Archive | October, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

30 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Sandy, one of the largest storms ever to hit the East Coast, pummeled Massachusetts on Monday with punishing winds and dangerously high seas, flooding some coastal areas, and cutting power to hundreds of thousands of customers. In Massachusetts, heavy winds toppled trees and power lines, closing roads and causing more power outages throughout the day. Heavy surf pounded the coast, forcing evacuations in some low-lying areas in advance of the evening high tide, when storm surges were expected to exceed 6 feet. The MBTA stopped running shortly after 2 p.m. amid mounting reports of downed wires and branches and concerns that flooding would make parts of the system impassible.  Boston Life even closed for the afternoon because of the situation. However, we are back in action today! How did you spend your day off? How did the hurricane affect you?

2012 Book Festival in Copley Square

25 Oct

This Saturday the Boston Book Festival will be taking place in Copley square. Festival events include presentations and panels featuring internationally-known writers, scholars, critics, and commentators; programming for children, teens, and families; writing workshops and competitions; outdoor booths; and poetry and music performances. All daytime events are FREE and open to the public. The keynote speaker will be Richard Ford and there will be a keynote speaker for children as well.  Featured authors represent a wide array of programming, and include award winners, best-selling authors, renowned scholars, children’s writers, and writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Are you interested in literature? Are you looking for something to do this weekend? This might be a great event for you! Bring your friends and family and enjoy the day!

Gorefest starts Wednesday through Halloween with ’28 Days Latte’

24 Oct

Gorefest boasts that every year it is “dripping with tasteless dialog and juvenile humor” as well as copious amounts of fake blood, gore and other bodily fluids, not all of which ends up on the actors. This 10th edition of the Halloween musical and comedy extravaganza, “28 Days Latte,” has writer/lyricist Don Schuerman and composer Steve Gilbane imagining how the Zombie Apocalypse plays out for a bunch of hipsters and two senior citizens trapped inside a coffee shop.

“This year’s show is the bloodiest, goriest, songiest and danciest one we’ve done yet, and that’s before you see what we plan to do to the zombie baby,” Schuerman said.

The starts Wednesday and ends on Halloween. There are 8 and 10 p.m. shows at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Central Square. Tickets are $20 to $25 (or $18 to $20 with a valid student ID) available here. For information, call

SoWa Market of the Living Dead

23 Oct

Boston Halloween celebration at Sowa Market of the Living Dead

This Sunday, October 28th, the SoWa Open Market will be transforming from its regular weekend events to one with scary costumes and halloween fun! Mark your calendar for the last Sunday in October, put on ghoulish makeup and  your most outrageous attire, and head to the South End for the final October  event in Boston’s biggest outdoor market.  You might even win the $250 best  costume price!  Perfect chance to stock up on holiday gifts from Boston and  New England artisans and crafts people, and sample some of the best offerings from food trucks. This will be the last SoWa market for the season, so don’t miss it! The event runs from 10:00am-4:00pm and is located at 460 Harrison Ave in the South End. The costume contest will take place at 1:00pm, so be sure to wear your best costume!

Haunted Cambridge: Ghost Stories

22 Oct

As one of the oldest towns in the country, Cambridge has a rich history of human stories. Every corner of the town has centuries of accumulated memories. These are some of the local rumors and myths, some tragic, some malicious, that when recalled on a cold dark night in just the right spot, bring echoes to the present.

Haunted locations include: Cambridgeport Baptist Church, Wihtrop Park, University Hall in Harvard and Cambridge Hospital.

Read the full stories here: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/cambridge/2012/10/22/ghost-stories-haunted-cambridge/JPkBxpKLazVuCRCvfrYw3I/pictures.html?pg=2&t=150&cp=2

Poe visits cemetery for literary, musical event

19 Oct

Halloween bliss is here: Access to Mount Auburn Cemetery’s breathtaking Bigelow Chapel to hear Edgar Allan Poe’s candid thoughts and classic works, including his “To Helen” in aria form by classical-meets-pop composer Mary Bichner.

Of course, it won’t be Poe himself reading his works and talking about the dead friends around Mount Auburn or his contentious relationship with Boston. He’ll be portrayed by local literary historian Rob Velella for the second year of historic cemetery tours as the author of everything from the horror of “The Tell-Tale Heart” to the seminal mystery of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” to the poetry of “Annabel Lee” and, of course, “To Helen.”

It’s a chance to learn more about why Poe excoriated the city of his birth and the literary Athens of America as a bunch of “Frogpondians” enforcing “the heresy of the didactic,” but also to hear some of the most haunting texts in U.S. literature amid one of the country’s most beautiful burial grounds.

The family-friendly talk, readings, musical accompaniment and question-and-answer period begin at 6 p.m. Saturday (doors open a half-hour earlier) at the cemetery chapel, 580 Mount Auburn St. Tickets are $10 for members of the Friends of Mount Auburn or $15 for nonmembers, and can be bought via theMount Auburn website.

Student Loan Debt on the Rise

18 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to rising tuition and a tough job market, college seniors graduated with  an average of nearly $27,000 in student loan debt last year. Boston is one of the biggest college cities in America, so the students in our area do tend to struggle with these. Two-thirds of the class of 2011 held student loans upon graduation, and the  average borrower owed $26,600, according to a report from the Institute for  College Access & Success’ Project on Student Debt. That’s up 5% from 2010  and is the highest level of debt in the seven years the report has been  published. Many students in the class of 2011 also entered college right before the  recession hit, with many families suddenly finding themselves unable to afford  the tuition payments. At the same time, many public colleges have hiked tuition  significantly in response to state budget cuts, while private colleges have also  been increasing tuition. What do you think about this issue? How is your daily life affected by this crisis?