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the 2012 Blackout: where were you when the lights went out?
rian Clague was walking from Hynes Convention Center over the the Christian Science Center to meet a friend. He took a short cut that brought him to the corner of Scotia St. just as a plume of black smoke started emerging from a building next to the Hilton Hotel parking garage. A little further down a detail cop was minding the site on Mass. Ave. where the new Berklee building is going up, and Clague, an East Fens resident, pointed the smoke out to him. He wasnt impressed. But in a few moments the plume had grown larger and even blacker, and then the officer called in a report. So began the Great Blackout of 2012. I was heading back up Belvidere St. and was right next to the building when the explosion occuredit was strong enough that I felt the shockwave of air against my face, Clague recalls. He then found his friend and watched as the Hilton
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Its Official: State Approves Cultural District

was evacuated. We were moved a couple of times by the police. The pair thought the event was over because the smoke had diminished, so they proceeded to their dinner destination in the South End. Just as we were being served, the lights went out. We looked outside, and all the lights on the Fenway side of Columbus (Avenue) were out, while those across the street were still on. Eventually Clague got back to his home on Hemenway St. and spent some time at Woodys, a popular bar/bistro down the street from his building. I was with some neighbors and we heard some students going by talking about kicking in some windows. We decided to stay at Woodys until later in the evening to discourage anyone with similar ideas. Among the first to become aware of the problem, Clague was one of the very last to get his electricity back. It finally came on sometime late on Friday evening, he remembers. And then it went off twice again between then and Monday. Clague has few good words for the performance of NSTAR in this event, put praises his neighbor, Tracey Hunt, for the interfacing she did between residents of his building, the management company, and NSTAR. I live down the block from where the fire started, and about two hours earlier, The glow of a generator-powered emergency light on Agassiz Road another electrical fire had occurred illuminated the darkened apartment buildings at 60-66-72 The in my building. Fenway on the third night without power in the East Fens.
by Stephen bRophy

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, State Senator William Brownsberger, Anita Walker, and State Senator Sonia Chang-Daz celebrate the designation of the Fenway as one of the first cultural districts in the Commonwealth at the Massachusetts Cultural Councils board of directors meeting on March 20. At around 4:30pm Tony Consalvi, owner of TCs Lounge on Haviland St., noticed smoke coming from behind the bar. It was from a short circuit in the beer cooler, and the resulting fire basically gutted the interior of his business. Im just happy that no one was hurt, and that the rest of the building wasnt damaged, Consalvi told The Fenway News by phone. He got very emotional when he recalls the tremendous outpouring of support from friends, neighbors and fellow business people. He reports that some fundraisers are in the works, including possibly one headlined by the Dropkick Murphys, and he promises that we will rebuild and return. We will have the same atmosphere, but with much better soundproofing. Institutions in the neighborhood were hit as severely as the residents. Most schools lost two or three days of classes, and some heroic work had to be put in to guarantee the safety and security of students who live on campus. Mike Ryan, the man in charge of facilities at the New England Conservatory told The Fenway News that his staff dealt with multiple challenges during the power failure. We had 3-4 guys standing on the corners of Gainsboro and Huntington and St. Botolph with flashlights every night from when it got dark until about 2am. Traffic was being diverted onto these streets, which are heavily used by our dorm residents, and we needed to be sure they werent in danger. Ryan praised Aramark Corporation for the way it came through in helping to feed on-campus students through the crisis. Every morning they would truck in cold meals cereal with fresh milk, bagels and yogurt for breakfast, sandwiches and salads for lunch. On Wednesday and Thursday they set up a barbecue outside the dorm, which provided hot food the students could carry inside. The Department of Health visited us a couple of times to make sure we were doing everything right. The first night Ryans crew escorted students through the dorm with flashlights, and for the next two nights they set up generators so that students could have lights in hallways and common areas. One of Blackout continues on page 2

The Lyric Little Band Box Turns 100

n April 20, Fenway Park, will celebrate its centennial. Fenway Park was not the first addition to the neighborhood: Symphony Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts were already established institutions in 1912, and if one ventured down Huntington Ave. one would come across Huntington Ave. Baseball Grounds, a wooden stadium that was the site of the first World Series and the home of the Red Sox. Wooden stadiums were a fire hazard, and there were limitations to how high one could be built before its weight required too much support. In April 1904, Charles H. Taylor, of Civil War fame and publisher of The Boston Globe, purchased the team and the stadium for $135,000 (approximately $3.5 million adjusted for inflation.) He bought the team with the intent of giving his son, described as not complete neer do well in Glenn Stouts book, Fenway 1912, to give (him) something to do according to Dick Bresciani, historian for the Boston Red Sox. In 1911, Taylor hired architect James McLaughlin to build a new ball park, to be called Fenway Park, because as Taylor said, Its in the Fenway section of Boston, isnt it? The new park would be made of concrete and steel, for both safety and scale. The park would be built hard by the Boston & Albany railroad tracks on solid ground, unlike the filled land upon which much of Boston had been built by the early 1900s. There were very few structures adjacent to the building, thus fans would have a view of the game and the changing sky as a backdrop.

by RichaRd Kiley

On April 9, 1912, the park unofficially opened as fans arrived by streetcar, stopping at the corners of Deerfield and Beacon and Jersey and Bolyston streets; the trolley had yet to be extended to Kenmore Square. Visitors would have seen what appeared to be a barn on an empty field, but while the Irish civil servants and the Boston Brahmins both rode the same train, they were directed to different entrances. On April 20, 1912, the Red Sox officially opened Fenway Park with Mayor John Francis Honey Fitz Fitzgerald throwing out the first ball in a game that the Red Sox ultimately won before a less-than-capacity crowd of 17,000. At the time ballparks provided seats for fans to enjoy a game in a stadium that was not anticipated to last more than a decade or two. Bresciani noted that most games, which started during the week at 3:00 p.m., were less than sell-out crowds, with the exception of Fourth of July and matches against the Yankees. It is worth noting that the rivalry between the teams was as intense then as it is now, with the Boston Daily Globe bestowing the nickname Yerkes upon the team. While the fare at the park, according to Bresciani, was Spartan (hot dogs, ice cream), the attire of the fans was not, as men90% of the attendeesdonned coats and in warmer weather sported straw boaters. Bresciani also speculated that after the game, many fans would repair to saloons that soon sprouted up in the neighborhood, and that seems very much like 2012. Richard Kiley lives in Chinatown.

