This is part one of two. Check back next month for the next installment on showers!
By Bethany O'Meara
When it comes to preparing for a friend’s wedding as a bridesmaid, my standard advice is always, “Let the bride be your guide.” The same applies if you’re in charge of planning the bridal shower and/or bachelorette party, only now you get to call the shots! You also get to shell out the cash, so make sure you plan wisely.
These days, it’s not necessary to build up a bride’s trousseau in order for a woman to get married, but the shower remains a gift-giving occasion at which the bride’s (usually) female friends and family members eat finger foods, drink mimosas, and swap funny stories.
It often falls to bridesmaids to plan out the location, food, and ‘fun’ activities, which could be a daunting task if you’ve never done it before!FULL ENTRY
By Ryan Hadfield
It had been a long day in what would be an even longer weekend. “Blake Griffin! Nice uni, man,” a girl in her young 20s with brunette hair said to my buddy Ross. “Thanks,” he replied. She squeezed by him, then me, and snarkily admitted, “Actually, I just said that so I could get by you.”
“Well, 'Excuse me,' could have worked too,” I thought to myself out loud. Nearby, an older man in his 40s laughed in approval. Normally, I would feel vindicated by the support, but then again, normally,I’m not around grown men wearing rainbow-colored snuggies. Alas, we had arrived. We were at Bonnaroo.
The four-day music festival held in Manchester, Tennessee is in its 12th year of existence. While 90 percent of the artists are described as “indie rock” bands on their Wikipedia pages, the festival has a wide appeal. There are rappers, comedians, DJ's, soft rock bands, goth-rock groups, pop artists, and even special screenings of unreleased movies (Kristin Bell was on-hand for an exclusive premiere of her new movie, Hit And Run). Let’s put it this way: Alice Cooper, Kenny Rogers, and the Beach Boys played at the same festival as Ludacris, The Roots, and Dispatch. Eclectic doesn't even begin to describe the scope Bonnaroo had to offer.
Covering Bonnaroo was a lot like watching the television show The Wire, not because of the ubiquitous drug use (although that is a commonality of both entities), but because Bonnaroo is a field trip into a world I knew existed, but never had experienced.
So, I grabbed my buddy a press pass and we drove 15 hours, propped up a tent, and soaked the festival in. Here are six takeaways detailing impressions from The Farm.
By Alex Masurovsky
While Radiohead delivered the eargasms I had been hoping for, almost everything else about a recent evening at the Comcast Center went about as poorly as it could have.
Google maps suggested that the drive down to the former Tweeter Center, located down south in Mansfield, should have taken about 45 minutes. Planning for rush hour traffic, we left at 5:30, hoping to get in around 7 at the latest. Nearly two and a half hours later, we pulled into the Comcast Center in time to grab a $10 beer each and make it to our seats for Radiohead’s first song. The ride home took 45 minutes, as promised—after we had waited for and hour and a half to leave the parking lot.
Was it worth it? Yes. Yes it was. We know it, and the people running things over at the Comcast Center certainly know it. They know that despite horrendous traffic conditions going into and out of the Comcast Center, people will shell out big bucks and come to see bands like Dave Mathews, Florence and the Machine and Drake that only play big-venue shows.
What I’m saying is, the Comcast Center is not about to crap out thousands of dollars to build additional roads into and out of the venue. Ultimately, severe traffic congestion is an unavoidable symptom of a ton of people driving to one location.
Are we doomed, then, to sit in traffic and suffer every time we want to see a big band? Is there nothing one can do to combat the logistical horrors of seeing a big-venue show?
These are the questions I pondered during the many moments of reflection I was privy to as I sat in traffic. Tonight you can sleep peacefully. I have devised a plan for how to do the Comcast Center right and feel it is my duty to share it with the world.
By Melissa Pocek
In his 10 years in the bike business Marty Walsh has seen it all — the good, the bad and the rusty.
Walsh’s two companies located in a warehouse in the Waterfront perform in complementary roles: GeekHouse builds custom bikes while the sister company, Sugar Coat, restores them with a paint-like process called powder coat.
Walsh founded Geekhouse bikes in 2002, but his passion for biking started at an early age. At 16, he started work at a neighborhood bike shop called Landry’s Bicycles in Westborough. He worked his way from sales to being a store manager and picked up advanced knowledge about bike manufacturing before wanting to start his own bike company.
“I used to sketch bike frame designs on anything I could get my hands on including bar napkins.” said Walsh. As an avid cyclist in the bike racing community, Walsh paired up with mechanical engineers he met through racing to build out his designs. In the beginning the frames were outsourced, but he quickly realized that he wanted to build his own.
