Thursday, June 28, 2012

THUR 6/28: Books, Beer, Opera, Rock

It's Boston Harborfest time again, and plenty of free/cheap diversions are ahead in the next week. See below for some of my thoughts.

The post below that is a reminder that Somerville is shooting fireworks tonight, and some communities are launching the rockets' red glare (and other colors) on TUES 7/3.

At the Brattle, "Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story" is still screening through SUN 7/1. Wait long enough, and an extended 2-disc DVD will be available.

In case you didn't notice: Yes, I did finally cough up a few bucks and bought a proper domain name. Onward and upward!

More cheapness to come...


THUR 6/28

Leigh Belanger & Rolando Rebledo, "Boston Homegrown Cookbook": Cooking Demo
at Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St, Boston (Back Bay)

If you're going to write a cookbook emphasizing locally grown food, it makes sense to feature Boston chefs matched with specific regional purveyors then divide the recipes by the 4 seasons for 28 recipes to cook like a pro all year round..

Since it's summertime, Rolando Rebledo of Clover Food Lab joins editor Leigh Belanger for a discussion and demonstration. He contributed a salad with wheat berries(?), strawberries, and balsamic vinegar. Sounds like a nice evening starter.

THUR 6/28

7pm to 8pm
Michael Mann, 'The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines": Discussion/Signing
at Harvard Coop, Level 3, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Remember the 'hockey stick' graph made famous in Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth"? It's not a simple, cut and dry study. Professor Mann discusses his research and the attempts to discredit the validity of data pointing towards man-made climate change.

THUR 6/28

Beverly Ford & Stephanie Schorow, "The Boston Mob Guide": Reading
at Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge (near Shaws Market)

The Whitey Bulger case may actually begin someday. Isn't it time to brush on Boston's organized crime history?

THUR 6/28

8pm to 11pm
The Pairing Project – Vol. II
at Tavern in the Square, 161 Brighton Ave, Allston
FREE w/ RSVP / 21+

It may not be my favorite beer in the world, however Sapporo is going to be the best Japanese beer for the price that includes a variety of bites. The RSVP still seems to be open, and you might win a pair of tickets to a Sox game or a skateboard in a raffle.

Signing up may cause regular emails from Thrillist.

THUR 6/28 to SAT 6/30

OperaHub: "Michael Ching’s A Midsummer Night's Dream"
at Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston (South End)

Saturday: 2pm & 8pm
Cheers to the OperaHub for presenting 14 innovative -- and free -- opera productions over the last 5 years! ("Goethe Your Hand Off My Heine" is a personal fave for the title alone.)

This weekend is the East Coast premiere of a modern opera version of the Shakespeare classic with a 'voice orchestra' providing the accompaniment for the main vocalists.

I'd try harder to recommend it, but it appears that all the seats have been reserved. Unclaimed seats will be released 10 minutes before show time, so there is a chance to hear a wild retelling somewhere between the original's forest and a college glee club.

THUR 6/28

The Other Girls, Stupidity, Jenny Dee & the Delinquents
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)

The rock party starts earlier than usual. My guess is that has nothing to do with garage-punkers Stupidity being from Sweden. The guys are hosted by The Other Girls who are an all-star team of local ladies (Andrea Gillis and members of Muck & the Mires, Darkbuster, The Marvels, etc) who do a bunch of rock/punk covers just for the heck of it.

It wouldn't hurt to get there early, because there's a small chance that the tremendous girl-group/soul extravaganza that is Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents might even begin earlier than 8pm. This is Friday fun one day early, and you might get home at a decent time. It might even be less than $10 to get in...

THUR 6/28

You Won't, Apollo Run, Rusty Belle, Jeff Beam
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

Everyone sounds good on this bill, but there are 2 incredible standouts. NYC's Apollo Run have a new CD "Here Be Dragons, Volumes 1 & 2" that builds on the diverse, hyper-catchy pop-rock that bowled me from first listen. Fans of Jeff Buckley, Jon Brion, and the like may have a new favorite. Whenever I play You Won't, someone always picks it out and has to ask about the indie-folk outfit; because they have found their own voice in a crowded field. Good stuff!

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