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November 13,  2017
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This Week's Featured Event
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Construction & Utility Work Updates
City of Boston Services
In The News
The Boston Sun: Illuminus Boston Lights Up Downtown Crossing 11/10/17

The Voice of Downtown Boston: Boston Winter Returns to City Hall Plaza 11/10/17

Boston Business Journal: Demolition Underway of Winthrop Square Garage 11/9/17

Boston Globe: Photos That Speak on Veterans Day and Every Day at NECHV 11/9/17 

The Heights: With Grainmaker, a Taste of Southeast Asia in Boston 11/9/17

Boston Globe: Developer Sells Tremont Street Site to Emerson College 11/7/17

Banker & Tradesman: Emerson College Buys Condo Development Site for $24M 11/7/17

This Week's Featured Event
Anton Chekhov's '3Sisters' at 
Suffolk's Modern Theatre

The Suffolk University Theatre Department is proudly welcoming guest-director, Artistic Director of the Harbor Stage Company, Robert Kropf, for his adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "3Sisters" opening Nov. 16th at the Modern Theatre

Eighteen Suffolk students are featured in this re-imagining of Chekhov's iconic play. The play is set in 2019, in Moscow, Illinois. In the wake of a global disaster, a few survivors have taken refuge in the ruins of a decimated library. 

The play runs from Nov. 16th through Nov. 19th. Click here for tickets and showtimes.
Arts, Entertainment & Events
Macy's Holiday Tree Lighting Festivities Nov. 24th 

Macy's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting is so much more than a tree lighting on Black Friday (Friday, Nov. 24th). There are children's events, musical performances, celebrity appearances, professional athletes, and of course, Santa Claus. 

The celebration kicks off with holiday activities for kids of all ages at 12 pm in the Kids Department (lower level). There will be face painting, balloon art and more.

At 5 pm the Macy's holiday windows will be displayed and the Christmas tree will be lit on Summer Street with Mayor Martin Walsh and Santa Claus leading the countdown,
'Harsh is Truth' at the 
Old South Meeting House on Nov. 16th
A multi-media performance by Masary Studios poses the questions: How is truth defined? And how do different perceptions of truth converge in public spaces? These questions and more will be discussed at "Harsh is Truth" at the Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.) on Thursday, Nov. 16th.

Live, original music fused with video projections will highlight Old South Meeting House's unique history as a place to rise, resist, and share one's personal truth. 

Visitors can explore the Old South Meeting House starting at 6:30 pm, and the performance is from 7-7:45 pm. After the performance, guests may talk with Masary Studios artists, National Park Service representatives, museum staff and other audience members on the competing truths that have built our nation and will shape our future. This is a free event, but registration is requested by clicking here 
An Evening with Dream Theater at Orpheum Theatre on Nov. 15th

Dream Theater will perform at the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 15th with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Click here for tickets. 

Freedom Trail Foundation Historic Holiday Strolls Begin Nov. 16th

The Freedom Trail Foundation's Annual Historic Holiday Strolls begin Nov. 16th and run through January 2018. 

The festive atmosphere of the city, set against the backdrop of Boston's historic sites, makes these merry 90-minute tours a great way to celebrate the holidays.

The strolls are led by Dickensian costumed guides departing from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall. Strolls include a visit to the Omni Parker House for refreshments and world-famous Boston cream pie. 

Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children and reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Tours can also be booked as private family or group tours. The strolls are offered Thursdays through Sundays at 3:30 pm.  Please call 617-357-8300 for more information and reservations.
'Global Arts, Eats & Beats' at CIC Boston Nov. 17th

CIC Boston (50 Milk St.) is hosting a free event, "Global Arts, Eats & Beats" on Friday, Nov. 17th. The event will feature a variety of Guatemalan and Colombian culture, art, food, beverage and more.


There will be Mayan artists from the Guatemala Art and Culture Connection,  Colombian artwork from Fresco Exchange muralists, a m aker station creating laser-cut luminaries to take away and l ive artist talks.

This event is from 4 to 8 pm. Click here to learn more and to register. 


