Daily Briefs

Thursday’s Brief: Sanders Drops Out, Boston Pops Cancels Spring Season, NEMPAC Virtual Fingerstyle Guitar Basics, City Council Hearing

Today is Thursday, April 9 and here’s a joke from local comedian Ben Alper: “Gas is now below $2 a gallon โ€“ good news if you plan on taking a long trip to the end of your driveway.”

Here’s what else you need to know for today…

11:30AM NEMPAC Virtual IG Fingerstyle Guitar Basics. Singer/songwriter and guitar instructor Jack Byrne will go over the basics of fingerstyle guitar, focusing on a picking pattern often used by Sam Beam of the Indie-Folk band, Iron & Wine. The class will be live streamed from the Instagram account @nempacboston. Donations welcome via Venmo @nempac-boston.

2:00PM City Council Hearing: Support for Tenants; Rental Assistance. The Boston City Council will host a hearing to discuss ways to support tenants facing eviction and displacement, and regarding the creation of temporary rental assistance to support residents impacted by COVID-19. Members of the public are invited to attend and testify via Zoom. Email Juan.lopez@boston.gov for the Zoom link. A list of ways to view and participate in this hearing will be posted online prior to the start of the hearing, see additional details here.

7:00PM Canceled: NEWRA: Monthly Meeting at the Nazzaro Center. CANCELED: ALL PUBLIC MEETINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELED DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Notable News:

Bernie Sanders Drops Out, Clearing the way for Joe Biden

Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 presidential race on Wednesday, clearing Joe Biden’s path to the Democratic nomination, read more on the Boston Globe.

Boston Pops cancels spring 2020 season amid COVID-19 concerns

The Boston Pops have canceled their 2020 spring season due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, however a decision about the Fireworks Spectacular July 4 events and the Tanglewood season will be made in mid-May, read more on WCVB.com.

Quiet Nights in the North End:

Plan your events with the Community Calendar:

Friday, April 10

Good Friday. Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover

6:00PM NEMPAC Open Mic Night. The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is continuing its free Open Mic Community Night on Zoom! This program brings everyone together for a live virtual social hour while we all practice social distancing. This event is open to all ages and abilities. Sign up to perform by emailing ameek@nempacboston.org or simply watch from the audience! See additional details here.

Saturday, April 11

10:00AM CANCELED: North End Against Drugs Easter Party. The NEAD Easter party has been canceled due to COVID-19. To fill the void, John Romano has shared some photos from the NEAD Easter Party over the years. View the album here.

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