Sunday, August 14, 2011

SUN 8/14: Fests, Weirdness, Drawing, Shakespeare

It's a rather international day. Japan, China, Dominican Republic, and India...

The North End festas are in swing, so there's a bit more Italian cheer (and food vendors) than usual.


SUN 8/14

10am to 2pm
Japanese Car Day
at Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St, Brookline
$10 / $5 children, seniors, active military

My first thought about Japanese cars are the boring, sensible Honda/Toyota/Subaru kind of cars. Yawn.

I was reminded that there are sporty and vintage models. Who knew those flashy, modified cars with spoilers are called tuner cars? Some of those will likely be there too.

SUN 8/14

10am to 5pm
Annual Chinatown Main Street Festival
near the Chinatown Arch, 70 Beach St, Boston

If you want to get a taste of Chinatown, why not go on one of those weekends when there's more action than usual with music, dance, and martial arts demonstrations.

I figured out what this festival is about: It's supposed to be a harvest festival that occurs in the 8th month of the year... of the Chinese calendar... that is a couple months later than August.

SUN 8/14

Noon to 7pm
Dominican Festival
into Playstead Field, Franklin Park (Seaver St / Blue Hill Ave side)

Yeah, so the Dominican Festival people aren't to hip on updating the website or Facebook page, but they're old school. They'll be there just like the last 30 years. When I went there was some good food and plenty of music.

A parade would normally start from the Hi-Lo Supermarket, and I guess it could still happen.

SUN 8/14

2pm to 10:20pm
"We Are Guest Talk, Free: $10"
at YMCA Theater, 820 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE to $10 (sliding scale)

The "Weirdstock" series continues with another full day of weird, wild. woolly music -- some might even be classified as rock.

After an hour-long set of relative atmospheric experimentalism, the pace gets frantic with 5-minute sets.

As the bands progress, the set times stretch out to about 20 minutes. It's a lot to take in, but it won't be boring. Hopefully you can handle the stimulation.

In fairness to the performers, I'm posting the tentative schedule with links when I could find them. Check out the event page for plenty of samples.

2pm -- Metal and Glass Ensemble
3pm -- Peace, Loving
3:05pm -- Dinners
3:10pm -- Alien Moon Partnership
3:15pm -- Not Art
3:20pm -- Illich
3:25pm -- Guess
3:30pm -- Pom Teddy
3:35pm -- Mellissa Huser
3:40pm -- Baby Names
3:45pm -- Hunnie Bunnies
3:50pm -- The Debate
3:55pm -- Guerilla Toss
4pm -- Supremo Puppet Show
4:10pm -- Flandrew Fleisenberg
4:20pm -- Cotton Candy
4:30pm -- Gay Shapes
4:40pm -- The Needy Visions
4:50pm -- Walter Wright / Jules Vasylenko
5:15pm -- Cave Bears
5:30pm -- Preggy Peggy & the Lazy Babymakers
5:45pm -- Table Radios
6pm -- Son of Salami
6:20pm -- Solace Media Corporation Tourists
6:40pm -- Unicorns in the Snow
7:10pm -- Crank Sturgeon
7:30pm -- Shea & Skot of Maine
7:50pm -- Cloud Becomes Your Hand
8:10pm -- Kurt Weisman
8:35pm -- Nat Baldwin
9pm -- Horaflora
9:30pm -- Nautical Almanac
10pm -- Fat Worm of Error
If you hear something you don't like, wait a few minutes...

SUN 8/14

Dr. Sketchy's Drawing Session / Aliza's Brain Trust Benefit
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston

Host/model: Allix Mortis

Have you ever been to a Dr. Sketchy session? Ever wanted to go? The woman that puts these together along with hundreds of other cool gigs over the years is in the hospital with a serious brain hemorrhage. Sounds like she's improving, but it's going to be hellish for an independent businesswoman during the recovery.

So go and have fun 'n draw (the bar will be open). Or maybe just do a nice thing who contributes to the vibrancy of Boston and donate a few bucks.

No need to be fancy with Dr Sketchy -- a pen and notebook would be as good as anything else.

SUN 8/14

3:30pm to 8pm
India Day 2011
at Hatch Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Storrow Dr, Boston

I enjoyed "Slumdog Millionaire" a couple years ago which reminded me that I hadn't actually been to the India Day celebration.

I went last year for a while, and there was quite a bit of entertaining music and dance.

SUN 8/14

"All's Well That Ends Well"
at Parkman Bandstand, about 165 Tremont St, Boston (Boston Common / Tremont St Side)

This is it, folks. The last performance of free Shakespeare in the Common. Even though this play isn't considered one of the Bard's finest. His classic wit is still in there in this convoluted comedy.

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