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. 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