Sunday, January 16, 2011

MON 1/17: Museum, Talk, Music

Happy Dr. MLK Jr Day!

Btw: Tuesday cheapness is on the calendar.


MON 1/17

10am to 4:45pm
MLK Jr Day -- Open House
at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston

There was a healthy crowd on my past MLK Day trip to the MFA. On the other hand there's more room with the new Art of the Americas wing, which is currently the museum's main draw. Tomorrow is the last day of the Avedon Fashion photography exhibit, and the permanent collection is world class.

You can hear some sweet jazz from the Jelani Bauman Quartet (Noon). Previously the short film program (2pm, 3pm) had a civil rights angle; I think it will be a global mix of stories. Of course there will be talks, tours, and family programs.

MON 1/17

1pm to 4pm
"A Day of Service and Celebration In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."
at Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston

Feat: Nikki Giovanni, Rena Clark, Phillip Clay, Roderick Ireland, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

In honor of Dr. King, several people will read some of his most memorable passages. Among those scheduled to appear are MIT Chancellor Phillip Clay and Chief Justice Roderick Ireland of the Mass SJC. Poet Nikki Giovanni will give a keynote speech.

The BYSO will perform a program of classical and spiritual music.

I'm guessing some people may have never gone upstairs at Faneuil Hall, but there's a meeting hall up there. Really.

MON 1/17

John Colvert & the Great Brighton Fire, Rock Spring, Jenee Halstead
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
$5 / 21+

Singer-songwriter John Colvert is doing 4 Mondays in January. When he plays with a band, the folky tendencies sound more country to my ear. Rock Spring has an easygoing string-band thing with fiddle, mandolin, banjo, etc. Jenee Halstead should feel at home since she's done a residency at Precinct and her sound dances around folk/country/bluegrass.

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