Well, I spent most of yesterday on the couch. And I don't want to talk about Tom Brady.
4pm to 6:30pm
"Secrecy": Screening & Discussion
at Bartos Theater, Wiesner Bldg, 20 Ames St, Cambridge (MIT campus)
You might not have heard, but more and more information is being deemed "secret" and "classified". The government tries to keep it hush-hush, but it's true. This appears to be an even-handed, responsible look at the issues including the dangers of revealing secret information. If you can go, directors Peter Galison and Robb Moss will participate in the post-film discussion. It's also a chance to see it for free before it plays at the Brattle in a few weeks.
Capoeira Gerais Open House
at Boston Ultimate Fitness / Nam Pai Academy, 7th Fl, 33 Harrison Ave, Boston (Chinatown)
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art whose fluid movements look like a graceful, acrobatic dance. Those people gathered as circle in the park? That might be a capoeira practice... Martial arts + dance = good exercise. You can give it a try for an hour, and see if you have what it takes! (I'm guessing IT = time + money + effort. haha...)
Make sure to wear or bring comfortable clothing and sneakers. A TOWEL and WATER strongly recommended, because you are going to sweat! (If you forget the water, there are vending machines and a water fountain at the gym.)I saw somewhere that there may be a "student discount" available, if you want to continue -- and you probably will...
7pm to 9pm
Four Stories, "Friends and Strangers: Stories of the People We Meet": Reading
Feat: Steve Almond, Ethan Gilsdorf, Matt Gross, Felicia Sullivan
at Enormous Room, 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
As season opener of the "Four Stories Boston" series, "Stories of the People We Meet" is a good theme. New people, new beginnings. Perhaps you'll meet some new people if you go. Believe it or not, I've heard 3 of the 4 writers; and I'd happily listen to them read their fine works again. And Matt Gross writes a blog for the NY Times...
This Car Up, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Where the Land Meets the Sea, Manners
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+
I have to admit This Car Up has not made an impression on me -- if I've heard them before. They're a local band, I don't recall giving them a listen; maybe because their name doesn't do much for me. On the other hand, I like "What Made Milwaukee Famous"; it may not be the best name in the world, but you get big points for alluding to Schlitz and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The great thing is that that both rock. Let me say: I apologize to This Car Up; the first track on their new CD references Graham Chapman and Tarzan, so you must be cool, intelligent people. There's a lot of charm and hooks in the contemporary guitar-churning indie-rock in each band. You get a more layered sound with Where the Land Meets the Sea, but it's no less awesome. It's a good night of Monday music.