Lindsey Stirling's Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour with Alexander Jean at Orpheum Theatre on Nov. 17th

Lindsey Stirling's Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour with Alexander Jean will be at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, Nov. 17th. Doors open at 7 pm. Click here for tickets. 
ArtsEmerson Presents 'Gardens Speak' Through Nov. 19th 

"Gardens Speak" is a unique full-body interactive experience in which Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury carefully reconstructs the oral histories of 10 ordinary people and transforms Syrian statistics into universal, human stories. It is at Emerson College's Paramount Center through Nov. 19th. 

Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protesters who took to the streets during the early periods of the uprising against the Ba'athist government in 2011. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead -- each providing safety, truth and a voice for each other.

Only 10 people are admitted per hour, so get your tickets by clicking here
Play-Within-a-Play 'Kiss' at Paramount Through Nov. 19th 

Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón's "Kiss" brings masterful sensibility to an intense, tightly wound new production where naiveté can turn out to be the kiss of death. The play is at Emerson College's Paramount Center through Nov. 19th.

When a young, aspiring theatre troupe discovers and performs what they believe is a Syrian soap opera, they come to realize just how much they don't know. Kiss is a brilliant play-within-a-play that shows how misunderstanding cultural cues can reveal blind spots you never knew you had. 

Click here for tickets and showtimes.
Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition Participating in  World Day of Remembrance on Nov. 19th

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition is organizing a day of actions to honor those injured or killed on roads across Massachusetts as part of the international World Day of Remembrance on Sunday, Nov. 19th

There will be a Ride for Remembrance gathering at Copley Square at noon and departing for a one-hour ride at 12:15 pm and ending to join a walk to the State House. At 1:30 pm there will be a Memorial Walk and Vigil at the Boston Common (Beacon and Charles streets at the State House). There will be a memorial vigil at 2 pm on the State House steps. CIC Boston (50 Milk St.) will host a post-vigil gathering at 3:15 pm, which will include refreshments and a documentary about Anita Kurmann, who was hit by a truck while cycling on Massachusetts Avenue in 2015. 
Celebrate 150th Anniversary of 
'A Christmas Carol' at  Omni Parker House's  Dinner with Dickens on 
Nov. 28th
Join the Omni Parker House (60 School St.) in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens' first American reading of his classic, "A Christmas Carol," on Tuesday, Nov. 28th

Dickens resided at the Parker House during his 1867-68 American lecture tour, and joined members of the famed Saturday Club at the hotel for one particularly memorable meeting on November 30, 1867. It was there, he recited his classic tale to his peers, before performing it to the American public the following evening at the Tremont Theater next door.

The evening will feature a five-course meal featuring items reminiscent of the Victorian era. English actor and performer  Gerald Roderick Charles Dickens will perform an excerpt from his great-great-grandfather's famous work. Your ticket includes the five-course meal, wine pairings, a commemorative gift, tax and gratuity. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit Omni's Say Goodnight To Hunger initiative, which provides donations  directly to Feeding America and the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Click here for more info and to purchase tickets. This event is from 6:30 to 9 pm.
Downtown Boston 
Bands and  Singers Strolling Streets

The Downtown Boston BID's entertainment season features three performance groups who are strolling throughout the Downtown Crossing area.
The Downtown Boston Dixieland Band is strolling through the area on Wednesdays and Saturdays twice
 daily from noon to 2 pm and again from  4:30 to 6:30 pm
The Downtown Boston Brass Band is strolling through the area on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays twice daily from noon to 2 pm and again from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. 
The Downtown Boston Singers, a quartet singing group, is strolling through the area performing on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 2 pm and again from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
BID Services & Links
Take a Book, Leave a Book: 
BID Little Free Library at 
Walgreens Plaza

The Downtown Boston BID's Little Free Library is outside of Walgreens on Washington Street and is very popular. Readers are welcome to take a book, and encouraged to leave a book. People are also welcome to donate books by leaving them at the library or by contacting BID staffer Kristen Flanagan at to organize a pickup in the downtown area.
The BID's Little Free Library is officially registered with the Little Free Library non-profit organization and
is open 10 am to 6 pm daily (closed during inclement weather). 
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
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 raining! 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
  • Ambassador powerwash in Downtown Boston during warm weather
  • Ambassadors maintain the BID's landscaping 
  • Masonry Ambassadors fix sidewalks and more
Featured Stories
Walsh Wins Second Term;
Ed Flynn Elected District 2 
Boston City Councilor; 
Six Women Now on Boston City Council!

