Friday, October 10, 2008

Sneak Peek -- FRI 10/10 to MON 10/13

Rally in Boston Common on Saturday
I said that I would type furiously, but I basically walked from Jamaica Pond to Wonderland. Last night, I vigorously slept...


FRI 10/10

Sarah Vowell, "The Wordy Shipmates": Reading
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)

Witty essayist and nasally woman from "This American Life" points her ironic and political attention towards the Puritans of New England and how they shaped American history and values.

She's also appearing at First Parish Church in Harvard Sq on SAT 10/11 via Harvard Book Store for $5.

FRI 10/10

An Evening Of Spoken Word And Song
at LilyPad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)

This will be an interesting evening of jazz, folk, pop, etc. and spoken word that "will unfold as a series of overlapping sets" by: Don Parker, Lady Eleanor Rose, Marc Zegans, Arthur Nasson, Jennifer Greer, and Nick Morawiecki & Nate Babbs.

FRI 10/10

The Montgomerys, Topheavy, The Lights Out, Watts, The Crushing Low
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

It might be too late to buy a Topheavy shirt, but you get in for $5 if you're wearing one. This is a pretty bitchin' night of rock.

FRI 10/10 and SAT 10/11

7:30pm (additional 1:30pm matinee on SAT)
"Ajax in Iraq"
at Zero Arrow Theatre, 0 Arrow St / corner of Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$10 / $5 students / $5 seniors

“...uses Sophocles' Ajax to view and interpret the current war, combining ancient Greece and modern-day Iraq to explore a veteran's madness and suicide.”

Discussions with playwright Ellen McLaughlin will follow performances. McLaughlin has said:

Greek plays... speak of war with candor and the wisdom born of the suffering war inevitably causes, no matter which side you’re on. Ajax is a figure of pathos at the same time that he is adamantly complex and difficult. But his pain, however much we wish to turn from it, compels our attention and our empathy. Looking at this play in the light of our times, his agony suddenly seems terribly modern. His voice can be heard in the voices of veterans speaking now about their experiences in Iraq. I came to feel that this disturbing and impossible play might be the means of grappling with this disturbing and impossible war.

FRI 10/10 to SUN 10/12

Various Times
"Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium"
at Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)

At first I thought, "Very cool, Harvard! I'd love to hear how Doc and the team plan to repeat." Well, not quite... Feel free to pop in, if you enjoy lectures on Celtic literature and history.

Friday: 9am to 5:45pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 6:45pm
Sunday: 9:30am to 1:30pm

"Open to the public; no pre-registration required."

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SAT 10/11

Concert and Rally against the War
Near Parkman Bandstand, about 165 Tremont St, Boston (Boston Common)

Many excellent performers, speakers and thousands of conscientious citizens like you gather to exercise Free Speech by supporting peace in the Middle East and the return of American troops.

SAT 10/11

"Good Morning"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

The Brattle presents a 1959 Japanese film satirizes consumerism as part of their "Elements Of Cinema" series.

Boston Globe Film Critic Ty Burr will be there for the post-screening discussion.

SAT 10/11

Doors Open: 9pm
Age Rings, Hooray For Earth, Viva Viva, DJ Die Young, Baltimoroder
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+

Inventive Rock + Cool DJ's = Awesome, Sweaty Night Of Rock 'N Dance

SAT 10/11 and SUN 10/12

Noon to 6pm
HONK! Festival
Around Davis Sq, Somerville

The annual celebration of the mobile, acoustic street band returns for a third of hopefully many years to come. They glean inspiration from the music of New Orleans, Eastern Europe, Brazil, and beyond. Most of the groups hail from various points in the Northeast, but a few have come from the West Coast, the South, and Italy. All afternoon, at least a couple bands will play at 7 Hills Park (behind T Station), Statue Park (in front of JP Licks), Davis Square Plaza (next to Starbuck's), or in front of VFW Dilboy Hall.

After parading from Davis to Harvard Oktoberfest on Sunday. Some of the bands will perform on a couple stages.

Also on Sunday from 8pm to midnight, all of the bands perform at VFW George Dilboy Post (371 Summer St) for a suggested donation of $10.

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SUN 10/12

Noon to 6pm
Annual Harvard Square Oktoberfest
along JFK St, Brattle St, Mass Ave, Church St, and Charles Sq in Harvard Sq, Cambridge

The Honk Parade from Davis Sq to Harvard Sq, 6 music stages, family fun, beer gardens, food & craft vendors, and the "World's Longest Sofa"!

SUN 10/12

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Cabaret: Life Drawing Class
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$7 / 18+

The most fun you can have drawing in a (semi-)public place. This month's models: the women of Big Moves.

SUN 10/12

Dennis Brennan
at Alchemist Lounge, 435 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain

A rock 'n roll party for those who have Monday off.

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MON 10/13

10am to 4pm
Opening Our Doors 2008
All around the Fenway

Almost every every cultural institution in the Fenway area offers free admission and special programs. Don't forget to check out "Shifting Perspectives: Esteban Pastorino Diaz" at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

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