Tuesday, January 31, 2012

TUES 1/31: Talk, Music, Stories

If you feel like paying your respects to Kevin White, there is a public viewing today from 2pm to 8pm at the Parkman House (next to the State House).

I can't get too excited about this one, but there is a Mardi Gras Pub Crawl around the Faneuil Hall area on SAT 2/25. There is a 2-perso-for-$20 deal if you sign up through today. When I see "Coors Light drink specials at each venue", the beer snob in me takes over -- but feel free to go and have a good time!


TUES 1/31

Jodi Kantor, "The Obamas": Reading
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Some of the initial reports claimed Kantor's book portrayed First Lady Michelle Obama as an 'angry black woman'. When Jon Stewart interviewed her a couple weeks ago, he helped her frame it in a more positive light.

Maybe you'll want to make your own judgement in 30 to 45 minutes...

TUES 1/31

Berkee-in-the-Round Tuesdays
at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)

Feat: Scarlet Keys, Byron Noemdoe, Ethan Thompson, and "special guest"

According to a Berklee article, the monthly BITR series is inspired by the in-the-round sessions that are common among Nashville songwriters.

The performers who'll sit together and exchange songs will be associated with the music school in some way, and they're often joined by special guests.

I happened to notice this gig where there will be someone special. If the clues are correct, the artist's name rhymes with "Waula Mole"...

TUES 1/31

7pm to 9pm
MassMouth Story Slam: "College Dayz"
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)

Hosted by Dan "Danger" Dahari & Di "The Yellow Dart" Valentine

Either you have a killer 5-minute story from college or you'd enjoy hearing others rhapsodize about frat parties or streakers in the quad.

Why pay for stories? I assume the money goes to paying for the prize in April's championship which will include a weeklong vacation in Tuscany.

TUES 1/31

Bach Competition Winners Concert
at CFA Concert Hall, 855 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

For the past 12 years, BU's string department holds a competition where students must play unaccompanied Bach pieces from memory (i.e. no sheet music). I haven't been to one of these concerts, but there were 2 performers in 2007.

TUES 1/31

Immigrants, Hex Map, Whorepaint, Floader
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

When you mix hip-hop (such as Immigrants) and proggy/noisy rock (like Hex Map) and punky no-wave (Whorepaint) with experimental electronic grooves (Floader), I have to give a big thumbs up. Go stretch your ears and shake your tail-feather.


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