By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
Earlier this month, CNN released its Top 10 Heroes of 2013 list, shedding light on average individuals attempting to make a difference.
This year’s winners partake in a wide range of causes such as providing shelter for disabled veterans and helping inner-city children stay off the streets. Each hero is rewarded $50,000 for their philanthropic efforts and will be honored at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” airing on Dec. 1.
2013 has been a crazy year for Boston and there are plenty of people who deserve to be recognized for their efforts to keep our city intact. Here are my “Top 3 Boston Heroes of 2013″:
No matter how the World Series turns out (preferably with a title), the success of the Red Sox is arguably the best sports story in Boston this year. Following their worst season since 1965, the Sox had a strong 2013 season with 97 wins to only 65 losses. They became the 11 team in major league history to go from worst in the division to first the following season. They finished this year tied with the Cardinals for the best record in baseball. What a year for the team!
With the mayoral election coming up next week, it’s only right to salute the man who has kept Boston in check for the past two decades. As Thomas Menino enters his final months in office, the 70-year-old Boston native remains a popular figure amongst city residents. Some of his accomplishments include improving the Boston Schools system and founding the Innovation District. And the little things, such as fixing potholes and revitalizing neighborhoods. Many are sad to see him go but he felt it was time to pack up the cleats. Mr. Menino, we’ll miss you!
Boston Police Department, Watertown Police Department, First Responders, and Good Samaritans at the Boston Marathon
The unthinkable occurred at this year’s Boston Marathon. A day of celebration and triumph quickly turned into a tragedy. Two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three and injuring over 260. Instead of fleeing the area, many bystanders ran to helpless individuals injured on the ground to keep them calm and ensure that help was on the way. The help came in the form of first responders. Their primary goal was identifying injured individuals and getting them to hospitals as fast as they could. Four days after the attack, the Watertown Police Department along with the Boston Police Department killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspects, and captured the other, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On behalf of Boston and the state of Massachusetts, I would like to salute all the heroes, recognized or unsung, of the Boston Marathon.
Boston is a tough and resilient town, and so are its heroes.
By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
The month of October has officially marked the transition from summer to fall here in Boston. I’m definitely not used to it getting this cold this early in the year (I’m a Southern girl, folks!).
In order to take full advantage of this sweater weather, some friends and I decided to take a trip to Boston’s SoWa Open Market. The market is located in the South End, which means it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away. Actually, it was more of a stroll, subway ride, then trek away, but because it was a sunny day, we didn’t mind.
Upon arriving at the vintage market, we noticed the two sections: one side had food products while the other had all the fun knick knacks you’d expect to see at an outdoor market.
We began by exploring the food section and discovered all the local food fare that Boston had to offer. Fresh harvest fruits and veggies, tons of jellies and preserves and even hot sauces were an option in this parking lot-turned-market. As we looked around, the vendors gave out plenty of samples, which helped fill our bellies after the long walk it took to get there.
When we finished checking out each stand, we decided to move on to the dark side (yes, they did have cookies thanks to the “Cookie Monstah” food truck!).
It wasn’t really the dark side, just the other section of the market that sold non-food items. We saw tons of vendors selling clothes, scarves, accessories and other home decor. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the posing boards! You know, the ones where there’s a hole cut out for someone’s head and there’s a funny body on the front? After a couple pictures with those, our day was officially made.
While searching for something special, I noticed a fashion truck that was selling clothes inside its little trailer body. That’s where I found them: fleece-lined leggings. That’s right people, LEGGINGS LINED WITH FLEECE.
There is definitely a rule somewhere that says that you can’t just walk away from such a tremendous purchase, there’s no way! After handing over a mere $20 for these soft, fuzzy tights, I emerged from the truck victorious. It ended up being the only thing I spent money on all day, which is a pretty cool thing to say as a young college student.
I really wish I could tell you all to go to the SoWa market because I had an amazing time there. Unfortunately, this past weekend was the last opportunity to visit, which means we’ll all just have to go back next year. And there’s not a doubt in my mind that I will!
By Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Staff Writer
“You have to draw from something, but to the extent that people feel that it’s touching them now and it’s applicable to their daily listening, I think that you can be retro and current at the same time,” he said in a phone interview with the Daily Free Press.
