Past calendar events
Wed, 2 May; 6–7pm (rain date!)
Fourth-graders from the Graham & Parks Alternative Public School will each write a personal wish on one brick of a Cambridge wall, then paint over it. Anyone can join the project on April 27th from 6 to 7 pm. Make a wish. Write it on the wall. Then hide it with paint forever.
Sat, 28 Apr; 6pm
Benefit rock show for a bicycle safety fund started in the name of my schoolmate and friend, Gordon Riker. Gordon was tragically killed earlier this month when he was riding his bike down Huntington Ave.
There will be music from Vanna, Therefore I Am, A Loss For Words, and Medicated Kisses, as well as shirts from Gordon's own Art Terror clothing, silkscreen prints, and more.
Wed, 25 Apr; 8pm
Bound to be some mayhem. $7
For 33rd Annual William A. Dwiggins Lecture, The Essential Form, type designer Sumner Stone will describe the technical structures and cultural contexts of our mainstream letterforms, and how they provide a context for his recent work.
Meet at the benches at Mass Ave and Westland Ave… memorial bike ride for my fellow designer, classmate, printer, and friend, Gordon Riker.
Gordon was tragically killed last week on his bike, way before his time. Rest In Peace buddy.
Fri, 13 Apr; midnight
The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Black Ocean present J. Cannibal's Feast of Flesh IV —a night of various zombie-related activities, including a zombie costume contest, a showing of the movie Wild Zero, and more! $10
One of the first public screenings of the new Helvetica film by Gary Hustwitt will take place at MassArt, followed by a special Q&A with Matthew Carter and Mike Parker.
As weird as it may sound to those of you non-typophiles, I'm expecting this event to be one of the highlights of my year.
Massachusetts College of Art Graphic Design All School Show, A Social Function, opens in the Tower Gallery at MassArt
“History, craft and technology intertwine in this show featuring printed samples, tools and demonstrations, tied together by the interpretive exhibit elements, relating to the art and craft of letterpress printing. Featuring letterpress artists and practitioners from across the Northeast.”
10 Dec–11 March
My sister, Kelly Sherman, is one of four finalists for the 2006 Foster/ICA Artist Prize! The inaugraual show opened with the grand opening of the brand new Institute of Contemporary Art building.
Needless to say, I am very proud of her, and I believe she deserves this in every way.
Kelly made a point to clarify the fact that the prize is “about the artwork, not the money”, but if she wins, I'm hopin' for a free dinner.
Kaiju Big Battel is returning to Avalon Boston for Kaiju Big Battel: The Pilot. This full-fledged Big Battel will be filmed for an upcoming television pilot.
$15.25, all ages; tickets available through Ticketmaster
Thu, 7 Dec; 12–7:30pm
The displays will be set up in MassArt's Doran Gallery, in the Artists' Residence (map).
Thu, 30 Nov; 7–9pm
My beloved roommate, Erin M Riley, opens her solo exhibition of artwork, Habitually Untalkative, in the Installation Station on the second floor of MassArt's Kennedy Building.
The show will be up from 26 Nov through 9 Dec.
Tue, 21 Nov; 6–9:30pm
Sun, 12 Nov; 8pm
Hirax (!) at the Middle East, downstairs; $12 in advance / $14 at the door, 18+
Hirax may be the best band you will ever see live.
Fri, 9 Nov; 8pm
Witchcraft plays the Middle East, upstairs; $9 (cheap!), 18+
My roommates and I are hosting a Voodoo Mass Halloween party. More info here.
Sat, 21 Oct; 10am–6pm
The 11th annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center; FREE veg food galore! Admission is free.
I've been to this every year since I've lived in Boston, and I have no intention of missing it this year.
Fri, 20 Oct; 7pm
The next full-scale Kaiju Big Battel event: Shpadoinkel Mania XVIII at Avalon Boston; $15.25, all ages
Fri, 13 Oct; 8pm
Vital Remains and Dismember at the Middle East, downstairs; $20, 18+
Sat, 8 Oct; 8pm
The Melvins and Big Business at Axis; $15, 18+ (maybe even 21+)
Tue, 26 Sep; 6pm
Comics guru and theorist in visal communication, Scott McCloud, makes Northeastern's Blackman Auditorium a stop on his 50 State Tour celebrating his new book, Making Comics; Free and open to the public
Fri, 22 Sep; Midnite
The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Black Ocean present J. Cannibal's Feast of Flesh—a night of various zombie-related activities, including a zombie costume contest, a Thriller dance party, a showing of the cult classic movie Nazi Zombies (aka Shockwaves), and more! $20
Sat, 16 Sep; 5pm
The Boston Derby Dames have a bout at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA.
