Still trying to figure out what you will be doing Memorial Day Weekend? If you will be in Boston you can soak up a bit of cultcha by visiting Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). The MFA will be free Saturday, May 25th, Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th.
If you’d like to “pay it forward” on-site contributions made this weekend at the MFA will be donated to The One Fund Boston.
Boston Sculptures Gallery has launched their first outdoor art exhibit called, Convergence, at the Christian Science Plaza. Although the exhibit formerly opens today, some sculptures have been on display for several weeks. This free exhibit open to the public will run through the end of October.
For more information visit the exhibit’s blog, convergenceexhibit.blogspot.com.
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Boston) is a fantastic local museum that is located on the water in the heart of the Seaport District.
Each Thursday evening The ICA Boston is free from 5 – 9pm. The ICA is currently exhibiting San Francisco graffiti artist, Barry McGee. More about the ICA Boston here.
Every Thursday from 5-9PM The ICA Boston is Free
Next Saturday food trucks from New York City and Boston will compete in various contests all day long for a chance to win the title of Best Food Truck.
DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2013
TIME: 11am – 9pm
LOCATION: The Greenway, Boston – Between State & India Streets
EVENT WEBSITE: foodtruckthrowdown.com
Today is the running of the 117th Boston Marathon. I don’t care if you are the first or last runner to cross the finish line. I am impressed by anyone who sets out to run a marathon.
Congratulations to everyone who participates in today’s venerable race and much thanks to the City of Boston and the thousands of volunteers who make this such an amazing event for all in the city to enjoy.
Since 1996 the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) has been performing the works of Shakespeare on the Boston Common for free. This year the CSC has announced they will perform The Bard’s comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Dates have not been confirmed but performances traditionally start the end of July.
About The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Believed to have been written in 1590 or 1591, this comedy is considered by some to be William Shakespeare’s first play. The play deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behavior of people in love. More about the play may be read here.
Mark some time in your calendar tomorrow to head over to your local Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop as they scoop your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors for free.
The SoWa Open market will start its 10th season in the South End in a few weeks and the growing popularity of this Sunday market is evident with news that it is expanding yet again. According to mysouthend.com, the Farmer’s Market, which only joined the SoWa Open market a couple of years ago will double in size hosting 60 vendors of specialty foods and fresh produce each week. Additionally, 25-30 food trucks will be on hand each Sunday serving all sorts of foods and treats.
SoWa Open market is held each Sunday starting in May and running through October from 10am – 4pm at 460 Harrison Avenue. More information is available on their website at, www.sowaopenmarket.com.
Show above is a photo of The November Project Wednesday workouts, taken last summer. This group, which was started by two Northeastern University graduates, organize free, fun ways to work out with others in Boston.
The November Project uses free, public land to exercise. For example, each Wednesday morning The November Project meet at 6:30am at Harvard’s Stadium to run up the big seats and come down the small steps. With winter (in theory) concluding later this month, I wanted to write about this amazing group to inspire groups in other cities to emulate their model of using public space and bringing people together to exercise. With no gym membership required, one only needs the discipline to show up and the appropriate workout gear.
Learn more about this amazing group here.
© Romina Amato/Red Bull Cliff Diving
Although it is nearly six months away, mark your calendars because Red Bull’s Cliff Diving competition will be returning to Boston for the third year in a row on Saturday, August 24th.
Boston is the only stop in North America for this amazing tour which may be one of my favorite “free” events the city hosts for the public. I’ll be writing about this event again in the summer as the date approaches, but I thought I’d share the good news now that the tour has been finalized and confirmed.
If you’ve never had a chance to see this competition, check out my video below from the first year in 2011.
May 25 | FRANCE – La Rochelle
June 22 | DENMARK – Copenhagen
June 29 | PORTUGAL – Azores
July 14 | ITALY – Malcesine
August 24 | USA – Boston
September 14 | UNITED KINGDOM – Wales
September 28 | BRAZIL
October 26 | THAILAND
Did you know that the MFA Boston is open and free to the public each Wednesday, after 4pm?
If the holiday season put a dent in your wallet, this is a very affordable way to get out after work to meet with friends. Note that the this will also be the last Wednesday before the Testino exhibit closes on Feb. 3rd.
After a few hiccups trying to load this video from yesterday’s No Pants Subway Ride in Boston, the two minute video has now posted on YouTube.
Miss all the fun or perhaps you participated in this annual event; check out the video. If you didn’t participate in the event this year, perhaps you will join me and the 500+ others next January for the No Pants Subway Ride in 2014.
For the past few years I’ve participated in Boston’s No Pants Subway Ride, hosted by The Boston Society of Spontaneity, a volunteer-run, free to join, social arts & events group that plans a variety of programs in and around Boston.
This year my partner and I opted to give a nod to America’s most iconic, and ambiguously gay couple, Sesame Street’s – Ernie and Bert. While we couldn’t find underwear with these guys faces I think we were able to do the outfit justice. I had hoped to have a video of Sunday’s ride in Boston but my computer just wouldn’t seem to cooperate so I hope to have something to show you later this week. Keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck because I did get some funny photos that I’d enjoy sharing.
About The No Pants Subway Ride: started in 2008 by the NYC based Improv Everywhere, it has now spread to more than 50 cities around the world.
The ICA Boston is free each Thursday from 5 – 9pm.
The ICA which stands for Institute of Contemporary Art is a fantastic local museum that is in the Seaport District.
No matter how much money you spent last month and no matter how steep your credit card statement, the ICA Boston has made it easy for you to plan a fun evening out for a date or with friends.
Every Thursday from 5-9PM The ICA Boston is Free
If you have not been to the museum recently, note they have a fantastic exhibit called This will have been: Art, Love and Politics in the 1980s.
More about the ICA Boston here.
New American Public Art (NAPA) is hosting a free event that involves a temporary art installation specifically designed for interaction with the Light Blades on The Greenway (shown above).
On Thursday, NAPA will unveil a phone number allowing park users to text message the color they want to light up the Light Blades so be sure to bring your cell phone to the opening and participate in a texting battle to see the resulting light show as the Light Blades respond to a crowd of texts.
The event will take place on The Greenway in the Wharf District Parks (between Milk and State Street).