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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and a fan at the Mayo Bowl. (Photo: Kathleen Galen)

Author: Kathleen GalenNew England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and a fan at the Mayo Bowl.

Author: Kathleen GalenNew England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and a fan at the Mayo Bowl.


Let’s get ready for some football…

It was a good night indeed at Jerod Mayo’s 3rd annual Mayo Bowl at Kings Dedham. The Pats were coming off a win in their season opener and they were all out in full support of Mayo’s annual fundraiser.

The all-star guests included superstar QB Tom Brady, his lovely wife Gisele Bundchen, and his teammates Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Vince Wilfork, Julian Edelman, Logan Mankins, Devin McCourty, Stephen Gostkowski, Zoltan Mesko, Patrick Chung, Brandon Lloyd and former Pats Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk.

Also on hand were Kevin Karlson, Pete McKenzie and Heather Ford from WZLX’s morning show “Karlson and McKenzie.” And my college buddy, Ron Furr was DJ for the night and definitely got the party started with the music. The event raised more than $140,000 for Pitching in for Kids, Inc. It was a night of celebration all around!

Live the Dream!

Action for Boston Community Development, better known as ABCD, hosted its 2nd annual Hoop Dreams fundraiser with Doc Rivers and Bob Ryan at the TD Garden. Corporate teams battled it out on the legendary parquet floor in support of ABCD and its programs.

You can’t ask for a better ambassador than Doc Rivers. He is charismatic, charming and absolutely giving of his time. Doc gave advice to the players, took photos with everyone and autographed jerseys, always with a smile. The event raised $100,000 for the charitable organization. Hoop Dreams lives on!

Lizard Lounge…

A couple of friends invited me out to dinner and a poetry slam at the Lizard Lounge. I gave it a go and surprisingly I really enjoyed myself.  

First off, it’s a really affordable night out and it has a good vibe to it. I heard some really deep poetry (maybe a bit too abstract for me), but nevertheless, I had a great time and plus it takes guts to go up on stage.

Kudos to all the poets! Keep on keepin’ on! And, of course, a night out wouldn’t be a night out without some noshing at Snappy Sushi in Davis Square and indulging in some shumai and some spicy chicken teriyaki salad.  

Coming Up…

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem presents the colorful exhibit “Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones” on view now through Feb. 3, 2013.

The 12th Annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival begins on Thursday, Sept. 27 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 30. Lalah Hathaway will be playing on the Natixis Global Asset Management Stage as part of the fest on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. For a full line-up, visit

The Citi Performing Arts Center presents Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter Idina Menzel, star of Broadway’s “Wicked,” in her new live show backed by a full orchestra on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m.

The Institute of Contemporary Art presents the Boston premiere of “El Velador”  (The Night Watchman) on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 at 3 and 5 p.m. in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Tickets for the screenings are $10 general admission or $8 for members and students, and are on sale now at (617) 478-3103 or

On Sept. 30, RandB singer Miguel performs at the Wilbur Theatre.

The French Cultural Center presents a Bordeaux Masterclass on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  RSVP is required by calling (617) 912-0400. For French Cultural Center Members admission is $45 and for non-members it’s $50.

Check out British import Joss Stone at House of Blues on Monday, Oct. 15.

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