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.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lecture/Talk: 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, Osamu Shimomura, November 17

Please join Professor Emeritus Osamu Shimomura, PhD, School of Medicine, Recipient of 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry as he speaks to the BU Medical Campus community. A reception will follow Dr. Shimomura's formal remarks.
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 at 3:00pm until 5:00pm on Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009
670 Albany Street Auditorium
Open to Boston University:
Admission is free
BUMC Corporate Communications
Lisa Brown

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Events/Talks: Upcoming Berkman Center Events, November 16 & 17


Upcoming events and digital media

[1] [MONDAY 11/16/09] "Big Data, Global Development, and Complex Social
Systems" with Nathan Eagle, Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute

[2] [TUESDAY 11/17/09] Berkman Center Luncheon Series: "Kudunomics:
Information and Property Rights in the Weightless Economy" with Sam
Bowles, Santa Fe Institute, Behavioral Sciences Program

11/16/09, 12:30 PM ET, Berkman Center Conference Room @ 23 Everett St.,
Cambridge, MA
RSVP is required for those attending in person (
This event will be webcast live.

Topic: Big Data, Global Development, and Complex Social Systems
Guest: Nathan Eagle, Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute

Petabytes of data about human movements, transactions, and communication
patterns are continuously being generated by everyday technologies such
as mobile phones and credit cards. This unprecedented volume of
information facilitates a novel set of research questions applicable to
a wide range of development issues. In collaboration with the mobile
phone, internet, and credit card industries, my colleagues and I are
aggregating and analyzing behavioral data from over 250 million people
from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. I will discuss a
selection of projects arising from these collaborations that involve
inferring behavioral dynamics on a broad spectrum of scales; from risky
behavior in a group of MIT freshman to population-level behavioral
signatures, including cholera outbreaks in Rwanda and wealth in the UK.
Access to the movement patterns of the majority of mobile phones in East
Africa also facilitates realistic models of disease transmission as well
as slum formations. This vast volume of data requires new analytical
tools - we are developing a range of large-scale network analysis and
machine learning algorithms that we hope will provide deeper insight
into human behavior. However, ultimately our goal is to determine how we
can use these insights to actively improve the lives of the billions of
people who generate this data and the societies in which they live.

This event will be webcast live; for more information and a complete
description, see the event web page:

11/17/09, 12:30 PM ET, Berkman Center Conference Room @ 23 Everett St.,
Cambridge, MA
RSVP is required for those attending in person (
This event will be webcast live.

Topic: Kudunomics: Information and Property Rights in the Weightless Economy
Guest: Sam Bowles, Santa Fe Institute, Behavioral Sciences Program

Why is a good idea like a kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)? For most of
human history – the first 150,000 years of it at least – valuable
resources like kudus and other large game were difficult to own
individually. As a result when captured, they were shared. The emergence
of agriculture 11,000 years ago made land and other forms of wealth
productive enough to be worth demarcating and defending, and thus
allowed for the evolution of the modern possession-based individual
property rights in land, domesticated animals, and goods.

In the resulting economy of grain and steel, as Adam Smith conjectured
and was eventually demonstrated in the Fundamental Theorem of Welfare
Economics, exchange on competitive markets allowed the decentralized
implementation of an efficient allocation of resources as long as
property rights were complete and enforceable.

But the economy of grain and steel is being displaced by a weightless
economy in which the information and network connections that constitute
the new wealth cannot be weighed, measured, or fenced. Good ideas are
indeed like the large game that once formed a major part of our
subsistence: the pursuit of a new operating system, a new drug, or a hit
tune is uncertain, and when the hunt is successful, it is not only
wasteful not to share the prey, it is often impossible to prevent it
from being stolen.

Will intellectual property rights domesticate the kudu? Or will
innovations like a new song or program remain more valuable ‘in the
wild’? Answers will be provided by a model and history of the long-term
development and transformation of property rights drawing on recent
behavioral experiments and econometric estimates of wealth dynamics in
hunter gatherer societies. An evolutionary model and computer
simulations will show how systems of property rights might respond to
the challenges of the weightless economy.

This event will be webcast live; for more information and a complete
description, see the event web page:

Event: Civil Rights Talk at JFK Library, December 10

Civil Rights:  Here and Now 

Thursday, December 10, 2009 5:30-7:00 PM

On the 100th anniversary of the NAACP, CEO and President Benjamin Jealous, and Chairman Julian Bond reflect on past achievements and the challenges ahead for the organization.  Professor Patricia Sullivan, author of Lift Every Voice:  The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement, moderates. 

About Forums

Forums at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library cover a diverse range of historical, political and cultural topics reflecting the legacy of President and Mrs. Kennedy's White House years. They are conducted as conversations rather than lectures.

All forums are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. Reservations guarantee a seat in the building, but not the main hall. Doors to the main hall open one hour before the program begins. You may make resevations for upcoming forums by using the online registration offered by this website. You may also make reservations or check if speakers' schedules have changed by calling 617.514.1643.

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Film: Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Event, November 17

The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Encore Event
The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Encore Event

By popular demand, NCM Fathom, Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies bring "The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Encore Event" back to select movie theatres nationwide for only one night on Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m. (local time). Don't miss this last chance to see this family classic on the big screen! In addition to the feature presentation of The Wizard of Oz, this event includes a special introduction by Robert Osborne, a classic film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, followed by "To Oz! The Making of a Classic," a look into how L. Frank Baum's classic novel was transformed into one of the most beloved films of all time including archival interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and rare musical outtakes. The presentation of The Wizard of Oz for this event has been enhanced to its maximum potential using the original film source material from over 70 years ago and kept in 4x3 format to preserve the OZ experience as first seen by audiences in 1939.

Movie Details
Running Time: 120 min
MPAA rating: Unrated
Release Date: Nov 17, 2009

Movie Theaters & Showtimes
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