So... I guess the Dropkick Murphys didn't play at the Somerville Theatre last night... I'm pretty sure all of these things are happening.
7pm to 10pm
Alli's Marathon Fundraiser
at The Point, 147 Hanover St, Boston (Haymarket)
Some people are crazy enough to run the marathon more than once, and some are sane enough to come up with a reason to make it appear less crazy. Alison is charity fundraising runner, and she's trying to collect $3k for the Arthritis Foundation. Help someone help something worthwhile (because arthritis sucks). There will be some complimentary apps out, beer specials, and you should give the raffle a shot. I think you might win something...
Mahmood Mamdani, "Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror": Reading
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
This should be an interesting presentation for Mamdani's distinctly different perspective on Darfur. He looks at the 25 years before the current crisis to paint a more complicated picture, and he also contends that calling it "genocide" is inaccurate. Everyone has their opinion, and its healthy to interact with those who have different positions.
"Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property": Screening & Panel Discussion
at C. Walsh Theater, Suffolk University, 55 Temple St, Boston (Beacon Hill)
A panel discussion accompanies the screening of a dramatized documentary of a violent 1831 "rebellion" in Virgina led by a slave named Nat Turner. The panel includes some of the filmmakers: Charles Burnett, Frank Christopher, and Suffolk history professor Kenneth S. Greenberg.
Call 617-720-7600, if you want to try to reserve a spot.
The Steamy Bohemians, Goli, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$10 / 21+
Titled "The Spring Fever Show", The Steamy Bohemians might have best described it as "seasonally apropos cross-pollination" of the bands into "musical... make-out party". The bawdy duo will kick it off, but each band will join each other at various times in various combinations. (I'm surprised the The SB's didn't call it an "orgy of songs"...) Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band is one those biggish bands with lots of honking horns etc. that whips up a joyous ruckus jazz/klezmer/circus music.
Movers & Shakers, The Serious Geniuses, Vessel
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
Lucky us! Movers & Shakers are playing every Thursday in April for free. Enjoy a strong, steaming cup of rock that's got a bit of Americana and a bit of The Clash. Different bands will join them, and they start off strong with The Serious Geniuses, who deliver more crunch over a yelpy singer -- not that it's bad -- and Vessel who have a straight-forward/earnest rock vibe.