Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TUES 11/17: Food, Jazz, Film, Acoustic

Gifrants, on the Red Line
Hey, I read that Sunday's macaroni and cheese takedown filled to capacity with people in line that didn't get in. I hope you got there early ehough...

In other food-related news, some strange-looking people may be handing out bottles of Tabasco sauce around town. Don't worry, it's only a promotion for the TV show "Fringe".


TUES 11/17

6pm to 7pm
"Sustainable and Local Food": Discussion
at Suffolk Law School Faculty Dining Room, 4th Floor, 120 Tremont St, Boston (Beacon Hill)

Feat: Alex Loud (Slow Food Boston), Matthew Kochka (ReVision Urban Farm), Jessica Banhazl (Green City Growers), Jamey Lionette (Lionette's Market)

It's a good way to increase your knowledge by listening to four people with deep knowledge of the local sustainable food scene. The emphasis may be on holiday cooking and eating. (Maybe treat your family with extremely fresh turkey, cranberries, etc?)

You can still RSVP until 4pm today. You also have a chance to wine a bottle of apple wine from Harvard, Mass.

TUES 11/17

"Puerto Rico Conservatory meets Berklee College of Music"
at Recital Hall 1W, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston (The Fens)

Students from the Puerto Rico Conservatory will perform a mix of Pan-American, Latin and straight-ahead jazz with Berklee students in a tasty sonic sancocho.

There are more upcoming events in Berklee's Latin Culture Celebration in November.

TUES 11/17

"Precious": Screening
at AMC Loews Theatre, 175 Tremont St, Boston (Boston Common)
FREE w/ Flyer

This looks like it's going to be a tough movie to watch since the story explores the tremendous challenges of a teen growing up in '80s Harlem.

One might be wary of melodramatic pap, but this film doesn't pull punches from what I've heard. One way or the other, this could be one of the most-discussed movies of the year.

The PDF Flyer will admit two people, if there's room: "Please arrive early. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis."

TUES 11/17

Tuesday Acoustic Showcase
Feat: Dave Alpert, Gifrants
at Tommy Doyle's (upstairs), 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Coincidentally I was at Tommy Doyle's on a Tuesday night earlier in the year and heard a few decent variety of live music. I prefer the vibe upstairs anyway; it's roomier and brighter -- but not too bright. (Sometimes the ground floor has the feel of a Middle Ages cellar.)

I believe there were more than two acts when I was there, but two are listed tonight. Dave Alpert simply writes organically delightful pop-rock songs, which isn't easy to do. His straight-forward singing is a good complement as well. He'll be joined by his band's drummer and apparently keep it acoustic.

I've listened to Gifrants in 1- to 5-minute segments at various T stations, and it sometimes blends together in my mind as the same song. Perhaps a whole set from the Haitian jazz troubadour will expand beyond what sounds like one long island song in French...

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