Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The start of the tercentennial celebration? Minute Men facing down an inflatable tank? Rachel Dratch's improv advice to a graduating class? Let us know in the comments section below.
Wednesday, January 2
With 2012 now behind us, we'd like to know: What will you remember the most about 2012 in Lexington? Was it the start of the nine-month celebration of Lexington's 300th? Or the day a giant, inflatable tank rolled up on some re-enactors practicing on the Battle Green? Maybe the marathon Town Meeting of this spring, or the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Estabrook School? Perhaps it was Rachel Dratch's commencement speech, or the day Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman performed at a friend's book launch party? Let us know by posting a comment in the comments section below. Have a great New Year!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Senator vs. Congressman -- Who ya got?
Politics and Saturday Night Live go together like battleships and bayonets. And this time of year, it seems these strange yet familiar bedfellows cannot escape one another. That much was true last week in Lexington. In town while campaigning for Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Rep Ed Markey, D-MA, and U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-WI, traded one-liners about Rachel Dratch, the Lexington native who, like Franken, is an SNL alum. For those unfamiliar with Dratch, here's the 1984 Lexington High grad doing the Blue and Gold varsity jacket proud as the Zazu to Jimmy Fallon's "Sully" in an old Boston Teens skit. Markey's joke riffed on Lexington's label as "The Birthplace of American Liberty," while Franken went with a reference to Michelle Bachmann's …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Rachel Dratch comes home to chat about her new book, Girl Walks Into a Bar ... Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle (Penguin Books).
Rachel Dratch walked back into Lexington High School Sunday afternoon, only this time she wasn’t a student in the audience. No, she came at the invitation of Lexington Community Education to read from her recently-published book and talk about her life in Lexington, Chicago and New York. Before she took center stage she stood outside the Donald Gillespie Auditorium schmoozed with the crowd and took pictures with her mom, Elaine. It was the first time she has been inside the school since her 1984 graduation, the actor, comedienne and author said and laughed. Dratch, known for her seven-year gig on Saturday Night Live and for her recently published book, Girl Goes into a Bar … , read a few pages from different chapters. “I never liked …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Here are five things to do this weekend in Lexington and Concord.
It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do this weekend. Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities you'll want to take part in this weekend in Lexington, Concord and beyond. 1. Up with People Show Where/When: Concord Carlisle Regional High School, 500 Walden St, Concord; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 and 6 p.m. Why Go: The multinational cast of Up with People, visiting Concord this week, will take the stage CCHS to present its original preformance "Voices." Pricing: $20 for adults, $15 for students, seniors and children 2. 'Ag Day' Returns to Concord Center Where/When: Main Street, between Walden Street and Monument Square…
Monday, June 4, 2012
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rachel Dratch and robot armies send Lexington High School's Class of 2012 out into the world.
“Live from Tsongas Arena, it’s Rachel Dratch!” Dratch, dressed demurely in a lacy green sheath, waited with Lexington High's 2012 graduates backstage at the Tsongas Arena Sunday afternoon. Swarms of press, photographers, almost-graduates and even black-gowned teachers didn't daunt the surprisingly shy commedienne, actor, and author. Her mom, Elaine, stood by quietly and watched as her daughter maneuvered through every request with that trademark Dratch smile. This 1984 Lexington High School graduate, voted class comic 28-years ago, fulfilled her destiny and came back to inspire those waiting for diplomas. “Ah, Tsongas Arena, in Lowell,” she said to the kids as she stood behind the podium. “It’s great to be back. How well I remember …
The improv comedienne, who graduated from Lexington High School in 1984, returned home to deliver the commencement speech to LHS Class of 2012 on Sunday, June 3 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.
At high school graduations, the commencement speaker is almost always someone from the Class of Fill-in-the-Blank with an impressive resume. Rarely does said resume include stints with Second City and “Saturday Night Live.” So when Lexington native and “SNL” alum Rachel Dratch stepped to the podium at the graduation ceremony Lexington High School’s Class of 2012, it was pretty clear the life lessons would come with a lot of laughs. “I turned my love of disrupting class into a focused study of improv comedy,” said Dratch, who graduated LHS in 1984. “I joined the improv group in college, I went on to Second City in Chicago and finally onto ‘Saturday Night Live.’ This meteoric rise to success took 10 years, so know that the cliché of …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The former SNL cast member signed copies of her new book at BJ's in Northborough.
"I went home and immediately peed on a stick. I'd never done this before, never even had a scare. I wasn't even the least bit nervous about the outcome. Three minutes later, I went back to check the results. With no ceremony, no heart racing, no slooow lifting of the stick, ready to check off my list as a possibility. Two lines... pregna_...WHAT? And then, my heart did start racing. I began to pace around the apartment and speak aloud to myself, 'Ohmygodohmygodohmygod!'" Best known for characters such as "Debbie Downer" on Saturday Night Live, Rachel Dratch said after her run on SNL, which ended in 2006, the parts didn't come in as much. She had never written a book before, but a mix of the dating scene—and getting pregnant—in her mid 40s…
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sully and Denise returned to SNL on Saturday, Dec. 17 as Lexington native Rachel Dratch joined guest host Jimmy Fallon for the cold open.
With Jimmy Fallon guest hosting, it was a given that Saturday Night Live would open with a few familiar faces. And one of them may have been even more familiar in these parts as Lexington-native Rachel Bratch joined Fallon in bringing the "Boston Teens" back to SNL. The familiar characters Denise "Zazou" McDonough and Pat "Sully" Sullivan were back at their old stomping grounds, trying to sneak into "the Shawsheen VoTech Winter Formal" to recreate their second date. According to HuffPo Comedy: The couple, now married with kids, have changed in few other ways: they're still loud and love Nomar, their friend Tommy still makes videos of them, they're still wild about each other, and they still make out like buried treasure lies at the back of…