Money in the Bank on June 29, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, I knew it was going to be the highlight of my boys summer!

We arrived at the show about an hour before the event started and my boys were super excited when we got there and they saw the ring all set up!

WWE Money in the Bank PPV

At the beginning of the show, Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan made an appearance and gave the audience an update on his neck surgery recovery was going.  As soon as they announced his name, the crowd went insane.  They cheered him for a good couple of minutes and after everyone settled down, he told us that he didn’t know when he was going to return and that he actually might need to have another surgery. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 

If there is one thing you can count on in Boston, it’s that the Big Apple Circus comes to town every spring.  The circus is set up right on City Hall Plaza under a big old tent. We’ve gone to the circus a few times in the past, but when I heard several of my blogger friends were giving away family four packs of tickets to the circus, I entered a few of their giveaways and wouldn’t you know – I won one of them.

My hubby, Chris, works in the Federal Building right next door to where the tent is set up, so he was kind enough to snap this picture of the view from above.

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Chris and I didn’t tell the boys in advance that we were going, so they were really happily surprised when they found out.  We’ve been seeing lots of commercials on tv for it and they asked to go every time one came on.  When we arrived, they were each given clown noses, which made their day. Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to see Blue Man Group in Boston in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in anyway**

Have you ever seen the Blue Man Group?  I recently had an opportunity to go see the show with my family and I don’t even think words can express how much we loved it.  I was super excited to take my family to see it.  I had seen the show three or four times in the past, but it was the first time seeing the show for my husband and boys.  Knowing them, I knew it was going to be a hit with all three of them and I was so happy that they all liked it even more than I thought they would.

Ok, so you’ve heard of Blue Man Group, but you’re not really sure what it’s all about, huh?  Well, it’s really hard to explain, so here’s what they say about the show on their website:

Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group’s shows have been described by critics as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining.” But the only way to truly understand Blue Man Group’s global popularity is to see the show for yourself.

The show is about an hour and 40 minutes with no intermission, and it flew by.  I was shocked when I looked at my watch and saw that the show was nearly over.  Blue Man Group is fast moving and highly entertaining.  We were not bored for a second.  Honestly, if you are looking for something different to do with your family, check out the show – it’s very family friendly and so much fun! Continue reading »

Mar 092014
 

Last weekend Chris surprised me with tickets to a show called Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at a small community theater called The Curtain Call Theater in Braintree, MA.  I had never heard of this show before (and neither had he), but after reading the description of the show, I was excited to see it.  I was even more excited to check out the theater, though.  I had never been there and honestly some of the best shows I’ve ever seen have been put on at small, local theaters like this.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? features husband and wife George and Martha in a night of dangerous fun and games. A stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years.  When the play opened in Broadway over 50 years ago, Newsweek rightly foresaw Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as “a brilliantly original work of art—an excoriating theatrical experience, surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire [that] will be igniting Broadway for some time to come.”  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won a 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Continue reading »

Jun 252013
 

This past Friday night, Chris and I went down the cape (Cape Cod) for a date night.  Last fall we had seen a murder mystery put on by the Mystery Cafe in Boston and we absolutely loved it.  Chris is on their email mailing list and when he got an email about their newest show, Hell of a Kitchen, he bought us tickets almost immediately.  Not only did we have a blast at the last murder mystery dinner we went to, but we love the show Hells Kitchen, so it was kind of a no brainer.

Here’s the description of the show:

The recipe called for great chefs and great food for a great cause, but MURDER got into the mixing bowl!

Rae-Rae Ray hosts a charity cook-off with the crème de la crème of the cooking world. Guy Ferrari, Merrill La Gasseous and Marta Stewing lead their handpicked teams and whip up hilarity and mayhem. They all love charity, and they love winning even more. But who was cutthroat enough to slice and dice the competition?

Make a reservation and dig in to Mystery Cafe’s plateful of delicious mystery. Savor the clues and watch as the killer gets their just desserts! This isn’t just one heck of a good time…it’s a Hell of a Kitchen!

Sounds fun, right?  So we dropped off the boys and headed to the other side of the bridge for our big night out (FYI, I only live a few minutes from the bridge, so it’s not like we had to travel far).

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The show was held at the Belfry Inn & Bistro in Sandwich.  Yes, sandwich is the name of the town.

Before the show started, the actors in the show set out in search of a few members of the audience to participate in the show.  They needed someone to play Paula Deen, Anthony Bourdain, The Swedish Chef (you know, from the Muppet Show) and of course, someone to play Gordon Ramsay- and guess who got picked to play Chef Ramsay? Continue reading »

Jun 182013
 

Chris and I spent the weekend in Newport, RI.  Whenever we get a chance to go away without the kids, that’s usually where we end up.  It’s only about a 45 minute drive from where we live and there are so many cool things to do in Newport – including some really good eating establishments (and you all know my love of eating), tours of the famous Newport Mansions and tons of shops to visit.  Plus, we get wicked cheap lodging at the Naval Base down there because Chris is in the military, so  it doesn’t cost us an arm & a leg for an entire weekend away.

