The vernal equinox hasn't happened yet, and any patches of snow should be puddles by the end of today. I wish all a good day with time spent outdoors.
Psst, Thursday cheapness on the calendar.
"Inside Job": Screening
at Room 100, Austin Hall North, about 1511 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Law School)
Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig introduces a documentary that will probably remind you how pissed off you were after the 2008 financial crisis.
RSVP recommended. Refreshments will be available.
If you want more, the director Charles Ferguson is going to give a lecture about "Ethics, Governance, and National Economic Performance" on THUR 3/8 at 5:30pm.
6pm to 8pm
BSSC Apres Ski Party
at The Lansdowne Pub, 9 Lansdowne St, Boston (Kenmore Sq)
I haven't been to either of the previous events. If you're thinking about doing a ski trip with BSSC or want to hang out with ski & snowboard types, than you'll get back some of your cover charge from the free Narragansett beer and 'light appetizers'.
It sounds like you can just show, but registering ahead of time offers a free raffle ticket for a bunch of prizes.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
"ponge.pebble.paint": Opening Reception
at French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St, Boston (Back Bay)
While these paintings don't move me, you may like the paintings inspired by a particular poem ("The Pebble") of Frenchman Francis Ponge. I generally enjoy free events in this building, because I feel fancy without having to spend any money...
7pm to 10pm
"Wiretap Wednesday": Open Stage
at Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)
7pm -- Sign up / social timeAs expected, singer-songwriters dominated the first night of a new monthly open-stage night organized by Mike & Sophia who are behind Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling and many other cool projects.
7:30pm -- Open stage begins
8:30pm -- Feature performer: Ian Fitzgerald
9pm -- Open stage resumes
However any performer is given 5 minutes to present their best material. Let's see comedians, magicians, plate-spinners, and spoon-slappers! (Spoon-slappers, please don't use your full 5 minutes.)
"Austin T Party Preview"
at Good Life, 28 Kingston St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
FREE / 21+
Feat: In Like Lions, New Highway Hymnal, Bearstronaut, Viva Viva
There have been a couple pre-SXSW shows for Boston bands. I especially encourage checking out the free ones, because it's a chance to see some of the better acts in town who ideally are playing at a high level.
As unlikely as it can be, one of these bands could create a big buzz. I'd guess Viva Viva, but who knows...
The Fedavees: Release Party w/ Colleen Green
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5 suggested donation
Although The Fedavees started out as a one-man bedroom project of fuzzy ambience, the new 7" rocks out with a nastier fuzz. Colleen Green's noisy pop blends really well, so it should be a killer show.
Triple Thick (Light), Elias James, aCruestic
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+
So there's Triple Thick doing a stripped-down version of their dirty-garage goodness and their former bassist Elias James doing his own thing. I have to say I'm tickled by the idea of Kerri Ann from Apple Betty doing Motley Crue covers as "aCruestic".