Are you interested in fashion? You may want to check out Boston’s Emerging Trends 2013 at the Boston Center for the Arts (Cyclorama) at 539 Tremont Street in the South End on Saturday, October 5th.
Get Your Tickets Here
This event is a dedicated effort to aid Boston’s fashion community to encourage innovation and creativity by showcasing emerging designers from all over the world. Designers featured this year at Boston’s Emerging Trends 2013 include: Nina Athanasiou (Germany), Fleur Kelinza (London), Shefali Couture (U.A.E.) w/ Sabrinah Renee, boutique jeweler (US, L)isa Loveday Designs (Canada), NuVu Studio (US), Naomi Davidoff (US), House of Laura Williams (US), The Haute House (US) and Ivanka Eston (US). A handful of VIP tickets remain as do general admission tickets which range from $30-$45.
Not joining Sergio and I at The Donkey Show tonight? You may want to check out this program from Arts Week Boston: Xylograph Your Xylophone.
Hosted at the Audio Concepts Experience Center at 870 Commonwealth Avenue. The program runs from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and is $20.13. The fee helps pay for beverages, food and additional materials.
About Xylograph your Xylophone: Furniture maker, Ray Bachand of 60nobscot has combined two of his exceptional talents – woodworking and music – to create a memorable evening for people looking to do something different. During the course of the evening each participant will make a xylophone and learn to play it. Of course wine, canapés, and music will help fuel your creative inspiration.
This is the 13th year that Berklee School of Music has hosted the BeanTown Jazz Festival. The Festival is a giant (FREE) block party that attracts 70,000+ people.
The fun starts at Noon and runs through 6 PM on Columbus Avenue between Mass Ave and Burke Street in the South End.
For more information visit www.beantownjazz.org.
Earlier this summer I wrote a post about how Boston’s Logan airport has been successfully wooing new airlines and routes while consciously working to lessen reliance on traditional large US carriers and looking beyond Europe for destinations to serve in this post.
Japan Airlines (JAL) started flights to Tokyo, Turkish Airlines has announced flights to Istanbul and Copa Airlines announced flights to Central America from Boston. Now Emirates Airlines has announced that they will start flying to Boston in March 2014, making it the 8th US city they will serve. While flying can be a pain in the neck – I still love travel and welcome the news.
Much thanks to Adam from Boston Hospitality Industry Blog for pointing this out. You can read more if interested, in the Dubai Chronicle.
Play Me, I’m Yours is an arts project by artist Luke Jerram that has been touring the world since 2008, and starting today the program comes to Boston. Seventy-five pianos have been installed throughout the city with the invitation to Play Me, I’m Yours!
Curious where you can find these street pianos? Check out this street map.
Perhaps the greatest blight in downtown Boston in recent years has been the stalled Millennium Tower project, but that changed last week when Roche Bros announced they’d open their first ‘new urban’ store here.
The 30,000 square feet store will be smaller than the new Whole Foods that will be opening about a mile away in the South End, but this is good news for the neighborhood, and you better believe, nosey BosGuy will be making a stop there when they open in mid 2015.
This year’s Santa Speedo Run in Boston will be on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Lir Tavern and at Whiskey’s Bar on Boylston Street in Boston.
Registration opens Tuesday, October 1st
Registration for this fun event is on a first come, first serve basis and open to ONLY the first 700 registrants so don’t delay if you are interested in participating. Here is a recap of all the fun at the 2012 event.
Last week Zagat published findings from their 2014 survey on Boston restaurants, which includes more than 1,200 restaurants and the collective opinions of more than 8,500 diners.
Their survey showed that Boston has a resilient and growing restaurant scene with many newcomers challenging established favorites. Zagat’s Top Food List gives top honors to a new restaurant this year, the North’s End’s Neptune Oyster (up from No. 4) followed by another seafood restaurant, Island Creek Oyster Bar (previously unranked). The remainder of the top five restaurants include Oleana (No. 3), Craigie on Main (No. 4, previously No. 15), and Lumière (No. 5)
Their survey also found Bostonians eat out 3.7 times per week (for lunch and dinner combined), and report spending an average of $44.19 per dinner.
Want to read more? Check out Zagat’s blog here.
Mark your calendars and come to The Boston Common the evening of Saturday, September 21st to enjoy a free performance by the Boston Ballet.
