Tonight Herbie Hancock kicks off the 2014 Boston Book Festival with his Memoir Keynote and on Friday evening Susan Minot gives the Fiction Keynote. On Saturday the 2014 BBF starts in earnest with programs through out the weekend.
Peruse the full calendar of events for Saturday and Sunday which are mostly free and open to the public: 2014 BBF Calendar of Events.
Looking for something different to do this Saturday? Check out Illuminus, an artistic event happening on October 25th in the SoWa neighborhood, across Harrison Avenue in the Power Station (by the BSC South End) and surrounding parking lots.
This is a free nighttime festival of creative innovation, featuring large-scale light projections and installations that include immersive sound, performance, and multimedia experiences that are created to help you reimagine the Boston at night. The free event will be held from 6:00 PM – midnight and will include light projections, music, performances and food trucks.
More information is available on their FB event page.
The Boston Book Festival takes place next weekend October 23 – 25 in Copley Square and through out much of the Back Bay. I believe this marks the 6th annual book festival which has grown significantly and last year attracted more than 25,000 people.
The weekend event combines a street festival with an array of authors and other literary presenters from here and around the world. Daytime events at the Boston Book Festival are free and there are some lectures and other evening events that are offered for a modest fee. If you’ve never attended this free, public event in Boston, I’d encourage you to check it out. More information about this year’s Boston Book Festival may be found on their website, www.bostonbookfest.org.
SANTANDER BANK HOSTS “PAINT-BY-GOYA” EVENT IN COPLEY SQUARE
Oct. 18th and Oct 19th from 11am – 3pm in Copley Square
Attention art lovers. James Weinberg, a local artist, has been commissioned to replicate Goya’s painting “The Parasol” on a gigantic 8′ x 12′ canvas and you are invited to help contribute to this signature piece by following a numerical color key and adding corresponding colors to this piece of community art.
The community “Paint-By-Goya” mural is inspired by the 170 paintings, prints, and drawings of Goya’s work that are included in the exhibition “Goya: Order and Disorder” on view at the MFA now through January 19, 2015.
Monday, October 13th The Museum of Fine Arts Boston will be open and free to the public.
The MFA would like to invite you to spend Columbus Day visiting their exhibit “Goya: Order and Disorder” or checking out their eye popping, “Hollywood Glamour” exhibit that includes glittering gems and gowns. More information about the MFA Free Fall Open House, here.
Illuminus D is a three day event that is free to the public, taking place October 9th – 11th at The Lawn on D. This experimental event will bring together different communities, audiences and area residents for innovative programming and events in Boston’s Innovation District and South Boston neighborhood.
In conjunction with Boston’s first annual Illuminus festival which will take place on Oct. 25th, Illuminus D will be a public celebration featuring large-scale projections and light installations alongside immersive sound, performance, and multimedia experiences that re-imagine the city at night. Each night is intended to offer unique opportunities to interact with technology and the visionaries who make them happen.
Thursday, October 9 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM – Play: Learn from the best with interactive workshops and tutorials on 3D projection mapping, sound and motion-responsive technology
Friday, October 10 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM – Experiment: Digital artists are invited to make use of powerful projectors to animate buildings and structures around the Boston Convention Center.
Saturday, October 11 from 4:00 – 10:00 PM – Dance: Select the link to see the line up of artists who will be on hand to perform.
Photographer: Ali Horeanopoulos
Looking for something different to do? Tomorrow, Friday, October 3rd is the SoWa Artist Guild First Friday celebration. Visit 450 Harrison Ave in the South End to meet the local artists, walk through their art studios and check out their work. More than 60 artists routinely open their studios for the “First Friday” of every month.
For more details check out the SoWa First Friday Facebook Page.