Archive for April, 2005

experimental music

I wish I would have got this up sooner, because last nights show was rad. But if your into live experimental, improv, electronic, noise. Non Event has the best concerts in boston. The next event is May 11th.

Closing Time – You Don’t Have to Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here

Two Boston city councilors want Boston hotel bars to stay open until 4 am according to this boston globe story. Opponents say that Boston’s a town of neighborhoods, and, if some establishments are open until 4 am, it will be disruptive – these people have a right to peace and quiet.

IMG_0540 The idea to keep some establishments open longer has come up multiple times, but its always shot down. According to the article, “Councilor Jerry P. McDermott of Allston-Brighton vehemently opposed the idea of extending bar hours. ”If people want to go to a place where the bars are open until 4 a.m., then Boston’s not the city for them,” McDermott said.”

After hours parties, however, are becoming something of a problem for Boston. There are entrepeneurs who hand out leaflets and have big after-hours parties in places like Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan – however some of these parties are now moving into other Boston areas, like Hyde Park. Occasionally, there’s some violence after these after-hours parties – not a big shock.

As a native New Yorker (and former bartender), who now proudly calls himself a Bostonian, the early ‘closing time’ has always interested me. Granted, this is a puritanical state when it comes to alcohol – remember when we couldn’t buy booze on Sundays? That wasn’t so long ago. It was always a pain in the neck to have people over to watch Football on Sundays, you had to plan in advance and get the beer on Saturday. If you ran out — tough luck.

When I visit my brother in NYC, the nights out don’t generally start until 10 or 11 pm – but here, in Boston, parties might start right after work, or at 8 pm after a quick dinner. I like Boston’s 1 am closing time, personally. Its pretty easy to get to work if you’ve only been up until 2. Much tougher if you’re up until 5.

I’m not sure how I feel about hotel bars being allowed to stay open until 4, and I’m confident this will be shot down in the City Council. What do you think? Should Boston have some late night establishments for a few cocktails after 2 am? Are the early closing times of Boston drinking establishments a bane or a boon to our fair, puritanical city?

I wonder how the purveyors of booze will weigh in on this. Is it better for bars to close earlier, thereby having fewer belligerent drunks? Or is it better to stay open longer, so the bars make more dough? Another big problem, of course, is public transportation. If I had to get home at 4 am, its cab city, no other option other than a designated driver. As the ‘T’ is less than adequate in its coverage of the greater Boston area, one can easily understand why bars open until 4 would be a big problem for many of the outer Boston ‘burbs’.

That’s just my $0.02 – what do you think?

Emerson

On this day in literary history from http://www.bloomsbury.com

Ralph Waldo Emerson dies 1882 in Concord, Massachusetts

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1803 and, unlike many of his literary
contemporaries, led a respectable, conventional life as a solid citizen,
lacking the excesses of Poe, the glamour of Hawthorne or the
adventurousness of Melville (who satirised him as a philosophical con man
in The Confidence Man). He was the son of a Unitarian minister but when
poverty struck after the death of his father he was heavily influenced by
an aunt who encouraged him to consider his deprivations an act of ecstatic
self-denial. He became a minister himself in his early twenties and
married Ellen Tucker, who died of tuberculosis early in the marriage. As
his interest in writing increased, he found that his natural form of
expression was the essay and his work focuses on the manner in which a
young America is attempting to discover its own intellectual identity. He
encouraged his countrymen to free their minds of history and look towards
the future, asserting that they were each responsible for their own
destinies. His most famous works are Nature (1836), Self Reliance (1841)
and Experience (1844) and his influence on subsequent generations of
American writers has been significant .

Red Sox Opening Day Pictures

Someone posted their Red Sox Opening Day Pictures on flickr.

Methuen’s Buried Treasure

Two Methuen Residents dug up turn of the century currency valued at over $100,000. While the origin of the lost cash is currently unknown, the amateur historian in me can’t help but want to research it. The Globe speculates the cash coming from a robbery, bootlegging profits or anti-bank immigrants.

Sox win again, Philadelphia, Amtrak, The Leaky Dig, and stuff

The Sox beat the Orioles last night – but its only April :)

I’m off to Philadelphia this weekend, some family function thing that I hope is fun. Flying from Providence on Southwest – because the fares are amazing. Last time I did this I got called out to be searched – my bags were searched, and I was put into a machine that puffs air on you. Still have no idea what the air puffing was looking for, but it felt very … odd and Orwellian.

