Friday, April 12, 2013

FRI 4/12: Science, Film, Art, Sport, Theater, and Much Music

Don't you hate when you write a blog post at home and forget to post it before you leave? Here you go anyway.

There is more weekend cheapness on the Calendar.


FRI 4/12 (thru SUN 4/21)

Various Times
Cambridge Science Festival
at Various Locations

If you don't associate 'science' with 'fun', then you might need to give the Cambridge Science Festival a chance to change your mind. Over the next 9 days, one of the smartest cities around touts one of the big things it does well with programs and activities for all ages.

The most interesting item on today's agenda:

"Big Ideas for Busy People"
at First Parish Church, 3 Church St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$10 / FREE students

Ten speakers on ten topics for ten minutes each -- 5 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

FRI 4/12 (to SUN 4/14)

Various Times
Boston Running Film Festival
at Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)

Friday's Programs:
3pm -- "New York, NY"
5:30pm -- "Spirit of the Marathon"
8pm -- "Women in Running"

If you want to get pumped for Monday's marathon, you might enjoy watch some movies about running near the Finish Line...

FRI 4/12

5pm to 8pm
Second Fridays
at MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)

The MIT Museum offers a monthly mini-Science fest every month when they let you in for free. There is a new photo exhibit focusing on people's local relationship to the environment all over the globe.

FRI 4/12

6pm to 8pm
"What's Next - BU Graphic Design MFA Thesis Show": Opening Reception
at Stone Gallery, 1st Fl, College of Fine Arts Bldg, 855 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
FREE / Donations accepted

A dozen graphic design majors answer the question on the lips of many parents of art school students...

FRI 4/12

7:30pm to 10:30pm
MIT Recreations Innertube Water Polo Tournament
at Zesiger Teaching Pool, 120 Vassar St, Cambridge (MIT campus)

It's too late to enter now, but it could be quite absurd to watch water polo teams on inner tubes. It strikes me like the idea of synchronized swimmers wearing life preservers.

FRI 4/12 (and SAT 4/13)

8pm to 11pm
"The Actor's Nightmare Deluxe"
at School of Law Auditorium, 765 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

Unlike inner-tube water polo, this one-act play is intended to be absurd. The 30-minute piece will be augmented by "several pre-show vignettes to introduce the plays referenced within the play."

FRI 4/12

Patrick Coman & The Lo-Fi Angels (11pm), Tad Overbaugh & The Late Arrivals (10pm), Highway Ghosts (9pm)
at Sally O'Brien's, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$5 / 21+

It's a strong line-up of rootsy rock.

FRI 4/12

Mean Creek (11pm), Potty Mouth (10pm), Shark? (9pm)
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$10 / 21+

I'm sure Mean Creek has been invited to the Rock 'n' Roll Rumble, but I guess they're hoping for more than regional success -- they have the talent and sound to be bigger than Boston. (The 3 most popular acts to win the Rumble are probably The Dresden Dolls, Gang Green, and 'Til Tuesday.)

FRI 4/12

2013 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble: Preliminaries Night #5
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 / 18+

Feat: White Dynomite (11:45pm), The Suicide Dolls (11pm), The Field Effect (10:15pm), Coyote Kolb (9:30pm)

Befitting a Friday night, the Rumble features some hard-hitting rock, intriguing textures, and a heavy alt-country/blues jam-tacular. This is one of those situations when 4 really strong teams are in the same division, and only one gets to advance to the playoffs.

FRI 4/12

The Pill w/ The Milling Gowns
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$5 / 21+

I'm not sure if the Milling Gowns make me want to dance, but it might be nice to take a break from jumping around to the rock & Brit-pop to hear an interesting band.

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