Discover Boston Through the Boston Center for Adult Education
Bostonians can already talk the talk, but can they walk the walk? Although Boston’s known as “America’s walking city,” how many of us have stopped to “smell the roses?” It’s time to slow down and look around!
Beginning in June, 2011 the Boston Center for Adult Education is offering a series of interactive walking tours designed to educate and inspire.
Explore historical neighborhoods on foot, and discover fascinating facts about the community around us! Whether you’ve just moved to the city and want to get to know your neighborhood, or have lived in the city for years, there’s something for everyone to discover.
The BCAE tours will include: A Walking Tour of the Back Bay, A Walking Tour of The Theatre and Financial Districts, A Walking Tour of Beacon Hill, and A Walking Tour of the South End.
After the tour join Instructor Edward Gordon and fellow explorers at one of the neighborhood’s restaurants. Tour guests will receive a complimentary appetizer from a local restaurant including Stephi’s on Tremont, Poe’s Kitchen at Rattlesnake, Jacob Wirth, and 21st Amendment. At the cost of $20.00 you’ll get a tour of Boston and a free appetizer! (*Please note: Dinner is not included in the cost of the class. Complimentary appetizer is valid only when dining with the tour.)
A Walking Tour of the Back Bay: Please join us as we explore one of America's most remarkable Victorian neighborhoods. During the course of the tour, we'll discuss the land making operation that created the Back Bay, the street plan that was influenced by developments in Paris, view residences that represent a variety of architectural styles and consider the colorful personalities such as Isabella Stewart Gardner, Phillips Brooks and H.H. Richardson who are associated with the neighborhood. Receive a free appetizer at Poe’s Kitchen at The Rattlesnake following the tour! Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM; $20.00
A Walking Tour of The Theatre and Financial Districts: On this tour, we'll seek out tucked away nooks and crannies including Lyndeboro Place, with its stage set-like charms; Boylston Place, now the epicenter of Boston’s nightlife; the historical murals of the Little Building; the high relief sculpture of the Liberty Tree and much more! These neighborhoods have many secrets to be revealed! Receive a free appetizer at the historic Jacob Wirth restaurant following the tour! Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM; $20.00 More about Boston's Theatre District
A Walking Tour of Beacon Hill: Discover the history and elegance of Beacon Hill Seek out the few surviving wooden houses, explore hidden alleys and cul-de-sacs and view streetscapes enlivened by vintage storefronts, copper oriels, and ornate fire escapes in this two hour tour. Receive a free appetizer at the historic 21st Amendment bar and restaurant following the tour! Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM; $20.00
A Walking Tour of the South End: During the mid-nineteenth century, Boston’s South End developed into a fashionable neighborhood of tree-shaded oval parks and bowfront bordered avenues. Explore this delightful neighborhood on foot, and discover the topographical and architectural development of this fascinating, multicultural, urban community. The tour will encompass an 1810 burial ground, a 1830s wooden house tucked away in an alley, and a number of charming masonry town houses. You will want to come back on your own to visit the many vibrant shops, galleries, and restaurants we will stroll by in the course of our tour. Receive a free appetizer at Stephi’s on Tremont following the tour! Sunday, June 26th, 2011 from 11:00AM - 1:00PM; $20.00 More about Boston's South End
Reservations are necessary. Please visit www.bcae.org or call the Boston Center for Adult Education at 617-267-4430 to sign up.
WHAT: Join The Beehive for “A night in Buenos Aires” on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 as they present the first-ever “Tango Café,” a celebration of tango music and dance featuring live performances by musicians and dancers from the Longy School of Music, as well as inspired Argentinean food and libation specials!
Tango was born in the brothels of Buenos Aires and its seductive and sensual character will be on display at The Beehive!
The Beehive will be transformed into an authentic Argentinean café with the captivating and seductive sounds of The Beehive Tango Orchestra, complete with strings, keys, vocals and accordion. Professional tango dancers from the Longy School will mesmerize the crowd with sultry dance exhibitions throughout the night.
Argentinean-inspired food specials and Milagro Tequila cocktail specials will be on tap as well! Boston’s queen bee, Executive Chef Rebecca Newell, will be serving traditional Argentinean cuisine such as Empanadas and Gaucho Steak with Chimichurri.
Dinner, including The Beehive’s regular menu, will be served from 5:30PM to 1:00AM. Live performances are from 8:00PM to 12:00AM. Reservations are recommended by calling (617) 423-0069.
