Tuesday, February 28, 2012

TUES 2/28: Pancakes, Italian, Japanese, Film, Talk, Rock

Yep, I felt like posting it. Wednesday cheapness on the calendar.


TUES 2/28

7am to 10pm
National Pancake Day
at Participating IHOP Locations
FREE / Donation suggested

Do you feel like pancakes for dinner?

Like I said yesterday, the International House of Pancakes serve about a million free stacks of pancakes each year -- with one small, non-binding catch...

IHOP hopes that their guests make a donation to support children’s hospitals. It seems like the average donation was about $2.

So really, it's only potentially free. Still when was the last time someone made you a short stack (3) of pancakes? Even with a donation, a beverage and a reasonable gratuity; it's not a bad deal.

There's a limit of one stack per person, and you have to eat them there.

TUES 2/28

5:15pm to 7:15pm
"The Coddling Controversy: Italian POWs on Boston's World War II Homefront": Discussion
at Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St, Boston (The Fens)

Feat: Anne Marie Reardon, Stephen Puleo

The discussion is fascinating, because most people may not know that Italian POW's were allowed semi-freedom in places like Boston in the last couple years of World War II.

TUES 2/28

6pm to 8pm
"Hoichi the Earless": J-Horror Theater Performance
at Simmons Hall, 229 Vassar St, Cambridge (MIT campus)

This is too peculiar to ignore. A Greek-Irish-Japanese writer Lafcadio Hearn translated a bunch of old Japanese tales including a ghost story known as "Hoichi the Earless".

A production based on Hearn's version that includes a singer, Butoh dancer and couples Japanese lutists are on a mini-US tour.

TUES 2/28

6pm to 9pm
"Black Power Mixtape 1965-1975": Screening & Discussion
at Howard Thurman Center, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Boston (BU campus)

We have to thank Swedish TV journalists who were interested in our Civil Rights movement. They accidentally preserved the archival footage of their interviews with Black Panther and other activists such as Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and Angela Davis that create the core of this new film.

A discussion moderated by Professor Ruha Benjamin (Sociology & African American Studies) will follow the screening.

TUES 2/28

Andre Dubus III, "Townie - A Memoir": Reading
at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St, Newton

Last year, the author of "House of Sand and Fog" wrote a memoir of his rough youth on the North Shore. In one interview or another, I remember him saying that he thought about fictionalizing it, but opted for the more direct approach.

I remember that Newtonville Books would walk people over to a nearby bar to continue the conversation after the reading. Neither the bookstore or the author may be up for that anymore.

TUES 2/28

Balagan Presents: "Highlights -- Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Fest"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$10 / $8 students, seniors

The French have a special affinity for film. Some describe the Clermont-Ferrand Festival as the short-film analogue to Cannes.

Balagan Films (who show something at the Brattle every other Tuesday) and the France Consulate present 6 films ranging between 7 to 23 minutes from Denmark, China, US, Germany, England, and Italy will last about 90 minutes.

Curator of the experimental film & animation competition, Calmin Borel, be in attendance for a Q&A.

If you show up early, DJ Ethan Kiermaier begins spinning at 7pm. I assume that's for people to mingle? Or get down like a French disco?

TUES 2/28

"From Gust To Hail": Screening
at Aviary, 48 South St, Jamaica Plain
$5 suggested donation

Since I'm mentioning the international shorts, I must give some love to our local filmmakers. Curators Luis Arnias and Matt McWilliams have taken a set of 15 films made in New England to various cities, and this is the 'homecoming screening'.

They say:

Homemade Apple Cider will be available during the screenings and all works will be screened in their original 16mm or super 8 format.
The shorts range between 45 seconds and 15 minutes and will also last about 90 minute (including some shorts by Arnias and McWilliams).

TUES 2/28

The Life And Times, The Jim Healey Band
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$10 / 21+

I guess if a band is from Missouri, the sound is going to be described as 'Midwest alternative' or 'Midwest emo'. The Life And Times have quite a few moments of big, heavy rock that is more spacey than anything bashing. The singer-guitarist was in Shiner, if you remember the '90s.

Jim Healey usually does bash heads -- musically speaking -- in bands like We're All Gonna Die and Black Thai. His eponymous band (with cello) pummels the ears in a gentler manner, but the firm footing is present in the songs.

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