Big weekend of Events

Hey all, So this weekend is full of lots of important and fun events that FNB will be involved with in some ways.

First, on Friday the 30th of April, our friend in H.E.L.L. are throwing a benefit show post-critical mass (look for us there too). Critical mass is a monthly take-back-the-streets bikeride that meets up in Copley sqaure at 5pm. Helping Everyone Live Longer, or H.E.L.L. is an organization that gives out free helmets. They are having a benefit show starting at 7pm at a house in Allston. If you would like the address email Sway, Wounded Knees, Cat-Tooth Jim, and Jeff Rowe are all performing that night and FNB will be speaking about our festival and what we normally do.

Then, the next morning is May Day. Two big events are happening simultaneously. Starting in the North End, at 11am, at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, is the Red and Black Feeder march for May Day, International Workers Day. Bread and Puppet will be there, as will a large amount of anti-capitalists. This is followed by the main May Day rally and march on the Boston Common which starts at 12 noon.

However, on the other side of town, FNB will be furiously cooking away for our annual huge meal and the Wake Up the Earth Festival in JP at the Stoney Brook T stop in the park. There is a parade through JP at 11am followed by a festival in the park from 12-6pm. We’ll be there serving food and selling some vegan baked goods for the festival. Come by our table and say hello and check out the other cool stuff going on that day.

Also, note the afterparty at Spontaneous Celebrations after the festival. Should be a fun time. And yes, FNB will be doing both its regular meals this weekend as well.

So have a great weekend, and get involved in some of these awesome events!

Festival Updates! Or why we’re psyched for May 23rd.

Think of the 30th Anniversary Festival like a large picnic with a few hundred of your awesomest, radicalist friends: bring blankets to sit on, food to share, some things to eat off of/with, face paint, hoola hoops, materials to run your own guerrilla workshop, whatever. we’re down.

Here are a few things we’re looking forward to:

3 music spaces, featuring radical marching bands, hip hop, folksy stuff, and other tunes to shake yer booty to.

An open forum for homeless folks to speak out, educate, shatter stereotypes, meet, organize and do whatever the heck else they feel like.

Workshops all afternoon, such as Container Gardening, Tenants Rights, Food Justice, Veggie-Powered Cars, and other informational discussions on why capitalism ruins everything.

Speaking of the scourge of capitalism, there will be a Really, Really Free Market: Take stuff, leave stuff, everything’s free! Forget a free market economy, time for a really, really free market!

Kids games and activities, including a clown!

And a chance to connect to FNBers across cities and generations.

Mark them calendars! May 23rd, 12-5pm, the gazebo at the Boston Common.

FNB Cooks at Sprout Spaghetti Dinner! Wednesday, 4/7

We’ve been doing cooking for Sprout‘s spaghetti dinners for a few months now, and it’s a great time! A different theme each month, illuminated by music, informative lectures, puppet shows, and as much ‘pasketti and aioli as you can slide down your gullet.  The theme this month is Transportation and Public Space. The space is dedicated to community and science:
Here’s a description of the dinner:
“sprout spaghetti dinners is a dinner theater series seeking to bring people from the Somerville and Cambridge communities together around good food, good music, and good performance. Each month, we’ll find an eclectic group of performers to explore the month’s theme through different lenses. In the tradition of dinners hosted by NYC-based theater company Great Small Works, we want to cast new light on common ideas from artistic, musical, and scientific perspectives. You can find information about past dinners at our blog (
The theme for this month’s dinner is Transportation and Public Space. It will be happening just outside of Davis Square at sprout (339R Summer St.) on Wednesday April 7 with dinner at 7:30pm and performances beginning at 8. A $10 suggested donation will help us cover expenses.
Our performers will include ::
– Members of SCUL ( will be parading in on their bicycles and talking a little with people about their group.
– Jeff Rosenblum from Livable Streets ( will be talking about Street Design: Dirty Little Engineering Secrets Revealed.
– kanarinka, a.k.a. Catherine D’Ignazio, an artist and educator, will discuss her project It takes 154,000 breaths to evacuate Boston (, and examine the role that fear can play in public space, especially in the form of public transport awareness campaigns, terror simulations in public space, and so on.
– Molly Allis, a local artist and musician, will show an animated music video called Seahorse about a girl who goes on a whimsical journey through city, sky, and sea.