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SCOOP

By Teresa Huang
STAFF REPORTER

Scoop is back! Didja miss it? For the uninitiated, Scoop is your weekly guide to the latest and greatest happenings around the town, on screen, and online. Read this column, swear off Athena for a day, and have some fun this weekend. There’s more to life than XSL processing.

Seafood with a tropical twist

Why shouldn’t seafood be fun? The Legal “C” Bar, located on the first floor of the Park Plaza Hotel, is owned and operated by Legal Sea Foods, though you couldn’t tell from looking around the place. Colorful lights, surf boards, and flower leis decorate this unique restaurant, which serves top quality seafood with a Carribean twist. Start with the coconut shrimp with orange-ginger sauce or the crab and avocado quesadillas, but be sure to leave room for the “Pan Do” Mixed Fish Fillets with creole ratatouille and West Indies hot sauce or Zailda’s Brazilian Style Red Snapper Fillet. The “C” Bar even has Jamaican Jerked Bluefish. Who could ask for anything more, really? The Legal “C” Bar will close its doors forever in May, so put on that new Hawaiian print shirt, grab some friends, take the Green Line to Arlington, and experience seafood like never before.

Culture on a budget

The summer scene in the theater district is starting to shape up, with big names like Chicago, Titanic, and Rent coming to Boston. If you’re lacking the dough for tickets, keep an eye on the listings at BOSTIX, a local service that offers half-price tickets for same day theater performances. Visit their booths in Harvard Square, Copley Square, or Faneuil Hall, or check listings online at boston.sidewalk.com. Recent half-price offerings included tickets for Ragtime, Blue Man Group, and shows at the A.R.T. and Huntington Theater.

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For those of you mourning the fact that Moxy Fruvous won’t be playing La Sala next month, rest assured that they’ll still perform in the Cambridge area this spring. Catch Moxy Fruvous at the House of Blues in Harvard Square on Monday, May 3rd & Tuesday, May 4th. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or from the House of Blues box office by calling (617) 491-2100.

Still not enough Moxy? See them again on Saturday, June 19, when they appear in the Guiness Fleadh Festival at Suffolk Downs in Boston. Showcasing the best in Irish and American music, this all-day concert event will feature four performing stages, an Irish Village that will offer “reflections of the Celtic cultural renaissance,” and probably a lot of Guiness. Other festival artists include Elvis Costello, Hootie & The Blowfish, Shawn Mullins, and Sixpence None the Richer. Visit the Festival website at http://www.guinessfleadh.com for details.

It was a glass slipper...

Hands down, the ultimate chick flick of the year is Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston, now available on video. This Cinderella interpretation features the most feminist-minded cinder girl to date as well as the most amusing royal family. The equal parts romance and adventure will leave you laughing, sighing, and cheering as Drew/Cinderella finds her way to true love.

Marathon Monday

Patriots’ Day is one of the best perks of going to college in Massachusetts. It’s a rare day off that your Yale friends don’t get. Don’t spend it at the library! Get outside and watch the 103rd Boston Marathon in downtown Boston. Call up your fraternity friends on Commonwealth Ave and invite yourself over. Track your running friends on the Boston Athletic Association Web site at www.baa.org. Walk around Kenmore Square and pick up some PowerBar samples. Enjoy!

Have a scoop to share? Email me at scoop@the-tech.mit.edu and join me here next week for more recommendations on what to do on the weekend. Same Tech time, same Tech channel.