Wednesday, April 22, 2009

WED 4/22: (Green?) Wine, Indie Film, Greek Play

Cool globe Happy Earth Day!

Let's not argue who caused what -- the climate is changing, and we need to agree whether we should take action to do something about it.

I recall watching an interview with environmental big-shot Bill McKibben and he said somthing like, 'We're not trying to save the Earth, but we need to save humankind. The planet will be here long after people are gone.'

Have a nice day! (and pick up that litter.)


WED 4/22

April "Earthday" Winedown w/ Peter Davis
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

If you're passing through Harvard Sq tonight, this is a casual mixer where all are welcome. Have a glass or two of wine to celebrate Earth Day. Henrietta's Table generally has a focus fresh, local food; and executive chef Peter Davis is going to talk about his cookbook "Fresh & Honest: Food from the Farms of New England" that obviously emphasizes the same approach.

Besides the usual bread and cheese, maybe Chef Davis might bring some tasty treats...

Btw, Harvard Book Store is offering free, zero-emission local delivery via MetroPed through SAT 4/25.

WED 4/22

"The Brothers Bloom"
at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq, Somerville

"The Brothers Bloom" opens the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Unlike the recent Boston Underground Film Festival, the films at IFFBoston are likely to have screened at many of the major film festivals and have a good chance at getting a local theatrical release.

I have a feeling that this is going to be released since it stars Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, and Rachel Weisz. It looks like an old-school, mad-cap comedy about a pair of orphaned brothers turned con-men on their last score. Of course, one of the falls in love with the mark -- a quirky heiress played by Weiss.

(Dig the unofficial movie poster!)

Director Rian Johnson will be in attendance. Tickets were still available last night.

Even if you see something that never makes a splash, it might be the best movie you'll see this year. The festival runs through TUES 4/28.

Update: There's a chance to win a pair of round-trip tickets on JetBlue tonight...

WED 4/22

at Merrick Theater, Spingold Theater Center, 415 South St, Waltham (Brandeis Campus)

It's a highlight of the opening day of the Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts that will culminate on SUN 4/26. Most events are free and open to the public.

This is one of those millenia-old Greek plays, but it's a timeless theme. The protagonist Lysistrata organizes the women of the various city-states to "withhold intimacies" from their husbands until they end the Peloponnesian War. I wonder if this sort of thing could work again?

There's more than a dozen parts, and this has been described as a "post-modern minimalism production by three actors."

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