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What Has the Fenway Lost in the Name of Culture and Progress?
families who live here. Some neighborhoods nearby. More recently, the neighborhood was exhibit a second layer, an especially dynamic likewise welcoming to a newly visible gay and level of culture coming from the diversity lesbian community. Especially to be noted is weakening of Fenway culture the fact that the Fenway was firmly established There used to be a thriving grass-roots culture of backgrounds and wider interests of its population. as one of the few interracial in the Fenway. This culture was severely And a very few neighborhoods in Boston by the This is the second of three injured by urban renewal (the mechanical neighborhoods time the 1960s rolled in with its opinion essays, collectively bulldozer) and its consequent gentrification have widespread vital concerns for civil rights, titled The Cultural (the economic bulldozer). Absent citizen within them yet antiwar politics, the womens action, the dismantling of the former Fenway Bulldozer written by East a third level of movement and economic justice. neighborhood will go even further in the wake Fens resident Bob Case about culture: they are Because this neighborhood of its designation as The Fenway Cultural the neighborhoods new incubators of was both urban and proximate to District (the cultural bulldozer). In fact the status as an official cultural the arts. As the museums and concert halls, life progressive abandonment of the citizens of district. Part 1 of this series Fenway grew into blossomed in the third level of the Fenway by the institutions of the Fenway appeared in our March issue a lively urban culture to include the activity of and the Boston Redevelopment Authority is a and generated a strong neighborhood, individual artists and poets and central reality of recent Fenway history. It is reaction from readers. Two all three of these musicians and music teachers. a supreme irony that culture can be destroyed levels of culture These practitioners gravitated letters written in response in the name of Culture, which is rapidly flourished. And here during the second third of the appear on page 3. becoming but one more commercial artifact to the three levels 20th century, taking up residence be marketed. of culture are in a congenial neighborhood interrelated in the life of the community. The where their creativity could be nurtured and three levels of culture Mass at St. Cecilias, to take but one example, expressed. All authentic culture is the inevitable and is in essence the same as Mass celebrated These artists did more than live and necessary product of human activity. It has to anywhere in the world, but the diversity of work in the neighborhood; they created and do with how we are in the world, and how we the communicants backgrounds, and the supported intermediate venues. There were fashion the shape of where we live, both in fact that the music and instrumentalists and spaces of varying sorts for the arts and culture: our customs and in our physical surroundings; singers often come from the music schools Wallys on Massachusetts Avenue became how we grow a style that reflects our values and colleges of the Fenway, give the worship a one of the premier jazz rooms in the nation. and the conditions of our existence; how we distinctive character. Fenway Studios is a unique cooperative of relate to others and build the community, visual artists. The occupants, in their customso that our community in turn fashions us. history of grassroots culture in the built structure on Ipswich Street occupy their Finally, culture embraces the artifacts and Fenway own spaces exposed to the all-important north activities and creations that express our Because of the Fenways location and light. Simultaneously, in the vicinity of the aspirations, the literature and paintings and relatively late development in the early 20th Museum of Fine Arts, numerous painters music and dramatic performances that knit century, it was affordable to an unusual mix occupied housing and studios in streets on together our civilization. of residentspeople migrating to Boston for the south side of Huntington Avenue (where There is a fundamental level of cultural work, newcomers to the U.S., and a broad buildings of Northeastern U. now stand). Kaji development in every neighborhood. This first population of students, as well as the elderly Aso Studios is a nurturing meeting, exhibition level arises from the human scale of the homes and work-space on St. Stephen Street. These and the businesses, and the interactions of the who found a range of urban conveniences
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institutions are cultural icons in their own right. Additionally, many music and singing teachers taught in charming roominghouse bow-fronted buildings that lined Huntington Avenue near the New England Conservatory prior to urban renewal. All these spaces occupied an important niche between the individual and the conspicuous cultural entities such as the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall, and between the individual artist and the bigger schools such as the Museum School and the New England Conservatory. In fact, some of the larger schools, such as Berklee College of Music, Massachusetts College of Art and the Boston Arts Academy High School, arrived later, after the neighborhood was already established as a matrix of culture. These newcomers would look to find ways to fit in. It is an urban tragedy that many of the individual practitioners of the arts have been pushed out by the combined forces of the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the institutions of the Fenway. Deprived of housing and spaces in the Fenwaythe logical environment for the arts in Bostonmuch artistic activity has gravitated to other neighborhoods such as the South End, Fort Point Channel, and Jamaica Plain. The Fenway, however, by location, history, and population, is the natural dynamo of the arts in Boston and the region.

small Business culture

Lets turn to the many and richly diverse small businesses that filled Massachusetts Avenue and Huntington Avenue in earlier decades. These represented the grassroots cultural BullDozer on page 5 >

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n a bit of a coup for the Fenway Community Development Corp., the likely Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat this fall, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, will deliver the keynote address at the groups annual meeting on May 11. The group alternates its meetings between the East and West Fens, but has not yet confirmed the venue for this years meeting in the East Fens. To join the organization before the meeting, contact Civic Engagement Director Sarah Horsley at 617-267-4637, x19 or shorsley@fenwaycdc.org.

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ooking within the ranks of the department, the Berklee College of Music has named an iterim director for its Community Affairs and Campus Engagement program: Abria Smith. Previously Community Partnerships manager for Berklee, Smith expects to maintain established relationships, continue working with the City of Boston on citywide events in the parks, as well as field neighborhood inquiries of various kinds. Jim McCoy, the previous director, left the position last fall to take a job in California.

he Boston City Council voted unanimously on March 28 to support An Act to Invest in Our Communities (Massachusetts House Bill 2553/Senate Bill 1416) . The bill, which bad luCk PlaguEs 9-23 MinEr strEEtand VExEs its nEighbors requires the legislatures action, would bump up the state income tax to generate tax wners of a problem property in Audubon Circle tried unsuccessfully to end its long run revenue for local services such as schools, health care, social services, and transportationall of bad luck with an auction on Feb. 24. A partnership known as Stonewall LLC bought the of which have endured significant state budget cuts over the past several years. The act would parcel in 2006 for around $5 million with the intent of developing a 63-unit retirement restore the tax rate from 5.3% to 5.95% while creating exemptions to protect middle- and community for LGBT residents on the site. Although the developers won BRA approval, many lower-income families. It would also raise the tax rate on investments, but provides a targeted neighbors, who objected to the size of the proposal, not-so-secretly cheered to see it fall victim exemption for middle-class seniors. Senator Sonia Chang-Daz, who represents parts of the to the real-estate-market meltdown that began in 2007. The parcel comprises a small building Fenway, and Representative Jim ODay are the bills sponsors on Beacon Hill. Councilor Felix (23 Miner) and a vacant lot at #9 that has become a neighborhood eyesore. The Stonewall Arroyo presented the resolution, co-sponsored by Stephen Murphy, and noted that since 2008, mortgage ended up in the hands of a partnership called TJAC-Waterloo-A in 2011, represented Boston has lost $142 million in state aid, forcing the Council to make painful cuts in funding for at the auction by attorney David Doyle of Bernkopf Goodman in Boston. A half-dozen bidders crucial social services. He called the measure an equitable way to generate revenue, in which attended the auction, but bidding never rose above $2.7 million, so the seller cancelled the everyone pays their fair share. auction. Neighborhood residents at the auction asked Doyle to pursue cleaning up the lot, but as of March 28 the lot remained untouched. Residents intend to continue pressing the issue. CharlEs riVEr CElEbratEd on World WatEr day

CounCil baCks Plan to rEstorE statE Funds For sChools, sErViCEs

FEnWiCkians dEliVEr PostCards to goVErnor PatriCk

everal Fenway residentsincluding Maria Rodriquez, Mahmoud Gamil, Delia Alvarez, Anne Tobin, and Jim Soucyhelped deliver more than 3,000 postcards to Governor Patricks office in protest of threatened fare increases and service cuts on the MBTA. Using the theme of Be a Hero, Not a Zero! Save the T, the petitioners dressed as superheroes and rallied outside the State House before marching into the building to deliver the messsage.

n September 2011 the Charles River won the Thiess International Riverprize for excellence in river management. In its press release marking the celebration the Charles River Watershed Association exulted that today, thanks to hundreds of partners, countless hours of effort, and the expenditure of millions of public dollars, the Charles is the cleanest urban river in the U.S. As a requirement of the prize, the group has to twin with another river in the world to share expertise. The sister river is expected to be announced later this spring.

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Responses to CultuRal BulldozeR

Cultural District Status Shines Welcome Light on Neighborhoods Artistic Strengths


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are tight, little extra can be done to lift up the cultural, social, and economic benefit I was pleased to read Barbara Brooks the physical presence of the arts brings to a Simons fact-based and accurate article on location. I believe MCCs designation of such page 3 of the March edition of The Fenway special places in the Commonwealth provides News about the then-pending Massachusetts a necessary corrective, shining a light on Cultural Council designation of the Fenway culturally-rich communities and for the artists as one of the first official Cultural Districts and participants in the creative economy who in the Commonwealth. This designation, approved by the MCC Board on Tuesday, March 20, builds on the citywide cultural district designation by Mayor Menino in 1998. However, on the same page, I was dismayed to read Bob Cases much longer, opinion-based piece in which he decries the pending designation and, in doing so, mischaracterizes its intent. The statewide designation for the Fenway came after a year-long collaborative process which engaged the hard work A scene from last Octobers Opening Our Doors day, of a dedicated, broad-based sponsored by the Fenway Alliance. Fenway Cultural District live and work in them. The simple recognition committee that included private citizens that our district is teeming with culture and represented 42 organizations, including raises consciousness of the value of the arts local businesses, local government agencies, while putting the Fenway on the map in an local cultural and academic organizations, appealing light. and neighborhood community organizations Mr. Case suggests that Boston City (two of which, Fenway Civic Association and Councilors who voted in favor of the Fenway Fenway CDC, were sponsors of the page on designation in December 2011, after a lengthy which Ms. Brooks Simons article appears). public hearing on November, were somehow The MCCs goals in providing district status are as Ms. Brooks Simons states: to stimulate duped into their position. This shows a cynical disrespect for the actual amount of time and the arts and assist artists and creative businesses through greater recognition by and attention Council members took to understand the issue and the heartfelt remarks by several participation from residents and visitors. Councilors on the benefits of the state cultural Mr. Case is certainly entitled to his designation. opinion and a forum to share it. However, As most Fenway residents know, the the cynicism and dire warnings he offers in Fenway is a treasure trove of arts, sports, connection with the new cultural designation academic, and environmental amenities. are ill-founded, and off-the-mark. Today, It is the home of numerous nationally and state and city funding for arts and culture is internationally recognized cultural and at an historic low. When government budgets

