I know it's football season, but there's stuff to do. I'd put my whole list for the week, but I want to go out there...
Noon to 6pm
(ahts): Boston Arts Festival
at Christopher Columbus Park, Boston (North End/Waterfront)
Besides over 65 artists exhibiting and selling their works, there's a lot performances on 2 stages this year. There is entertainment all day, but my highlights for today:
4:15pm to 4:45 pm: IyeokaSUN 9/14
5pm to 5:30pm: The Tarbox Ramblers
5:45pm to 6:15 pm: Bon Savants
Noon to 6pm
Allston Village Street Fair
on Harvard Ave, from Brighton Ave to Cambridge St, Allston
Not your average street fair, it's funkier and hipper that those cookie-cutter festivals -- that's Allston rolls... That whole section of Harvard Ave is blocked off to the irritation of countless drivers.
A bunch of food vendors and street performers will be there. It's hard to say who's playing when, but performers include: Casey Desmond, Three Day Threshold, Barnicle, The Allstonians, Bad Ash, Logan 5 And The Runners, Nate Gibson & The Gas House Gang. Part of the event's beauty is that it can't look much worse even after all the trash that might be left behind...
1pm to 5pm
at Cutler Majestic Theater, 219 Tremont St, Boston (Theatre District)
When you pay to see a show at the Cutler Majestic, you don't get this kind of access. Take a tour all around the theatre... Maybe you'll be there for a mini-performance, or you'll meet some artistic folks... Hear the story of the lobby's abandoned T stop... Sounds like there will be some free grub too. And some drawings that'll get you on a mailing list forever. Otherwise, I'm intrigued.
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Cabaret: Life Drawing Class
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$7 / 18+
A fun, low-key, bawdy drawing session for all levels with a bar for your drinking pleasure. The models are always someone cool and alternative... Funny drawing games happen during the seesion, and prizes are awarded. So get your sketchbook, drawing pad, mini-easel, stolen office paper, whatever -- and experience the coolest & cheapest life-drawing class around.
A couple of tips: Come on time to get a seat up front. Keep it smallThis month's model: Katrina Galore
so others can crowd in around you. Bring your stuff in a milk crate so you have something to sit on or put your stuff on. (we have lots of seats, but more is helpful) There will be some fancy paper for you to buy if you want.
Achuira, Yarina, Mexican Mariachi, Grupo Borinken
at Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center, 85 W Newton St, Boston (South End)
FREE / All Ages
I'm confused about this, because it's apparently the culmination of other educational and cultural activities called the "PanAmerican Project". I'm feeleing confdent that you'll hear good music that has sprung from South America, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
Newbury Comics' 30th Anniversary
at various Newbury Comics Locations
There's only one big performace today -- Bang Camaro (3pm) at Norwood -- but all stores still offer:
- 30% off on: used CD's & DVD's; vinyl (records); trading cards; comics; and graphic novels
- Enter To Win an iPod Nano and 8-CD Collection -- at each store
- Free CD samplers and other stuff (while supplies last, and there might not be anything left based on my experience yesterday)
The Wonderful Spells, Movers and Shakers, The Weight
at Milky Way Lounge, 403 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
JP isn't really that far away. It may seem that way on a Sunday night, but they offer 3 very good bands. The Wonderful Spells are one of these bands comprised of relatives and childhood friends that could charm any crowd with their power-pop.
This is great stuff -- when do they get their wacky sit-com? Movers & Shakers don't offer sugar with their strong, steaming cup of rock; but they stir in a lot of heart and grit and decades of American music. (I wish I was in this band.)
The Weight. The Weight... I don't believe they're really from Brooklyn. If they're from Brooklyn, someone grew them in a laboratory from recovered bits of Gram Parsons' DNA...
SUN 9/14 thru WED 9/17
Boston Film Festival
at Kendall Landmark Theatre, One Kendall Square, Cambridge
A lot of these will be appearing wider release soon, but you could see them now...