Monday, April 26, 2010

MON 4/26: Art, Science, Film, Bike, Gospel, Rock

Art in Bloom at MFA
Well, it's Monday.



MON 4/26

5pm to 9pm
"Art in Bloom": Evening Open House
at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston (The Fens)

Art in Bloom is an annual celebration when about 50 floral arrangements are placed next to artwork throughout the museum for a weekend. On the final night, people can enjoy the additional color complementing the pieces -- or simply enjoy a free evening in any part of the museum like any Wednesday night.

MON 4/26 (and TUES 4/27)

6pm to 8pm
NOVA Nights: Science Cafe
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, NOVA's Cafe Sci is hosting two consecutive nights of their typically casual bar forums where the speakers consciously avoid using technical terms so the average listener can follow along and feel comfortable asking questions.

Tonight, George Stephans (MIT) talks about the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland where thousands are scientists are collaborating on amazing experiments that will definitely not destroy the planet.

Tuesday night's discussion is about why and how tastes are tied to emotional responses with Don Katz (Brandeis).

If you show up late or really want to hear more science talk, Nerd Nite starts at 8pm tonight.

MON 4/26

"Gone Baby Gone"
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

Many (including me) has begrudgingly admitted the Ben Affleck did a good job of directing this adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel. Kudos to Casey Affleck and Amy Ryan in two of the main roles.

Part of the year-long "Made in Massachusetts Film Series"

MON 4/26

6:30 pm to 7:30pm
Fix-a-Flat Bicycle Workshop
at Honan-Allston Public Library, 300 N Harvard St, Allston

Could there really be bicyclists in the Allston area that don't know how to make rudimentary repairs like fixing a flat? If one doesn't feel comfortable, where a mechanic from Bicycle Bill's will demonstrate and offer tips.

You should contact the library to see if there is still room for you (and your bike or tire): 617-787-6313

MON 4/26 (thru WED 4/28)

Various Times
Independent Film Festival of Boston
at Various Locations
Most $9

There are various films and shorts at the Brattle and Somerville Theatre. If I were going tonight, I'm interested in
the documentary with interviews and archival footage "Searching for Elliott Smith" (7:30pm) or "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" which takes places in '30s-era China and seems a bit like the Wild West. Both are playing at the Somerville.

Two films are screening at the ICA tomorrow, and the closing night film at Coolidge Corner is sold out.

MON 4/26

"Break the Pew, Part 2"
at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston (Back Bay)
$10 / $5 ages 12 to 18 and seniors / $2 12 and under

Apparently, breaking the pews may be excused if the spirit inspires you to jump and dance -- such as on a an evening of gospel music with several Berklee groups:

- Reverence Gospel Ensemble
- Women of Virtue, Men of Valor
- Overjoyed
In my observations, gospel music can sometimes improve the mood of nonbelievers too.

MON 4/26

Banditas, Marconi, Volcano Kings
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 18+

The meat of this sandwich seems to be the kinda spacey, kinda jangly indie-rock of Marconi. Marconi is a new project from the former drummer of Night Rally who has moved backed to Boston and enlisted friends from other bands (like Bon Savants and C4RT). One slice is the laid-back harmonies of Banditas, and the other slice is the instrumental jazz-rock of Volcano Kings which is more surfy than progressive jazz wankery.

MON 4/26

Mike Fiore, Caw!Caw!
at ZuZu!, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

The usual Faces on Film set has sections where Mike Fiore is left alone with his guitar and songs. I assume it'll be all-Mike all of the time for a full blast of artful, folkish songfulness. It sounds like Chicago's Caw!Caw! have found a bouncy indie-pop niche after exploring punk and experimental directions in the past.

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