Thursday, September 25, 2008

THUR 9/25: Food, Music, Art, Science

I really wanted to use this flyer as today's image, but I love The Beatles so much more than Pabst. (Ah, young George and Ringo...) Didn't I tell you there was a lot going on? If you don't see something you like, there's something wrong with you.


THUR 9/25

5pm to 8pm
Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social
at participating Cold Stone Creamery locations

I imagine almost every location will be participating, since this promotion is associated with the company's fundraising efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Everyone can get a 3 oz. sample of 2 flavors:

Jack's Creation: marshmallow ice cream w/ Oreo Cookies, chocolate chips, fudge
Emily's Creation: Nutter Butter ice cream w/ white chocolate chips, Kit Kat & yellow cake
If you don't like your choices, complain to the dying kids that made them up. You jerk...

THUR 9/25

5pm to 6pm
Jacques Pepin, "More Fast Food My Way": Book Signing
at Z Square, 14 JFK St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

People may not even notice if you want to see Jacques Pepin and don't buy the book, but you should buy it. I love watching Pepin's shows on PBS, and I bet a book of his fast recipes would be very useful. This guy has mad chef skillz, but there's some good tips on every show -- no matter how technical he gets. (I read there'll be free wine and apps too...)

THUR 9/25

Hopi Hoekstra, "Nature's Palette: the Biological Significance of Color": Lecture
at Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)

Supposedly chameleons change color to express mood -- not for camouflage. I have a hhard time believing that one, but that is what research shows. From the little I've read, the there's a lot that you or I don't know about the color and nature; but scientists have been figuring it out.

This is the opening lecture of "The Language of Color" exhibit that actually opens on FRI 9/26. Dr. Hoekstra sheds some light on color, and you might not look at nature the same way again. (Light... Color... Look at nature... I make myself laugh.) You're sure to pick-up some fascinating facts for cocktail party small-talk.

Take advantage of the free education that Boston offers! I was at HMNH on Sunday for the Nth, and it's one of the coolest hidden gems in town.

THUR 9/25

6pm to 10pm
at McCormick & Schmick's, 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston (Quincy Market)
$10 / 21+

Yes, this is definitely happening. I talked to Andy at Harpoon a few days ago, and he brought this up. It's the last McCormick & Schmick's patio party of '08, and you should get your money's worth if you arrive early. Admission includes 1) a Harpoon beer, Jagermeister -or- Tommy Bahama cocktail; and 2) complimentary German-ish food (beer-steamed frankfurters, chicken schnitzel, sauerkraut, pretzels, potato salad).

Jager girls (am thinking something like this) and a real oom-pah band will be there. I have one last thing to say: "Chicken Dance-off" contest!

THUR 9/25

6pm to Midnight
College Night
w/ St. Vincent (7pm & 8:45pm), Liz Longley, DJ Ghostdad
at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston (The Fens)
FREE w/ College ID

Hey, do you still have your college ID? You can probably get into the MFA for free. College students, you probably already know about this -- think of this as a reminder or encouragement.

I think Annie Clark of St. Vincent is amazing. I don't know if she'll have a backing band, but I remember seeing her play solo at Lizard Lounge years ago before she was using the current band. I remember equating the experience to listening to Bjork play jazz guitar. Time has passed, and Annie has played in Sufjan Stevens' band and The Polyphonic Spree. Thankfully people want to hear beautiful vocals over the music of the future.

I'd also like to see "Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation" (10pm). Fanboys have filmed their own version over 20 years ago, and Spielberg thought it kicked ass so it gets screened across the country.

If you're ging to actually look at art, head for "Art and Empire: Treasure from Assyria" because it's normally $23+.

You might even win a prize, if you're lucky...

THUR 9/25

7:15pm to 11pm
PBR Tall Boy Spectacular
w/ The Lyres, Muck & The Mires, Jay Allen
at Long Wharf, Boston (near Aquarium)
FREE / 21+

Yes, it's probably going to pour tonight, but think how many people might be discouraged by the weather report. Harbor cruises are usually so packed, but you could be digging the tunes with plenty to get your dance on. Boston garage-rock colossus The Lyres are still amazingly awesome with the crazed "Monoman" on the farfisa organ. (Who knows if Jeff will show up?) A perfect complement are Muck & The Mires who play high-octane retro-garage/punk that croowned them as the best garage band in the country. Admittedly standing on the bow won't be much fun tonight, but PBR's are $3...

The boat begins boarding at 7:15pm, and is scheduled to leave at 8pm for 3 hours. First come, first serve entry.

THUR 9/25

Russell Sherman, "Franz Liszt's Transcendental Etudes"
at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston (New England Conservatory/Fenway)

Pianist and NEC "Distinguished Artist-in-Residence", Russell Sherman, is going to play all 12 etudes. You should really like this performance, even if you only casually enjoy classical music. There's quite a bit of variety in the dozen pieces, which run about an hour altogether. Liszt was a badass pianist himself, and Russell Sherman is as well. He recorded these works a few years ago.

THUR 9/25

"Beatles Night" w/ Tony The Bookie Orchestra, Drug Rug
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

I'm always intrigued when I hear bands are tackling The Beatles' songbook. It's so much fun to know the songs and hear them with a fresh twist. (Hell, I love listen to the old twists...) If not tonight, Drug Rug is a group that I strongly urge you to listen to! Maybe they already have a Beatles vibe to them circa "White Album"; it's stripped-down music shimmering with beautiful bits of color. As far as Tony the Bookie Orchestra, I like their music even more than their name -- who doesn't like like psychedelic country-rock with a kick-ass band?

My understanding is that both bands are going to play all Beatles, so we'll see...

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