Friday, April 23, 2010

Sneak Peek: SAT 4/24

Wish me luck. I plan on staying in and writing Cheap Thrills like a worker bee on caffeinated pollen...

You might feel like catching a new independent film via IFF Boston.


SAT 4/24

9am to 12pm
Annual Charles River Clean-up
along the Charles River from Boston to Milford
- Your time & effort -

Just show up at any of the sites to volunteer -- no need to register, etc.

They do want you to show up at 9am and be ready to get dirty. They'll provide the work supplies, but you should bring drinking water.

Check the site for more info. These are meeting places:

Hatch Shell, Memorial Drive opposite JFK Park, The Fens behind the MFA, Herter Park, DCR Brighton Pool near IHOP**, DCR Dealtry Pool in Watertown, DCR Upper Charles River Reservation in Waltham, Hemlock Gorge Reservation in Newton (meet at 9:30am), DCR Cutler Park in Needham**, Whole Foods parking lot in Bellingham

** "Volunteers especially needed here!"
A clean river will be nice for Sunday's Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race.

SAT 4/24 (and SUN 4/25)

10am to 5pm
Annual Sheepshearing Festival
at Gore Place, 52 Gore St, Waltham
$10 / FREE children 12 and under free (with adult)

This might be good for kids and those who feel young at heart. I'm fairly sure the sheep don't live here (anymore), so they're just showing up for the shearing. Other animals will be around too. Expect historic demonstrators, games, crafts fair, live entertainment, wagon rides, etc.

"Free parking. No dogs allowed."

SAT 4/24 (and SUN 4/25)

11am To 3pm
Sailing Open House
at Courageous Sailing, Charlestown Navy Yard

Enjoy a free sail on Boston Harbor, tour the facility, learn about our sailing programs. Free BBQ too. Discounts to be offered on lessons/memberships.

Whenever these sailing events start happening, it's good to remember to wear clothes that can get wet. Keep in mind it will feel colder on the boat.

SAT 4/24 (and SUN 4/25)

Noon to 6pm
North and West Cambridge Open Studios
around North and West Cambridge

Because there are too many dang artists, Cambridge split up the open studios in 3 parts. You'll find your friendly neighborhood creative types in various media "from Alewife and Fresh Pond, down to Porter and Harvard."

SAT 4/24 (and SUN 4/25)

11am to 6pm
First Annual Watertown/Belmont Open Studios
at Various Locations

The communities to the South and West of Cambridge don't want to be left out of the "open studio" action with about 50 artists. It may not be as walkable as the People's Republic, although multiple artists are displaying at locations like the Arsenal Center for the Arts and Belmont Art Gallery.

SAT 4/24 to SUN 5/2

Various Times
Cambridge Science Festival
At Various Locations

The free Saturday stuff is happening at the MIT Museum where it's free admission (10am to 5pm) and at Carnival-Cambridge Public Library (the new one next to the old one on Broadway) with demonstrations/activities from noon to 4pm including:
"Exploring Robotics Engineering", "Fun with Food", "Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Making", "Recycling: Where's That Stuff Go?", "GreenFest Solar Workshop", "Bottled Water vs Tap Water", "Microwilderness of the Boston Harbor Islands", and more
SAT 4/24

Josh Lederman & The CSAR's
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

It's true: I've spent a few Saturdays hanging out at the Plough on a Saturday afternoon, and Josh Lederman has often been there with the "Cambridge-Somerville All-Stars" to encourage me with their Americana drinkin' music.

They're probably going to finish no later than 5:30pm, since Greg Ginn (ex-Black Flag) is going to play jazz-rock jam band stuff at 6pm.

SAT 4/24

7pm to 1am
Boston Underground Summit II
at The Temple (above City Feed), 670 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
$10 / All Ages

Feat: Prince Rama of Ayodhya, Viva Viva, Ski Mask, Quilt, Truman Peyote, The Scamps, Big Big Bucks, Theory Engine, Young Adults, Lord Jeff

It would be cool if there were more shows like Boston Underground Summit (previously in September). There's need to wait for the bands to take down and set up their equipment, when multiple 'stages' could be set up around a room where they each play songs in a round-robin style. It's a twisted assortment of artists, and that's half the fun.

It's a pretty new music space, so feel extra hip if you go...

SAT 4/24

"Dhoom 2010"
at La Sala de Puerto Rico, Stratton Center, 84 Mass Ave, Cambridge (MIT campus)
$2 before 10pm / $5 after 10pm / FREE for MIT Students

There may not be so many people at this Bollywood-themed dance party for you to hide in the crowd. If you're feeling ballsy, you're probably going to have a great time.

Until you learn the steps, just lift your arms and pretend to unscrew (and/or screw) light bulbs.

Free Indian snacks, ID required for cash bar.


SAT 4/24

Tunnel of Love, Black Clouds, Anita Fix & Bam Bam, Reports, Maine Coons
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+

Tunnel of Love is a trio of shirtless, slashing rock 'n roll wildmen who don't seem to play often. They will likely cap off a night of garagey, punky, noisy, messy rawk.

SAT 4/24

Mystery Roar, Big Digits, w/ DJs Die Young, Volvox, Baltimoroder, Foxy Action Group
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+

Is it time to dance and feel beautiful to a couple electro groups and several DJ's?

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