King is on tour again, a state that’s become all-too familiar after the three-year period of tours between the band’s first album, “Picking Up the Pieces”and their most current album, “More than Just a Dream.” The tour for the new album began earlier this month, and they return to Boston Monday night to play House of Blues with Capital Cities for their “Bright Futures” tour.
“To show up in Boston and have people know who were are and sing along with our songs… It’s all really humbling,” King said.
The band will mainly feature songs from their newest album, which fuses the repurposed ‘60s soul vibe of “Picking Up the Pieces” with ‘80s synth pop and modern indie dance music. While writing “More than Just a Dream,” all of the members of the band exchanged iPods and talked about a new sound for a new album – and the change is drastic.
While just as catchy as “Picking Up the Pieces,” “More than Just a Dream” is designed for the live audience, as lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick verified in an interview with the Charleston City Paper. Still in the early days of the tour, it’s hard to say how this ideal will play out, but the reputation the band has for an energetic live show suggests a fun evening at House of Blues tonight.
Tickets were still available at the time this article was published. Check out the band’s latest music video, “The Walker,” before the show tonight below:
By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
Hello, hello! It’s time again for advice from yours truly.
On today’s agenda, we have the ever confusing (but necessary) topic of transportation. As a non-Bostonian, I can tell you how difficult it was to accept that a car was not the only means of transportation. At first, I didn’t understand how anyone got around.
However, I realized that one of the great things about Boston is that the public transportation is top notch. If you don’t believe me, try coming to California – there’s a reason we only use cars.
For you clueless souls, here’s a breakdown of some of the public transportation around BU:
1. The T (Subway)
The T is just a subway that can take you to just about anywhere you desire around Boston, whether that’s Newbury or the Financial District. The best part is, there are stops everywhere up and down Commonwealth Avenue (conveniently right in front of West and Warren).
Here’s where you ask me how do you differentiate between inbound and outbound.
Inbound means that you’ll be heading towards Government Center, and outbound means you’ll be traveling away from Government Center.
To make things easier, get a Charlie Card from the nearest T station (Kenmore) and load some money onto it. This way, the fare is cheaper and you don’t have to spend precious minutes getting a ticket.
2. BU Shuttle
One of the best and worst parts of BU is the BU Shuttle. Best part? It’s free, and it makes many stops up and down Commonwealth Avenue. It’s incredibly convenient when you have back-to-back classes (especially if they’re from East to West campus or vice versa).
Bad part? They are so unreliable. More often than not, they’re a couple minutes late due to traffic which doesn’t seem like a big deal but when you’re in a hurry, it’s going to be a huge deal.
There are a few apps that facilitate catching the bus – the schedule on the actual BU app & an app called BU Transit (which tells you simply how many minutes you’ll have to wait for the next bus).
Boston isn’t known as a walking city for nothing. It’s free – a college student’s dream. Plus, this way, you really get to experience Boston by seeing and exploring the city you’re going to be living in for the next four years. Also, it’s guaranteed that you won’t get off at the wrong stop (though you getting lost is a different story).
Hopefully you’re not as scared to take a leap of faith on get on the T or trust that the BUS will come on time after this. And of course, always look both ways and especially watch out for bicyclists when you’re walking or even when you’re trying to walk over to a T stop.
By Deborah Wong, Staff Writer
Gather around, book lovers and inspiring artists!
It’s that time of that year in Boston where book lovers unite at Copley Square to share their love for the power of words. The fifth-annual Boston Book Festival will be bustling with people attending fiction-writing seminars, listening to inspiring authors about their artistic endeavors and swaying to the music of a local band. Here are the top five events that will inspire all you young writers, artists and visionaries out there:
11 a.m., Oct. 19
Trinity Forum, Copley Square
Authors Andrew Goldstein, Douglas Kennedy and Randy Susan Meyers will read their newest novels that explore the topics of lives, secrets and lies. Each author will taking the audience through a roller coaster ride of suspense and leaving them pondering over psychological questions by the end of the seminar.
