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