Monday, February 13, 2012

MON 2/13: Talk, Art, Music, Theatre

Maybe you want to protest the MBTA's proposed service cuts & fare hikes... Or maybe you want have a few free slugs of booze... Maybe both or maybe something below...


MON 2/13

Nancy Harmon Jenkins, "Stop Wait! What's in that Bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil?"
at Demo Room #117, Fuller Bldg, 808 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

Attention, foodies! Lately there's been talk about the shady world of olive oil production, and food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins will likely distill it to a digestible size. There will be some oil tasting at the end.

MON 2/13

7pm to 9:30pm
"Rural Ireland": Opening Reception
at McMullen Museum of Art, Devlin Hall, 140 Comm Ave, Chestnut Hill (BC campus)

I think the preview for this exhibit was the first 'guest post' on CTB.

It seems it would be interesting to get a glimpse into the lives of Ireland's lower-class in and around the time of the "Potato Famine". The faces in these paintings are the friends & family of those who landed in New York and Boston.

MON 2/13

7pm to 9pm
"Love, InshAllah": Discussion
at Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall, 5 Harvard Yard, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

The subtitle of this book is "The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women". This seems like a fascinating, because this is a segment of the population that many probably stereotype (perhaps subconsciously).

The editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi will discuss the myriad stories with Harvard's Kathryn Coughlin.

MON 2/13

Vicky Chow, "Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano"
at Killian Hall, Hayden Library, 160 Memorial Dr, Cambridge (MIT campus)

When I listen to avant-garde music, John Cage is one of my favorites. Sometimes the concepts and the process is more satisfying than the actual music, but his music usually stands well -- and I think you can feel the intention.

Not sure if I've heard "Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano". Supposedly Indian philosophy had a strong influence on the hour-long collection.

MON 2/13

New Works Series: "SUDZ!"
at Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

The monthly free series offers a workshop from a local theatre group that's described as:

...all the camp, drama, shoulder pads, and improbability from your favorite daytime and prime time soap operas [brought] live to the stage.
Should be good for some laughs.

MON 2/13

The White Owls (8pm), Andrea Gillis Band (10pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Like I said last month: You're getting two great bar bands that go great together. Dennis Brennan captains a kick-ass team of players through blues classics and hidden gems. Andrea Gillis is the big, soulful voice in front of her punky band.

The White Owls have been Monday night regulars for a while, but Andrea Gillis Band's run may end in a couple weeks.

MON 2/13

Screaming Females, Parasol, Modern Hut
at Lorem Ipsum Books, 1299 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
$5 to $7 suggested donation

The cool thing is that punky/poppy bands are playing in a bookstore. Screaming Females from NJ rock out with a diminutive female singer-guitarist who has a good scream, so the name fits. She also plays in Modern Hut that makes a rickety-rockety (and it's led by one of the dudes from For Science -- if you're hipper than me). Local twee-ish poppers Parasol are also on board.

Your donation will go to the bands for expenses.

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