category: Allston/Brighton

Pickle parties, burlesque boys, and more weekend events

By: - Friday, May 30, 2014 - 11:40am

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If you didn’t make it to Boston Calling last weekend, you probably got pretty sick of reading and hearing about it all week. Well now’s your chance to go do something pretty fun, and then totally exaggerate how fun it was to make your friends jealous. A few of your options: Seeing classic movies back in theaters, drinking at the zoo, and crushing a couple kegs of pickles. (more…)

Air guitars, real guitars, and more events this weekend

By: - Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 11:08am

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Can’t make it to Boston Calling this weekend? Don’t just sit around getting angrier and angrier whenever your friends Instagram pics of their hippie-chic outfits (just kidding, we’re not Coachella so that’s not really a thing, at least I hope it isn’t). Check out a couple smaller music fests — one so awesome it put awesome in its own name — plus an after party featuring one of Boston Calling’s rising local acts. (more…)

Punk rockers, VJ throwdowns, and more events this week

By: - Monday, May 12, 2014 - 4:10pm

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The Together festival kicked off last night, so we could have easily filled up this week’s event picks with performances, screenings, panels and parties. But the festival isn’t the only way to get some art and music in your life this week: Check out some improv comedy, live jazz, or just punk rockers wearing pasties. Sure, that counts as art. (more…)

Robots, records, roller derbies and more weekend events

By: - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 - 10:11am

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The world descends on Boston with a very special Marathon Monday coming up, and the city’s slate of events rises to the occasion. If you’re hanging out with any runners this weekend, remember that it’s just good etiquette to pay for their beers. They need the carbs, after all. (more…)

Meet the man behind Boston’s hottest IG account: @brianmcw

By: - Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 - 1:20am

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Haven’t we all, from time to time, questioned ourselves whether this is a good picture? Even photographers frequently don’t know how to think about pictures. We tend to say “I like it” and then, when it comes to “why is it nice,” often it goes unanswered. If vision is the ultimate end to end tool, I can’t help but wonder if the way we see, or better yet look at the world, could be frankly very subjective. Having said that, we can not ignore one exception to the rule: Brian!

Brian learned photography in the auto-didactic manner and there isn’t a day that goes by without experimenting on new angles and places or improving the style and texture of a picture. His gallery offers dynamic views of the city, illuminated with lyrical sensitivity. Lucky enough to spend some time with Brian, we are going to unfold the way he shaped his IG account through this last year and discover the aspects that have made him Boston’s favorite “Iger.”

To start, when was your “initiation” to Instagram? Were you into  photography before that?

Not really. I always thought it was weird that people obsessed over those little square photos on their phones. But then I started instagramming my walk to work last April, and now I am as obsessed as anyone.

Acorn Street by @brianmcw

What kind of camera do you use and what is your most used application before uploading a picture? (more…)

‘Not Art’ creator gets endorsement from Banksy

By: - Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 - 12:38am

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Photo via @thebostoncal on Instagram

Somerville, MA — Bansky will reportedly be just outside of Boston, MA next weekend scouting locations for his newest project, Exit Through the Landfill. This groundbreaking film will highlight the work of the mostly unknown NOT ART guy of Somerville.

Banksy revealed in an interview yesterday with UK’s Aesthetica magazine he considers NOT ART to be in the same leauge as Brisbane graffiti artist Fintan Magee. In the article Banksy was quoted, “Not Art captures quite clearly the notion that, what looks like art, is infact not, not art.”

If you live in Boston chances are you have seen the words “NOT ART” tagged on open-air objects. On February 3rd WGBH’s Abbie Ruzicka interviewed the NOT ART creator in which the artist ranted, “We’re so sick of seeing Picassos sell for millions of dollars just because they say Picasso. You know, people aren’t looking at the art any more, they’re looking at the signature. And Not Art in itself is a signature.”

I have to admit, the idea of a local artist backed by Banksy is exciting and could stencil Somerville, MA on the map.


            
            
        

Chili-eating contests, parties for runners, and more events this week

By: - Monday, Mar 31, 2014 - 5:37pm

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Miley Cyrus brings her Bangerz Tour to the Garden on Wednesday, and I thought about recommending it as kind of an April Fools (sorry, Foolz) joke. But you’re smarter than that, right? Go out and see some theatre, or learn something about art and science, instead of watching Miley twerk on a replica of the Bunker Hill Monument while wearing a bikini constructed from Mike Napoli’s beard. (more…)

Spring into, um, spring with Madonna parties, sci-fi cons and more weekend events

By: - Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 - 6:16pm

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Happy first day of spring! That’s according to my official Labrador Retriever-themed wall calendar, not some rodent from Pennsylvania, of all places. Get out there and celebrate the slow but delightful realization that the sun, in addition to providing light, also functions as a source of heat. (more…)

The person behind Boston’s fastest growing twitter account: @OnlyInBOS

By: - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 - 12:01am

It isn’t your average Sunday morning coffee date when you get the chance to spend it chatting with the Bostonian behind the Twitter handle we all look to for the latest on Boston happenings. I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with the @OnlyinBOS at Pavement Coffeehouse on Boylston to find out a little more about how the account works, the success behind the tweets, and how this person created this well known Boston persona all within the constraints of 140 characters.

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Let’s kick things off by asking you about the local king of 140 characters, @BostonTweet. Have you met Tom? Are you trying to do something similar to him? If not, what makes your account different?

I have not formally met @BostonTweet, but we have been at the same events. (more…)

17 St. Patrick’s Day events in Boston

By: - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 - 9:10pm

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Four rules for making the most of St. Patrick’s Day in Boston:

1. I don’t care what some of these event titles say — it’s St. Paddy’s, not St. Patty’s (from the Irish Pádraig).

2. There’s a parade on Sunday but that doesn’t mean we won another sports championship. I know, it’s weird. The parade starts at 1 so plan your drinking accordingly.

3. I don’t know, maybe drink some water? Also, green beer contains no vitamin C. Eat a lime or something so you don’t get scurvy.

4. Don’t be this girl.

All set? Great. Now here’s six days worth of St. Paddy’s Day parties, concerts, pub crawls and more: (more…)