3 p.m., Oct. 19
Boston Common Carver, 40 Trinity Place
Sam Wolfe Connelly, the illustrator of the new Folio Society edition of “The Great Gatsby”, will describe his creative journey of putting the classic novel into modern society but also staying true to that lifetime’s style. This event is perfect for illustrators, graphic designers and layout designers (or even those who love the style of the 1920’s).
2 p.m., Oct. 19
Old South Mary Norton, 645 Bolyston St.
For those writers who are looking for a breakthrough, bring your best fiction stories, stand in the spotlight with the microphone in front of you and present your masterpiece. The Drum, an audio literary magazine, will record each story and choose the best ones for publication in their magazine.
2:15 p.m., Oct. 19
Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St.
Living in the technology era, it’s important (and absolutely riveting) to discuss how digital technology will change how we create and display art. This event is for artists who need to know how to use the newest technology to help break through their creative boundaries. Multimedia artist Clifford Ross and photographer Abelardo Morell will present how they used technology in their artworks.
3:30 p.m., Oct. 19
Boston Common Hancock, 40 Trinity Place
Journalists and witnesses of the Boston Marathon will come together and unfold what was going through their mind as they were covering one of the biggest stories of the year. Prepare to come with questions for the panelists, which include Carlos Arredondo, Kristen Daley, Marc Furcarile, Scott Helman, Charles Krupa and Jenna Russell.
By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Cherry blossoms, cotton candy and girls in frilly lace dresses are just some of the many possibilities that might come to mind when one thinks of the color pink.
From the palest shades of amaranth to the more vibrant fuchsia and magenta, since the later half of the 20th century, the color pink has been associated with romance, flowers, delicateness, femininity and even boldness.
“Think Pink,” the newest exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, prompts visitors to reflect on the meaning of the color pink as it has evolved through time, be it through its evolution in the use of fashion and accessories, or its association with social and gender classification. The exhibit highlights several dresses from the collection of the late Evelyn Lauder, who was known for creating the pink ribbon as a symbol for breast cancer awareness in 1992. It also showcases a handful of works from other influential designers, such as Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.
On Friday, I went to the Museum of Fine Arts for the very first time in an effort to get a much-needed breath of fresh air and explore areas off-campus. As someone who’s had a lifelong aversion to all things pink, I was pleasantly surprised by how fascinating I found the exhibit.
Though it was smaller than I was expecting it to be, its size by no means limits the message it aims to create. Rather than overwhelming visitors in a splash of pink, the exhibit draws one’s eyes to the artfully selected pieces on display. It doesn’t fail to capture one’s attention and stir intriguing topics to dwell on, with captions explaining how pink hadn’t been associated with femininity until the 1920s. Before that, both boys and girls wore pink undergarments and it wasn’t uncommon for men to wear pink formal suits. It wasn’t until the 19th century when darker business suits became trendy for men.
“Think Pink” opened last Thursday, coinciding with the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The exterior of the museum will also be illuminated in pink every night for the rest of October.
The exhibit can be found in the Loring Gallery (Gallery 276) and will be open to the public until May 26, 2014. Entry to the Museum of Fine Arts is free for BU students with identification.
By Olivia Shur, Staff Writer
Within two seconds after stepping through the backstage area of 19th Amendment’s fashion show on Saturday, I was surrounded by complete chaos or, shall I say, organized chaos.
Clothes were hung all along the top of dressing screens, waiting for models to slip into them. The entire right side of the room had been taken over by hair and makeup artists, who were hastily beautifying away – and making the entire room smell like hairspray. Designers were running around, making sure all of their outfits were runway-ready. I approached one of the calmer-looking ones, and she not only eagerly showed me her collection, but explained the woes of the fashion industry as well.
“The fashion world can be so crucial sometimes. Either you’re in or you’re out,” said Jesenia Lopez, designer and Lasell college graduate. “It’s just really hard sometimes for emerging designers to get that credit.”
Amanda Curtis, the founder of advocacy-fashion-brand 19th Amendment, is looking to change that.
“The 19th Amendment gave everyone a voice to the democratic process. We give everyone a voice in fashion,” Curtis said.
