Boston NOW: August 2014

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this Boston summer’s mild weather continues, and that temperatures don’t significantly rise. Either way, this is no time to stay at home with a fan and the tube: there’s too much to do.

Boston Comic Con 2014

Ready to meet Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) from The Lord of The Rings? How about attending a Marvel panel with artist Carlos Pacheco (Uncanny X-Men; Captain America) and Mark Waid (Superman, Justice League, Spider-Man), among others? Does a screening of Tales from the Crypt (1972) or Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) sound up your alley?

If not, you’re a darned fool. Boston Comic Con is back with a full roster of events, including panels, films, gaming competitions, and plenty of opportunities to see wicked costumes and even buy some original art (at an auction on Sunday, August 10, at 2pm in the Federal Complex). The full schedule of events is here. Don’t miss your chance to see John Barrowman (Doctor Who; Torchwood), Katie Cassidy (Arrow), Jewel Staite (Firefly), James Marsters (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel), or Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (hip-hop hero).



North End August Festivals

Photo by Matt Conti (

Photo by Matt Conti (

Bummed that I missed the procession of Madonna delle Grazie back in July, I was delighted to see two big festivals coming up this month. One is the Fisherman’s Feast Festival, August 14-17, 2014. The event is based on “a Catholic tribute to the Virgin Mary with its roots originating in the ancient town of Sciacca in Sicily.” The event site describes what awaits you on Fleet and North streets:

“Vendors line the streets and offer products and entertainment such as Italian foods, carnival-style games, children’s amusements, marching bands, and several small concert stages with different performers. The grand finale of the Feast is a religious procession through the narrow streets with men carrying a statue of Mary, draped with ribbons of currency, until they reach a Catholic church located in North Square. The donated funds are presented to the church as a tribute.”

Sound good?

Saint Anthony’s Feast will take place soon after, August 29-31st. Whether you are on the search for even MORE cannolis, sausage peppers, pizza, or keepsakes, you won’t go wrong attending “the largest Italian Religious Festival in New England.”

Chinatown Moon Festival


You do NOT have to twist my arm to get me to check out dragon parades in Boston’s Chinatown. In honor of the August Moon Festival on Sunday the 10th, 10:00 AM, Beach and Harrison streets will be full of vendors (selling mooncakes! AKA, round pastries filled with lotus seed paste), martial artists, dancers, and dragons, all celebrating the full moon.



Magna Carta at the Museum of Fine Arts



One of four existing copies of the Magna Carta, the Cornerstone of Liberty, will be at the MFA until September 1st, 2014. Don’t miss it.

Boston Bookstore Calendar Highlights

I have recently released a calendar listing author events at various Boston bookstores. Here are some events that particularly caught my attention:

  • Brookline Booksmith Book Club: Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (August 11, 7:30pm)
  • Porter Square Books: Joshua Wolf Shenk, Powers of Two; in conversation with Sven Birkerts (August 18th, 7pm)
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