Sunday, December 06, 2009

SUN 12/6: Xmas, Classical, Nerd, Rock

Looking for some local shopping options today? How about Bazaar Bizarre, Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair, Fort Point Arts Holiday sale, or Harvard Book Store Warehouse sale?


SUN 12/6

2pm to 3pm
"Caring for Christmas: A 19th­Century American Story"
at Hall of Ideas, Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Mass Ave, Boston (Back Bay)
- Donation to Local Charity Requested -

I have nothing to endorse the quality of the "original musical and dramatic review" about how Christmas became such an American tradition. I read one article (with annoying ads) that Christian Scientists feel that Thanksgiving is more important than Christmas. Besides history, I guess it might be about being good and charitable.

Admission to the Library's exhibits will be in the form of a donation to a local charity: On the Rise, The Home for Little Wanderers, and Friends of Boston's Homeless. Monetary donations may also be made.
That sounds like you might be able to get into the Mapparium too. Check the page for what you could bring.

SUN 12/6

Jerome Rosen's Birthday Concert
at Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon St., Boston (Back Bay)

Jerome Rosen is celebrating his 70th(?) birthday by having a piano recital. I'm not sure if the professor will perform it all or invite friends, but this is the scheduled program:
Bach "Partita No. 5 in G"
Mozart, "Rondo in A minor K 511"
Brahms, "Four pieces Op. 119"
Beethoven, "33 Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120"
Anyone is welcome to the party. I don't recall the last time I was at a birthday party without cake...

SUN 12/6

at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Central Sq & MIT)
$5 / 21+

It's a Sunday night, and you want to go out for a couple drinks to steady yourself for the week to come. Maybe you'd like a some mental stimulation other than pub trivia. Perhaps getting nerdy and learning a few things might be the trick. Tonight's speakers will dazzle on subjects like our favorite virus EEE and "Quantum Weirdness", which will no doubt be mind-blowing in its way.

DJ Claude Money will likely get the crowd vaguely moving from side to side and looking around uncomfortably...

SUN 12/6

Wye Oak, Hands & Knees, St Claire
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+

It's great to see an act like Wye Oak will still do $10 shows when they must be getting more attention all the time. The time for 'best of/top ten/etc' lists, and the high and gentle vocals of Jenn Wasner surfing over waves of fuzzed out guitars and the solid complement of drummer Andy Stack. Whenever I catch some of the lyrics, I hear thoughtfulness to the to the song topics.

Two strong locals join them: Hands and Knees sound like an indie-rock rodeo, and St. Claire have a sweet yet shadowy folky sound.

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