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

Aug. 28, 2019: Now showing: a Video Underground expansion

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Historical context

This month marks 400 years since the beginning of slavery in America. Over the weekend, the National Parks of Boston took part in the “National Day of Healing,” including a presentation at Faneuil Hall reminding visitors that the man the building is named for enslaved people. Local artist Steve Locke planned to create a year-round reminder in the form of a public memorial but withdrew his proposed memorial on the site after it was mischaracterized as being a product of the Mayor’s office. (Locke developed the idea through the city’s artist-in-residence program.) Faneuil Hall isn’t the only stop on the Freedom Trail rethinking who that freedom was for. Through the end of this month, Old State House is performing “The Petition,” which tells the story of abolitionist and free black man Prince Hall who petitioned the white colonists to end the slave trade in Massachusetts. today, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and ongoing through Sept. 19//$12  

Now showing: a Video Underground expansion

Leave your Blockbuster jokes at the door. The Video Underground opened in 2002 and outlived all the chain stores to become the last video store standing in Boston. And the VU isn’t just surviving — it’s thriving. The shop in JP, which does indeed rent physical movies, also screens films every Friday and has a take out coffee counter. Now, they want to turn the space next door into a dedicated screening room and create a proper sit down cafe. Since it’s already an established business, their fundraising campaign is selling gift cards that will activate when renovations are complete. Catch a screening of “Sullivan’s Travels” in the current space. tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.//$5

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Every Wednesday night is slam poetry night at the Cantab, but this week, Arianna Monet — who made the Boston Poetry Slam Team in her first year on the scene — performs after the open mic. 8 p.m. start, 10 p.m. Arianna Monet feature, open poetry slam to follow//$3 

Fjallraven Cambridge and Marathon sports have joined forces for a Charles River plog, the Swedish export of picking up litter while you run. 6:30 p.m.//free

The Possible Project worked with eight students over the course of the summer to create lasercut chandeliers. Come check out their open studios today and tomorrow to learn more about their process and even an opportunity to purchase one of their creations.  4-7 p.m.//free

Reminders: Zoning at Zone 3, back to school with Mayor Walsh 


Service industry mag The Paper Napkin hosts office hours in pop up art community org Spaceus’s new DTX location. 7-9 p.m.//free

How has technology modernized the way we listen and create music? The Works Of Art hosts a panel at The Record Co. to discuss. 7 p.m.//$10

Reminders: Mr. Market Basket, Coleslaw’s Corner Queens