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Polly Party, Boston’s Finest Eateries and more.

Stories Aaron H. Bible, Robyn Griggs Lawrence, Caitlin Moakley and Stephanie Wilson
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  • Newton-based Pretty Polly Productions knows how to throw a party. Read
  • Now you have two weeks instead of one to taste your way through Boston’s finest eateries. Read
  • Promescent promises longer-lasting sex. Read
  • Our editor-in-chief’s hottest hits of the month. Read
  • These sensual herbal products (all made in New England) will help you forget winter ever happened. Read

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Newton-based Pretty Polly Productions knows how to throw a party.

Ever wonder who’s behind the concerts you attend? Who books the artists? Who puts all the pieces together to make it a reality?
Chances are pretty good that Pretty Polly Productions, a Newton-based boutique talent buyer and concert and event producer, could be responsible. The company has been booking and producing concerts, lectures, and comedy shows of all sizes for colleges, corporate clients, and festivals nationwide for over 45 years. It is a staple of the New England music industry, working with schools like Northeastern, Tufts, and Bentley as well as the region’s top businesses to host extravagant private concerts and events.

Pretty Polly is behind shows ranging from an intimate 50-person acoustic coffeehouse showcasing Boston’s amazing local artists to a 6,000-plus-capacity arena concert headlined by the biggest national artists touring today. The company helps with every step, from artist selection to production and disassembly on the day of your big show.

prettypolly.com / @prettypollyprod


Nom Nom Time

Now you have two weeks instead of one to taste your way through Boston’s finest eateries.

Boston, we’re blessed. From Asian and Argentinean fare to tapas and sushi, our town is tops for restaurants. And twice a year, you can check them out at crazy reasonable prices during Dine Out Boston (formerly Restaurant Week). Spring tastings will take place March 1-6 and 8-13.
You can search for restaurants based on cuisine, neighborhood, or price. Reservations are strongly encouraged but not always required.

bostonusa.com / dine-out-boston


The Next Viagra?

Promescent promises longer-lasting sex.

Although PE, or premature ejaculation, doesn’t have quite the same stigma as ED (erectile dysfunction), it can definitely become a barrier to intimate and meaningful lovemaking. It’s also a common problem for couples. In fact, Psychology Today recently reported on the “orgasm gap.” In case you hadn’t noticed, men tend to reach an orgasm during heterosexual lovemaking about three times faster than women—5.5 minutes vs. 18 minutes. According to the new brand and product Promescent, up to two billion women go without orgasms each year as a result of this issue. Makers of Promescent, a climax-delay spray, claim it prolongs lovemaking. So, will it become the next Viagra? Check it out for yourself and see if it improves your sex life.

promescent.com


Sensibilities

By Stephanie Wilson, Editor In Chief

1. READING ROOM
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf, $27). Showcasing her signature literary prowess, Mandel explores the infinite ways we search for meaning in this much-hyped new release, expected March 24. Also out this month: It’s Not All Downhill from Here by How Stella Got Her Groove Back author Terry McMillan.

2. STREAM THIS
Freeform’s The Bold Type. Now in its third season, this sleeper hit could be your new favorite series. It’s mine, in no small part because it centers on three young women working for a New York mag. But also because it’s witty AF, aspirational, and depicts successful women who are defined not by their relationships but by their careers. It’s empowering, and you should watch it for free on Freeform, or on your favorite streaming platform.

3. LISTEN UP
NPR’s Life Kit podcast offers tools to keep it together. And by you, I mean me; I need all the help I can get. Picking out a lightbulb last fall had me staring mouth agape in a store aisle for a half hour trying to make sense of all the options. After listening to “Picking Out a Lightbulb, Made Easy,” I know which bulb’s for me. Life Kit’s episodes are short, to the point, and offer tips on how to do things like start therapy, start a book club, master your budget, remove stains, and juggle paperwork, appointments, and repairs. Basically how to adult.

4. GROWING TREND
Pot in Pots. The Swiss-cheese-leafed Monstera is last year’s “It” plant. Cannabis is the hashtagable houseplant of 2020. Get in on the trend. Depending where you live, you can find clones or seeds at select dispensaries with an easy google—while you’re at it, look up local laws regarding home grows. Cannabis cuttings (a.k.a. clones) are pretty easy to root—check Leafly.com for tips—and you should definitely bring some to your next plant swap. Spread the word, spread the love.


Spring Cleansing

These sensual herbal products (all made in New England) will help you forget winter ever happened.

Broad Spectrum CBD Oil
The Healing Rose’s hemp-derived CBD Oil is the perfect addition to your morning routine or a great way to end the day. The Healing Rose provides transparency through third-party testing on every batch.
$80 for 1,200 mg /thehealingroseco.com

Sisal Bath Brush
Use Baudelaire’s sisal bath brush on dry skin before a shower to promote healthier circulation and stimulate new skin cells while brushing away the old ones.
$10 / baudelairesoaps.com

Deep Tissue Massage Oil
Badger’s Deep Tissue Massage Oil has warming, enlivening ingredients such as ginger and cayenne.
$18 / badgerbalm.com

Java Jolt Body Scrub
Showering with the scent of coffee and mint from Boston-based Organic Bath Co.’s Java Jolt is enough to wake you up. Who needs coffee in a cup?
$10–$27 / organicbath.co

Cleanse + Fortify Botanical Tonic
Maine Medicinals’ gentle yet powerful tonic includes a little detox love from dandelion and nettle along with strengthening Reishi mushrooms and lemon balm.
$26 / mainemedicinals.com

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