Do most people watch Conan O'Brien on the web instead of TV? The seats at the JFK Library are full, but there's a live webcast of his conversation on comedy at 6pm.
For the record:
You might've seen the Faneuil Hall Street Performers Festival on the CTB Calendar (and other sites), but I've confirmed it's NOT happening this weekend as has been the case in the past.
You can bet there will be various performers everyday the weather cooperates, but the cavalcade will probably happen at the end of summer.
6pm to 8pm
Shakespeare & Leadership: "Coriolanus" Reading & Discussion
at Cutler Majestic Theater, 219 Tremont St, Boston (Theatre District)
Feat: Paul Grogan (The Boston Foundation), Richard Holbrook (Eastern Bank), Chris Mayer, (The Boston Globe), James E. Rooney (MA Convention Center Authority), Jim Roosevelt (Tufts Health Plan), Phyllis R. Yale (Bain & Co.)
Local big shots are recruited to perform a staged Shakespeare reading presented by the Boston Chapter of the Federalist Society, Commonwealth Shakespeare, and others.
"Coriolanus" is known to be one of the Bard's more difficult plays, but feel free to hear business leaders act it out then discuss how the play relates to their view of power over others.
6pm to 8pm
Community Is Us, "The NAACP Rally for Trayvon Martin": Screening & Discussion
at Grove Hall Public Library, 41 Geneva Ave, Dorchester
Filmmaker Paul Morgan appears to be the creative force behind the community TV program "Community Is Us". There was an NAACP rally for Trayvon Martin last month, and this is a chance to see Morgan's program and discuss the case -- as more information has been made public since then.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Marjorie Williams, "Markets of Paris": Discussion
at French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St, Boston (Back Bay)
Whether you're planning on going to Paris or not, the flea markets are a cool experience that Marjorie Williams might be able to take you there (assisted by your active imagination).
She's doing other readings in the area, but your admission includes a wine reception where you drink the cost of the event.
(This event is presented in English.)
RSVP required: 617-912-0400
Debra Samuels, "My Japanese Table": Food Workshop
at Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St, Boston (Back Bay)
One may think they know about Japanese cuisine, but food writer Debra Samuels lived there for over 10 years. Tonight's presentation may be geared for a wide audience, however Jamie Bissonette made tripe soup when he appeared at Trident last year.
You might see anything from her book, "My Japanese Table: A Lifetime of Cooking with Friends and Family".
Birds of Play, Josh Lederman & The CSAR's
at Sally O'Brien's, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
I've heard James Christensen, one of the Birds of Play, on his own where the vibe is decidedly more folky. While it's not a balls-to-the-wall affair, this project rocks with the volume at a reasonable level. Friends of BoP, Josh Lederman & The CSAR's will likely kick up a rootsy racket.
You Can Be A Wesley, Magic Magic, Beast Make Bomb, Night Fruit
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 18+
This might be the 2nd time that You Can Be A Wesley has taken a hiatus, and that may have lasted a year or so. If you've been thinking about seeing them, this could be your last to dig their sunny indie-rock for a while. They're joined by musical compadres including the chamber-pop/psych-rockers Magic Magic. Night Fruit is growing on me, and Brooklyn's Beast Make Bomb sounds pretty good.