Category Archives: Free Stuff

Shakespeare on the Common opens with Richard III

bosarts, boston theater, shakespeareIt is opening night for The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) annual production of a William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. This year the CSC will present Richard III with performances running through Sunday, August 5th. Performances take place Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; with a 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5th.

Richard III
July 18 – August 5, 2018
FREE and open to the public

csc, commonwealth shakespeare company, boston theater, bosartsThe image above shows the location of the theater production on the Boston Common. I suggest arriving early to ensure you can be within sight of the stage. When I attend, I like to make a quick stop at the Roche Bros in Downtown Crossing to stock up on snacks and drinks – food is available on the Common but options are somewhat limited.

Need a quick overview of this Machiavellian monarch Shakespeare dedicates an entire play to? Here is a quick recap of Richard III (as told by Shakespeare).

Shakespeare takes over the Boston Common

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Photo from OffWestEnd.com

One week from today The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) will once again host their annual production of a William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. Opening night will be Wednesday, July 18th and performances will run through Sunday, August 5th. Performances take place Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; with a 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5th.

Richard III
Directed by Steven Maler
July 18 – August 5, 2018
FREE and open to the public

csc, commonwealth shakespeare company, boston theater, bosartsThe image above shows the location of the theater production on the Boston Common. I suggest arriving early to ensure you can be within sight of the stage. When I attend, I like to make a quick stop at the Roche Bros in Downtown Crossing to stock up on snacks and drinks – food is available on the Common but options are somewhat limited.

Need a quick overview of this Machiavellian monarch Shakespeare dedicates an entire play to? Here is a quick recap of Richard III (as told by Shakespeare).

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular tonight

Source: Boston.com Calendar

Boston hosts a very large 4th of July celebration that is free and open to the public.  The Spectacular is held at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, and the gates have already opened – with tens of thousands squatting small spaces along the thin line of grass that hugs the Charles River. However there is still plenty of time to get down there if interested because the actual concert doesn’t start until 8 p.m., and the fireworks show begins at 10:30 p.m.

Where to watch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
This year the program will be broadcast live on both Bloomberg TV and WHDH-TV, beginning at 8:00 PM. The entire concert and fireworks display will also be available to live stream at Bloomberg.com, Boston.com, and the local gay bar, Cathedral Station, will be showing the event live from their bar if you want to watch with friends but not have to deal with the crowds.

This year’s line up
Massachusetts-native Rachel Platten will headline the show this year. She will be joined by the Indigo Girls, as will Broadway star and EGOT-winner Rita Moreno and Broadway star Natlie Cortez, who will be starring in the world premiere of Moulin Rouge The Musical which will start its pre-Broadway run at the Emerson Colonial starting July 10th. The Boston Pops will also pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein, a Lawrence native, Harvard alumnus, and former music director of the New York Philharmonic.

More information
The Boston Globe has a list of items you cannot bring past security check points. To read that full list link here (and scroll down). And for any other details you might want to know, check out the event’s official webpage,  bostonpopsjuly4th.org.

Free outdoor summer movies in Boston

movies, kittySummer in Boston = free outdoor movies are playing nearly every night. Most movies start around dusk but for details about times and  locations check the links included for each showing. Outdoor summer movies can make for fun evenings with friends or a nice date night.

Thursday, July 5           Hocus Pocus in Revere at Kelly’s Roast Beef
Thursday, July 5            Artificial Intelligence at the Lawn on D
Friday, July 6                 Field of Dreams at Rowes Wharf
Saturday, July 7            The Lion King at the Prudential Center
Thursday, July 12         Faces Places (Visages Villages) at the MFA
Thursday, July 12         The Lion King in Revere at Reinstein Bandstand
Friday, July 13               The Lion King at Rowes Wharf
Friday, July 13               The Emoji Movie at Rowes Wharf
Saturday, July 14          SING! at the Prudential Center
Thursday, July 19         Back to the Future in Revere at Kelly’s Roast Beef
Friday, July 20              Splash at Rowes Wharf
Friday, July 20              Elf at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, July 21          Coco at the Prudential Center
Thursday, July 26        Coco in Revere at Reinstein Bandstand
Thursday, July 26        Lincoln at the Lawn on D
Friday, July 27              Wizard of Oz at Rowes Wharf
Friday July 27               Cars 3 at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, July 28         Wonder at the Prudential Center

