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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 21,2012 The shopping has begun, the parties have started and the holidays are heret This week I covered a little bit of everything leading right up to the end of it all, New Year's Eve. With all that's going on in the world today, it's so important now more than ever to put aside a little extra time for the ones you love. Hold them close and enjoy some holiday fun. The Downtown Boston Holiday Market .... A spe- cial shopping event is in its fourth year and better than ever. Thousands are visiting daffy to browse and buy with the artisan vendors found inside the white tent. If you still haven't finished your holiday shopping yet, not to worry the Holiday Market is open daily through Christ- mas Eve and closes at 2:00 pm on December 24 t. You can find jewelers, glassblow- ers, bakers and soap mak- ers. This tent has something for everybody. It will also re- main open the week after Christmas, through Satur- day, December 29 th. There is even a bonus to keep the kids happy, Santa appears daily from noon-2:00 pm and also on Saturdays and Sun- days from 3:00-4:00 pm. Santa is joined daily by strolling holiday carolers and the holiday brass band. The hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 11:00 am- 7:00 pm, Sunday, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, through Decem- ber 29 . The tent is located at Summer Street opposite Macy's. For further infor- mation on vendors email: All I Want for Hanukkah is Christmas .... On Monday Dec 24th at 8:00pm at the Improv Asylum in Boston, enjoy Gary Gulman's special holiday stand-up show, All I Want for Hanukkah is Christ- mas! It will feature special guest Dan Crohn and his act, Ah, Christmas Eve. This is one of those performances to save you from the regular Christmas Eve of over- crowded malls and holiday- themed television mara- thons. You can bring your nearest and dearest and make the best of the en- forced quality holiday time.  MODERN PASTRY SHOP, ITALIAN & FRENCH PASTRY Cakes - Confectionary - Candies 257 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 l (617) 523-3783 20 Salem Street, Medford, MA 02155 (781) 396-3618 '; WWW.MODERNPASTRY.COM Buon Blata 00mici 111 lorth Washington Street Boston, qlorth End,,4assachusetts 617.742.2998 (rac)j Costa andynn Bova GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE Corner C,n00 6ret food and Spirit8 in t/e //iatorical Hort od 87 Prince Street - Boston, North End - 617.523.8997 Maryann and Richie Longo ' Natale Te.rramla Ristorante A LEGNA " 98 Salem Street North End Boston, MA 617-523-3112 93 Salem Street North End Boston, MA 617-723-6733 This year, eliminate that seasonal stress at Improv Asylum with Boston's own Gary Gulman. Gulman is a local favorite. He had always loved late night television and had dreamed of being a guest one day. His dream became re- ality with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Last Call with Carson Daly and Comedy Central's Premium Blend. Comedy Central gave him a one hour special, Gary Gulman: Boyish Man and Gulman also appeared on Showtime Presents Gary Gulman, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, HBO's Dane Cook's Tourgasm, Last Comic Standing seasons 2 and 3 (where he was a runner up) Merry Christmas Italian SpecialtJes Expert Catering SAUGUS Store and Corparate Ole 190 Main Street, Saugus, MA 781-231-9599 * Fax 781-231-9699 BOSTON I NORTH END 42 Cross Street, North End, Boston, MA 617-227-9673 Fax 617-778-0497 BOSTON I WEST END 75 Blossom Court, Boston, MA 617-227-6141 Fax 617-227-6201 SOUTH BOSTON I Park Lane, Boston (Seaport District), MA 857-366-4640 Fax 857-366-4648 Season's Greetings lb00-lbi00Lfo 333 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts (617) 227-1777 Authentic Italian Cuisine _ ., d 9 617-523-0990 FAX 617-227-4002 109 Salem Street North End, Boston, MA 02113 aldente0990 @ by and he was a guest star on Last Comic Standing Season 4. His resume is about as long as his Christmas list and reflects just what a one of a kind show he puts on. The Improv Asylum is located at 216 Hanover Street, Boston and can be reached at 617-263-6887 for more information. Now That Those Christ- mas Plans are Set, New Year's Eve is Upon Us .... Just as we recover from all the holiday travel, food and fun it's time to take one last look at the 2012 calendar and figure out just how we plan to end it. With two weeks yet to spare I have listed a few options to con- sider for the family, adults and even a great way to spend New Year's Day. Umbria Prime .... One of Boston's finest restaurants known for its earthy, rich pasta dishes and brick oven cooking technique has re- modeled and is now a clas- sic steak house. This Frank DePasquale restaurant now offers a selection of a la carte, corn-fed, 21-day, dry-aged beef, as well as seafood and traditional steakhouse side dishes. In true Italian fash- ion, each steak will be fin- ished in a 1200 degree brick SWANK ITALIAN DINING 125 Salem Street - North End, Boston (617) 723-7233 Proprietors - Rita & Lisa PICCOLO Restaurant iii Pino Irano Owner NIDO fax 617.227.5154 www.piccolonidol @ 257 North Street, Boston, MA 02113