Forecast: November

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GASTRONOMY
11/10 THESE GUYS KNOW SEAFOOD, ALL RIGHT
Sure, it has plenty of fish, but when you think of a great seafood dinner, we’re guessing you don’t usually think: the New England Aquarium! Ironic though it may be, the aquarium hosts a three-course feast tonight to raise awareness of sustainable fishing. Tending the kitchen will be Andy Husbands, seafood expert and chef-owner of the South End’s Tremont 647. For further qualifications, just look to his recent stint on Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, where he displayed not only his culinary chops, but also a way with words that would make a lobsterman proud. neaq.org.

HUMAN RESOURCES
11/01 BUMPY ROAD FOR NEW TRANSIT CHIEF
Any excitement Jeffrey Mullan may have for his new gig—he starts today as head of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation—is sure to be tempered right off the bat. The new agency is taking control of both the Turnpike Authority and the beleaguered MBTA, ensuring that Mullan could be cursed for everything from long lines at the RMV to late trains on the T.

Having the single agency oversee state transportation projects could save up to $6.5 billion over 20 years, but there’s a nice public relations benefit to be realized, too: After a spate of bad press over its budget woes and text-happy conductors, the MBTA gets a new face (which, thanks to Mullan, comes with a no-nonsense mustache).

Today is also the deadline for the review of MBTA finances that Governor Deval Patrick ordered after his ouster of T chief Dan Grabauskas in August. The results could determine whether the agency must plow ahead with the wildly unpopular fare hikes that Patrick shelved this summer.

AUCTION 11/01
Expect to see works by Lichtenstein, above, and other heavy hitters as Lehman Brothers’ shuttered offices—including the Boston branch—begin selling off their art. freemansauction.com.

ELECTION
11/03 MENINO DYNASTY IN THE BALANCE

Bostonians go to the polls today to determine whether Michael Flaherty has galvanized enough Menino Fatigue sufferers to unseat the city’s longest-serving mayor. The electorate in the Hub has been rather uninterested in recent mayoral contests (four years ago, only a third of registered voters showed).

But expect plenty of election excitement today in Revere, where the question of condom availability in schools is on the ballot. And look for Malden’s contentious pay-as-you-throw trash tax to bring out outraged voters in droves.

CONCERT 11/04
Raspy, beardy Maine songwriter Ray LaMontagne plays his sultry lullabies at the Wang Theatre. citicenter.org.

ANNIVERSARY
11/07 THE DAY THAT TED WENT ALL-IN

It was three decades ago today that Ted Kennedy filled Faneuil Hall to announce his candidacy for the White House. Earlier that same day, the New York Times published an op-ed headlined "The Legacy of Chappaquiddick," reviving the scandal that would dog Kennedy during his try for the Democratic nomination.


CONSIDER THIS
Questions you’ll have reason to ask this month.

Can Pixies fans hope for some new tunes?
Twenty years after releasing their biggest-selling album, Doolittle, über-alt rockers the Pixies take the stage 11/27 and 11/28 at the Wang Theatre to run through numbers from the gold record. The tour has sparked rumors of new Pixies material coming sometime next year—wishful thinking perhaps, but what better place to try out something new than back home in Boston?

Will the kids of Cambridge get a representative? Vowing to be a voice for the city’s hordes of students, Leland Cheung, a grad student at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, wraps up his run for a Cambridge City Council seat on 11/3. Buoyed by the strong showing that another MIT student made six years ago, Cheung has spent the fall rallying the excitable college kids—the vast majority of whom, of course, aren’t registered to vote in Cambridge.

Is this the end of tourists asking for directions? Starting as early as this month, Boston’s visitors bureau will roll out iPhone apps that guide the wayward to all manner of touristy destinations and even enable users to get trolley tour tickets, harbor cruise passes, and theater seats. Here’s hoping the plan doesn’t clog the Freedom Trail with about a million out-of-towners staring into their phones.