If you're going to cook dinner tonight (a quite reasonable endeavor for your wallet), think about throwing in wine to celebrate what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday.
Cheapness through Saturday on the calendar.
Irini Rockwell, "Natural Brilliance: A Buddhist System for Uncovering Your Strengths and Letting Them Shine": Discussion
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
The idea of non-attachment may be one of the sticking points for many people who can't give up everything to study at an ashram. So "Natural Brilliance" intends to presents the Buddhist tenets as a way to be a more prudctive person in one's personal and professional life.
Landmarks Festival at the Shell: Longwood Symphony
at Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St, Boston (Back Bay)
Mozart, "Don Giovanni: Overture"These Landmarks Orchestra concerts are usually at the Hatch Shell; let's be honest and say it's very likely going to be held at the rain location.
Mozart, "Piano Concerto No. 21"
Mozart, "Symphony No. 41, Jupiter"
The normal orchestra isn't even performing tonight as the Longwood Symphony Orchestra steps in for an all-Mozart program along with young musicians from the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts.
Do not fear if there's a medical emergency in the auditorium, because the LSO mainly consist health-care professionals (who presumably work in the Longwood area).
Storyliars: "Dear Mr Belvedere: An Erotic Fan-Fiction Throwdown"
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE, but donations accepted / 21+
Feat: Christopher Braiotta, Katie McCarthy, Brendon Thomas Crowley, Rob Crean, Walter Cornelius, Will Smalley, Laura Crawford, Tim Vargulish, Chris Coxen, Michael & Noel, Belle Gunz, more
It's a departure from the usual format where the comedians et al. tell stories and the crowd guesses the one false story. What a departure it is!
Since it's a throwdown, the crowd will probably vote on the best/most ridiculous piece of erotic fanfic. Will we hear about Sherlock/Watson tryst or a Flinstones orgy? Maybe Buffy the Vampire Slayer confronts Edward and Bella with a less than fatal outcome?
It could be weird, and there will be surprises.
"Rock Therapy" w/ Brendan Boogie: The August Sessions
at Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)
Feat: Walter Sickert, Dave Mirabella (The Rationales)
When he is not rocking out, I know Mr. Boogie does something help people with issues in their lives. Putting on his 'Doctor Boogie' hat on a monthly basis, some local musicians get on the figurative couch for conversation, analysis, and (of course) music.
It will be interesting to hear if he will penetrate the mystery behind Walter Sickert. If I don't go I will listen to the streaming audio to find out if that is really his given name.
"Champion Of Champions": Pub Trivia
at Middle East - Corner, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
I still haven't experienced the interactive trivia fun of C.O.C. yet, but it sounds like they bring the concept up a notch. (Combining elements that are reminiscent of Dicecapades and Cranium?)
It usually happens at the Middle East Corner on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
While the video promo for tonight isn't fall-down hilarious, you can tell these guys have a dry wit suitable for highly competitive trivia.
Members of Morphine & Jeremy Lyons
at Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge (near Inman & Kendall Sq)
Sax-man Dana Colley and drummer Jerome Deupree revive the "low-rock" sound they pioneered in Morphine with New Orleans blues-guitar ex-pat Jeremy Lyons. It's not like seeing Mark Sandman, but it's still pretty damn good especially whenever Dana Colley is doing his thing.