Second Installment: Art Everywhere Gallery Boston Center for Adult Education Launches Second Installment of “Art Everywhere Gallery” with Free Reception
WHAT: Join the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE), and Art New England magazine, on Friday, June 10th, 2011 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at a special, free reception to celebrate the unveiling of the second installment of their ongoing exhibition, “Art Everywhere Gallery,” featuring the works of Boston area photographer, Jeffrey Andree and South End oil painter, Joanne Tarlin.
Part of Art New England’s alternative exhibition space initiative, the BCAE’s “Art Everywhere Gallery” is a new, free art gallery dedicated to showcasing the works of local artists. Curated by Susie Brown, Executive Director of the Boston Center for Adult Education and Rita A. Fucillo, Associate Publisher of Art New England magazine, the gallery links the work of local artists to the Boston arts community and visitors of the BCAE. Select artists’ works are on rotating display (approximately every four months), and they can be viewed or purchased at the BCAE anytime Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
On June 10th, 2011 the BCAE will kick-off the second installment of their art gallery with a free reception featuring complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. The opening celebration is free and open to the public. RSVP is necessary.
Thanks to ABC’s hit TV show, “Dancing with the Stars,” Mondays are no longer boring, stale and depressing. But with Season 12 winding down, what will replace your Monday night dance fix?
The Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) just announced their new Monday night dance series featuring three, one-hour dance classes beginning Monday, June 6th, 2011. The BCAE is now offering Salsa for Couples, Ballroom Dance Basics and Merengue & Cha Cha to fill your Monday night dancing void.
Salsa For Couples: Salsa is the hot, hot, hottest of the Latin American dances! Characterized by explosive movements, its beat is lively and sensuous and makes you want to get up and move. Come enjoy this easy-to-learn, fun dance step and get hooked. Expect to change partners during the class. The beginner section is for those who have little to no experience with salsa dancing. Wear leather-soled shoes. Monday, June 6th, 2011 from 6:00PM to 7:00PM; 4 sessions: $125/$115 Members
Ballroom Dance Basics: So you think you can’t dance? Think again! Learn the basics of North American and Latin American dancing and discover how much fun you can have on the dance floor. We’ll cover the waltz, the two-step, the fox trot, and more! Don’t have a dancing partner? No problem! No partner required for this class. One registration per person, please, not per couple. Suitable for students with little or no ballroom experience, and for more experienced dancers who’d like a refresher course. Monday, June 6th, 2011 from 7:00PM to 8:00PM; 4 sessions: $125/$115 Members
Where: East Broadway from Lombardi Way to Temple Street Somerville, MA 02145
Orange line to Sullivan Square
**Music by AfroBrazil, Grupo Samuray, Son del Sol, and others! ...**Hip Hop Open Mike and Stage **Dance demos by World Rhythms, Vadalna, Loma Larga and others! **Farmers Market **Road Race **Children's Activities **Drum Circle **Local Ethnic Food And More!
***PARADE at 12:30pm led by MAYOR CURTATONE, MARCUS SANTOS AFROBRAZIL and DIRTY WATER BRASS BAND~ Dress up in your best Carnaval Attire and bring your bike, skateboard, roller skates or pet to be in the parade! We will be crowning a King and Queen of the Carnaval, so try to out-do your neighbors with a crazy costume! Parade lines up at East Somerville Library 115 Broadway***
Somerville's new Open Streets Initiative, SomerStreets, is a monthly celebration from June - October of each year, during which the City closes sections of roads to vehicle traffic in favor of walking, running, biking, dancing, and other activities! By partnering with local businesses and organizations, one Sunday each month we transform different Somerville neighborhoods into celebrations of active living, community pride, and live entertainment.
Carnaval @ SomerStreets is a partnership between the City of Somerville, East Somerville Main Streets, and the East Broadway Business District.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's American Voices
by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
(126 Lewis Wharf, Boston, MA)
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is pleased to announce the third and final installment of its American Voices script-in-hand series this season will feature stage and screen star Jeffrey Donovan in a reading of the late Lanford Wilson’s play, Burn This, a searing love story of two fractured people brought together by tragic loss who discover the possibility of love and vulnerability.
CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler will direct the reading on June 11th at 8pm at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, located at 527 Tremont Street in Boston's South End.
Donovan currently stars as Michael Westen in USA Network’s series Burn Notice. Boston audiences will remember Donovan from starring in the title role of Hamlet in CSC’s 2005 Shakespeare on the Common production. Other American Voices performances this season have featured Chris Cooper in Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class and Jason Butler Harner in Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth.
The free performance will be Saturday, June 11 at 8pm at the Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. There will be a Wine and Cheese reception with the cast and director immediately following the reading. A limited number of reception tickets are available for $20 and can be purchased at commshakes.org or by calling 617.426.0863. Orders received by 6/10 will have a reserved seat at the reading as well as admittance to the reception.
