Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WED 4/18: Words, Music & Sox Balloons

If you see a balloon today with no owner, grab it to see if it has Red Sox tickets inside!

The Sox are randomly placing 100 balloons in neighborhoods around Boston to coincide with their 100th anniversary between 7:30am and 3:30pm.

It's possible that it might have the above logo on it, so don't just look for the standard "B".

Actually, you should pop any possible balloon...

Even if you don't find a balloon, you can walk around Fenway Park for free from 9am to 7pm on Thursday.


WED 4/18

6pm to 8pm
David Lemon, "Changing Traditions: Adobe's Work to Preserve, Revive, and Enhance the Legacy of Type": Annual Dwiggins Lecture
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

For typography lovers, it's time for the annual lecture on design of literary relevance. Adobe's Senior Manager of Type Development is making an appearance who will likely be joined by some colleagues.

WED 4/18

"Liberty’s Vigil, The Occupy Anthology: 99 Poets among the 99%": Reading
at Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge (near Star Market)

Feat: Fred Marchant, Alice Weiss, Anne Whitehouse

Are poets trying to cash in on the Occupy movement? Do people who want to 'cash in' become poets?

Three of the 99 poets who were inspired by the activism of the last year will appear and share their work.

WED 4/18

7:30pm to 10pm
"Rock Therapy" with Gene Dante, Al Polk
at Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)

The dirty little secret about rockers all over town is that they have day jobs -- accomplishing many things besides singing and playing.

I seem to recall that Mr. Boogie is the type of guy who does help people with issues in their lives, and I suspect he'll delve deep into the real Gene and Al. There should be some performances after the talk show.

(Beer and wine will be available.)

WED 4/18

NEC Philharmonia + Hugh Wolff
at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston (New England Conservatory/Fenway)

Ravel, "Une barque sur l'ocean"
Barber, "Cello Concerto"
Brahms, "Symphony No. 2, Op. 73, in D Major"
Along with the simply talented students that comprise the Conservatory's philharmonic ensemble, cellist and NEC string concerto competition winner Christine Lamprea will be featured on Barber's "Cello Concerto".

WED 4/18

Storyliars: "Fame"
at Milky Way Lounge/Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)

There's a different theme every month upon which a group of (mainly) comedians each tell a story. All of them are true except for one, and the audience members can win a prize by deducing -- or guessing -- correctly.

WED 4/18

The Dennis Brennan Band
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$7 advance / $10 door

Of course there's a chance that the Dennis Brennan Band might play every Wednesday in May as well -- or that Brennan and the bluesy White Owls will maintain their Monday gig at Toad -- but you never know.

Expect to hear DB and the crack musicians to play two sets of rootsy-rock with gusto and verve. Great songwriting combined with top-notch playing. This guy keeps getting better over the years and doesn't seem to slow down.

WED 4/18

Members of Morphine with Jeremy Lyons
at Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge (near Inman & Kendall Sq)

They used to call themselves the "Elastic Waste Band", but there was no reason to keep the secret this group is basically two-thirds of Morphine -- and they nail the old stuff really damn well.

New Orleans guitarist Jeremy Lyons is no Sandman, but he balances reviving the vocals and being himself.

If you can't make it tonight, then you can find them here on most Wednesday nights.

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