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March 12,  2018
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In The News
Boston Globe: Getting Salty Micole Rivera Suarez of Artisan Bistro and The Ritz-Carlton, Boston 3/12/18 

Boston Globe: Boston Ballet Opens with High-Octane 'Parts in Suite' 3/10/18

Boston Herald: New Suffolk University Prez Commits to Future, Students 3/9/18 Herrerra's Mexican Grill and Papagayo Serve Some of the Best Tacos in Boston 3/9/18

Eater: Get Excited About Democracy Brewing and Boston Chops Opening This Spring 3/9/18

Boston Globe: Suffolk University Makes Interim President Permanent 3/8/18

Boston Globe: He's Hamlet One Night, Eight People the Next Night at ArtsEmerson 3/7/18 Cocobeet is One of the Best Juice Bars in Boston 3/5/18

Thrillist: Teatro is One of the Best Italian Restaurants in Boston 3/5/18

The Boston Dance Journal: Boston Ballet Principals Talk About When Dancers Become Actors 3/5/18
This Week's Featured Event
Boston Ballet's 'Romeo & Juliet' Opens at Boston Opera House on March 15th

Boston Ballet's "Romeo & Juliet" opens at the Boston Opera House on Thursday, March 15th
Photo by Rosalie O'Connor
(Courtesy Boston Ballet)

Discover new reasons to love this classic love story gone awry with John Cranko's masterful choreography and Sergei Prokofiev's iconic score. The show runs through April 8th. Click here to purchase tickets.
Arts, Entertainment & Events
Rescheduled: Boston Flower & 
Garden Show Preview Party on 
March 15th Benefits The 
Genesis Foundation for Children

The Boston Flower & Garden Show Preview Party has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 15th due to the impending snowstorm. The party is an exclusive cocktail party among the beautiful garden displays and exhibits of the Boston Flower & Garden Show before it opens to the public.  All proceeds from the preview party will benefit The Genesis Foundation for Children (60 Temple Place).

There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, raffles and surprise live musical entertainment from the Mix Lounge. Past entertainers included Haley Reinhart, Matt Nathanson, Nick Fradiani and The Plain White T's. There will be appearances by local media, TV and radio personalities including event hosts, Mix 104.1's Karson, Kennedy & Salt. Click here to purchase tickets. This event is from 6 to 9 pm.  The event is at the Seaport World Trade Center.
Music at the Meeting House: 
Cellist Brannon Cho on March 16th

The New England Conservatory is presenting Music at the Meeting House on Fridays. Cellist Brannon Cho will perform on Friday, March 16th.

This a concert series featuring prize-winning performers from NEC's prestigious Artist Diploma and Graduate Ensemble Training programs.

This event is at the Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.) at 1 pm. This concert is free and open to the public. 
MGMT and Matthew Dear at 
Orpheum Theatre on March 16th

MGMT will perform at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, March 16th. Matthew Dear is the opening act. Doors open at 7 pm. Click here for tickets.  

Enjoy The Freedom Trail 
Revolutionary  Women Tour During 
Women's History Month 

In honor of Women's History Month, the Freedom Trail Foundation is offering its Revolutionary Women Tour throughout March. 

The tour goes along the Freedom Trail while exploring four centuries of Revolutionary women who changed history. The 90-minute tour features tales of early religious rebels Anne Hutchinson and Mary Dyer, patriots Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren, abolitionists Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman and more. The tour visits where women's voices were heard, works were published and where they were laid to rest.

The tour departs from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center (139 Tremont St.) on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:45 pm. The tours are led by 18th-century costumed guides. Tickets can be purchased at the information center and
Speak Out! 4th Annual  Boston Massacre Anniversary Orations at  Old South Meeting House on March 21st

Each year from 1772 to 1775, massive gatherings were held at the Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.) to commemorate the anniversary of the Boston Massacre. On Wednesday, March 21st, enjoy the 4th Annual Boston Massacre Orations and hear selected excerpts from fiery speeches by John Hancock, Dr. Joseph Warren and others in the grand hall where they actually took place more than 240 years ago.

