It's shaping up to be a perfect late summer or early fall weekend, depending on how you want to look at things, and because I am a pessimist I'll call it "basically winter because I can see my own breath at night." So maybe pack a light jacket and enjoy this weekend's events while the sun still functions as a source of warmth in addition to providing light.
While it may seem counterintuitive to the folks that are unpacking their sweaters and loading up on pumpkin spice, surf season is about to begin. Yes, surfing is generally associated with carefree summers, babes in bikinis and buff dudes getting bronze, but this is New England, and the surf gods don't operate on the same schedule as the stereotypes. Summer in New England is relatively waveless, with the surf getting higher as the weather gets colder and the beaches get less crowded. More
“Freedom”–or some other delightfully pungent aroma—was in the air last weekend at the 25th Annual Boston Freedom Rally, known commonly as Hempfest. Cannabis connoisseurs and curious Bostonians alike hit up the Boston Common (no pun intended) to not only relax and enjoy life, but to also show their support for marijuana policy reform—an issue that has found its way to the 2016 ballot. More
It’s officially the last full week of summer. On the bright side, I misplaced my sunglasses three times since the beginning of this sentence, so it’ll be nice to go out to this week’s events without them. The down side to that, of course, is some stranger on the street might accidentally make eye contact with me, a massive invasion of personal space. Keep your eyes on the sidewalk, people. This isn’t the Midwest. More
At first sight, the Boston Freedom Rally held this past weekend in the Commons was exactly what you would expect it to be. There were endless circles of people passing joints, at least thirty white guys wearing Bob Marley t-shirts, and the words “dude” and “chill” were uttered countless times. Yet, if you kept your ear to the ground and drowned out the crappy reggae music playing, many of the people at the event had serious concerns about marijuana legislation. More
Gamers in Oculus virtual reality headsets and game controllers in hand infiltrated MIT on Saturday for the annual Boston Festival of Indie Games. From interactive tabletop games to cutting-edge video games, eager-to-play attendees were introduced and encouraged to play a slew of innovative games created by the talented game makers and independent game developers from in and around New England.
You may or may not agree with the Medford Masshole Kim Costa’s message to college students that went viral earlier this week. But just from the perspective of a guy who looks for cool stuff to do in the city, there’s even more cool stuff to do since the kids came back. Taking a few backpacks to the face on the T is a small price to pay for this weekend’s events.
Irregardless of whether you’re a student going back to school, fall is the time to turn your brain back on and stop using words like “irregardless” that aren’t actually words. This week’s events get a little heavy with some panel discussions between smart people talking about difficult topics, but hold on, we’ll get to the usual drinking and partying later in the week.
This past weekend, thousands gathered in City Hall Plaza for the fourth installment of Boston Calling, the multi-day outdoor music festival that has become the premiere biannual event for music lovers in our city. With highly anticipated performances from Lorde, The Replacements, Neutral Milk Hotel, Nas, and more, the weekend drew waves of different diehard crowds, as opposed to previous festivals, which drew a broader audience for the entirety. That said, the performances, in typical Boston Calling fashion, delivered in a big way, and despite some weather issues, the event created another pleasantly indelible memory in Boston music history. Here are some of the superlatives from the weekend: More
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