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Halloween Events!

24 Oct

Halloween is quickly approaching! With one week left, there’s still time to make plans and costumes. If trick-or-treating isn’t your thing, try visiting some of these events for some spooky fun.

SOWA’ Market of the Living Dead

If you’ve never visited SOWA’s Open Market before, this is your last chance to go before the season ends! SOWA Open Market is a collection of artists, designers, food trucks, and farmers that meet every Sunday to form the Open Market’s farmer’s market, vintage market, and food truck fair. The Open Market is free to attend and will be “spookified” for Halloween, with this year’s theme being “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead). There will also be a costume contest at the market.

Pru Boo!

Go trick-or-treating at the Prudential Center! This yearly event is great for kids. With a $4 donation (which goes to Home for Little Wanderers), children will receive a trick-or-treat bag to collect goodies from the stores in the Prudential Center. There will also be face-painting, magic tricks and other events for the children during the day.

The Beehive Zombie Prom

The Beehive is holding a prom with one little twist, everyone will be undead! The bar will be serving Halloween themed food with zombie servers until 1 AM. They will also be featuring the 80’s cover band SAFETY. In addition, there will be a costume contest for best undead outfit.

Coolidge Corner Theater will be having a Halloween movie marathon featuring a double feature of Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in addition to five more horrifying films. The Brattle Theater will also be playing horror films, but instead of a marathon, they’re playing the films over the course of a few days. The Brattle Theater is featuring a special presentation of The Haunting for its’ 50th anniversary.

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Boston Marathon Memorial

17 Oct

Northeastern University recently opened a one day exhibit to commemorate those lost in the Boston Marathon bombings. The exhibit, titled “Our Marathon”, was a crowd-sourced digital archive of the attack. Items used in the display were originally placed at the memorial and had been collected by the City of Boston Archives. The exhibit, located at Northeastern University’s Snell Library, opened on the 15th and lasted until 8 PM that evening. The exhibit was planned as an extension to the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks’s digital project. Workers collected data, anecdotes, and other physical memories of the bombing to use as the basis for the display. Hopes are that “Our Marathon” will become a long-term memorial. The exhibit, is one of the largest collections of its kind, with researchers collecting data since May. Anyone can contribute their stories the exhibit online.

Boston Book Festival

15 Oct

This year, the Boston Book Festival will take place in Copley Square from October 17th through the 19th. The book festival is a celebration of, of course, books. While the focus is on literature, the festival has many different events that would appeal to any taste. The scheduled activities include presentations by keynote speakers,  live music, interactive seminars, and kid-friendly activities. Presenters include Salman Rushdie, Wes Craven, and Claire Messud, among others.

The festival is free to attend but some presentations will have an entrance fee. Early arrival and reservations are suggested in order to ensure a spot at seminars. Like any festival, the Boston Book Festival will have vendors and food trucks. If you’re interested in getting involved, you can sign up to volunteer here.

Weekend Events

10 Oct

Are you looking for things to do this weekend? Check out some of these events!

Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands

This street festival is a celebration of music and social activism. Different groups showcasing different musical styles, from New Orleans brass bands to Brazilian Afro bloc, the groups that perform are lively and fun. In addition to playing great music, they are taking a stand. Many of the performing groups were formed in support of a cause or to protest an injustice. The performances are held in the street and sometimes they even recruit audience members to join in.

Lucy Light Forest

This public art show is set up by the athletic company Lucy. The display, which includes 10,000 solar-powered LED lights that respond to movement, takes place on the Charles River Esplanade. Lucy is using the art display as a backdrop for free fitness classes, including Pilates and Vinyasa yoga. The art show ends on Sunday.

Boston Derby Games

If you’ve never heard of roller derby, you should visit the games! The Boston Derby Games, taking place in Wilmington, involves skating women and a fight or two. This seasons’ competition will be at the Shriner Auditorium and the seats are track side, putting the audience up close and personal with the action.

Collegefest

It’s time again for Collegefest. Collegefest is a giant “festival” for college kids, bands, and companies to interact. Taking place at Hynes Convention Center, Collegefest features performances from many artists and lots of free things. It’s $10 for Sunday entry only and $15 for a two-day pass.

Christmas in September

27 Aug

It’s that special time of year again. This weekend marks the beginning of Allston Christmas, which takes place on September 1st in Allston, Fenway, Cambridge, Brookline, Brighton, and Mission Hill (The neighborhoods are heavily populated by students.) Around this time of year, when people are making transitions in housing, movers tend to leave their unwanted goods on the sidewalks for anyone to take. This “free-for-all” has come to be known as “Allston Christmas.”

Allston Christmas might be good for people trying to find slightly used items on the cheap, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. The city is concerned about the potential health risks, such as spreading infestations of bed bugs. They have started warning scavengers by leaving signs that dissuade people from taking items and have also increased garbage pick up times on the first. Some residents have also had items stolen in the chaos of moving; not every item left unattended on the street is free to a good home. All the moving also causes traffic delays.

If you’re willing to brave the potential health risks, Allston Christmas might be the way to spend your Labor Day weekend.

Free Pianos?

19 Aug

Boston will soon be home to a new art installation aimed at developing a more interactive community. “Play Me, I’m Yours”, created by artist Luke Jerram, gives people the opportunity to play a piano that has been placed in a public area. The pianos will be scattered throughout the city and will be decorated by local artists. The pianos are open to anyone who wants to play; there are no restrictions as to who can play it or for how long. The pianos are meant to be integrated into the community for the duration of their stay, although how long they are here is to be decided by the specific community the piano is located in.

Jerram focused on community when he devised this installation. Inspired by the silent interaction within the small and spontaneous community of a laundromat, Jerram wanted to create a space that would invoke communication among community members. By adding a piano to a specific space, Jerram feels that people will be more inclined to interact given a catalyst for conversation.

The project has been featured in London, Sydney, Paris, New York City, Sao Paulo, and Barcelona among other cities. The locations of the instruments will most likely be announced in late September.

 

Restaurant Week

27 Jul

Restaurant Week returns to Boston this August, bringing with it some new restaurants. This year, the week has been set for August 18-23 and the 25-30. During the week, visitors to participating restaurants have the option to order from a fixed price menu. A two-course lunch is $15.13, a three-course lunch is $20.13, and a three-course dinner is $38.13. The prices are per person and do not include beverages or gratuity, but it still is a deal for most of the participating restaurants. The lowered prices are meant to entice new customers, perhaps creating regulars in the process. It makes being adventurous a little more attractive by lowering the price tag.

The restaurants taking part are located all over the city and there is a wide range of different types of cuisine, to suit any taste. This doesn’t require tickets, passes, or even reservations (although reservations are strongly encouraged); patrons can simply walk in and request the menu. New to the restaurant week scene are: Abbey Lane, House of Blues, Bronwyn, Moksa, Fogo de Chao, Finch at the Boxer, and BoMA. Check out a list of all the participating restaurants here.