Greater Boston is traditionally known as a hub of Irish-American culture: the Celtics, the Kennedys, the pubs called Murphy’s and Doyle’s and Clery’s. It may come as a surprise, then, that Beantown is in fact a great place for enjoying a very German celebration: Oktoberfest. Every year, venues around the metropolitan area put their own spin on the beer-centric festival (Boston does love its beer, after all), complete with steins and pretzels and lederhosen. Here are three spots to hit for this year’s festivities.
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Club Passim names new executive director
Club Passim has found a replacement for outgoing executive director Dan Hogan. Jim Wooster, who’s been the business manager for GlobalPost and has served on Passim’s board of directors, has been tapped to take the job.
Harvard’s glass pavilion plan for plaza meets resistance
Harvard’s glass pavilion plan for plaza meets resistance. Fans of Forbes Plaza’s footloose style balk at project.
Harvard Square’s homeless youth to have beds of their own
Homeless youth are a sad but very real fixture in Harvard Square and two recent Harvard grads, motivated by that grim reality, have gone about creating a shelter for them. Set to open in November, the shelter is meant to provide beds to homeless youth between 18 and 24 years old, a population that advocates say lacks an adequate number of beds specifically set-aside for them.
Berk’s Shoes closes after 35 years
Berk’s Shoes closed this week after 35 years in Harvard Square…
Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe sold after six decades in Harvard Square
The Cardullo family is parting ways with their longstanding business, Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe, a landmark in the heart of Harvard Square for the past six decades. Sisters Donez Cardullo Tavilla and Francesca Cardullo Sibboe have sold the popular business to Newton couple, Rich and Kim Wilson. The sale will be finalized in four to six weeks once the liquor license is transferred, but the new owners plan to keep the shop’s name and mission, according to Tavilla.
Independent bookstores gear up for the release of ‘Go Set a Watchman’
Harper Lee’s long-awaited second novel, Go Set a Watchman, is set for release on July 14. In response, independent bookstores around the country are preparing for the biggest book release since the golden days of Harry Potter. BookPeople in Austin, Texas, for instance, ordered 300 copies of Go Set a Watchman as soon as it was announced in February, according to retail store manager Bryan Samsone. Since then, 100 of those copies been set aside for preorders.
Big plans for Out of Town News in Harvard Square
The iconic Out of Town News kiosk in Harvard Square could undergo some changes in the near future. Cambridge officials have been assessing ways to enhance public open space in the area, including a rejuvenation of the 500-square-foot kiosk. The project would open up the kiosk, restore the structure, showing off the architectural detail through more lighting, and convert it into a flexible space with a variety of programming opportunities, according to Stuart Dash, director of community planning for the city’s Community Development Department.
Harvard Square’s MayFair to usher in fair-weather season
Aaron Perrino and his band, The Sheila Divine, have been performing post-punk rock music in front of crowds since the late 1990s, but this year will mark the first time the four-member Boston-based group will step on the MayFair stage in Harvard Square. “It’s a pretty great line up this year,” said Perrino, 40, of Boston, who said he is going to bring his children to the festival. “I like playing in Harvard Square on Mass. Ave. It will be fun.”