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#305 The Poster Show


25 semi-finalists from The Say Something Poster Project design competition will be on display for one night only. Designers from across the country have created postersthat "say something" to inspire teenage kids.


Come celebrate these amazing designers and vote within the event to determine the 10 winning posters, which will then be donated to the Home for Little Wanderers. Posters will be used by The Home for Little Wanderers. Posters will be used by The Home to engage kids in counseling and educational activities.


Prints of the 25 semi-finalists' posters will be available for pre-sale

at the show for $85 each.

Where: Fourth Wall Gallery | 132 Brookline Ave. Boston
Cost: Free
RSVP right here.

#151 South End Open Studios (Saturday & Sunday)


Chase2Please join the SoWa Artists Guild in celebrating the South End Open Studios at 450 Harrison Ave in the South End. This year, Open Studios will occur on Saturday and Sunday Sept. 25th and 26th from 11:00am to 6:00pm and will include ?painting, photography, printmaking, jewelry, fiber, glass, metal, wood, ceramics, mixed media, and art incorporating cutting edge technology is all here for you to take in (and perhaps take home!) Visit the web site at www.useaboston.com/2010_open_studios.html.

This is the only time during the year when ALL the major art buildings in the South End are open to the public-from the Boston Center for the Arts, Laconia Lofts, the SOWA buildings, the studios on Wareham and Albany Streets, the newly opened Art Block, and the Piano Factory. Over 250 of Boston's most exciting artists open their doors so you can experience art in a profoundly personal way.

#103 Bring on the Book Sale (Saturday)


booksWho said print was dead? In my opinion I'd rather curl up with a book than some cold electronic device. haha But that's just me. (But I'm not here to throw out my opinions).

For all who will be staying in the city this Saturday, head to 700 Boylston Street, as the famous Boston Public Library will be hosting a citywide book sale from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Aug. 7th.

Featuring CDs, vinyl records (what are those...? Kidding), cassettes, magazines and books...let's not forget the glorious, glorious books filled with words and letters and thoughts, and far off places! Hard covers are $2 and paperbacks are $1.

Proceeds will benefit the community programs of the City Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library.

#102 Back Bay Social Club


backbaysocialclubDo you remember Vinny T's? After months and months of walking by the bordered up windows at 867 Boylston, I gave up hoping and wishing that something amazing was going to come along.

Well something awesome did come along! The Back Bay Social Club! It's finally open! (Check out their Facebook page as well, become a fan!)

If you're hanging at the Pru or walking Newbury and want to grab some good food, head over to 867 Boylston and grab a drink and some food that people can't stop complimenting!

#93 The world's largest collection of Hollywood memorabilia


describe the imageWho knew BU had such a collection?

By the time Boston University got serious about collecting the personal papers of historic literary and political luminaries, most already had been taken. So the university turned its attention to the living: stars of stage and screen, 20th century journalists and authors, screenwriters, producers, directors and comic strip artists. Today, BU’s Gottlieb Archival Research Center is the world’s largest collection of Hollywood memorabilia, including Fred Astaire’s dancing shoes, the laurel wreath Claude Rains wore in Caesar and Cleopatra, Rex Harrison’s Tony Award for My Fair Lady, Gene Kelley’s Oscar for An American in Paris, and all the original drawings of “Little Orphan Annie,” “Dennis the Menace,” and “Li’l Abner.” You can check out many of the most interesting items in a little-known exhibit room on the first floor of the university library.

Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University


771 Commonwealth Ave. in the Mugar Memorial Library
Boston, MA, 02215
Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

#86 Francesa DiMattio at the ICA


DiMattio Banquet ss2Go check out the work of Francesa DiMattio.
New York-based painter Francesca DiMattio's show at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) features an abstract style that plays with dimension and perspective while blending pop art and architecture subjects. DiMattio uses the ICA's location as a muse, featuring five wall-sive canvases that focus on imagery of ships and the sea.

We believe Thursday evening is free at the ICA. For more information visit ICA's website.

#85 "Noir 100" at the Brattle Theatre


noirAs The Phoniex put it...."Film noir might be the most enduring of Hollywood genres, because it suggests that underneath all the tinsel is a big heap of stinking evil."

Brattle Theatre, at 40 Brattle St, Cambridge is featuring "Noir 100: Celebrating the Centennials of Five Film Noir Legends."


Crack-Up: July 19 @ 4 pm; July 20 @ 3 + 7:15 pm | Somewhere in the Night: July 19 @ 1:45 pm; July 20 @ 5 + 9:15 pm | $9.75; $7.75 students, seniors, matinees | 617.876.6837

Also if you're into David Lynch, Mulholland Drive will be playing July 21 @ 8 pm; July 22 @ 3 + 6 + 9 pm.

Check out Brattle Theater!! They have some great films playing!

#82 Make a Splash at ArtBEAT


davissqAbout the ArtBeat Festival
The Somerville Arts Council presents one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals. This year our theme is “Water.” There will be over a dozen bands; plus dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food and water-themed activities galore, including a Pirate Parade!
Suggested Donation: $3

Davis Square, Somerville
Fri., July 16th, 5:45pm-10:30pm

(rain date: 7/17, same times)

Sat., July 17th, 11am-6pm (rain date: 7/18, same times; except Somerville Theatre Dance Showcase, which will happen on 7/17 regardless)

For more information please check out their website at: http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/

#29: See the coolest art at the International Poster Gallery


Have a thing for posters or cool design for that matter? Check out "Pioneers of Modernism: Poster Masters of the 20th Century" at the International Poster Gallery.

From Art Nouveau to Art Deco, featuring Victor Moscoso, a Postmodernist artist with amazing use of typography and design, and Frank Newbould, who designed the "Air Mail" poster above, plus other great posters designed in the Swiss and Surrealism styles. We LOVE it! Definitely a show not to be missed....

Besides their rotating exhibitions, IPG also features over 10,000 original vintage posters for sale, from $100 to over $20,000 (yes, for a poster!).  It's a cool collection, with everything from war posters, to food posters, to Soviet design, to modernist, and everything in between.  If you've never been in the shop on Newbury Street, head over and see how posters really can be art.

Located on 205 Newbury Street | Boston, MA  02116.  Hours are 10am-6pm.

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