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9 Artists Opening Reception at the Bartos Theatre at MIT

Logo for the MIT List Visual Arts CenterThe MIT List Visual Arts Center is hosting an opening reception for their 9 Artists Exhibition which opened last Friday (May 9, 2014).

9 Artists is a group exhibition “bringing together the expansive practices” of artists Yael Bartana, Liam Gillick, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Renzo Martens, Bjarne Melgaard, Nzstio Mosquito, Hito Steyerl, and Danh Vo. The exhibit “examines ways that they negotiate the complexities and contradictions of living in an ever more complex and networked world.”

Works include a range of sculpture, drawing, installation, and video.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 5 PM to 8 PM. The event is free and open to the general public.

The 9 Artists exhibit runs through July 13, 2014.

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London Haydn Quartet to Make Boston Early Music Festival Debut

Picture of the London Haydn QuartetThe London Haydn Quartet will make its Boston Early Music Festival debut this weekend, Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 8 PM at the First Church in Cambridge at 11 Garden Street in Cambridge, MA. They will present a program of:

  • Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 50, No. 1
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in D, Op. 18, No. 3
  • Wolfgang Amade Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581

The London Haydn Quartet has built a reputation as one of the most innovative string quartets focusing on period-instrument interpretations of classical masterpieces.

They move on from New England to New York City for another performance on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

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Honk if You Like Good Music

Okay. It’s a corny title. But with the Honk Festival taking up residence in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville this weekend we could not resist. Billed as a Festival of Activist Street Bands, Honk gets underway this afternoon with “HONK! in the Neighborhoods” where bands will play in the communities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. This will be followed by lantern making workshops and lantern parades in Davis Square in Somerville. The “official” kickoff is at Johnny D’s Nightclub in Davis Square in Somerville this evening.

Tomorrow, Saturday, you can see 25 street bands for free at venues throughout Davis Square from 12:30 PM to 9 PM. On Sunday there will be a Honk Parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square followed by the Harvard Square Oktoberfest and All Band Concert.

What a great way to spend Columbus Day Weekend!

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Boston Early Music Festival Season

The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has announced their 2013/2014 Boston Concert Series. If you are a fan of early music and Baroque Opera you will want to make note of the concert dates for the upcoming season.

  • October 18, 2013 at 8 PM at First Church in Cambridge: Boston-based chamber ensemble Sarasa presents a program of music by Italian composer Luigi Boccherini
  • November 9, 2013 at 8 PM at St. Paul Church in Cambridge: The BEMF debut of Ensemble Plus Ultra. They will present works by Victoria, Morales, Ribera, and Guerrero
  • December 1, 2013 at 3 PM at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston: This concert will present selections from the seven operas that have been featured in the BEMF Chamber Opera Series
  • December 14, 2013 at 8 PM at St. Paul Church in Cambridge: The Tallis Scholars will present sacred works written to honor the Virgin Mary in a celebration of the holiday season
  • February 1, 2014 at 8 PM at St. Paul Church in Cambridge: Sequentia in a program featuring vocal music of the High Middle Ages in Germany by composer Hildegard von Bingen, and others
  • February 21, 2014 at 8 PM at Jordan Hall in Boston: Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout in an evening of intimate keyboard music by Mozart
  • March 7, 2014 at 8 PM at St. Paul Church in Cambridge: Stile Antico in a program featuring works by Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Taverner, White, Morley, and Weelkes
  • April 18, 2014 at 8 PM at Jordan Hall in Boston: A program featuring the all-star instrumentalists and singers of the BEMF Chamber & Vocal Ensembles

Tickets and subscriptions can be obtained through the Boston Early Music Festival Box Office.

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Play Me, I’m Yours – The Street Pianos Boston Festival

Starting today, and running through October 14, 2013, 75 pianos have been made available for anyone to enjoy and play at 75 different public locations in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline as part of Play Me I’m Yours: Street Pianos Boston. The pianos have been decorated by local artists. There will be several solo and ensemble performances by the Celebrity Series of Boston who are using the event to celebrate their 75th Season. You may want to check out their 75th Season Kick-Off Party at the Galleria on St. James Avenue in Boston on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

Anybody is welcome to step up to a piano and play . . .

