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Make a difference at Boston GreenFest 2014

Want to have fun and save the planet, too? Check out Boston GreenFest 2014, a free event that takes place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15 to 17, at Boston City Hall Plaza.

Multicultural music, environmentalism, and education all come together at this festival, which showcases earth-friendly foods, fashions, green technologies and other products. Performers from all over the world will provide continuous entertainment on four stages, while talks and workshops on health, fitness, and eco-responsibility will be presented throughout the weekend.

Be sure to bring the kids: the EcoKids center will offer hands-on interactive exhibits, a display of zoo animals, and family-oriented music. The whole festival kicks off with the Boston Kids HaikuGarden Parade (find out how to participate here).

The weekend also includes the Gubernatorial EcoForum, a chance for the candidates for governor of Massachusetts to share their visions of a sustainable future, to be held on Friday, Aug. 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

If you’re curious about changes – large and small – you can make in your daily life to help ensure a green future, GreenFest is a great place to start. Are you staying with us at the Kendall Hotel? Boston City Hall is easy to reach via subway – just ask us for directions!

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Lose yourself in Boston’s lovely labyrinth

Love labyrinths? This summer, you can join the Labyrinth Guild of New England to walk the labyrinth at the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. This beautifully designed labyrinth, the only one on public land in the Northeast, is paved in granite set into the lawn, with a water fountain at its center.

If you’ve never seen a labyrinth, these geometric paths have historical roots going back to ancient Crete and medieval Europe. They are used by some people as tools for healing and meditation, while others just enjoy the contemplative experience of walking the winding route. Some people move quickly, others slowly; some are goal-oriented, others meandering. Truly, a labyrinth can be anything you want it to be!

Dates for the labyrinth walk are Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. on June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, and Oct. 1; and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15.

The labyrinth is also open to passersby at any time of day, so if you’re sightseeing in the North End or visiting Faneuil Hall, stop by and check it out. In addition to the labyrinth, the Armenian Heritage Park includes an abstract sculpture celebrating the immigrants from all over the world who have made Boston their home. With plenty of seating, the park is a popular spot for a lunch break on a summer day. It’s easy to get there from the Kendall Hotel by subway – just ask us for directions!

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The Phantom of the Opera: Back and better than ever

phantomThe Phantom of the Opera, the best-selling and longest-running Broadway show of all time, returns to Boston this summer in a production that promises to outdo itself.

Revitalized with an all-new set, staging, and choreography, the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will run from June 26 through July 20 at the Boston Opera House.

The original Phantom of the Opera premiered in London in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988, and it’s been running ever since. It tells the story of a poignant love triangle among young soprano Christine, her suitor Raoul, and the mysterious Phantom, who lurks in the shadows of the Paris Opera House. This new production, which just completed a sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, features Mark Campbell as The Phantom, Julia Rose Udine as Christine, and Ben Jacoby as Raoul.

Among the show’s highlights are the exquisite costumes, the spectacular special effects – including the famous chandelier – and of course, the unforgettable musical score.

Visit the Boston Opera House website for more information and a schedule of performances. Tickets are available here.

Hate driving in Boston? Stay with us at the Kendall Hotel, leave your car in our lot, and take the Red Line subway to the Boston Opera House. Click here to book a room.

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Renovated fish tank wows at the New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium on Boston’s waterfront has always been the coolest place to spend a day – with or without the kids – but now it’s even better. Last summer, the aquarium completed renovations to its centerpiece exhibit, the Giant Ocean Tank.

More than 1,000 sea creatures now live in this 200,000-gallon tank, which has windows at multiple levels so visitors can come eye-to-eye with stingrays, barracuda, moray eels, boxfish, porcupine fish, orange filefish and scores of other inhabitants typically found near a Caribbean coral reef. If you’re visiting at lunchtime, you can watch Myrtle the green sea turtle munch on Brussels sprouts (her favorite) and observe scuba divers descending to the depths of the tank to serve shrimp and squid to loggerhead turtles, Southern stingrays, and other bottom-dwellers.

The $17 million update also includes the Yawkey Coral Reef Center, a gallery that offers a close-up look at lesser-known coral reef species, and the Blue Planet Action Center, an exhibit area highlighting the effects of climate change on the fragile ocean environment.

Of course, all the longtime favorite aquarium residents are still on view, including the seals and sea lions, penguins, jellyfish, lobsters, seadragons, and more.

Best of all, it’s easy and convenient to get to the New England Aquarium via subway – visit the website for directions. Staying with us at the Kendall Hotel? The Red Line stop is right across the street. Click here for more information or to book a room.

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Antin exhibit at the ICA/Boston explores alter egos

Antin562The work of conceptual artist Eleanor Antin will be featured in “Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin’s ‘Selves,’ ” on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston from March 19 to July 6, 2014.

A pioneer of performance art, Antin created and inhabited multiple characters between 1972 and 1991, including nurses, ballerinas, a film director, and a king. She documented her personae in photos, on video, and even as puppets and paper dolls. “Selves” gathers this body of work into a provocative exhibit that challenges the whole notion of how we represent ourselves in society.

