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