A lesson in fundraising

By: - Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 - 4:33pm

After learning about the tragic deaths of Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Mike Kennedy I wondered if there was anything The Boston Calendar could do to help. As I normally do, I checked the homepage of my favorite online Boston community, r/Boston. There was a post there titled “How do we *actually* honor our fallen firefighters?” The most popular idea in that thread was to set up a scholarship fund for Lt. Walsh’s three children (even the top comment mentioned it). My gut instinct was “yes, that’s is a great idea.” So I immediately created an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising money for the scholarship fund.

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“Boston’s finest” (posted to Instagram by pweiskel08)

What I failed to think through is whether a fundraiser (more…)

Jumpstart’s Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Gala

By: - Sunday, Mar 23, 2014 - 4:15pm

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On March 8th, Jumpstart’s Young Professional Board turned a chilly winter night, into an elegant Phantom of the Opera themed Masquerade charity gala for 225 attendees. Hosted in the Seaport area, the event featured a live D.J., h’or deourves, a silent auction, and an open bar with Phantom of the Opera themed drinks from Bully Boy Distillery (+1 for making tasty and strong drinks).  My compliments to the planning committee of the event, who really put in thoughtful details to play up the Phantom of the Opera/classy gothic theme. Red roses, candelabras, and masks were displayed on tables and the photo booth (which is now standard in any event I ever attend) had pearl necklaces and Venetian style masks to add to the experience. Many of the attendees played along with the theme, donning their masks, some in capes and long gowns. It felt as though we had transported back to early 1900’s France, aside from the twenty something year olds taking selfies, the quesadillas, and Katy Perry music playing in the background. (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…)

Jonathan Richman’s Boston

By: - Monday, Mar 17, 2014 - 2:04pm

The wonderful Jonathan Richman is playing three shows at the Middle East this week: Wednesday, March 19; Thursday, March 20; and Friday, March 21. This article relates a few thoughts on his Boston-centric songs and offers a recommended listening list.

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Jonathan Richman is the greatest of all Boston tunesmiths. There. I said it. Someone had to.

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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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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…)

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…)

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.

Somerville syrup, Brooklyn beats, and more things to do this weekend

By: - Friday, Mar 7, 2014 - 11:57am

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Take a break from your “True Detective” binge to crown Boston’s king of wings, sample some local maple syrup, and see a local institution’s milestone performance. Or don’t, it doesn’t really matter because time is a flat circle and everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again. (more…)