Picture of Boston Street Pianos

Picture of a Boston Street Piano

Piano decorated by artists Frank Casazza and Michael Crockett – the 1000th Street Piano World-Wide

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2013 Food Truck Festivals of New England

Warm weather is once again upon us and with it comes another new season for Food Truck Festivals of New England. On the heals of a successful 2012 season with seven festivals, 2013 brings us six festivals. The dates and locations of this years festivals are as follows:

  • Saturday, June 8, 2013: The Cambridge Food Truck Festival in Kendall Square (3rd Street & Broadway) in Cambridge, MA
  • Saturday, June 22, 2013: The Worcester Food Truck Festival at Elm Park in Worcester, MA
  • Sunday, September 8, 2013: The Natick Food Truck Festival in Natick Center in Natick, MA
  • Saturday, September 21, 2013: The Charles River Food Truck Festival in Artesani Herter Park in Brighton, MA
  • Saturday, October 5, 2013: The Cape Cod Food Truck Festival at the Barnstable Fairgrounds in Falmouth, MA
  • Saturday, October 26, 2013: The Newport Food Truck Festival at the Newport Yachting Center in Newport, RI

Keep an eye on their schedule for any changes and updates.

Attending a food truck festival is a unique and fun way to spend an afternoon, and the reward is a lot of great food!

Food Trucks 2 Go

Would you like food trucks at your next event? Food Trucks 2 Go, a division of Food Truck Festivals of New England, can deliver 2 or more food trucks to your next event. An interesting way to add a unique twist to your next event…

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Best Beer Bars in Boston (Cambridge, and Brookline)

The Boston Globe G Magazine has a great article today – 10 Best Beer in Boston (by Gary Dzen). It lists 10 great beer bars, but the truth be told, they are not all in Boston. Four of the bars listed are in Cambridge (I wonder if Cambridge ever gets tired of being treated as an appendage of Boston?), one is in Brookline, and the other five are in Boston (two of which are in Allston). While I know that I am splitting hairs, they are all clearly in the Boston “area”, I think that Cambridge and Brookline should get their due credit for having some great beer bars. None-the-less, this is a great list to have in your back pocket or on your mobile device if you are a beer fan.

If you are a big fan of beer you may also want to check out the round-up of Massachusetts breweries, micro-breweries, and brew pubs that we did last year. See Beer in Massachusetts.

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Opera in Jail? It is With the Boston Opera Collaborative

Last year it was “Opera Goes to Hell“. This year it’s “Opera Goes to Jail“. Leave it to the Boston Opera Collaborative to come up with an interesting theme right around Halloween. Join them this year as they present an evening of “opera’s seedy underbelly”. Included in the evening’s entertainment will be scenes and arias from Carmen, Peter Grimes, Don Pasquale, and more.

Opera Goes to Jail will be presented on November 2 and 4, 2012 at OBERON at 2 Arrow Street in Cambridge.

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The 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta – Boston/Cambridge MA

Picture of Two Rowars at the Head of the Charles Regatta2012 marks the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston/Cambridge, MA. This rowing competition that started in 1964 has grown into the world’s largest two-day rowing event. It attracts over 9,000 athletes ages 14 to 85 from countries around the world. Participants, both male and female, range from youth to collegiate, masters, international, world champion and Olympic athletes.

The Regatta is held along a three mile stretch of the Charles River from the start at Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse at 619 Memorial Drive in Cambridge to the finish at Artesani Park at 1255 Soldiers Field Road in Boston. During the two days of the competition there will be 55 events.

The regatta runs from 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday October 20, 2012 and Sunday, October 21, 2012.

This is one of New England’s premier outdoor sporting events every year. It attracts 300,000 spectators who line the Charles to cheer on the competitors, hang out at the Eliot Bridge Enclosure, check out the Weld Exhibition for great local food and Regatta merchandise or attend the Rowing & Fitness Expo.

Just as the Boston Marathon brings people from far and wide in the spring, the Head of the Charles brings people to Boston and Cambridge for a beautiful fall weekend along the Charles River watching a world-class sporting event. If you have never been this one really should be on your bucket list…

Picture of Rowers at the Head of the Charles

Photo by Scott Woolwine

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Boston Early Music Festival To Present Orchestra Europa Galante

The Boston Early Music Festival will present Grammy-nominated orchestra Europa Galante in a program of music by Haydn, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and more this coming weekend, Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 4 PM at the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University.

The program entitled New Faces and Old will include:

  • Brioschi: Sinfonia in D Major
  • Haydn: Double Concerto for Violin and Harpsichord in F Major
    • Fabio Biondi, violin
    • Paola Poncet, harpsichord
  • Scaccia: Violin Concerto in E-flat Major
    • Fabio Biondi, violin
  • Vivaldi: Concerto for Three Violins in G Major, Op. 3, No. 3
    • Fabio Biondi, violin
  • Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor (BWV 1043)
    • Fabio Biondi and Andrea Rognoni, violins
  • Handel: Suite from the Opera Rodrigo

Ticket prices range from $19 to $100.

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