With so much of the job involving mechanics and with a focus on restoration, Walsh went beyond just what is available, a new type of bike company emerged — the kind that, according to their website, is creating, “nothing short but a dream ride.”FULL ENTRY
By Lina Roque
Boston is full of promising startups working hard to redefine business as we know it. From tech, to food, to fashion, startups from different industries have one thing in common: exposing their new business and concepts to audiences and consumers alike. Whether it’s designing an interactive product for consumers or creating unique concepts to be patented and purchased by companies, the winners out there are determined and relentless in pushing through setbacks and capitalizing on small gains.FULL ENTRY
By Tamar Zmora
At times, finishing a book is a harrowing feat, unless the book is great, and you’ve got nothing else to do. Sunshine helps readers drudge through even the most painful prose, because for some reason, when you’re sprawled on a towel with your feet embedded in the sand, the feat is suddenly less daunting.
I want a book that will put me at ease in the summer, but I don’t want my brain to enter a comatose state, or worse get fried, Snooki style. This list of page-turners and guiltless pleasures will have you lightly ruminating while relaxing.FULL ENTRY
This is the second part of a series on Intelligent.ly. Read the first part here.
By Marissa Lowman
I arrived at my first Intelligent.ly class on logo design about 10 minutes early. When I got out of the elevator, there were several people there to greet me, and one led me past an array of desks to an open space where classes are held.
Intelligent.ly is housed in the 500 Harrison Avenue building, a start-up haven in the South End, with funky art hanging on the walls and desks crammed into every corner. Other companies that occupy the space include BzzAgent, ProctorCam, Smarterer, and Help Scout.FULL ENTRY
By Jenna Van Dam
As much as we may try to deny it, bikini season is in full swing. Yikes! But not to fear, if you stick to this simple workout plan, you’ll be looking toned and feeling confident when it’s time to step out in your favorite two-piece. Try to do these strength exercises three nonconsecutive days a week, along with five days of cardio. Don’t forget to leave yourself a day to rest and recover!
Part 1: Muscle Toning
These moves target your summer trouble spots: legs, butt and abdominals. If you think your arms need a bit of work, as well, Jen Ator – Women’s Health Magazine’s Senior Fitness Editor – has a great upper body workout that will leave your arms sleek and sculpted. These workouts are perfect for your living room, too, so don't worry about paying expensive gym fees.FULL ENTRY
By Ethan Bukowiec
Everything from paintings to scarves, jewelry to photographs, and vases to blenders can all be found at MassArt Made, a retail venture by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, that showcases and sells the work and talents of current and former students.
After renovations to the MassArt campus that made room for the store, its doors opened in April of last year, the brainchild of former MassArt president and creative economy advocate, Katherine Sloan.
Located at 625 Huntington Avenue in the Longwood Medical Area, the store’s window exterior puts all the unique works on display to the public eye. The name MassArt Made could not be more fitting for the retail shop, because everything about it was created by a student, alumni, or faculty member of MassArt. The architecture, logo, website and items sold at the establishment were all created by members of the MassArt community.FULL ENTRY
By Katie Lannan
It’s one of the tenets of journalism: when you interview someone, you’re supposed to do so somewhere where they’re comfortable, somewhere their personality can shine through.
So when I set out to talk to Jason Oberholtzer (at left in the photo), one half of the team behind the popular Tumblr ilovecharts, about his new blog-based book, it made sense to do so on his home turf: the Internet.
“The Internet is the only place to which I feel truly nationalistic and is the environment in which I feel most at home,” Oberholtzer writes in I Love Charts: The Book, released last month by Sourcebooks. “You know what is odd about that? Mostly that it is no longer odd.”FULL ENTRY
By Meredith Wish
June is here and it’s summer in Boston. No more freezing rain-storms or random blizzards in April. However, summer isn’t like how it use to be. As a career-less college student or recent grad your options are few: summer job to avoid the debt of your past semesters, go back home to either be stuck with your parents, or work at your hometown Dairy Queen. Unless, you decide to take summer courses.
There’s a difference between the “summer school” students used to be familiar with, and college summer courses. Students already have hefty loans to pay off, why not add a fun course that you normally wouldn’t have time for? They’re often less expensive than regular semester classes. Summer courses allow you to build more credit, take a chance on a subject you know nothing about, and meet new people. Here is a list of seven fun courses you can take in Boston this summer.FULL ENTRY
By Jeff Fish
Romney only gets one dope-slap for cavorting with Donald Trump, but John Kerry and Colin Powell get a joint high-five for criticizing Romney’s abysmal foreign policy rhetoric. Also, Deval Patrick gets a high-five for painting a truthful and surprisingly balanced picture of Bain Capital.FULL ENTRY
By Molly Donovan
In real life, I find pinboards clunky and unwieldy. The cork is never pretty enough, the frame is never big enough, and my picture postcards and ticket stubs inevitably become lost under crumpled receipts and to-do lists from a (surely) very important week in 2010.