Antin once said, “I consider the usual aids to self-definition – sex, age, talent, time, and space – as tyrannical limitations upon my freedom of choice.”

Born in 1935, Antin has received numerous awards for artistic achievement. She has had one-woman exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York City and a retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Antin is a professor emeritus of visual arts at the University of California at San Diego.

The Institute of Contemporary Art is an easy subway ride from the Kendall Hotel – just catch the MBTA Red Line across the street. For directions, information on the Antin exhibit, and advance tickets, visit the ICA website.

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Kendall Hotel’s Restaurant Winner of OpenTable’s “Diners’ Choice” List

Kendall Hotel’s Black Sheep restaurant has been named a winner on the February 2014 OpenTable Diners’ Choice list. Our diners have rated the Black Sheep restaurant as one of the best. Check out some of our guest reviews here. View our menus here.

Situated in the lobby of the historic Kendall Hotel, the Black Sheep Restaurant is dedicated to the building’s past as a Victorian firehouse and to fine dining in Cambridge, Mass. The firefighters of Engine 7 considered themselves the “black sheep” of the Cambridge Fire Department, and the Kendall honors their memory with our restaurant. The menu offers daily selections created by our chef using organic and locally grown produce. Our cozy dining room creates a welcoming atmosphere, with a menu offering both classic and innovative American home-style cooking. Our philosophy is simple: purchase the finest and freshest ingredients and let the food absorb them. We offer a full bar and specialize in a selection of locally brewed beers and selected wines from wineries around the United States.

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Winter Promotion at the Kendall Hotel

WinterPkg-popupStay at the Kendall Hotel this winter and enjoy our fabulous perks.

Our Winter Promotion Includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations
  • Parking included
  • Two T-shirts
  • $25 food voucher to Black Sheep
  • Pack of 4 tickets to Kendall Square Skating Rink

Select the “Winter Break Package” rate to book!

Rates start at $169.00
Promotion expires: April 13, 2014

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Anime fans: Don’t miss the Boston convention!

Anime_LogoJapanese animation, comics, and pop culture will be celebrated at Anime Boston, a three-day convention to be held March 21-23 at the Hynes Convention Center and Boston Sheraton.

Sponsored by the New England Anime Society, this lively event includes art exhibits, video screenings, game shows, discussion panels and workshops, a music video contest, karaoke, a masquerade ball, and more. Special guests will include anime artists, directors, and voiceover actors.

You’re probably familiar with anime even if you think you aren’t. It’s a uniquely Japanese art form with a distinctive look and feel. Originally inspired by animated Disney films in the 50s, anime has captivated fans all over the world.

Dressing up and role-playing is part of the fun of Anime Boston, so be prepared to encounter some very colorful characters – or go as one yourself! (See the Anime Boston website for costume guidelines.)

If you’re staying with us at the Kendall Hotel, Hynes Convention center is a short subway ride away. Just hop on the Red Line across the street from us, transfer to the Green Line and get off at Copley Square or Hynes Convention Center. For more information on Anime Boston, visit the official website. To reserve a room with us, click here.

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Get a sneak preview of summer at the New England Boat Show

Just when winter in New England starts to wear out its welcome, it’s time for the 2014 New England Boat Show, to be held Feb. 22 through March 2 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Visitors can check out hundreds of new sailboats and powerboats, along with boating gear, marine electronics, accessories, clothing and more. Daily seminars and interactive clinics will cover such topics as engine maintenance, fuel economy, and fiberglass repair. A special exhibit will showcase charts and maps from New England’s maritime past and demonstrate how nautical chart-making influenced our nation’s history.

The New England Boat Show is the largest show of its kind in the Northeast, with over 300,000 square feet of exhibition space. There’s something for every budget and level of expertise.

As always, Kendall Hotel guests can enjoy stress-free transportation into Boston (and no parking hassles!) via the Red Line subway, which stops right across from our front door. Admission to the boat show is $15 for adults and free for kids under 15.

For more info and a schedule of boat show events, see the official website.

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Speakeasy Circus celebrates the Roaring 20s with a new twist

If you missed the sold-out performance of the Speakeasy Circus during Boston’s Outside The Box Festival last July, here’s your chance to catch it at Oberon in Cambridge this winter. Presented by the Boston Circus Guild, the Speakeasy Circus is a high-energy, crowd-pleasing production that mixes dance and jazz singing with breathtaking feats of acrobatics – now with all-new acts and characters.

Upcoming performances are on Dec. 30, Jan. 3, and Feb. 7. Following the last show of each evening, the audience is invited to stay for a roaring ‘20s dance party. Thematic costumes are encouraged!

Located at Arrow Street and Massachusetts Ave., Oberon is the second stage of the American Repertory Theater, regularly featuring offbeat and experimental performances. It’s an easy subway ride from the Kendall Hotel (take the red line to Harvard Square). For tickets and schedule info, visit the A.R.T. website. To book a room with us at the Kendall Hotel, click here.

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