Audience members will also have the option to read some of the speeches. Prizes will be awarded to orators in youth and adult categories.

This event is free and open to the public, and registration is requested by clicking here. This event starts at 6 pm and has a snow date of March 28th.
K.D. Lang Ingénue Redux Tour at Orpheum Theatre on March 22nd

K.D. Lang's Ingénue Redux Tour will be at the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday, March 22nd. The Grigoryan Brothers will be the opening act. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Click here to purchase tickets. 

ArtsEmerson Presents Bedlam's 'Hamlet' and 'Saint Joan' in Repertory at 
Cutler Majestic Theatre Thru March 25th

ArtsEmerson is presenting New York's Bedlam theater company for "Hamlet" and "Saint Joan" in repertory at the Cutler Majestic Theatre through March 25th. 

The two productions feature four actors performing 49 characters for two stripped-down stagings. Both are directed by Bedlam founder Eric Tucker. 

Tickets can be purchased by clicking  here .  
ArtsEmerson Presenting 'The White Card' at Paramount Center Thru Apr. 1st
ArtsEmerson is presenting "The White Card" at the Paramount Center through April 1st.

This is a new play by Claudia Rankine that explores "the state of our racial imagination" with a performance set at a dinner party. 

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Boston Ballet's 'Parts In Suite' at Boston Opera House Thru April 7th

The Boston Ballet's "Parts In Suite" is at the Boston Opera House through April 7th. 

The performance features three celebrated choreographers, William Forsythe, Justin Peck and Jorma Elo, who are presenting their distinct visions of dance craft and imagination.

Click here for tickets and more info.   
Special Program for 
OSMH  Members Only: Roxbury Fort Hill &  Standpipe Walking Tour on March 24th

The Old South Meeting House is offering a special program for members only to explore the historic neighborhood of Fort Hill and Cochituate Standpipe, an iconic Roxbury Landmark, on Saturday, March 24th.

The tour will climb Fort Hill as historian and State Rep. Byron Rushing describes the centuries-long significance of this observation point, and the innovative urban water system erected there when the neighborhood was annexed by Boston. The 19th-century Standpipe has rarely been opened since its 2013 restoration, so don't miss this opportunity. 

This is $8 for OSMH members. To reserve your place please call 617-482-6439 x.23. New members are welcome. Click here to learn more about becoming a member. This event starts at 2 pm.
Griffin Museum of Photography Exhibit 
'Tree Talk' at Lafayette City Center

The latest Griffin Museum of Photography exhibit at the Lafayette City Center Passageway is "Tree Talk." 
David Kulik's "Shadows, Lowell MA"

"In this exhibition called 'Tree Talk' the Griffin Museum of Photography brings together 66 photographers who converse with trees. The exhibit has been organized to flow as a narrative from the beginning to the end of the passageway. In this way the trees all talk to each other. We hope our audience enjoys the exhibition and that all of the trees give up their secrets to you," said Paula Tognarelli, executive director and curator of Griffin Museum of Photography.
Dawn Watson's "The Sensal Woods"

This exhibit is through a partnership by the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Abbey Group and the Downtown Boston BID. This exhibit is in the Lafayette City Center Passageway (between Macy's and the Hyatt Regency Boston) and open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm. The exhibit is running from Jan. 30th through May 30th.  
'Triumphs and Laments' at 
Emerson Urban Arts Media Gallery

Internationally acclaimed South Africa-based artist William Kentridge's "Triumphs and Laments" is at the Emerson Urban Arts Media Gallery (25 Avery St.) through April 14th. 

"Triumphs and Laments" was originally produced as a 550-meter long frieze along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome. The gallery show includes the complete set of aquatint etchings and woodcuts relating to the frieze, two long maquettes that diagram its first processional, a set of monumental stencils, and a video highlighting the opening performance in Rome.

