Sept. 6: Who made your fave Davis Square tile?


The faces behind the Davis Square tiles

Coming into the Davis Square T station, MBTA riders are greeted by 249 wall tiles created in 1978-79 by children from the now-defunct Powderhouse School. Talk to a daily Davis Square T rider and most likely they will have their favorite, whether it's a roller skate, space travel or a skunk smuggly spraying. Ever wonder what happened to the Larry Holland or Rekha Shaikha? The Davis Square Tile Project has collected stories about 98 of the tile creators and is looking for volunteers to help interview and collect stories about the now-50 and 60 year olds that make commuting through Davis a little more interesting.

Comfort food in a comfort station

When Boston’s streetcar network was booming, a comfort station was built In Uphams Corner in 1912. Because this is Boston, that isn’t the only layer: the land was once part of the Dorchester North Burying Ground. Now, the old stucco and tile rest stop — vacant since 1977 — is becoming a new community-focused cafe. Comfort Kitchen will serve food that reflects the diverse neighborhood it’s located in. And before it opens next year, the Dorchester couple running Comfort Kitchen is interviewing their Uphams Corner neighbors to create something the community actually wants.



Cook out with the Boston City Council At-Large candidates and current councilors at a meal hosted by the Madison Park Development Corporation. 4-7 p.m.//free but register

Dance the end of summer away on the ICA’s back deck at the final First Friday of the season, themed around the current “Less is a Bore” maximalist exhibit. 5-9:30 p.m.//$25 at the door


You know that one project that you always want to work on but can’t carve out the time for? Spaceus is creating that time for you: paint, write, animate, sculpt then share your work at their Day-long Power Hour. Snacks provided. 10:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.//$2-5 suggested for the snack fund

Celebrate the best of local youth radio and sonic programming with the annual ZUMIX Radio Block Party. Keytar Bear is performing so you know it’s a party. 1-5 p.m.//free

Head over to the Lilypad for the latest All Together Now, a multidisciplinary event series that make space for women, people of color, and queer performers. This iteration includes multimedia fables, hip hop, and photography. 7 p.m.//$10 


Hike the Skyline Loop in the Blue Hills Reservation complete with stretches and meditation at the top with You Good Sis, who are dedicated to the wellbeing of women of color. 9 a.m.//$10 donation

It’s the Somerville Dog Festival. What more do you need to know? They’re good dogs, y’all. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.//free

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus only holds auditions twice a year, and this Sunday is one of those days. Sign up in advance to secure a time slot. times vary//free but register

Aug. 30, 2019: Allston Christmas is coming


Allston Christmas is coming

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when the sidewalks overflowing with IKEA furniture and you can nab a second-hand microwave for free. Yes, Allston Christmas is upon us this weekend. The off-season celebration is a Sept. 1 tradition thanks to all the students’ leases that turn over on the day. This heatmap for moving truck permits shows where the curbside gifts will likely be most abundant. If you need a beer before, during, or after your haul, Harpoon has got you covered. And maybe a few of those IPAs in, you can embrace a true Allston DIY spirit and grumble about that one time the new Bfresh grocery store used a holiday that eschews the capitalist system to advertise their new Harvard Ave location with Hipster Santas and reindeer-operated pedicabs.

New bus routes take effect

Sunday, Sept. 1 isn’t just a big day in Allston. It’s also a big day for MBTA buses: the first round of changes to routes under the Better Bus Project take effect this weekend. Say goodbye to the CT1, which will no longer run in tandem with the 1. Say hello to new stops on the extended 95 route. All of the changes — and the T’s reasoning for them — are here.



The Boston Lyric Opera is the grand finale to the Public Library’s courtyard for the final Concerts in the Courtyard performance of the summer. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.//free

Have some delicious injera bread with a side of slam poetry or live music at Ethiopian restaurant Fasika’s first open mic night. 6:30 p.m.//free

Reminder: Root Cellar folk

All weekend

Catch at least one of the 100 folk bands playing this year at Passim’s annual festival. Friday-Monday, times vary//$10 for a day, $25 for the festival


As summer ends, the Glass Flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History get a special exhibit of glass botanical models of Fruits in Decay, opening this weekend. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.//$15

The Herter Park Amphitheatre is nestled in the greenery along the Lower Allston section of the Charles and you can catch local hip hop group STL GLD performing outside there this weekend. 7-10 p.m.//free

Reminders: a French football tailgate, Leslie Jones


Calm the Allston Christmas tizzies with a nice acoustic folk concert in an art gallery (Gallery 263 to be exact). 7 p.m.//$5-10 suggested

Cabaret Witchpunk is “an interactive experience that combines ritual, variety show, witch market, reader salon, live music and more,” and you can experience it at ONCE (never change, ONCE, never change.) 7:30 p.m.//free

Reminders: ICA Watershed’s final days for 2019, Somerville Flea