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Hub Week - Your Brain on Art

Posted by Susie Callahan on Mon, Oct 05, 2015

"How Does Light Influence Our Creation and Perception of Images?

How does light help and inspire artists to create visual stories about places, moments, or experiences? What happens inside people’s brains when they admire art? Do all people perceive the same thing when they look at a painting or a photograph?

Neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone, Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, and photographer Sharon Harper, Professor of Visual Art, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, will explore these questions and illuminate the science and art behind seeing, perceiving, and creating images. The lecture is part of a series of cross-disciplinary events co-organized by the Harvard Brain Science Initiative, the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, and the Harvard.

This event is free! Click here to register


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Kendall Square Farmers Market

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Sep 06, 2015

"Kendall Square’s annual summer Farmers’ Market opened Thursday, June 4th and runs weekly through October. This season’s market is better than ever with an emphasis on fresh and local grab-and-go lunch options, in addition to baked goods, artisan crafts, coffee, tea, fresh juices, cold summer treats and flowering plants. This year, Kendall Square welcomes back some of its favorite vendors, while introducing a new group of local merchants bringing fresh and local treats to the neighborhood. 

For the first time, in addition to local community organizations, well-known food authors will join the weekly market for book signings, recipe sharing and tastings. 

The Kendall Square Farmers’ Market is introducing new vendors Guru the Caterer, Abigails, Canteen + Co., Dads Treats, Sweet Art, Evy Tea, Mother Juice, Popcorn Reborn, New England Ice Lollies, The Kendall Flower Shop, Chica De Gallo, Scoopsies Ice Cream, Vintage Tea & Cakes, 7ate9 Bakery, Powerhouse Juice and Red Garden Pottery, while welcoming back local favorites Chicken and Rice Guys, Swiss Bakers and Fazenda Coffee Roasters. "

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The 2nd Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Jul 26, 2015

 "Enjoy a summer afternoon of listening to FREE, Grammy-Award-Winning JAZZ in the green sculpture gardens of University Park at MIT. There will be jazzy FOOD & DRINKS…a BEER GARDEN…and ARTS & CRAFTS for all to enjoy… 

 …and a stellar lineup of PERFORMERS including Cambridge native Nnenna Freelon in a tribute to Billie Holiday with the Ron Savage Trio, piano legend JoAnne Brackeen, percussionist Eguie Castrillo and his Latin Jazz Connection, the innovative Laszlo Gardony Sextet, and the smooth jazz sounds of The Tóth Brothers."


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3 Lobster Rolls to Try This Summer

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Jul 08, 2015

lr"Seriously, what’s better on a summer day than sipping a cold one and chowing down on a bun piled high with lobster salad? Answer: seriously nothing. Stop looking for other answers." Try these three, recommended by Thirllist:

1. Yankee Lobster Co

"This internationally known fish market makes a locally beloved lobster roll that you need to eat. Soon. Light mayo and tarragon complement the claw/knuckle meat and griddled bun, and for a slight variation, order the lobster club -- it’s got bacon in the mix. (Bacon + lobster + you = happiness.) Food blogger Fiona Coxe puts the entire scene in perspective: “Like being on vacation in the middle of the city, Yankee Lobster offers that island vibe, a stuffed lobster roll, and beer­ -- ‘cause everything is better with beer.”

2. Alive and Kicking Lobster

"Even though plenty of locals know about Alive & Kicking’s lobster salad sandwiches (not rolls!), those beauties still feel like a well­-guarded secret. This no­-frills Cambridgeport nook keeps its “roll” equally no­-frills with just light mayo, salt, and pepper for seasoning, while two pieces of toasted scali tie the whole room together. Restaurateur Beau Sturm reflects, “It’s simple and delicious, served on buttered scali bread and barely dressed in mayo. The people who run the place are so nice, and the food is just as great as the people.”

3. James Hook + Co

"A sunny stroll along the waterfront should always include a stop at James Hook for their award­-winning lobster roll. Always. It’s a basic set-up (light mayo, celery, toasted roll), but one that allows the straight-from­-the-ocean lobster meat to take center stage. And it’s a showstopper. For cookbook author Dan Whalen, Hook’s roll is tops: “Fresh lobster, light mayo, buttered toasted roll, and that’s it. Amazing big chunks of really fresh meat. Also, it’s affordable.” ($15 for a small, $18 for a large.)"

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City of Cambridge Dance Party

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Jun 24, 2015

"Stately Cambridge City Hall provides the backdrop for the annual neighborhood boogie bonanza on Mass. Ave. between Prospect and Bigelow Streets. Shake it with thousands of your closest friends while DJs spin dance hits from old school Motown to ‘80s/’90s party classics. (Parachute pants are optional.)"

"Join thousands of Cambridge residents and visitors who will gather in front of Cambridge City Hall for this annual, FREE dance extravaganza on Friday, June 26 from 7pm-11pm. Celebrate summer with an evening of community and music. After dark, colorful lights will be launched, adding to the magic of the evening.

