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Boston Independent Film Festival Returns April 23-30

Thursday April 17, 2014

This photo shows the marquee of the Somerville TheatreMovie buffs (and especially indie film fans), block off your calendars: The Independent Film Festival will be held in and around Boston April 23 through 30. This 100% volunteer festival, established in 2003, seeks to show the best independent films to the Boston cinephile community, as well as entice visiting filmmakers to consider Boston for future projects.

This year's festival includes the following films (among many others - but these are the ones I'm most excited to see):

  • 25.7: A documentary about Juli Windsor, the first dwarf to attempt to run the Boston Marathon
  • Boyhood: Richard Linklater's Sundance sensation, filmed over 12 years, chronicles the life of a family (starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette)
  • Palo Alto: The film adaptation of James Franco's short-story collection, starring Emma Roberts and directed by Gia Coppola

Screenings will be held at the Brattle Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Somerville Theatre, and UMass Boston. Individual tickets cost $11 (online) or $12 (at the box office).

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Dine Out in Boston for Easter Brunch or Dinner

Monday April 14, 2014

This photo shows eggs decorated for EasterExpecting company for Easter this year? Or having a low-key holiday and hoping to go out to a restaurant? If you don't want to prepare the traditional ham or lamb yourself, you're in luck: Many restaurants in and around Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge are going all out, with special Easter menus for brunch and dinner.

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T Proposes Fare Hikes Starting in July

Saturday April 12, 2014

This photo shows an MBTA turnstile in BostonIt's no secret that the T has been in financial dire straits for a while now. On the heels of its announcement of the T's new late night service comes (unsurprisingly) news that a fare hike may be put in place this summer. (Increased service equals increased demand, which translates to increased prices, so goes the logic.)

According to the Boston Globe, the T aims to increase single-ride prices by five to 30 cents, depending on service, starting in July.

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Boston National Poetry Month Festival at the BPL This Weekend

Tuesday April 8, 2014

This photo shows a man reading a book of Auden's poems in a book storeOut of the coffee house and into the hallowed halls of the Boston Public Library: This weekend's Boston National Poetry Month Festival, the 14th annual, gives proper attention to the area's poets and their work. More than 70 new and established poets will be participating in this free event, April 10 through 13.

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New Shuttle Bus Service Between Back Bay and Logan Airport

Saturday April 5, 2014

This photo shows a shuttle bus stop at Boston's Logan AirportAs many Bostonians can attest, there's nothing less fun than driving to and from Logan Airport. Frequent construction, limited parking/waiting areas, zero-tolerance traffic cops, and congested highways and tunnels can lead to a stressful experience behind the wheel.

So I'm pleased to report that there will soon be two non-stop shuttles to and from Logan operating from the Back Bay, with one stop at the Copley T station, the other at the Hynes Convention Center. (Exact start date TBD.) This should alleviate some of the traffic to and from Logan, while offering another much-needed public transit option to the airport beyond the Silver Line.

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High-Tech Updates for the 2014 Boston Marathon

Friday April 4, 2014

This photo shows runners at the finish line of the Boston MarathonReal-time race runner location updates. Of-the-moment heart rate, race pace, and distance completed stats. Audible tweets and GPS alerts. According to the Boston Globe, this year's Boston Marathon race will be the most technologically savvy to date. Whether you're running this year's Marathon or cheering on the runners as a spectator, have your smartphone close at hand to stay connected and in-the-know.

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Boston's New 'Literary Cultural District' in the Works

Sunday March 30, 2014

This photo shows the word literature carved in stoneLast fall, the Boston Globe reported that local cultural organizations such as Grub Street Writers' Workshop, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Boston Public Library, among other institutions, had started planning out Boston's official literary cultural district. The specifics--where exactly the district will be, landmarks, stakeholders, events--will be announced in 2015.

According to blogger Nick Davies at Melville House Books, the district will embrace the idea of writing as much as actual geographic locations for writers themselves. Within the district, writers will be able to find resources for their craft, take inspiration from places that influenced and nurtured other writers, and attend events that celebrate all things literary.

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Boston's Greenway Carousel to Re-open April 11

Thursday March 27, 2014

This photo shows seats shaped like a squirrel and a rabbit on the Greenway CarouselThe running of the Boston Marathon. The first home opener game at Fenway Park. These are major symbolic events in Boston, held every April, that usher in the beginning of spring and the excitement of longer days and warmer weather. You can almost taste the hot dogs and lemonade, hear the cheers of the crowd for both events.

But a few weeks earlier comes a smaller, more low-key event, but one just as symbolic to welcome spring: the re-opening of the  Greenway Carousel on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

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Mass Pike Pru Tunnel Under Construction

Saturday March 22, 2014

This photo shows the Boston skyline and Mass PikeIf you're driving downtown through late April - checking out open houses, doing some shopping in the Back Bay, or seeing a show at Symphony Hall, be prepared to take alternate routes: The Mass Pike will be reduced to one lane in each direction at the Pru Tunnel during the following weekends:

  • March 21-23
  • March 28-30
  • April 4-6
  • April 25-27

Closures will take place from 9 p.m. on Friday evenings through 5 a.m. on Monday mornings to accommodate construction on the Pru Tunnel's ceiling. Work during the Pru Tunnel Suspended Ceiling Project will remove the entire suspended ceiling under the Hynes Convention Center and replace tiles as needed.

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Tribute to Julia Child at Puritan & Company on March 26

Friday March 21, 2014

This photo shows chef Julia ChildIf you're not already booked this Wednesday, March 26, make a reservation at Puritan & Company. Starting at 5:30 that night, the restaurant will be hosting a Julia Child Dinner, with the evening's menu paying tribute to the famous Cambridge chef by showcasing several of her most-beloved French recipes.

Reservations will be accepted for seatings between 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and the cost is $75 per person. Guests receive all hors d'oeuvres and main courses.

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