Friday, March 06, 2015

Weekend Calendar: 3/6 to 3/8

It's "Spring Forward" weekend, so does that mean some bars may be open until 3am on Saturday night...?

Friday: First Friday of the month means art is South End including photos of street art. There's a film premiere at the wall-climbimg place in Somerville, and I'd like to go just to walk around. Yes, Hallelujah The Hills is playing downtown tonight at a non-rock club!

Saturday: Years ago I made fun of the Somerville Maple Syrup Festival, but my townie neighbors don't quite evoke the pastoral charms of somewhere in Vermont... I do like standing outside the Old State House and taunting the Brits at the Boston Massacre Reenactment. We shouldn't have to encourage young women to pursue STEM careers, but I guess we do. Among all of the good music tonight, the Mardis/Tardy Gras Ball is where heart will be even if my booty doesn't get there.

Sunday: If you still haven't been to Chinese New Year celebration, Harvard Square is doing their thing. Someone told me about a 'organizing meeting' to take action about the MBTA's horrible, awful, maddening winter service -- and all are welcome to join.

And did you know March 8 is International Women's Day? Some arty people in JP knew!

More to come...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Weekend Calendar: 2/27 to 2/29

Not a bad weekend ahead of us, cheap-thrills-wise. I hope to have some more detailed opinions up before Friday morning.

If you count Thursday, there will be *two* indoor sightings of Keytar Bear. Most Medeski, Martin & Wood fans would pass Keytar Bear's Thursday gig to see a free perforamance by Medeski with the NEC Jazz Orchestra.

Friday: It's a good night for music, especially at Oberon with multimedia elements and at Cuisine en Locale with free tacos for early-birds.

Saturday: During the day, you can have winter fun at Franklin Park or support clean energy in Boston Common.

Sunday: Chinatown's New Year celebrations will be muted this year, but Quincy's event might be more animated although it's in a high school gym. If you plan ahead, there are $8 advance tix (at box office, $10 online) for Berklee's salute to Disney music...

More to come...

Monday, February 23, 2015

2/23 to 2/26: Calendar Updated

Howdy, folks.

Am working on getting a timely weekend post, but I did find some early-week cheap thrills. Expect more updates by tonight Thursday...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SAT 2/21: Pix from Bit Fest 2

Noon to Midnight
"Bit Fest 2: Electronic Boogaloo": Arcade & Video Game Festival
at Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St, Somerville (near Union Sq)
FREE / 21+ after 6pm

Just got back from Bit Fest 2, and the party is still rolling. As I write this, you still have 7 hours to enjoy. I would have stayed longer if I didn't have other plans tonight.

Much like my recollections of going to the arcade as a little brat, someone is usually playing what you really want to play. The bright side is that there are tasty brews to sip while you practice patience. Keep in mind that half-pints let you try different beers more quickly...

It seemed like a perfect opportunity to play multi-player games with strangers on arcade machines or home consoles. (Yes, there is "Dark Castle" a vintage Mackintosh Plus.)

There were some folks playing Jenga, and you can see above that they have a variety of non-electronic games available.

Aeronaut Brewery is just a short walk from Union Square, however I did see a parking lot on Tyler street that said "Ames Business Park" -- where the action is happening.

2/21 & 2/22: Top 7 Cheap Thrills to Make You Leave Your Place

There is more on the CTB calendar, and these are my weekend highlights.


SAT 2/21 & SUN 2/22

11am to 8pm
Slope Fest
at Lawn on D, 420 D St, Boston (Southie)

It's difficult to know what's going on this weekend at the park near the Seaport, because it has been postponed due to all of the friggin' snow yet the event description has not changed. If you like to frolic in a more organized manner with food trucks and a bar, then this is your place. Other cheap options include Boston Common or the MIT snow mountains off Vassar Street.

Slope Fest does offer a snow tubing down a 70-foot long slope for a few bucks, which could be cool...

SAT 2/21

12:30pm to 3:30pm
Indoor – Outdoor Snow Day
at Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, One Circuit Drive, Boston (Dorchester/Jamaica Plain)

Unlike Slope Fest, Franklin Park keeps it modest. After postponing a few times, the Snow Festival is now an indoor/outdoor fun day. You can borrow a sled if don't have one, or you can hang out and play games inside. Whatever, man...

SAT 2/21

10am to 4:45pm
Lunar New Year Celebration
at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston (Fenway)

Yes, the MFA is worth the $25 adult admission. On the other hand, it's nice to get in for free -- and they do give you a little bit of pressure to pay on the 'free' Wednesday nights.

THere are too many people on these full-on free days -- they just process you in and let you roam the galleries where various activities & performances draw upon the Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese celebrations of the lunar new year.

SAT 2/21

Noon to Midnight
"Bit Fest 2: Electronic Boogaloo": Arcade & Video Game Festival
at Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St, Somerville (near Union Sq)
FREE / 21+ after 6pm

Besides the various older home systems, there will be about 2 dozen old arcade games -- so bring as many quarters as you can carry (not kidding). Casually play or sign up for one of the hourly tournaments to show everyone that you kick ass at MarioKart 64.

Expect to see stuff that you probably haven't seen in years on the vendor tables. Vintage-game-influenced music will set the mood to play again and again.

Do I have to remind you that this going down at a brewery?

SAT 2/21

4pm to 6pm
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

7:30pm to 9pm
Tad Overbaugh & The Late Arrivals
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)
FREE / 21+

When it's cold and snowy, I know some of you like to grab a pint or two (or more). If the Red Line is running, there are two free gigs within walking distance of Harvard Sq and Porter Sq. You could even start with grrl-powered harmonies over garage rock and have plenty of time to partake some rootsy-twangy songsmanship.

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SUN 2/22

8pm to 10pm
Geek Girl Boston presents: "Historical Hysteria"
at Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$10 Standing Room / $15 Stools / $20 Table Seats

During the day, a noted biblical scholar is giving a lecture that should be rather interesting at Trinity Church. I'm more inclined to watch a burlesque dance inspired by Julius Caesar. History is the theme for the performances which will include some circus arts. (The seating map shows an extra performance area adjacent to the stage. Some people will even tell jokes & stories without taking off their clothes.