Friday, May 02, 2008

FRI 5/2 & SAT 5/3: Some Stuff... (updated)

The Great Bandini
Lots of things going on with me. As the Texas Tornados said, "A little bit is better than nada..."


FRI 5/2

The Great Bandini (11:45pm), Cyanide Valentine (10:45pm), Miskatonic (9:45pm), The Hammond Group (9pm)
at Abbey Lounge, 3 Beacon St, Somerville (Inman Sq)

Almost champ-rock from The Great Bandini, and other good stuff.

FRI 5/2

Froy Aagre Quartet
at Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)

Norwegian jazz.

FRI 5/2

5pm to 8pm
Night at the Museum
at Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)

Watch for flaming manholes...

FRI 5/2

The Music of Bob Marley
at David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St, Boston (Berklee / Back Bay)

Do I really need to say anything?

FRI 5/2

Tom Brosseau, Mieka Pauley
at Semel Theatre, 10 Boylston Pl, Boston (Emerson College)

Really. Top folk free.

FRI 5/2

Augusten Burroughs, "A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father": Reading
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

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SAT 5/3

Noon to 7pm
New England Real Ale Exhibition
at VFW George Dilboy Post, 371 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

Think about it this way: You can have TEN 10oz beers for $30 ($5 + 10 x $2.50)... I assume you don't have to tip... Just keeping going to the next station...

This year, we are making a special effort to ensure a pleasant, pub-like atmosphere for all sessions.

As in 2007, we will offer about 80 firkins of Real Ale. Half will be U.K. beers from England, Scotland, and Wales; half will be American beers from New England. All the beers are cask-conditioned, served by gravity or hand-pump. As always, there will be new casks tapped every day, with special British beers reserved for Saturday. We encourage you to attend the "off-peak" sessions on Wednesday and Saturday.

This year we trying an experiment this year with a single Saturday afternoon / early evening session.

Cash Bar Prices
Imperial Pint (20 oz) $5.00
Half Pint (10 oz) $2.50
Quarter Pint (5 oz) $1.50
SAT 5/3

All Day
Museum Visits for BofA customers
At Participating Museums

The three closest participating museums are:

* Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston (The Fens)
* Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)
* DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln
These are also three of the best museums in the area. Present you Bofa ATM or credit card for free admission.

It's that easy.

SAT 5/3

Nerd Nite w/ Varsity Drag, Conservative Man, In Flight Radio
at Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St. in JP
Maybe Free

Nerd Nite has returned, and there are three excellent bands after the "nerd presentations". I was told it would be free, but the bands would be worth a few bucks -- I'm partial to Varsity Drag -- and should start around 10pm. Get there early and drink a lot...

Alyson Dame: "Payback's a Bitch"
Harvard Divinity School student Alyson Dame recaps the goriest highlights of revenge, Old Testament style.
Dan Michaelson (Yale School of Art), "A Secret Life of Machines"
"A secret life of machines: What goes on when you request a web page":
When you type an address into your web browser, a series of invisible requests and responses ping across the internet, so that your page can be constructed and presented to you. Much of this hidden conversation
between machines takes place in English even though you never see or hear it. In this talk we'll request a web page and then we'll listen in to the network as machines build it for us step by step.
10pm: Let it rock!

SAT 5/3

Various Times
Free Comic Book Day
at Participating (Cool) Stores

Pick up a free comic book, or take a kid you know to the comic book store. (It's mainly good writing & artwork these days -- and considering other things they could be doing, reading comic books is good behavior.)

According to the website, these are some participating shops:

* Newbury Comics (Govt Center, Back Bay, Alewife)
* New England Comics (Coolidge Corner, Allston, Harvard Sq)
* Hub Comics (Union Sq)
* Comicopia (Kenmore Sq)
* Million Year Picnic (Harvard Sq)

SAT 5/3

8pm to 11pm
Annual DanceMonth Kickoff Party
at The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$1 Suggested Donation

Dance to a live band. There's a non-alcoholic cash "barre" and some food seems to be provided. Maybe buy some raffle tickets to win a prize (and support the annual dance festivities).

SAT 5/3

WZBC 35th Anniversary Party
Feat: No Age (12:15am), Neptune (11:15pm), Big Digits (10:15pm), The Big Disappointments (9:15pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

I think No Age are f---ing rocktastic. You can enjoy it if you go with an open mind, but you really should be ready to succumb to their awesomeness. The singing drummer sometimes even drums with one hand while he holds the microphone.

SAT 5/3 and SUN 5/4

Noon to 6pm
Somerville Open Studios '08: "The First Decade”
throughout Somerville

Somerville is an art haven! After 10 years of sharing art (and cheese & wine), it's always bigger and bigger. See the work of about 350 artists in more than 100 locations. Trolleys will do a 14-stop route around Somerville (approx. 15 minute intervals) if you don't feel like walking... (Map & trolley schedule available here, but you might find them in various spots and on the trolleys.)

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