Tuesday, May 06, 2008

TUES 5/6: Listen to Stuff & Discuss

Mt Everest, Presentation 5/6
What can I say? My favorite cheap events today were lectures, discussions, presentations, etc... I bet you drank until your head felt like a Mexican jumping bean was dancing in there... Chill out tonight.


TUES 5/6

Michael Kodas, "High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed"
at Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton

I wasn't too impressed by this presentation by the title, but the background information changed my mind. It's not whining about how climbing tourists are ruining the eco-system. Michael Kodas gets snookered (to say the least) by a neighbor to go on an expedition to the top of Mt. Everest, and real bad shit goes down -- mainly by his neighbor. I'm guessing this guy's story is 10x better than a Stallone mountain-climbing thriller...

Hosted by NE Chapter of The Explorers Club, there's a social hour with cash bar before the presentation that will include photos and video.

($5 parking available in the hotel garage.)

TUES 5/6

"Discovering Taylor": Lecture & Demonstration
at Harvard Dance Center, 60 Garden St, Cambridge (near Radcliffe Yard)

Okay, here's a little action with the jabbering...

Paul Taylor didn't start dancing seriously until college yet he's considered one of the greatest living choreographer. He danced for Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and George Balanchine; and Taylor started his own dance company in 1954. Throught the years, he brought realistic, contemporary subject matter to dance with an anti-authoritarian twist -- and he's still doing it. After watching one 5-minute clip, I could see how Paul Taylor brought grace and sensuality into day-to-day urban experiences.

Ruth Andrien has danced with the Paul Taylor Dance Company; she will discuss his work and demonstrate excerpts from some of his 'greatest hits' with dancers from her Harvard class.

This probably wasn't scheduled because of DanceMonth, but it's on their calendar. This actually could be inspiring for you to feel more comfortable when you dance.

From the Weekly List:

TUES 5/6

6pm to 7:30pm
Nicholas Daniloff, "Russia - A New Cold War?"
at Mezzanine Conference Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

Professor Daniloff (Journalism, Northeastern) was arrested by the KGB for espionage in '86?!?

TUES 5/6

George Johnson, "The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments": Discussion
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

NY Times science writer George Johnson doesn't really say these are the most famous moments in science. Guys like Galileo and Newton are in there along with some folks you don't remember (or maybe you were sick that day)...

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