Sunday, June 13, 2010

SUN 6/13: Cars, Boats, Health, Art, Music

Strangely, there are two different boat races on the Charles today. Even though it's a gray day, it doesn't have to stop you from laughing at people rowing...

For those folks who like to sit in a bar on a Sunday afternoon, you could win a Vespa at the PourHouse by drinking Miller Lite and eating their $1 dippers (sliders with a dipping sauce) from 4pm to 10pm. The drawing will be on SUN 7/11, so you still have a few Sundays to hang out and enter. Print this out and get 5 more entries...

Update: Go, Celtics!


SUN 6/13

9am to 3pm
Corvette Day
at Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St, Brookline
$10 / $5 military, seniors, students, children under 12

I don't own a car and try not to drive anywhere, but I still enjoy looking... I doubt there will be a lot of new models, and I really think they lost what made them special by the end of the 80's.

There are months of lawn events ahead on most weekends such as "German Cars", "Micro Mini Cars", "Italian Cars", MG's, "Japanese Cars & Motorcycles", Porsche's, "European Motorcycles", etc.

SUN 6/13

9am to 5pm
Annual Dragon Boat Festival
along Charles River, Memorial Dr, Cambridge (near Harvard Sq)

The first Dragon Boat festival in America supposedly took place in Boston over 25 years ago, and it's said to be the largest Asian American celebration in New England. I like to think of it as Head of the Charles with decorated boats...

From noon to 5pm, there's usually a good crowd at the festival on the Cambridge side with a variety of Asian food as well as culture from China and beyond like dance, music, martial arts and yo-yo demonstrations.

SUN 6/13

10am to 5pm
Health & Fitness Expo
at Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)

Yeah, everyone's supposed to have health insurance in Mass (and eventually the US), but maybe a screening for asthma, diabetes, depression, etc, etc might be easier to do at this event. There are also 3 stages for demonstrations, performance, healthy cooking along with other exhibits and activities.

SUN 6/13

2pm to 4pm
Azorean Whaleboat Regatta
along Charles River, near Pierce Boathouse, 409 Memorial Dr, Cambridge

A second boat race on the same day? This one is closer to MIT.

This is part of the Boston Portuguese Festival that includes the Day of Portugal Parade next week. It turns out that many of the Portuguese residents can trace their lineage back to the Azores. (I started hearing about this when I moved to Somerville.) They were apparently good whalers when that sort of thing was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries when they needed strong rowers to pursue the leviathan.

Some more history and culture with boats, but this race is happening on the other side of the Mass Ave bridge, and the MIT Boathouse is open to the public to view the races.

SUN 6/13

2:30pm to 5:30pm
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Cabaret Life Drawing Class
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 18+

At Dr Sketchy's, drawing and drinking are combined at whatever ratio you desire as the models put provocative twist on traditional posing. Hey, you're not going to find a cheaper art class -- mainly because it's not a class. Just go and have some fun and a few beers.

A couple of tips: Come on time to get a seat up front. Keep it small so others can crowd in around you. A milk crate to carry your stuff and double as a chair wouldn't hurt.

We start with short poses to get you warmed up and then move on to longer and longer poses, but that's about where the traditional life drawing session stops...
Anyone can give it a shot. From first-timers to professionals, all are welcome to have some art fun with no one to criticize you. Do your best and have a good time.

This month's model: Machete Marceau, who has participated in the past (with a quite a few costume changes)

SUN 6/13

Robbers On High Street (11:05pm), The Bloodsugars (10:20pm), Israel Darling (9:35pm), Little Motel (8:45pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Until this week, I thought Robbers On High Street was a British band. I heard stuff like "Crown Victoria" off their last album a couple years ago, and I assumed these guys were mates with the Arctic Monkeys who were garnering comparisons to The Jam and Graham Parker in the British press. If I had dug a little deeper instead of just loving the Brit-leaning powerpop, I would've found out they're from New York. (Apparently, they don't play a lot of cheap gigs in Boston.)

Another NY band, The Bloodsugars, joins them with more sweet hooks, and they add a synthy touch that smoothes out the edges more than cutting your ears off. When the frontman of North Carolina's Israel Darling starts yelling, he may open himself to Modest Mouse but I hear a band putting a modern, folky, southern spin on indie-rock. Kudos to local guys Little Motel for getting on a gig that people can hear their stuff that fits in well with the other bands.

I doubt you'll regret going, even when you're aching at work tomorrow.

SUN 6/13

Jeremy Lyons w/ Washtub Robbie Phillips
at Sally O'Brien's, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)

I like the idea of bluesy music from New Orleans with a primitive one-string bass.

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