Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WED 1/14: Molasses Flood, Roshambo, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Rock, Drama

Wild Yaks!
From what I've seen it looks like bad blog etiquette to simple delete posts, but this is basically just an update of the one below. I know it's cold outside, but you can put on a couple layers then go inside...


WED 1/14

Stephen Puleo, "The Great Molasses Flood": Lecture
at Mezzanine Conference Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

Wouldn't it be nice if it was suddenly 40 degrees warmer tomorrow? That's what happened 90 years ago on January 15. It would be nice unless you have a giant tank of molasses next door to you. Back then, more than 2 million gallons of brown sticky stuff broke out of its container and killed 21 people. It really screwed things up. Stephen Puleo may not have written the book on it, but he did write a book about it.

WED 1/14

Sign-up starts at 7pm
Union Square's 1st Annual Rock Paper Scissor Tournament
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$4 / 21+

Ro-sham-bo begins at 8pm.

Union Square Main Streets usually puts together something fun on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. It might not always be so close to a bar, so it often doesn't interest me...

Whoever invented this game was a genius -- except he couldn't figure out how to put it in a box and sell it! It's difficult to find three other objects that relate to each in other in such an elegantly simple relationship. There's a cover, but that's to cover the expenses for prizes. (It's been suggested that the grand prize might be cash...)

Who knows how long this will last, but it could be pretty fun. Costumes and nom de guerre (help here or here) are encouraged. Referees will be dressed as pirates... Who knows what other surprises are in store tonight...

Some tips for my competitive readers.

WED 1/14

Jane Kamensky & Jill Lepore, "Blindspot": Reading
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Two history professors have collaborated on a novel that takes place in Boston right before the Revolution.

WED 1/14

Loretta Napoleoni, "Rogue Economics: Capitalism's New Reality": Discussion
at First Parish Church, 3 Church St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Perhaps this interests me because it relates to my day job; Napoleoni's new book seems to pick up where her previous book on money laundering and terror financing left off. Criminal profits are moved around the world, but "Rogue Economics" examines how the money is made including human slavery, drugs, internet fraud, and more. (FYI: I'm not involved with criminal activity.)

One review said, "her attention turns from Viagra to blood diamonds to the banana price wars in a few pages, works in the vein of Freakonomics and Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation, but much grimmer. Like those, this volume doesn't provide many answers, but the questions it raises are profound."

WED 1/14

Movers and Shakers, Cropduster, Beat Awfuls, Wild Yaks
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

It was a moment funny moment when listening to Movers & Shakers on their MySpace. I was digging the tunes, then I saw they actually used something I wrote about them, so here goes:

Movers & Shakers don't offer sugar with their strong, steaming cup of rock; but they stir in a lot of heart and grit and decades of American music. (I wish I was in this band.)
Okay, I've fallen in love with them again. This would be a good time to check them out, 'cause three really good bands are also playing.

I can't count how many bands sprouted after The Lot Six disbanded, but it's something cool every time the players include "ex-Lot Six". The main Beat Awful was in Lot Six and currently leads Viva Viva as well. Viva Viva might be the primary band, but Beat Awfuls whip up some very cool, lo-fi, rootsy indie-rock. Cropduster blends keyboards and guitars better than most bands, and doesn't end up too funky in one direction nor too progressive-rock in the other.

I was blown away by late-addition Wild Yaks. There's this loose-tight tension going on in these clever, musical romps; it's fresh and catchy and punky and a little jammy too -- awesomeness!

If you happen to get shut out of this show, you'll probably have a rockin' good time around the corner at TT's with Triple Thick, The Bright Hours, and friends...

WED 1/14 to SUN 1/18

"Uncle Vanya"
at Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston (South End)
FREE w/ RSVP (Donations gladly accepted)

I wish I had noticed it last week; this is a great play:
Boston Art Theatre, Boston's newest theater company, opens its doors with this world premiere of Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov's seminal work of drama, freshly adapted and directed by Robert Kropf. The play, a tale of obsessive love, relentless regret & the stranglehold of class, is economically and savagely illuminated with B.A.T.'s actor driven production, as preposterous as it is profound.
More shows next week, WED 1/21 to SAT 1/24

* 2pm matinees on SAT & SUN

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