Monday, October 10, 2011

MON 10/10: Green, Art, Music

If you have the day off, have a great day. Good or bad, we probably wouldn't be living here without him...


MON 10/10

9am to 4pm
"Green Day: Bringing Technology & People Together through Green Innovations"
at Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St, Brookline
$10 / $5 military, seniors, students, children under 12

All green vehicles have been invited to hang out on the lawn, so expect to see electric cars, hybrid cars, solar cars, and cars that run on old cooking oil. I'd expect to see scooters and motorized bicycles as well.

I'm not sure if this appeals to others besides the 'family-friendly' crowd, but maybe people will find inspiration in the alternate modes of transportation along with some demonstrations and activities.

The ironic thing is that the museum is a lo-o-ong walk from the Green St T and further from the Brookline Hills T.

MON 10/10

10am to 4pm-ish
Opening Our Doors 2011
All around the Fenway

Almost every every cultural institution in the Fenway area offers free admission and special programs. There some appealing performances, but I would probably just go around and visit some cool museums and such.

Every exhibit and event is worthwhile in its own way, but I've got my favorites.

I wholeheartedly believe that everyone should step inside the giant stained-glass globe that is the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library (Christian Science Center). It's especially satisfying to experience the wonder for free, because the time inside is too short.

It's also a perfect day to visit the MFA to see the new Contemporary Art wing and the Venice Biennale-winning video installation "The Clock".

If you look at the PDF program, there is way more than anyone can see. Fenway Studios building is opening its studios (noon to 4pm). The Huntington Theatre is having open house events. You can make a kite ($5 for kit) at the MassArt Gym (11am to 3pm). Et cetera, et cetera.

There are free trolleys stopping at various points for those who don't enjoy walking.

MON 10/10

Rich Robinson: Performance & Signing
at Newbury Comics, North Market Bldg, 4 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston (Faneuil Hall)

The guitar-playing brother of The Black Crowes has a new solo album. It's 50% of that creative team with almost none of the arrogance. It's a lot of folky guitar playing and so-so vocals.

MON 10/10

Kath Bloom, Levi Strom, Laurelin Kruse
at ZuZu!, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

Monday nights at ZuZu usually present small groups or solo performers with an edge of some kind or another. Even the singer-guitarists often have some kind of off-center approach. Tonight's line-up is surprisingly rather straightforward set of singers.

The catch is that Kath Bloom collaborated with avant-garde musicians in the '70s and '80s, so she has a certain following and cache. People like Devendra Banhart, Mark Kozelek, Scout Niblett, The Dodos, Mia Doi Todd even recorded tracks for a tribute album.

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