Friday, December 12, 2008

Sneak Peek: SAT 12/13 (daytime)

Santa Speedo Run
The early stuff going on tomorrow.


SAT 12/13

"High And Low"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Is there a bad Akira Kurosawa film? I've not seen one and never heard of one. The Brattle basically offers a free monthly film appreciation course with their "Elements Of Cinema" series, and they're not going to show anything crappy.

From what I've read, this is one of the few of his films with a contemporary setting -- but as usual it tackles timeless philosophical themes as usual. It's simplistic to say it's presented in a film noir style, but I'll let you discuss that after the film with Haden Guest, Director of the Harvard Film Archive.

Note: The running time is just under 2 and 1/2 hours.

SAT 12/13

Annual Santa Speedo Run
Starts at Lir Irish Pub, 903 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)
FREE to watch

Hundreds of (mostly male) runners will do a little over a mile down Boylston and back up Newbury. It should be an amusing sight. I imagine most of the guys will be in good shape, but keep in mind that there'll be some shrinkage down there...

It's for a good cause, and the runners collect sponsors for a different charity every year. This year, it's Cradles to Crayons. There's a post-run party at Lir, probably with a charitable donation cover. I think it's been $20 in years past. (I won't think less of you, if you hang out at the Pour House.)

SAT 12/13

Illuminations Walking & Caroling Tour
Meet in front of JP Licks, 4A College Ave, Somerville (Davis Sq)

The trolley tours are happening next Saturday, but those wacky lovers of Xmas decorations have put together an hour-long walk around West Somerville to see some brightly lit houses and sing some carols. " Singing will be lead by Alex the Jester and the Somerville Community Chorus."

It finishes up at the Nave Gallery, closer to Tufts, for "holiday refreshments". You can check out their "December Salon" affordable art sale. (Pretty clever, huh? No purchase necessary.)

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