It should be a great weekend (even though my mother is visiting)...
Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Grand Opening
above the Big Dig / along the old Artery [PDF map], Boston (North End to Chinatown)
Someone else said the website's event calendar sucks, and I agree. I'm guessing event guides will be available at the information kiosks. Suffice to say, there will be lots of fun-interesting-informative exhibits or activities or performances happening along the Greenway. There is also a text-message game to play for a prize of some kind...
2008 Ig Informal Lectures
at Room 250, Bldg 10, 222 Memorial Dr, Cambridge (MIT Campus)
Don't pay to see the actual award show!
A half-afternoon of improbably funny, informative, brief (5 minutes each, plus a few questions & answers with the audience), high-spirited public lectures, in which the new Ig Nobel Prize winners will attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it.Presented in association with the MIT Press Bookstore
5:30pm to 10pm
1st Annual 1-Minute Film Fest
on Palmer Street, Cambridge (alley between Cardullo's and Border Cafe, Harvard Sq)
Lumen Eclipse requested minute-long submissions for their film festival, and over 100 will be screened. It looks there will be an hour of hanging out with DJ until the unveiling of the shorts begin at 6:30pm. Pants Yell! are going to play 3 15-minute sets that will probably happen at hourly intervals... Funny folks from Union Square Round Table will be MC'ing.
4pm to 8pm
"Fireworks on the Mystic"
along the Mystic River waterfront, about 180 Foley St, Somerville (across from the Assembly Sq Marketplace)
The fireworks should start around 7:30pm, but there'll be plenty of "family- and kid-friendly games and entertainment" beforehand to celebrate the big changes coming to Assembly Square. (I found this image of the plan.)
Redbones will be there; maybe other food vendors too.
6pm to 9 pm
Peter Pizzi, "Tea and Sympathy": Opening Reception
at Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St, East Boston
"Provocative new works in Video, Photos and Dioramas"
TraniWreck: The Benefit Extravaganza
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+
Have you been meaning to check out TraniWreck but it's always on a Sunday? Have you been curious about what Big Moves is all about? Or What The Femme Show is? Perhaps you just want to ask Johnny Blazes out on a date? Or ask Heywood Wakefield to cook you dinner? Well, now is your chance to have any and all of these queries answered... WE WILL SATISFY YOU. We've planned an extravagant irreverent and sexually exciting show for you and it's a benefit also!Performances by: Heywood Wakefield, Becca D'Bus, Frieda Fries, Johnny Blazes, Red Rider, Maggie Crowley, Big Moves, Mel O'Drama, Can Can Revolution, Miss Honey Suckle, Kielbasia (Best Drag Queen with an Accordion).
The Swinedells (Midnight), The Dixons (11pm), Arty Hill (10:15pm), Monica Passin (9:45pm), Nate Gibson (9:15pm), Preacher Jack (8pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$10 / 21+
A Cow Island Records anniversary showcase.
The Noise 27th Anniversary Celebration
Sgt Maxwell's Peace Chorus (11pm), Angeline (10pm), 27 (9pm)
at Cantab Underground / Club Bohemia, 738 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
Special guests may include: John Pohida (The Rudds), Frank Rowe (Classic Ruins), Randy Black (Limbo Race), Kelly Knapp & Simon Ritt (The Darlings), David Mirabella (The Rationals)
3pm to ?
12th Annual City of Presidents Fall Pub Crawl
meet at Firefly's BBQ, 516 Adams St, Quincy
Cost of your drinks
The best pub crawl I've ever been on. A great crowd of mainly friends, but newcomers are welcome.
The gang will be at Firefly's until about 3:45pm. "Festivities then proceed to Villa Rosa, a longtime Quincy institution that makes its fall crawl debut. We'll be there until about 4:30pm before heading through West Quincy toward the Square." Ten more pubs on deck ending at Tully's.
Be nice! Play by the rules! Put your money in the kitty.
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10am to 5pm
Baked Fresh: An Indie Music, Arts and Design Festival Feat: Emily Elbert, Tripl3 Crown, Adam Payne, The Sterns, DJ Redd Foxx
at SoWa Open Market, 540 Harrison Ave, Boston (South End)
I really don't know what the deal is, but I think this is going to be a good time, and there's all the usual weekly arts/crafts/etc vendors (ending 10/26).
Get there early for FREE MAP Boston tote bag filled with "cool shwag". I'm guessing the bands start around 1pm...
Bow Tie Bike Ride
meet at Cambridge Common, Cambridge (near Harvard Sq)
After a two-year hiatus, the bow-tie ride is back. Join us for 14.5 scenic miles by bike, as we circle our bow-tie shaped city's eastern perimeter, tie the knot in the center of Cambridge, then loop around the western border.SUN 10/5
This will be a gorgeous Autumn ride, at an easy pace on mostly level terrain. For those looking for a shorter ride, join up at the half-way stop at 11:30 AM at Longfellow Park.
Noon to 4PM
Minuteman Bikeway Celebration
begins on Bikeway near Alewife T station to Bedford [PDF map]
A good day for a bike ride. Refreshments, activities, speakers at 4 locations.
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5 / All Ages
Frank Morey Band w/ Kevin Stevenson (10:30pm), Scarce (9:30pm), Mary Lou Lord (9pm), Kelsey Bennett (8:20pm), Jinx Brothers (7:50pm), Elizabeth Butters (7:20pm), Bob Cenci (6:50pm), Jay Allen (6:30pm)
The Sunday Night Fried Chicken & Catfish menu is friggin' delicious...
at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)
$10 / All Ages
MTV Choose or Lose Presents