It's a night for rock biographies as acclaimed music critic Greil Marcus reads from his book on The Doors at Harvard Book Store and NPR's Tim Riley reads from his John Lennon hardcover at Porter Square Books -- both at 7pm.
All Day until Midnight
at Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston (South End)
You can see the post below about the 20th annual artistic expression on "World AIDS Day".
5:30pm to 8pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony
at Boston Common, about 150 Tremont St, Boston
Feat: Joey McIntyre, Siobhan Magnus, Radio City Rockettes members, Rockapella, Boston Ballet members, Boston Children's Choir, Grace Kelly
Yep, the tree lighting/TV show is tonight. When I arrived late one year, I was still bored before the fireworks at the end. It's surprising so many people show up. On the other thing, I don't have nostalgia for this event.
Show up about 7:50pm for the fireworks.
5:30pm to 8pm
1-Year Renovation Celebration
at Brighton Public Library, 40 Academy Hill Rd, Brighton
Feat: Al Vega Trio
About a year ago, the Brighton branch reopened after a major (and green) renovation. There will be refreshments, raffles, and probably a lot of holiday music from the amazing Al Vega with a guest vocalist..
"The Challenge of Growing Inequality": Panel Conversation
at JFK Jr Forum, Littauer Bldg, 79 JFK St, Cambridge (Harvard Kennedy School)
Feat: Kathy Edin, Edward Glaeser, Lawrence F. Katz, David Ellwood
If the Occupy movement has done anything, I have to believe that at the very least they have inspired more conversations about inequality in society.
Economics and Public Policy professors will discuss tonight -- and likely provide good talking points for you when at the dinner table/bar/demonstration/etc.
"MGH at 200: Commemorating & Interpreting Medical Innovations": Lecture
at Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
Can you believe Massachusetts General Hospital has been operating for 200 years? There' are a lot of historical achievements to cover in tonight's lecture as well as 2 noontime sessions in following weeks.
"Traffic Jam": BITAHR Benefit Concert
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$10 advance / $15 night of show
Feat: Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections (9:50pm), Christie Prince Band (8:50pm), Leagues (8pm)
It looks like you can still get advance tickets to a benefit gig that starts with a mystery band that I've only ever found one mathy/proggy song online. Afterwards, you should expect to hear some female vocalists leading their bands with melody and grrl power.
All proceeds benefit the Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights that focuses on protecting women and children from sex trafficking/prostitution. (I hope people that agree with forced sex work don't read my blog.)
8pm to 1am
Pretty Things' 3rd Birthday Party
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
Feat: Viva Viva, No Way Jose, DJ John Funke
Not only do Pretty Things make many tasty beers, they have some of the loveliest labels out there. They are also a small group of local folks who currently use a facility in Westport.
You're going to hear some killer rock and blues while getting a chance to drink some great beer including a couple batches of their special reproductions of early 20th cent. formulae.
The beer won't be free, but I'm guessing you can wangle a few more samples...