Here’s to starting the week on Tuesday... Happry vernal equinox!
Yeah, my cheap music suggestions are in Union Square tonight (because I wasn't so excited about the free lineup at Church). They're both free, and it's a short walk between Precinct and Sally O'Brien's. I'd even suggest popping into Bull McCabe's for the weird horn funkiness of The Hornitz (10pm).
It's been a while since I've had a burger at McGreevey's, but they should still be as good. It may even taste better when they cost $1 on Tuesdays from 4pm to 11pm. And I hear the PBR is $3 -- you do the math.
6pm to 7:30pm
Visualizing Science: "All In Your Head"
at MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)
Feat: Aude Oliva, James Di Carlo, Antonio Torralba
The first 3 programs of a new discussion series at the MIT Museum will focus on the "visual experience" such as how the brain processes the images retrieved by our eyes.
Since it's MIT, the conversation will also question whether we need fleshy orbs to gather the data -- or a lump of gray matter to interpret & store the information.
Among the MIT professors on the panel is the new department head of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, James DiCarlo.
George Dyson, "Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe": Discussion
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
Tickets available at Harvard Book Store or 617-661-1515
Less an explanation of how Alan Turing who basically came up with the modern computer, "Turing's Cathedral" is about the team at Princeton that brought it to life.
From the interviews I've heard, I can't say it's worth the price of admission. On the other hand, the ticket can be used as a $5 credit at the Harvard Book Store.
Science by the Pint: "Auditory Science"
at Tavern on the Square, 1815 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)
Feat: Dr. David Corey
Wouldn't it be interesting to know how one actually hears things? If the information at Dr. Corey's link above is a bit too technical for you, there are 2 options.
Read a Harvard Magazine article gives a more general view of how the hairs in our ears transfers sound to our brain, or hang out with the man himself and some of his colleagues.
Like the science cafes organized by PBS, grad students at Harvard Medical School leverage their resources to spread knowledge to those interested in stimulating conversation at a bar -- among their other pursuits.
There will be some opening remarks then quite a bit of conversation. And there's a raffle at the end for a Tavern gift certificate.
Kristen Ford Band
at Sally O'Brien's, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
I've seen the Kristen Ford Band a couple times, and I think she's awesome. She has such a strong positive energy that exudes from her and the songs. It might be impossible to dislike her full-throttle folk-rock. You'll either be 1) blown away, 2) thoroughly refreshed, or 3) unswayed yet admiring of the effort.
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
There are quite a few chances to see The Honors whether it's Tuesdays at Precinct or the weeknds at bars near Faneuil Hall. Let's hope the good times keep on going, because these guys whip up some wonderful guitar-based pop that picks influences from Southern California to Northern UK and sprinkles them through a sweet batch of tunes.