Sunday, June 28, 2009

SUN 6/28: Drawing, Chili, Poetry, Jazz

Yeah, it sucks that Sunday arrived so fast. But you should enjoy it. Maybe one of these could be a part of the fun.


SUN 6/28

8am to 8pm
Drawing Marathon
at Mobius Art Space, 725 Harrison Ave, Boston (South End)
$10 Donation

Mobius asks, "What is a drawing?" and "What happens when you draw for a long sustained period of time?" I ask, "How hot and humid will it be on Sunday?" because they say their space is air conditioned. (Free parking in the area, since it's Sunday.)

Bring your drawing materials (including paper or cardboard or whatever you draw on). They say there will be still and "not so still" subjects for the whole day. Obviously you don't need to get there at 8am and you don't have to stay until the end. On the other hand, maybe quantity trumps quality for this session...

Obviously, all levels of ability are welcome. I assume you can bring water and snacks.

SUN 6/28

The Boston Chili Takedown
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+

It's an all-you-can-eat chili event, and you'll be able to buy as much beer as you need. I went to a chili-fest like this at the Abbey Lounge a couple years ago, and most of the batches were damn good. There should be at least 19 different entries to judge.

This could be lunch and dinner, if you do it right...

(I even tried to tell you about it in case you wanted to bring your own chili.)

SUN 6/28

"Salute to John Updike"
Feat: Christopher Lydon, X.J. Kennedy, F.D. Reeve
at East Lawn, Longfellow National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge (near Harvard Sq)

It's not hard to agree that John Updike was one of the greatest living writers, so it's sensible and appropriate that we commemorate a man who stirred us with verse and prose. And he lived in Beverly for decades! His last (posthumous) book was a set of poetry just like his first book. There's no doubt that Updike will be remembered for ages. Why not get literary at Longfellow's old house where Washington slept?

It's rain or shine (on porch if it rains), and there'll be some chairs, but it wouldn't hurt to bring blankets or lawn chairs of their own.

SUN 6/28

Paul Ahlstrand Quartet
at Alchemist Lounge, 435 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain

If you've heard saxophone on a Boston band's recording, it was probably Paul Ahlstrand. His quartet is classic straight-ahead jazz. We're pretty lucky to hear to hear this top-notch music on a regular basis. Especiially for free.

(I also think Paul looks like Christopher Walken. Am I right or am I right?)

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