academic institutions, a Frederick Law Olmsted park, the oldest still-functioning building in the country dedicated solely to artists spaceFenway Studiosand arguably the most beloved baseball park in the country. Many people know about and take advantage of ticketed cultural events as well as the numerous free events open to the publicfree concerts at Jordan Hall; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts open houses, family days and neighborhood nights; the annual Opening Our Doors event; lectures and performances at Fenway academic institutions too numerous to mention; and a beautiful, historic green space open to everyones enjoyment. However, still more are unaware of these cultural amenities resources and particularly that they exist in close the proximity to one another, forming, indeed, a

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cultural district connected by walking routes as well as short rides on public transit. Designating the area is a way to highlight and frame these amenities and their accessibility. That is what designation has done for the performance venues of the Theatre District, for example. In a densely populated city, it is remarkable to have a place like the Fenway that offers so much in the way of inspiration, restoration, reflection, and just plain fun. I believe this deserves special recognition, and that Fenway residents and creators of culture all deserve to benefit from opportunities that raised awareness will create, especially in a rising Massachusetts economy. Sincerely,
Kelly bRilliant, executive diRectoR the fenway alliance

District Designation Grew from An Open Process


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Fear. The go-to weapon of choice for individuals who wish to make a case to dissuade open-minded individuals from the opportunity to continue to learn about, question the purpose, or participate in a new initiative. The Facing the Third Bulldozer: Culture and the Fenway article speaks to fears surrounding the then unofficial designation of the Fenway as a cultural district. The official designation was proclaimed on March 20th 2012. It was confounding to read the litany of fears projected onto a yet unofficial initiative, and even more perplexing that one would assign so many fears to an initiative that is, as of this writing, less than two weeks old. Fear is a dangerous weapon; made more lethal when its ammunition is conjecture. During the nearly yearlong application process for consideration for the cultural district designation, the Fenway Alliance welcomed everyone to participate. No one was mute in this process; all were encouraged to let their opinions be known. In full disclosure, I am dedicated volunteer on the Fenway Cultural District Committee (FCDC). It has been, and continues to be, an exciting, educational, and fully transparent process. I have had the pleasure to come to know

many, many, committed FCDC volunteers who have routinely given their lunch hours or have willingly met after a full day at their respective jobs to work collectively to shine an expanded and all-inclusive spotlight on the Fenway. I am a proud card-carrying founding member of Red Sox Nation (number 00022668), however, I would like everyone to know that Marshalls Fenway Farm Stand has exceptional produce, that the Diablo Glass School students can create Steuben quality glass works, that a Huntington Theatre Company performance can rival a Broadway production, that the Emerald Necklace Conservancy is preserving the majestic vision of Mr. Olmsted, and that Fenway Studios is the oldest purpose built building in the United States constructed in 1905 specifically for artists to thrive and create.to name but a few of the many wonders of the Fenway. If there is a theme to the newly named cultural district it is diversity. Lastly, I believe it shameful to accuse the Fenway Alliance to be void of ethics and morals that they would conduct themselves in a hoodwinking manner towards elected officials on the City Council, further still; it is shameful to infer our City Council members are so malleable as to be complicit.
lynda mcnally, bacK bay

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is hosting a Public Meeting regarding

The Boston Conservatory Institutional Master Plan Amendment

6:00PM, Wednesday, April 4th


The Boston Conservatory building at 8 The Fenway
Project Proponent: The Boston Conservatory Project Description: The Boston Conservatory has filed an Institutional Master Plan Notification Form (IMPNF) to amend its Institutional Master Plan (IMP). After careful evaluation of the property at 132 Ipswich Street (purchased in December 2011), renovation of the existing building was determined to be infeasible. The revised plan is to construct a three story building, equivalent in square footage to the existing building, to house dance, music and theater studios and related support space, as approved in the IMP. Close of Comment Period: Thursday, April 12, 2012 GERALD AUTLER BOSTON REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ONE CITY HALL SQUARE, 9TH FLOOR BOSTON, MA 02201 fax: 617.742.7783 phone: 617.918.4438 email: gerald.autler.bra@cityofboston.gov Brian P. Golden Executive Director/Secretary

Blackout from page 1 the things Im most proud about is that we managed things so that no student lost instruments or sheet music. On the first night many had to leave instruments behind in rehearsal halls in the main building. Starting the next day we would let a few in at a time to reclaim their belongings and sign for them. Ryan had to set up temporary accomodations for his crew, and only got about nine hours of sleep total over the three days. I ended up dehydrated, and had the flu coming on. Over the weekend I fainted at home and woke up in the hospital with an IV in my arm. My wife is still not too happy with my coming back to work so soon. Ryan had praise for the students, the administration, and his crew for the way they all worked together to handle the crisis. We got tremendous cooperation from the students, he remembers, and we worked very well with the administration in making the decisions to cancel classes and concerts. There are things that we probably could have done better, but well know more about them should this ever happen again. Over at the Huntington Theatre Company 400 patrons were in the house when the lights went out on Tuesday. The next night was supposed to be the official opening night of Ma Raineys Black Bottom (see review on p.6), and the City had even declared an official August Wilson Day, in honor of its author. But since the show did not go on, no announcement of that could be made. The Companys management worked with NSTAR to get a special generator set up to power just the theater on Thursday evening, and the

plays official opening finally took place on Friday. Meanwhile, power in all other parts of the companys Huntington Avenue complex stayed out until Friday morning, and phones werent restored until late that afternoon. I spent a morning talking to some of the businesses on the East Fens block bounded by Boylston St., Mass. Ave. and Haviland St., including seven of the twelve that sell food. Extrapolating from the rough numbers those seven provided, the blocks businesses lost about $48,000 to spoilage, $120,000 in lost business, and $17,000 in lost wages. One of the convenience stores spent about $800 in dry ice for its freezers, but ended up not being able to sell the ice cream and other frozen foods that they held, because of the duration of the power failure. These businesses are beginning to hear from their insurers that they might not be fully reimbursed for their losses because the problem did not happen on site. NSTAR continues to argue that it is not liable for any of these losses, but Mayor Menino and other officials disagree with that stance. Among other things, Menino wants NSTAR to reimburse the City for the more than $85,000 spent on extra police and other city workers extra work. Anyone who traveled down Mass. Ave. or any other major streets in the neighborhood knows that the police did a lot to keep traffic moving and homes and busineses intact. It will be interesting to see how this disagreement plays out, but we should all hope that the business owners of the Fenway arent left holding the bag for events that were out of their control. Stephen Brophy edits The Fenway News.

