Tuesday, August 04, 2009

TUES 8/4: Free Zoo, Music, Shakespeare

I'm feeling a bit more confident in listing outdoor events. Let's enjoy the sun while we can see it...

(There's one item at the bottom that I just wanted to pass it on, just in case someone might be interested and hadn't heard about it).


TUES 8/4

5pm to 7pm
The Sweet and Low Down
at Bremen Street Park, about 250 Bremen St, East Boston (behind Airport T)

Does anybody remember that Woody Allen movie with Sean Penn about a jazz-age guitarist? That's what first comes to mind when I hear "Sweet and Low Down", but I'm guessing this band will supplant it.

The Sweet and Low Down features Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess who are quite swinging gals in their main projects. They keep on mining the jazz/blues sounds of yesteryear with marvelous results. The band includes James Rohr on keys and the rhythm section from Lake Street Dive.

I can imagine sitting in a park and listening to these two harmonize like a small horn section could be a delightful evening. There's more music at the park every Tuesday for the rest of August. I'm always rushing to catch the shuttle, but there appears to be a walkway to the park from the T.

TUES 8/4

5pm to 8pm
National Night Out Celebration
at Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd, Dorchester

This annual event seems aimed at the "family-friendly" crowd to promote community safety, but everyone can go to Franklin Park Zoo for free tonight. Am pretty sure there will be some free food and soft drinks as well as live music including Camelia Latin Jazz Sextet (7pm) and gospel group Ashmont Hill (6pm). Oh, yeah -- live animals too.

If there are any initiatives to reduce crime, I guess it's better to have animals in cages than people in prisons...

Note: "The Tropical Forest, Butterfly Landing and the Petting Yard will not be open."

TUES 8/4

Forest Fires
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

If you've ever listened to The Everyday Visuals, you probably agree that you'd love to hear Chris Pappas sing anything as long as he keeps singing. Thankfully, songs that don't end up with TEV see the light of... clubs... in his side project, Forest Fires. Chris and some conspirators will offer some awesomeness that's a bit quieter than his main gig.

TUES 8/4 (thru 8/16)

"The Comedy Of Errors"
at Parkman Bandstand, about 165 Tremont St, Boston (Boston Common)

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company returns for its 14th annual summer production in Boston Common. They've taken one of the Bard's early farces about identical twins separated at birth and set it in Miami South Beach of the '30s. It's still the original text, but they inject Latin flavor all over the place.

Shows run through SUN 8/16 from Tuesdays to Sundays -- 8pm on most nights, 7pm on Sundays. Additional performances on SUN 8/9 (1pm) and WED 8/12 (12:30pm).

TUES 8/4

6pm to 8pm
EOT & Developers Meeting
at Livable Streets Alliance, about 100 Sidney St, Cambridge (near MIT/Central Sq)
FREE (Your Time & Effort)

If you (or someone you know) likes to create applications, I was made aware of this info session (via "Put the MBTA on Google Transit") about the Office of Transportation techies meeting with other techies about the data that's available and what could or should be available. At least, that's the briefest description that comes to mind.


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