Boston Ballet Dances Night Away in Arnold Arboretum

When night falls on Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum the landscape is transformed -- towering trees assume ominous forms, leaves rustle, bushes stir. It is the perfect setting, the Boston Ballet decided, to shoot a promotional spot for its season opener, a ghost-filled, romantic ballet set in medieval Germany. “When we were brainstorming ideas for our fall ballet, ‘Giselle,’ we knew our key scene was going to be the forest,” said Kristin Carr, the company’s director of creative services. “The main character, Giselle, dies of heartbreak and is buried deep in a forest haunted by Wilis -- ghostly apparitions of folklore, girls who have died betrayed by their faithless lovers on the eve of their weddings.”

The company was drawn to the Arboretum’s Tilia collection, a grove of sweet-scented lindens planted at the turn of the 19th century, but the space was attractive for other reasons, too. Carr said the dance company looks for opportunities to take the ballet out of the studio, creating engaging content by making use of Greater Boston’s landmarks.


New Orange Line Train Makes Its Debut

The first of the long-awaited new MBTA Orange Line trains debuted on Wednesday afternoon. It performed three round trips, which drew plenty of excitement -- and derision around the city. There was one train with six cars that left from Wellington Station exciting riders...and made its way back to the station in the afternoon...thus, teasing expectant riders. There will be 152 new Orange Line cars when all is said and other cars are currently undergoing testing. Presently, there are 120 Orange Line cars, so the fleet is increasing, and that will increase the capacity of the line by 30,000 seats daily.


Faulkner Hospital Proposes 5-Story, 98,000 Sq. Ft. Inpatient Addition; Public Meeting on Aug. 14

A public meeting is being held on Aug. 14 to discuss Faulkner Hospital's proposal to build a 5-story addition to its current structure. This meeting will be the first time the Faulkner Hospital team will publicly present the institution's proposed plan. Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) proposal is for a 5-story, approximately 98,000 sq. ft inpatient addition adjacent to and south of the hospital's main entrance, according to the Boston Development & Planning Agency (BPDA).