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contains energy equivalent to what we use globally for an entire year. In addition to direct uses, there exist an extraordinary variety of n Tuesday, March 13, around 6 p.m., a transformer caught technologies to convert, store and distribute renewable energy through fire in the Back Bay, thrusting half of downtown into a wide range of designs and scales. Photovoltaics, wind turbines, darkness. NSTAR, the utility, rose to the occasion and did hydroelectric generators, solar water heaters, solar greenhouses, what it could do to restore power, but not succeeding until biogas plants and solar cookers are being implemented for a wide Friday morning about 2 a.m. range of domestic, industrial and consumer products and purposes. Electricity, as its been said, is the lifeline of the economy. Innovations define the field; more options are on the horizon. The lifeline was severely disrupted: 21,000 residential and business Scientists are reporting on the revolutionary potential of the customers were without power. Stories of suffering, inconvenience, renewable energy technologies we have nowand some countries, food and medical waste both for businesses and households, heat such as Germany, and hot water shut-offs, traffic havoc, Denmark, Iceland, and dollar costs and more continue to the Maldives, are setting unfold. The investigation into the the goals of becoming cause of the fire is on. The answer, 100 percent powered I suspect, will be multiple and by renewable energy by compounding causes in which aging 2050. Conservation and infrastructure, multiplying demand, efficiency go hand in hand system overload, stress will all in that transition. Japan, have played contributing factors. A hawkish on nuclear until potentially costly legal battle between the Fukushima disaster, the City and NSTAR on who should is expediting a path away bear the burden of compensation for from nuclear and toward the losses has begun, too. renewables. A growing Rosie, my wife, Margaret (88), number of countries my mother-in-law, and I live in the around the world are East Fens, and when the power went doing the same. out, our building turned completely Even with the power out in the blocks around them, the Kamal darkexcept our unit. In our 5th-floor household in the East Fens had power during the March blackout. he potential for condominium we have a 47-watt solar Sajed Kamal sees in the blackout another argument to speed the the transition panel sitting on a south-facing window transition from fossil fuels to renewables in the next decades. is becoming sill. A stand-alone unit that predates increasingly achievable. grid-connected systems, its been powering several lights and a few The Energy Report: 100% Renewable Energy by 2050, released other electrical items (including a table fan, a hybrid solar cooker that in 2011 by the World Wildlife Fund, puts it this way: By 2050, we cooks with direct sunlight as well as electricity, and battery chargers could get all the energy we need from renewable sources. This report for flashlights and a camera) daily and reliably since 1986. We also shows that such a transition is not only possible but also cost-effective, have a 7-watt and a 1-watt system powering some lights, the panels providing energy that is affordable for all and producing it in ways of which sit inside the window. We were able to do what we needed that can be sustained by the global economy and the planet. to doread, write, cook, eat, do art work, and host a meeting. So, Most renewable energy technologies are cost-effective over time, personally we were impacted minimally by the power outage, while but high upfront cost has been a major barrier for many customers. our little solar systems made a big statement! The good news is that in recent years a growing variety of subsidies Life returned to normal within a couple of days. Thats good and financing mechanisms have sprung up to increase affordability. news. At the same time, if we are truly interested in a long-term, One of the most innovative options gaining popularity is the Power sustainable energy solution, the blackout offers a warning of whats to Purchase Agreement (PPA). Among its most attractive features: no come in the future; its a symptom of a collapsing energy system that upfront cost to install solar systems, locked-in electricity rate for many relies on the nonrenewable fossil-nuclear-fuel path. years thats even slightly lower than what a customer currently pays, Over the past year alone the world has witnessed some of histoand the whole process of site evaluation, system design, hardware rys worst catastrophes related to nonrenewable energy use. Oil spills, acquisition, installation, management and monitoring handled by the nuclear disasters, mine collapses, natural gas explosions, water and PPA provider. When all other feasibility factors are in place, theres air pollution, tornadoes, cyclones, floods, droughts, freakish weather really no excuse for not going solar! patterns, and the Arctic melting due to climate change. Oil wars and Still, there will be challenges. Global energy demand is ruthless exploitation of rapidly depleting fuel reserves causing shortestimated to double by 2030, but barely 7 percent of it is currently ages and collapsing economies around the world due to skyrocketing generated from renewable-energy technologies. Most goals in energy prices. The list keeps growing. On the nonrenewable energy national policies do not exceed 20 percent by 2030. The grip of those path these predictable consequences come in the same package, and with vested interests in the highly profitable nonrenewable energy continuing on the same path takes us nowhere but a dead end. The inindustryand the highly profitable war industryremains tight over sistence on digging for more oil, coal and gas, building safe nuclear the public mind, media and politics. reactors (an oxymoron), planning highly centralized fuel productionSo, work remains to be done. A 100 percent transition to and-distribution systems, and frackingall in the name of energy renewable energythe sustainable energy solution, the peaceable independence, security and job creationare suicidal, at best. solutionis achievable, but only if we exercise our choice for it. The revolutionary potential of renewable energy offers us the opportunity o, is there hope for a transition to a sustainable path of to accelerate the transitionin which anyone across the world, in innovation, renewable energy, and peace? The answer is: Yes! small and big wayscan participate. Time is of the essence. Through It will require, however, for us to awaken to the simple truth education and action, together lets unleash that power of the people! and the holistic, perennial wisdomthat the essential condition of West Fens resident Sajed Kamal is author of The Renewable sustainability lies in our ability to live harmoniously within the limits Revolution: How We Can Fight Climate Change, Prevent Energy and renewability of our natural resources. Wars, Revitalize the Economy and Transition to a Sustainable Daunting as the task might sound, we have the fuel source and Future (Earthscan, 2011) and coordinator of Solar Fenway, www. the technologies to do it. solarfenway.org. If youd like information about solarizing your Look at the sunthe abundant, renewable and free energy home, contact solarfenway@verizon.net. source! Only one hour of sunlight falling on the Earths surface
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oston is a community that comes together and keep them in high spirits. together like none other in times The worst of it was the promises of of crisis. While often criticized for imminent restoration of power pulled back being prickly on the exterior, when with each subsequent announcement. Even push comes to shove, from more concerning was the press the Mayor to our residents conference held by NSTAR just blocks on the street, we look out for from the Morville House announcing one another. This was the the full restoration of powerwhile case on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. Morville residents and the rest of the when the power went out in East Fens sat in the dark. It would take the Fenway and Back Bay another 11 hours before power was neighborhoodsthe heart of restored. Boston. When the chips are down Throughout the you know who your friends are. city stories redounded of Certainly the efforts of the Mayors emergency personnel working office and the Commission on the diligently, police officers Affairs of the Elderly were greatly guiding traffic and ensuring appreciated by residents. So too the fenway our safety, and neighbors were the dozens of grocery store gift news has invited helping neighbors; there were cards Central Boston Elder Services elected officials no stories of looting, criminal provided to affected residents. Credit who represent the activity, or any semblance of Northeastern University and Whole neighborhood to chaos. Of all the stories told; Foods, both without power themselves contribute columns one in particular caught my (Northeastern only partially so) and on issues of attention. impacted financially. Even so, their concern. these will We first heard of ability to help neighbors in need appear on a regular problems at the Morville was instinctual. After reading about basis in fensviews. House, a 177- unit elderly Morville Houses trials in The Boston residence, from a concerned resident who Herald, Northeastern and Whole Foods often checks in on her neighbors. We heard generously stepped up to provide bags of that, as a result of the power outage, three groceries and hundreds of gift cards to those residents fell and were taken to the hospital. residents most affected. The building was barely operational, with a I dont blame NSTAR for the blackout. single generator powering the elevator and Unfortunately these things happen. I believe the common area. Units were totally without their employees worked extremely hard and, power. Thankfully the on-site maintenance ultimately, successfully to get the power staff was able to keep heat flowing to units. A back on. NSTAR opened up claims centers single gas stove proved invaluable, much like that will provide restitution for some claims. Morville Resident Director Linda Brown and Unfortunately these claim centers will not her dedicated staff, who put their culinary cover losses like the ones described here. skills to work; they made dishes, such as hot Thankfully though, when the chips were dogs and beans, for all the residents. Linda down in a big way last month, it turned out told me how she worked to bring her residents that friends were just a couple of doors away.

