PIN (Pencil it in): Last week of September

This has got to be one of the busiest times of year.  From Back to School to stepping full force into fall, apple picking, open houses, classic New England outings and events are all now at the end of September/beginning of October.  Here are just a few fun things going on this weekend and next week.


Play Me I’m Yours

Play Me I’m Yours is a several cities-wide art instillation by British artist Luke Jerram.  It has been touring internationally since 2008 and 75 pianos just arrived with one or two surely in a neighbourhood near you.  Painted pianos can be found throughout Boston, Brookline, Somerville and Cambridge.  From today, September 27th through October 14th, the Celebrity Series of Boston is having a Play Me I’m Yours festival to celebrate their 75th season with a kick-off party on October 5th. This year, the following cities are also a part of this wonderful international improv of sorts:  Monterey, Munich, Geneva, Paris, Cleveland, Omaha, Boston. I can’t say that those other cities don’t also have fabulous musicians but I know that we are so lucky to live where we do because the musical talent behind every practice room, student dorm, Somerville condo, high school choir practice, South End brownstone, Music Together class is going to venture out and enrich each square, each neighborhood, each street with their sounds.

Glass Pumpkins

There is Charlie Brown and his Great Pumpkin and then there is MIT and their Great Glass Pumpkin Patch.  Every year since 2001, The MIT Glass Lab, has their own art installation/fund raiser known as The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch.  Over 2000, hand blown glass pumpkins are created by members of the MIT Glass Lab and a giant glass pumpkin patch is created.  Visitors are invited to just peruse or peruse and purchase pumpkins.  The proceeds of the pumpkin sales goes back to the MIT Glass Lab so that MIT community members of all skill levels can learn the art of glassblowing. Friday, September 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunday rain date).

What the Fluff?
Not so into glass vegetables?  How about something edible that is sweeter than your sweetest pumpkin, stickier than your stickiest candied apple?  It is time for Somerville to celebrate one of their old school culinary treasures (very different from some of their more recent featured food landmarks) Fluff!  Somerville’s 8th annual Fluff festival is this Saturday, September 28, 2013, 3 to 7 pm in Union Square

Food+Geek=Flavour (Understanding)

I haven’t tested this equation yet, but for those of you who have already been attending the Science and Cooking class series at Harvard I’m sure some parts of the equations must be true.  How is that for totally unscientific method?  In any case, this coming Monday, September 30th, José Andres is teaching culinary chemistry and physics with his lecture on Diffusion and Spherification.  The talk begins at 7 p.m. in Science Center Hall C, but admission is on a first come first seated basis so you may want to start lining up now.

If sustainability is more up your alley than science, save the date for Let’s Talk about FoodCan New England Feed Itself? on October 3rd at Trinity Church in Boston from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Boston Ballet at Home:  Up Close and Personal
Boston Ballet just had a spectacular opening to their season with a Night of Stars on Boston Common.  There are many months before the Nutcracker hits the stage, but as I’ve said before Boston Ballet is so much more than Nutcracker.  If you want to treat yourself to something different, then check out the BB@Home series.  Performed in the newly renovated studio 7 which is then transformed into a 144 seat black box performance space, this is a totally different experience than the Opera House.  You can get a creative peek at the space (in studio format) here.  October 3rd and 4th will be the first BB@Home performances this season both starting at 7:30. On the program are Jorma Elo’s C to C (excerpt), Marius Petipa’s pas de deux from Don Quixote, Viktor Plotnikov’s  Swan,  August Bournonville’s  Jockey Dance (from SIBERIA TO MOSCOW 1876) and a world premiere from soloist Dusty Button. Tickets are $35. Call 617.695.695 or come in person to 19 Clarendon Street, Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:00pm.

Save the Date:

Head of the Charles Regatta
October 19th and 20th, Charles River

We Art Boston

Local authors and illustrators have come together for this really fabulous project entitled We Art Boston.  It is a series of events and an online auction (I know, I know, another auction, but don’t press delete yet, this one is really cool!)  the auction is all original work by various children’s book illustrators.  Starting October 10th, works of art from more than 40 contemporary children’s book illustrators will be up for auctionAll proceeds to benefit the Emergency and Trauma Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Save the date: October 20th at Porter Square Books is Stuffed Animal Portraits for We Art Boston.  From 11:00 to 3:00, on the Rose Kennedy Greenway there will be book-signing, music, water colour painting, and more.

Enough Said

I think I’ve said enough…except…Enough Said is out now.  I was able to preview it this week and I feel head over heels in love with it.  It’s like a simple pasta dish that knocks your socks off and you just can’t figure out why.  Simple ingredients that are perfectly balanced that work together to create something more.  I know if you are a parent whatever the age of your child (especially if you are a parent of girls) then you will love it.  If your child is a teenager be sure to bring tissues.  You will need them.

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