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Celebrating the 50th Charles Regatta, and MIT Families

img-06Cambridge breathes history and tradition, and this month the city hosts the 50th Head Of The Charles Regatta — the largest two-day regatta in the world. Since 1965, rowers and spectators have come to the Charles to watch crews race a three mile stretch of the river. Beginning at the Boston University Boathouse, the course leads rowers through a series of bridges, and finishes just after the Eliot Bridge. With penalties doled out for buoy and bridge violations, the course has a reputation of being challenging.


A 50th Gala Event will be held on Saturday the 18th to celebrate the anniversary, and features speakers and a film montage. For more information on the Regatta October 18-19th, including event and viewing locations, please visit their website.


The following weekend, MIT invites the families of students for Family Weekend. October 24 – 26th, parents and siblings are invited to attend open classes, meet faculty and administrators and learn about the cutting-edge research conducted at MIT. In addition to the academic program, there will also be student performances, athletic events and presentations. Families can attend an entrepreneurship panel, a presentation on digital learning, or hear Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla Motors speak at the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium.


The weekend wraps up with ‘Family Weekend Songfest’ by MIT’s a cappella groups, and group events hosted by the residence halls, fraternities/ sororities and independent living groups. The Kendall welcomes all parents and siblings to Cambridge to enjoy the weekend together!

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MIT hosts CULTURUNNERS — art and science meet for cultural collaboration

pattern3.5_260_316The first week of October, artists and scientists from the Middle East and United States will be at MIT as part of Edge of Arabia’s US tour. Partnering with Art Jameel and the ACT’s Culture Fabric research on cultural empathy, CULTURUNNERS will offer a public symposium and workshops for invited guests.

Participants in the intensive workshops will be developing ideas for mobile and wearable technology, and online communication and archival platforms. The symposium on October 5th is open to the public with RSVP, and will present experiences, theories and case studies that interconnect topics related to the United States and Middle East. Attendees can interact with the presenters, roaming between curated environments where they test the technologies developed during the workshops.

Over the next three years, these designers, filmmakers, curators, scholars and scientists will tour the United States. The aim of this ‘artistic and technological expedition’ is to discover common elements that connect the United States and Middle East in regards to culture, politics and economics. The custom-built technology will be used to archive and broadcast experiences of the CULTURUNNERS during their tour.

Edge of Arabia began in 2003 as three artists who met as a border-crossing collaboration in Saudi Arabia during the last Gulf War. Now an established non-profit social enterprise, EOA produces free exhibitions, publications and public programming to increase dialogue and understanding between the Middle East and western world.

CULTURUNNERS will be at MIT from October 1st – 6th. For more information, please visit the website.

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The Kendall Welcomes Returning MIT Students and Staff!

UnknownWith MIT classes resuming after Labor Day, the Kendall Square neighborhood is starting to buzz with students and faculty returning to the area. New students will often come with family in tow to help them settle in, and The Kendall is honored to provide a welcoming space while they stay.

The school opened as Boston Tech in 1865, and became the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when it was moved to Cambridge in 1916. Since then, the private school has grown to over 11,000 students with alumni that range from Ben Bernanke, to Buzz Aldrin, to the Magliozzi brothers of NPR’s Car Talk.

Although with a reputation for its more intensive, technical courses like Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science, MIT provides a broad education with highly-regarded departments in the arts and humanities. Classes like glass blowing  and an opportunity to obtain ‘The Pirate Certificate,’ allow students to exert their creativity and drive in other areas.

Events are already happening around campus for returning students, and the List Visual Arts Center continues to provide creative and engaging opportunities for adults and children. Year-round, MIT offers visitors student or self-guided walking tours that feature public art displays and world-famous architects.

The Kendall Hotel welcomes all new and returning students, and is grateful for the energy, innovation and art that MIT brings to the neighborhood. We are pleased to have families and visiting faculty stay at The Kendall throughout the year.

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Cultures unite for Cambridge Carnival International

CambridgeCarnival2014One of the things that makes Cambridge such a vibrant, exciting town is our mix of residents and visitors from all over the world. Help us celebrate our diversity at the 22nd Cambridge Carnival International, a free Caribbean-style street festival in Kendall Square, on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

The largest annual festival in Cambridge, the carnival is best known for its spectacular parade through the streets of Cambridge featuring steel bands and troops of dancers in colorful handmade costumes. This year the parade kicks off at 12:30 p.m. near the Charles River, proceeds up River Street to Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street, and ends at the viewing stage in Kendall Square near MIT.

Musical performances by Caribbean, Afro-pop, reggae, calypso and roots bands will be featured all afternoon on the international stage, along with DJs spinning a festive selection of world music. International vendors will offer food and handcrafts with a multicultural flair. Children’s activities include arts and crafts and face painting.

For more information on the Cambridge Carnival International, check out their website. Stay with us at the Kendall Hotel and you’ll have no parking worries. Click here to book a room.

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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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