Friday, October 23, 2009

SAT 10/24: Books, Thriller, Food, Eclectic Mix

Oh, sometimes I feel like the worst blogger in the world (that cares). This was supposed to be Friday night's post... I hope you had a good time at the Boston Book Festival...


SAT 10/24

10am to 6pm
Boston Book Festival
at Boston Public Library & other Copley Sq locations

Books are awesome, and there loads of loads of presentations from a variety of authors. The most promising sessions are listed below.

I have a feeling that the outdoor Copley Square stage might not be active, but music is scheduled from 10am to 5pm.

Of course, there will be stuff like tables set up (in the BPL?) of bookish & other exhibitors.

Boston Roots
at Boston Public Library, Abbey Room

Authors of three historical novels set in and around Boston: Kathleen Kent, Jane Kamensky & Jill Lepore, John Pipkin.
Documenting History
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library
Documentarians work to answer the question, “Who are we?” With Ken Burns, Scout Tufankjian, Jared Bowen.
"Book Worms and Net Crawlers"
at Trinity Church Forum
An examination of the ubiquitous internet and the explosion of social media with Ben Mezrich, Ethan Gilsdorf, David Pogue, and Jeffrey Howe.
Alicia Silverstone: "Sexiest Vegetarian Alive"
at Boston Public Library, Popular Reading Room
She probably didn't pick the title of the session; she is a lovely woman, but Silverstone was voted "Sexiest Vegetarian Alive" in 2004. She has a new book called "The Kind Diet". Hosted by Billy Costa and Matty in the Morning.
John Hodgman interviewed by Tom Perrotta
at Old South Church Sanctuary
Need I say more?
Matters of Faith
at Boston Public Library, Popular Reading Room
Cornel West talks about his new book with Prof. Harvey Cox and novelist Mary Gordon, hosted by Christopher Lydon.
We Are The Champions
at Trinity Church Forum
Bill Littlefield chats with fellow sportswriters Jackie MacMullan & Glenn Stout about their love of the game.
Poetry as Music
at Trinity Church Forum
Experience the intersection of poetry and music as Robert Pinsky reads with back-up from jazz musicians Rakalam Bob Moses and Andrew Urbina.
The Obama Year
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library
Michael E. Porter, David Gergen, Lani Guinier, and Jack Beatty mix it up with a frank assessment of the President’s progress on his new agenda. Tom Ashbrook moderates.
Thrillers and Killers
at Boston Public Library, Popular Reading Room
Spies, operatives and terrorists: what makes them tick and why do they fascinate us? Novelists Stephen Carter, Joe Finder, and Andre Dubus III discuss. Terrorism expert Jessica Stern moderates.
SAT 10/24

Destruct-a-thon (6pm), Superpower (6pm), Mob Hit (4:15pm), Buried In Leather (3:30pm)
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$8 / All Ages

It's an afternoon of hardcore metal and punk, and a chance to see the farewell show for Destruct-a-thon and Buried In Leather. Get the goat horns up!

SAT 10/24

4pm to 7pm
Annual Burmese Food Fair
at International Community Church (Downstairs), 30 Gordon St, Allston
Pay for what you eat

The year I attempted to sample this food fair, it was a bit confusing. The program in the main room did not seem Burmese at all -- for good reason. The Burmese action was happening downstairs.

Don't get there too early either. There were only two women who were watching the food, and they totally ignored me. I had a moment of timidity, so I left shortly.

Now there's a Burmese restaurant nearby, but this is probably a fundraiser for the Overseas Burmese Christian Fellowship of Boston. I was told that dishes range between $5 to $8.

SAT 10/24

myrmyr, Baba Yaga, The Glass Shivers w/ Architecture of the Sun
at Spectacle, 17 Edinboro Street #3, Boston (Chinatown)
$5 suggested donation

Experimental electro-acoustic music with some visuals...

SAT 10/24

Monique Ortiz
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)
FREE / 21+

Trust me. Cambridge is the only place where you get this kind of bluesy, noir low-rock. Others may try, but Sandman discovered it and Monique Ortiz keeps mining it and finding tasty new bits and adds another dimension of sensuality that I personally never got with the early batches... Don't just wonder about the sound of two bassists with a drummer -- go and listen.

Drew Hickum & The Colonels also play some pleasant Americana at 10pm.

SAT 10/24

"Thrill The World": Thriller Dance
at Unity Church of God, 6 William St, Somerville (near Davis Sq)
FREE to Watch (but donations accepted)

Even before the 'King of Pop' passed, there has been an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller". I might've noticed because singing-dancing man-child died, but it's happening in Somerville (and Salem & Needham).

There's not much room to for spectators in the rain location, but you can go. Dancers are asked to make a minimum donation of $5 to go to Somerville Community Corporation.

I've been told that volunteers are still welcome.

3:00 to 5:30pm -- Thriller Workshop
5:30 to 7:00pm -- Registration, Raffle, Prizes, Makeup and Costume
7:00 to 8:10pm -- Group rehearsal in costume
8:10 to 8:30pm -- Official world record sign-in
8:30 to 8:36pm -- Thrill Time!!
8:36 to 9:00pm -- Photo op and official world record sign-out
SAT 10/24

The Grownup Noise (Midnight), The Blizzard Of 78 (11pm), Bridges & Powerlines (10pm), Tik Tok (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

As I'm approaching 2 years of active blogging, Ryan's Smashing Life is celebrating it's third year. Congrats to them!

They're not screwing around especially by grabbing the Blizzard of '78. You (or your parents) might have been stuck in the original, but these guys make some of the best indie-pop around. If record companies still cared about finding great atlent, TBO '78 would be ruling the airwaves, and that dude from Coldplay wouldn't even have met Gwynneth Paltrow...

The Grownup Noise and Tik Tok do great stuff, but Bridges & Powerlines have got some really catchy stuff.

SAT 10/24

Beat Circus, Blood Warrior, Mr. Sister, Guillermo Sexo
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

What does Saturday night mean to you? Sometimes you can travel far away from home for a few hours and wake up in your bed -- or someone else's bed -- in the morning.

When I hear bands like Beat Circus or Blood Warrior, it feels like a parallel universe of deep mountain music with sophistication of old-time Paris of an ideal era that might only exists in books and movies.

Mr Sister is just wonderful sound -- it's a folky chamber thing that provides the vessel for the singers transcendent vocals that bends and moans like a Billie Holliday. Guillermo Sexo rocks out more than any of he other bands, but they have a dark sophistication that will set the mood.

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