Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We miss Turkey

Last night we tried out a new (for us) restaurant.  It is called Brookline Family Restaurant.  It is a Turkish restaurant.  We spent November of last year touring around Turkey and we miss the food and the people.  Well, this restaurant was just what we needed.  The food was great but more important the waitress who is from Istanbul couldn't have been kinder and sweeter.  We will definitely return. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Museum of Fine Arts

We are just back from a visit to the MFA.  Such a beautiful day we were able to walk to the museum.  This weekend admission was free - the MFA's way of helping the city heal from the disastrous events at the Boston Marathon.  The line into the museum was at least three blocks BUT as we are members we were able to cut straight to the front of the line and walk straight in.  One of the perks of membership!  We viewed the Michelangelo drawings; the Blue and White ceramics and the Ridley Howard exhibition.  We spent a really pleasant afternoon there and on our way home we stopped off in Parrish Cafe for a bite to eat.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Punk Rock

Our friend, David Miller director of Zeitgeist Theater, has done it again only better if that is possible.  His latest play, Punk Rock, nspired by the awful events at Columbine High School in 1999 and analyses the root cause of such mindless violence.  This play really couldn't have been better times what with the tragedies in Newtown, CT and the bombing here in Boston at the Marathon.  The play is so well directed by David and the actors are all superb.  Kudos to you David!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Free Thursday

The museums in Boston have a really great deal and it is this- every Thursday evening on can visit them for free.  So on Thursday we visited the Institute of Contemporary Art. There were two terrific exhibitions showing, Barry McGee a graffiti artist from CA,  and Jeffrey Gibson a native American artist.  These two are well worth a visit and then after you have visited with them you can sit in the window and look out over Boston Harbour.  Does it get any better than this!

Monday, May 6, 2013

SOWA in the Spring

We, and our various guests, have been super lucky for most of last week, since the marathon massacre. All the rather unremarkable looking trees that line our streets have literally blossomed.  The magnolias were first, then the cherries and dogwoods, and of course on the ground the spring bulbs are rampant.  All of this has been almost like an explosion, as it always is, in contrast to the gradual European springs that we grew up with.  This year the whole process has been still more spectacular because of beautiful weather, bright sunshine and unseasonable warmth most of the time.

I think that it is because of all this botanical beauty, and the good weather, that everybody seems to be in such a good mood.  At least that seemed to be the case when we strolled forth yesterday to the SOWA studio tour.  SOWA stands for South of Washington Street, and is a area of old industrial buildings few blocks from here, which have been adapted to house studios for more than 100 artists.  On the first Friday of each month the studios are open to visitors who can enjoy viewing the various works, and buy if something takes their fancy.  For some reason the studios were also open yesterday, despite the fact the it was Sunday. There are several regular galleries in the area and they too were open as was the regular Sunday market which is very popular with our visitors.