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culture of the neighborhood as well, and they exhibited the face of the Fenway to a wider geographical area which drew people here. In the parlance of today, it is not too much to say that the former Fenway was a destination for Bostonians who lived in other neighborhoods. The shops in the Fenway had a more human scale than the downtown department stores, but they were specialized enough to be sought out. Malbens on Massachusetts Avenue was an original, a small specialty food shop. Nearby there was a pet shop and also a confectionery store which had the only genuine marzipan around. Down the avenue, where the Christian Science lawn stands today, was McMahon and Durward hardware store, with one whole wall comprising a seemingly infinite number of tiny drawers in which Mr. Durward could instantly locate any requested manner of nail or screw. On that same block, the Symphony Sandwich Shop, serving symphony patrons as well as locals, offered a combination corned-beef and chicken-liver sandwich to shame a Manhattan deli. (Would any of the fast-food-chain establishments that have sprung up through the recent cookie-cutter homogenization, even know what you were talking about?) The Fenway Theater (now Berklee Performance Center) and the Uptown Theater and later the the Fine Arts Theater on Norway Street showed a variety of first-run and second-run and foreign films, respectively. If your taste ran to sports, you could attend not only the Red Sox, but a game of Bostons second professional hockey team, the Olympics, in Boston Arena on St. Botolph Street. On Sunday afternoons, you could enjoy Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops in a free concert in Symphony Hall, also broadcast live on radio on Sundays at 4:30. And once in a blue moon, when you were done shopping, or had come from one of the performances or films, you could splurge on

a meal at Caf de Paris, a unique restaurant near the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Haviland Street. It wasnt that luxurious when compared to more recent excesses of gentrification, but it was special, and you felt somehow elevated by this restaurant and by the charm of the Fenway neighborhood.

Former outreach of Fenway institutions

This was also a period when the major institutions of the Fenway were sensitive to the neighborhood in which they lived, and had a more harmonious relationship with residents. The free concerts of Arthur Fiedler were emblematic of an outreach of the major institutions to the citizens of Boston. There will be more on this important topic later, because the progressive withdrawal from the citizens of Bostonand, a fortiori, of grass roots in the Fenway by the major institutions is the central point of these articles. For now, a few examples of the organic bond that existed earlier between the institutions and the neighborhood will suffice to establish the point. To begin with, Northeastern University and other schools like Boston State College on Huntington Avenue were major players in the neighborhood, the life of Boston, and the region. They were key entities, especially in the first level of culture, but also played a role in the second and third levels because they promoted a local diversity and because they fostered a local intellectual and creative life. The education of so many veterans through the G.I. Bill at schools like Northeastern may have been the most important cultural and economic building block of the 20th century, because it opened the educational door to thousands who wouldnt have had the opportunity otherwise. Add to this the fact that Northeastern educated so many first-generation college students from Boston. These students became the engineers

hose old enough to remember know that the Prudential Center occupies what was once a below-grade passenger train storage yard belonging to the Boston & Albany Railroad. Four tracks ran out of the rail yard, passing between brick warehouses and apartment buildings parallel to the west end of Newbury St, to the Beacon freight yard in Allston and on to points west.Above the tracks, multistory office and residential buildings filled all corners of the Mass. Ave./Boylston intersection, but today, two of those corners stand empty. Why did their buildings vanish? What happened to this busy commercial corner? In the name of progress and in the face of fast-emerging car culture, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with federal backing, decided the turnpike should be built. The photo at the top comes from the City of Bostons Municipal Archives and helps visualize the streetscape of the area plowed under by the Turnpike Authority. (A more extensive record of the sections of the Fenway and Back Bay replaced by the turnpike in the early 1960s exists in the photographs assembled by MIT planner and civil engineer Yanni Tsipis in Building the Mass Pike, published by Arcadia Publishing.) Prior to the turnpike, a row of multi-unit brick residential buildings stood on the north side of Boylston Street, extending west from Mass. Ave. (A in the diagram, below). One edifice from that group remains today at the corner of Boylston and Ipswich streets. A pair of six-story office buildings sat on the west side of Mass. Ave. between Boylston and Newbury (B in the diagram below). A quirky, five-story, triangular-shaped office structure occupied the east side of Mass. Ave. at Boylston. Architectural designs are currently being put forward by developers interested in covering turnpike parcels 12-15, which incorporate the northeast and northwest corners of the Mass. Ave./Boylston intersection. Comparison of the proposals with what was there prior to turnpike construction will represent a retrogression. A close look, for example, at the Trinity Corporations plans for parcels 12 and 13 shows that the developer wants to construct new buildings on the same sites where pre-turnpike structures once stood. There was a great deal of controversy over construction of the turnpike. The builders of the road sliced through city, suburb and wilderness. Lawsuits were hurled at the Turnpike Authority, the Commonwealth of B a Massachusetts and the Federal Highway Administration, which actually underwrote 90% of the projects cost. In light of the new construction proposed above parcels 12-15, we could see a whole new set of lawsuits. The residents of 360 Newbury Street, in particular, feel like they are under attack by the parcel developments. While they are within their rights to file suit over the loss of view, imposition of new shadows, and potential loss of property value, they could be out of luck. Buying property requires vigilance, analysis and cunning, and therefore it could be argued that anyone buying into 360 Newbury at the time of its 2006 opening should have been aware of persistent discussion of plans to build over the turnpike. Ignorance of such plans does not mean that investors lose their right to combat the process, but they are at a disadvantage. The Newbury St. residents should not underestimate who they are up against: a prodevelopment mayor, a revenue-seeking Turnpike Authority, and developers who simply do what they do. As mentioned above, some call it progress. Richard Pendleton lives in the East Fenway. and the teachers and the entrepreneurs who constructed the fabric of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This was a direct outcome of the local stance and mission of the institutions. Seen in this light, progressive moves by Fenway colleges to mimic the Ivy League colleges is a huge step backwards from their mission to serve local youngsters. To be sure, there has been forward motion as well (NUs Program of Social Entrepreneurship, for example, is a welcome instrument of social change in keeping with NUs earlier history), but too much of the change has been conformist rather than critical. To sum up, many Bostonians came to the neighborhood to attend a concert or visit a museum or see a film, and to patronize a unique set of shops and restaurants. A disturbing turning-point occurred in 1959, however, when Northeastern was permitted to demolish the Boston Opera House on the northwest corner of Huntington Avenue and Opera Place. This was a troubling harbinger of the era of the 1960s and 1970s, which would bring the collusion of the growing institutions of the Fenway with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, to the detriment of the Fenway neighborhood itself.

View toward Boylston Street on Mass. Ave. in 1948.

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citizen activism

Into this fertile field there dropped a group of new residents in the 1960s and 70s who were sensitive to the neighborhood and its culture, and who joined with long-time residents to forge a particular kind of activism which would challenge the dismantling of the Fenway as a functioning, affordable, residential neighborhood. Citizen action was galvanized through its opposition to forces of progress in the form of urban renewal. Paradoxically, many of these citizens had chosen to live in the Fenway precisely because of the very qualities the BRA and institutions were now poised to destroy. Bob Case is a longtime Fenway resident and founding member, in 1973, of the Fenway Community Development Corporation.

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huntingtons stellar version of ma rainey would have done wilson proud


