Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Art/Sound: SOUND ART Field Trip, December 12

SOUND ART Immersive Experience

Saturday, December 12th -  at 1pm:  A 'Sound Art' field trip on the Orange Line to experience an interactive piece by Ben Chaffee - 'Music for Circumstances'.Bring an iPod [or other mp3 player and train fare. The trip will begin at the Green Street T Station and will last for approximately one hour.  The gallery is also open that day to visit the show from 2-5pm.
The field trip is in conjunction with the exhibit,  Riders on the Train. 
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Event: Boston Santacon 2009, Saturday, December 19

Boston Santacon 2009: Saturday, December 19!!

Purple Shamrock

1 Union St Boston, MA 02108 (617) 227-2060

Boston Santacon Website

A seriously disorganized, utterly chaotic, we-are-so-NOT-planning-this Red Felt Rampage! Get yer megaphone wieldin spray-snow taggin Pine Sol chuggin *ss in a Santa suit and show up!! Here's the latest from Santa: * * * WHAT WHERE WHEN Come December, cacophonous Santas rampage in red flannel through cities around the world. It started in '94 when a few dozen Santas crashed downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos. Things have now reached Critical Xmas and Santarchy is a global phenomenon. You'd better watch out! Santa's coming to town! Boston Santacon 2009 starts Saturday December 19 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Purple Shamrock 1:00). Then Santa marches on Beacon Hill (21st Amendment 3:00), parades through the Common and down Charles Street (Beacon Hill Pub 5:00), rides the Redline to Harvard Square (John Harvard's 7:00), and finally stumbles down to the Hong Kong in Harvard Square to shake his Big Red Booty 'til dawn! Links: -*- Info about Santacon: & & http://santaconboston.... -*- Find Santa's route on Google Maps: search "Boston Santacon 2009" or cut/paste this link: -*- Santa updates his where/when progress by text message. For updates: 1) Join BostonSantacon on Swaggle or 2) Follow BostonSanta on Twitter or 3) Text ".join bostonsantacon" without quotes to 206-694-9197.

Lecture: How Cooking Made Us Human, Wednesday, January 27


Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

Program with Richard Wrangham


In his latest book, Catching Fire, Richard Wrangham, Professor of Biological
Anthropology at Harvard, puts forth the bold theory that our Paleolithic Homo ancestors tamed fire and began cooking 1.8 million years ago, much earlier than conventionally believed. Wrangham will discuss how cooking started a revolution in human evolution, which drove large-scale changes in our physiology, behavior, and cognition and has defined our species to this very day. The program will include a discussion moderated by Noel Michele Holbrook, Professor of Biology and Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry at Harvard. Free and open to the public in the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge 

Lecture: Six Years on Mars, Thursday, December 10


Six Years on Mars

Lecture by Andrew Knoll

Thursday, December 10, 6:00 PM

Andrew Knoll, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard and a member of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover science team, hasn’t actually been to Mars, but he has spent a lot of time examining its rocks, including four-billion-year-old salt deposits investigated by the rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Knoll will reflect on six years of NASA Mars Rover exploration; what the evidence tells us about the history of water and its implication for life on the ancient surface of the Red Planet. Intended audience is teens and older. Free and open to the public in the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street.  
Note: The museum's galleries will be open both before and after the lecture. See Night at the Museum below.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Theater/Food: O.N.C.E. in Hell: Dante's Inferno in 10 Courses, December 15, 16, 17

Abandon hope, all ye who join
Cuisine en Locale and our friends

home of the American Repertory Theater’s The Donkey Show

for a culinary and theatrical interpretation
of the venerable 14th c. work by
Dante Alighieri,
Divina Commedia:

We are dying for you to join us for a tour of the nine circles of Hell. a.
$80/person, includes ten courses of locally sourced food,
but does not include beverages* or gratuity.

This ONCE will take place thrice, on the 15th, 16th and 17th of December
Performances begin at 6pm, and the show will run for three hours b.c.,
to be followed by a dance party in heaven (natch)

a. No. It will not just be 'spicy'. Come on, give us a little bit of credit.
b. Everything will be eatable, and not scary. We've only just done gross for ONCE Upon a Midnight Dreary, this ONCE is going to be tastilicious and complicated in other ways.
c. While we do usually at least try do a vegetarian alternative, we simply cannot for ONCE in Hell. Sorry vegevores, you are either gonna have to eat local meat, or wait for the next ONCE. Ask nicely and maybe we'll do a full veg one sometime :-)

*There is a full bar at OBERON and we will also be offering special text-appropriate cocktails all night long


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Afghan Star, December 1

December 1, 2009 7:00pm-9:30pm
COM 101, College of Communication
Panelists: Nick Mills, Journalism professor, College of Communication
Shahla Haeri, Director of Women's Studies Program and professor of
anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences
Film Website:
About the film, Afghan Star:
After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop Idol has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series ‘Afghan Star’ and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation's favorite singer. But will they attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and traditional nation?

Winner, 2009 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary 


Arts/Dance: The Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers, November 27

JFK Library
Columbia Point, Boston, MA, 02125
(617) 514-1600 - Venue Website
November 27, 2009, 10:30 AM

Join Wampanoag Nation singers and dancers in celebration of the harvest season and American Indian culture. This narrated presentation featuring traditional clothing, music from handcrafted instruments, and social songs and dances will get everyone in the family up on their feet!

To make a reservation, please call 617.514.1644 or e-mail  Include your name, the number in your party, and your contact information.  All school groups (including nursery schools, day care centers and scouting groups) are welcome, but it is essential for the group leader to call one week in advance, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and speak to a Kennedy Library staff member to ensure adequate seating.

Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Small children can be seated on a carpeted floor with their caretaker.  As some programs may be ticketed, reservations are now required for all visitors to this program.