Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Esther Howland and the Valetine's Day Card in America

Worcester Massachusetts Valentines Day Card

One might note the heart at the center of the Seal of Worcester, Massachusetts on Valentines Day and though the “Heart of the Commonwealth” pre-dates any connotation with the day, it was Worcester native Esther Howland who first popularized the Valentine’s Day Card in the United States

Worcester Mass Valentines Day Esther Howland

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Boston Festival of Films from Japan, Feb 1– 28 @ the MFA Boston

Your Name, Boston, MFA, Film Festival

The Boston Festival of Films from Japan

The Boston Festival of Films from Japan runs  February 1, 2018 – February 28, 2018 at the Museum of Fine Arts,  Boston. Featuring the live-action manga adaptation Blade of the Immortal , the 100th feature film from provocative and prolific director Takashi Miike, & the timely documentary Resistance at Tule Lake (2017), which chronicles a 1943 uprising at a Japanese concentration camp in California. The festival kicks off on February 1 with a free screening of the anime Your Name (2016), a film with gorgeous imagery and deep emotional resonance that quickly became one of the most popular films of all time in Japan.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Molasses, Flood, Boston, Distaster

On January 15, 1919 a large storage tank containing molasses burst in Boston's North End unleashing a huge wave of sticky destruction. A small plaque on Commercial Street commemorates the disaster.

Molasses, waist deep, covered the street and swirled and bubbled about the wreckage. Here and there struggled a form — whether it was animal or human being was impossible to tell....

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tuesday, January 16th- Author Hallgrímur Helgason discusses "Woman at 1,000 Degrees" at the Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge MA

Woman at 1,000 Degrees: A Novel

Tuesday, January 16th- Author Hallgrímur Helgason discusses "Woman at 1,000 Degrees" at the Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge MA 

 “THE HOTTEST NEW BOOK FROM ICELAND IS WOMAN AT 1,000 DEGREES . . . What a story it is, one worth reading to further understand the complexity of World War II—and to enjoy the quick wit of a woman you won’t forget.” —Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post 

Events: Paradise Rock Club, Boston- upcoming shows January 2018


Saturday January 13th- The Wombats, Courtship, Nation of Language 

Liverpool's The Wombats new album "Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life" will be released on 2/9/2018 including the single- Lemon To A Knife Fight

Sunday January 14th- Dalton & the Sherriffs

Join Dalton and the Sheriffs for the album release of "After The Paradise"

Tues +Wed January 16th & 17th- Say Anything, Tim Kasher, Backwards Dancer

Say Anything hit the road for their "In Defense Anniversary Tour" for 2 nights, 3 albums- In Defense, Is A Real Boy, & Self Titled

Also check out Tim Kasher's No Resolution, and Backwards Dancer's Self Titled albums out now.