All photos (c) Danny Kim
This morning at 11, the Boston Ballet will give the press its first look at the all-new costumes and sets for the BB's re-vamped The Nutcracker.
But last month they let us behind the scenes to photograph the in-progress designs in the costume shop. Here's a taste of what we saw.
Boston Public Library
It's a good thing that there are millions of books for voters to read
while they wait on line at the Boston Public Library. Of course, not
everybody has to queue; while there's a quick skate for Ward 5
Precinct 8, the line for Precinct 9 was more than an hour long at
5:45pm, and is probably much worse than that by now.
Ben Franklin Institute
I'm not exactly old – this is just the third presidential election
that I've covered. But out of all the municipal races and everything
else that I've seen in my short time, the current scene off Berkeley
Street – of people waiting to vote at the Ben Franklin Institute –
is the worst electoral nightmare that I've ever witnessed.
The Massachusetts State House
How sweet it is to vote on Beacon Hill. Sure – the State House is
the only polling place I know of (and please correct me if I'm wrong)
where you have to pass through a metal detector, but I have to say,
it's kind of worth it. First of all, there's plenty of green space
for chilling outside beforehand, and for contemplating your choices
with a breathtaking view of Boston Harbor.
Nazzaro Community Center
When it comes to voting, this is the place to be seen, with long
lines but efficient workers who appear to be getting the job done. At
its worst – before, during, and right after rush hour – there was
a two-hour wait here. But even then the queue was mostly indoors,
kept cuddly by a carpeted hallway with bathroom facilities and other
amenities not seen elsewhere.
is the infamous precinct that everyone is talking about – on
Twitter and Facebook, at least, and in coffee shops around Davis
Square. As reported in short by the likes of Globe writer Maria
Sacchetti, who wrote that she waited in line for two hours, it is
indeed a mess, and was still that way when I showed up this
Cambridge City Hall
reporter walks into a virtually empty poll and says, “Hey – has
it been this calm all morning?” Six poll workers look at him and
collectively sigh, then one goes, “You're kidding honey – right?”
I actually wasn't joking, but out of respect for the women there I
pretended that I was, and thanked them for their civic commitment.
is my polling place, even though I don't live in Hyde Park anymore.
And because I don't live in Hyde Park anymore, I had to fill out a
mess of forms, show proof of my new address, and get bounced around
to a few people before I could vote. It's no big deal; even though
the first few people helping me were unfamiliar with the exact
process for “inactive” voters, we eventually got it done, and I'm
satisfactorily sure that my ballot will count.
Don't hate me because they want me. You, they could take or
leave, but me, they are totally hot for. My name is Scott Cardwell and I live
in a swing state. Okay, it's not Ohio, but it is Virginia. And as I write this,
with two days remaining until the election, we are considered a "coin toss"
state. So, me and my fellow Virginians are being hard-sell, heavy petting,
under the shirt, over the bra, wooed to within an inch of our lives.
*This particular message not endorsed by Blake Boston (a/k/a Scumbag Steve)
Boston might be the most adored degenerate on earth. But even without
hyperbole, he's one of the Bay State's biggest exports. Ever since a
photo of Boston (that's his real name) posing in his kitchen doorway
was sucked into the viral whirlwind two years ago, and universally
branded by internet users as Scumbag Steve, the Massachusetts
native's fur-lined G-Unit parka and signature patterned fitted hat –
the latter famously cocked back and to the side – have transcended
the underground world of web memes and effectively highjacked the pop
good old days of earlier this year, sometime back in January, the
United States Senate race in Massachusetts took a demonstrably
positive turn, when Scott Brown and Liz Warren mutually pledged to
keep Super PAC slime out of the picture (plus off the radio and web).
The agreed upon remedy was that either candidate would have to donate
half the value of the outside ad buy to charity, as the Brown
campaign did twice in March.
The Fernet-Branca Barback Games are on at Royale on Tuesday
"Cloud Point" performance | Liz Roncka (movement artist), Nicole Colella
(visual artist/costume designer), Amir Milstein (flautist) and Haggai Cohen
Milo (bassist) create an "evolving sound and movement landscape" backdropped by
The Future of the Past: Encaustic Art in
the 21st Century exhibition that explores the qualities of wax ("cloud
point" = the temperature at which dissolved wax is no longer soluble) at the
Mills Galllery at the BCA | Friday, November 2 @ 7 pm | bcaonline.
annual industry party hosted by Photo Nights Boston - a nonprofit collective of New England
photogs and artists - a diverse mix of creative types mingled freely in
Quixote's open, minimalist space in Allston. Distinguished-looking older folks
chatted by the well-stocked hors d'oeuvres spread while inked-up
twentysomethings cruised the bar and tried out an extravagant photo booth
designed to resemble a 1920s boudoir (a photo-event photo booth - so meta!).
weeks ago, I received an angry phone call from Cambridge and
Somerville State Rep Tim Toomey's campaign manager. It was both
deserved and expected; the week before, I'd published a deep and
positive profile of Mike Connolly, who's running as a progressive
independent candidate in the 26th Middlesex district.