The evening will feature a selection of Boston Ballet’s diverse repertoire, including classical, neo-classical, and contemporary favorites. Supporting the local arts scene could not be made any easier thanks to the generosity of The Boston Ballet and their program sponsors. Even if you don’t think you’d enjoy ballet, challenge your assumptions and come down to the Boston Common for a couple of hours. You may be surprised by how much you enjoy yourself.
I was really proud to read in today’s Boston Globe that The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has ranked Boston the most energy efficient city in the US. The nonprofit advocacy group based in DC has rated states in the past (see my post from last year: Move Over CA, MA is the Most Energy-Efficient State), but for the first time applied its criteria to America’s largest cities. Rankings were based on policies, government operations, community-wide initiatives, and utility programs; 34 cities were ranked, with Boston beating out Portland OR, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle.
According to The Council, what sets us apart is our community initiatives like Renew Boston – a network of energy efficiency and alternative energy providers who work together to help achieve Boston’s energy goals. Incidentally, those goals include reducing electricity usage by 200 megawatts by 2017, and cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Last year, the council ranked Massachusetts the most energy efficient state for the second year in a row. California held the top spot previously. The 2013 rankings for states has yet to be released. Curious to read more details about the ranking or to see how your city fared – Link Here.
The spring and fall are when the majority of large scale formal fundraisers take place throughout the US and Boston is no exception. The following are some of the largest and most fun GLBT fundraisers in Boston. Feel free to share in the comments section below any charitable events I may have missed that you would like to share.
Love Art. Fight AIDS
ARTcetera may be my all-time favorite GLBT fundraiser in Boston. This event draws art lovers and enthusiasts as well as many artists who donate their work for auction to raise money for the AIDS Action Committee of MA. The event is hosted every other year but it went dark for a couple of years while AIDS Action rethought the event and in 2011 ARTcetera was relaunched. More details here: ARTcetera 2013 – Saturday, October 5th
This event raises money for GLAD; not to be confused with GLAAD. The Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders have been fighting for and advancing GLBT civil liberties since it was founded in the late 1970s. This year’s recipient of GLAD’s Spirit of Justice award will be Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall. The sitting Chief Justice who presided over the landmark Goodridge decision that was the first to rule (10 years ago) same sex marriage was legal and must be recognized. More details here: GLAD Spirit of Justice – Friday, October 25th
One of the GLBT’s largest fundraisers in Boston each year is the HRC dinner gala, this year hosted on Saturday, November 9th. At the moment, the website for this event is still a bit bare so if you have questions about the program, I’d encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org. More details here: HRC New England Dinner – Saturday, November 9th
On a particularly hot and humid August weekend, I was returning from Provincetown via ferry, when I realized nearly every island in Boston’s harbor seemed to be practically empty.
I started to wonder why these islands were not used more by the public. It seems like a missed opportunity that could be easily rectified with the proper investment.
Limited investment has already been made in Spectacle Island, and with more development one can envision this transforming into large urban beach complete with all the services associated with other beaches but with a one of a kind skyline view. Such investment would require expanding the beaches on the more protected western and southern portions of the island; building more and larger docks to encourage boaters, more ferries and water taxis; better facilities to accommodate more dining options; and of course businesses that rent kayaks, ski jets, etc…
Certainly there must be some enthusiastic MBA students who are looking for an audacious business plan. What do you think?
Today, the Boston Globe reports that a forgotten and unused train track that was used to carry freight about 100 years ago could potentially connect the Seaport District to the Back Bay.
“The state, with no fanfare, has set aside tens of millions of dollars to launch an innovative train service on a dormant rail line between a pair of the city’s most vital neighborhoods: the Seaport District and the Back Bay.
The service should be ready to go in just two years, the planning done without any of the drawn-out permitting processes or neighborhood histrionics that impede so much progress in Boston.“
Read more about this in today’s Boston Globe, here.
I would LOVE to see this happen. What are your thoughts?
The massively successful two-day music festival, Boston Calling, that was hosted this past May returns to City Hall this weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
To celebrate the return of the music festival, Gilt City is hosting a kick off party called Better Than Backstage the night before on Friday, September 6th at Royale, located at 279 Tremont Street in Boston.
Friday, Sept 6th at Royale 7:30 – 10:30 PM
The Gilt City party looks to be a lot of fun and will include cocktails and bites, as well as great music that includes a live performance by cult indie-rock favorite Okkervil River, who will also be performing at the festival on Saturday.
Purchase your tickets in advance here.