Okay, it was more researching than writing last night, but here we go...
FREE Burger Alert!
On THUR 8/23, the "Ultimate Baconator Challenge" is hitting City Hall Plaza from 11am to 4pm. The bacon-related fun will include a free Son of Baconator and Wendy’s Frosty while supplies last.
Although I don't have a good link for the event, I've been in touch with the PR lady, and I believe it's really happening.
6pm to 8pm
"Grand Paris: The President and the Architect": Screening
at BSA Space, Suite 200, 290 Congress St, Boston (near South Station/Fort Point)
FREE w/ RSVP
6pm -- ReceptionFrance's President Sarkozy initiated a project to bring Paris into the future, and it seems to have been welcomed by most. The documentary focuses on one of the 10 architects who would make proposals.
7pm -- Screening
PS: Now that Sarkozy is out of office, it looks like the rand plan will be implemented as bits and pieces.
at Titus Sparrow Park, 200 W. Newton St, Boston (South End)
There may not be another mandolinist that plays with more rock 'n roll sensibility than Jimmy Ryan. If they do, Jimmy is still way better.
There is still more music in this park for a couple more weeks -- and they had strong schedule this year.
8pm to 11pm
at Smoken' Joe's BBQ, 351 Washington St, Brighton (Brighton Center)
Blues harp man Rockin’ Jake left New England more than 20 years ago to immerse himself in New Orleans, and he's thrived as one of the best on the national scene.
Swerve IV: Viva Viva, Shelterbelt
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5 / 21+
Feat: DJ El Poser, DJ Amadeezy
I refuse to believe that Shelterbelt is leaving Boston. (Was it something I said?) Anyway you can fare them well as they take their twangy-indie away.
There will be dancing when they and Viva aren't rocking.
Jack Grisham's Lost Soul, The FU's, Give Up!, Mercy Case
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$10 / 21+
Jack Grisham is the reason to go to O'Brien's tonight (and the Boston punks joining him). He is on tour singing the songs of his old bands TSOL and The Joykiller. Grisham also released a memoir last year.
I don't care about The Joykiller, True Sounds of Liberty is one of the great hardcore bands. Someone will see this and seriously consider talking his spouse into letting him stay out late tonight.
Dirty Dishes, Ghost Box Orchestra, Grass Is Green, Speedy Ortiz
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 18+
For all the suckers for sweet female vocals over loud, fuzzy, 'gazey indie-rock; then it doesn't get much better than Dirty Dishes and Speedy Ortiz on the same bill. There's more noisy, angular fun with Grass Is Green; and Ghost Box Orchestra constructs their songs in such a way that you don't miss the vocals.