Thursday, August 2    Moana in Revere at Kelly’s Roast Beef
Thursday, August 2    The Nut Job II at Town Field – Dorchester
Friday, July August 3 Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 3          Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 4     The Incredibles at the Prudential Center
Monday August 6        Leap! at Fallon Playground – Rozzie
Wednesday, August 8The Lego Ninja Movie at Ronan Park Dorchester
Thursday, August 9    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind at the MFA
Thursday, August 9   Thor: Ragnarok in Revere at Reinstein Bandstand
Thursday, August 9    Paddington 2 at Doherty Playground, Charlestown
Friday, August 10       The Karate Kid at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 10       Coco at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 11   Mulan at the Prudential Center
Monday, August 13     Peter Rabbit at Medal of Honor Park, Southie
Thursday, August 16  Sing! at Ramsay Park in Roxbury
Friday, August 17       Hook at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 17       Beauty and the Beast at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 18  Tarzan at the Prudential Center
Monday, August 20   Despicable Me 3 at Hardiman Field Allston/Brighton
Tuesday, August 21   Cars 3 at Walker Playground in Mattapan
Tuesday, August 21   The Incredible Shrinking Man on the Greenway 
Tuesday, August 21   Revenge of the Creature on the Greenway
Thursday, August 23 Coco at Hynes Playground in W. Roxbury
Friday, August 24      Dr. No at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 24      Thor: Ragnock at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 25  A Wrinkle in Time at the Prudential Center
Monday, August 27   Beauty and the Beast at Brophy Park – East Boston
Thursday, August 30 The Emoji Movie at Iacono Playground, Hyde Park
Friday, August 31       Out of Africa at Rowes Wharf

Friday, Sept. 7              Black Panther at the Frog Pond, Boston Common
Thursday, Sept. 13      The Wicker Man at the MFA
Friday, Sept. 21           Karate Kid at the Frog Pond, Boston Common

World Naked Bike Ride Boston in one month

WNBRThe annual World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is one month from today and for those who would like to participate, check out the World Naked Bike Ride Boston Facebook page and the official event website, wnbrboston.com. For those of you unfamiliar with this annual ride, the WNBR is a clothing optional global protest to call for more bike-friendly streets.

The starting location of this year’s ride won’t be announced until Thursday, July 19th. A pre-party (date TBA) will begin at 6PM and the ride will start at 8PM on Saturday, July 21. Let me know if you plan on participating in this year’s ride. I’d love to hear more about this year’s ride.

7th Annual Japan Festival April 28-29

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In 2012, the first Japan Festival Boston was hosted, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the friendship gift of cherry blossom trees from Kyoto (the sister city of Boston) to Washington D.C. This year marks the seventh annual Japan Festival in Boston on the Boston Common (April 28-29).

For those of you who enjoy Japanese food note that Saturday (1PM – 6PM) there will be nearly a dozen vendors selling some of the best ramen noodle you can find in Boston. On Sunday (11AM – 5PM), additional booths will be open, workshops will be ongoing as well as stage performances, a cosplay contest and more. For more information about this year’s festival, visit their website, www.japanfestivalboston.org, and if you are fascinated by Japanese culture be sure to check out The Japan Society of Boston.

The History Project presents: Rebuilding the historical closet

gay boston, Out of the ArchivesNext Thursday join The History Project for their latest installment from the Out of the Archives Series. A free series of intimate events featuring focused topics, interesting discussions and selected photos /documents from the History Project Archives. This program features local author, Robert Fieseler (shown above).

RSVP before this event fills to capacity (no cost)

Thursday, May 3rd || 6:00 – 8:00 PM
The History Project at 29 Stanhope St.

While writing Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, author Robert Fieseler spent much time and effort recreating the context of “the closet” of 1973 – a societal condition that now puzzles LGBTQ+ youth, as well as many allies who prefer to overlook their past attitudes. Fieseler will discuss this part of his writing process, and his research into the fire and its ramifications.

Doors and reception at 6:00PM, talk begins at 6:30, followed by a short Q&A. This talk will be in The Geo. Johnson Room, on the 2nd floor of 29 Stanhope St.

Public art in Boston

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The Appeal to the Great Spirit dominates the MFA Boston entrance and is one of my favorite pieces of public art in Boston

WBUR recently published The 50 Best Works of Public Art in Greater Boston, ranked. WBUR Arts reporter, Greg Cook, opens the article pointing to past criticisms by other Boston art critics who complain of a lack of imagination and a history of having too many sculptures of sports heroes and old white politicians.

Boston’s public art isn’t what is stodgy as much as it might be those whining art critics who must only walk around Beacon Hill, The Back Bay and Government Center. If they ever visited other neighborhoods they might be surprised by what they see. While I agree that Boston has a ton of art dedicated to athletes and politicians let’s remember this is a sports town of the first order and there was this little thing called the American Revolution which started here so we should have a lot of those statues – it’s what the tourists come here to see.

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Brazilian street artists, Os Gemeos’s, 70′ x 70′ mural in Dewey Square was the first temporary art installation on the Greenway, Aug 1 – Nov 25, 2012

I have to compliment Cook on his list of public art, but in this blog post I’ve added a few favorites of mine which didn’t make his list. Notably I’d like to also share a 2015 article from Boston Magazine, which was dedicated to the amazing street art that dominates much of Allston, Neighborhood Public Art: Allston.

