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Boston Comic Con is Coming!

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Monday, 29 Jul 2013

bostonBoston Comic Con 2013 is coming to the World Seaport Trade Center this weekend on August 3 and 4. In the world of comic fandom, this is A BIG DEAL. Used to be (at least, in the 1980’s—as far back as this Beacon Inn host can recall), if you spent your free time reading comics, you probably also spent school time avoiding getting stuffed into a locker. These days, comic characters are a big part of pop culture.

Beginning in the late 1980s with the release of Tim Burton’s Batman, and snowballing in the early aughts with Hellboy, X-Men, Spiderman, and a number of other Marvel and DC Comics-adapted films, comics went mainstream. Today, if you haven’t seen the Batman movies, you risk being an outcast, but without superpowers.

Boston Comic Con brings hope to Brookline and Boston residents of learning the ins-and-outs of comic cool. If you saw a Batman movie but don’t know what a Hellboy is, this convention is for you, as Hellboy creator Mike Mignola will be there to discuss his work, including work on The Hobbit. Surely, you’ve heard of The Hobbit?

Book a room to stay with us at the Beacon Inn in Brookline for Comic Con 2013, and our front desk hosts will throw in directions to all of the best comic shops in Boston for free. Don’t be the last kid (or adult) on your block to find out what it means to be retconned!

Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square

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Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013

krauss_big_web__1371743654_0578This weekend the Boston Globe and WGBH bring the free Summer Arts Weekend to Copley Square in downtown Boston. The three-day event runs Friday through Sunday and presents a diverse array of musicians from New Orleans’ jazz greats Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to bluegrass-country singer-songwriter Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in Grammy history. Each day focuses on a different musical theme. Friday presents a lineup of blues, bluegrass, and jazz, Saturday focuses on international musicians, and Sunday represents the classical music tradition. In addition to the main stage events, a second stage will feature an spectrum of local artists and organizations from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance to Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band. So if you’re visiting the Beacon Inn this weekend, take the T to Copley Square to enjoy these great free weekend concerts!

Celebrate Local Massachusetts Artists

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Thursday, 6 Jun 2013

If you find yourself in Brookline this weekend, be sure to stop by the Devotion School in Coolidge Corner for the 35th annual Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. From 10am to 6pm on Saturday, June 8, the festival will host over 75 artists from Massachusetts working in disciplines ranging from ceramics and jewelry to painting and photography and everything else in between. A quick perusal of the participating artists demonstrates the wide variety of artistic talent on display this weekend (we’re particularly fond of the abstract, sculptural jewelry crafted by Somerville artist Dev Bennett).

While the MFA and ICA are always open for business (alongside the many other wonderful art museums throughout Boston), this is a great opportunity to see some unique local talent on display. Stop by the festival for a taste of what Massachusetts has to offer. And if you’re more in the mood for a literal “taste” of Massachusetts, Brookline will also be celebrating the sixth annual Brookline Food Festival adjacent to to the CCAF, with all proceeds benefitting the Brookline Food Pantry. With the good weather finally here, there’s a lot to experience just steps from the doors of our cozy Brookline hotel.

Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, located at 280 The Fenway in Boston, is not only home to paintings and sculptures, but also a breathtaking outdoor courtyard and garden. As you explore the collections of rare books and manuscripts and decadent furniture, you will begin to get a sense of Isabella’s vision ­­­– an installation that inspires an emotional, intimate response from every viewer.

Isabella Stewart Gardner, a philanthropist and art collector, established the museum in 1903 in the style of a 15th-century Venetian palace. The lighting and display of the work gives the museum the atmosphere of a private home, giving visitors the full experience of Gardner’s curatorial vision.

On March 18, 1990, art thieves stole $500 million worth of artwork from the collection in an infamous heist. Over two decades later, the crime remains unsolved, but the museum still boasts an impressive range of works encompassing a diverse array of European, Asian, and American art. We love the museum so much we even named one of our guest rooms at our Boston bed and breakfast after Mrs. Gardner!

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $5 for college students with a valid ID, and free for visitors the age of 18. And if your name happens to be “Isabella,” that guarantees you free admission for life!