Pretty good variety for a Tuesday...
(Whoops, I forgot to hit 'publish'...)
6pm to 7:30pm
Life in the Universe, Part 3: "Why Mars Matters"
at MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)
Feat: Klaus Biemann, Samuel Kounaves, Zara Mirmalek
Did our planetary neighbor ever host living organisms? Or does it currently? The panelists have spent decades studying Mars, and they'll give you a good idea what the results means to Earthlings.
"Tea and coffee served."
6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Great Debate: "Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Who Stands in the Way?"
at Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
While 29 years seems like a long time to hold debates, but that's rather new compared to the nearly 200 years of the English university debates that is the inspiration for this series.
Unlike the real Israel-Palestine debate, one point of view will be declared the winner by the audience.
at Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
Mainly design-oriented people will get up and share for 20 seconds. No one gets to blather on and on, and they say anyone can actually present. Could be quite interesting...
"The Artist": Screening and Q&A
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline
FREE w/ PDF Flyer
It must take balls (and a strong artistic vision) to make a silent film in 2011 about a silent film actor on the verge of being squeezed out by the "talkie".
Yes, this is a silent film -- in black and white with the traditional film size. It was one of the 'hits' of Cannes, and the lead won the Best Actor award.
Director Michel Hazanavicius will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
"Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is NOT guaranteed."
Joe Lally, Grass Is Green, Helen Money
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+
When Joe Lally came through town a couple years ago, I paraphrased a "Simpsons" joke: "Do like Fugazi? 'cause we've got one!"
My apologies to Joe Lally but it's impossible to discuss the Fugazi bassist's current project without mentioning the former band. Lally's distinctive style is evident in the new stuff which should appeal to fans in its own way.
The touring band includes a drummer and a cellist who will play her own set of loud, layered music as Helen Money. I hear some Fugazi influence in the noisy, angular sound of Grass Is Green, so the evening should chug along into a collectively complementary experience.
Red Heroine, Sarah Lee
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
The band formerly known as Mr Sister has changed their name to Red Heroine and are playing every Tuesday in November. As far as I can tell, Amelia Emmet inimitable elastic moan is still as fantastic as before.
On the Facebook page for the residency, the guest band is listed as "Sarah Lee" so I'm assuming it might be Sarah Lee Guthrie who performed locally last night...