Camden - “Getting Around” // Check them out tomorrow night at WFNX’s Disorientation. RSVP here.
A waste-collection service might not seem like the most glamorous, or successful, of startup ideas. But with pressure on to save landfill space, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection working to ban commercial food waste by 2014, composting has become a mainstream topic of discussion. Bootstrap has found its niche serving the growing number of citydwellers who want to collect compost but have nowhere to dispose of it.
“We want to democratize the schools. We want student input, student power. We want control over policies. It’s about autonomy, and working together with faculty and campuses workers.”
-Ian Chinich, BU PhD student and anarchist activist on the goals of recent Occupy-inspired student protests
“People want to gravitate somewhere where artists are actually supported by the city, or by the idea or the myth of the city, or the imagination of a city,” says performance artist and community organizer, D’hana Perry, in this week’s Phoenix cover story, “Gone Begging”.
“Boston is one of the top-10 ranked cities in the country for arts funding, with a network of world-class museums — so why do young artists leave?” asks Michael Braithwaite. Find out at thePhoenix.com.
Massachusetts consistently ranks in the country’s top 10 for arts funding, so why does its capital have a reputation for lacking a contemporary art scene? People have blamed the proximity to New York, and the siren call of that city’s international art market. Sometimes, the artists themselves are said to lack ‘backbone’ and a willingness to pitch in and bolster Boston’s reputation for artistic innovation. Boston’s museums and institutions have even been accused of disloyalty, favoring artists from elsewhere while downplaying or ignoring major local and regional artists.
When the cops subpoena your Facebook information, here’s what Facebook sends the cops.
“This week’s Boston Phoenix cover story — Hunting the Craigslist Killer: An Untold Detective Story from the Digital Frontier — would not have been possible without access to a huge trove of case files released by the Boston Police Department. Many of those documents have never been made public — until now. As a kind of online appendix to the article, we’re publishing over a dozen documents from the file, ranging from transcripts of interviews to the subpoenas that investigators obtained from the tech companies that helped them track the killer’s digital fingerprints. We’ve also published the crime scene photos and uploaded recordings made by investigators as they interviewed the killer, Philip Markoff, and others involved in the case.
One of the most fascinating documents we came across was the BPD’s subpoena of Philip Markoff’s Facebook information …” Read more at ThePhoenix.com
The Whitehaus has expanded as a main hub for DIY community building in Boston, throwing fests throughout the city several times a year and acting as a base for blog the Boston Hassle and its always-useful monthly underground show list, the Boston Counter Cultural Compass … With its unique set-up and community-minded atmosphere, Blastfest is a reminder of how unique the Whitehaus is.
The 2000s as a whole felt like a giant one-hit-wonder tar pit, but the decade also had a silver lining for young bands — television commercials. With bands from the indie circuit struggling for mainstream exposure, it was TV ads that allowed them to reach millions. And stick. Of all the bands to emerge in this era, Manchester, England, duo the Ting Tings were the one that made the most of this trend. Apple launched “Shut Up and Let Me Go” to the masses via its iPod and iTunes ads, Tommy Hilfiger used “We’re Not the Same” to hype its LOUD fragrance line, and — perhaps most famously — Garnier Fructis commercial spots have been blaring the tinny riff and heavy drums from “Great DJ” daily, it seems, for four years.
SXSW is over, but we still have copies of the DIY touring band’s guide to Boston that we made specifically for the fest. Look for copies around Allston, Cambridge, JP, and beyond, or check out this e-book version.