Monday, May 11, 2009

MON 5/11: Futurism & Film, Bike Week

Hmm. Not much exciting cheapness. Ray Kurzweil may blow minds tonight. This is also a good week to ride your bike.


MON 5/11

Science on Screen: "An Evening With Ray Kurzweil"
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline
$9.75 / $7.75 students & seniors

When Ray Kurzweil talks about the future, people not only listen -- it usually happens. The MIT alumnus is a thinker and a doer. I won't try to do justice "The Singularity is Near" in a few sentences, but the bottom line is that people will soon be augmented/integrated with electronics to keep up with the pace of change.

Kurzweil will tell you about it, but there's a book and a film to share the idea. The program will include segments from a documentary about all his mission, "Ptolemy’s Transcendent Man". The Q&A could be fascinating and/or frustrating...

MON 5/11

Laura Blustein
at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston (New England Conservatory/Fenway)

There is good free/cheap music out there. This is something that might be the most interesting out there. Cellist Laura Blustein is the string & piano chamber music chair of NEC's Preparatory School. Along with violinists, pianists, and other string/horn/woodwinds; the program includes:

Haydn -- Piano trios, C Major and E Minor
Mendelssohn -- Songs Without Words
Bach -- A Musical Offering
MON 5/11 through SUN 5/17

Various Times
Bay State Bike Week
across Massachusetts
most FREE

May is "Bike Month", and it's "Bike Week" around these parts. I'm starting to see a pattern with the green movement in general: both emphasize being good to your body, good to the planet, and good for the wallet.

You don't need to be a tree-hugger to ride your bike, but Bike Week offers incentives to ride your bike to work -- or ride in general. Events are happening everyday (and beyond) that culminates in biking convoys from various spots around town to a Friday festival at City Hall Plaza.

There's an official site, but the calendar is more informative. Get some exercise, reduce emissions, and commute without gas or a T pass.

MON 5/11 (thru WED 5/13)

5:30pm to 8:30pm
Open House
at Urban AdvenTours,103 Atlantic Ave, Boston (North End)

One of the Bike Week happenings is an open house and free bike tour. From 5:30pm to 6pm they're offering free basic tune-ups, which means they'll do some basic stuff in hopes that your bicycle is in working condition before a 75-minute city tour ride at 6:30pm (helmet required).

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