6.2 min readBy Published On: April 10th, 2014Categories: Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle0 Comments on Weekend Picks – April 11th

The much awaited Sweetgreen (372 Congress Street) – an organic, farm-to-table salad shop is now open.  This healthy, feel-good spot with mantras like, “Keep it real” and “Create the change you desire” will feature a lots of delicious salads, fresh wraps, organic cold-pressed juices and frozen yogurt.  We feel healthier already!  To see their menu visit: http://sweetgreen.com/

Craft spirits is the new black when it comes to local distilling.  Grand Ten Distilling, located right here in Southie (383 Dorchester Ave – right near Peter Welch’s Gym), offers tours and tastes.  Tours normally run on Saturdays at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm or you can schedule a private tour during the week if that suits your schedule better.  ([email protected])  What’s being made?  For spirits, try Wire Works American Gin, Fire Puncher Vodka, Medford Rum, and Irish Whiskey.  For liqueurs, enjoy Almandine – Almond Liqueur, Cranberry – Cranberry Liqueur and Angelica – Botanical Liqueur.  

Check out our newest fashion piece – Spring Medley – Fresh-cut fashion from Southie boutiques! A perennial favorite, the floral print is one spring trend we can’t wait to wear.  Stop by this weekend and pick out one for your closet!

Lace up your bowling shoes and bowl a strike for the South Boston Youth Ambassadors.  On Friday, April 11th, join your neighbors and friends for a night of bowling, raffles, music and lots of fun.  This 21 plus event kicks off at 7pm at South Boston Bowlarama and the cost is $20. Cash bar available.? Proceeds will benefit the Youth Ambassador’s community service trip to do Hurricane Sandy relief work. To learn more about the Youth Ambassadors visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SBYouthambassadors

We’re sure you’ve heard by now, “Black Mass” the movie about notorious Southie mobster James “Whitey” Bulger starring Johnny Depp, begins filming in May.  CP Casting is holding a casting call this weekend at the Teacher’s Union Hall/Carson Place (180 Mount Vernon Street) on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th  from 1:00pm to 6pm. Looking for background extras and speaking roles May 19 thru August 1st.  In search of men, women, and children of all ethnicities and types. Also in need of Italian wise guys, Irish tough guys, politicians – What? no mob molls? – Southie on St. Patrick’s Day, people with cars from the 70’s and 80’s – think white Lincoln Town Car.  Wonder if they are in need of a 1980’s “Southie Savings” mug? Because we have one! So if you think you’ve got what it takes to represent Southie during Whitey’s heyday, head to the Teacher’s Union this weekend.  For more information and to download an application visit cpcasting.com  CP Casting also suggests you bring a recent photo of yourself (which will not be returned).

Proof Gallery (516 East Second Street) is pleased to present Shared Nails an exhibition of new work by Meghan Calhoun. Working through an iterative process of a multitude of studies Calhoun’s thinking is visual, physical and apparent. She works economically: recycling and tweaking forms and colors, nudging compositional shifts and “reshuffling possibilities”. In Shared Nails, the act of holding her hands in front of her eyes yields shapes and views which she reexamines and works into liminal abstractions. Images teeter in and out of focus as does the relationship of figure to ground. On view is the anatomy of Calhoun’s thoughts, an involution of persistent almost nagging momentum yielding moments of sublime resolution.  Opening reception takes place on Saturday, April 12th from 6pm-8pm. 

Family fun:
The Easter Bunny is coming to Southie! St. Peter Academy is hosting a special morning with Peter Cottontail on Saturday, April 12th from 10am-12noon at the Iron Workers Hall (195 Old Colony Avenue).  Get a professional photograph of your family with the Easter Bunny (included in the event cost), a continental breakfast, arts-n-crafts, face painting and more.  We hope to see you there!  And remember you don’t have to be a student of St. Peter Academy to join in the fun.  Everyone is invited! Tickets are $20 .  Special thanks to Olga’s Kafe for sponsoring the event!  For ticket information call 617-269-0750.

Gamers rejoice!  Laugh Boston! transforms into a gamer’s paradise! With the country’s largest gaming convention, PAX East, coming to Southie’s burgeoning Seaport District this week, the area’s premiere comedy club, Laugh Boston transforms into a gamer’s wet dream including everything from retro systems like Atari and Nintendo 64, to Call of Duty on the newest Xbox One systems.  The FREE gaming lounge is open to PAX attendees, gamers, and the general public alike.  FREE WIFI and full food and drink menu available all day.  Hours of operation include Friday, April 11th 12pm-3pm, Saturday, April 12th 12pm-5pm and Sunday, April 13th from 12pm-6pm. Special events include Call of Duty Coaching and The Dirty Donkey Kong Show.  For more information visit: https://caughtinsouthie.com/arts-entertainment/gamers-rejoice-laugh-b…

Jump!  Jump!  C2 Pilates hosting a “mini-marathon” for Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.
C2 Pilates wants you to “jump” for a great cause on Saturday, April 19th beginning at 9am though 11am.   Jump is a class taught on the Pilates Reformer using a vertical jump board instead of a foot bar. Designed to provide a cardio boost in a zero gravity environment, Jump employs the core principles of Plyometrics, strengthening multiple muscles simultaneously without adding any stress to the joints. Additional benefits of Jump include improved core strength and endurance.  Plus it sounds like fun! Classes are $25, with all of the proceeds going directly to the Foundation. Contact sean@c2pilates to register for class.

The Southie Library (646 East Broadway) will be hosting a book sale on Saturday, April 12th from 10am-3pm. Stop by and pick up a few titles for your personal library.  Prices are super low – $1 hardcovers, 50 cents for softcovers, kids books are 25 cents – and you’ll be helping an amazing local institution.  The library is hoping to raise some much needed funds for a new garden and a handicapped ramp to the back courtyard of the library.

The House is Where the Heart is  – a fundraiser for the South Boston Neighborhood House – Benefit and Auction 6pm-10pm honoring Jon Cronin of the Cronin Group takes place Friday, April 11th.  Seaport World Trade Center.  Tickets are $75.  Live and Silent Auction  – complimentary beverages and Hors D’oeuvres.  Come on out and show your support for this amazing Southie institution! UBER is offering two free rides (up to $15) for new users attending the event with promo code and the Southie Shuttle is providing a lift from the parking lot to the upper level of the Seaport World Trade Center. Details here: http://eepurl.com/SlLWD

Also, the Ollie is shaking things up this year with a new room with views of the harbor and some outdoor balcony space. You can preview some of the auction items on the SBNH Facebook page and we hear there’s going to be some surprises in store like a photobooth & a performance from some members of Girls Group among them.  For tickets (& details!) are online at http://ollieauction.eventbrite.com