Aug. 19, 2019

KNOW THIS.

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, Boston.com 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.

DO THIS.

Today

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 

Tomorrow

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

Plan ahead!

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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