"In this work, Kentridge presents figures from a broad sweep of Italian history in a grand procession to represent the progress and follies of human endeavors. In this work, the artist has brought this theme to contemporary relevance with his images of the migrant boat people," said Joseph Ketner II, director of Emerson Urban Arts.

The gallery is open to the public and admission is free. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 2 to 7 pm
BID Services & Links
BID Ambassadors Provide Clean & Hospitality Services  in Downtown 

The  Downtown Boston BID Ambassadors provide clean and hospitality services seven days a week, nearly 24 hours a day. Ambassadors create a friendly, welcoming Downtown presence by helping visitors with directions, notifying fire and police personnel of incidents and more.

B ID Ambassadors  provide walking escorts when needed and they'll even tote an umbrella if it's snowing! Please call 617-261-0066 if you want to contact our BID ambassador services program. You can also email                
  • Ambassadors remove litter and graffiti
  • Ambassadors clear crosswalks, handicapped ramps and storm drain openings
  • Ambassadors shovel in Downtown Boston during winter
  • Ambassadors maintain the BID's landscaping 
  • Masonry Ambassadors fix sidewalks and more
Additional BID Services & Info
  • Communication and Business Networking
  • Meetings with individual BID members to discuss neighborhood issues 
  • Entertainment programming
  • Member Advocacy
  • Capital/Public Improvements
  • Wayfinding
  • Please click here for the Downtown Boston BID's Welcome Guide that provides a look at many of the BID's accomplishments in leading the transformation of Downtown Crossing 
  • For additional details and information on the complete range of BID services please contact Doug Meyer, Membership Services & Database Manager, at
Featured Stories
Celebrate Women's History Month in Downtown Boston 

Celebrate Women's History Month in Downtown Boston by visiting sites a diverse variety of sites with great significance to women's history in the United States. 

Here are some noted historical locations of women's history within the BID's 34-block area. The following information has been provided by the Boston Women's Heritage Trail. Click here for more info about the Boston Women's Heritage Trail's tours.

Old City Hall (45 School St.) is the site where six women were elected -- by men -- to the Boston School Committee before they could vote in 1875. 

Susanna Haswell Rowson, above, born in 1760, was a playwright and an actress at the Federal Street Theatre (Federal and Milk streets). She was the author of the first American best-selling novel, "Charlotte Temple, A Tale of Truth ." For five years following 1796, she performed 129 different parts in 126 productions, many of which she wrote herself. In 1797 she set up the Young Ladies Academy near the Theatre. The academy was one of the first to offer girls education above the elementary level and included instruction in music and public speaking.

When the Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.), above, the site of mass protest meetings in Revolutionary Boston, was slated for demolition a 100 years later, a group of women bought the building (but not the land) to protect it. Philanthropist Mary Tileston Hemenway, born in 1820, contributed more than half the sum needed to preserve it, becoming an early leader in historic preservation. Phillis Wheatley, born circa 1753, was the first African American poet to be published in book form, and was a member of OSMH.

Among the more well-known Boston women who attended the Federal Street Church (100 Federal St.) was abolitionist Maria Weston Chapman, above, born in 1806, who was a founder of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society. As an organizer and fundraiser, Chapman ran 22 yearly anti-slavery fairs in Boston beginning in 1834.
Make Your Reservations: 
Dine Out Boston Starts March 18th

Dine Out Boston is a two-week event in which prix fixe meals are offered for lunch and/or dinner, providing diners with the opportunity to eat at favorite restaurants or try new ones. Dine Out Boston is from March 18th-23rd and again from March 25th-30th.

