A couple college lectures... A couple free music gigs... A little wine 'n literary chat, and a some Boss tunes...
Not a bad Tuesday.
Thomas Whalen, "A Man of His Times: Bill Russell and the 1960s": Lecture
at African American Studies Program, 138 Mountfort St, Brookline (near BU)
Even non-basketball fans might know Bill Russell's impact on the basketball court. It could be interesting to get some perspective about the champion hoopster off the court.
6pm to 7:15pm
Cathy Davidson, "Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn": Lecture
at Austin Hall East, about 1511 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Law School)
FREE w/ RSVP
If there's space to be in the room, there's bound to be stimulating thoughts about using technology to transform the classroom and the workplace besides simply hacking away in old paradigms on new tools.
TUES 9/20 (thru TUES 8/4)
"The Ames Sessions": Anna Rose, Leo Blais
at Woodward, Ames Hotel, 1 Court St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
FREE w/ RSVP
I mentioned this yesterday, and maybe you can still RSVP. As I said earlier:
It's going to take a while for people to stop mentioning that Anna Rose's dad is an Oscar-winning composer whose work includes "Little Shop of Horrors" and "The Little Mermaid". She is off to a good start with an appealing folk/pop sound that includes a rather nice Arcade Fire cover.The good thing about the RSVP page lets you respond for any and all of the 3 scheduled Tuesdays of music on the Woodward patio.
Leo Blais is our most tuneful local representative on the patio. This is the kind of bittersweet, melodic powerpop that I can listen to for hours. Although I didn't take the time to find them, I'll never forget seeing pictures of Leo's apartment that was decorated by his handmade album artwork of his lyrics, etc. (You get the idea on his site.)
Will Dailey: Performance & Signing
at Newbury Comics, North Market Bldg, 4 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston (Faneuil Hall)
If you don't feel like RSVP'ing for anything, Will Dailey is going to play a mini-set that might include a bunch of songs from his new album. If it's anything close to his previous work, there will be an awesome little gig for 30 minutes (or however long it lasts).
DeWitt Henry, "Ploughshares Turns 40!"
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
A literary journal, "Ploughshares", is created while some people are drinking at the Plough & Stars, and it's still going after 40 years. Co-founder DeWitt Henry has written a memoir, "Sweet Dreams: A Family History", and he'll likely read a passage. Poet Gail Mazur will also recite at least one piece. Expect "wine and light refreshments".
"Happy Birthday Boss, Goodbye Big Man": Springsteen Tribute
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$7 / 18+
Feat: Corin Ashley & Dave Aaronoff, Paper Snakes, Eric Salt, Uke Springsteen, Brendan Little, Emily Pilowa, Matt York, others
It's almost Bruce's birthday and Clarence Clemons shuffled off about 3 months ago. Let's hope someone invited a sax player... Of course, the ukulele tribute group is on board, and I like how Paper Snakes is rooted in The Boss (if you believe their Facebook wall).
There is a schedule on the TT's calendar, but I don't think it matters much. If you dig Bruce Springsteen and love the local music scene, it'll be a double-fantastic tonight.