This Week In
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 23:09
Laugh Boston, a new comedy club located in Boston’s Seaport District in the Westin Seaport Waterfront Hotel, will officially open on Sept. 21, but invites comedy lovers to enjoy free comedy previews on Sept. 13 and 14.
Two of Laugh Boston’s three owners, Chet Harding and Norm Laviolette, are both co-founders of Improv Asylum. A third owner, John Tobin, owns Theatre District Productions, a live comedy production company. The three owners, according to their website, hope that Laugh Boston will fill a gap in Boston’s comedy scene, which the owners feel is in need of a mid-range club.
Featured comedians this weekend will include Kelly MacFarland and Jimmy Dunn. Laugh Boston will seat 300, and will host stand-up shows every Wednesday through Saturday.
Governor Deval Patrick criticized the state’s new tech tax on Tuesday. The tax forces small software businesses to charge customers a sales tax. The tax is scheduled to be added to customers’ bills on Sept. 20, but Patrick is calling for the repeal of the law.
Legislators hoped the tax would bring in revenue to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, but many businesses felt the tax would be debilitating to their businesses, causing many software business owners to call for its repeal. According to Boston Magazine, Patrick fears that the law will make Massachusetts a state that appears unfriendly to the innovation industry.
Now, Patrick hopes that legislators will repeal the tech tax and work together to find another way to meet revenue needs for the state’s infrastructure.
The Red Line
This Sunday, Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville will join forces to give people a trip along the Red Line in an event called the “Red Line Ride,” organized by OneIn3 Boston, Cambriville Connects, and Somerville officials. Similar to a pub crawl, attendees will hit a series of hotspots. According to the event’s Facebook page, “the day-long event will span all three cities highlighting local businesses, organizations and activities. From lawn games and bike rides, to cupcake decorating and dumplings, there is something for everyone.” The event will begin at the South Station stop on the Red Line at noon, when there will be music and food. The day will end at 4 p.m. in Davis Square in Somerville, where there will be a chance to win tickets to Harvest Fest and to grab giveaways at the end of the day. Other stops along the Red Line will include Downtown Crossing and Kendall Square.
A court complaint was filed on Sept. 9 that shows that the North Andover-based Converse is suing the Jamaica Plain-based Autonomie Project for producing its own eco-friendly version of Converse’s popular, black and white Chuck Taylor shoe design. Converse complains that the Autonomie Project has created shows called “Ethletic High Tops” that steal the sole, stitching, and look for Converse’s Chuck Taylor shoes. According to Boston Magazine, Converse sent a cease and desist letter in 2012. Despite this, the products remained on Autonomie’s website. According to the court complaint from Converse, the company asserts that it “owns common law and federal trademark rights in the appearance of the outsole, midsole, and upper designs commonly used in connection with Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star shoes.” Converse wants the Autonomie products to be destroyed and hopes to recover Autonomie’s profits.
Stealing Musical Hearts
One of the “Pulse of the City” art installations, which were put in place less than a week ago, was stolen, and another was destroyed. The art pieces, designed by Harvard grad and San Francisco-based artist George Zisiadis, are heart shaped structures designed to play music to the beat of a pulse when someone touches the art pieces. The heart erected in the North End was stolen on Saturday morning. “We have already started remedying the situation,” said Zisiadis, according to Boston Magazine. “We created the pieces to give joy to the city of Boston, and the public, and that’s the response we have been seeing.” Zisiadis said that the group of artists who worked on the hearts will do “structural welding along the base of the connection” of all of the pieces, and that the hearts should be replaced in the next two weeks.