Monday, June 09, 2008

MON 6/9: Stay Cool, Read

Or just hang out in the library...

Reading Room, Boston Public Library
One of my favorite ways to beat the heat is to go see a movie. It's not exactly cheap though, even if it's the matinee, although the Somerville Theatre is relatively reasonable. While I can't advocate it -- Ahem! -- I've heard people sometimes sneak into a second showing...

Depending on where you live, you could hang out your local library. They might be open as late as 9pm. (Info for the Boston Public Library system & Minuteman Library network.)

I like library option, because it's quiet(relaxing), there's plenty of information around to inform/entertain you, and they won't give you a hard time about loitering for a few hours. (One time in the North End library, I swear there was a fully-dressed clown loudly talking to his mother on his cell phone about his desparate need for money.)

If you want to see a movie for free you could go to the Central Library (Copley Sq). There's a 'wedding-themed' movie playing every Monday in June. Tonight is "The Wedding Singer" at 6pm, downstairs in Rabb Hall.

Perhaps I'll have some other cheap ways to beat the heat forthcoming, but that one was off the top of my head. The Commonwealth has a list of tips to stay cool.

Other stuff from the Weekly List:

MON 6/9

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Capoeira Gerais Open House
at Boston Ultimate Fitness / Nam Pai Academy, 7th Fl, 33 Harrison Ave, Boston (Chinatown)

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art whose fluid movements look like a graceful, acrobatic dance. Those people gathered as circle in the park? That might be a capoeira practice... Martial arts + dance = good exercise. You can give it a try for an hour, and see if you have what it takes! (I'm guessing IT = time + money + effort.)

NOTE: "Make sure to wear or bring comfortable clothing and sneakers. A TOWEL and WATER strongly recommended, because you are going to sweat! (If you forget the water, there are vending machines and a water fountain at the gym.)"

MON 6/9

Ten Foot Polecats
at Abbey Lounge, 3 Beacon St, Somerville (Inman Sq)

Gritty, minimalist, electrified North Mississippi Blues in the vein of R.L. Burnside and the Fat Possum collective. Pretty good for some guys from Boston.

MON 6/9

Keys to the Streets of Fear, DJ Nick Sinista, History & Math
at ZuZu!, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

I assume my quiet disappointment about the end of live performances at ZuZu sounded like a mighty roar to them, because bands have been playing again regularly on Mondays. Keys to the Streets of Fear are bringing their bluesy psych-rock weirdness and some friends to this cool little room every Monday in June.

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