Friday, February 06, 2009

SAT 2/7: WinterFests, Volunteerism, Punk Pix, Pop, Sale

Cross your fingers, I might actually get a weekly list out today...


SAT 2/7

1pm to 4pm
Franklin Park Winter Snow Festival
around Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Dr, Boston

Family-style frolicking in the snow. There will be some snowshoes and sleds to borrow. A cross-country ski tour leaves at 1pm, but you need to bring your own skis. Complimentary hot chocolate and soup in the Clubhouse.

SAT 2/7

Annual Lowell Winterfest
Around Downtown Lowell
Mostly FREE

Do I have to say it again? "Human Dog Sled Races"!!!

Lots of other fun, food, music, etc. (Some of the music is $5 / 21+.)

This map [PDF] is from a few years ago, it still looks like a basic idea of the layout.

It's not a far walk from the Commuter Rail station to Downtown Lowell, but there seems to be shuttles (#9 & "Downtown"?)...

SAT 2/7

Noon to 3pm Boston Global Volunteering Fair
at Paresky Conference Center, Main Bldg, 300 The Fenway, Boston (Simmons College campus)

Do you have a job? How long do think you'll have one? This is obviously not a vacation opportunity, but maybe it's a good time for you to go abroad and help others.

* Get info about 30 organizations that coordinate volunteer projects around the globe
* Participate in workshops about volunteerism (Check out the schedule)
Attendance is free, but they'd like you to register.

SAT 2/7

7pm to 10pm
"Radio Silence": Opening Reception
at Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave, Boston (Fenway)

The title explains the book succinctly, "Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music". Instead of having "readings" for a book mainly full of photographs with short written pieces, they've organized exhibits. From what I've read, the Boston punk scene is well-represented. Free "refreshments" just a few blocks away from where The Rat used to be could get some of the book's subjects to come out...

The Phoenix had an article about this new gallery that was an empty store front and will be there until they leave or get kicked out by "progress". (Seems like it's been empty forever though.)

SAT 2/7

The Explorers Club, The Rationales, Forest Fires
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$8 / 21+

I don't know how popular The Explorers Club is around here -- only heard about them in the last month -- but they're getting a good buzz out there in places like Spin, Village Voice, USA Today(?), and various music blogs. It's understandable; this South Carolina band makes that beautiful Beach Boys-inspired (hell, it's a Beach Boys simulation) pop that music critics love.

Chris Pappas of The Everyday Visuals is opening the show with his solo project, and it looks like his band is another set of killer musicians. The Rationales are going to play after The Explorers Club, and you should definitely stick around for their melodic Americana.

It looks like advance tickets are still available.

Sale of the Weekend:

FRI 2/6 to SUN 2/8

1st Anniversary Economic Stimulate Your Wallet Bailout Blowout and We Love You 20%-Off Sale
at Grand, 374 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)

Grand is celebrating one year in business by giving a discount on everything in the store all weekend. If you're in the mood for cool stuff, take a visit.

There's also a party on Saturday night, and it might not be too late to RSVP...

Kudos to an independent store that's survived it's first year!

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