Sunday, May 30, 2010

SUN 5/30: Learn, Pow Wow, Listen, Tour, Watch

Hard to believe that Dennis Hopper outlived Gary Coleman, huh?


SUN 5/30

10 am to 7 pm
2010 Boston Skillshare
at Simmons College Main Bldg, 300 The Fenway, Boston (The Fens)
$3 to $10 sliding scale donation

People showing other people how to do stuff in 90-minute workshops that start at 11am, 12:45pm, 3:15pm, and 5:25 pm. There's a free lunch at 2:15pm with vegan, raw, and gluten-free options and will be "a bit simpler than it has been in years past."

Today's sessions range from fun (Urban Gardening Basics, Beginner Level Juggling, Roadkill Arts & Crafts) to functional (Basic Non-Macho Auto Maintenance, How to Fix Your Credit, Safe City Bicycling 101, Starting a Worker Cooperative) -- and points in between (Acupressure, Lesbian Dating 101, What's Wrong With Processed Foods?). Check the schedule for whatever floats your boat.

Pay what you can afford, maybe less if you're going for one thing or more for staying the whole day.

SUN 5/30

11am to 6pm
Native American Spring Moon Pow-Wow
at Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main St, Marshfield
$5 / $2 ages 4 to 12

If you feel like a drive, you can absorb some Native American culture like dancing, singing, storytelling, games, arts/crafts, etc. The stuff that was popular before casinos…

"Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating" and other details are in the PDF guide.

SUN 5/30 (and MON 5/31)

"Campfire Festival"
at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$10 per day

The real good news is that the weekend is jam-packed with wall-to-wall folky goodness as well as a few groups that don't really sit under the "folk" umbrella.

Performers will sing some songs solo as well as join together for impromptu collaborations -- just like a... campfire sing-along!

Better than most campfires due to fewer mosquitoes -- although no fire for s'mores. On the other hand, Passim serves beer and wine now...

Sunday schedule:

Noon -- Rock My Soul
12:45pm -- Baby Soda
1:30pm -- Vol de Nuit
2:15pm -- John Gerard, Joel Ninesling, Joe Kowan, Mark Stepakoff
3:45pm -- Allysen Callery, Mary Bichner, Suzie Brown, Charlene Kaye
5:15pm -- Sonya Cotton
6pm -- Kat Goldman, Sara Kamin, Bob Bradshaw, Laura Meyer
7:30pm -- Nini+Ben
8:15pm -- Hallie Pritts, Bearkat, Amber deLaurentis, Chantilly
9:45pm -- Christopher Williams, Willy Mason, Ralston, Ed Romanoff
11:15pm -- David Wax Museum
Monday schedule:
Noon -- Sarah Green, Brian Schwartz, Heather Erickson, Bethel Steele, Sierra, Tim Riordan, Julia Brown
2:45pm -- Pesky J. Nixon
3:30pm -- Treat Her Right
4:15pm -- Lydia Warren, Danielle Doyle, Angela Reed, Cariad Harmon
5:45pm -- Adrian Hardkor, David Tanklefsky, Josh Caress, Dave Ellis
7:15pm -- Maeve Gilchrist
8pm -- We're About 9
8:45pm -- Barnaby Bright
9:30pm -- Goli
10:15pm -- Blue Moose & The Unbuttoned Zippers
Am pretty sure you can get back in, if you need to take a break.

SUN 5/30

Al Maze's Annual Memorial Day Walking Tour
at Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave, Jamaica Plain

Every year, the cemetery's favorite tour guide offers a Memorial Day perspective from its origin at the Civil War. As you explore the graves of those who fought to reunify the country while ending slavery. Along the way contemporary letters, journal entries and news reports will be read.

Meet at Main Gate.

"Wear comfortable shoes and bring water; this is a 2-mile walk (with frequent stops) over varied terrain."

Have you tried the shortcut via Tower Street?

SUN 5/30

"Back Alley Cinema's Sunday Sci-Fi Freakout"
at Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
$3 / All Ages

The only problem with watching these cheesy old sci-fi flicks from the '60s is that the venue doesn't allow "smoking, alcohol, ether, qat or laudanum".
7pm -- "The Human Duplicators"
8:30pm -- "Wild Wild Planet"
10pm -- "Goke Body Snatcher From Hell"
I'd like to think people are going to wisecrack like a space janitor and a couple robots.

SUN 5/30

The Macrotones
at House of Blues -- Front Room, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston (Kenmore Sq)
FREE / 21+

Hey, you probably have tomorrow off. Why not party with some afro-funksters at the beginning of summer. Even better than seeing free tonight would be them playing on the beach while you have a very cold beverage -- but it should still be a good chance to get loose.

If you wanna party on the other side of the river, Jesse Dee and Christian McNeill lead the Sea Monsters every Sunday ($7-ish) at Precinct (Union Sq). It's another hornsy party with less afro-funk and more folk-soul. I can't guarantee it's happening though...

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