Click here for menus, more information and to see a full roster of all participating restaurants. Here are the participating Downtown Boston restaurants:
  • Avenue One (1 Avenue de Lafayette, inside Hyatt Regency Boston) is offering lunch for $20, dinner for $38
  • Back Deck (2 West St.) is offering dinner for $33
  • Blu (4 Avery St.) is offering lunch for $25, dinner for $38
  • Marliave (10 Bosworth St.) is offering dinner for $38
  • Oceanaire (40 Court St.) is offering lunch for $25, dinner for $38
  • Pabu (3 Franklin St.) is offering dinner for $38
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House (45 School St.) is offering lunch for $25, dinner for $38
  • Serafina (10 High St.) is offering dinner for $38 
Suffolk University Names 
Marisa Kelly 11th President

The Downtown Boston BID would like to congratulate Marisa Kelly on being named the 11th president of Suffolk University. Kelly had been the interim president for the last 20 months.

"I love this institution. I love Boston," said Kelly to the Boston Herald"I want everybody to understand the value of a Suffolk education. I want them to understand that transformative opportunity exists here. Our students know that; our alumni know that, but we want the rest of the nation and the globe to know that."

Before joining Suffolk as provost in 2014, she served as provost at Ithaca College. Prior to her time in Ithaca, she was the dean and McQuinn Distinguished Chair of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of St. Thomas-Minnesota. She was also a faculty member and administrator for 12 years at the University of the Pacific in California. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Kansas, an MA in Political Theory from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Government from California State University at Sacramento.
Robert Curry Named 
BID Ambassador of the Year

The Downtown Boston BID recently named Robert Curry as the BID's Ambassador of the Year. As a dispatcher Robert performs a critical role in communicating with the Ambassadors who are working in the district. 

"Robert is always thinking about how he can help Ambassadors do their job as best as possible. He was named Ambassador of the Year because of his overall performance, proactive communication to Ambassadors in the district and outstanding dedication to the company, " said Steve Brookes, BID Clean & Hospitality Operations Director. 

"I love being part of a team that works together to make Downtown Boston a great place," said Curry. "I like doing something that has a positive impact for the community."

The Ambassador of the Year is chosen by the leadership team of the Ambassador Program. 
Meetings & Notices
Tonight: Downtown Boston 
Residents' Association Meeting 

The Downtown Boston Residents' Association is holding a meeting tonight (Monday, March 12th) at Suffolk University's Modern Theatre starting at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public.

District 2 Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn will discuss his vision and priorities for Downtown Boston and take questions from residents.

Members of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center leadership team will introduce the organization, discuss its programming and resources, including the recently opened Pao Arts Center (99 Albany St.,).
Snow & Cold Weather Safety Info:
Shoveling, Parking and More

Whether you're a property owner, a homeowner or a resident with a car it's important to know about shoveling and parking regulations, snow emergencies and more. The City of Boston has a resourceful webpage providing all necessary info here, and below is important info to know for when the white stuff comes down.

Shoveling Info:
Click here for City of Boston rules on clearing snow.
Property owners must:
  • Clear sidewalks within three hours of snowfall ending or three hours after sunrise if it snows overnight, and
  • Clear at least a 42-inch-wide path for wheelchairs and strollers.
Do not shovel snow into the street or you can be subject to fines. Also please remember to: 
  • Remove ice to bare pavement or make as level as possible and treat with sand, sawdust, or similar material.
  • Please clear any snow that may be blocking a handicap ramp, fire hydrant or catch basin.
  • Don't leave snow or ice on stairways or fire escapes. All common means of exit must be clear in case of fire or another emergency.
What To Do With Your Car When It Snows: 
During a snow emergency main roads need to be clear for plows and emergency vehicles. If you're parked on one of these main roads during a snow emergency, you may be ticketed and your vehicle may be towed. How do you know if you can't park on a street during a snow emergency? Check the signs posted on the street. Also, here is map of restricted roads due to a snow emergency.
Click here for a City of Boston list of discount parking garages available during snow emergencies. Click here for the BID's webpage of local parking garages. It is recommended you contact the parking garages to see if they are open for vehicles. 
Please also call the BID's dispatch line at 617-261-0066 to report sidewalks, handicapped ramps or other Downtown Crossing public ways that need to be shoveled. Our Ambassadors will be out in the snow 24 hours a day making sure the sidewalks are clear!   