Anyways, we were looking for something different to do while we were there last weekend and about a month go, I did some snooping around and came across a link to this place called The Firehouse Theater.  They have live improv comedy shows there every weekend featuring a comedy troupe called the Bit Players.  I’ve seen live improv before, but Chris hadn’t, so we decided that we’d check it out.

When we got to the theater, we checked in at the desk and then were able to seat ourselves once we paid.   I’m not positive, but I’d guesstimate that there are somewhere around 75 seats in the theater and we picked seats right in the front row since we were there nice and early.  Here’s a picture of the stage.

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The place itself was pretty laid back.  Chris and I had a few laughs over the ghetto chairs they had in a few of the rows.  Don’t worry – there were only three or four of them in there. Continue reading »

Jun 062013
 

On Sunday night I went into Boston with some friends to see The Package Tour – Boys II Men, 98 Degrees and Boston’s own New Kids on the Block.

I first saw NKOTB at the old Foxboro Stadium (the old stadium that my beloved New England Patriots played in before they built the snazzy new Gillette Stadium that they play in now) when I was in the ninth grade.  So, if you’re better at math than I am – we’re talking a little over 20 years ago.   Imagine being  a girl at the ripe old age of 14 getting to see her biggest crush…..let’s just say that at the time, it was pretty much one of the greatest nights of my life.

But some things never change.

Here is is 2013 and there were more girls there with crimped hair than should have been (for the record, that number should have been a big fat zero).  I understand that that NKOTB were big in the late 80’s/early 90’s, but that doesn’t mean that anyone needed to dress up like they were stuck in that time period.  You know what I mean?  Besides, who the hell even still has their crimper from 1989 anyways?

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Oh, and there was this chick with a banana clip.  And again, I have to ask – who still has one of these in their house?

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Sep 272011
 

This past Sunday I attended the Life is good Festival with my family and we had such a good time.  The Life is good Festival is a fundraising event that took place this past weekend (September 24th & 25th) at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA.  The festival was a two-day celebration of music and optimism, featuring three stages of nationally known musical talent, hands-on games, interactive arts activities, and the “Good Kids” zone — home to the top acts in kids entertainment. 100% of Life is good’s profits from the Festival will go towards The Life is good Playmakers, helping kids overcome life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness and extreme poverty.

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Sep 112011
 

Mom! Phineas and Ferb are going on a LIVE tour!!!” School‘s out for summer and anything is possible as Phineas and Ferb create their biggest invention yet — Disney’s Phineas and Ferb LIVE! On Tour. Phineas, Ferb, and the whole tri-state area gang embark on a bold escape jumping out from behind your TV and onto the stage in a live action adventure right in your hometown! And, before you can wonder, “Hey, Where’s Perry?” the beloved pet platypus shifts to his secret double life as Agent P to foil another one of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans. Musical madness abounds in an escapade so awesome that even Candace can’t help but join the hilarious hijinks. It’s the ultimate end to summer vacation, so seize the day ‘cause Phineas and Ferb are gonna do it all!

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Jul 102011
 

Last Friday, my family and I had a chance to spend A Day Out With Thomas at the Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway, NH.  My boys are big Thomas fans, so on our ride up, they were so excited that we were going to actually get to ride Thomas!

North Conway is about a three hour drive from my home on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and since our tickets were for an 11:30 train ride, we set out from home around 7 am.  We wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to get up there, find parking and get to the railroad.  We actually had a weekend in N. Conway booked prior to receiving the tickets to the Day Out With Thomas, so the timing of this was the perfect way to start our weekend.

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Apr 112011
 

Big Apple Circus is at it again, but this time we need you to put on your dancing shoes and Dance On! In this show everyone dances, even the audience! So, shake a leg, pick your dates now and bring the whole family! The Big Apple Circus is your circus, Big Apple is back in town!  The Big Apple Circus is at Boston’s City Hall Plaza now until May 15th! 

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Feb 242011
 

Many of you know that last Friday, my family and I were invited to see opening night of Toy Story 3 on Ice at the TD Garden in Boston (and if you didn’t know…now you do)!   Being that I have two very big Toy Story fans in the house, I was super excited that I got the chance to take them to the show.

When we arrived at the TD Garden, we were checked in and sent up to one of their private dining rooms for dinner.  The menu was very family friendly and consisted of things like hot dogs, chicken tenders & fries.  There were also plenty of juice boxes for the kids & delicious cookies and fruit salad for dessert.  The dinner was a buffet and my six year old had seconds & thirds!  The menu selection was absolutely perfect since there were so many little ones in attendance!

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Dec 182010
 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning I was lucky enough to have a chance to see The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring THE ROCKETTES at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater in Boston and I have just two words to describe it.  Absolutley incredible!

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