Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WED 3/23: Film, Talk, Party, Music

Do you ever get a bagel at Bruegger's? There's a coupon for a free bagel and cream cheese on the discount site Signpost (expires 3/24). (The periodic emails don't seem to arrive everyday, so it's not annoying.)

The Boston Underground Film Festival starts tomorrow at Kendall Square Cinema, and there is always a cool selection of wild wooly cinema to sample. The screenings are $10 ($8 with student ID), and they offer $35 pass for the last 3 days (3/29 to 3/31) when many the programs are repeated.

There's an opening party with bands at TT's tomorrow night ($10). I assume you can stop by the club tonight to get a ticket without a service fee.


WED 3/23

"City of Life": Screening
at Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Bldg, 79 JFK St, Cambridge (Harvard Kennedy School)

"Capturing History: A Conversation with White House Photographers"
at JFK Jr Forum, Littauer Bldg, 79 JFK St, Cambridge (Harvard Kennedy School)

If I don't regularly post freebies at your closest university, it's might mean they don't seem to have easily viewable calendars of events that I find to be right for the list. They may be having them, but Harvard, MIT, and BU seem to have a lot.

Look at Harvard Kennedy School. These events don't have to be free to the public, yet you can either watch a modern drama set in Dubai or listen to photographers who covered 4 different presidents.

Dubai is the major global financial center, and most Americans know little about this place. While a narrative film, it gives a glimpse into the rich and poor as well as native and foreign. The movie starts at 6:15; there is free pizza & soft drinks at 6pm. (Grab a piece!)

Longtime Washington player and HKS professor David Gergen is moderating a discussion with presidential photographers: Eric Draper (George W. Bush), David Hume Kennerly (Gerald Ford), Barbara Kinney (Bill Clinton), and David Valdez (George H. W. Bush). If you can't go, C-Span is supposed to cover it.

WED 3/23

6pm to 8pm
Moustache Hootenanny
at The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

The third annual Moustache-A-Thon is coming to an end, and we'll find out if the dozens of facial-hair fundraisers have reached their goal of $25k. The proceeds support 826 Boston, a non-profit that offers tutoring for young people to encourage and improve their writing.

It looks like a toned-down affair this year since no band/performer is listed under "highlights, prizes, and a talent show", and it's happening in a lower-profile location. Still you're not paying to get into the 'stache-themed shindig, think about giving a little bit to 826 Boston.

WED 3/23

Michio Kaku, "Physics of the Future": Lecture
at Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Did you watch Letterman the other night? Dr.Kaku was talking about the Japanese nuclear reactor situation.

The lecture will be far more wide-ranging that matches the new of his new book, "Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100".

Some of you may get in to hear about the upcoming century, because a "limited number of passes will be available in the lobby on the day of the event."

WED 3/23

Thick Shakes (11pm), The Jacuzzi Boys (10pm), Emeen Z (9pm), The Big Big Bucks (8pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$8 / 18+

Hey, it's another early-starting rock show. It seems like Church tries to keep their scheduled times; I'm guessing it'll start closer to 8:30 than 9pm.

It's a generally garagey affair that includes The Jacuzzi Boys from Florida. Jack White digs them, Spin digs them, and I also dig these guys who can punk it up and change gears to add a little sun and breeze.

On their new record, Thick Shakes still loyally wave the classic garage-rock flag while getting louder and thicker and generally bashing with more verve and dimension. Thick Shakes, I salute you.

Emeen Z of powerpoppish Spirit Kid is doing a solo thing for a bit of a palate-cleanser between the above bands and The Big Big Bucks' rock 'n romp.

WED 3/23

Kay McKinstry & The Good Pour
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

I'm a fan of Kay McKinstry; great singer and person. As I said last week: If you're in the mood for torchy, twangy alt-country/Americana from a band of excellent players and beautiful voice up front -- then this is your destination.

They'll be back at the Plough again eventually, but why wait?

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