This week’s events: Bond, blood drives, and beer dinners

By: - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 - 7:02pm

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You’re going to need something to do this week once you’ve filed your taxes and finally catch up on your Sunday-night DVR backlog. (This season of “Call the Midwife” is insane, right?) So catch a documentary, take in opening night at the theatre, give blood in exchange for pizza, or chase oysters with beer. (more…)

Parties for gamers and guac lovers, more events this weekend

By: - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 - 11:53am

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This week, take a walk down the runway, take a long look at some priceless art, and take a break from a road race to eat burgers. Oh and take a laser to some chocolate, because why not? (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…)

Robots, rhyming couplets and more events in Boston this week

By: - Monday, Apr 7, 2014 - 1:21pm

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There’s a little something for everyone coming up this week in Boston: Sonnets for Shakespeare lovers, documentaries for dancers, and food for people who consume food. People who aren’t robots, that is. Just watch out for robots this week, OK? (more…)

‘Not Art’ creator gets endorsement from Banksy

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

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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…)

Now that’s a nice picture

By: - Monday, Mar 31, 2014 - 3:45pm


Instagram God @brianmcw added the above picture to his amazing account yesterday. He captioned the photo: “Boston in the grips of a nor’easter.”

When it comes to Boston Instagram accounts, @brainmcw is in a league of his own. We have no idea how he does it, but he posts on average two stunning pictures of Boston everyday. See for yourself: @brianmcw. He claims all the photos are phone pics, which is insane.

One of our blog contributors is currently working on exclusive piece about Mr. McWilliams — check back for that soon.

Happy Monday!

Punk rock fests, pop up ramen, and more weekend events for late-night T riders

By: - Friday, Mar 28, 2014 - 11:05am


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So you’ve heard that MBTA late-night service starts tonight, but they’re only going to keep it around if it makes money. It’s basically your civic duty to go to the bar, stay until closing time, then sort of mill around on the sidewalk sharing cigarettes with strangers, searching their sad eyes for some passing hint at real human connection and, finding none, jump on the T around 2 a.m. That’s after you hit up some of these fun events happening this weekend, obviously. (more…)

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.

“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…)