Sept. 13: A fond farewell to Fresh Pond Market


A fond farewell to Fresh Pond Market

Fresh Pond Market has been the go-to neighborhood grocer for Julia Child, Yo-Yo Ma, and generations of Cambridge folks for nearly 100 years. This weekend, it’s closing. The family-owned market was bought by Formaggio, their neighbors up Huron Ave, who promise to still sell the essentials like toilet paper and deodorant. It’s a different story down the road in Harvard Square, where Black Ink is the latest of at least 11 businesses to close this year. Although they’ll keep their original Charles St location, the absurdly high rent in the Square was unsustainable. Based replaced other shuttered stores, only a national chain can only be pay the asking price. Blank Ink will be open until the end of the year, and you can celebrate Fresh Pond Market at the store closing party this weekend. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.//free

Just a call or text away

Inbound often keeps it light, but just for a moment, we would like to remind everyone that it’s National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide hotlines are not just for phone calls — did you know that you can text completely confidentially? And that you are welcome to call even if you are just feeling down? The number is 877-870-4673. Please share, just in case someone you know needs it.



The Brookline Booksmith hosts investigative reporter Ben Westhoff to discuss “Fentanyl, Inc.,” his book-length investigation of the epidemic. 7 p.m.//free

For Friday the 13th, you’ve got two scary movie options: “Carrie” at the Video Underground (8 p.m.//$7) and “Friday the 13th,” screened outside in Medfield’s Rocky Woods (8 p.m.//$25)

Reminders: inPUBLIC festival, Why the Wild Things Are

All weekend

Mt. Auburn Cemetery’s first-ever playwright in residence staged “The America Plays,” which unfolds across the cemetery and tells its origin story. Saturday and Sunday, 1 and 5 p.m.//$35


The JP Fix It Clinic is here to empower you to mend, repair, and clean up you stuff instead of tossing it to buy something new. 10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.//free

Nick Cave’s giant inflatable sculpture breaks free of its current home in the BCA to lead the Augment Joy Parade, relocating the work of art to Upham’s Corner. 11 a.m.//free

Multidisciplinary dance theater artist Marsha Parrilla explores the historical and contemporary history of Deer Island in collaboration with local Indigenous communities. 1 p.m.//free but donations accepted

Harvard’s Peabody Museum screens animated short films narrated in some of the 68 Indigenous languages of Mexico. 2-4 p.m.//$15

Take in a dance performance from Studio 550’s Central Square rooftop. BYO snacks, drinks, friends. 8-10:30 p.m.//$10 suggested

Reminders: Very Sherry, future of the Boston Dyke March


Get on your bikes and ride down Storrow Drive with a ton of other bikes but no cars (!) as part of Hub on Wheels.  8 a.m.//$15+

If you really love wild and sour beer, head out to Walpole, where Springdale Beer and Night Shift Brewing are hosting their annual celebration of funky brews from across the country. 12-4 p.m.//$50

Reminders: Open Newbury Street, Boston Local Food Festival

Sept. 11: Charlie on the MBTA, at last


Charlie on the MBTA, at last

For the first time in his governorship, Charlie Baker rode the MBTA. It was a Red Line trip to the freshly reopened Wollaston Station. He’s come close to the trains before — inspecting the Red Line derailment site, taking advantage of a photo op with the new Orange Line cars en route to his SUV — but this was Baker’s first full ride. Although Baker was a commuter rail rider from his Swampscott home before assuming the governorship, he managed to avoid the T for his first four years in until yesterday. The single ride means people can’t call him out for never riding the T, but it’s still a far cry from former Gov. Michael Dukakis’s regular Green Line commute or current Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s Office Hours on the T.

Pour one out for Doyle’s

Doyle’s opened in 1882 and will close some time this year after selling its liquor license to Davio’s a steakhouse chain that will use the money to build a “megarestaurant” in the Seaport. It’s another neighborhood bar closing in a year of a lot of neighborhood bars closing, and Doyle’s takes plenty of history with it: the bar has served John Kerry and Ted Kennedy and Elizabeth Warren, and it was the first bar to serve Sam Adams (a trolley still runs between the two, a holdover from when Sam Adams didn’t have a taproom). If Doyle’s — who could expect to sell nearly 25 kegs of Guinness alone on St. Patrick’s Day — can’t afford rent in JP, who can? 