A friend of mine, recently back from a trip to Turkey, just found out that the Amtrak Acela trains are no longer running. He was a big fan of taking the Acela down to NYC and working on the train – much easier than driving, and less stressful than flying. Is there any hope for decent rail service in the NorthEast corridor?

It should hit 60 degrees today in Boston, and my morning walk for coffee tells me that its going to be a great day – just a T-shirt and I was very comfortable.

The Big Dig is in trouble again according to the Herald. I wonder how long the leaks can keep up until a section of the tunnel comes crashing down.

If you are in town this weekend, check out the Boston Cyberarts Festival and, for a good read, check out The Big Kenmore Square Bistro Square Off – I wasn’t even aware that Kenmore was getting fancy schmancy Bistros. I normally only go there when I’m going to a Sox game.

Today in History

This is all verbatim from writersalmanac.publicradio.org

Poem: “Concord Hymn,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Concord Hymn

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world,

The foe long since in silence slept,
Alike the Conqueror silent sleeps,
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone,
That memory may their deed redeem,
When like our sires our sons are gone.

Spirit! who made those freemen dare
To die, or leave their children free,
Bid time and nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and Thee.

Literary and Historical Notes:

It’s the birthday of diarist Sarah Kemble Knight, born in Boston, Massachusetts (1666). Little is known of her early life, except that she took over her father’s merchant business after his death in 1689. It may have been for business reasons, or perhaps to settle a relative’s estate, that she undertook a solo journey on horseback from Boston to New Haven in 1704, when she was thirty-nine years old. She kept a journal of her travels, recording everything that happened, and everything she saw along her way. Her diary passed into private hands after her death in 1727, and was not discovered again until 1825, when it was published as The Journal of Madame Knight by Theodore Dwight Junior. It has been reprinted many times since, and is now considered one of the most authentic chronicles of eighteenth-century colonial life.

In 1775 on this day, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War occurred when several hundred British troops marched into Lexington, Massachusetts on a mission to capture Patriot leaders. The troops were taken by surprise by about seventy armed Minutemen. Suddenly a shot was fired – no one knows by whom – that became known as “the shot heard round the world,” and the Revolutionary War had begun. Eight of the Minutemen were killed, and nine were wounded.

On this day in 1886, the Concord Hymn, written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, was sung at the completion of a monument to the battle in Concord, Massachusetts.

Another Gorgeous Day

The weather is …. fantastic. It could stay like this forever for all that I care.

The Sox won last night and I listened to the whole game on the radio while digging in the dirt. I didn’t watch the marathon, but I’m sure the runners were pretty darned hot running up and down the ‘rolling hills’ of Boston. Schilling’s and Timlin’s wives ran (and completed) the marathon.

The Globe has a story entitled “Real Men Exfoliate” which makes me happy. I get snickers from my ‘better half’ and friends who peer into the medicine cabinet. It’s lined with ‘product’ made for men. Knowing that I’m not the only one is a nice thing.

I’m going to get my work done and get outside. Have a great day Boston!

Happy Patriots Day

Today is Patriots Day which commemorates the battle of Lexinton and Corncord fought on April 19, 1775. The glorious midnight ride of Paul Revere and William Dawes – one if by land two is by sea – all that fun stuff.

Only a few states recognize this as a holiday, most businesses are still open, and today is generally more or less Marathon Day in Boston!

There are lots of sites that tell you where to watch and you can even watch live coverage of the marathon.

It’s also a GORGEOUS day, so I’ll be outside as much as possible., listening to the Sox game, of course.

Tom Brady was on SNL last night, but I didn’t catch it yet. Thank God for TiVo!

Enjoy the day, Boston!

Boston AIDS Walk

The upcoming Boston AIDS Walk is Sunday, June 5, 2005.

Why not sponsor a walker or walk yourself?

Maybe the weather will be fantastic, and … if you donate enough, I’m sure the Sox will win the World Series again! OK, that might be a small lie, but still, why not help out an organization that does good stuff, instead of spending all your extra money on Starbucks!

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