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Mary is here to take you around the Fenway Area that surrounds the Simmons College campus. Her adventures in the city of Boston show that as a Simmons Student, greatness is your backyard!

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I'm about to share with you all a hidden treasure that I "discovered" back in the middle of January. I say, "discover" because it was not really hidden to begin with. In fact, it's found right next door to our academic campus. Yes, I am going to write about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum--once a mystery to me, with its regally gated parameters and white marble lions guarding its doors, but now a favorite haunt of mine anytime I am seeking a little peace and quiet in the middle of the city.

The story of my adventure goes as such:

The weather in Boston had been pretty brutal, with temperatures dropping into the single digits and nasty wind-chills pushing them only further below zero.

 I decided it time for a chance of scenery.


How to have a VERY AWESOME Boston Spring Break!

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Contributed by: Kelsey Mills

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On March 7th Simmons' students will depart campus for a much awaited spring break! As a student who will remain in the great city of Boston for the week I have compiled a list for a week full of great adventure for other students to engage in while enjoying their time off!

Monday, March 10th Art and Architecture Tour-

The Boston Public Library will be hosting a FREE tour of Boston Public Library's McKim Building, a  National Historic Landmark. The work of architect Charles Follen McKim and murals by John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and Edwin Austin Abbey will be displayed. Interested? Meet at the entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square on Dartmouth Street at2:30. 

Theater in Boston!

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Looking for something to get you into the holiday cheer? Well search no more! Boston has some great performances to get you into the season of giving that are inexpensive and a delightful time.  

Blink! featuring the music of the Holiday Pops

Presented by Faneuil Hall Marketplace at Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Quincy Market)

November 23-January 5, 2014

Blink! officially launched on November 23rd in partnership with the 10th Annual Mayor's Holiday Special. Blink!, Boston's newest holiday tradition, is a six-week, state-of-the-art, LED light and sound show featuring the music of the Boston Holiday Pops. This magical and unforgettable new holiday tradition uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston's skyline. Blink! is a must-see holiday show, perfect for all ages.

Most of us here at Simmons love going to school in Boston because the city is filled with great places to eat, shop and enjoy your free time. In this video Sarah takes you around Boston to show you her favorite places in the city.

Spring Theater in Boston

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A Raisin in the Sun.jpgIn a crowded apartment in Chicago's South Side, each member of a struggling African-American family yearns for a different version of a better life. An impending and sizeable insurance payment could be the key. Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 classic drama is an inspiring and fiercely moving portrait of people whose dreams are constantly deferred.

A Raisin in the Sun runs March 8 - April 7, 2013 at the Huntington Theater.

Clybourne Park.jpgWinner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and London's Olivier Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a bold new play about race, real estate and the volatile values of each. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun (see above), this acclaimed work explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home in a white community to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in 2009, as the now predominantly African American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

Clybourne Park runs March 1 - 30, 2013 with the SpeakEasy Stage Company.

On the Town, On the Cheap!

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Boston is a mecca for exceptional theater and there is an opportunity to see a show almost every night. Whether or not you are an avid theater-goer, here are few regional theater shows that you should check out this fall. Read on for some helpful tips on how to get discounted tickets.

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- The Boston Globe

On election night, the son of a presidential candidate sends his father's political team into crisis mode when controversial photos of him at a college party spread over the internet, potentially sparking an international incident. Smart and timely, Christopher Shinn's searching new play examines religion, freedom of expression, and personal responsibility.

Written by Christopher Shinn, Directed by Michael Wilson
Presented by Huntington Theatre Company 10/12/2012-11/10/2012

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"Insanely funny! The smartest, sharpest new musical in years."
- Time Out NY

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson recreates and reinvents the life of 'Old Hickory,' from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as our seventh Commander-in-Chief. Using an anachronism-filled emo-rock score, the show tells the story of America's first maverick president, who kicked British butt, shafted the Indians, and smacked down the Spaniards, all in the name of these United States.

Book by Alex Timbers, 
Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
, Directed by Paul Melone
Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company
 10/19/2012 - 11/17/2012

stormy shark on bike.pngIf you are commuting to Simmons, a job, or an internship, how do you plan to get there? Commuting around Boston presents its own challenges and benefits, so think about which mode of transportation makes the most sense for you.

Before coming to Simmons, I spent a year commuting by car to my local community college. Then, for my first semester at Simmons, I lived in an apartment a few miles from campus. I soon learned that driving in Boston can be painfully slow and expensive. So I traveled mostly by bicycle, and sometimes by the T. When I moved onto the residence campus I used Hubway bikes to get to and from my internship in downtown Boston.

Fun (Cheap) Things to Do Around Boston!

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Have you ever been hanging out at Simmons and you feel like you've seen and done everything in Boston? Are the places around Simmons College too expensive for you that every time you want to do something fun, you have to rethink your activities?

There are actually many great, cheap, and fun places all around Simmons that can be enjoyable for everyone. One great option right in the heart of Boston is canoeing on the Charles River. Whether you want to explore a quieter Charles upstream, or see the city from a different perspective downstream, canoeing in the Charles River is a great experience to share with family and friends. A plus of this activity is that you don't need any previous experience, you just need clothes that you don't mind getting wet, $17/hour for a canoe or $19/hour for a kayak (both can fit 2 people, so $8.50-$9.50/person is a steal!), and a great attitude.

Boston Beneath the Surface

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boston.jpgAs a full-time student living in Boston, after having lived in the area all my life, it was only a matter of time before all the tourist sites got old--a matter of two weeks, actually. So, how else to appreciate the beautiful city of Boston without getting bored? Well, after doing a bit of exploring, I found out that there are so many magical places to spend my time, both alone and with friends!

Here are my top ten favorites:

  • The docks by the Harbor. The waves give me an incredible sense of peace--something that's hard to come by while living on Brookline Ave. Being surrounded by nothing but the sea reminds me of my own solidity, bobbing up and down but never sinking.
  • Revere Beach. Now that the weather is warming up, the beach is the perfect place to cool down and relax--and it's only a T Ride away! Taking the Blue Line to its self-titled T stop will leave you only steps away from the sand and the sea.

Enjoy the best seat for Sushi at Kamiza

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Kailey.jpgAbout three months ago I developed in insatiable craving for sushi that to this day has still not fully stopped. When the Fens and Shaws just isn't enough, I have found a sushi safe haven with Kamiza Japanese Cuisine. One of those hole-in-the-wall places, Kamiza had only about a dozen tables, but was mostly empty on the Tuesday night I visited.

The wait staff was friendly and attentive and the place itself was clean and comfortable. If you aren't up for a trek to Washington Square, you're in luck; they also deliver and are open late. When my hankering returned the other night, this was the option that my partner and I went for. We started with Gyoza, a steamed vegetable dumpling that was for the most part rather flavorless. While the warmth it provided was a welcome change from the sushi, it was not a dish I would get again. However, once we started in on the sushi, the flavors started perking up. We started with the Crazy Maki, which had a nice crunch to it from the shrimp tempura. The briny flavor mixed well with the avocado and cucumber, letting the flavor linger a bit longer.