Festival fav “I Am Not Your Negro” screens @IFFBoston Fall Focus tonight

The Fall Focus series continues this evening at the Brattle Theatre with a screening of a documentary based on an unfinished James Baldwin manuscript. The filmmaker connects Baldwin’s words, narrated by Samuel L Jackson, to both the historical civil rights and black power movements, and to the struggles of today.

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@IFFBoston Fall focus preview: The Invitation

The Independent Film Festival of Boston’s Fall Focus series at the Brattle Continues with Karyn Kusama’s (Girl Fight, Jennifer’s Body) new film The Invitation a slow burn thriller with a lot of buzz; it recently won best film honors at the  48th Sitges Film Festival in Spain, which is prominent for its fantasy and horror programing.

@IFFBoston Fall Focus open night film preview: Where To Invade Next

The Independent Film Festival of Boston has added a new film series in the fall at the Brattle Theater.  Sunday’s  opening night documentary is Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next.  The word on the street from TIFF is that this is an amusing optimistic film, highlighting successful social policies from around the world that Americans should “capture” and make their own.

Mass Independent Comics Expo continues at Lesley! @MassMICE

Over 150 local comic creators will be at the 6th annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo. There is an exhibition hall, as well as panel discussions, workshops, and activities especially for kids.

MICE is held at Lesley University’s University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square, from 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is free.

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Poster Illustration by Jon Chad

music video preview: Passim stage at MayFair

For more than 50 years, Club Passim has nurtured musical talent in the heart of Harvard Square.  Here’s a video playlist of the artists performing on the stage they are curating for Mayfair:

Passim Stage:

12pm Stash Wyslouch – http://www.stashwyslouch.com/
1pm The Blue Ribbons – https://www.facebook.com/blueribbs
2pm Damn Tall Buildings – http://www.damntallbuildings.com
3pm The Ladles – https://www.facebook.com/ladlesband?fref=ts
4pm Dietrich Strause – http://www.dietrichstrause.com
5pm Sean Trischka & The Broken Smiles – http://www.seantrischka.com/

music video preview: MayFair main stage

Programmers from the Sinclair are selecting  bands playing at MayFair this weekend.  Here’s another  playlist of music videos featuring bands they have selected for the Main Stage:

The Main Stage (Produced by The Sinclair)

12pm Funeral Advantage https://www.facebook.com/Funeraladvantagema
1pm The Luxury http://www.theluxuryband.com
2pm M’Bolo http://www.mboloband.com
3pm Bent Shapes https://www.facebook.com/bentshapes
4pm Freezepop http://www.freezepop.net
5pm The Sheila Divine https://www.facebook.com/thesheiladivine

music video preview: MayFair Church Street stage

This year, for the first time, the programmers for the Sinclair have selected bands playing at MayFair, turning it into an astonishing window into great local bands.  To get you excited for Sunday’s festival, here’s a selection of music videos featuring each band that will be playing the Church Street Stage:

The Church Street Parking Lot Stage – FiRE + iCE Stage (Produced by The Sinclair)

12pm Grey Season https://www.facebook.com/GreySeason
1pm Vundabar https://www.facebook.com/Vundabar
2pm The Novel Ideas http://www.thenovelideas.com
3pm Parks http://www.parksband.com
4pm Hallelujah The Hills http://www.hallelujahthehills.com
5pm Air Traffic Controller http://www.airtrafficcontrollermusic.com

Arts First: a weekend celebration at Harvard

Arts First 2015

Harvard’s annual showcase of student and faculty creativity begins this weekend.  The performance fair on Saturday afternoon is concentrated way to see amazing the amazing talent on campus, but events happen all weekend including theatre, dance, concerts, art installation, literary readings, crafting, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with kazoos, cannons and bells. Also, be certain not to miss the show where students exhibit and sell their work!

Cambridge Science Festival starts this weekend

Cambridge Science Festival 2015

Families looking to celebrate science, engineering, and math should check out Cambridge’s Science Festival.  There is a science carnival and robot zoo (!) this Saturday at the main branch of the public library and the War Memorial gym, but there are all sorts of other events happening from the 17th to the 26th, including: multimedia arts programs, lectures, special exhibits and/or free admission at local museums, opportunities to learn new skills, a tour of MIT’s research reactor, and more!