This Week In
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 22:09
Art Week Boston, presented by the Highland Street Foundation, is a week of free art exhibits and events dedicated to the different cultures, artists, and featured works throughout the city. Tomorrow marks the beginning of Art Week, which will run through Oct. 6.
Each participating event will be partnered with a local business to encourage networking and, according to the Art Week Boston press page, “build awareness about the area’s creative economy.” Categories for events include: crafts, dance, visual arts, music, interactive, and theater.
The week is loosely based off of Boston’s famous Restaurant Week, which takes place at the end of the summer.
For more information regarding the festival, visit artweekboston.org.
Emerson College student Jody Steel has recently gained recognition for her artwork, displayed in an unusual place: her right thigh. In the past week, Steel’s drawings have gone viral thanks to her Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, and personal website. Over 530,000 unique users have seen her work online, and Steel has received praise from news networks across the country. Most viewed thus far are her sketches of Breaking Bad characters, a show which Steel admits is an obsession.
In an interview with Boston Magazine, Steel said that each drawing takes approximately one hour to complete. Her drawing hand has not only earned Steel national recognition, but also a job : part-time professor Cynthia Miller noticed Steel drawing in class, but instead of reprimanding her, Miller gave Steel the opportunity to illustrate her upcoming book series.
This past week, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino teamed up with MassChallenge, the largest startup accelerator in the world, to announce an expansion of the Innovation District. This expansion will begin with MassChallenge’s move eastward: the company will relocate their offices to the Innovation and Design Building in the Boston Marine Industrial Park. Along with the MassChallenge announcement, Menino stated that the innovation district has created 5,000 jobs in the past four years, 1,000 jobs in the past eight months alone. According to a press release from the mayor’s office, MassChallenge is credited with helping anchor the Innovation District, drawing numerous other companies to Industrial Park over the past three years. MassChallenge is expected to move their offices to the new Innovation and Design Building in 2014.
This weekend, it seems the entire city is celebrating the beginning of fall with free events, festivals, and special deals. Tomorrow night, the MFA is hosting “Throwback Thursday,” a night dedicated to their new and highly popular “Hippie Chic” exhibit. Since a VW van will be on site for a photo opportunity, the museum is encouraging participants to dress according to the theme. Make-your-own tie dye will also be available. While the exhibit runs through Nov. 11, “Throwback Thursday” is a one-time event.
On Friday, the Museum of Science is hosting College Night. Any current student with a valid college ID will receive free access to the exhibits, as well as the Theater of Electricity, the museum’s live-feature presentation. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to take a Duck Tour and see a live animal show.
The Berklee College of Music will host their annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival this Saturday, Sept. 28, on Columbus Ave. (between Massachusetts Ave. and Burke St. in the South End) between 12 and 6 p.m.
This year’s theme, Jazz: The Next Generation, provides an opportunity for the up-and-coming artists in the music field to perform.
Highlights include Meshell Ndegeocello, Will Calhoun Trio—led by the Grammy Award-winning alumnus and drummer of the band Living Colour—as well as Robin McKelle & the Flytones.
In addition to the featured musicians, street performers, face painters, and vendors will be on site. All performances will be outdoors, open to the public, and free of charge.