Beer Review: Stone Citrusy Wit


Beer: Citrusy Wit Brewer: Stone Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: **** (8 of 10) Comments: On tap at Saus in Boston, this is a good beer to accompany Belgian specialties.  The beer appears cloudy and orange with a foamy head.  The citrus is strong with this one from the muted orange peel aroma to the…

Beer Review: Beer Works Zwickel Stick


Beer: Zwickel Stick Brewer: Beer Works Source: Cask conditioned Rating: *** (7.9 of 10) Comments: This cask conditioned German unfiltered lager was on tap at the Boston Beer Works on Canal Street on Independence Day weekend.  It’s a honey colored beer with a finger-width head.  The aroma is mildly grainy and grassy, while the flavor…

Music Discoveries: P-Funk, part 1 (1970-1975)


This series of posts where I write about music I never listened to before is basically a public confession of ignorance.  After all, I’m making music “discoveries” in much the same way Columbus “discovered” the Americas.  Millions people have heard and enjoyed this music before.  So far I’ve enjoyed most of my “discoveries” but with…

TV Review: Game of Thrones (2016)


Title: Game of Thrones Release Dates: 2016 Season: 6 Number of Episodes: 10 Summary/Review: In the brutal winter of 2015, I idly decided to give this Game of Thrones show a chance (my wife is a huge fan of the books) and ended up binge-watching all four seasons then in existence.  Medieval fantasy is not usually my…

Book Review: Amsterdam : a history of the world’s most liberal city by Russell Shorto


Author: Russell Shorto Title: Amsterdam : a history of the world’s most liberal city Narrator: Russell Shorto Publication Info: Random House Audio, 2013 Summary/Review: Shorto’s history of the Dutch city of Amsterdam is built on a principle that the city defines liberalism in both senses of the word.  There’s economic Liberalism – the principle of laissez-faire in free…

Book Review: Who Is Michelle Obama by Megan Stine


Author: Megan Stine Title:  Who Is Michelle Obama? Publication Info:  New York : Grosset & Dunlap, An Imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2013] Summary/Review: My song picked out this children’s biography to read at bedtime from the Who was?/Who is? series and we both noted that despite her prominence, neither of us knew much about Michelle…

Book Review: Bitch Planet. Volume 1 Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Robert Wilson, and Taki Soma


Author:  Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro (Artist.), Robert Wilson (Artist.), Taki Soma (Artist.) Title: Bitch Planet. Volume 1 Extraordinary Machine Publication Info: Berkeley : Image Comics, 2015. Summary/Review: Writer Phillip Sandifer stated that this comic series is “most unapologetically social justice oriented book on the stands” so I thought I’d give it a try.  Bitch Planet…

Song of the Week: “Comicon” by SassyBlack


“Comicon” is a funky celebration of going to a science fiction/fantasy convention dressed as your favorite characters.  It comes from “space aged singer, songwriter & producer” SassyBlack, aka Cat Harris-White.

The Comment Challenge (August)


I’m once again signing up for The Comment Challenge in August. I previously signed up for the July Comment Challenge, and here on July 1 I already have a comment from my partner! The basic gist is that participants are paired up to read and comment on each other’s blog.  That’s it, pretty simple!  I…

Movie Review: Dope (2015)


Title: Dope Release Date: 19 June 2015 Director: Rick Famuyiwa Summary/Review: Growing up in “The Bottoms” of Inglewood, California, Malcolm and his friends Diggy and Jib get good grades, play in a punk band, and are obsessed with 1990s hip hop music and fashion.  As geeky misfits they have to navigate themselves around bullies, drug dealers,…

Boston Harborfest / Independence Day Weekend Walking Tours


What better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday in Boston than by attending Harborfest, watching the Fourth of July Pops concert and fireworks, taking Boston By Foot Walking tours! I’ll be leading three Boston By Foot walking tours this weekend, and there are many more tours on the calendar. Saturday, July 2nd, 2:00-3:30 pm –…

Favorite Songs of 2016 … so far


Wednesdays are now my music blogging day.  While I’ve enjoyed writing my Music Discoveries series, I’ve found it hard to find the time to give a fair listen to all of a bands album in just one week.  So, starting in July, I’m going to post music discoveries on the first and third Wednesdays (and…

Movie Review: Zootopia (2016)


Title: Zootopia Release Date: March 4, 2016 Director:   Byron Howard and Rich Moore Summary/Review: Set in a world of anthropomorphic mammals where predator and prey have agreed to live together, Zootopia is a comic, animated film that smartly takes on issues of inequality that appear ripped from the headlines touching upon women’s rights, Black Lives Matter,…

Book Review: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn


Author: Howard Zinn Title: A People’s History of the United States Narrator: Jeff Zinn Publication Info: HarperAudio (2009) Other Books Read By Same Author: A People’s History of American Empire and Marx in Soho Summary/Review: This is a powerful “alternate” history of the United States that I’ve long intended to read but only just got around to…

Book Review: Who Was Davy Crockett? by Gail Herman


Author: Gail Herman Title:  Who Was Davy Crockett?  Publication Info:  Grosset & Dunlap (2013) Summary/Review: I read this children’s biography to my son.  I actually knew very little about Davy Crockett (who as we learn in the biography preferred to be called David) so it was interesting to read a book that focused on the…

Song of the Week: “Stadium Pow Wow” by A Tribe Called Red


I believe A Tribe Called Red becomes my first third time Song of the Week honoree with this post.  But I can’t resist the Ottawa, Ontario groups mix of electronic dance music with traditional First Nations chanting and drumming.  And on “Stadium Pow Wow” they’ve somehow turned this unique blend into a jock jam!  The…

Beer Review: Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale


Beer: Ellie’s Brown Ale Brewer:  Avery Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating:  **** (8.1 of 10) Comments: Enjoyed a pint of this Colorado craft brew at Bella Luna on Father’s Day.  No surprise given the name, but this is a chestnut-brown ale with a buff head.  It offers a sweet caramel aroma and creamy malts are prominent…