Sunday, November 21, 2010

SUN 11/21: JFK, Art, Skate, Music

It's cold, but it's sunny. One can sit in and watch football, or there's fun to be had beyond your couch.

If you feel like enjoying a drag show, TraniWreck is celebrating Thanksgiving or "TransGiving" at Club Oberon. I don't think I'm supposed to post the $5 discount code for the advance tix, so click to see it. The standing-room price would be $10 (plus any service fees) available until 6pm.


SUN 11/21

10am to 3pm
Open House
at John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, 83 Beals St, Brookline (near Coolidge Corner)

As it was the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's election, we can observe the 47th anniversary of his assassination.

If you ever wanted to look inside JFK's childhood home, go in for free today. You may have seen that little sign for it on Harvard Ave.

SUN 11/21

Noon to 6pm
Annual Open Studios
at Brickbottom Studios, 1 Fitchburg St, Somerville (near Lechmere)
at Joy Street Studios, 86 Joy St, Somerville (near Lechmere)

See art, talk about art, walk to more art, maybe buy some art... About a hundred artists in various media are participating between the 2 locations that are just down the street from each other.

SUN 11/21

Noon to 6pm
Museum School Art Sale
at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 95 Museum Rd, Boston (The Fens)
- What you buy -

The MFA is charging to get in again, but art is on display and for sale around the corner. It's the last of a 4-day sale, so who knows what's left. On the other hand, they might be vulnerable to haggling...? (Although I think the proceeds benefit programs at the school.)

SUN 11/21

Skating Rink Opening
at Frog Pond, near Beacon St, Boston Common

Believe it or not, it's getting cold enough to skate outdoors (if you have a special compound that can be kept frozen).

The entertainment portion of the event includes a bunch of medal-winning skaters including figure skater Emily Hughes and host & speed skater Dan Weinstein. There will be more local skating teams, mascots, dancers, and booths with giveaways.

I suspect all of the hullabaloo will last about an hour, then you can skate for free. Slightly less free, if have to rent skates ($8 / $5 for 13 and under).

The rink should be open until 9pm tonight.

SUN 11/21

Brookline Symphony Orchestra: Debut Concert
at All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St, Brookline (near Cleveland Circle)
$10 / $5 students, seniors


Carl Maria von Weber, "Overture to Oberon"
Mozart, "Symphony No. 39"
Beethoven, "Symphony No. 7"
Some ambitious souls have revived a tradition of a volunteer-based Brookline Orchestra. These are one of those chances to hear quality classical music for a fraction of the usual cost.

SUN 11/21

Rock Shop Film Shop: "Regina Spektor: Live In London"
at Middle East - Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / All Ages


As I'm writing this, there are folks in Greenwich Village that are paying to see this concert film in a theater. Any of us can watch it for free.

Most people don't want to watch a concert film of Regina doing her thing while standing up about 90 minutes, so there will be seats available. (Doors open at 7pm)

SUN 11/21

Asa Brebner Band
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

When I was at Billy Ruane's birthday concert this past week, I thought it was a shame that most f these people may not have shown up this year if Billy wasn't in an urn. Shouldn't we celebrate more when people are still alive?

Tonight is Asa Brebner's birthday, and he's doing what he loves -- and anyone was is invited to have a good time as well with major guy in Boston rock (Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Robin Lane & the Chartbusters, and much more).

Hopefully Asa will be with us for a long time to come, although his most recent CD from this year was titled "Suenos De Los Muertos" (or "Dreams of the Dead"). It should bluesy, rootsy rockin' bash. Every Asa gig I've seen has been thoroughly fun time.

SUN 11/21

Small Black, Class Actress, Stereo Telescope
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+

Call it 'electro' or 'new-new wave' or 'synth-pop' or 'Henry', there's a lot of cool tunes to hear from a couple Brooklyn bands and Boston's Stereo Telescope (with members of Campaign for Real Time and This Car Up).

If you do nothing else, I heartily recommend that you put Class Actress' "Journal of Ardency" on your next party mix. It must be on quite a few already...

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