It's such a beautiful day, I'm disappointed to offer so many indoor suggestions. So don't pay attention to me. Grab a frisbee and head to the nearest green space!
5pm to Close
Petite Filet Sandwiches
at Morton's The Steakhouse, Bar Area, U.S. Locations
$1 with Facebook Coupon
Jeez, how did I almost miss 'Filet Mignon Day'...?
Morton's seems to be offering a good deal for an after-work snack or casual dinner in the bar area. The bummer is that I don't think this Seaport restaurant has a patio area in its bar.
If you click on the link, they'll email a coupon to print or show to the staff. The $1 Petite Filet Sandwiches probably won't be that big, but you can order up to 4.
Hat tip to Boston on Budget.
Marashetty Seenappa, "Arachnophilia: Adaptation, Survival and Reproduction in the Spider Kingdom": Lecture
at Haller Hall, 24 Oxford St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)
A biologist from Bangalore University will give an illustrated talk about spiders and their amazing evolution. As one would expect extra attention to the Indian varieties which can be quite aggressive.
"Bus Stop": Screening
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death earlier this month, the BPL is showing her films on Mondays in August. From my recollection, "Bus Stop" is one of her better non-comedic roles. I prefer "Some Like it Hot" (MON 8/27).
at St. Peter's Field, 57 Sherman St, Cambridge (near Fresh Pond)
A vintage baseball game was put together during the '94 baseball strike, and it's become an annual event. It's a casual evening of baseball with college players and occasionally a retired pro like Lou Merloni playing in vintage-style uniforms from various teams and eras.
A corporate sponsorship presents the game and will make a charitable donation to the American Red Cross this year. The concession proceeds might benefit the cause too...
It's not a bad idea to bring a blanket or a chair.
MON 8/13 (thru SUN 8/19)
Jean Renoir's "Grand Illusion": 75th Anniversary Restoration
at Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)
$9 / $7 Non-Harvard students, senior citizens
One usually falters when trying to convince someone about the greatness of a movie, but this is one of the masterpieces. Besides being the foundation of every prisoner-of-war movie of the last 75 years, there's a story that examines class issues and nationalism. It wouldn't happen in modern war, but analogies still apply today in other ways.
It also plays at various times Friday through Sunday.
(Yes, it's a French black & white film with subtitles.)
Sultan Bathery, White Pages, Dirty Virgins, Love-Up Time
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$6 / 21+
There are no signs that Sultan Bathery are a band from Italy; with a name that suggest 60's psychedelia and a heavy-reverb early-garage rumble, they could be any band that has a lot of attitude. White Pages and Dirty Virgins will bring local authenticity to the noisy, sloppy garage-punk. It's Love-Up Time's first gig and includes one of the White Pages and the main Bandita.
The Fake Boys, The Marine Electric, The New Warden, TKC
at Charlie's Kitchen, 10 Eliot St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 / 21+
I can't tell you anything about the band TKC, but the rest of the bands get loud and punky that combine great rock sounds of the last 20 years.
If I had to pick, I'd say The Fake Boys are my favorite band on the bill. Start listening there, and you'll probably want to go. Maybe even have some waffle fries...