Hey, I guess there are some things to do with your father below. Or without him if you want to make an excuse to leave right after lunch/dinner...
11am to 4pm
4th Annual Waltham Riverfest
at Various Locations near Waltham Common
The same body of water that runs past the Cambridge River Fest also passes through Waltham. Over 3 days, the Waltham Common/Moody Street area will be teeming with music, dance, arts, culture, vendors, etc.
As a former resident, it's not so bad to grab a meal, stroll along the Moody storefronts, then grab an ice cream at Lizzy's. All the other diversions of the weekend make it more interesting if you're in the area.
I didn't see any bands that particularly excited me today, there is a PDF program/schedule.
Keep an eye out for people selling wristbands ($5). They grant you discounts to a bunch of restaurants/stores (such as Margaritas, Tempo, Watch City Brewery, Tom Can Cook, Gourmet Pottery, Stadium Bar) where you can save more than $5.
Noon to 6pm
4th Annual Chelsea Art Walk
around Chelsea [PDF map]
Some of my few Chelsea experiences are watching "Cyrano" in a park and talking to an artist who claiming how vibrant the art scene is in Chelsea yet no one ventures over there.
Why not venture? This is 'off the beaten path' just like the Common Boston folks above.
Several buses take you over as well as a parking location on their map, and it is an easy walk that doesn't stray too much from Broadway to 9 locations including the historic Bellingham-Cary House. You might see some dedicated shuttle buses too.
The Dr. Seuss Project (4pm), Pollard Middle School Jazz Combo (3pm
at The Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
$10 / All Ages
The Dr. Seuss Project was more intriguing on first glance when I assumed that the original jazz compositions would also include someone reciting the the Doctor's sublime poetry of "Cat In The Hat", "Green Eggs and Ham", "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish", "Yertle The Turtle" and so on.
Feel free to whisper along. Maybe the crowd will consist of parents and the like.
"Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice": Cage, Wolff
at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston (New England Conservatory/Fenway)
Cage, "Music of Changes", "Winter Music"If one is going to listen to avant-garde music, John Cage is always a good bet, because there is thought and theory to the compositions even when chance and probability are involved. One of those pieces is "Music of Changes" that's based on the prognostication system, I Ching.
Wolff, "Sonata (for three pianos)"
Over the next 3 days there are programs that consist of compositions by Cage and his friend Christian Wolff, who is the program's composer-in-residence this year.
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
Take your pop for a couple pops!? Maybe Dad likes good, ol'-fashioned country music with a heap of nudge-wink witty lyrics. Last year, Sludge released a kick-ass country CD with a good dose of wit called "Too Drunk To Truck", and the songs go from there.
Unlike most gigs at Radio, kids are allowed to be there when accompanied by adult. And Roy is here most Sunday afternoons.
Camden, Such Hounds, Wailin’ Storms, Astronomer
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$6 / 21+
Other than Astronomer who rock pretty hard 'n heavy (going on first? last?), it's a rather poppy line-up of indie-rock despite the aggressive names from the NYC bands: Such Hounds and Wailin’ Storms. Maybe the recordings are deceiving, but that's my take.