Friday, September 19, 2008

Sneak Peek: FRI 9/19 & SAT 9/20

urban country fair on SAT 9/20
Arrrh! Take a gander at these shindigs that won't break your bank... A weekly list is coming.


FRI 9/19

7:30pm to 9:30pm
The Gas
Feat: Shane Mauss, Myq Kaplan, Dana Jay Bein, Chris Coxen
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$5 / 18+

An early comedy show for people who like to laugh but want to do something else afterwards... This is a funny lineup.

FRI 9/19

Annual "Under The Stars: International Movie Nights"
at Parking Lot, Behind the Old Fire Station, 165 Broadway, Somerville (East Somerville)

East Somerville Main Streets presents a free international cinematic street party. There was bossa nova music before the Brazilian movie earlier this month, so expect some Italian accordion music.

Movie, "Il Postino (The Postman)", starts at 8pm

FRI 9/19

Rogue Heroes (10pm), The SnowLeopards (9pm), Cambion (8pm)
at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston
$9 / $7 students / All Ages

Two awesome punk and rock bands, and the openers might also be good. No booze, so figure it out...

FRI 9/19

"The Pirates Of Blood River"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

2-for-1 admission for Pirates and Wenches in costume!

See below.

FRI 9/19 to SUN 9/21

Various Times
"Grecian Festival"
at Saint John The Baptist Church, 15 Union Park St, Boston (South End)

Friday: 6pm to 11pm
Saturday: 1pm to 11pm
Sunday: Noon to 8pm

You'll probably spend more than $10 on the delicious Greek food (and beverages), but it'll be worth it and you'll be happy. O-pa!

FRI 9/19 to SUN 9/21

Free Ciao Bella Gelato
near Winthrop Park, about 50 JFK St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Friday: 5pm to 8pm
Saturday: Noon to 5pm
Sunday: 3pm to 7pm

Who cares if it's from New York's Little Italy? It's deliciousness! If you're near Harvard Sq, you have to go at least once -- they want to give away 100,000 scoops this summer.

The tour will be supported by a brightly-colored truck that will house samples of Ciao Bella’s most popular and award-winning flavors, including: blood orange sorbet, coconut sorbet, blackberry cabernet sorbet, pistachio gelato, maple ginger snap gelato and vanilla gelato.
I'm not sure where I saw it, but someone said the gelato-mobile will be parked on JFK St...

FRI 9/19

The Konks, Black Time, Static Static, Hospital Rats
at Abbey Lounge, 3 Beacon St, Somerville (Inman Sq)

If you've ever had a good time at the Abbey -- or want to -- think about going any night this weekend. Maybe buy a t-shirt... Buy a raffle ticket of some sort (a funky guitar, I think)...

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SAT 9/20

Noon to 1:30pm
at Christopher Columbus Park, Boston (North End/Waterfront)

Some of our local flash mobbers seem involved with this, but I cheated and listened to the track. The total experience is longer than an hour, and it's much more involved than some other silent dance events. If you have the time it could really cool (and funny). Download the file here.

What you need to participate (but do what you want):
- a watch with a seconds display
- a solid color shirt (Yellow, Blue, Red, Green)
- an MP3 Player
- a sense of adventure
- a camera is suggested
SAT 9/20

High Noon to 6PM
2008 MassCann/NORML Boston Freedom Rally
at Boston Common, Boston

Feat: Graveyard BBQ, Prospect Hill, The Andwutz, DJ Slim, Herbal Nation, Fred Shafer, Sullee, Gutter Heads, Northern Pike and more

There's an initiative on this year's ballot about marijuana decriminalization, so support is even more poignant. Let's try to keep the arrests to a minimum. (Get high before or after -- or be discreet.)

SAT 9/20

Basia Bulat, Eksi Ekso, Mr. Sister, Goli
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

Basia Bulat is a Canadian singer-songwriter with a delightfully husky voice and catchy songs. Some excellent local talent is supporting.

SAT 9/20

Alanis Morissette -- Performance & Signing
at Newbury Comics, North Market Bldg, 4 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston (Faneuil Hall)

Need I say more? Hear a few songs then quickly bare your soul (or whatever) afterwards...

SAT 9/20

9am to 6pm
Fall Festival
at Franklin Park, 143 Seaver St, Dorchester

This mainly seems to be a volunteer event for most of the day, but when was the last time you did something environmentally constructive for the city you live in?

All activities start at Valley Gates Parking Lot, midway along the main park road. Look for Fall Festival signs directing you.

RSVP is appreciated by email or at 617-282-2881 -- but they'll be happy to see you anyway...

There's free coffee & donuts in the morning and pizza for lunch.

SAT 9/20

10am to 5pm
Community Day
at Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge (Harvard campus)

Since the Fogg & Busch-Reisinger Museums are closed for reconstruction, a 'best-of' exhibition is currently filling the Sackler Museum with Picasso, Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Matisse, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Homer, Pollock, Beuys, and more -- besdies the usual Asian and Muslim art.

SAT 9/20

3pm to 7pm
Urban Country Fair
Feat: Three Day Threshold, Lucky 57, Dan Blakeslee
at Union Sq Plaza, Somerville (nexus of Somerville Ave, Washington St, Bow St)

City and Country meet in Somerville with arts-'n-crafty vendors, free workshops by Boston SkillShare, down-home music, country-western dancing lessons by Gays for Patsy, and other fun.

Workshop schedule:
3pm to 3:30pm: Yogurt, with Erica
3:30pm to 4pm: Knitting, with Jessie
4pm to 5pm: Fermentation, with Pete
5pm to 6pm: Recycle Knitting (creating sustainable bags), with Anna
6pm to 7pm: Canning, with
More info on vendors, etc. at Truth Serum

Raindate: SUN 9/21

SAT 9/20

Noah And The Whale (10pm), Sparrow (7pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

If you think it's always the same acts at Toad, Noah And The Whale are from England and the press loves them... You can make a whole night of it -- and improve your chances of getting a seat -- by chilling out early to Boston's Sparrow.

SAT 9/20 & SUN 9/21

11am to 6pm
Annual South End Open Studios
at Various Locations, around 460 Harrison Ave, Boston (South End)

Over 300 artists in all types of media invite you in to enjoy (maybe buy) their works at about 25 locations. I love talking to the artists, and many will have some free cheese and wine...

It's an easy walk [PDF map], but there will be shuttles going around every 15 minutes or so, including a stop near the Back Bay T station (Clarendon St exit to Columbus Ave). Walking tours leave from the Boston Center for Arts (531 Tremont St) at 1:30pm and 3pm on both days.

SAT 9/20 & SUN 9/21

10am to 6pm
Boston Zine Fair
at Art Institute of Boston, 601 Newbury St, Boston (Kenmore Sq)

People still actually publish on paper, and you might be surprised at the topics covered in these tomes -- for sale at a variety of prices. Definitely a good place to meet "interesting" people... You can also learn to become a 'zinester, or at least find some inspiration...

Scheduled Workshops:

11:30am to 1pm:
Binding Techniques
Zines and Resistance
2pm to 3:30pm:
Anarchist Publishing
How to run a Distro
3:30pm to 5pm:
Zines as an educational tool

11:30am to 1pm:
Open time for zines/comic making
2pm to 3:30pm:
Panel Discussion about the Future of Zines
3:30pm to 5pm:
Teaching/Organizing about comics

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