But in Internet life, Pinterest alleviates all these problems. It’s a great medium for managing the items that are important to you, whether meaningful photographs, inspiration for your reading list, or 500 casual pictures of food for the everyday gourmand.
What's more, you can also follow other people's pinboards and see what shoes they're coveting, what recipes they're trying tonight, and what DIY projects they're tackling this weekend. The sheer volume of Pinterest users means that this ultimately leads to hours spent creeping on strangers.
Because anyone can have a Pinterest account, you might not know whom to follow besides your friends and the suggested Pinners the site recommends when you sign up. It's easy to end up seeing board after board of creepy imaginary weddings or thousand-calorie slow-cooker recipes, and that can make you feel kind of weird. These seven pinners – who all hail from the Boston area – each pin uniquely and prettily and are sure to keep you entertained and informed.FULL ENTRY
By Rachel Pennellatore
We’ve experienced an oddly nice deviation from New England weather this year, with an almost non-existent winter and a downright warm spring. With summer quickly approaching, it’s the season of outdoor dining (don’t forget your sunscreen!), or grabbing a shady seat at the bar when you need to cool off, and both are made better with a frosty beverage. We’ll be making some recommendations for unique cocktails we find around the city, so take a break from your “usual” and order one of these when you’re out and about in Boston.
Last but not least, do we need to say it? Well, given Boston’s recent reputation as the“Drunkest city in America,” we probably do – please drink responsibly.
Here’s what we found around the Back Bay:FULL ENTRY
By Derek Anderson
My college graduation was only a few days ago. I’m ready to explore the open world ahead of me and chase after my dreams, something I’ve been promised since elementary school. I’m ready for the adventure.
But I have to deal with my current situation, before getting to the adventure, and that tears me apart from the inside out.
I’m a standard statistic. My case isn’t from anyone else who has struggled financially to be in school. College tuition is just not in the “affordable” or even “slightly reasonable” price range.
Yet I took loans out to do it anyway, and have since buried myself in what seems to be an impossible situation of debt (cough$80,000withinterestandcouldbemorecough).FULL ENTRY
By Danielle Messler
Nestled in a neighborhood typically associated with the MFA is a hidden gem for those seeking a more personal kind of art.
Yes Oui Si Space, a multi-sensory gallery founded by two 20-somethings, has provided an eclectic community space since November 2010. As a space to express a range of art, YOS has hosted over 13 in-house curated shows featuring 300 emerging artists, 200 concerts and film screenings, poetry readings—even yoga. This space has truly seen it all.
After gaining experience by putting together “guerrilla art shows” and showcasing independent local artists, co-founder Olivia Ives-Flores recalls “the point in the evolution of our events where we realized we could handle a real space. We could take it on.” A few weeks later, YOS was born.FULL ENTRY
By Vanessa Formato
As you may or may not be aware, the Electronic Entertainment Expo—more commonly known as E3—is less than two weeks away. I’m pumped. E3 has been an important part of the video game industry since its inception in 1995. It’s the place to be for industry insiders to hear about new games, hardware and other projects straight from the horses' mouths. Though we might not be important enough to be there in person, the Internet has done wonders for making gamers feel included in everything the expo has to offer through streaming the press conferences, and I couldn’t be happier.
When I sat down to think about how to convince readers to tune into E3 this year, I was at a loss. There are a few games I’m especially excited to hopefully hear more about—Resident Evil 6, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Pikmin 3, Lollipop Chainsaw, and the Kinect “Dragon Ball Z” game, because that’s just hilarious—but when it comes down to it, the game and hardware announcements play second fiddle to the event’s special brand of weird and wonderful.
It quickly became apparent to me that talking about why a person should watch E3 wouldn’t be half as effective as a few examples. There’s no shortage of bizarre moments guaranteed to pique your interest, but here are five of the best.FULL ENTRY
By Marissa Lowman
Two local entrepreneurs have set out to help bridge the experience gap for younger entrepreneurs, as well as others interested in brushing up on or learning a new skill.
For those life-long learners who want to brush up on Photoshop skills or learn how to hire the best interns, marketer Sarah Hodges (previously at RunKeeper) and Dave Balter (who is also the CEO of BzzAgent) , co-founded Intelligent.ly, a school for the start-up world.FULL ENTRY
By Chelsea Feinstein
Commencement is a day about the graduates. But invariably each year, the buzz is about one thing: which famous figure each university gets to speak at its commencement. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a polyester gown and a silly hat, with the sun beating down on the back of your neck, and having to listen to someone 40 years older than you ramble on about the secret to success or their own personal journey to self-fulfillment or something else that is absolutely no good to you in a year when 50 percent of the people sitting around you won’t get jobs. But when that speaker hits the right note, if they can relate to the particular struggles of the class of 2012, they may just be able to impart some actual wisdom.
