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

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. 30, 2019: Allston Christmas is coming


Allston Christmas is coming

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when the sidewalks overflowing with IKEA furniture and you can nab a second-hand microwave for free. Yes, Allston Christmas is upon us this weekend. The off-season celebration is a Sept. 1 tradition thanks to all the students’ leases that turn over on the day. This heatmap for moving truck permits shows where the curbside gifts will likely be most abundant. If you need a beer before, during, or after your haul, Harpoon has got you covered. And maybe a few of those IPAs in, you can embrace a true Allston DIY spirit and grumble about that one time the new Bfresh grocery store used a holiday that eschews the capitalist system to advertise their new Harvard Ave location with Hipster Santas and reindeer-operated pedicabs.

New bus routes take effect

Sunday, Sept. 1 isn’t just a big day in Allston. It’s also a big day for MBTA buses: the first round of changes to routes under the Better Bus Project take effect this weekend. Say goodbye to the CT1, which will no longer run in tandem with the 1. Say hello to new stops on the extended 95 route. All of the changes — and the T’s reasoning for them — are here.



The Boston Lyric Opera is the grand finale to the Public Library’s courtyard for the final Concerts in the Courtyard performance of the summer. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.//free

Have some delicious injera bread with a side of slam poetry or live music at Ethiopian restaurant Fasika’s first open mic night. 6:30 p.m.//free

Reminder: Root Cellar folk

All weekend

Catch at least one of the 100 folk bands playing this year at Passim’s annual festival. Friday-Monday, times vary//$10 for a day, $25 for the festival


As summer ends, the Glass Flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History get a special exhibit of glass botanical models of Fruits in Decay, opening this weekend. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.//$15

The Herter Park Amphitheatre is nestled in the greenery along the Lower Allston section of the Charles and you can catch local hip hop group STL GLD performing outside there this weekend. 7-10 p.m.//free

Reminders: a French football tailgate, Leslie Jones


Calm the Allston Christmas tizzies with a nice acoustic folk concert in an art gallery (Gallery 263 to be exact). 7 p.m.//$5-10 suggested

Cabaret Witchpunk is “an interactive experience that combines ritual, variety show, witch market, reader salon, live music and more,” and you can experience it at ONCE (never change, ONCE, never change.) 7:30 p.m.//free

Reminders: ICA Watershed’s final days for 2019, Somerville Flea