I'm not Jewish, 3pm seems a little early in the day to 'light the first candle' of the Boston Common menorah...?
8pm to 10pm
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
This has to be the "Pick of the Week" for people with seasonal affective disorder!
There are regular hula lessons down in Cranston, RI, where you can study with someone who learned in Hawaii and has been sharing her knowledge for a couple decades.
No one has to get up and join in, but you really want to learn a few moves. Don't you? Still it might be amusing to ask up the tunes and culture after a tropical storm has passed through town.
8pm to 11pm
at Yes.Oui.Si. Space, 19 Vancouver St, Boston (between MFA & MassArt)
As a fan of Surrealism (and surrealism in general), it's natural to also appreciate the Dadaist, experimental Fluxus movement that began in the '60s and often includes elements chance/randomness and absurdity in the art and performances.
Personally, I think it's cool that Yoko Ono was deep in the Fluxus scene when she met John Lennon. Beck also grew up around his Fluxus grandfather.
Tonight, there will be some Fluxus musical performances, poetry, and other artistic yuletide strangeness. One fellow is going to lie naked on the floor while others drop presents on him.
Yes, that is one of the scheduled activities...
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
Feat: Nirvana set (11pm), The Days Weight (10pm), The Lousy Instruments (9pm), Paul Clark (8:30pm)
Dang, it sucks to remember when Nirvana's "Nevermind" first came out -- when you realize this is the 20th anniversary of the album. They really did change the music world for a while, and they're probably my favorite band of the '90s.
After a comedian kick things off and The Days Weight & The Lousy Instruments do their folk-rock and rock-rock things, some of the musicians will constitute a 'house band'. Members of other bands such as The Motivated Sequence, The Blue Moves, The Fat Creeps, and others will get up to do a Nirvana nugget(s).
Patrick of The Days Weight told me, "I'm sort of hoping for some spontaneity and random performances as well."
So think about it, Cobain fanatics...