a playyou could be behind a curtain in the studio was in such a state of enhanced satisfaction when I taking in whats going on around you as your own left the huntington theater Companys Ma Raineys apprehension grows. Black Bottom that I decided that Aeschylus and Ma rainey, the only historical person in the Sophocles had done the work they did so as to play, eventually arrives with her small entouragea prepare the way for August Wilson. I wouldnt actually stuttering nephew she expects to provide a spoken argue that now, but Im not ashamed to admit that I felt introduction to one of the songs, and the not-soit for an hour or so. innocent young lady who is Mas current girlfriend. As I wrote last month, the huntington had an Ma has earned the right to diva behavior by now in her intense, long-term relationship with the playwright, career, and she exercises it with enthusiasm. With her and this production represents the arrival the tragedy culmination of their work together. has all of its that statement did nothing to prepare components, and me for the power of this presentation. the play proceeds I had seen the play on broadway in the to its inexorable 1990s, and I already knew how potent it end. could be. but even that knowledge did All of the not prepare me for this experience. actors contribute the play takes place in a shabby ably to the joint office building in Chicago in the performance, 1920s. A quartet of African-American even timothy musicians has gathered to help record John Smith, who four songs by the reigning Mother of plays a policemen the blues, but she has been delayed, who arrives with Yvette Freeman as Ma Rainey and Corey Allen as so they engage in small talk and Ma rainey and her nephew in the Huntingtons production of ma rehearsal as they wait. two white men has just a few Raineys black bottom, which closes April 8. hoverone the owner of the recording minutes on the studio, and the other Ma Raineys manager. We first see stage. but Jason bowen, the young man in a hurry who them as a couple of worrywarts, sniping at each other allows himself to be goaded into an irrevocable action, in their anxiety that something might go wrongas it stands out as a first among equals in this ensemble. spectacularly does. his Levee is a 32-year-old musician who is tired of all All individually drawn, these men also represent this old jugband music and wants to cut loose into various archetypes. the young musician on the make, some real jazz. he has convinced the studio owner (an the middle-aged players who have settled into a aging villain with indigestion perfectly portrayed by groove, and the old man who has become something thomas Derrah) to use his arrangement for the titular of a philosopherthese are the quartet. the two white song, but that decision was not cleared with Ma rainey. men have fewer components, since they represent bowen is all striding impatience when he thinks hes the greater world against which the members of on top of things, but he deflates rapidly when he is the quartet must contend for survival, but even they disappointedand the events of the play are all set up have their tics and endearing mannerisms. And all of to disappoint him. them are so convincingly played by their actors that G. Valmont thomas as Cutler, Glenn turner as the ensemble makes you forget that youre watching Slow Drag, and Charles Weldon as toledo are the
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older quartet members, who each try to gently stick a little pin in Levees pretensions, and even occasionally offer him some of the affection and consideration they feel for each other. they have done their time in the white-dominated music business and can dimly see how Levee is being set up for a downfall. Sometimes it seems as if they want to help him avoid it; other times you feel they will take a certain grim pleasure from watching it come to pass. Derrah is joined by one of his American repertory theatre colleagues, Will Lebow, who plays the manager. Lebow is the more sympathetic of this duo, perhaps because his character is the second-most put upon (after Levee) of anyone on stage. the other performer who forms the antithesis to Levees thesis is yvette Freeman as Ma rainey. She comes off almost as a force of nature; no one stands up to her for more than a few seconds if she decides shes going to have her way. Freeman is also an excellent singeras excellent as the quartet of actors is with their instruments. part of the reason this show is so convincing is that the actors are capable of rendering professional musicto the degree that we feel the difference between their rehearsals and when they are really on. the nephew and the girlfriend dont have much to work with in the script, because they are not central to the action. but Joniece Abbott-pratt convincingly vamps her way around and adds to Levees problems (whenever Ma isnt looking). Corey Allen has to portray a big lump of stupid whenever he is called to perform, but he manages to make us feel a little compassion for his trials. he is helped in this by Freeman, who coaches his character into his finest moment of the evening. Liesl tommy as director gives us all we need to feel the slide into chaos as it unfolds. An ensemble cant possibly work this well if it doesnt have excellent direction, but she has made it invisible in much the same way that the company makes us forget we are in a theater. If August Wilson were still around to witness her work, he would surely have joined in the standing ovation that brought the show to its triumphant close.

MFA Show Mixes Modern Interpretations of Shambhala With Extraordinary Collection of Restored Tibetan Thangkas
he Museum of Fine Arts offers an opportunity to visit a mythical kingdom, and see the whole world in the process, through Sep. 30. Seeking Shambhala, on the secondfloor in the Asian galleries, represents the culmination of nearly two decades of effort on the part of a curator to restore a collection of Tibetan thangkas acquired a century ago by the museum. It also included work by two contemporary artists that demonstrates the ongoing relevance of such a seeking. Shambhala is a place of peace and happiness located somewhere in the parts of Asia that seemed remote a couple of millennia ago, when the concept first arose in Hindu cultures of India. The person who eventually became the Buddha is said to have visited that kingdom and instructed its kings in right living, teachings that are collected in the Kalachakra tantra. This concept has stuck with Buddhism ever since, being a central part of the Pure Land Buddhism of Japan, for example. A thangka is a Tibetan silk painting with embroidery, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala of some sort, according to Wikipedia. They are usually attached to silk material which is designed to hang on a wall and be rolled up for storage as if they were scrolls. The collection acquired by the MFA in 1906 included nearly two dozen that had already been stripped from their original silk banners. In 1910 the images were mounted on wood, and thats the way they were exhibited and stored for the next century until Jacki Elgar, the head of Asian Conservation, came across them in the 1990s. Between then and now she has overseen more than 4,000 hours of work to restore these magnificent images of the kings of Shambhala to their original form. Among many other tasks, she had to find appropriate silk weaving for the new hangingswhen you visit the exhibit you will see that each painting has a silk frame (material from Tibet that was not easy to acquire) and a bluish background of
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by Stephen bRophy

Around the corner is another work a luxurious weave from Taiwan. Over all the scrolls is a yellow and red material that can be executed on four large panelsbut this one used for covering the images, and these covers shows Gyatsu sitting before four different easels in four different costumes and four all came from monasteries in Nepal. different locations. This is intended Not all to comment on the multiple the kings are identities of the artistas a Tibetan represented, but artist, as a refugee in India, as a you will find the citizen of mainland China, and current king on as a resident of the U.S.A. The the right-hand original photograph of a traditional side as you face thangka painter that inspired the contemporary these images is close by, as are a statue of Buddha couple of elements from two of the at the far end of photographs. the gallery; he Tadanori Yokoo is another is scheduled to artist inspired by the concept of reign until 2027, Shambhala. He was trying to find it having first sat through yoga and meditation, until on the throne in he dreamed about a visit by a monk 1927. Each scroll who said I bring the King of is a marvel of Shambhala. When Yokoo looked, detail, and Elgar he only saw pure light, and he has chosen other took this as a hint to look withing objects, like himself for inner peace. This small sculptures search resulted in a series of silkor bound sutras screened images collectively called from the MFAs SHAMBALA (1974), that hangs on Asian collections, Shakyamuni/Vairochana the left of the gallery. Among these to complement BuddhaTibetan, second half of is a picture that was repurposed for them. 17th century. Part of the Denman the cover of a paperback novel; you The Buddha Waldo Ross Collection of the will very likely recognize it because at the end of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. a year later its central element was gallery is the re-repurposed to become the iconic cover of work of Gonkar Gyatsu, a Tibetan artist who Pink Floyds most widely recognized album. incorporates many contemporary elements As you explore this gallery you will find into his work, most notably the stickers that things that remind you of Egypt and Europe, children love to play with. You will find as Asia and America, and you will notice that you approach that this Buddha is completely covered in these stickers, as well as price tags many different languages are represented in the fine print of the Buddhas halo. The Pure and larger symbols. Your eye will seek out Land is not only some remote place in faraway patterns, and be happy with finding them. Asia, but a place that anyone, anywhere, Another work by Gyatsu near the entrance anytime can find with enough patience and to this gallery consists of four large square discipline. The next gallery over is one of panels that combine to represent a large head the most popular in the MFAthe Buddhist of a Buddha, with the rays of illumination Temple Room. If you cant find peace there, haloing its head composed of these stickers youre not looking carefully enough. and snippets of text cut from newspapers of many languages.

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ocal conductor Steven Karidoyanes and the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony had an opportunity most musicians dream of: Performing in Hungary and the Czech Republic on the conservatorys 2011 Eastern Europe tour last summer. Karidoyanes, a native bostonian, has been the music director and conductor for the conservatorys youth Symphony for the past eight years. this will also be his sixth year as music director of the masterworks chorale, based at harvard universitys Sanders theater, and his 18th year with the plymouth philharmonic orchestra. im a kid at heart, and i love working with kids in training because it really helps me to keep things in perspective, Karidoyanes said. the tour took place from june 20 to june 28, with performances in budapest and prague. while there, students saw the conservatorys top orchestra, the youth philharmonic, perform in vienna at the weiner musikverein, a renowned austrian concert hall, and had a few opportunities to sightsee in hungary and the czech Republic. in previous years, the symphony travelled with Karidoyanes to countries such as Greece, italy and costa Rica. the youth Symphony is one of 12 orchestras at the new england conservatory and one of two that tour internationally. the symphony is made up of close to 100 musicians, with most students in the 10th to 12th grades. the international tour is open to all members of the youth Symphony, but because of the trips cost, last years group was made up of 40 musicians. we tried to create a tour that is meaningful to everyone, and we do the best that we can to make it affordable to everyone, Karidoyanes said. although challenged with such a small

