Aug. 21, 2019: How do your local candidates get around?


How do your local candidates get around?

Let’s set aside 2020 anxieties and look at politics closer to home: this fall, you’ll have the opportunity to vote for your City Councilors. The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition has a handy guide to the candidates’ stances on transportation, including how they move through the city themselves. Almost everyone running for Cambridge City Council walks or bikes first. Somerville City Councilor Stephanie Hirsch doesn’t need a car to get her family of five around town. Neither does Boston City Councilor Kim Janey, who also shouts out Dudley Station — the largest bus station in the Commonwealth — in her response. Many candidates also cite improving the bus system as key to improving transportation across the region. Want to learn more about bus priority? The City is hosting its first learn-a-thon tonight. 6-8 p.m.//free

The environment, but make it fashion

Local fashion designer Nathalia JMag almost didn’t go into the industry because of its impact on the environment. But as she told WBUR in a recent profile, “I had an epiphany that I could be part of the solution, and not part of the problem.” Now, the former Project Runway contestant uses tumeric to create bright yellows and avoids waste by making her clothes to order. 

You don’t have to buy anything to see her work in person: her sustainable fashion exhibit is up at the Urbano Project, where she’s an artist-in-residence, and you can catch her map-inspired textiles the Isabella Stewart Gardener’s Neighborhood Nights tomorrow. 5-9 p.m.//free



Connect with other professionals in the sustainability sector for a quick coffee and discussion hosted by Net Impact Boston at the Downtown Crossing Pret a Manger. 7:30-8:30 a.m.//free

Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Katherine Clark are back in district hosting a Green New Deal town hall. 6:30-8 p.m.//free

Out to Climb, a queer community monthly meetup at Brooklyn Boulders, is hosting their August edition with the theme of gender affirming body building. Come for the climb and stay after for drinks and apps at Brass Union. 6:30-9 p.m.//free

Join Croatian chef and owner of Barracuda Tavern for the third summer installation of “From Croatia with Love.” Try a sampling of food and wine pairings and learn more about Croatian cuisine. 5-7 p.m.//$20

Reminders: Hot Cheese Summer, hbd Podcast Garage


Travel the world through your tastebuds and try six different coffees at the George Howell tasting. Who knows, you may even find your new favorite cup? 1-2 p.m.//free

Bring a plant, take a plant at Niche’s seconD the community plant share this summer. All plants donated and collected are free to take.  5-7 p.m.//free

Long-time local fave of the consignment set Covet Boston hosts a store-warming for their second shop opening in Beacon Hill. Enjoy sips and sweets and 20% off everything in the store 5-8 p.m.//free

Local pop-rock band Lillith plays their new album at Great Scott. 9 p.m.//$10

Reminders: Artists for Humanity summer expo, nature and tech and art