Sunday, June 26, 2011

SUN 6/26: Fests, Cars, Music

I'm a little bummed that The Haven has been serving Scottish food in JP for a year, and I haven't partaken. They're celebrating their 1st anniversary tonight from 8pm on with a DJ and a raffle and good cheer.


SUN 6/26

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

There are also 3 stages for demonstrations, performances, healthy cooking along with other exhibits and activities. Maybe you'll see Tedy Bruschi or Glen Davis.

If you don't feel like going to the doctor/hospitals, there are various health screenings too.

I don't know if it's just for kids, but I think it would be funny to get in front of the green screen and try a weather forecast.

SUN 6/26

10am to 5pm
Annual Chinatown Main Street Festival
near the Chinatown Arch, 70 Beach St, Boston

I'm not sure if I've been to this particular Chinatown festival, but -- much like the North End festas in their way -- there is a similarity that blends together.

What it celebrates? I think it translates into "warm weather month".

If you're downtown, you might as well get a bigger-than-usual taste of Chinese arts, culture, and food.

Last time, I did notice the lines for most dim sum places seemed longer than usual.

SUN 6/26

10am to 2pm
British Car Day
at Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St, Brookline
$10 / $5 military, seniors, students, children under 12

There will be other Sundays dedicated to Triumphs (7/31) and MG's/Rovers (8/13), but a car-nucopia of British wheels will roll onto the lawn.

Maybe $10 may seem like a bit much to look at several dozen cars. On the other hand, take a look at this guy's visit in '09. When was the last time you gawked at multiple Jaguars, Bentleys, and Aston-Martins in the same day? I have a feeling there will be other makes like Lotus, MG, Triumph, etc.

SUN 6/26

Noon to 8pm
Joe's Jazz and Blues Fest
at Nathan Tufts Park, Broadway & College Ave Rotary, Somerville (Powderhouse Cir)

Noon -- The Somerville High School Jazz Ensemble
1pm -- The Anderson/Hanson/Levy Trio
2pm -- John Funkhouser Trio
3pm -- Toni Lynn Washington
4pm -- The Spontaneous Architects
5pm -- Florencia Gonzalez Candombe Project
6pm -- Frank Morey & His Band
Kudos to Mayor Joe to encouraging a jazz and blues festival (and getting his name into the title).

After a week of indoor gigs around town, it could turn out to be a nice day to sit in the park and dig some jazz and blues. It seemed rather evenly balanced between jazz, blues, jazz, blues, jazz, latin jazz, and blues.

There are no slouches in the lineup, and I'm willing to bet the Somerville High ensemble can really play.

SUN 6/26

Yesterday's Heroes, The McGunks, The Tin Thistles, The Caught Flies, Old Hat, David Wells
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

For those who still want to rage, rage against the dying of the weekend -- yet want to get home at a decent hour -- there's a mix of punks, folky punks, punky rockabilly, and punks who are feeling in an acoustic mood.

SUN 6/26

"This Has Been A Disaster - Thanks For Having Us": Discussion & Performance
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Feat: Aaron Perrino, Drew O'Doherty, Mark William Pearson

Musical guest: The Chrome Dreams

I didn't go to the inaugural session, but I think it's fascinating to hear stories about gigs that have gone awry and other humorous tales of musical woe. All 3 guests have played a lot of shows, so there should be many moments to draw upon.

Rock 'n roll fan & author Steve Almond and Hallelujah The Hills frontman Ryan Walsh will guide the discussion.

I read that The Chrome Dreams is most of Choo Choo La Rouge. (Not my favorite band, but other people seem to like 'em.)

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