Monday, May 17, 2010

MON 5/17: Bike Week, Film, Talk, Rock

My new rule is that I'm not going to let a crying women use my cell phone if it means that I will miss my train. (Will probably lie and say that I left my phone at home...)


MON 5/17 to FRI 5/21

Various Times
Bay State Bike Week
across Massachusetts
most FREE

May is "Bike Month", and it's "Bike Week" around these parts.

Events are happening everyday (and beyond); check the calendar for specific information.

One event that sticks out for me is the "Ride of Silence" on WED 5/19 to commemorate those who've died or been injured while cycling.

There are some listings for Boston Bike Week events. As usual, there's a ride to a breakfast in Government Center on FRI 5/21 that leaves from various locations around the area. They ask that you register for some of these events.

Be good to your body, the planet, and your wallet at the same time.

If you're going to commute via bicycle, you could help the state track the eforot at the Mass Commuter Challenge.

MON 5/17

"What's Going On Up There?": Screening & Discussion
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

As part of the Made in Massachusetts Film Series, local filmmaker Maryanne Galvin asks a bunch of people about space exploration. There's a wide assortment of people in and out of the scientific community and opinions across the spectrum.

Local son Leonard Nimoy narrates.

The director should be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.

MON 5/17

Wes Moore, "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates": Reading
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

In this information, I hope someone has fact-checked this book since it's received accolades from most respected news/bookreview sources.

It's amazing to think that two young men with the same name... are about the same age... and grew up nearby to each other... and under similar familial situations could turn out so differently. The author, Wes Moore, is a combat veteran and Rhodes Scholar. The subject is incarcerated for murder and armed robbery. The whole story gives lessons, and I think hearing it from Mr. Moore could add another level of inspiration.

MON 5/17

The Organ Beats, Bacchus King
at House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston (Kenmore Sq)

If you looked at the flyer below, there was another band listed with Bacchus King, but the schedule can be dynamic.

Joining the clever and well-done stoner-rock of Bacchus King is the fabulous Organ Beats. The loud, fuzzy powerpop seems to get louder and direct in concert, and the powerful vocals of Noelle continue to stand in the forefront.

MON 5/17

Veronica Falls, Cotton Candy, Reports, Four Eyes
at Charlie's Kitchen, 10 Eliot St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 / 21+

Veronica Falls may not turn out to be the next big band from the UK/Scotland, but they have triumphed over the Icelandic ashcloud to bring their reverby indie-pop with shoegazey tones. On the other hand you may fall in love with them, and that's good enough.

As you might expect from a band called Cotton Candy, the husband-and-wife team keep it light and fun who include jingles that (from what I can tell) weren't actually commissioned by the entities. Reports and Four Eyes should be loud, angular, and noisy in different proportions. Should be pretty good night upstairs at Charlies...

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