Wednesday, April 29, 2009

WED 4/29: Ice Cream, Star Trek, Jazz, Dance/Rock, Science

Free Budweiser, tonight and tomorrow
Thanks to Universal Hub for noticing my mini-rant about Dunks signage below. Boston is lucky to have Adam Gaffin around; I can't wait to see him be an even bigger media mogul when the Boston Globe folds...


WED 4/29

5pm to 10pm
31 Cent Scoop Night
at Participating Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin Donuts Locations
$0.31 per scoop

Too bad this didn't happen yesterday -- they would've run out of ice cream...

Every now and then a Dunkin Donuts has a Baskin-Robbins too, and you can get a small scoops for 31 cents (limit 3 scoops). Looks like small soft serve cones are 31 cents too.

The idea is to get you in to donate to the National Junior Firefighter Program or a local firefighting charity. So think about leaving some of your change...

WED 4/29

6pm, 8pm, 10pm
Star Trek Celebration
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 suggested donation / $10 pass for all three

Sure, the new "Star Trek" has realistic special effects -- maybe even realistic acting without William Shatner -- but the original series had cool stories and sci-fi campiness.

Each program will feature 2 episodes (which apparently run about 47 minutes each without commercials) that have yet to be determined.

Yes, it would be fun if you dress up... Even funnier if you dress up like a Star Wars character...

WED 4/29

"On the Road with Duke Ellington"
at Boston Room, First Floor, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

Duke Ellington would've been 110 today. This screening of an hourlong '67 TV special is accompanied with Mark Harvey of Aardvark Jazz Orchestra talking about how awesome the Duke was (and still is)!

Part of Jazz Week.

WED 4/29 & THUR 4/30

7pm, 9pm
"Lager Lessons Live"
at The Bell in Hand, 45 Union St, Boston (near Faneuil Hall)

I wouldn't go out of my way for a free Budweiser, but this might not be out of your way. If you and your buddies are going to be drinking downtown, you could RSVP for one of the 4 sessions over 2 days. They'll talk to you about the brewing process, offer a few prizes, and hand out some beer.

WED 4/29

Rakalam Bob Moses & Heart Breath, Little Mystery
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$10 / 21+

Rakalam Bob Moses has drummed with too many jazz greats to mention, but he's probably going to get way out there with the Heart Breath Ensemble that includes saxophonist Stan Strickland. Little Mystery opens with a set of intriguing free jazz.

Some places mentioned Robert Pinsky (former US Poet Laureate) collaborating with Bob Moses tonight, but the "official" Jazz Week info says that's happening on Sunday at Berklee. (A dress rehearsal tonight?)

Here's a video of Bob with Pat Metheny and Steve Swallow.

WED 4/29

Bodega Girls w/ The Needy Visions, DJ Just Joan
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

DJ'ing from Bodega Girls and DJ Just Joan; live performance by The Needy Visions

I think this is one of those nights when it's time to celebrate the kinship between dance and rock. Bodega Girls are a bunch of rockers who decided they wanted to shake their booties -- and shake other booties. BG aren't doing a live set, but The Needy Visions are; they may look like stiff white boys, but they're focusing on making a bouncy good time.

WED 4/29 (thru SUN 5/3)

Various Times
Cambridge Science Festival
at Various Locations

If you want to get your science on, these seem to be Wednesday's highlights:

6pm to 9pm
Annual Science Trivia Challenge
at Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge (MIT campus)

Team registration is closed, but you can watch every action-packed answer formulation! Five-person teams will compete in a high school divison and an adult division.

6:30pm to 8:30pm
"The Science of Evolution & the Myth of Creationism": Book Discussion
at Revolution Books, 1158 Mass Ave, 2nd Fl, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Cambridge's radical bookstore hosts a discussion that will no doubt why the theory of evolution validates Marxism...

6:30pm to 9:30pm
"Science of Food"; "From Your Plate to Your Palate"
at MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)
FREE w/ RSVP / 21+

The Science of Food explores science in the kitchen with Kenji Aalt of America's Test Kitchen, and science on your fork with Dr. Don Katz of Brandeis University's Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

These two short talks will be followed by a networking reception with light refreshments and drinks. Pre-registration required via email to reserve your spot.
This is probably full, but it wouldn't hurt to email them...

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