Monday, September 22, 2008

TUES 9/23: Art Talk, Barack-a-Rama, Blue Man Party, Film, Burlesque, Rock

The Gates of Christo and Jeanne-Claude Okay, more info has been added. There's a variety of fun tonight. Good luck!


TUES 9/23

2 pm to 5pm
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, "The 2008 Great Negotiator Award"
at Institute for Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston (South Boston/Seaport)

This husband-wife team can get governments to do mad, beautiful things. Harvard's Program on Negotiation is honoring them with their Great Negotiator Award (past recipients include: Richard Holbrooke, Lakhdar Brahimi, and George Mitchell). They'll give a talk about their work, and hopefully show some slides... Not a bad way to spend the afternoon, if you can. I forgot to ask if museum admission is also free, but it shouldn't be difficult to sneak in -- if necessary.

Did anyone else go to NYC to see "The Gates"? I went on a snowy day, and it was beautiful! I felt like I was glowing with orange joy and compassion for my fellow man. And I don't think I was alone...

TUES 9/23

5:30pm to 8pm
Barack-a-Rama Fundraising Party w/ Calyspo Hurricane, Jim's Big Ego
at Middle East - Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 online RSVP / $10 students w/ valid ID / $20 door / 18+

Hey, folks -- This election isn't a lock. It's sad to say it, but Obama needs as much money as possible to win. I figure McCain supporters have stopped reading already... I believe the country must change direction on virtually every issue after the past 8 years. It's not going to be easy, but America has a better chance the Senator from Illinois.

The good news is that Jim's Big Ego is an awesome band. Jim may have a big ego, but that's expected from a genius of folk-pop songs -- and he has some funny ditties critical of Bush. Calyspo Hurricane is self-explanatory.

TUES 9/23

7pm to 9pm
Blue Man Group Party
at Kings, 50 Dalton St, Boston (Back Bay)

Free bowling, free drinks, free appetizers, swag, ticket giveaways... It's a party!

"All guests must RSVP." That means everyone individually. I don't know if you can still sign up. It'll be crowded, but it's not a bad deal.

TUES 9/23

at Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Fritz Lang's silent masterpiece is most enjoyable for its stylish, art-deco version of the future that everyone probably expected 80 years ago. I recall trying very hard to appreciate the story of romance and class-warfare, but I didn't really get swept away. The visuals are the attraction, so you might as well see on a big-screen for free...

TUES 9/23

"Pinchbottom's Church of the Almighty Posterior"
at The Beehive, 541 Tremont St, Boston (South End)

The Beehive hosts the performers of Pinchbottom Burlesque on a monthly basis, and they seem to have large repertoire of themed shows. Below is the description from their "Blasphemy" show (some NSFW pix):

The Bible commands "Thou Shalt Be Drunken, and Shalt Make Thyself Naked" (Lamentations 4:21), but which faith truly embraces this dictum? Only one: Pinchbottom's Church of the Almighty Posterior, led by Pastor Nasty Canasta and Reverend Jonny Porkpie. Join them for an Old Time Tent Revival and Burlesque Show featuring sexy sermons by top ecdysiasts -- all guaranteed "holier than thou!" Thrill to burlesque recreations of key scenes from the Bible, including: the annunciation, the crucifixion, and the resurrection!
This is technically free, but I felt that the drinks were priced a little higher than the dives I usually hang out at...

TUES 9/23

The Lights Out, Sunday Morning Music, Action Verbs
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$7 / 21+

The Lights Out is one of the Boston bands with really solid players making really catchy rock. The typical reaction is, "Wow, these guys sound really good! They have what it takes to make it." (Whatever 'making it' means to a rock band these days...) I did track down a MySpace page for Sunday Morning Music, and I like their stuff. There's plenty of motion and fun in the musical clamor of Action Verbs. A solid line-up!

TUES 9/23

9:30pm to 11:55pm
14 Foot 1, The Bright Hours, Chris & Darin, Bradford Krieger, The Devil & A Penny, Eggy Benedict
at Yawkey Center, 400 The Fenway, Boston (Emmanuel College campus)

I never see events for Emmanuel College, but someone sent me some info about a bunch of bands playing. (Thanks, Ashley!) I didn't get a chance to listen to the bands, but it's free... And they'd love to see you there... Eggy Benedict!!

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