Sept. 20: Meet Kate Douglas

MEET KATE DOUGLAS.

Hi, I'm Kate Douglas and I am the Director of Industry Lab. IL is an independent coworking space in Cambridge that specializes in flexible space for start-ups and small businesses. We offer an alternative approach to coworking that is based around a strong sense of community and a balance between innovation and creativity. Running a coworking space with a dedication to local community and promotion of arts (I am in charge of an amazing artist residency program at IL) keeps me well-connected to the local art and maker scenes, and I love visiting the wide array of pop-ups and festivals around the Boston area.

When I’m not at work, you can catch me watching films at the Brattle and Somerville Theatres. I also own a small shop with my partner called Spite House Designs.

KATE’S BOSTON.

Favorite T station: Charles/MGH (Red Line): I rarely ever get off at this stop, but the Charles/MGH station has to be my favorite. It's such an awesome view having all of the Charles River around you and Boston's beautiful cityscape to look at. I used to work early morning hours at Boston Public Market, and emerging from underground on the morning T ride and having the golden morning light glisten over the river and light up the the State House's gilded dome was pretty magical.

You’ve got one hour in Boston. You go to: On a nice day, I'm taking in Freedom Trail sites (yes, I am a history buff who looks like a tourist in my own city). I'm also weird and love to explore cemeteries - they're a spooky way to learn about a place's history, ok! The Granary Burial Ground near Boston Common is my favorite. Then I'd I'd go people watch at the duck pond!

Best cheap eats: As a Southerner, one of the things that makes me most homesick is missing Southern cuisine. I love RedBones in Davis Square in Somerville when I need inexpensive comfort food. Pro-tip: get their fried chicken dinner special for the best bang for your buck. I will say, your best bet on cheap eats has to be China Delight in Somerville. They serve delicious American-style Chinese food (their peking ravioli is not to be missed) and their bar is fully stocked and has the cheapest drinks you'll find around here (I'm talking $4 glasses of wine and $7 cocktails).

Thing that makes you think, dang Boston is cool: Boston exists in a strange liminal space between big city and small town. I love that we have a thriving city culture with access to things like art, history, and music, but I also like that it all exists in a setting that still has some charm.

Thing that makes you think, dang Boston really needs to change: Can we talk about the MBTA? With every broken down train or delay it really makes you think about what exactly they're doing with our tax dollars. And don't even get me started on the cost of living.

You can visit Kate's personal site, check out Spite House Designs, or if you're a true-crime fan you can catch her Murder Minute every Wednesday on Heavy Leather Topless Dance Party.

Learn More about Industry Lab by checking out their website and follow them on Instagram or Twitter!

Sept. 18: Meet Alice Brown

MEET ALICE BROWN.

Hi, I’m Alice, a Boston transplant with an affinity for learning about its history (often by taking or giving walking tours) and planning for its future (officially, I’m a professional urban planner with a growing number of transportation plans under my belt).

ALICE’S BOSTON.

Favorite T station: I’m intrigued by the Downtown Crossing/Park Street maze because you can tap into the system in Boston Common and just by walking, you can go as far south as Washington and Tremont, as far east as Chauncy, and as far north as Franklin. This is really good to know on a rainy day. (State as a single station also stretches an impressive distance underground.)

You’ve got one hour in Boston. You go to: The Boston Public Library, where you can use the hour to take an art and architecture tour (you might even get me as a docent making snarky comments about the “chemistry” mural) and learn a lot about the history of the city in two adjoining beautiful buildings. It’s also a lovely place to relax in the courtyard or elsewhere if you need a relaxed and inspiring hour within a busier trip.

Best cheap eats: Go explore some wonderfully authentic little spots that make you feel like you’ve flown to a new country. I particularly like the Somali food at Tawakal Halal Café in East Boston, the Ethiopian food at Habesha in Malden, and most of the Vietnamese places in Fields Corner in Dorchester.

Thing that makes you think, dang Boston is cool: The Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park! I’m biased, my job requires me to spend a lot of time there (and promoting the islands). Yet everyone who experiences it seems to agree that travelling out to a park by boat is magical. Peddocks is my favorite island, but the best views of Boston are on Spectacle Island (particularly at dusk). 

Thing that makes you think, dang Boston really needs to change: I am continuously impressed by how many bike lanes (and now bus lanes) have popped up in Boston since I moved here and started thinking about how streets work, but I’m still impatient for more. And I really want to get to a place where Boston charges some nominal fee for resident parking permits. 

You can follow Alice on twitter @ferryfaerie where she channels her Boston Harbor Now role as a water transportation expert and waterfront advocate then blends in her enthusiasm for public art, bicycles, and third spaces like libraries. She may also be involved in @halfdrunkdunks on Instagram where photos of the city’s partially consumed abandoned beverage containers are posted.

Sept. 16: Meet Porsha Olayiwola

MEET PORSHA OLAYIWOLA.

Greetings! My name is Porsha Olayiwola and I am from the future, but I live here, in Boston. I’m a poet, playwright, educator, afro-futurist, and poet laureate for the city of Boston. 

PORSHA’S BOSTON.

Favorite T station: Jackson Square (Orange Line). It shares both Roxbury and Jamaica Plain as neighborhoods. And isn’t that the point of the T’, to bring folks together. 

You’ve got one hour in Boston. You go to: The Charles River or the ocean because water is calming. 

Best cheap eats: Oriental de Cuba. Please, get hip 

Thing that makes you think, dang Boston is cool: Artists and organizers. The city is so talented and the people so dedicated. Boston is an exciting place to be. 

Thing that makes you think, dang Boston really needs to change: Affordability of housing. People cannot afford to live here, people who have lived here for years, artists, who shape cities…. What is to become of the place if it is not a home to all. 

You can see Porsha Olayiwola's work at www.porshaolayiwola.com and follow them on instagram and twitter @porshaolayiwola. 

DO THIS.

Today

Learn about one of French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda’s most famous movies, “Cléo from 5 to 7,” which moves through one woman’s evening in real-time. Ticket includes a post-seminar screening. 6:15 p.m.//$25 

Catch Cambridge-based author Celeste Ng at the First Parish Church in conversation with fellow writer Amor Towles. 7 p.m.//$10

Tomorrow

Celebrate the launch of Company One's 21st season with the artists who make their theater productions happen. 7 p.m.//free but RSVP

Criminal is a podcast about crime, its own category beyond the true crime genre. Host Phoebe Judge tells new stories live on stage at The Wilbur. 7:30 p.m.//$32

Plan ahead!

Wednesday

Good Vibrations hosts a sleepover themed evening with all the best elements of any overnight party: snacks, nail painting, and quality conversations about sex. 7-8 p.m.//free

Thursday

Arts Connect International celebrates five years of building equity and inclusion in the arts with performances and discussions by and with local artists. 6 p.m.//donation

Get a little bit country with WGBH, who is hosting local country artists to talk about local history with the genre at their monthly BostonTalks happy hour. 7 p.m.//$10

Friday

Thirteen artists from Boston and Strasbourg were paired with scientists to explore a theme, and the French Cultural Center has an opening party for the finished products on display.  6:30-8:30 p.m.//free

Saturday

What’s better than birding? BIRDING ON A BOAT! Start your weekend right with morning bird watching and canoeing on the Mystic River8 a.m.//donation

It’s Oktoberfest-palooza this weekend! Drink your way through these brewery’s highlights:

Sunday

City Council President Andrea Campbell teams up with Berklee to host the Mattapan Jazz & Unity Festival. There will be music! There will be dance! There will be spoken word! 1-5 p.m.//free