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January 25, 2016
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In The News
This Week's Featured Event
Arts, Entertainment & Events
Meetings & Notices
City Services
Construction & Utility Work Updates
Deals & Promos
Legal Notice
BID Ambassador Services & Links
In The News
Globe: Finishing Touches for Godfrey Hotel Boston in Downtown Crossing 1/22/16 Clover Will Donate All Proceeds from Downtown Crossing Soft Opening on Tuesday 1/21/16

Zagat: 8 New Must-Try Pastas Around Boston Including Beet Tagliolini at Serafina 1/20/16

Video: Focus on Downtown Crossing's Current Real Estate Industry 1/19/16

Metro: 1903 Movie Includes Jordan Marsh, Streetcars and More 1/18/16

Zagat: Yvonne's One of the Hottest New Restaurants in Boston 1/18/16

Globe: Shakespeare as Rock N' Roll in Filter Theatre's 'Twelfth Night' at Paramount 1/14/16

This Week's Featured Event
From the Living to the Telling: An Evening with Two Bestselling Memoirists Old South Meeting House on Jan. 28th

Critically acclaimed authors Alysia Abbott and Howard Axelrod will share how writers sift through memories and shape them in stories at From the Living to the Telling: An Evening with Two Bestselling Memoirists on Thursday, Jan. 28th. This free program and reception will be at the Old South Meeting House at 6 pm, with a reception at 5:30 pm. 

Come hear these two authors talk about their experiences, both living them and re-telling them decades later. This event is free and open to the public, pre-registration is requested and can be done by clicking here. This event is co-presented by the Old South Meeting House and the Boston Literary District, and co-sponsored by GrubStreet, Boston Public Library, Boston Athenaeum, Boston Book Festival, Emerson College, Suffolk University and The Drum Literary Magazine.
Arts, Entertainment & Events
Artist Reception for 'Possibilities in Bloom - A Retrospective' Exhibition at Art in Giving Gallery on Jan. 26th

An artist reception for 
Becky Levin's exhibit "Possibilities in Bloom - A Retrospective" will be on Tuesday, Jan. 26th from 5 to 7 pm at the Art in Giving Gallery (100 Summer St.)

Levin is the executive director of The Possible Project, which is a youth entrepreneurship center that teaches high school students to start and run their own businesses. The Possible Project and the Art in Giving Gallery are partnering together to raise funds for two important causes - closing the opportunity gap through entrepreneurship and eradicating childhood cancer. This reception is free, but registration is requested by clicking here
Enjoy Works of Bach & Mendelssohn at Tuesday Recital at King's Chapel

King's Chapel (58 Tremont St.) hosts Tuesday noon recitals most weeks. On Tuesday, Jan. 26th at 12:15 pm enjoy the works of Bach and Mendelssohn with soprano Sudie Marcuso (pictured), tenor M. Patrick Kane and organist Mary Jodice.

Recitals last between 30 and 40 minutes and feature a wide variety of performing artists ranging from local students to traveling performers. The performances range from jazz and folk music from numerous ethnicities to classical music from medieval times to the present. Admission is by suggested donation of $3 and donations are given to the performers. For more info please call 617-227-2155.
'An Octoroon' Opens at the
Paramount Center on Jan. 29th

"An Octoroon," the winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play, will debut at the Paramount Center on Jan. 29th and run through Feb. 27th.

Author Branden Jacobs-Jenkins revises a popular 19th century melodrama with "blushing Southern belles, dastardly schemes, and budding forbidden romances - for today's 'post-racial,' spectacle-obsessed world."

Click here for tickets and showtimes.
Wilco Performing Two Shows at the Orpheum Theater

Wilco, an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, will be performing shows on Jan. 29th and 30th at the Orpheum Theater. Click here for tickets. 

Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' at Paramount Center Through Jan. 30th 

Filter Theatre's version of "Twelfth Night," created in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company will be performed at the Paramount Center through Jan. 30th. 

Through ArtsEmerson, all bets are off and all rules upended when Shakespeare's beloved, gender-bending love triangle meets the wild spirit of Filter Theatre. Be prepared for an evening of joyful mayhem that will make you laugh and warm your heart. Click here for tickets and more info.
Ice Skating at 
Boston Common Frog Pond 

The skating rink at the Boston Common Frog Pond is open for people of all ages to enjoy skating. Don't forget there are also season and lunch passes.

The schedule is as follows: Mon. 10 am to 3:45 pm; Tue. to Thurs. 10 am to 9 pm; Fri/Sat 10 am to 10 pm; Sun. 10 am to 9 pm.  

Admission price is based on skater's height: 58-inches and over: $6; Under 58-inches: free. Rentals & Services: Skates for adult men/women is $12, $6 for kids. Click here for more info.
Last Week to Enjoy Freedom Trail 
Historic Holiday Strolls 

Enjoy one of Boston's best traditions -- the Freedom Trail Foundation's Historic Holiday Stroll.

