I would consider myself a "folky", which Boston is great for. I do a lot of obscure traditional folk dancing. If your curious, this is a performance from one of my dance teams ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDd-PxFKbOY&feature=youtu.be&t=30 )
I grew up west of the city but I haven't been here for a long time so I'm trying to relearn it. I'm excited to be near the ocean again :) I like to explore by finding a nice coffee shop in some new area where I can read a paper, or do analysis, but mostly people watch. So, suggestions for that are welcome.
Now I've left academia and I'm working for a really small startup trying to promote socially conscious consuming. It's been really fun!
In my free time I do a lot of folk like activities ... involving dancing singing and music. I teach dancing to high school students every weekend. I love their energy, it's often a highlight of the week. Occasionally I get hired for workshops at various dance camps. My parents are both artists and I like to try to keep an aesthetic outlet. Often I'm just taking photos when I get a chance, or I'll try to choreograph some dances.
All time favorites or recently read: The Master and Margarita, Guns Germs and Steel, Ishmael, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, The Straight Man, The Time Traveler's Wife
Also, I love sci fi/fantasy: Ender's Game, Isaac Asimov, The Dark Is Rising series, the His Dark Materials series, The Song of Ice and Fire.
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Royal Tenenbaums, Donnie Darko, Garden State. I love the Coen brothers. Anything that sets a good mood. The only rule is that if it's going to be drawn out and depressing the cinematography and acting better be really really good.
This is a hard one. Things like traditional Irish, to Bulgarian, to Breton. Most of my friends from home in Boston are all into traditional folk music. When we have parties people will often burst out singing traditional songs together. I'm starting to branch out into the rest of the world though ... If you have any good bands to suggest let me know! Spotify is great. So far I've had fun exploring things like electro swing, French popy/jazzy like Zaz or Carla Bruni. I've liked older jazz as well.
I love brunch, and in a similar vein breakfast for dinner can be great. I’m almost always up for sushi. My favorite thing to cook is risotto. Risotto is great, there are so many flavors you can infuse.
friends that are like family
seasons (I'm stuck on a weather theme)
an outlet to learn and grow (there are many so I'm not sticking to one)