Tag Archives: Boston

Bostonians love local cultcha

Free Fun FridaysA 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.

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Berklee Jazz Music festival in BostonThe 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.

Boyfriends Friday night

milky way jamaica plainBoyfriends is a gay dance night at the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain that is hosted on the 3rd Friday of each month. VJ Sean Johnson programs the one-of-a-kind live visuals, and joining resident DJ Brent Covington this month is guest DJ James Derek Dwyer from the melodic house night Plastique and the weekly Technique.

milky way jamaica plain

Source: Boyfriends Facebook Photos

Check out this friendly, no attitude crowd at the Milky Way, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain from 10:00 pm – 1:00 am.

More Details on FB here

Boston Freedom Rally this weekend

marijuanaThe 25th Anniversary Boston Freedom Rally is this Saturday and Sunday September 13th & 14th on the Boston Common starting at “High” Noon each day and concluding at 8PM.

Sergio and I have checked out this event in years past which is intended to raise awareness about cannabis.   This is actually one of the largest rallies / festivals hosted in all of the United States.

Here is a photo of the Boston Freedom Rally from a few years ago.  For more information about the event, including performance schedules for the two stages, visit their website, here.

Boston Freedom Rally

Artweek Boston 2014

ArtWeek Boston 2014Boston’s Fall Artweek (September 26 – October 5) updated their website last week.  This week encourages people to explore art through out Boston and rediscover your artsy side.

Artweek includes more than 70 free, unique and affordable events as varied as the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 27, The Art of the Cocktail: The Labor of Liquor on October 1 and a Writing workshop with GrubStreet on October 4.

You can view the full listing of events open to you on the Artweek Boston website, here.

Boston condo sale by price range

David Bates real estate blog, The Bates Real Estate Report, recently published this chart which displays the selling price ranges for four neighborhoods in Boston for the first half of 2014.Boston real estateI wish David had plotted all of Boston’s downtown neighborhoods as well as surrounding communities like Central and Harvard Square and Brookline.  However, it is interesting all the same.

My neighborhood, South End, appears to top out around $655k – 1.24m for condo sales.  No wonder people feel the need to move out of Boston to find more affordable housing.

If you live in the area and follow the real estate market, this is a blog you might want to bookmark.

2015 Boston Marathon online registration opens on Monday

Boston MarathonThe Boston Athletic Association online-only, rolling registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon opens Monday at 10 a.m. on September 8, 2014.

Just as in the past years, the runners for the 119th Boston Marathon with the fastest qualifying times in each gender and age group will be allowed to register first on baa.org, according to the race’s rolling admission policy. Other qualified runners can follow who beat the qualifying time by 20 minutes or more.

For those who simply enjoy cheering on the runners (like me), note that the Marathon will take place on Monday, April 20, 2015.