Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TUES 11/15: Science, Debate, Film, Music

Pretty good variety for a Tuesday...

(Whoops, I forgot to hit 'publish'...)


TUES 11/15

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."

TUES 11/15

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.

TUES 11/15

PechaKucha Boston
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...

TUES 11/15

"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."

TUES 11/15

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.

TUES 11/15

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...

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