Saturday, November 17, 2012

SAT 11/17: Day Cheapness

Okay, there is cheapness for Saturday and Sunday on the calendar. Stay tuned for further updates...


SAT 11/17 (and SUN 11/18)

9am to 5pm
TEDxBeaconStreet 2012
at Lincoln School, 19 Kennard Rd, Brookline (near Brookline Hills/Reservoir)
FREE w/ Registration

An offshoot of TED's sharing of knowledge and ideas from various speakers is the TEDx program where communities are encouraged to hold their own sessions. Thank goodness that the Net has more than porn and lolzcats!

There are sessions from a variety of speakers with an emphasis on youthful contributors as you might expect from a school location. If you see an appealing set of speakers, it looks like registration is still open.

SAT 11/17

10am to 4pm
Lynn Open Studios
at/around Lynn Museum & Historical Society, 590 Washington St, Lynn

My theory is that great art can be found where the rent is cheap. Let's not paint Lynn with the broad brush, but few really WANT to live in Lynn -- but perhaps many people do. This is a great chance to discover the unseen coolness of Lynn (instead of just racing there for another drink before last call).

One could put their faith in LynnHappens and start at the Lynn Museum, and most of the other locations are nearby. I'd walk through the Pinkham Building studios for a bit before checking out some of the group-exhibition spaces.

SAT 11/17 (and SUN 11/18)

Noon to 6pm
Annual Open Studios
at Brickbottom Studios, 1 Fitchburg St, Somerville (near Twin City Plaza)
at Joy Street Studios, 86 Joy St, Somerville (near Union Sq)

About 50 to 60 artists in each of the studios will open their doors to show you their stuff. Expect to see a wide variety of styles and media. My theory is that the art is more creative when the studio location is grimy and unpleasant.

The 2 buildings are only a couple blocks away. It might be easier to approach from Union Square, but there are (easy-to-miss) stairs if you take the train to Lechmere and walk over the bridge.

SAT 11/17

5:30pm to 10pm
"Blink!" Launch
at Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, 1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston

Rarely do I encourage people to specifically see something happening at Faneuil Hall. This is not one of of those rare occasions.

While I can understand making holiday plans in advance, it's too early to begin the conspicuous consumerism in my book. Some of you may be ready to see the Xmas tree lighting, and I'm pretty sure I've seen the surrounding trees do a little light show in previous years.

(Hey, now it's energy-efficient LED lights! Celebrating the season has never been so impactful since the druids and wiccans, et cetera danced around the living trees.)

There is entertainment all day long such as live classical and pop music. Jerod Mayo is going to show up at some point -- probably at the 5:30pm official kickoff program.

SAT 11/17

7pm, 9pm
"Pretty Sweet": Screenings
at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W Newton St, Boston (South End)

Put your baseball hat on backwards, pull your shorts halfway down, and RSVP to see the Boston premiere of some gnarly skateboarding videos.

Actually "Pretty Sweet" has taken 3 years to compile, so it better be really good. A photography exhibit from the making of it will be on display.

The cool part is that skate pro Kenny Anderson and Girl/Chocolate photographer Ben Colen will be on hand for the fun.

If you send an RSVP email, tell them which screening you'd like to attend.

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