Gotta love it [Boston Herald]
(Boston Herald (MA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 21--GO: ICE CREAM SHOWDOWN BLOCK PARTY
What's better than ice cream? An ice cream showdown. Head to Somerville on Saturday, where $2 buys samples from Christina's Homemade Ice Cream, Toscanini's, J.P. Licks, Chilly Cow, b.good and others. Vegans will even find dairy-free desserts. Feel good about treating yourself: Proceeds benefit the Juniper Fund, an annual scholarship for local students created in memory of John S. Hall, the late bass player for Boston band Addison Groove Project. At Union Square's Family Center parking lot, 374 Somerville Ave., 3 to 6 p.m. Rain date Sunday.
- JULIA RAPPAPORT
READ: 'OBAMA'S BLACKBERRY' BY KASPER HAUSER
Who and what is the 44th president texting? You won't find the real answer here. But you will find imaginary -- and howlingly funny -- electronic correspondance between Obama and everyone from Ann Coulter and Hillary Clinton to Oprah and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sample textfrom Obama's 11-year-old daughter, Malia:
Malia: dad can i watch barney?
BarackO: aren't u too old for purple dino?
Malia: no, barney frank -- on CSPAN
BarackO: depends, what is he saying?
Malia: dunno! he's just really funny
(Little Brown, $13.99)
- LARRY KATZ
PLAY: VENDING MACHINE CHAMP
It took your dollar, so where's your bag of chips? If you've ever been burned by a non-dispensing, doesn't-want-your-crumpled-dollar snack machine, you'll revel in the cathartic pleasure of playing "Vending Machine Champ." Tip, punch and kick the daylights out of this virtual vending machine until those chips are yours. As in real life, you could get squashed. $1.99 on iTunes for iPhone, or free at adultswim.com.
- SANDRA KENT
LISTEN: KID SISTER'S 'RIGHT HAND HI'
Is it too late for a new Jam of the Summer? In a season surprisingly light on memorable pop hits, Kid Sister and her banging, electro-rap "Right Hand Hi" deserve shout-outs. The first single from this Chicago rapper's debut album, "Ultraviolet" (dropping Oct. 6), is a straight-up, elbows-in-the-air banger that should launch her from underground darling to pop princess. The slick production, trance-fueled chorus and bass-revved, whip-smart verses will please Top 40 folks and club kids alike.
- MICHAEL MAROTTA
CLICK: 'DARK SHADOWS'
This classic supernatural soap departed the airwaves in 1971, but that hasn't stopped its fan base from growing. The entire run is available on DVD and Johnny Depp is reportedly hot to star in a remake. Several original cast members -- including David Selby (Quentin), Angelique (Lara Parker) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie) -- reunited for a series of roughly one-hour audio plays that revive their characters in spooky stories faithful to the original. Go to bigfinish.com for downloads (about $12 each). Best bet: "The House of Despair."
- MARK PERIGARD
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