I would also like to give a shout out to the Underground Ink Block park, which opened last year and I think was overlooked. It shares more creative graffiti street art under the I-93 expressway along the South End / Southie border. Below are some examples of what you’ll find in this new park.South End Parkstreet art, graffiti art, south endstreet art, graffiti art, south end

 

SoWa Open Market opens on May 6th

SoWa Open Market returns on Sunday, May 6, 2018

In four weeks the SoWa Open Market 15th season will open and this year the organizers have announced a new beer hall and taproom, housed in the iconic SoWa Power Station will be a part of the market every Sunday, from May 6 through October 28, 2018. Partnering with the Craft Collective, more than 60 curated “adult beverages” from local breweries will be featured in this year’s “SoWa Beer Barn”. In addition to great beer, there will also be lawn games, live music, yoga classes, and lots of food trucks.

In addition to the new beer hall and food trucks located by the Gaslight parking lot, further up the street the Market will host their weekly farmer’s market as well and continue to feature artisans every Sunday, May 6 – October 28, 2018 from 10 AM – 4 PM.

More information about the SoWa Open Market

Pathways to Freedom: Boston public art project

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Rendering of “Pathways to Freedom” on the Boston Common. From The Jewish Arts Collaborative

The Jewish Arts Collaborative has engaged American sculptor, Julia Vogl, to create a public piece of temporary art on the Boston Common that will be inspired by dialogue about freedom and immigration in Boston. Her artwork will reflect the 2,000 conversations she will have in the coming weeks, asking people from all backgrounds about their journeys to freedom.

Drawing inspiration from these stories, Vogl will create a larger than life visual representation that will be on display to the public from on display from April 25 to May 2 on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common.

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Would you like to be involved in this public art project?
Vogl is inviting the public to meet up with her at scheduled “encounters” around Greater Boston. These encounters started this week and will run through Sunday, April 8. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to answer four multiple-choice questions about freedom and immigration on an iPad and decorate a button that is fashioned after a seder plate.

For more information about this project link here: Pathways to Freedom.

This summer Shakespeare on the Common will present Richard III

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Photo from OffWestEnd.com

In case you missed it, earlier this month The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) announced that they will return with annual free performances of William Shakespeare on the Boston Common this summer.

This year’s production, Richard III, will run from July 18 – August 5 over by the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common. Performances will be Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; with one 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 4.

Richard III
Directed by Steven Maler
July 18 – August 5, 2018
FREE and open to the public

Boston’s No Pants Subway Ride is Jan. 7th

Mark your calendars for Boston’s 12th annual No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 7th from 2-5PM.  Details for participating in the No Pants Subway Ride will be posted on the event page here.

If you are still unsure of what this is all about check out my video of all the fun from Boston’s 2013 No Pants Subway Ride.

Boston’s Santa Speedo Run is Saturday, Dec. 9th

If you find yourself in Back Bay tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon you may want to head over to Boylston Street to see the 18th annual SSR (Santa Speedo Run). Scheduled to take place at 1PM, runners will line up at the intersection of Boylston and Gloucester Street (in front of the Hynes).

This annual tradition which has inspired more than a dozen similar runs in cities through out North America and Europe starts outside of Lir at 903 Boylston Street. Come down to check out all the activity. After a slight warm up the middle of this week it looks like tomorrow’s weather could be quite chilly so the runners can use all the support they can get.

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Boston’s HUBweek starts this week

HUBweek (October 10-15) is a citywide festival that celebrates innovation  in art, science and technology. The amazing event starts tomorrow and while events will take place all over the city most take place in Boston’s City Hall Plaza, which has been transformed with dozens of art installations and six geodesic domes.

Thought leaders like Malcolm Gladwell, Deepak Chopra, Atul Gawande and more will speak and networking programs have been organized to allow people to  connect with some of the areas most impactful start-ups (all for free).

HUBweek is about bringing together Boston’s incredible creative economy. Come and join this amazing week of events but be sure to register first!  Learn more here: hubweek.org

Boston Freedom Rally: Sept 15-17

Hempfest BostonThe 28th Boston Freedom Rally is the largest annual gathering of pro-marijuana supporters on the East Coast and the second largest festival of it’s kind in the world, surpassed only by Seattle’s Hempfest. So unless you are planning to fly out to Seattle this is a unique opportunity to experience a fun, peaceful multi-day festival / rally on Boston Common that features live music, arts and crafts as well as food for all those munchies that you’re bound to experience.

Boston Freedom Rally starts this afternoon and runs from 12-8PM on Saturday and then again from 12-6PM on Sunday. The rally is organized by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCANN), the state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) also known as MassCann/NORML.