Attending just the reading is free and does not require a reservation, however seating is limited.
Flash Forward Festival Boston will take place from 12 noon - 7pm on June 2 to June 5, 2011 at the Fairmont Battery Wharf, located on the waterfront in Boston's North End. Admission is free.
The festival is part of an established six-year-old annual Flash Forward competition for emerging photographers from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. It offers exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions, public art installations, and special receptions.
After a successful launch in Toronto, The Magenta Foundation is excited to bring the best in emerging photography to Boston.
Boston Magazine Food Editor and the Boston Center for Adult Education Hold One-of-a-Kind Culinary Class
WHAT: Boston's food scene can be intimidating. With renowned chefs, pop-up restaurants and self-proclaimed foodies around every corner, diners are often reluctant to ask for guidance or admit what they don't know.
On Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) is offering students a chance to learn the ins and outs of the food world with Donna Garlough, Food Editor of Boston magazine, at the new class Demystifying the Menu.
From 5:30PM to 9:00PM, Garlough will guide guests through a three-course progressive dinner at a few of the hottest restaurants in Boston’s South End: Coppa, Petit Robert Bistro and Gaslight. At each stop Garlough will “demystify” the experience for her students, discussing everything from the make-up of the menu to correct pronunciation of exotic-sounding dishes. Not sure what's on that charcuterie plate, or the etiquette on tasting a sample of wine?
Now's your chance to ask away, all while sampling signature dishes and drinks from each restaurant! Students will learn how to read the menus accurately and assertively while enjoying a terrific meal alongside one of the most influential foodies in Boston!
RSVP: Registration is necessary. Please visit www.bcae.org or call the BCAE at 617-267-4430 to sign up!
Founded in 1933, the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) is the first, nonprofit adult education center in New England. The Boston Center for Adult Education serves as a meeting place for the Boston community to gather, learn, discuss and create. The BCAE offers educational classes taught by well-qualified leaders, staff, and volunteers who share the mission of enhancing our community. Today the BCAE teaches classes in Boston for almost every interest. Students can experience everything from yoga, photography, belly dancing, and stand-up comedy, to scotch tasting, cooking, achieving financial freedom, ESL classes and much more. The BCAE also offers interactive programming for children and their caregivers, through their child enrichment program, Bean City Kids. At their recently renovated headquarters on Arlington Street (Boston, MA) you'll find professional grade kitchens, top-notch technology, and versatile classroom space with free Wi-Fi. The BCAE offers a variety of personal and corporate membership levels with benefits including discounted tuition costs and discounts on local retailers. Browse classes, become a member, or support the BCAE online at bcae.org. The BCAE is located at 122 Arlington Street, Boston MA 02116. The BCAE administrative offices are open Monday- Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The Student Services office is open Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-7:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The BCAE is open on weekends during class times only.
The Beehive Restaurant in Boston’s South End celebrates Quebec National Day with traditional fare and entertainment
WHAT: The Beehive Restaurant located in Boston’s trendy South End is at it again with their newest celebration “La Fête nationale du Québec” or “Quebec National Day” featuring an evening of inspired food and entertainment on June 22nd, 2011.
The Beehive will be decked out representing our friends to the north in proper fashion as they’ve partnered with the Association Québécoise en Nouvelle-Angleterre, the Quebec Delegation of Boston and The French Cultural Center.
Highlighting the true friendliness of Quebec and its people, dinner will kick off at 5:00PM with a La Fête nationale du Québec Specials Menu in addition to The Beehive’s regular fare.
The evening’s food will feature both traditional Quebec fare such as: Creton (Pork Pate) with Accoutrements, Tourtière (Rustic Meat Pie), Homemade Ketchup, Pickles, Salad, and Oreilles De Crisse (Pork Rinds), as well as, highlight products from Quebec such as Raw Malpeques Oysters, Maple Cider Mignonette, Seared “Brome Lake” Duck Breast with Wild Mushrooms, Plum Sauce and Pan-Fried Rice, and Roasted Quebec Pork Shoulder, with Whisky Maple Baked Beans and Old Style Mashed Potatoes.
Beyond featuring amazing food and libations, The Beehive will host two very special performances from award winning artists. Starting at 6:00PM the singer-song-writers, Isabelle Cyr and Yves Marchand will perform their original, well-known and traditional pieces from their Quebec and Acadian repertoire.
At 8:00PM, get ready for a special treat as The Beehive presents Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs. This power trio of Nicolas Pellerin, Simon Lepage and Simon Marion will have you tapping your feet with their original repertoire and ingenious arrangements!
