There happens to be quite a few viable, cheap options at universities with a emphasis on one side of the river today. Sometimes it happens like that, and it's nice to see cheap/free fun in Boston Proper.
I wish I could've accepted an invitation to be on a BU radio show today (a coincidence as far as I know).
Student Discovery Seminar: Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits"
at Gotlieb Archival Research Center, 5th Fl, Mugar Memorial Library, 771 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
Whether or not you watched the movie yesterday, the Gotlieb Archival Research Center has gottened their hands on "original scripts, notes, drawings, photographs, promotional material and memorabilia" for this absurd, dark comedy about a little boy and his larcenous, time-travelling midget companions.
"Jewish and Palestinian Experiences with Israeli Apartheid"
at Room 206, Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary's St, Boston (BU campus)
There are easy answers to the Israel-Palestine issue, but there are no easy answers that the sides can agree upon. So BU Students for Justice in Palestine are concluding their 3rd Annual Israel Apartheid Week.
I didn't verify another event on campus, "Faces of Israel" (7:30pm), is open to the public, but I imagine you'll hear similar -- yet different -- stories.
Billy Collins: Lecture/Reading
at Gasson Hall, 140 Comm Ave, Chestnut Hill (BC campus)
It could be a full house for former US & NY State poet laureate Billy Collins. Supposedly he refuses to publish the poem he wrote for a special session of Congress around the first anniversary of 9/11, so there will never related to a profit. That's the kind of integrity you find among poets. (Poor, under-appreciated lot...)
He rarely reads it either, by the way.
"Orgasm Inc": Screening
at Room 120, Bldg 6, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge (MIT campus)
To begin the 2nd Annual "Women Take the Reel" Film Festival, filmmaker Liz Canner will be in attendance to discuss her insider-access documentary about the company developing the first FDA-approved sexual enhancement drug for women.
THUR 3/1 (thru SAT 3/3)
Wandering Minds "One-Act Festival"
at Room 130, School of Education, 2 Silber Way, Boston (BU campus)
In a similar vein to "20-Minute Musicals", the Wandering Minds troupe is performing 5one-act plays that would be great for the attention-challenged crowd -- some original and some written by Terrence McNally, for example.
"Party Like It’s A Verb": Boston Premiere
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
What seems like an anti-romantic comedy, "Party Like It’s A Verb" spent much of its creative process in the Boston area including many scenes filmed around here. I remember there was a fundraiser dance party in Davis Square a couple years ago.
Why not see the finished product that has already received good notices. The director, producer, and two main actors will be there for a post-film Q&A.
THUR 3/1 (thru SAT 3/3)
at Student Theater at Agganis Arena, 925 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
It must be especially poignant for the college students to perform a play about the 1999 Columbine shootings in a week that we unfortunately saw another disturbed youth shoot people at his high school.
All proceeds go to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.
MySecretBoston & Fort Awesome's SXSW Pre-Party
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 suggested donation
Feat: You Can Be A Wesley, DJ TJ Connelly, 'surprise guests'
MySecretBoston and Fort Awesome are another group that are offering a bit of Boston to Austin.
Besides the rousing indie-rock of YCBAW, two of the bands playing their SXSW party at Six Lounge will be the 'surprise guests'. You can take a look at the bands on the FB invite and guess(mine: The Gilded Splinters and Richard James & the Name Changers), or you can show up and just be a Wesley...
Your donation will go to a SXSW fund that I assume helps the bands with their travel-related expenses.
"99 Nights with the 99 Percent": Book Release Party
at Good Life Bar, 28 Kingston St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
Feat: DJ On & On
Let's just say that writer Chris Faraone is an awesome guy. He writes passionately about hip-hop and local issues at The Phoenix, and he spent months covering the Occupy movement on the streets and in the parks across the country. (Additionally he's always friendly when he sees me.)
Bring some cash to buy the book, then hang out with Chris and friends...