in the Mix

7/13/2010, 11:05 a.m.
First Fridays at Verve LoungeIt’s the Friday of a holiday weekend and unusually quiet on...

Anyway, Oringer and Bissonnette were really engaging and you could tell that they’ve worked together for some time. They were delightfully humorous as they went through the steps of making gazpacho and talking about locally-sourced ingredients and the joys and challenges of cooking in New England. They made cooking fun and needless to say the gazpacho was delicious and flavorful. I even tried the oysters, which aren’t my favorite, but you can’t decline when offered by Oringer and Bissonnette. The tasting was exquisite and the evening was absolutely gorgeous with the breeze coming off the harbor as the  sun began making its nightly descent.  And, of course, since it was only a tasting, dinner at Nebo was next on the night’s agenda.

Alonzo Bodden stand-up comedy special at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

So, I headed down to New York to see my friend Alonzo Bodden tape his stand-up special for Comedy Central. The taping was held at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Soho. You may remember Alonzo Bodden.  He was the winner of the third Season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and then returned as a judge on the show for the fourth season. I think he is one of the funniest comics working today. His stand-up touched upon politics, relationships and current events from Tiger Woods and the Tea Party to dating and being a Knicks fan living in LA.  See for yourself how funny he is; his special comes out this fall.

Coming up:

One of my favorite ’90s groups, Bell Biv Devoe, better known as BBD, are together again at Showcase Live at Patriot Place this Saturday, July 17.

Enjoy a free evening of cool breezes and hot music at Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park every Tuesday through August 10 featuring a lineup of jazz, soul, world music, dance and drums. The evening shows begin at 6 p.m. at the Playstead, near the back entrance of the Franklin Park Zoo.

Comedian Tommy Davidson will be performing at the Wilbur Theatre on Friday, July 23.

Ledisi is in town for one night at the Berklee Performance Center Saturday, July 24.

Nas and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley are at the House of Blues on Wednesday, July 28.

The Roxbury International Film Festival premieres Thursday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, August 1.

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