Sharing a single art studio with 65 other artists, while inspiring, can get a bit crowded. So when the owner of the renovated factory building in the South End decided to renovate another nearby building, bead crocheter Andrea Garr put her dreams of opening her own studio and bead store into action, and Bead + Fiber was born. Wielding multihued beads, a fine selection of specialty yarns, tools and jewelry-making materials picked up from her travels around the globe, Garr sells her creations as well as those of the other teachers and instructs students on how to make their own, whether it's a pair of elegant earrings for a wedding or a retractable necklace for a fashion-forward pet turtle. A lifelong artist, Garr revels in the rhythm and meditative vibe of crocheting beads as well as the seemingly endless possibilities of making your own jewelry.
At WICHIT, patrons can draw up blueprints for their own sandwiches or choose from signature house specialties. Served on a choice of eight types of bread, custom sandwiches include meats such as seasoned pulled pork and new york sirloin strip and are covered in fresh veggies such as dill pickles, caramelized onions, and avocado. On the other hand, unique hot and cold house specialties brim with venerated offerings, from the sushi-inspired spicy tuna-maki sandwich to the oven-fresh Stonemill with sirloin strip steak and roasted garlic aioli.
Audiences can exercise laugh muscles and fill tear ducts with William Shakespeare's tragicomic The Merchant of Venice. Starring Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Amadeus), this production arrives in Boston after successful runs in New York, the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, and the Iowa City Marathon. Directed by Darko Tresnjak, the former artistic director of the Old Globe in San Diego, The Merchant of Venice follows the lustful Bassanio, the wealthy Antonio, the rich heroine Portia, and Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. When the anti-Semitic Antonio asks to borrow money from Shylock, he agrees under the condition that should Antonio default, he must render a pound of his own flesh.
Like Don Quixote, veteran bookseller John Petrovato has embarked on a tempestuous journey spawned from a love of books. In defiance of chain and online bookstores, John is returning the human face to the neighborhood book shop, parsing out used tomes with a personal smile and, often, a few words from the author. And he’s succeeding. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this first incarnation of the new Raven Used Books—he made an amicable split with the co-owner of the original location—is located in Cambridge, where Harvard’s distinguished student body and professorship dwells. But even John's second store, located on Newbury Street, drew an equal number of book lovers, as well as speakers such as Noam Chomsky and a Best of the New nod from the Boston Globe. The reasons for John’s success in this struggling field are twofold. Many of the customers come because they appreciate the personal attention and literary culture that surrounds a local bookstore. And the inventory is nothing to scoff at. The Cambridge location stocks roughly 16,000 books—many of them from university presses—ranging in subjects from philosophy to social theory and poetry. The stock at the Newbury Street location veers towards more general subjects such as fiction, American history, children’s books, and children's books about social theory. And with roughly 2,000 new books arriving weekly between the two locations, the shelves are always packed with reading material for general readers and scholars alike.
Aldrich Robinson was a young woman in 1970's Bristol, England when she took up knitting. She did it almost entirely on her own, much in the way some people hack into DMV computers to change their recorded height. Aldrich sought only the help of her two aunts as she learned how to knit and purl. But it wasn't long before the novice evolved into an expert and when she relocated to the U.S. in the '80s, she even debuted a line of designer knitwear. Two decades of pouring her heart and soul into the line finally culminated in a boutique on Newbury Street in 2004—Newbury Yarns.
Much has changed since Aldrich picked up her first set of knitting needles, yet she remains a bastion of knowledge when it comes to trends in knitwear. She supplies customers with high-quality yarn and natural fibers so they have everything they need to make this season's hottest trends, from infinity scarves to colorful berets. But after all that time, she still hasn't forgotten how frustrating the first steps of learning to knit can be. That's why, as her aunts once did for her, she and her staff teach newbie crafters the basics at knitting and crocheting classes. For more experienced fiber artists, they hold biweekly knitting circles where participants can exchange tips and feel greater sense of community.
Every year just before ski season opens, the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo gathers representatives from the sport?s foremost gear manufacturers and destinations under one roof for deep discounts and an unveiling of the latest models. Visitors can slalom from booth to booth, where they?ll be able to check out shiny new skis by V?lkl and K2, take advantage of season-pass discounts from resorts across the country and the Northeast, or practice their shadow puppetry while wearing gloves by Marker. Meanwhile, interactive exhibits invite audience participation, and live demonstrations aim to wow onlookers.
Now in its 32nd year, the 2013 Expo also includes a massive sale of East Coast Alpine equipment & clothing and a beer garden brimming with beer from Long Trail Brewing Co. Killington Ski Resort looks to regale guests with acrobatic antics during the Skyriders! Trampoline Show, and the Wachusett Mountains Kids Snowpark and Learning Center where youngsters can get ready for the winter without standing in front of an open freezer for days on end.