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Lady wrestlers, pig roasts, and more events this weekend

By: - Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 - 8:30am

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Just one more week of April showers left, so most of this weekend’s events are happening indoors. But then it’s all May flowers and sunshine from here on out! Or at least until the humidity kicks in and we get the occasional “summer shower” (that’s what I call it when you bump into a really sweaty guy on the T). (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.


            
            
        

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…)

Weekend events for the Irish (and Polish, Icelandic, and Roman) in you

By: - Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 - 6:41pm

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(Photo courtesy of DaPuglet/Creative Commons)

We could have easily filled this weekend’s event picks with Irish-themed pub crawls, parties and parades, but you don’t really need a formal event to celebrate St. Paddy’s, just a green shirt and a bar and some friends (friends optional). Not to mention there happen to be some great options for experiencing other European cultures. Why spend the whole weekend pretending to be Irish when you could also pretend to be Polish, Icelandic and ancient Roman? (more…)

War horses, tiger moms, and more things to do this week

By: - Monday, Mar 10, 2014 - 1:00pm

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Happy Daylight Savings Time! Here’s some stuff to do with all this extra sunlight, instead of just waiting another hour until it’s dark and you can finally start drinking. (more…)

Boston, the city that never sleeps… in

By: - Monday, Mar 10, 2014 - 12:23pm

Boston redditor DJG513 reminds us of Boston’s lackluster late-night culture:

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All that could be soon be changing as newly appointed Marty Walsh recently announced plans to appoint a “Late-Night Task Force.” Amongst various initiatives, Walsh said he plans to have the task force “look at 3:30 a.m. closings” for bars and restaurants. Read the full story via WBUR.

#youneedtofollow @thebostoncal

By: - Friday, Mar 7, 2014 - 9:49am

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“Cold sunset on the Esplanade last night.” Posted to IG by @brianmcw.

As you already know, The Boston Calendar launched an Instagram (IG as we in the biz like to call it) account less than a month ago.  We gained 332 followers and 75 posts in such a short amount of time!  Before we delve into our own Instagrammers (IGers), let’s check out who we think you should be following.  This is my biased list of the Top 10 Boston-Based Instagrams: (more…)

Former Mayor Menino holds “coffee hour” with BU students every Thursday

By: - Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 - 11:55pm

Mayor Menino has tweeted multiple times about a recurring “coffee hour” event for BU students every Thursday afternoon. The Daily Free Press (independent newspaper at BU) reports that those office hours take place at his new office (75 Bay State Road) every Thursday from 3:30 to 5p, and “any students interested in speaking with him can drop into his office and explore their city-related concerns.” There is no official event listing or anything like that, so we went ahead and put it on The Boston Calendar. Keep in mind that this event is most likely open to BU students only.

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From Menino’s twitter account

If you’re a student at BU this seems like a cool opportunity. Meet with the former mayor of Boston in a relaxed, informal setting? (more…)

How to hunt for an apartment in Boston

By: - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 - 11:11pm

Searching for an apartment in Boston is a unique process…and a big pain in the ass. 79 percent of all rentals in Boston turn over their leases between September 1st and 14th, setting the stage for aggressive rental agents and frantic tenant hopefuls. Signing on something that’s not a complete piece of shit requires some legwork and a little bit of patience. Having lived in four different apartments over eight years in Boston, I thought I’d share my experience in finding a decent place for a good price.

1) Figure out where you want to live: Budget and location are the two most important things to consider when looking for an apartment. The image below is a rental heat map put together by Jeff Kaufman — he used data from the website PadMapper. We took it a step further and added geographically accurate T stops. There’s a lot of useful info packed into this little map. For example, you can identify cheaper neighborhoods by looking at cooler colors. A quick glace at the map shows somewhat reasonable prices in Brighton Center/Oak Sq, Assembly Sq, Lower Allston, Ward 2 Somerville, and certain parts of JP and Dorchester.

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