Mass Ave, between Prospect and Bigelow Streets, will be closed to traffic during the event, but open for dancing!! 

Attendees are strongly encouraged to take public transportation to the event."

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Saturday BBQs @ Formaggio Kitchen

Posted by Susie Callahan on Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Kick off Father's Day weekend by taking your Dad to Formaggio Kitchen for their Saturday BBQs:

"Each year as the weather warms up, we roll out our massive Weber grill to finish house smoked meats and a variety of sides to satisfy a long line of die hard fans. Our 2015 season kicked off on Saturday, April 4th and will continue into October.

Check out our 2015 BBQ menu and call us at 617-354-4750 with your pre-order. We are happy to take smaller pre-orders up until 4pm on the Thursday before the barbecue. If you’re serving a large group of 8 or more people, you must place your pre-order prior to Wednesday by 12 noon. Please be aware that pre-orders will not be warmed up on the grill at time of pickup. Hot dogs, sausages and other items that require “finishing” on the grill are not available via pre-order.

Each week, our work begins in earnest on Thursday as we start prepping and smoking the meats. We smoke our brisket, chicken, lamb and pork shoulder using a variety of woods, and we put a healthy dose of dry rub on the pork ribs. We also cook up a heaping batch of baked beans, caramelized onions, and coleslaw to provide the trifecta of killer sides.

On Saturday morning, we roll out the grill and get the fire started with hardwood lump coals as a line of customers starts forming. We love the laid-back, welcoming atmosphere, and so do others: In 2007, we were voted Best Street Food by Boston Magazine, and in 2009 we were named one of the top ten best new BBQ spots in the US by Bon Appétit. Most importantly, we have a following of devoted regulars who make it all worthwhile. So stop by and join us for some great barbecue!"

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Best Dog Parks in Boston

Posted by Susie Callahan on Thu, May 28, 2015

Take your pooch and head to one of these great dog parks in Boston  (list kindly compiled by Rover.com)

1. Boston Common | Back Bay

"Boston Common is one of the most beautiful parks in the city. The Common allows well-behaved dogs to be off leash between 6am and 9am and again from 4pm to 8pm. Dogs are allowed in the park on-leash throughout the day."

2. Richmond Street Dog Park | North End

"This is a North End hidden gem. It is an entirely fenced-in, off-leash park maintained by a local community group. The park was renovated in April of 2013 and features new paving, gravel, fencing, flowering plants, a trash barrel and cleaning equipment. Poop bags are also available onsite."

3. Danehy Park | Cambridge

"Located at 99 Sherman Street, Cambridge residents love this 50-acre park that features an unfenced, off-leash area. The park also features a soccer field and a baseball field and is always full of friendly, local dog owners."


Check out the complete list here


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50 Shades of Bey

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sat, May 09, 2015

“Fifty Shades of Bey” is coming to the Oberon for a two-night run May 14 and 15! A very interactive performance by Lipstick Criminals and director Vanessa White, this all Beyoncé-choreographed dance night is sure to be a blast.


"Think you're ready?
Been locked up in the house way too long?

May 14 and 15, pull out that Freakum Dress for

All Beyoncé. All night. All right."


Follow @lipstickcriminals on Instagram (cake by the pound) for behind the scenes photos and videos leading up to the show. #fiftyshadesofbey

Buy tickets here!

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Have a picnic!

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, May 06, 2015


Now that we're experiencing some top notch spring weather, why not get outside and soak up the sun? Head to your favorite outdoor park and have a picnic!

Here's a helpful tip from Boston.com on how to "Picnic like a boss":"If you’re looking for a way to spend a lazy Saturday — but you’re feeling just plain, well, lazy — call up the pros, and rent a fully loaded picnic basket en route to your favorite greenspace. Central Bottle stocks theirs with Iggy’s baguette, New England cheeses, house-made fig jam, and more, along with your choice of red, white, rose, or beer. 196 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, centralbottle.com"



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The Salvation Army's Skatefest 2015

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sat, Mar 07, 2015

Join Salvation Army at Skatefest 2015 and help them fight to end child homelessness

The Skating Club of Boston will provide a spectacular skating performance that you, your family, and friends will not want to miss! Multiple national competitors and medalists as well as Olympic Bronze Medalist Simon Shnapir and partner Deedee Leng will all be participating.  All proceeds benefit The Salvation Army's Our Place Day Care Center for Homeless Children.

Their goal is to reach $10,000, so any donation helps! Here's a breakdown of just how much each dollar benefits their cause:


Provides 1 child with 1 toothbrush and toothpaste $5
Provides a birthday cake and decorations to celebrate 1 child's birthday $20
Enough food for 1 child to receive nutritious meals and snacks for 1 day $25
Provides child care for 1 child for 1 day $50
Provides child care for 2 children for 1 day $100
Provides child care for 1 child for 1 week $250
Provides child care for 1 child for 1 month $1,000
Provides child care for 1 child for 1 year $12,000


Purchase your ticket here.

This event takes place on Sunday, March 8 from 4:30pm-6:30pm at MIT Johnson Athletic Center 100 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139 

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