These merry 90-minute tours are led by Dickensian costumed guides leaving from Faneuil Hall Thursdays through Sundays at 3:30 pm. The stroll is complete with a tour of holiday lights and Christmas trees along the Freedom Trail, a visit to the Omni Parker House for signature refreshments. Guests receive discounts off museum store purchases at several Freedom Trail sites. Tickets are $29 for adults, $19 for children, and reservations are required 24 hours in advance. All Freedom Trail tours are available as private family or group tours. For reservations and more info please call 617-357-8300.
City Services

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Construction & Utility Work Updates 
MBTA Construction, Millennium Tower, Godfrey Hotel and More 

Downtown Boston is continually transforming, with new buildings rising, as well as transportation projects taking place underground and at street level. Looking for the latest updates on developments, construction, sidewalk closings, and more? Click here.

Legal Notice
Notice is hereby given that the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing has received the following application:

For a seasonal entertainment license to operate and maintain exhibitions, promotions, art shows, stage plays, instrumental/vocal music, television, audio device, disc jockey, dancing, and street performers, to operate from April 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At: Summer Street Pedestrian Zone (between Washington and Hawley Street); Shopper's Park (Washington & Franklin Street); Washington and Summer Streets; Walgreen Plaza (Washington and School Street); 100 Summer Street Plaza; 125 Summer Street Plaza; 133 Federal Street Plaza; China Trade Plaza (Boylston & Washington Street), Boston. 

The applicant is: Downtown Boston Business Improvement District
Manager of record is: Michael D. Testa

A public hearing on this application will be held at Boston City Hall, Room 809A, on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.

Anyone wishing to speak on this matter is invited to attend the hearing. Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Interpretation Services in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole and American Sign Language may be available upon request if the request is made two weeks prior to the public hearing. Call 617-635-4165 to request an interpreter. Written comments may be made prior to the hearing by writing to:
Christine A. Pulgini, Esq. Interim Director
Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing
Room 817, Boston City Hall, Boston, MA 02201
Telephone 617-635-4165
Fax 617-635-4174
BID Ambassador Services & Links
BID Ambassadors Provide Walking Escorts and Directions 
24 Hours a Day in Downtown 

The Downtown Boston BID Ambassadors provide hospitality services seven days a week, nearly 24 hours a day, creating a welcoming environment for everyone. BID Ambassadors provide walking escorts all day or night - they'll even tote an umbrella if it's raining or snowing! 

Please call 617-261-0066 to arrange an escort or for other BID Ambassador services. Please call 20 to 30 minutes prior to desired escort. You can also email [email protected], which is encouraged. 
Additional BID Ambassador Services
  • Friendly, welcoming downtown presence: helping visitors with directions, notifying fire and police personnel of incident, etc. 
  • Making sure handicapped ramps are not obstructed and storm drain openings are not clogged.
  • Cleaning and powerwashing in Downtown Boston during warm weather. 
  • Landscaping, watering flowers during warm weather.
  • Remove litter and graffiti 
  • Contact [email protected] for more.
Featured Stories
How Did These Downtown Boston Restaurants Get Their Names?

Zagat Boston recently highlighted how some Boston restaurants get their names. Like Yvonne's (2 Winter Place), which is named for a certain Mademoiselle Yvonne, whose nude portrait infamously adorned Locke-Ober's dining room (Yvonne's is in the former Locke-Ober space). There is now a modern update to the portrait in the restaurant (seen below).
So how about some other Downtown Boston restaurants?

Barracuda Tavern (15 Bosworth St.) started when a Barracuda swam by co-owner, Luka Stipanov, while scuba diving in the Adriatic Sea when he was 15. He has been intrigued by the fish ever since and "caught one in Boston" when he and his wife Beth, who opened their flagship location, Barracuda Tavern, in September 2010. 

Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale (48 Temple Place) is in the location of the former Stoddard's Bait and Tackle shop from the 1800s, which quickly evolved into Stoddard's Fine Cutlery, where world famous chef Julia Child used to buy her knives.

Mast' (45 Province St.) comes from the Italian term meaning masters in their field, masters of their craft. The restaurant takes this ethos into crafting their Neapolitan pizzas, as well as the rest of their menu.

The Merchant (60 Franklin St.) name is in part an homage to the great history of the neighborhood, and the previous tenant London Harness, which traded in the space for almost 100 years. 
Emerson College's Free 
Bright Lights Film Series Starts on Thursday

The spring season of Emerson College's Bright Lights Film Series kicks off on Thursday. Every movie is free to attend and open to the public at the Paramount Center's Bright Family Screening Room (559 Washington St.).

The series features 18 films, including the first movie, "The Final Girls" on Jan. 28th with a discussion with director and Emerson College alumnus Todd Strauss-Schilson after the move. Other films include the animated film "Cheatin'," "Tangerine" and more.

All screenings start at 7 pm and seating is first come, first served. There is no advance registration. Please click here for more info about screenings and updates on special guests
. Click here for a trailer about the spring Bright Lights Film Series.
Winter Info Resources: MBTA, What's Open, BID Resources and More

Winter storms happen, but you still need to get to places, eat at restaurants and more. Here are winter resources to help you stay informed.