Tuesday's Election Day was historic in many ways as Mayor Martin Walsh earned a second-term after defeating District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson.

"We commit once again to be a city for all of us, to bring opportunity to everyone," said Walsh at his Election Day party after being victorious. "You were union members, housing advocates, artists, members of the LGBT community . . . you are Boston.  Your passion for this city inspires me."

The Downtown Boston BID also has a new city councilor after Ed Flynn
, the son of former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, was elected as the District 2 City Councilor. Flynn defeated Mike Kelley.
Newly elected District 2 Boston City Councilor
Ed Flynn with his family.

"I promised you during the campaign that if elected, I would represent everyone in District 2, regardless of your zip code. Now, I start the work of doing that," wrote Flynn in a Facebook post. "Boston is a great city, not because of its architecture or sports teams or restaurants. Boston is a great city because of its people. And it is a city where we treat everyone with kindness and respect. And D2 is a special place within Boston because of the diverse backgrounds represented here."

Flynn was one of several new city councilors elected on Nov. 7th. Also, joining the Boston City Council in the New Year will be Lydia Edwards (District 1) and Kim Janey (District 7). With Edwards and Janey being elected there will now be six women on the Boston City Council, which is the most ever for the council.

Boston City Councilors are sworn into office in the first council meeting of the New Year.  
Enjoy These Fall Drinks at 
Downtown Boston Restaurants

Each season brings its own special flavors to food and drinks. In the fall it's cranberry and pumpkin. Here are a few fall drinks being served at downtown Boston restaurants. 

Back Deck (2 West St.), above, is offering the Mule Variation: Montelobos Mezcal, Lejay Creme de Cassis, fresh lime and ginger beer with fresh blackberries for $9.

The Merchant (60 Franklin St.), above, is serving the Autumn Breeze: fresh apple cider, elderflower, High West Prairie bourbon for $11.

PABU (3 Franklin St.), above, is offering I Can't Even:
pumpkin crop vodka, maple cream liquor, coffee liquor, egg white and nutmeg for $12.

Serafina Boston (10 High St.), above, is serving a Pumpkin Martini:  RumChata, Cinnamon Vodka, Pumpkin Liquor and Nutmeg for $14.  
You Can Help Those In Need Through These Downtown Boston Organizations
Many of us have warm homes and meals during the holiday season. But there are many people who are in need of meals, a place to stay and clothing. You can make a difference for those in need by volunteering or donating to several downtown Boston organizations.

Boston Rescue Mission (39 Kingston St.) accepts individual volunteers and groups of up to six people. Volunteers may perform numerous duties, including work as a front desk attendant, kitchen staff, maintenance, drivers, laundry and office work. Click here for more information and to fill out a volunteer application. 

Bridge Over Troubled Waters (47 West St.) offers several volunteer opportunities, including meal preparation, medical care, providing education, create a fundraising drive and more. Click here for more information and to fill out a volunteer application. 

New England Center and Home for Veterans (17 Court St.) volunteers serve meals, sort and prepare supplies, coach and teach at the Veterans Training School, participate in special work details, projects and corporate work outings. Click here for more info about volunteering.

St. Anthony Shrine (100 Arch St.) operates more than 30 programs and initiatives, including the Franciscan Food Center that provides food to those in need, as well as other programs that provide food to the homeless. There are numerous volunteer opportunities. Click here for more information and to fill out a volunteer application. 

St. Francis House (39 Boylston St.) always welcomes new volunteers, especially for the days immediately after the holiday season. Volunteers work in the kitchen, distribute clothing, assist with mock interviews to prepare individuals for job training and more. Click here to learn more about volunteering.  
Meetings & Notices
Tonight: Downtown Boston Residents' Association Meeting

The Downtown Boston Residents' Association's next meeting is tonight (Monday, Nov. 13th) at the Suffolk Law School (120 Tremont St., Room 335). Rose Doherty of The Partnership of The Historic Bostons and Robert Allison of Suffolk University will lead a session on the History of Boston with a focus on downtown. This event is at 7 pm and open to the public.