There is no cover charge for this event, but dinner reservations are highly recommended!
The Beehive, 541 Tremont Street, 617.423.0069
WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 5:00PM - 2:00AM
MUSIC: 6:00PM to 7:30 PM - Isabelle Cyr Yves Marchand; 8:00PM to 10:30PM - Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs
Color in Freedom: Journey along the Underground Railroad
Color in Freedom: Journey along the Underground Railroad is an exhibition of 50 paintings, etchings and drawings by renowned artist Joseph Holston. He captures the courage and determination of slaves required to escape to freedom.
Color in Freedom is a visual interpretation and expression of a range of human experiences and emotions within the framework of this particular period in American history. The 8-week exhibit will open at the Northeastern University Gallery 360 on June 16, 2011.
Northeastern University is located at 360 Huntington Avenue in Boston's Fenway neighborhood - easiest way to get there is on the T (Boston's subway) - take the Green Line "E" branch directly to the University. Gallery 360 is in the Ell building, across from Curry Student Center.
After you view the exhibit, stop for lunch at Betty's Wok and Noodle Diner, only a block from campus at the corner of Huntington and Mass Ave.
To learn more about the Underground Railroad in Boston and the contributions of Boston African-Americans to American liberty in general and equal rights in particular, visit the Museum of African American History in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Looking for a perfect excuse to spend a weekend in Boston?
The Friends of Copley Square, a non-profit organization that provides funding to assist the City of Boston with the preservation, maintenance, and beautification of Copley Square in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, will host its second annual Summer Solstice Stroll on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 beginning at 5:30 pm.
Against the backdrop of summer’s longest day, five of Boston’s most storied landmarks will open their doors for an exclusive walking tour and celebration of Copley Square’s rich architectural heritage and beauty.
The Summer Solstice Stroll is a movable feast celebrating the history and vitality of Copley Square. The event begins with a reception in the lobby of the John Hancock Tower, where guests will hear an illustrated talk by Henry N. Cobb, FAIA, architect of the John Hancock Tower and founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, on the design of the Tower and the evolution of Copley Square.
Over the course of the evening, visitors will be treated to an insider’s stained glass tour and organ demonstration at Trinity Church, a musical performance inspired by the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War at Old South Church, and a tour of the Civil War exhibits at the Boston Public Library.
This moveable feast includes a reception at the Library’s Courtyard Restaurant hosted by The Catered Affair. The evening concludes with a light buffet supper hosted by The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. If you're coming to Boston for this event, consider staying at the luxurious Copley Plaza for a very special weekend.
Tickets to the exclusive Summer Solstice Stroll are $125 per person. Proceeds benefit Friends of Copley Square. Space is limited, and participants must reserve a ticket by June 17, 2011. For more information on The Friends of Copley Square or to make a reservation, visit www.friendsofcopleysquare.org or call (617) 536-2101.
The Friends of Copley Square is a registered 501(c)3 organization that provides funding to assist the City of Boston with the preservation, maintenance, and beautification of Copley Square.
Born from tidal marshes and mudflats, the Boston Embankment provides the city with recreation and outstanding scenery. This tour will explore the creation and evolution of the Espanade; its landscaping, architecture,use for sports,haven for wildlife, and venue for the performing arts.
Sunday, June 26th from 2-3:30 p.m. $15 for the general public $5 for Boston by Foot members Meet at Teddy Ebersol Red Sox Fields ( Lederman Park)on the Esplanade north of Longfellow Bridge. Nearest T: Red Line Boston MGH/Charles stop for further information : www.Bostonbyfoot.org Call: 617-367-2345
Company One presents the World premiere of The Mountain Song Written & Performed By PigPen Theatre Company
Company One is proud to present the world premiere of PigPen’s Mountain Song. The future of ensemble theatre in America, PigPen creates atmospheric theatrical fables with their own unique blend of live music, puppetry, shadow play, choreographed movement, and clever lighting effects.
Formed at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, PigPen has gone on to perform professionally in playhouses around the country and were the runaway hit receiving top honors at last year’s NY Fringe Festival. The Mountain Song tells the tale of an epic journey across rivers, mountains, and deserts, in search of long-lost family.
When: June 10-25, 2011. Wed & Thurs. @7:30p; Fri @8p; Sat @ 4pm & 8pm; Sun@2p (only June 19th).
Where: Calderwood Pavilion @ Boston Center for the Arts, Hall A, 527 Tremont St., Boston's South End.
Tickets: Full Price: $25 All Shows: $15 Students (w/ ID) **Wild Wednesdays: $18 (all seats) **Pay What You Can Performances (min $6):Sunday, June 19, 2p.m.
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