Romero BrittoAhmad Minkara M'07
Through his vibrant colors, joyful themes and commanding compositions, Romero Britto has become one of the most important living Artists in contemporary Pop Art. Upon inspection, there is an almost magical quality to Britto's story. The eighth of nine siblings growing up in an impoverished home, Britto's humble beginnings led to his personal vision that everyone should enjoy and live with art. This definitive belief influenced his artistic style and subject matter and is often described as Neo Pop. Britto creates a completely new expression that reflects his optimistic faith in the world around him while alluding to influences of early and modern masters. The global art community has embraced Romero Britto with private and corporate commissions, exhibitions and museum shows. This overwhelming success has reinforced Britto's belief that "art is too important not to share". As a result, Britto has given his time, talent, and funds to hundreds of worthwhile philanthropic organizations. The realization of this dream come true is ongoing for Britto, who maintains a studio open to the public for anyone and everyone to enjoy his art.
Jason's Whiskey Corner: LaphroaigJason Radowsky M'08
Welcome to the wonderful and fulfilling world of Scotch whisky. Let me preface this review by stating that while there are whisky ratings, your personal taste is far more important. I have chosen Laphroaig as the first to review both because it represents one extreme of the whisky taste spectrum and because it is sitting on my shelf. This particular bottle is a 10-year-old single malt, the most common variety of Laphroaig, and will run about $30-$35 for a 750ml bottle with protective cardboard cylindrical case.
The Paradise ClubLiesbeth Tryzelaar M'08
There's been a lot of press lately about The Paradise Club (969 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston). The club is apparently enjoying a renaissance in its 25th year, and it has become once again one of a hand full of clubs in the city that can be relied upon for booking great DJs and live music. I've heard a lot of good things in particular about Blackout Night (every Wednesday in the Lounge) so this week I put down biochemistry and went to check it out for my fellow TUSM students. For those of you unfamiliar with Boston, a trek to Allston from downtown Boston can require quite an investment of time. From in town, it takes anywhere from 20-45 minutes to get out to Harvard Avenue, the main strip of Allston. The neighborhood is well worth a visit, however. It is full of students and people in their twenties, and all of the bars, restaurants and shops are tailor-made for people like us-being mostly unpretentious, original and inexpensive.
Restaurant Review - ArtuJanet Mapa M'08 and Lisa Opanasets M'08
Charming, delectable, affordable -- Artu is definitely THE place to go when in Beacon Hill. This quaint, underground Italian bistro is a must for all Italian lovers out there! Tasty antipastos, savory pastas and sweet desserts, the food at Artu is fresh, flavorful and all around delicious. We started off with a grilled vegetable medley of crisp, tender eggplant, zucchini, and yellow onion that was perfect to nibble on as we began to relax from a hectic day at school. From a menu whose tantalizing offerings would rattle the decision-making capabilities of the most weathered ER doc, we finally decided upon a pasta dish and a meat dish to share. The gnocchi were freshly made, like all of Artu's pastas, and baked with just enough gorgonzola, fontina and parmesan to gently blanket the dish without overwhelming it. The grilled rosemary chicken, accompanied with braised vegetables and mashed potatoes (we substituted broccoli), was prepared with equal care. As for dessert, a slice of chocolate mocha cake taken for the road retained its rich chocolaty coolness when this reviewer arrived home a half-hour later and dug in. The dessert menu included several other homemade cakes, along with gelato and sorbet.
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