Cold Weather Safety Tips
When you know severely cold weather is coming, remember to take steps to prepare. Please also check on your elderly or disabled neighbors, and take caution when using portable heating devices like space heaters. If you have an emergency please call 911. Click here for Cold Weather Safety Tips from the City of Boston.  

Important Phone Numbers
Boston Fire, Boston Police and Emergency Services: 911
Non-emergency requests: 311
Eversource gas and electric: 1-800-592-2000
National Grid: 1-800-322-3223
Boston Water & Sewer Commission: 617-989-7000
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority: 617-242-6000
City of Boston Tow Lot: 617-635-3900
National Weather Service: 508-822-0634
Verizon: 800-837-4966
City of Boston Animal Care and Control: 617-635-5348
Cold Relief Heatline: 800-632-8175
Elderly Commission: 617-635-4366
Emergency Shelter Commission: 617-635-4507
MBTA: 617-222-3200
MEMA: 508-820-1428
Mass. Road and Traffic Conditions: 617-374-1234
City of Boston Neighborhood Services: 617-635-3485
State Police: 617-740-7600
Transit Police: 617-222-1212
City of Boston Veterans Services: 617-635-3957
Grieving Parent Brown Bag Retreat at 
St. Anthony Shrine on March 22nd
St. Anthony Shrine (100 Arch St.) is offering "They Are Alive!" a brown bag lunch retreat presented by Emily Ketring, author of "An Angel of the Beatitudes: Finding Faith After the Loss of a Child" on Thursday, March 22nd.  

Please bring your own lunch and beverages will be provided. This free event is from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. Please register by clicking here
Deals & Promos
Parker's Restaurant St. Patrick's Day Lunch

Parker's Restaurant (60 School St., inside Omni Parker House) is offering a classic St. Patrick's Day Lunch on Saturday, March 17th

The menu includes corned beef & cabbage with horseradish cream for $18, lamb stew with vegetables for $20, and chocolate stout cake with Bailey's Mousse for $8.50. Please call the restaurant at 617-725-1600 to make reservations.

B.Good Offering $1 Kale Crush Smoothies 
All Week to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

B.Good restaurants (84 Summer St. and 255 Washington St.) are celebrating St. Patrick's Day by offering $1 kale crush smoothies all week long. 

Irish Breakfast Buffet at Avenue One on 
St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Indulge during St. Patrick's Day weekend at Avenue One (inside Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue de Lafayette) with a special buffet. Chef Kelly Armetta has crafted a traditional Irish buffet with all of your favorites. The breakfast buffet will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 to 11:30 am.

Ritual Eats Week with Apple Pay Gets You
Up to 50% Off Restaurants 

Through March 16th, the mobile app Ritual, is offering Ritual Eats Week in Boston. When users pay with Apple Pay they will receive exclusive dishes at discounted prices up to 50% off.

There are lots of participating Downtown Boston restaurants including: Uno Due Go, Archie's New York Deli, Grassroots Cafe, Bonapita, Falafel King, Avana Sushi, Viga, Kingston Grille & Bar, Grainmaker, Taste Wine Bar & Kitchen, Sebastian's Cafe, Shed's BBQ, Papagayo and more.

Just download the Ritual app, use Apple Pay, and unlock the savings. 
Ruth's Chris Steak House 
Filet and Cabernet for $35

Ruth's Chris Steak House (45 School St.) is offering a Filet and Cabernet deal Sundays through Fridays at the bar only starting at $35. 

This deal includes a 6 oz. tender beef topped with three large shrimp paired with a choice of two exceptional California cabernets. Click here for more info.  
Construction & Utility Work Updates 
New Developments Under Construction, Proposed Projects and More

Downtown Boston is continually transforming, with new buildings rising, as well as transportation projects taking place underground and at street level. Looking for the latest updates on developments, construction, sidewalk closings, and more? Click here. 

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