Monday, July 21, 2008

MON 7/21: Xmas Free Flicks, Depression-era Arts, Acoustic Music Goodness

Jen Murdza, TT's, 7/21
It's going to be hot, and I think all of the places below have air conditioning -- or beer.


MON 7/21 (and WED 7/23)

"Christmas in July & August"
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

I made a mistake in earlier entries about the rest of July, because I didn't read the 2nd page of the PDF file. Stay cool most Mondays and Wednesdays in July and August on the city's dime for about 2-1/2 hours in the dark, air-conditioned Rabb Hall, downstairs at the Boston Public Library.

Tonight's program includes: a Disney short; a curious one from '56 called "How the Animals Discovered Christmas"; Bonanza dad and original Adm. Adama, Lorne Green, narrates a cartoon called "Little Brown Burro", and the feature-length movie is feel-good flick "Prancer".

On WED 7/23: "Charlie's Christmas Secret" (w/ a young Seth Green), a version of O. Henry's classic "Gift of the Magi", and my favorite Xmas movie "A Christmas Story".

MON 7/21

Susan Quinn,
"Furious Improvisations: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art Out of Desperate Times": Discussion & Screening
at Coolidge Corner Theatre,

Author Susan Quinn looks at the WPA, a federal program that created jobs for millions of Americans in the '30s. Some of those jobs helped those in the Arts, for example some famous names associated with the Federal Theatre Project include Arthur Miller, Orson Welles, Elia Kazan, and John Houseman.

It seems Quinn will present some film footage from the 30's in her presentation tonight, and Howard Zinn will introduce the evening. This could be an interesting glimpse into the way Arts and the US government interacted a short time ago.

MON 7/21

Marc Pinansky (10:10pm), Brendan Boogie (9:20pm), Jen Murdza (8:30pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Almost every Monday night, the "Other Side Of The Bear" acoustic music series hosts 3 performers for the low, low price of $3. Tonight's lineup is especially strong with Marc Pinansky of Rumble champs Township, Brendan Boogie formerly of Scamper, and soulful Jen Murdza.

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