I’ll be the first to admit that I did not follow nor did I even vote for Mayor in the last election, but Mayor Walsh has really impressed me with his zeal and energy. As much as I love Mayor Menino, Marty Walsh’s vision for Boston really excites me. I agree with his call to invest in a long-term cultural planning process for the city of Boston and hiring a chief of arts and culture to help make that happen.
This past Sunday The Boston Globe had an excellent article Sketching an arts-centric future for Boston by Joel Brown, detailing some of the plans and investment the city of Boston is making to elevate and champion a cultural strategy intended to make our city stand out with major cities. A 15-member steering committee is currently working to help make this happen. For all you cultcha vultchas out there, this is exciting news.
The city of Boston wants to hear about what you think of the city’s taxi service and popular ride sourcing services like Uber and Lyft. Last week Mayor Walsh announced he was creating a “Taxi Advisory Committee” that would comprise a group of over twenty individuals who would be charged with analyzing, assessing, and adjusting the City of Boston’s current rules, regulations and policies related to transportation-for-hire services.
Tell the Mayor what you think: Taxi Advisory Committee Survey
The Committee will seek suggestions from the taxi industry, stakeholder groups, and members of the public to develop a new policy on how the City operates with a diverse and innovative for-hire transportation economy. Click on the link above to take the 2-minute survey and voice your opinions on taxi service in Boston and current ride sourcing alternatives like Uber and Lyft.
The Head Of The Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a Boston area tradition that dates back to 1965 and has evolved into a massive two-day rowing competition that draws more than 11,000 athletes and 400,000 spectators. The 2014 HOCR takes place this Saturday and if you’ve not been before or if you don’t already have plans, I’d suggest checking it out.
Head of Charles Regatta – October 18-19
The organizers have created a great website that includes more information about the races, maps and FAQs. You can learn more by visiting the official HOCR website, www.hocr.org.
According to an article in this week’s BostInno the cost of an uberX ride in Boston is less than the national average.
Data in BostInno’s article shows that Boston uberX rides of 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 miles will all cost less than the national average. The graph put together by Streetwise National Data Editor shows that users gradually save more the longer their trip – in terms of mileage or minutes traveled.
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.
A recent study conducted by the MFA Boston has concluded that Bostonians attend a greater number of cultural events per month when compared with the national average; and for those wondering sporting events were not factored into the survey.
The study found that 78% of Boston-area audiences participate in at least one cultural event each month, while only 69% of national audiences do. The most culturally active audiences around Boston are Millennials (18 to 29) and Generation X (30 to 49).
The survey results really don’t surprise me. Boston has a large number of cultural venues (more than most cities its size) as well as an affluent, young, educated population. You can read more about the findings here.
The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival – Boston’s biggest block party – takes place in the South End Saturday, September 27, from 12 – 6 on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street.
The outdoor performances are open to the public and free of charge. This is one of my favorite neighborhood events because the music is always great and the crowd is very friendly.
Prince fans from the 1980s might be happy to know that one of his proteges, Sheila E, is among the many performers playing on the Natixis Stage. You can catch her set at 5PM.
Never been? Mark it in your calendar and check it out. The price is right and the entertainment is great.