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Is There A Theater Hidden Somewhere Under The City?

Answer: Yes. There is a largely forgotten performance hall underground in the center of Boston, and you may well have walked by it. But like many Bostonians, you probably didn’t know it was there, as so few in the city today have ever been inside.

 

Just take a stroll west along Boylston Street, from the Boylston MBTA station. Boston Common is on your right, and on your left you’ll pass some Emerson College buildings, the Colonial Theatre, some restaurants and shops, until at 162 Boylston St. you’ll see large “Steinway” sign. Look up and left into a recessed stone archway and there’s the sign for “Steinert Hall.” That’s the forgotten performance space under Boston that you’ve heard about.

 

The hall was constructed in 1896. It was built below ground to shield it from the noise of the street. Today it’s closed to the public, but I was fortunate enough to spend a few minutes in the hall recently.

 

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Convention for MS researchers opens in Boston

Understanding how people living with multiple sclerosis grapple with symptoms and respond to medication is becoming a top priority for neurologists and drug companies, said health professionals in town for the MSBoston2014 convention, which opened Wednesday.

 

“We’ve focused a lot on the neurologists’ impressions of how people are doing,” Dr. Jeffrey A. Cohen, director of the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic, said during a press briefing. “Now we realize it’s important to get the patients’ input.”

 

MS patients and advocates are a major presence at MSBoston2014 — the largest MS scientific meeting ever, with more than 8,500 people registered — and at various events surrounding the convention. MSBoston2014, which runs through Saturday at the Hynes Convention Center, is sponsored jointly by the Americas and European Committees for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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@MassConvention: Excited to welcome local artist Marlon Forrester to the Hynes! ow.ly/CNttZ On display through Jan.14

@MassConvention: Our Signature Boston Exhibitor Services team has five tips to make your Boston booth planning so easy that you... fb.me/1LpWe4wfd

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Is There A Theater Hidden Somewhere Under The City?

Answer: Yes. There is a largely forgotten performance hall underground in the center of Boston, and you may well have walked by it. But like many Bostonians, you probably didn’t know it was there, as so few in the city today have ever been inside.

 

Just take a stroll west along Boylston Street, from the Boylston MBTA station. Boston Common is on your right, and on your left you’ll pass some Emerson College buildings, the Colonial Theatre, some restaurants and shops, until at 162 Boylston St. you’ll see large “Steinway” sign. Look up and left into a recessed stone archway and there’s the sign for “Steinert Hall.” That’s the forgotten performance space under Boston that you’ve heard about.

 

The hall was constructed in 1896. It was built below ground to shield it from the noise of the street. Today it’s closed to the public, but I was fortunate enough to spend a few minutes in the hall recently.

 

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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Boston’s Rockefeller Center? Ice rink may come to City Hall Plaza

Winter often transforms Boston City Hall Plaza into a deserted wasteland, forcing pedestrians to slip-slide cautiously over the ice-encrusted expanse of red brick. This year, however, the city may play to the plaza’s strength.

 

Officials are contemplating a large ice skating rink to invigorate the seven-acre plaza, which has long been this city’s most maligned public space. It could become Boston’s own Rockefeller Center, with couples skating arm-in-arm in the glow of lights from City Hall.

 

Think about hockey games, and hot cocoa vendors, and a Government Center Zamboni to keep the ice smooth.

 

“The vision is to bring City Hall Plaza something that people can use during the wintertime when it’s desolate,” said Ken Brissette, Boston’s director of tourism, sports, and entertainment. “We like the idea.”

 

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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MFA study finds Bostonians love cultural events

Bostonians are more culturally engaged and attend a greater number of cultural events per month compared with the national average, the Museum of Fine Arts said Friday.

 

The MFA’s findings are the result of a study of the Boston area’s cultural audience titled “Culture Track 2014: Focus on Boston.” According to a statement from the MFA, 1,238 people from Boston, Greater Boston, and parts of New Hampshire answered online questions from February to March about their engagement in culture, for the first Boston edition of the survey.

 

“This study, commissioned by the MFA, gets inside Boston’s unique cultural mindset, which is deeply informed, engaged, and unique,” MFA director Malcolm Rogers said in the statement. “We expect that it will help as we build and diversify our audiences in the future. It’s a privilege for us to share the findings with Boston’s cultural community.”

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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