Enjoyment doesn’t have to be expensive.
What I love about Boston during the summertime is its pool of attractions that are both budget-friendly and entertaining. One of the major highlights of the season is Free Fun Fridays, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. In its 7th year, this 10-week program running till August 28th grants free public admission to over 70 cultural destinations throughout Massachusetts. With the day off, I paid a visit to one of the featured sites, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Home to the Seaport District since 2006, the museum has energized the city’s art scene and garnered international attention.
Have you ever watched a video and wondered how it ever left the household? Imagine an entire festival dedicated to screening the oddest and most jaw-dropping compilations rarely heard of, and multiply that times infinity. Last Thursday, the Found Footage Festival held its Salute to Weirdos show at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline. Hosted by Brooklyn Brewery as part of its month-long Mash Series, this touring showcase was the brainchild of Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Letterman). Throughout their travels in the U.S., the curators browsed endlessly through thrift stores and bargain basements to uncover the most obscure and delightful VHS treasures.
“I’m not looking for a hand out, I’m looking for a hand up.”
When people get together for a worthy cause, the result is truly empowering. Last weekend, I was fortunate to attend the Center for Women and Enterprise 2015 Annual Auction & Gala at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. CWE is a non-profit that provides professional guidance and resources to aspiring female entrepreneurs. After 20 successful years, the organization has become a prominent force in the New England region, offering thorough in-class training and networking opportunities.
Field trips aren’t just for kids.
This weekend, Kendall Square was put under the microscope. As part of the Cambridge Science Festival series, I attended the Innovations of Cambridge Tour to learn about one of Boston’s most flourishing neighborhoods for scientific and technological advancement.
“A visual image is a simple thing, a picture that enters the eyes”
~Roy H. Williams
From dusk to dawn, our day unfolds as a moving picture series. Inundated by countless images, only few things manage to stand out and provoke a human reaction. Therefore, from the artist’s standpoint, how does one make a lasting impression? At the Bring Your Own Beamer: Projector Party, hosted by Downeast Cider House in Charlestown, Boston’s inspiring talent sought to answer this question by inviting the public to an interactive art bash.
What happens when arcades and ale get together?
A gamer’s paradise is created.
A taste of an alternate universe was just what the doctor ordered. Feeling beat down by one of Boston’s snowiest seasons on record, it was imperative to put a halt to the hibernation for a night of geeking-out galore. Last Saturday, Somerville favorite Aeronaut Brewing Company hosted Bit Fest 2, a celebration of classic video games for its die-hard enthusiasts.
The Super Bowl is as big as it gets for prime time advertising.
Just how big? We’re talking about the most-watched event of the sports season. This year’s game brought in a record-breaking 114.4 million viewers (TVLine). Unsurprisingly, a spectacle of this magnitude came at a hefty price, with 30-second spots fetching as high as $4.5 million (Forbes). Put in a “go big or go home” situation, national brands faced the pressure of delivering a memorable commercial. From entertaining to shocking, ads vied for the world’s attention, but few found that winning formula. Here are my top three picks for Super Bowl XLIX: Continue Reading
“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”
It wasn’t long before I found my way back to the SoWa district to witness Illuminus, Boston’s first annual Nuit Blanche. This public nighttime festival originated in Paris back in the early 2000s and has caught on worldwide since. Over 40 local artists joined together to integrate light,motion, and creative expression with Harrison Avenue.
Who said Sunday was the day of rest?
Rather than hitting the snooze button on repeat, I took advantage of a gorgeous blue-sky morning and headed over to the SoWa open market in the South End. Short for “South of Washington,” the market has grown to host an array of artists, farmers, and craftsmen throughout its nine year history.
Within a three block radius stretching from Harrison Ave to Thayer Street, visitors were thrown into a shopper’s paradise. Rows of lily-white tents displayed works from local designers, while the scent of artisan cheeses and baked goods filled the air. My eyes veered towards the towering brick buildings, and my gut told me there were more treats lurking inside. Like uncovering a treasure chest, I stumbled upon SoWa’s vintage hideout. Set up in a former warehouse, scores of classic items like posters, jewelry, and antiques laid out beautifully for buyers to take sight of. Continue Reading
Thunderous applause, electrifying sounds, stunning visual backdrops: sounds like your typical concert experience right?
Not so fast.
Last Friday, the U.S. Army’s Spirit of America 2014 Tour made a memorable stop at the TD Garden. Organized by volunteers, this tradition dates back as far as World War II to celebrate the military community. Friends, family, and supporters were treated to historical reenactments, from the Ride of Paul Revere to the controversial Vietnam War. Beautifully choreographed routines from the U.S Army Band Pershing’s Own and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, were also put on display.
In addition, the program paid tribute to our unsung heroes, like the female pilots who transported warplanes with key necessities to military bases, to the men of color who defended our country despite racial tensions. These scenes captured the bravery and dedication exemplified by soldiers, as well as the doubts and perils they faced.