I was Rushin' myself to post this...
2pm to 5pm
"Swiss Beach Day at the Charles"
at Weeks pedestrian bridge, Memorial Drive side, near Dewolf St, Cambridge
Okay, there's no swimming, but other river-side fun and free stuff will be there to encourage the future swimming in the Charles... Perhaps go towards the end of the event, because you need to be present to win the trip to Switzerland...
3pm to 7pm
Somerville Rock and Roll Yard Sale
at Union Sq Plaza, Somerville (nexus of Somerville Ave, Washington St, Bow St)
New - Rain Date.
Pretty much what it sounds like: Rock stuff for sale like records, CD's, memorabilia, old tongue piercings...
Devil Music Ensemble, "Red Heroine": Silent Film w/ Live Music
at Union Square Plaza
New - Rain Date.
This is a real gem, because it's a 70-year-old silent film, which is one of the oldest surviving martial-arts movies. Devil Music Ensemble have provided live soundtracks for many silents. They're in the middle of a tour with "Red Heroine" (and includes a stop in Chinatown on Friday night.) I doubt the music will sound much like the original score, but this should be a cool experience.
One of the DME guys described their score to The Phoenix as, "a blend of Chinese folk music and ’70s-era kung fu funk." Alright!
"Iron Monkey: The Young Wong Fei Hong"
Films at the Gate 2008
at Vacant Lot near Chinatown Gate, about 10 Hudson St, Boston (Chinatown)
This classic features Donnie Yen who was born in Canton (China, not Mass) and moved to Boston when he was a kid. There will be a live demonstration by the Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association (Donnie Yen studied with Bow Sim-Mark) and Rick Wong's Chinese Martial Arts, so the movie (running time: 90 minutes) will start around 7:20pm.
This is the last night in the Films at the Gate series of kung-fu movies, and I wrote about it below. All movies are presented with the original Chinese audio (including English subtitles), which must improve all of the screenings. There are some folding chairs, but you're encouraged to bring your own seat if you really want it.
Brimfield Antique Show
at Brimfield Fairgrounds, take Mass Pike West to Route 20 West (Exit 9), Brimfield
Most FREE, some $5
Every year this little Western MA town becomes engorged with antique sellers and hunters. Quite a spectacle, and you may spend a lot of money -- or find the deal of your life!
I'm thinking about going, so I found this site with some tips.
Noon to 9pm
at The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church, 29 Central St, Somerville (Winter Hill)
at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 162 Goddard Ave, Brookline (near Larz Anderson Park)
I love Greek food and Greek music! You might end up spending more than $10 on food and drink, but it'll be worth it. There will be other activities and such that you might see at fairs & festivals, so it should be a good time.
For a little compare & contrast, I saw this blog post from a guy who appears to have gone to both last year.
Boston Charter Day
Historical walk today, I think.
8pm (SUN: 2pm)
at Zack Box Theatre, Downstairs, 8 The Fenway, Boston (Boston Conservatory)
The students are coming back, and free theatre abounds. In this two-act play, one half of the action occurs in colonial Africa of the 19th century and concludes in present-day (relatively) London. Because theatre can be experimental, some characters seem to travel in time. I wouldn't get hung up on that, except perhaps to see it as comment on the issues of gender and sexuality over history.
Noon to 6pm
Brazilian Independence Festival
at Artesani Park, 1234 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton
Brazilian party! 'Nuff said!
Noon to 4pm
R.O.C.K., Roll and Ride Bicycle Festival
at Playstead Park, Franklin Park, 143 Seaver St, Dorchester
Free bike rentals and more.
Everybody Out!, Deadly Sins, Mark Lind & The Unloved, Ashers, Refuse Resist
at Harpers Ferry, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston
$10 / All Ages
Great punk show!
Pretty and Nice, Jean Claude Jam Band, The Used Kids
at Milky Way Lounge, 403 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
Punk and rock and indie and stuff for free!