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. 19, 2019


A day in the life of South Station

South Station wakes up before 5 a.m. with the first Acela train bound for D.C. leaving at 4:55 and doesn’t sleep until well into the night. The Globe has an overwritten but charming profile of the station and the people who pass through it. The station, one of the city’s two terminal points for trains, will likely see changes in the future: Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing for a station expansion, while former Gov. Michael Dukakis (who the station is now named for) and many transit advocates are championing the North-South Rail Link, which would create a regional rail network. 

Boston food culture is doing just fine

In the past, Boston’s been shamed as a chowder/oyster/beer repository without much else when it comes to cuisine. But frankly, those critics are wrong, bad, and probably just hangry. Last week, Cambridge’s tallest and most joyful home cooking star would’ve celebrated her 107th birthday. Julia Child lived, cooked, and filmed her pioneering TV show in her home on Professor’s Row from 1961-2001. One of Child’s favorite local joints was Harvest restaurant, which you can try at a discounted rate this week during Dine Out Boston, the city’s biannual restaurant week. For the best of the best, has posted their top picks. Looking for something a little less posh? Check out Eater’s Dinner and the Night Sky guide for some great first date ideas that will leave the food critic you matched with on Bumble eating their words.



In this edition of Public Libraries Doing the Most, the Somerville Public Library is having a queer clothing swap to get folks outfitted for back to school/work/internships (12-8 p.m.//free) and the Charlestown Public Library is hosting Boston Planning & Development Agency planners to talk about the future of the neighborhood. (5-7 p.m.//free)

Explore East Boston through HubWeek’s Open Doors event series. Highlights include a Downeast cider tasting, photoshoot staging, a neon build-out demo, and a lightship tour. 4-7:30 p.m.//free but register 


Nihilism may be an ideology of nothing but Nolen Gertz wrote a whole book on it (with a shruggie as cover art) and is giving a talk at the MIT Press Bookstore. 6 p.m.//free

Enjoy the end of the summer blooms on an evening garden stroll with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. 6:30 p.m.//free

The acclaimed podcast The Moth is hosting another story slam. Come share a 5 minute story about just about anything or just sit back and enjoy the show. 7:30 p.m.//$15

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If you’ve been trying to make Hot Cheese Summer happen but hate sweating in your kitchen, let Roxy’s take care of you with their grilled cheese and rose pairing night on the Greenway. 5-8 p.m.//free entry

Happy birthday, PRX Podcast Garage! Celebrate with live storytelling at Aeronaut Allston right outside the garage's home. 6-8:30 p.m.//free


Check out the new masterpieces made by Artists for Humanity teens at their summer exhibition. All painting, sculpture, and photography will be for sale, giving you the chance to buy young artists’ works before they make it big. 4-7 p.m.//free

Hear from three local artists whose new media work explores the relationships between people, technology and nature at Artisan’s Asylum. If you’ve never been before, you can also catch their 8 p.m. tour of the space. 7-8:30 p.m.//free


Every summer, Gallery 263 turns over its space to four artists who use it as a workspace. See the artwork created by this summer’s residents. 7-9 p.m.//free

WBUR’s The ARTery brings together some of its favorite local submissions from NPRs Tiny Desk Contest with headliner Frances Forever. 7 p.m.//$5-10


Shop Makerfest for the best of Boston’s local artisans. Get 50% off all books when you purchase from a Makerfest artisan. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.//free

Go to the second annual Union Improv Fest to watch full on adults from Boston, NYC, Chicago, and LA look kinda dumb but also super fun with a Comfort Bowl from the ONCE Pop-Up Kitchen. 11:30 a.m.//$20


Meet the remarkable women of Jamaica Plain’s history on a walking tour with Boston by Foot. 2 p.m.//$15

Wrap up the summer with the ICA’s last waterfront day party and ultimate hip hop showcase No Hype Fest. 2-7 p.m.//$15-22