Touring Students Taste Their Mozart in situ


orchestra, Karidoyanes came up with the idea to tailor the program to the instrumental makeup of the youth Symphony. the tours program was then filled with pieces such as mozarts Symphony No. 40, Rossinis Thieving Magpie Overture, and contemporary folk dance arrangements from czech and hungarian composers. the orchestras encore, aaron copelands Hoe-down, was the only piece in the program by an american composer. because eastern europe was home to many famous composers, especially mozart, there was a great appreciation for the music performed. doing mozart in prague was a very natural thing for us to do, Karidoyanes said. i wanted to choose pieces that were very appropriate, that the audience would love and the orchestra could really play well. during the year, the symphony practices from 3:15 to 6 p.m. every Saturday. the Youth Symphony also had five rehearsals before it went off on its eastern european tour. Karidoyanes made sure that the whole youth Symphony would perform some of the tours repertoire during its other yearly concerts. the students get a much broader education when they are performing multiple concerts, instead of just rehearsing for one, Karidoyanes said. they get a real taste of what its like to be a professional musician. the youth Symphonys next concert will be will take place may 24 in jordan hall, with a guest cello soloist and featuring music from tchaikovsky. its very gratifying, Karidoyanes said, referring to the final product. I like to use music as a way to reach out to audiences, and once you know your audience, and you program correctly, you make a real connection to them. Christina Bivona is an undergraduate student in the Northeastern University School of Journalism.

by chRiStina bivona

hits happen: the passion that paved a path to new red sox anthem at Fenway
enway park: the beer is pricey and the seats are uncomfortable, but its home. The 100-year-old field has hosted some of baseballs greaest heroes and seen some of its most cinematic moments. pudge Fisk waving his walk-off homer into fair territory, ted Williams launching a ball 502 feet into right field. And now the Fenway Faithful have their own anthem, thanks to jazz singer brian evans. evans, who was born in Massachusetts, remembers going to ball games during his childhood. I didnt have any money as a kid, so Id sit in the bleachers. even in the cheap seats, he recalls, the experience was something magical. that magic was what he wanted to capture with his november 2011 single At Fenway. evans says the song came to him all at once. It just hit me like a ton of bricks. he woke up at three in the morning in a Los Angeles hotel room with the verse, chorus, and melody composed in his head. And he couldnt forget it. but despite his own passion for the tune, it held little appeal for his producer, narada Michael Walden. Walden is a big name in the industry who has produced for superstars like Aretha Franklin and elton John. So when he balked at recording this baseball song, another artist might have been inclined to defer. not evans. I had to keep pushing it, says the singer. he knew he was onto something special. Its not like were doing it for the twins, he remembers thinking. Ive been to Jakarta and seen people walking around with red Sox jerseys. Brian Evans, right, with former Red on the last day of recording for Sox player Jim Rice, recorded At evans forthcoming album, Walden sent Fenway in a single take. the crooner in to record At Fenway a cappella. no music, no repeats. the song that you hear, there wasnt a piece of music in my ear while I was singing it. I recorded it one time, straight through. A single unaccompanied take and then` it was off to the airport to catch a flight to Maui. by the time evans touched down in hawaii, his producer and band had completed the music and sent him an Mp3. Says Evans: Within five hours, that band was just rockin out to the song. Its just unreal. evans and Walden were hesitant to release the track. originally, we didnt want to put the song out until this season, until the hundredth anniversary, but in my mind it was like, these guys are getting so hammered because of the season they had. people needed to be reminded that it was about the park, the experience, all that stuff. So they let it drop, hoping for the best. neither evans nor Walden could have predicted its success. It rose to #3 on Amazon. I think that that was a testament to my beliefthat it was about the park. even with that year, even though it was during football season, it debuted at #3. evans attributes his success both domestically and internationally to the magic of Fenway: I mean, were getting people buying it from Czech republic and from russia, says evans. Japan has been eating it up. It really is a unique experience that [the fans] cannot duplicate when they are in the USA. When they walk into Fenway park, there is just something different about it. I think people can feel it. Duke Harten lives on Mission Hill. Brian Evans: My Turn is scheduled for release in June.
sat, apr 28: Saxophonist Joshua Redman

by duKe haRten

for Food initiative concludes its second season in Brown Hall at the New England Conservatory. The concert is free, but patrons are asked to make a donation of money or nonperishable food for the Greater Boston food Bank. Selected Bartk Duos, Handels Sonata for Two Cellos in G Minor (transcribed by H. Beyer for bassoons and piano), and Brahmss Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18. http:// musicforfoodboston.org/ FREE

mon, apr 16: Kim Kashkashians Music

Lecture Hall. www.bpl.org/news/author_ series.htm FREE


weD, apr 18: Haley House Bakery Cafe joins

tue, apr 17: Mystery lovers will want to

Art Morpheus, Medicine Wheel, sparc! the Artmobile, and the Design Studio for Social intervention to host a tweet-up on the arts economy (a topic catching fire in neighborhoods beyond the Fenway). Enjoy great eats, stimulating conversation, and refreshing beverages and share your visions for the arts in Roxbury. Free registration: http:// bit.ly/roxtweet3

head to the Boston Public Librarys main branch for an appearance by Anne Perry, wholl be speaking about her latest entry in the bestselling Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, Dorchester Terrace. 6pm in the Rabb

hosts its 25th annual Beyond Shelter gala at the House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St.. The event will feature gourmet tastings created by some of Bostons top chefs with live music by Canary, the Berklee Bob

thu, apr 26: Friends of Bostons Homeless

Marley Ensemble Band, and Mango Blue, as well as a raffle and live auction including sports memorabilia, ViP concert tickets, fine art, jewelry, and luxury weekend getaway packages. Contact www.fobh.org or 617-755-3208/617-534-6148 for details. Tickets $125-$175.

photo: nancy viall shoemaker

and pianist Brad Mehldau first performed together in the 1990s. Since then both have achieved international and critical acclaim as modern jazz icons. in concert at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave. at 8pm. Tickets $28-$37 at 617-876-4275 or ww.worldMusic.org.

Neighbor to Neighbor Cleanup


Do you need help with a small outside project? Raking, weeding, planting?

On April 1, volunteers from Northeastern would like to help!


Projects based on availability; first come, first served

If interested, contact d.isberg@neu.edu, (617) 373-8265

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mon, apr 2: in a concert titled Requiem for a Generation, Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus will perform their second of two Symphony Hall concerts this year, featuring Sergei Rachmaninoffs The Bells and Dmitri Shostakovichs Symphony No. 11 (1905). Conducted by David Hoose and Ann Howard Jones. www. BostonsymphonyHall.org or 617-266-1200. Tickets $25, student rush $10, available at the door, day of performance, 10am-6pm. tue, apr 3: The Beehive presents a tribute to the jazz genius Miles Davis with cuisine, libations and live entertainment. Phil Grenadier on trumpet, George Garzone on sax, Tim Ray on keys, John Lockwood on bass, and Luther Grey on drums take the stage from 8pm until midnight. 541 Tremont Street; 617-423-0069. No cover, cash bar, reservations recommended.

Monk, recently named Musical Americas 2012 Composer of the year, will be in Boston for the concertthe first time all her piano music has been performed complete anywhere. Q&A session with Monk and the performers follows. http://necmusic.edu/ meredith-monk-complete-pianomusic; 617-585-1122. FREE

Meet a Prize-Winning Poet

pick of the month

sat, apr 7: Join the City-Wide Friends of the

Boston Public Library for its spring book sale at the main branch (lower level McKim Building, Dartmouth Street entrance). Loads of new stock, art magazines, and a special table to welcome back baseball season. Most items priced $1-$2, higher for premium books. All proceeds benefit the off-budget needs of the Boston Public Library and its neighborhood branches. www.citywidefriendsbpl.org or 617-859-2341.

sat, apr 7: Attend a performance of the

present Erica Hirshler, Croll Curator for American Paintings, MFA, discussing Studios of Their Own: Boston Women Artists and the Fenway Studios. Lenox Hotel, private reception and booksigning to follow. Contact contact@ friendsoffenwaystudios.org for time and details. $50.
tue-weD, apr 3-4: Fourth Wall Project

tue, apr 3: The Friends of Fenway Studios

Metropolitan Opera without leaving the neighborhood. The Fenway 13 Theatre presents Massenets tempestuous Manon with Anna Netrbko in the title role, Piotr Beczala as the young nobleman she falls for, David Pittsinger as his father, and Paulo Szot as the protector with his own conflicted desires. At noon. Go to www. Fandango.com for ticket information.

