Thursday, June 16, 2011

THUR 6/16: Talks, Forage, Music


Congratulations, Bruins!

Gotta love them B's... It's been a long wait, especially for hardcore fans (and I don't qualify).

It's also happens to be Bloomsday.

Boston College to pick a random date and celebrate a couple months ago. If you want to wander a bit -- like Leopold Bloom -- an Irish cultural website has created Bloomsday walking maps for Americans including one for the Public Garden & Boston Common [PDF].

Honestly, the map mainly appeals to fans of "Ulysses". Others should consider drinking whiskey and/or Guinness and toasting James Joyce...

I realized that I missed a couple good events for Friday/Saturday, but there are some ideas on the calendar.

Check out Saturday's water gun battle! Should be fun and it helps if you register.

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THUR 6/16

5:30pm
Paul Lockhart, "The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington": Author Talk
at Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St, Boston (Fenway)
FREE

5:30pm -- Refreshments
6pm -- Conversation
In the age of really long book titles, this one is long but feels like they really tried to abridge it.

Lockhart is scheduled to speak about the Siege of Boston that would lead to the municipal holiday known as Evacuation Day (aka St Paddy's Day to the boozehounds).

Reservations required by email or phone: 617-646-0560

THUR 6/16

6pm to 8pm
"Brownfields Bear Food": An Urban Forage
meet at the JP Green House, 133 Bourne St, Jamaica Plain (JP-Roslindale Line)
FREE w/ RSVP

Hmm, talk about 'cheap thrills'. This seems like something functional (knowing which nearby plants are edible) and thought-provoking (hunger... animals vs. urbanization... etc).

This could be an interesting adventure if you have a strong stomach. Forager David Craft seems to know what he's doing.

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THUR 6/16

6pm
Harvey Frommer, "Remembering Fenway Park": Lecture
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)
FREE

Put down the miniature Stanley Cup replica for a minute, and remember the Red Sox have been the darlings of Boston for a few years.

THUR 6/16

7pm
"The Free Beer Tour"
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
FREE / 21+

Feat: Josh Wilker, David Anthony, Pete Nelson

I can testify that readings are more interesting with beer. (And this won't be PBR or 'Gansett.) As some promo material stated, the books could be described "dude-approved" with subject matter like baseball cards, horse racing, and reconnecting with a sick dad.

THUR 6/16

9pm
Corin Ashley Band, A Pony For My Birthday
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$5 / 21+

Music-lovers and Beatlemaniacs, get thee to Davis Square as Corin Ashley is joined by guitar-slinger Tony Savarino and a couple of The Shods as "Klaus Voorman Fan Club" for what could be quite a memorable set of Beatles tunes (and probably some rock 'n roll classics they'd play in the early days).

And these "Third Thursdays" supposedly start promptly to finish up at a reasonable time.

THUR 6/16

9pm
Autumn Hollow Band, Kim Jennings
at Porter Belly's, 338 Washington St, Brighton (Brighton Center)
FREE

I've been trying to keep an eye on the live music at Porter Belly's. It's not a place designed for it, but it's good to see some bands play while recording a podcast.

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THUR 6/16

Big East (Midnight), Dastardly (11pm), Eddie Japan (10pm)
at Milky Way Lounge/Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)
$7 / 21+

This is a pretty spiffy mix of rock, pop, and Americana.

From the first time I heard Eddie Japan, I dug how they were reaching back to the '60s for some lounge/soul influences and making some kick-ass modern stuff with strong, expressive vocals.

Dastardly is supposedly a big deal in Chicago, and it seems for good reason when someone writes catchy songs and tastefully weaves in the banjo, mandolin, accordion, etc into something fresh.

If you can handle it, Big East will rock you past midnight.

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