These are the best and the worst of this year’s Boston-area college commencement speakers.FULL ENTRY
This is part of an on-going series from members of Boston's class of 2012. Check back throughout the week for more.
By Mike Flanagan
My girlfriend feels bad for me. She was telling me about the rigors of planning her graduation dinner, doling out invitations, writing thank-you cards, etc. Her parents rented out a part of the Abington Ale House for 80 of her closest friends and relatives. They took us out to Maggiano’s on Columbus Avenue after her graduation from BU on Sunday and racked up a hell of a bill.
My parents took us out to Joe’s American Bar and Grille at the South Shore Plaza after I graduated from Emerson last week. I got cards from my nana and godmother, and that’s about it. Nobody is planning a party for me. In fairness, I asked my parents not to.
“It really is a big deal, though,” my girlfriend insisted. “I feel like your graduation was so anticlimactic.”
Yeah, but that’s the way I wanted it.FULL ENTRY
By Alex Pearlman
The little video making waves across Boston today is a critique of Mayor Menino's muscle in the city, and an example of the continued clamoring of young people to City Hall: listen up, or else!
The animated video is the mission statement of Future Boston Alliance (FBA), a new-ish non-profit helmed by Greg Selkoe, CEO of super-hip online streetwear retailer Karmaloop. The organization aims to take on the challenges facing Boston, like the brain drain, transportation and lack of late-night cultural venues.
"The regulations, out-of-date outlook, and power structure are holding our city back from being the best it could be," says the video, which (although he hasn't seen it), has drawn the Mayor's ire. Well, it does compare him to Russian President Vladimir Putin, so I guess we're not surprised he's not on-board.
But he should be.FULL ENTRY
This is the first in an on-going series from members of Boston's class of 2012. Check back throughout the week for more.
By Hana Nobel
As of May 4, I am a college graduate, which mostly means that I am the owner of a very expensive piece of paper and that you can usually find me crying in a public bathroom or in my closet. I’ve graduated college during a time in which the Washington Post and New York Times warn me on a daily basis that I will be living in my parent's basement forever. (An April Times article cited a 13.2 percent unemployment rate for 20- to 24-year-olds.)
Unfortunately, my parents preemptively moved into a home that contains only a crawl space, ruining any basement plans. A few months ago, my mother sent me an email warning that I shouldn't return home in the near future, as my room was being used for storage. I suspected this was code for “new craft room.”FULL ENTRY
On Friday, Facebook went public with its initial public offering, the biggest IPO for a U.S. technology firm. And since Mass. House Speaker Robert DeLeo wrote a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg begging for jobs in the Bay State, we figured we’d jump on the bandwagon. Hey, Zuck, give us jobs!
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Dear Mr Mark Zuckerberg,
We wanted to take this opportunity to update you on what you have missed in Massachusetts since you left in 2004, and ask you to please come back, sprinkle some magic stock options, and fix the economy because let’s face it - you are such a huge deal.FULL ENTRY
By Jeff Fish
I keep thinking about how sick I already am of all these campaigns. Is it really only May? Do we really have six months left of this nonsense?
Yes, we do. But I have to admit, it’s a pretty interesting time to be a Massachusetts voter and a great time to be a columnist on Massachusetts politics.
Our former governor could – probably won’t – but could be our next president (without the help of his home state, of course). If he’s not, and Obama wins, it could mean vacancies in the Governor’s office, a Senate seat, or both.
And let’s not forget that we still have state and local issues that, while not necessarily glamorous, matter to us,( i.e. the state Senate passing the ‘right-to-repair’ bill.)FULL ENTRY
By Ali Robbins Hyatt
Ten years ago, Denise Korn had a day job running Korn Design, a brand strategy and design firm, and an extracurricular involvement in a New England creative economy initiative. After interacting with the vibrant and engaged community of creative people, Korn had a hunch that she could use the design industry as an untapped resource for mentoring to urban youth.
As far as she saw, however, “nothing was actually taking root as an actionable area,” she said. There was a huge gap between kids’ creative aspirations and their abilities to translate those aspirations into actionable careers. Korn describes herself as a do-er and decided if nothing was taking shape, she would just do it herself. And so, Youth Design was born.
Youth Design offers high school students in at-risk areas the opportunities to have paid summer jobs at firms involved in the design sector while pairing the students with senior-level designers as mentors.FULL ENTRY