A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Boston’s No Pants Subway Ride was fast approaching. With more than 50 cities in North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia hosting similar rides on Sunday, January 13th you may want to check out the details (or at least hop on your local subway on Sunday afternoon). You can see if a city near you is participating by visiting the Improv Everywhere Global Page.
Last year Sergio and I had a superhero theme which proved to be popular. If you see me this year, definitely come up and say hello. We have traded in our superhero underoos for a different eye-catching theme for 2013. For those who are not in Boston, I’ll be pulling together photographs from the event and posting them here on my blog following the ride. You can watch my video from Boston’s 2012 No Pants Subway Ride here.
Just when I thought I’d heard of everything I stumbled upon a very interesting group called November Project™. Apparently this social group of runners are the people behind Boston’s Ninja Race… You read that correctly.
What is the Boston Ninja Race?
This is an 8 mile night run on Wednesday, January 23rd at 9:00PM through Boston’s Charles River path and parks. Runners are required to dress in a ninja theme. The registration site is hilarious declaring “Dull swords allowed. Snow ninjas allowed. Complaining about it being “cold” is not permitted at any time.“
There is no cost to register and after the race, runners will gather at Crossroads Bar in the Back Bay. Want to find out more and register for the run? Link here.
In late October, Boston’s Mayor Menino made it clear that he was not impressed with Trojan’s decision to give away a few thousand “Trojan Vibrations” sex toys from their “Pleasure Carts” on City Hall Plaza. Read more here.
Fortunately Trojan was not discouraged by the Mayor’s stonewalling and lack of enthusiasm, and they decided my neighborhood in the South End would be a fantastic alternate location. Yesterday, Sergio and our friend Maxine joined thousands of others who came out to get their own intimate massager from Trojan. Earlier this summer Trojan kicked off this tour in NYC. I believe that Boston is the second city Trojan has visited. Like the Trojan Vibrations Facebook page to find out when / if Trojan will be coming to a city near you.
One week from today Boston will host the 13th annual Santa Speedo Run through the Back Bay; spectators, mark your calendars; runners take note of the forecast and pray for warm temperatures.
Earlier this month I post my video from the 2011 run, below is a video from the Santa Speedo Run from 2010. Can’t make it to Boylston Street next Saturday? No worries, I’ll be there snapping photographs and chatting with runners to tell you all about it.
According to Adam’s Hospitality & Tourism Industry Blog, renowned Boston novelist and BPL Trustee, Dennis Lehane, will speak on his newest book Live by Night on Thursday November 29th at 6pm at the Rabb Lecture Hall in Copley Square. Make an evening of it by listening to Dennis then check out the Oak Long Bar + Kitchen in the Fairmont Copley for a drink or a bite.
You may also recognize Dennis Lehane as the author of many books that have been made into movies like Shutter Island, Mystic River, and Gone, Baby, Gone.
Starbucks rolled out free WiFi in all its stores two years ago. Now Starbucks has identified 17 locations around Boston for a “limited time in-store trial for wireless charging.”
According to Starbucks chief digital officer Adam Brotman, ”We’re building the Powermat technology into some of the tabletops, just to get a sense for how our customers will react, compared to having to plug their mobile devices into the wall.“
The first three stores where this technology is being installed are all in the Financial District: One Financial Center, 125 Summer Street, and 101 Federal Street. Want to find out what other Starbucks will have this technology installed? Read the story in today’s Boston Globe here.
The SoWa Open Market and the Farmer’s Market which opened this spring officially closed today at 4PM.
The market which draws thousands each weekend will take a hiatus during the winter months and be back in the spring of 2013. I’ll miss having this just outside my condo and look forward to its return in May 2013.
Earlier this week I wrote about the Head of the Charles Regatta which starts tomorrow. If you are around town on Saturday or Sunday, come down and check it out; races start at 8AM and run until 5PM each day.
Head of the Charles Regatta race course
This weekend, Ball and Buck will be hosting the inaugural “American Field” All American Menswear pop up market at the Power Station at 540 Harrison Avenue in the South End’s SoWa district.
More than 50 vendors will be showcasing, and selling, their Made in USA products. Food trucks will be serving great eats and it appears there will even be a beer garden featuring Local Micro Breweries.
540 Harrison Ave, Saturday & Sunday Oct 20 – 21
More information about the event here, www.americanfield.us
You read that correctly, car service startup, Uber, is offering free taxi rides in Boston (up to $25 in value) when requested through their app from 5 a.m. Tuesday (today) until 8 p.m. on Thursday.
“No strings — all someone has to do is signup for Uber and they can take as many taxi rides for free as they’d like through Thursday,” Uber’s Boston general manager Michael Pao said in an email. More information about their promotion is here.
Later this week, Boston will host the first Food Truck Throwdown. All the details about this free event are clearly posted above but if you have additional questions, check out the event website foodtruckthrowdown.com.
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The third annual Boston local food festival will take place along Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway on Sunday from 11AM to 5PM. The festival which attracted more than 30,000 last year addresses the virtues of locally grown and produced food and strives to increase accessibility and availability of healthy local food for all.
You can get more details about this free festival by visiting the event website, bostonlocalfoodfestival.com.
Earlier this week I wrote about Museum Day, which is a nationwide event that allows people to visit participating museums for free today.
Simply download tickets on the Smithsonian website to receive free admission for 2 people today. To see what museums near you are participating visit, www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
Jazz Fest includes Paula Cole, Bela Fleck, Lyne Carrington and more than 20 other acts Saturday from 12 – 6pm
Boston’s biggest block party takes place on Saturday from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Columbus Avenue between Mass Ave and Burke Street in Boston’s South End – and it is FREE!
Paula Cole featuring Kevin Barry is scheduled to perform at 2:15 on the Natix Global Asset Management Stage on the Carter Playground.
This year, the festival celebrates women in jazz, featuring free performances by some of the genre’s most acclaimed female artists. According to the website, previous festivals have drawn 80,000 jazz enthusiasts. More info about Jazz Fest here.
Starting tomorrow Equinox in Back Bay and in downtown are offering complimentary group fitness classes in honor of Boston Fashion Week. This is a great way to check out a popular gym and see first hand how talented their group instructors are.
Group classes from September 27th through October 6th qualify, but advance registration is necessary and space is limited. If you are interested reach out to Victor.Meservey@equinox.com (Back Bay location) or Jennifer.Birkett@equinox.com (downtown location). Be certain to include your full name, phone number and the class you would like to RSVP for in advance. You can see the full calendar of classes available on the Boston Fashion Week site here.