Wednesday, December 02, 2009

WED 12/2: Cupcake, Talks, Music Awards, Bingo!


Can you believe it? After dreaming of a free cupcake, I passed through Ball Square without stopping at Lyndell's. I still encourage others to go.

There's a slim chance that I might go to bingo night in Allston. It should be a fun activity while drinking...

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WED 12/2

"The Great Cupcake Giveaway"
at Lyndell's Bakery

7am to 6pm
at 720 Broadway, Somerville (Ball Sq)

11am to 10pm
at 227 Hanover St, Boston (North End)

FREE

"One free cupcake per customer." (Until supplies last, presumably.) There's some info in the post below, but people should enjoy free food when it's offered.

WED 12/2

6pm to 7:30pm
Thomas R. Insel, MD: "Autism: What we know? What we need?"
at Singleton Auditorium, Brain & Cognitive Sciences Bldg, 43 Vassar St, Cambridge (MIT Campus)
FREE w/ RSVP

If I find autism fascinating, then some of you might be curious enough to consider going to this lecture by Thomas R. Insel, MD (Director of the National Institute of Mental Health) that's described as an "attempt to summarize what we know and what we need to know in 2009."

From the event page, we seem to know quite a bit -- but not even close to enough...

Sometimes I think you can get without RSVP'ing, but I doubt that will be the case tonight. (It's probably full.) Reception to follow.

WED 12/2

6:30pm to Midnight
22nd Annual Boston Music Awards
at Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St, Boston (Beacon Hill)
$10 advance donation / $20 regular

I can't say this will be a great night. Between the award presentations, there should be live performances and "video retrospectives". I couldn't find a list of performers, but it usually consists of nominees (full list).

There are the VIP's, and there are general admission tickets; I'd like to think that a few chairs will be available for plebeians who feel like sitting. You have to register with site for the discount tickets (thanks to The Phoenix), because it's actually a donation.

Proceeds will benefit Music Drives Us Foundation, which means that Ernie & The Automatics will probably play. Ernie Boch Jr sells a lot of cars and knows how to play guitar, but this project makes me cringe. Generally expect to see a variety of performances and local music folks schmoozing -- and you can schmooze too!

WED 12/2

6:30pm
Maria Tatar & Odds Bodkin, "Stories and Storytelling"
at First Parish Church, 3 Church St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
FREE

A Harvard professor (who specializes in fairy tales and folklore) will discuss the state of storytelling and technology's effect with a storyteller/musician named "Odds". I will let you take it from there...

WED 12/2

7pm
Ha Jin, "A Good Fall": Reading
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
FREE

Prof. Ha Jin won the National Book Award in 1999, so his writing must be good. (I've always heard positive reactions.) "A Good Fall" is a collection of stories.

Update: Also at Porter Square Books on THUR 12/3.

WED 12/2

7pm
Steve Almond, "This Won't Take a Minute, Honey": Discussion
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
FREE

Steve Almond's new book is comprised of 30 short stories and 30 essays about writing. What makes this quirky book quirkier is that the book is published via the Harvard Book Store's Espresso Book Machine -- one book at a time.

WED 12/2

10:30pm
Rock 'N Roll Bingo
at Model Cafe, 7 N Beacon St, Allston
FREE

There's a relatively new bingo night in town, and you should have a good chance of winning something since it's past bedtime for most grannies.

Bingo-maniacs Kristen Caruke and Classy Miss Cassie are leading the fun at The Model on the first Wednesday of the month. It doesn't cost anything to play, and the beer is cheap. There should be at least 6 games for some boozy prizes.

Music will start around 10:30pm; the tunes will be cool mix of garage, punk, soul, and rock with some holiday music mixed in. The bingo begins around 11pm.

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2 comments:

seth said...

More MIT Cognitive Science Talks/events please. I have been to a couple but I only heard of them after walking by and seeing a flyer. I have yet to find a good list online for their events

Thanks

rob v said...

Okay, Seth, I'll keep an eye out... ;-)

~r

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