Monday, September 19, 2011

MON 9/19: Film, Talk, Trivia, Rock

Ahoy! It be Talk Like A Pirate Day, bucko. Alas, I noticed no local festivity to make your Roger jolly. It shouldn't stop you from sprinkling conversations with piratey vocab.


MON 9/19 (thru THUR 9/22)

Boston Film Festival:
"Give Me a Shot of Anything: House Calls to the Homeless" w/ "The Hub"
at Stuart Street Playhouse, 200 Stuart Street, Boston (Theatre District)
Most $9

As usual, the lineup is a mix of films that might hit the independent theaters in the next year and films that have Boston ties.

You might recognize some of the faces in "Give Me a Shot of Anything..." that presents the efforts of Dr. Jim O'Connell and his associates who provide medical assistance to the homeless of Boston. (Dr. O'Connell will be present for a Q&A.)

You may even recognize some faces in the preceding short film since it was also filmed around the "Hub".

You could watch "Cold Mountain" at the BPL, but wouldn't you like to take a chance?

MON 9/19

7pm to 9pm
Ramon Morato, "The Many Faces of Chocolate": Lecture
at Science Center, Hall C, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)

Cutting-edge culinary is exploding in Spain. Ferran Adria has brought chemistry to haute cuisine as well as other Spanish chefs, and I see a lot of big-time chefs getting inspiration from the Iberian peninsula.

Ramon Morató runs a chocolate school and has published a 600-page book on the dark, sweet ingredient.

MON 9/19

Tom Perrotta, "The Leftovers": Reading
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

When you live in Belmont, it must be easy to hit almost every bookstore in the area. I keep listing Tom Perrotta's because, I've enjoyed a couple of his books, and a couple have been adapted into films ("Election", "Little Children").

Remember the warnings of the Rapture that didn't happen a couple months ago? The novel takes place in a world where something like that occurred.

MON 9/19

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia": Pub Trivia
at City Side, 1960 Beacon St, Brighton (Cleveland Circle)
$5 per player

You may think you know this show inside and out, but you're not alone. Perhaps the most ridiculous comedy on TV will be the subject of every pub trivia question.

Every player chips in $5 (maximum 6 per team), and the winners get the cash. There is usually prizes for second and third places.

MON 9/19

Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Girlfriends
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+

It's easy to hit music sites, and find many raves for Vivian Girls -- like I rave about Girlfriends. I'm not alone in adoring their nearly-perfect fuzzy garage-pop out in the blogosphere. Both are cool bands that know how to keep it loose yet catchy. It sounds like Widowspeak keeps it laid-back without putting you to sleep.

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