Wednesday, November 11, 2009

WED 11/11: Museum, War, Veggies, Rock

Happy Veterans Day! I might not fully appreciate my day off, but I am grateful to all who served.

There's good stuff going on. I think I'm going to the MFA. Who knows what else...


WED 11/11

10am to 4:45pm
Community Day
at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston (The Fens)

I did mention it yesterday.

If you're not working on Veterans Day, you can visit the MFA at no cost whether you served or not... (I heard veterans can get a free meal at Applebee's.)

Even the main exhibition "The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC" is also free since it's included with museum admission on other days. If you're interested in Egyptian archaelogy, this is the first display of most of these items that were discovered in 1915.

The museum's permanent collections are great (which includes ancient Egyptian art), but I'm interested in "Seeing Songs", a exhibit with about 60 paintings, photos, and video installations intended to celebrate and capture the spirit of music.

WED 11/11

Veterans Day Community Forum:
"Howard Zinn: Holy Wars"
at School of Management Auditorium, 595 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

The lecture is supposed to cover the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II. I'm not sure how they all can be termed "Holy Wars", but Prof. Zinn has an enlightening way with history.

WED 11/11

Jonathan Safran Foer, "Eating Animals": Discussion
at Congregation Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)

This non-fiction book may change a lot of minds about vegetarianism. The author of "Everything is Illuminated" can certainly be eloquent in his way, and I've heard there are some very reasonable ideas that are explored.

WED 11/11

American Hi-Fi, The Downtown Fiction, Weatherstar
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

When I lived in Waltham, my cousin/roommate would play "Flavor of the Weak" over and over, which obviously caused me to despise an otherwise enjoyable one-hit wonder. It turns out they've made much better music since, and they're in town 'cause half of the band backs up Miley Cyrus. Whether or not you like that song, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised. American Hi-Fi could be in the recording studio, but they're rocking out on their night off.

The other acts are uber-poppy rock. Not bad, but they sound like they're auditioning for opening slots with Hannah Montana...

WED 11/11

"Treated Her Right": Treat Her Right & Friends
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$10 / 21+

Along with the incredible Mark Sandman, Jim Fitting and David Champagne had a rocking outfit about 20 years ago called Treat Her Right. Billy Conway was the drummer, but he lives in Montana these days. They had a bluesy flair and solid songwriting.

It felt so good to play the old tunes at the Sandman tribute concert in September, they decided to do it again.

Tim Gearan, Billy Beard, and Steve Mayone will fill out the band for an evening of great fun. If you get there at 8:30pm, you might be able to score one of the few remaining tix...

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