Last summer, Curtis founded 19th Amendment, an organization that gives new designers a platform to launch their collections. She recognized the need for designers to get a foot in the door of the industry – without breaking the bank. The organization’s first ever “flash fashion shows” (more on that later), took place Saturday on Newbury Street, the Prudential Center and Quincy Market. In order to be a part of 19th Amendment, designers had to submit their work to a “virtual studio” on the organization’s website. Their designs were then featured in the fashion shows at a cost that can’t be beat: completely free.
“Compared to what the registration is at Boston Fashion Week, it’s like, $7,000 just to get into the show,” Curtis said, “And you’re maybe showing in front of 70 people, who are probably there for other reasons besides buying your stuff.”
The chaos continued as the first flash fashion show took place on Newbury Street. A 40-foot catwalk rolled out onto the sidewalk and a DJ set up alongside the buildings line Boston’s fashion avenue. Curious onlookers began to gather around the area, taking photographs and tweeting about what was happening – which was exactly what Curtis intended to happen. By having the shows out in the open, it was free for the designers to participate and for street-goers to watch. The only problem? Curtis chose not to obtain permits for using the public sidewalk; hence, a “flash fashion show”, a quick, runway-style show that lasts no more than 10 minutes. Cue, music, models, photographers and then move on to the next location – before the police come.
Curtis explained why this type of opportunity is great for emerging designers — and why Boston is the place to do it.
“If you’re in New York, you really need the money [to launch your designs]. Here you can do it without the money. This is their opportunity to show their fashion that they may not have gotten otherwise,” Curtis said.
Lopez also concurred with Curtis’ statement.
“This is that little platform, that push, just having someone standing behind you in order to get out there,” Lopez said.
In the future, Curtis has high expectations for 19th Amendment. She plans on expanding to a nationwide level, and to continue helping designers launch their careers. Curtis wants her designers to not only have success on the runway, but also have an income they can live off of through their work.
“We really want it to be a platform for designers to launch themselves into a career, where they’re not just achieving success from a Vogue standpoint, but from a financial standpoint, as well,” Curtis said.
While the chaos completely overwhelmed me, Curtis was not bothered by it in the slightest.
“This is absolutely nuts upstairs,” Curtis said, as her eyes widened with excitement, “But I love it.”
By Steph Solis, Staff Writer
Now that matriculation and SPLASH are behind us, it’s time to dive back into the city or start exploring it–here’s looking at you, freshmen. You can enjoy the city on a budget. In fact, some of the most interesting happenings in Boston are cheap or free.
If you’re not sure where to start, here’s some highlights of what the city has in store this weekend.
Ah, the smell of Boston lighting up on the Common. Every year the Freedom Rally, known as Hempfest, brings together stoners from all over Greater Boston (many of whom are college students). For the first time, Boston will host a first two-day Hempfest on Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is free, but food and novelties likely aren’t. You’ll also want to watch out for police looking to hand out citations for smoking on the Boston Common.
Hours: September 14, Saturday from 12-8 p.m. September 15, Sunday from 12-6 p.m.
Location: Boston Common
Downtown Crossing Block Party
Hat tip to the Boston Calendar for this one. The block party, in its second year, offers free appetizers from 49 Social, a downtown restaurant and bar. There’s also supposed to be an extensive selection of beer and wine for the 21+ crowd.
If you’re looking for some free music, the Downtown Crossing Block Party is hosting local bands like Hot Like Fire and Swinging Johnsons. Get a feel for the local music scene.
Hours: September 12, Thursday from 5-8 p.m.
Location: Downtown Crossing (specifically 32 Sumner Street)
Night Shift Brewing Tours
Night Shift Brewing’s been getting some buzz lately, but if you’re not familiar with them check out their free tours and tastings. The tour includes beer samples, bottles and other merchandise. There’s no reservation needed.
The brewers are usually available during other hours, according to the Night Shift Brewing website. If you want to catch them at another time, try calling or tweeting at them.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 12-5 p.m.
Location: 3 Charlton St., Everett.
Note: This one is recommended for those who have a car. You can get there through the Green Line, Orange Line and the 105 towards Malden. But it’s probably more of a hassle than most would want for a Saturday afternoon.
By Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Staff Writer
I moved to Boston last year from Eugene, a small city in Oregon that boasts the title as the best city for hippies in the United States. Tie-dye can still be purchased in stores or in open-air markets. People brew their own kombucha and/or make their own keifer. I saw more Birkenstocks on the feet of my high school peers than flip flops or sneakers. Most importantly, I grew up on a steady musical diet of Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, The Beatles, Jimi, Janis and a complete slew of jam bands.
Going to open-air concerts and festivals generally involves groping at the air, skipping in circles, saying something along the lines of “I feel so free right now” and wearing the traditional hippie uniform of a maxi skirt, daisy crowns, body paint, etc.
What you’ll never hear an Eugenian say is, that to an extent, this behavior is an act. People whose brains are not completely addled on drugs and can actually hear the music probably don’t like fifteen-minute guitar solos that are, inevitably, off-key and unimaginative (let’s be real, the musician performing is also on some sort of contraband substance).
Now, don’t get me wrong, I can get my hippie on. It’s my culture – patchouli runs through my veins. But I guess going to a concert where there isn’t that sort of “hippie” pretense, or the desire to be the most counterculture, is new to me.
So when I moved to Boston, as promised by my family and friends at home, I experienced quite the culture shock. Why wasn’t I seeing any hemp clothing on my fellow Bostonians? Where could I get locally brewed kombucha? Why were all the drivers so mean?
But I guess that’s why I moved to Boston. I knew I wanted to be around something different, or diverse. So far, Boston has yet to disappoint me on that front.
Musically, however, I haven’t found that “let’s dance in the moonlight; throw mud directly at my face!” Kind of carefree spirit that reminds me of home. Upon attending Boston Calling, I thought I might get a taste for my home – I think Bonnaroo is probably the closest thing to summer in Eugene on this side of the Mississippi.
At Boston Calling, I experienced a completely different genre of not only music, but also audience members. Costumes were few in comparison to folks in t-shirts and jeans. People wore Boston Strong shirts, didn’t dance, but rather sat and listened to bands they had loved for years.
It was different, but not in a bad way.
Boston Calling feels like it’s a Boston festival. No, it’s not hippie paradise. As far as I can see, most people are sober. However, it’s unpretentious and far from preppy (this isn’t Cambridge Calling or Martha’s Vineyard Calling). It’s just about the music.
Listening to Bat for Lashes on brick streets of City Hall Plaza, watching at her reach for the sky at seagulls with steeples and clock towers watching from the distance, I felt more of a part of Boston than I ever had before. I felt like I had arrived at the next phase of my life.
Whether looking for some vintage chic, or a cheaper pair of jeans, Boston’s got you covered. Check out a roundup of thrift shops near BU’s Charles River campus.
This isn’t a full list by any means, but if there are any vintage or consignment store that deserves a shout out then simply comment below.
Second Time Around (Back Bay)
Second Time Around does consignment with designer clothes and accessories (it’s slogan is “resale goes upscale”). It’s a great place to track down classy vintage cardigans and cocktail dresses, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re on a tight budget.
The chain has a few locations in Boston, including two on Newbury Street.
The Garment District (Cambridge)
The Garment District is a thrift shopper’s dream. The Cambridge store is not just known for their low price tags, but also for their By The Pound sales. Every day but Friday, the store leaves out 850 pounds worth of clothing for shoppers to sift through and collect. At $1.50 a pound, it’s a steal.
Just a heads up, you might also want to check out their Halloween selection. They have decent prices on costumes, and in October they stay open until midnight.
Buffalo Exchange (Allston)
This is the go-to place for thrifty BU students. It looks more like a secondhand Urban Outfitters than a thrift shop, which is perfect if you’re just looking for something trendy that doesn’t leave you broke.
BU students often go to Buffalo Exchange to sell their clothes at the end of the year. About 80 percent of the store’s selections are bought from local consumers, according to it’s website. But keep in mind they prefer clothes that are in style and in mint condition.
If you have a few hours to kill, look through Goodwill’s selection. It looks dull at a glance, but somewhere there’s an ugly Christmas sweater or a hippy leather patchwork bag you’ll want to take home. It’s also a good place to find basic supplies for DIY costumes.
Urban Renewals (Allston)
Urban Renewals also has its fair share of thrifty gems. It’s not the place to go for trendy vests or hippy chic, but you’ll find some decent clothes and even a good shoe (all for under $10).