Most of us members of the 99% dont often get to meet a winner of one of the most famous arts prizes in the world. But Mits Program in writing & Humanistic studies gives you a chance to do just that when it presents Pulitzer Prize winner gary snyder on April 10. snyder will read his poetry and accept Pen new englands Thoreau Prize (not quite the Pulitzer, but still right up there) at 7pm in Mit Room 10250 at 77 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. And most members of the 99% will appreciate the fact that the presentation is free.

RIPRAP

presents Wonder Channel, a group exhibition of new video work from School of the Museum of Fine Arts students. Two-day exhibition featuring innovative and contemporary digital imagery and installation practices by artists in Advanced Digital imaging for Video + installation. Both days, 126pm; opening reception Apr 3, 68 pm. http://vimeo.com/ wonderchannel, 132 Brookline Ave. FREE

tue, apr 10: Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust delivers a Lowell Lecture Series talk on Remembering the Civil War. Author of six books about the Civil War, Faust received the Bancroft Prize in 2009 for her most recent volume, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (2008). Rabb Lecture Hall of the Boston Public Library at Copley Square at 6pm. www.bpl.org/news/lowell/ FREE

Lay down these word Before your mind like rocks. placed solid, by hands In choice of place, set Before the body of the mind in space and time: Solidity of bark, leaf, or wall riprap of things: Cobble of milky way, straying planets, These poems, people, lost ponies with

Dragging saddles and rocky sure-foot trails. The worlds like an endless four-dimensional Game of Go. ants and pebbles In the thin loam, each rock a word a creek-washed stone Granite: ingrained with torment of fire and weight Crystal and sediment linked hot all change, in thoughts, As well as things.

tue, apr 10: Boston Conservatory presents

thu, apr 5: Bruce Brubaker, chair of Piano at New England Conservatory, teams up with pianist Ursula Oppens to perform Meredith Monks complete piano music, both solo and two-piano, at Jordan Hall.

the Boston debut of Jorge Luis Prats as part of its Piano Masters series of internationally renowned pianists in solo engagements, performed under the artistic direction of Michael Lewin. Seully Hall at 8 The Fenway. Tickets: $10-$15; FREE for students with valid iD. Contact 617-912-9222 or http:// bostonconservatory.ticketforce.com for details. calenDar continues on page 7

These events take place at the Peterborough Senior Center, two blocks from Boylston between 100 and 108 Jersey St. (walk down the alley and look left). For more information, call 617-536-7154.

special
mon, apr 2: 9amBreakfast with Matti. $3

for all-you-can-eat pancakes.

tue, apr 3: All dayBook Swap: bring one and take one. tue, apr 10: 10amFalun Dafa, a traditional

weD, apr 4: The MBTA Board is expected

to vote on the proposals for T service cuts and fare hikes at this meeting. 1-3pm, State Transportation Bldg, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 3830. RSVP to Sarah at shorsley@ fenwaycdc.org or 617-267-4637x19. Bring picture iD. MBTA organized by Occupy the MBTA and Occupy Boston. 3-5pm, State House. For more info www.occupyMBtA.org.

holds office hours. 5:30-6:30pm, Thorntons Restaurant, corner of Kilmarnock and Peterborough streets. .
tue, apr 10: Ward 4 Democratic Committee

tue, apr 10: Senator Will Brownsberger

thu, apr 19: Rep. Michael Capuanos liaison holds office hours, 1-2pm,. Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston St. Questions and concerns about national issues /legislation. sat, apr 21: Boston Prime Timers support

Chinese practice for mental and physical wellbeing.

thu, apr 12: 10:15amJohn Voigt teaches and demonstrates Chi Kung, aka Chinese yoga. thu, apr 12: 12:30pmVision screening tue, apr 17: All dayBook Swap: bring one

meeting, 6:30pm. South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St. For info contact Janet at 617-267-0231 or slovinj@aol.com

weD, apr 4: Peoples hearing about the

tue, apr 10: Ward 5 Democratic

mon, apr 23: Longwood Medical Area Forum, 6:30-8pm. For location or to verify meeting., 6pm. Morville House, 100 Norway Office of Neighborhood Services, Shaina if meeting will be held, email Laura at St. Aubourg, holds office hours: 3:30-5:30pm, lfogerty@masco.harvard.edu . yMCA, 316 Huntington Ave. Bring tue, apr 17: Audubon Circle Neighborhood tue, apr 24: Symphony Neighborhood Task concerns about city services. Assoc. board meeting., 6:30-8:30pm. Force Meeting., 6pm. For more info or Harvard Vanguard, 131 Brookline Ave., weD, apr 4: Boston Conservatory master location, email Johanna in Mike Rosss office Annex Bldg., Room 3D. More info 617-262plan, BRA sponsored Public Meeting, 6pm, at Johanna.sena@cityofboston.gov or call 0657. 8 The Fenway. For more info, email Gerald 617-635-4225. Autler at gerald.autler.bra@cityofboston. weD, apr 18: Fenway Liaison for Mayors tue, apr 24: Fenway CDCs Urban Village gov. Office of Neighborhood Services, Shaina Aubourg, holds Office Hours: 3:30-5:30pm, Committee. Get involved in monitoring weD. april 4: Fenway CDC Civic development in the Fenway and advocating yMCA, 316 Huntington Ave. Bring Engagement Committee. Get engaged in for the neighborhood you want. 6pm, 70 concerns about city services. your community by helping save the #55 Burbank St., lower level. For info, email Lilly bus, helping plan our May 11 meeting with weD, apr 18: West Fens Community/Police Jacobson at ljacobson@fenwaycdc.org or call guest speaker Elizabeth Warren, and finding meeting, 5pm., Landmark Center, 401 her at 617-267-4637x16. other ways to make your voice heard about Brookline Ave, 2nd-floor police substation weD, apr 25: Northeastern Task Force Fenway-related issues. 6:30pm, 70 Burbank next to security desk. Meeting., 6pm, Egan Hall, Northeastern, St., lower level. Contact Sarah at shorsley@ thu, apr 19: Come to the Fenway CDC Room 440. For info email Gerald at gerald. fenwaycdc.org or 617-267-4637x19. Community Potluck. Bring a favorite dish, autler.bra@cityofboston.gov or call 617-918thu, apr 5: MassDOT Air Rights Parcels 12- socialize with neighbors, and meet new 4438. 15 CAC working session. 6-8:30pm, Boston people! Live music, kid-friendly activities. Public Library. For info contact jonathan. 6-8pm. Morville House, 100 Norway Street. For upcoming BRA meetings, hearings, etc. check BRA calendar at: www. greeley.bra@cityofboston.gov or at 617-918- RSVP to Lilly at ljacobson@fenwaycdc.org bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/calendar/ 4486. or call her at 617-267-4637-x 16. calendar.asp) weD, apr 4: Fenway liaison for Mayors tue, apr 17: East Fens Community/Police

Reorganization Committee; 7pm. First Church, 66 Marlboro St., corner of Berkeley and Marlboro streets.

network of adult gay and bisexual men. 2:30-5:30pm. Harriet Tubman House, 566 Columbus Ave. (corner of Mass Ave.) Refreshments at 2:30 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m. Visit www.bostonprimetimers.org or email bostonprimetimers@uses.org or call 617-447-2344.

and take one.

tue, apr 17: NoonAdrias last day and

goodbye party

weD, apr 18: 11:30amArtists featured in the current exhibit at the Center will discuss their art. weD, apr 25: NoonPoetic lunch: please

sign up in advance to join us for lunch and poetry.

thu, apr 26: 10:15amJohn Voigt teaches and demonstrates Chi Kung, aka Chinese yoga.

recurring
monDays

11am: FilmsApr 2: The Artist (2011); Apr 9: Cocoon (1985); Apr 16: Country Strong (2010); Apr 23: Midnight in Paris (2011)
tuesDays

11 a.m: Exercise with Mahmoud 12 noon: DocumentariesApr 3: Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird (2010); Apr 10: Waiting for Superman (2010); Apr 17: Earth (2007)
weDnesDays

9:45am: yoga with Carmen 10noon: Blood pressure check with Joyce
thursDays

10am: Whats in the News?