Thursday, January 27, 2011

THUR 1/27: Parade, Talk, Film, Music

Because I want to help you party... Because I want you to find free drinks and apps with little effort...

I bring to your attention a StuffBoston party on TUES 2/15 at Bond (Financial District). You need to RSVP and maybe wait in line -- that's it.


THUR 1/27

2:30pm to 3pm
Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Parade: Julianne Moore
down Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)


As long as Mass Ave has been plowed, they'll probably make Julianne Moore ride in an open car.

I think she went to college in Boston -- and her character on "30 Rock" is from Waltham. She'll be fine...

THUR 1/27

6pm to 8pm
"Scams and Consumer Investigation Tools"
at Mezzanine Conference Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

Someone from the Attorney General's office will talk about scams and how to protect one self from being a victim.

THUR 1/27

Daniel Lieberman, "Heads Up! How and Why the Amazing Human": Lecture
at Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)

I've attended a couple free lectures at the HMNH, and I enjoy it as if being able to interact with a "History Channel" program.

Prof. Lieberman (Human Evolutionary Biology) has spent 20 years studying how the human head evolved from its ape origins, so you'll hear some new ideas.

Reception to follow.

Two more 'evolution lectures' follow in the coming weeks (WED 2/9 & WED 2/23).

THUR 1/27

6:30pm to 8:30pm
"3rd Annual Boston Bikes Update"
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

There has been some positive developments in Nicole Freedman's couple years as Director of City of Boston Bikes Program. It's not all rosy, and I suspect some bikers will be there to criticize some issues.

In related news: If you don't drive to Harvard Square on Friday morning, you could get a free hot breakfast and talk about green transportation alternatives at the Holyoke Center.

THUR 1/27

"Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today": Sneak Preview & Discussion
at Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon St, Boston (Back Bay)

Originally completed in 1948 as a document of Nazi atrocities, the filmmaker's daughter has restored it for American theatrical release (opens tomorrow at Kendall Square Theatre).

While not exactly the 'feel-good hit of the summer', this footage from concentration camps and the war crimes trial can serve as evidence to all future generations.

Tonight's program includes a discussion with Sandra Schulberg (daughter of the original filmmaker & producer of the restoration) in attendance.

(English, German, French and Russian with English subtitles)

THUR 1/27

Fusion Magazine, "Irish Edition": Performance
at David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St, Boston (Berklee / Back Bay)

Among the creative output at Berklee is an online & print literary/multimedia magazine, and the current issue has been inspired by the "voices and visions of Ireland."

Listen to some Celtic/roots music (difficult to read the players, but harpist Maeve Gilchrist is one of them) and hear some poetry/readings.

THUR 1/27

7:30pm to 9pm
Chandler Travis Philharmonic
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

I'm sure a little snow hasn't stopped Chandler Travis from driving from the Cape to celebrate the release of his latest album "The Chandler Travis Philharmonic Blows". (I sometimes wonder if this has anything to do with the early start/stop times.)

Expect a helping of deliciously skewed rock/pop/jazz/R&B/soul gumbo that brings a festive warmth on a snowy night -- probably with guests and crazy duds.

THUR 1/27

Hands & Knees, Doomstar!, The Needy Visions, Fedavees
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$9 / 18+

Hands & Knees also have a new album out that is pretty darn awesome. I like how they write fresh songs that maintains their twang-alicious indie-rock. Really good stuff whether you go tonight or to Union Square Round Table tomorrow at PA's Lounge where they're the musical guest.

What you won't get tomorrow is the trippy/noisy goodness of Doomstar! or the choogling garage tones of The Needy Visions or the peculiar fuzz of Fedavees.

THUR 1/27

The Sweetback Sisters, Jenee Halstead, Kristin Andreassen
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)

Yeah, they're based in Brooklyn... Don't let that stop you from loving the hopped-up new-time, old-time country honky-tonk sound of The Sweetback Sisters. Hipsters can make good country music, and they can find sweet singer-songwriters with country/bluegrass leanings.

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