How gorgeous is the courtyard in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum? Check out our Boston Museum guide for all the details.

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The first comprehensive retrospective of artist Jim Hodges’ work debuted today, June 4 at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Hodges’ penchant for using everyday materials such as shopping bags, scarves, books and light bulbs in clever and engaging ways is showcased in the sculptures, photography, drawings, collages and installations on display. Whether utilizing cut paper to create a lush landscape or mirrors and light to create a disco ball effect, Hodges brings life to the simplest of objects in a beautiful way.

The first comprehensive retrospective of artist Jim Hodges’ work debuted today, June 4 at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Hodges’ penchant for using everyday materials such as shopping bags, scarves, books and light bulbs in clever and engaging ways is showcased in the sculptures, photography, drawings, collages and installations on display. Whether utilizing cut paper to create a lush landscape or mirrors and light to create a disco ball effect, Hodges brings life to the simplest of objects in a beautiful way.

See delicate jellyfish and colorful anemones, tentacled squid and bizarre sea slugs, all meticulously sculpted out of glass to life-like perfection in the recently opened permanent exhibit Sea Creatures in Glass at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The creatures, however, are not so new. Father-son artist duo Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka—crafted the creatures years before Harvard commissioned the pair in 1886!

Most visitors to Boston hope to avoid a visit to the police station, but there is one shining exception: Precinct Kitchen + Bar at the Loews Boston Hotel.
Located in the old Boston Police Headquarters in the Back Bay, the recently opened eatery features a modern take on New England cuisine. The cocktail program includes small-batch brews and creative elixirs, so grab a seat on the patio and sip on the summery Remember the Maine, made with rye, cherry, blueberry and absinthe.

Most visitors to Boston hope to avoid a visit to the police station, but there is one shining exception: Precinct Kitchen + Bar at the Loews Boston Hotel.

Located in the old Boston Police Headquarters in the Back Bay, the recently opened eatery features a modern take on New England cuisine.

The cocktail program includes small-batch brews and creative elixirs, so grab a seat on the patio and sip on the summery Remember the Maine, made with rye, cherry, blueberry and absinthe.

Step back in time at Wink & Nod, a new South End speakeasy-style cocktail lounge. Located at 3 Appleton St., the dimly lit spot features drinks inspired by the Prohibition era—although we doubt you would have found a bright green cocktail served in a fish-shaped vessel in the 1920s. Using house-made syrups and rare spirits, the dapper bartenders offer classic cocktails with a twist alongside bottled cocktails. The culinary minds behind North End pop-up restaurant Whisk are manning the kitchen, churning out everything from quail yakitori to a house-made Twinkie that everyone is buzzing about.

Step back in time at Wink & Nod, a new South End speakeasy-style cocktail lounge. Located at 3 Appleton St., the dimly lit spot features drinks inspired by the Prohibition era—although we doubt you would have found a bright green cocktail served in a fish-shaped vessel in the 1920s.

Using house-made syrups and rare spirits, the dapper bartenders offer classic cocktails with a twist alongside bottled cocktails. The culinary minds behind North End pop-up restaurant Whisk are manning the kitchen, churning out everything from quail yakitori to a house-made Twinkie that everyone is buzzing about.

Throwback Thursday: Lilacs at the Arnold Arboretum.
Mark your calendars for Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum, a day to celebrate everything spring on May 11.

Throwback Thursday: Lilacs at the Arnold Arboretum.

Mark your calendars for Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum, a day to celebrate everything spring on May 11.

Forward Thinking
Discover some of the most promising photographers from North America and the U.K. at the Flash Forward Festival hosted by the Magenta Foundation. With the city of Boston as its backdrop, the event features exhibitions, talks and panels at various venues May 1–4. 
The main event is the Flash Forward Group Show at Fairmont Battery Wharf featuring highlights from the festival’s annual photography competition. Throughout the month of May, you’ll find exhibits housed in shipping containers on the Greenway, including an intimate look at the Ekonda pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo and travel photographs from Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. 
For the full lineup, see flashforwardfestival.com.

Forward Thinking

Discover some of the most promising photographers from North America and the U.K. at the Flash Forward Festival hosted by the Magenta Foundation. With the city of Boston as its backdrop, the event features exhibitions, talks and panels at various venues May 1–4. 

The main event is the Flash Forward Group Show at Fairmont Battery Wharf featuring highlights from the festival’s annual photography competition. Throughout the month of May, you’ll find exhibits housed in shipping containers on the Greenway, including an intimate look at the Ekonda pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo and travel photographs from Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. 

For the full lineup, see flashforwardfestival.com.

Where in Boston can you find the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train going under a car driving under a plane?

Where in Boston can you find the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train going under a car driving under a plane?

Throwback Thursday: Jamaica Plain train.

Throwback Thursday: Jamaica Plain train.

Outtake from our photo shoot with Mayor Marty Walsh: Look who loves Panorama!

Outtake from our photo shoot with Mayor Marty Walsh: Look who loves Panorama!