Tonight: Community Meeting About 
Boston City Hall and Plaza Study   

The community is invited to discuss the Boston City Hall and Plaza Study to rethink City Hall. The meeting is tonight (Monday, Nov. 13th) from 6 to 8 pm in Boston City Hall (3rd Floor, Lobby Mezzanine). Click here to learn more about the study.
Deals & Promos
Don't Worry About Cooking!
Make Your Thanksgiving Reservations Today

There are several options to get delicious Thanksgiving Day meals in downtown Boston. It is recommended that you make reservations. 

Artisan Bistro (10 Avery St.) is offering a Thanksgiving Day menu that includes whole roasted turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables and desserts from noon to 4 pm. Click here to view the menu. Please call 617-574-7176 to make a reservation. 

Avenue One (inside Hyatt Regency Boston at 1 Avenue de Lafayette) is offering a four-course menu from 1 to 7 pm. Click here to view the menu. Please call 617-422-5579 to make reservations.

Legal Crossing (558 Washington St.) is offering a special menu from noon to 8 pm. Click here to view the menu. Please call 617-692-8888 to make reservations.

The Merchant (60 Franklin St.) is offering a three-course menu from noon to 8 pm. Click here to view the menu. Please call 617-482-6060 to make a reservation.

Ruth's Chris Steak House (45 School St.) is offering a three-course turkey dinner and a children's menu. Click here to view the menus. Please call 617-742-8401 to make reservations.
Thirst Juice Co. Offering Vegan, Plant-Based Thanksgiving Menu 

Whether you want an extra plant-based, gluten-free side or two, or want someone to make your whole meal, Thirst Juice Co. (44 School St.) has you covered.

Click here to view the menu. Place your order in store or by emailing by Nov. 19th at noon.
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston's Offering 
Holiday Desserts To-Go

The pastry team at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston can sweeten your holidays with traditional pies, cookies and cakes. 

Please place your order 48 hours in advance at Artisan Bistro by calling 617-574-7176 and voila, the holidays just got easier! This option is available prior to Thanksgiving and throughout the December holidays thanks to Pastry Chef Kerry Meister and her talented team.
The Merchant is Offering Pre-Ordered Thanksgiving  Dinners To-Go 

The Merchant (60 Franklin St.) is offering a three-course menu on Thanksgiving Day, and also pre-ordered turkey dinners with all the fixings to take home this Thanksgiving season.

The cost is $20 per person and it includes all the fixings of The Merchant's in-house Thanksgiving: roasted turkey, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, green beans, sage and chestnut stuffing, orange cranberry sauce and gravy.
Orders need to be placed by November 19th and can be scheduled for pick up on November 22nd all day or November 23rd before 11 am. Please call 617-482-6060 for more details or to place an order.  

Click here to see the three-course menu being offered on Thanksgiving Day (November 23rd) from noon to 8 pm. Please call 617-482-6060 to make a reservation.
Godfrey Hotel Boston Holiday Pop-Up Series Through Dec. 23rd

The Godfrey Hotel Boston (505 Washington St.) is hosting a Holiday Pop-Up Series on each Saturday through Dec. 23rd

The pop-up series will feature Boston area businesses offering an assortment of products, including handmade knits, cocktail kits and specialty baked dog treats. The pop-up series will be from 11 am to 4 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend the pop-up series.

The following is the schedule:
Nov. 18th: Shake the Tree + Derouchaeu Handmade Knits
Nov. 25th: Polka Dog Bakery
Dec. 2nd: Polka Dog Bakery
Dec. 9th: Boston General Store
Dec. 16th: Derouchaeu Handmade Knits
Dec. 23rd: Polka Dog Bakery 
Have Your Holiday Party at PABU

PABU (3 Franklin St.) can host your upcoming holiday party in the private dining room for up to 22 guests. You can also do a full restaurant buy-out, reception style, full of interactive experiences such as sake tastings, ice sculptures, DJs and more. Click here to learn more or call 857-327-7228.
Old South Meeting House 
Museum Shop Sunday on Nov. 26th

Stop by the Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.) on Nov. 26th for Museum Shop Sunday. Take a peak at the revamped shop with new offerings from "Horses in the Hall" to "Banned Books." Members get 10% off all purchases. 

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 u pdates on developments, construction, sidewalk closings, and more? Click  here.  
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