There's a good bit of hand-wringing going on this week over the future of Groupon and Groupon-style daily deals. Groupon itself saw traffic plunge by 50 percent, with speculation that part of the drop is attributable to its surging competitors. New daily-deals sites are being launched almost as rapidly as others are going out of business.
August means two things: it's ice cream weather, and Morrissey's just said something stupid.Okay, the latter isn't really dependent on the time of year, but it's still true. Equally true is how the Ben & Jerry's truck
is spending the month inspiring childlike glee by dispensing free ice
cream, so there's no better time to answer the dual burning questions
"What can Morrissey's unfiltered utterances teach me?" and "Man, how
cool would it be to drive an ice cream truck?"
A tropical storm is laying some serious wood to the Bean. The horror. The horror. Photos after the jump.
Yes, this post consists of Tweets you could easily get by starting at Twitter. But if the Globe can do it and pretend it's news, so can we. Irene already ruined our weekend plans, so we're holed up in the deluxe Boston Phoenix emergency bunker with a bottle of vodka and the iPad glued to #MAIrene. We'll be posting the best photos via Storify in yet another post with "blow" and "Irene" in the headline, because that's what newspapers do on a day like today.
If Hurricane Irene were a woman, she'd be a real handful. We're just going to say it. She's a bitch. The kind of woman who shows up unannounced and uninvited to Poker Night with a couple of her loudest gal pals and an axe to grind. The kind of woman who goes through her boyfriend's email searching for addresses with female handles.
Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in
their natural habitats.
Does this mean you've
taken over for Mr. Butch?He's still the mayor and always will be. I don't believe Foursquare
existed when he was alive.
When NBC announced that it had picked up The Playboy Club
pilot, the decision was controversial, to say the least. Former
undercover Bunny Gloria Steinem called for a boycott, and an NBC
affiliate in Salt Lake opted not to air the new program. Empowering,
it will not be. The network has received considerable flack from
family-values conservatives and feminist liberals for its gross
glorification of hypersexuality and hypersexism.
Dirty Dishes are at the Middle East upstairs Thursday, Aug 25
Vice Magazine +
Vitamin Water present Uncapped LIVE | Raveonette
curated show featuring Dirty Dishes + Lord Jeff + Turtle Ambulance @ the Middle
East upstairs on Thursday, August 25 @ 8 pm | viceland.com/uncappedlive/boston.php
Undaunted by today's harrowing events, Yelpers across the Hub dashed to their laptops to do what they do best: speak their minds.
Personally, I couldn't settle on just one, so I went for the classic -- "Earthquake" -- but also couldn't resist checking into "Earthquakepocalypse," just in case this turns out to be some historic, eve-of-2012-type shit.
Hurry up: these things are swarming!
Here at the Phoenix, we try and walk the walk. Call it advocacy journalism if you want, but we find it important to connect with the communities we cover.
With that said, the summer brings some amazing events - events that are, in some cases, fun enough to make you feel guilty for having such a good time in the name of social justice.
24 hour party, people?
Seriously, what is the Globe arts staff smoking?
On Tuesday, the broadsheet published a piece by Geoff Edgers -- the Globe's designated arts troll -- in which the author manufactured some petit outrage around a misleading claim that the Museum of Fine Arts was charging an outrageous amount of money to view Christian Marclay's 24-hour film "The Clock," which is sort of the Lady Gaga of contemporary art pieces.
The Video Underground
James Lau foursquare.com/james_lau
So Blockbuster is
totally fucked, but this cool indie place is still here. Why did Blockbuster
Sweatshop play the JP Music Fest on Saturday
"One Night Only Volume 2" | Showcase featuring area artists, rappers, bands, dancers, comics and more @ the Strand Theatre on Friday, August 19 @ 6 pm | articulationworld.com
1st Annual JP Music Festival | Jamaica Plain's first free music fest with 21 local acts including Tallahassee, Sweatshop, Shepherdess, Lenny Lashley, and more @ the Pinebank Field on Saturday, August 20 @ 1 pm (until 7 pm) | jpmusicfestival.