Monday, January 21, 2013

MON 1/21: MLK Jr Day, Art, Words, Tunes

Here's the quick 'n dirty listings for today...


MON 1/21

10am to 4:45pm
MLK Jr Day -- Open House
at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston

One never knows how many people will crowd around the Mario Testino photograph of Tom Brady. It's certainly one reason to enjoy a free visit to the MFA. I might go to stare into the bone & glass eyes of an ancient Roman bronze bust that's on view through May 1.

There will of course be activities and performances; the Inauguration ceremony will also be shown in one of the auditoriums from 11am to 2pm.

MON 1/21

11th Annual Day of Service & Celebration in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
at Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston

Speakers: Ernest G. Green, Marvin Gilmore, Rev. Gloria White Hammond MD, Regie Gibson

Feat: Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

In honor of Dr. King, several people will read some of his most memorable passages, and young people get classical. The keynote speaker Ernest G. Green is one of the Little Rock Nine that were the first children to desegregate schools in Arkansas in 1954. (So that's pretty cool.)

MON 1/21

2pm to 5pm
Cambridge MLK Day of Service
at City Hall, 795 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
at Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / ** Your time and effort **

I think Martin Luther King Jr Day is intended to be a day of national/community service. It's not too late to volunteer for a couple hours -- like making blankets for the less fortunate or donating canned goods.

Or you could sit on the couch... Whatever you want.

MON 1/21

6pm to 8pm
"The Possibilitarians" and "Dead Man Rises": Opening Reception
at Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston (South End)

The Bread & Puppet bus is back in Boston for a week as they perform two programs at the Cyclorama ($12 or $10 for students, seniors, & groups) as well as displaying some artwork.

Expect to hear a story from B&P founder and mad genius Peter Schumann at the reception, and I recall one or two local bands playing at a previous receptions.

There will be cheap art for sale (small pieces for $10 or less).

There's even info about being part of the show if you can rehearse on 1/22 & 1/23.

MON 1/21

Literary Firsts
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Feat: Anthony D'Aries, Danielle Jones-Pruett, Sarah Sweeney, Michael Thurston

Usually a group reading makes me a little nervous. When it's at a bar, there is a guaranteed source of booze and one doesn't feel as trapped.

There's also a variety since each "Literary First" includes a poet, essayist, fiction writer, and someone who tells a story about an early sexual experience.

MON 1/21

Massmouth Story Slam: "Bankrupt"
at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$10 / $5 students

If you feel like telling a story, ten people will do more than listen at the story slam. Tonight's tales must give their spin on the theme of "bankrupt" -- can you think of other types besides financial and moral?

If you like, sit back and listen as people tell their true stories.

MON 1/21

The White Owls
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Dennis Brennan captains a kick-ass team of players through blues classics and hidden gems.

MON 1/21

Gringo Star, Boy On South
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$9 / 18+

Some punny names are better than others, so Gringo Star starts in the positive column of my ledger. Then the Atlanta quartet goes up another notch for their bouncy garage-pop and a supposedly excellent live show.

For a little contrast, Boy on South mainly sounds like low-key indie-folk stuff. Maybe there will be a third band?

MON 1/21

The Space Bums, The New Complainers
at ZuZu!, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

For the late Monday crowd, it's a mix of Velvet Underground influences and swingy rock and roll.

For the even later Monday crowd, the awesome Will Dailey & drummer Dave Brophy are probably playing at the Plough & Stars at 10:30pm.

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