Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cheaps: Fashionably Late & Allston Fair

From today's Cheap Thrills column in the Boston Herald is a nod to tonight's Fashionably Late party, Sunday's Allston street fair and one giddy little "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reference. How do I get away with this?

Fashionably Late at the Liberty Hotel

215 Charles St. (Beacon Hill); today from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., 21-plus. FREE with R.S.V.P. to
The weekly Fashionably Late fashion show and dance party series has been a frequent item of the Herald’s Style Calendar, but this week it fiercely sashays over to Cheap Thrills with a mega fashion event at the Liberty Hotel. In a room that was once the Charles Street jail, Boston Ballet teams with local streetwear retailer Karmaloop for a night that blends fashion, dance and music, as the Ballet’s performers rock the runway intertwining style and art. Harvard U. pop duo Chester French performs after the runway show, DJ Clinton Sparks joins resident Michael Savant on the decks before and after the style segment, and Boston Ballet unveils its edgy new brand identity from creative partner Korn Design. And even though the event is called Fashionably Late, let Cheap Thrills quote Kim Zolciak from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” for one stern warning: “Don’t be tardy for the party. ”
Info: 617-224-4004,

Allston Village Street Fair: Urban Mardi Gras

Harvard Avenue between Brighton Avenue and Cambridge Street. Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., all-ages. FREE
For a neighborhood so youthfully vibrant and culturally diverse, Allston gets a bad rap. Sure, the student population can be at times burdensome (and rowdy), but it breeds creativity and a modern bohemia rarely seen in other areas of the Hub. Sunday, the Parents and Community Build Group’s Allston Village Street Fair shows off exactly what Allston offers year-round: a litany of live performances, several local businesses taking to the streets and thousands of people coming together in one giant party. “American Idol’s” Ayla Brown, Three Day Threshold and Casey Desmond highlight more than 30 live performers on three stages; local vendors, artists and craftspeople show off their wares; and Harvard Avenue morphs into Bourbon Street for this year’s Mardi Gras theme. Grab some beads, rock out and have some fun, Allston-style. And if things get too overwhelming, just stroll to the nearby Sports Depot and catch the Patriots game.
Info: 617-254-0632,

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