You can tell which descriptions I wrote first, because they are usually more descriptive...
I was trying to be brief so I could save time for the weekend, and the music gigs got the short shrift. Depending on what you're in the mood for, I'd personally be happy at any of the 3 rock gigs.
6pm to 8pm
Darra Goldstein, "Artful Dining: The Orchestration of the Meal"
at Fuller Bldg, Room 117, 808 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
FREE w/ RSVP
I get the feeling this presentation is full. If you want to hear about the fancy eating habits from the Renaissance to the Gilded Age as well as the differences between the French and Russian styles of fine dining.
"Reservations are required by calling 617-353-9852"
Part of the Pepin Lecture Series in Food Studies, Gastronomy, and the Culinary Arts.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Hanneke Cassel Band
at 2101 Comm Ave Bldg, Brighton (BC campus)
Champion fiddler gives a free performance as part of the "Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series". (For kicks, I tried to figure out what that would look like in Gaelic: "Gaeilge Fréamhacha Ceol, Amhrán, Rince, Ceardlann, agus Sraith Léachtaí")
She'll be joined for by cellist Ariel Friedman and guitarist Christopher Lewis in what could be predominantly instrumental tunes.
I didn't know what BC did with the old Boston Cardinal's residence, but you could see by going tonight.
Frances Moore Lappé, "EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want"
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
Have you ever tried to have an in-depth conversation in the wee hours of the night about the environment? These discussions often stumble upon a similar set of what seem like insurmountable obstacles.
The co-founder of the Small Planet Institute intends to overcome some of the common mental blocks that may prevent us from taking action.
Dance Spotlight: An Evening with Boston Ballet
at Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, 685 Comm Ave, Boston
In March, the Boston Ballet is presenting a program of 3 contemporary works they've titled "Play With Fire". You have a chance to preview excerpts from "Sharp Side of Dark", "Bella Figura", and "Rooster".
Clea Simon & Brett Milano, "Tales From the House Band"
at Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge (near Shaw's Market)
A collection of 16 musical short stories include contributions from local authors Clea Simon and Brett Milano (who is one of my favorite music writers, period).
Zip-Tie Handcuffs (Midnight), Ready, Steady… Torpedo! (11pm), The Tenafly Vipers (10pm), Taiwan Typhoon (9pm)
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$8 / 21+
If you're in the mood for a punk/metal mix.
The Blackboard Nails (11:30pm), BrownBoot (10:30pm), The Future Everybody (9:45pm), Animal Talk (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
If you're in the mood for an indie-pop/rock mix.
Camden, The Daily Pravda, Cooling Towers, Paper Snakes
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 18+
If you're in the mood for indie-rock with some glam 'n electro here and there.