The MBTA's Winter website section directs you to severe weather schedules, alerts and more. You can also get the most updated service information by signing up for T-alerts here, or download apps for real-time tracking here has a handy webpage letting people know what restaurants are open. closed and delivering during winter weather, including ones that offer special deals. You can also search the hastag #OpenInBOS to see what else is open and may not be listed.

BID Ambassadors are in the district 24/7 and that doesn't stop when there's a winter storm. Our ambassadors are out removing snow from public crosswalks, handicap ramps, sewers and more. Please call us at 617-261-0066 or email [email protected] if you see a public crosswalk, handicap ramp or sewer that needs to be cleaned. During severe winter weather storms please check out website homepage at for updates on transportation, local businesses and more.
Meetings & Notices
Public Meeting: Discuss Proposed Renovations to 100 Federal St. on Feb. 1st

The Boston Redevelopment Authority will host a public meeting to discuss the proposed renovations to 100 Federal St. This meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 1st  from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the BRA Board Room, 9th Floor, City Hall

The proposed renovations include adding about 21,000 sq. ft. of ground level retail and common space and convert existing below-grade space of about 69,000 sq. ft. to parking space. Contact Chris Tracy at 617-918-4259 or [email protected] for more info.
City Launches Boston Safety Concerns Map

Last week the city launched the Vision Zero Boston Safety Concerns Map, an online tool that allows people to identify locations where they have concerns about transportation safety. 

Boston residents and visitors are encouraged to visit, select the location of their concern, and add it to the map. People can also enter additional comments to concerns reported by others. 

This map is not a substitute for 311, which is used to report non-emergency issues to the city, such as broken street lights. The data from the Safety Concerns Map will be used collectively by the Vision Zero Task Force to identify patterns in behavior and street design to help set priorities for future Vision Zero efforts.
Donate to Winter Necessity Drive at 
Hyatt Regency Boston

The Hyatt Regency Boston (1 Ave. De Lafayette) is hosting a Winter Necessity Drive for the next two weeks. Anyone is welcome to donate items that will be provided to individuals in need in the Downtown Boston area. Please donate new or gently-used and clean hats, scarves, socks, gloves, jackets, sweatshirts, jeans and sweatpants. A collection container will be in the lobby of the hotel.

Hire an Intern from the Irish International Immigrant Center Internship Program

The Irish Immigrant International Center's J-1 IWT Program attracts a large pool of talented Irish University graduates are authorized to intern in the United States for 12 months.

There are many benefits to hiring an intern through this program: cost effectiveness, interns are highly motivated and educated, businesses receive comprehensive support from the IIIC throughout recruitment  and the internship and more.

This program is sponsored and supported by the US Dept. of State, the Republic of Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ireland Fund.

For more info on recruiting an Irish intern please contact: J-1 Intern Placement Service, Irish International Immigrant Center (100 Franklin St., LL-1, Boston MA 02110), call 617-542-7654 x23 or email [email protected].
Largest Devonshire Penthouse 
Available on April 1st

The largest penthouse in the Devonshire (One Devonshire Place), PH 310 will be available April 1 and is being offered at $14,500 per month. 
This penthouse offers magnificent views (see the photo!) and is a 2,565 sq. ft. duplex home on the 41st and 42nd floors. It has three bedrooms, a study and three full bathrooms. 
Contact John Donovan in the leasing office at 617-720-3410 or visit the website for a preview.  
Office Space at Old City Hall 
(45 School St.) for Rent 

Office space at Old City Hall (45 School St., 2nd Floor), comprising two offices and secretarial space will be available for rent starting on July 1st. 

It is approximately 900 sq. ft., with rent being $3,500 per month (about $46 per sq. ft.). Electricity costs about $90 per month. Desired lease is three years, three months. Contact Michael Lack at at 617-742-2200 or [email protected] for more info. 
Deals & Promos
Performers Announced; Get Your Tix for the Boston Calling Music Festival

Performers for May's Boston Calling Music Festival include Sia, Janelle Monae, Elle King, Robyn and more. The festival will take place at City Hall Plaza from May 27-29. Get your tickets by clicking here before they sell out. 

The Bar Method Downtown's 
Sweet Deals to Make You Sweat 

The Bar Method Downtown (75 Federal St.) is offering several sweet deals that will make you sweat. 

There is a new client $85 special for six weeks of unlimited classes. There is also a $300 deal for new and current clients offering two months of unlimited classes. Click here for more info.
Cold Fighting Teas at David's Tea

It's cold and flu season and David's Tea (298 Washington St.) has teas specifically made to fight off those sniffles, sore throats and watery eyes. 

David's Tea offers teas such as Bravissimo, Cold Zing, and Mother's Little Helper that will help you fight off those colds. Click here for cold fighting David's Teas. 
BID Internships Available 

The Downtown Boston BID is seeking qualified, enthusiastic interns to assist with the following projects:

  • Office administration and customer service
  • Policy research and analysis
  • Data collection, input and management
Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].  
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For questions and comments, please contact David Ertischek, newsletter editor, at: [email protected]