FYI: Cheap stuff through Friday is on the calendar.
Carl Zimmer, "Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed": Talk & Booksigning
at Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)
Since there was the free tattoo promo last week, let's give some time to the free science tattoo presentation.
Zimmer's book, "Science Ink," compiles hundreds of photos of science-related tattoos then touch upon the science related to the image. I expect there will be slides, and I'm willing to guess someone in the crowd will lift their shirt to reveal a Periodic Table on their back...
There should be free parking in the garage at 52 Oxford Street.
"Troop 1500": Screening & Panel Discussion
at City Year Headquarters, 287 Columbus Ave, Boston (Back Bay)
Wow, this seems like one of those documentaries that can pull on your heart especially around the holidays.
What separates Troop 1500 from other Girl Scout troops is that all of their mothers are serving time at Hilltop Prison in Gatesville, TX.
One probably doesn't often think about the families of female prisoners, but it's another aspect of crime victims and how the US prison system affects people on the outside.
Pirate! Holiday Party
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
FREE / 21+
Feat: The Poison Oaks, Streight Angular, Goodbyemotel
Music promotion company Pirate! Has put together a rockin' little holiday party, that would be worth paying a cover charge.
Last month I heard The Poison Oaks for the first time, and it's hard not to love this folk-pop project led by singer-fiddler Laura Cortese -- unless you hate melodies, The Beatles, and stuff like that.
When Streight Angular hit the stage, they already look like a party. Then they bust out fun, rambunctious indie-rock to bring the good times (or maybe the good times follows them around).
As a post-punk/dark-wave cherry on top, Goodbyemotel has moved from Melbourne to Brooklyn for about a year to record an album and play some gigs. It's good stuff from what I've heard, and you might be hearing a hip band before your friends do. (Oh, they've already heard of them? Talk about how you hung out with the band.)
I imagine there's even a chance of getting a free beer...