Saturday, February 06, 2010

SAT 2/6: Books, Dance, Fest, Chili, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Film

I was thinking about tomorrow's Super Bowl, and any neighborhood bar should be a good spot to watch the game or crash a party if you don't have plans yet. (Bring some beer, if you do...)

Go Saints! Whodat!


SAT 2/6

10am to 4pm
Mid-Winter Book Sale
at Mezzanine Conference Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)
- What you buy -

Most books are $2 or $1, and there might be some books you wouldn't see elsewhere...

SAT 2/6

Noon to Midnight
House of Love For Haiti
at Roxbury YMCA, 285 Martin Luther King Blvd, Roxbury
$10 minimum donation / $3 minimum for ages 12 to 17

Dance your ass off to help others. You'll hear a little bit of various styles as the DJs change every hour or so. There's going to be some live singing, raffles and other 'surprises'. Who wants to bet that some plays a certain Village people song...?

Tentative DJ Schedule:

Noon -- DJ NI-TEE
2pm -- DJ BRUNO
3pm -- MS. THANG
7pm -- DJ CRUZZ
9pm -- “Man of The House” CHRIS GRANT & DJ SAVUTH
10pm -- KC HALLET
11pm -- BOB DIESEL
SAT 2/6

Annual Lowell Winterfest
Around Downtown Lowell [PDF map]
Mostly FREE

There is a spot in my heart for Lowell. It's further than most places I list, but it's so hard to find human dog-sledding! It was as cool as I expected as two (often creatively dressed) teams race against each other in minute-long heats that happen at relatively quick intervals. You can see my video and a couple pix from last year.

There's a bunch of activities and bands play. My faves were the races and the marshmallow roasting. Beer is sold too.

It could still be a good time although there's not much snow -- if any. Some of the highlights are in the post below.

It's not a far walk from the Commuter Rail station to Downtown Lowell, but there seems to be shuttles (#9 & "Downtown"?) too...

SAT 2/6

1pm to 3pm
"Some Like it Hot" Chili Cook-Off
at DeGugliemo Plaza, about 27 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

After the hot chocolate tasting a couple weeks ago, the savory stuff is being ladled for free in roughly the same spot. They say Tory Row is making "Braised Beef Chili with melted Vermont Cheddar" and Savenor's will offer "Hearty Game Chili with Guinness and a hint of blueberries". Whoa, not for the faint of heart. Participating: Crema Cafe, Grendel's Den, Fire and Ice, Redline, Savenor's, Tommy Doyle's, Tory Row, Uno Chicago Grill -- and rolls from Bertucci's too! Vote for your favorite.

Music by Marcus Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil

SAT 2/6

Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
at Bulger Center, Boston College High, 150 Morrissey Blvd, Boston (near JFK/UMass T)

This show is so big, the Boston Conservatory is presenting it across town, and the hall at BC High looks like a state-of-the-art facility. The draw for me is the Gershwin stuff; "Rhapsody in Blue" is definitely a candidate for the best song of the 20th century. You'll also hear the premiere of "Towards a Constellation" by Boston Conservatory Composition Competition winner Jason Huffman.

Gershwin, "Cuban Overture", "Rhapsody in Blue"
Griffes, "Poem"
Huffman, "Towards a Constellation"
Copland, "Suite from The Red Pony"
Trust me, it's a 5-minute walk from the T station, but there's plenty of parking.

SAT 2/6

Malibu Lou's Birthday Bash
Feat: The Dirty Truckers, Muck & the Mires, Watts, The Cretins
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$10 / 21+

I don't really know Malibu Lou, but I'm sure I must've seen him at the Abbey Lounge at one point or another. He looks like a good guy, so why not have a good time on his birthday? He'll probably open it up with his band The Italians, then Lou will probably be ready to get stinkin' drunk.

You can do the same even if you don't feel like doing a shot. The bands kick ass from the Stonesy twangy-rock of The Dirty Truckers, and the best damn garage-rock band in the country Muck & the Mires, the top-notch rock of Watts and pop-punk of The Cretins.

SAT 2/6

Lake Street Dive, Margaret Glaspy
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$10 / 21+

It could be the night that you feel like chilling out with some jazzy country-soul-folk-pop in my favorite basement bars ever. Whether doing their own delightfully skewed love songs like "Sometimes When I'm Drunk and You're Wearing My Favorite Shirt" or doing a Hall and Oates cover, it's a good time. On MySpace, Margaret Glaspy's genre descriptors are soul/folk/roots; and I get it. What I hear with that swinging ensemble behind her is a young woman who love Billie Holiday, and it sounds great. (Maybe a soulful Carole King vibe.)

SAT 2/6

"This Is Spinal Tap" w/ Razormaze
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline

Maybe metal-heads should hang out at a bar in Allston then head down Harvard St to see the greatest rockumentary about the world's loudest band. Before each screening, Derek Smalls would nod approvingly while puffing on his Calabash pipe at the very metal bands who'll play a set before the movie:

Razormaze will blow your hair back with thrash-metal whether you have a mullet or not. The midnight shows at Coolidge Corner usually have something extra up their sleeves, so there might be a game or activity of some sort too.

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