As the final days of summer are winding down, come out for the last few editions of the Brighton Farmers Market - Wednesday’s through the end of September. 3-7 p.m.//free

Dust of your cameras and take an afternoon stroll down the Esplanade to learn about the art of Flow-tography - a mindful and meditative approach to photography.  6-7 p.m.//free

Massachusetts author Tim Murphy reads from his latest book, “The Correspondents,” about the daughter of a Boston-area Irish-Arab family, at Porter Square Books. 7 p.m.//free

Reminder: blindfolded audio stories


If you want to see installation artist Yayoi Kusama’s exhibit opening this month at the ICA, you’ll want to set an alert to buy tickets: it’s a timed admission situation, and they expect those slots to fill fast. General admission ticketing opens at 10 a.m.//$15

And even though the ICA Watershed is closed for the season, it’s continuing the climate focus of this summer’s art. The newly transformed shipyard hosts a preparedness panel discussing the effects climate change has on East Boston residents.  6-8 p.m.//free

SMFA at Tufts University presents the opening reception for Faheem Majeed’s first solo exhibition entitled, “Who Takes the Weight.” The reception will include a roundtable discussion and a display of two site-specific pieces by the artist. 6-8 p.m.//free

Twice a week during the month of September, 401 Park in Fenway will be hosting free yoga classes. Come early to get a free gift card and reusable water bottle from Timeout marketplace. 6-7 p.m.//free

Reminders: Droodle history, Dot Jazz

Sept. 9:


Community benefits for Union Square 

Somerville’s Union Square has already seen changes in the past few years, like the opening of Bow Market and the ongoing Green Line Extension construction. But bigger changes are coming. The neighborhood’s massive redevelopment will put in new office buildings, housing, parks, and lab space, with construction set to begin by the end of this year. For nearly a year, community members have been negotiating a Community Benefits Agreement with the master developers on the project, and they’ve recently come to a tentative agreement. If adopted, it will increase affordable housing, up the neighborhood parks from one to three, and build a new community meeting space among other benefits. Also: if you’ve spent time in Union Square, you’ve surely seen Tina Almeida help kids cross the street, and the Somerville Journal has a lovely profile celebrating her decade as a crossing guard. 

It’s Marathon (registration) Time

Grab your running shoes cause registration for the Boston Marathon opens today. More accurately, hopefully you grabbed your running shoes a while ago because the qualifying times are fast: three hours even for men under 34, three and a half for women of the same age. It wasn’t always this way: in the ‘60s, you just had to finish in under four hours. 10 a.m.//$205



Explore Dudley Square with HubWeek’s Open Doors neighborhood celebrations. The even also features a panel discussion on building a culturally conscious innovation economy 6-7:30 p.m.//free

Harvard’s Science and Cooking Public Lecture Series is celebrating its 10th year of bringing world-class chefs in to explain viscosity and olive oil, heat transfer and BBQ, and other delightful pairings. Tonight’s class kicks off the weekly-ish Monday night series through December.7 p.m.//free


Live in Allston Brighton? Hear from the candidates running to represent you in the District 9 seat Boston City Council at a forum discussion. 6:30 p.m.//free

It’s easy to say Imposter Syndrome is no good. It’s harder to overcome it yourself — which is why feminist group The Cauldron is bringing in historian and advocate Rayshauna Gray to discuss her framework for overcoming self-doubt.  6:30 p.m.//$20

Plan ahead!


Tune out the visual world and go on an auditory trust fall at the Museum of Science: you'll be blindfolded before you listen to four narrative pieces of audio. 7 p.m.//$15


Never heard of a Droodle? Learn more about the clever line drawings popular in the ‘50s created by the guy who made Mad Libs from Fritz Holznagel, who compiled them all into a book. 6 p.m.//$15

Dot Jazz returns with the quartet Clear Audience. 7:30 p.m.//$15


How is “the public” made? The Design Studio for Social Intervention is exploring this vital question with public conversations and public art, shared meals and pop up performances, and more with their two-day inPUBLIC festival. 3-8 p.m.//free

Hear Cliff Notez’s new full-length project, “Why the Wild Things Are,” at the release show at Oberon. 9 p.m.//$15+


Rebel Rebel teams up with their Union Square neighbors at Backbar for a Very Sherry night, complete with a history lesson followed by plenty of tasting and recipe testing. noon//$35

What should the future of the Boston Dyke March look like? You can help decide by taking part in the conversation hosted at Make Shift. 3-5 p.m.//free


Enjoy a car-free Newbury Street at the final Open Newbury Street of the year. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.//free

The Boston Local Food Festival celebrates a decade of farmers and fisher folks on the Greenway with plenty of farm-fresh veggies, a seafood throwdown, and chef demos. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.//free