The Derby Dames' events always sell out because they are always amazing fun! So buy tickets ahead of time; $15.
Wed–Sun, 13–17; 7pm
Films at the Gate, a series of free outdoor screenings of Kung-Fu and Chinese films near the Chinatown gate in Boston, including Enter the Dragon
Wed, 13 Sep; 8pm
Boris at the Middle East, downstairs; $12, 18+
Fri, 8 Sep; 8pm
The Angry Samoans at the Middle East, upstairs (only New England appearance!); $12, 18+
Fri, 1 Sep; 8pm
Uneartly Trance at O'Brien's; $12, 21+
Sat, 26 Aug; 9pm
Tunnel of Love at O'Brien's; $8, 18+
Fri, 18 Aug; 9pm
I will be showing some of my own artwork at Orchard Skateshop along with Jad Angel and Louis Sarowski.
running until 13 Aug
Light My Fire: Rock Posters from the Summer of Love at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Wed–Sun, 9–13 Aug
Boston is the host city for this year's annual TypeCon. I'll be there, representin' both MyFonts.com and MassArt to all the other typography nerds.
Fri, 11 Aug; 5–8pm
The MassArt Press presents an opening reception of For the Love of Letters: 30 Years of Letterpress Printing at MassArt.
The show will be up 7-19 Aug, mostly in MassArt's 2nd floor Tower Gallery.
I printed the posters and have put tons of effort into the creation of the MassArt Press over the past year or so, so this event is exciting to me.
Sat, 5 Aug; 8:30pm
As one of the stops on the Netflix Rolling Roadshow, JAWS will be shown at Ocean Park on Martha's Vineyard.
Mon, 31 Jul; 7pm
The original 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers plays at the Coolidge (new 35mm print!).
Fri–Mon, 21–24 Jul
The Brattle Theatre presents a mini zombie-fest, hosting a slew of zombie movie screenings and related activities, including a "zombie march" from South Station at 6pm on Sat.
Sat, 24 Jun; 8pm
Blue Cheer at the Middle East, downstairs; $20, 18+
Sun, 18 Jun; 8pm
Pelican and Disappearer at the Middle East, downstairs; $12 in advance / $14 door, 18+
Thu, 8 Jun; 8pm
Dungen at the Middle East, downstairs; $12, 18+
Thu, 1 Jun; 8pm
Boris and Thrones at the Middle East, downstairs; $12, 18+
Mon, 29 May; 7pm
As part of the Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science On Screen series, Rodney Brooks, Director of the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab and Prof of Robotics, will be intrducing Forbiddden Planet
$9.50 regular admission, $6 for seniors, students, and Museum of Science members, free for members of the Coolidge
Another perfect example of why I am a card-carrying member of the Coolidge.
Sun, 28 May; 8pm
Vader and Kataklysm at the Middle East, downstairs; $20, 18+
Even if you don't care about the anime convention, you still need to register for Friday to get in, which costs $30.
Plenty of nerds are guaranteed to be in attendance (it's an anime con!).
See details here.
Sun, 22 May; 10am–4pm
The Letterpress Guild of New England and the Museum of Printing in Andover present Hot Type, Cool Books Graphic Arts Fair
The fair will be held at the same time as the annual North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival. There will be a wide variety of museum demonstrations as well as private press and equipment vendors, book arts demonstrations, tours and food available on the common.
Thu, 18 May; 8pm
Sunn and Grief at the Middle East, downstairs; $12, 18+
Sat, 6 May; 8pm
Isis, Zombi, and Irepress at the Middle East, downstairs; $13, 18+
Sat & Sun, 29 & 30 Apr; 1–6pm
Free sailing on Boston Hahbah at the Boston Sailing Center open house
Thu, 28 Apr; 7pm
Mike Parker, former typographic director for Mergenthaler Linotype and the founder of Bitstream Corp, will speak on the origins of Times Roman; at Andover's Museum of Printing
It probably goes without saying that type nerdom is a prerequisite for this event.
Wed, 26 Apr; 7pm
Triple feature presentation with 35mm prints of the original King Kong and Godzilla, finished off with the excellently cheesy King Kong versus Godzilla; $10 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre
This is a perfect example of why I am a card-carrying member of the Coolidge.
Also note that they will be showing the rarer original Japanese version of Godzilla which is much more politically driven than the dumbed down American release starring Raymond Burr.
Sun, 23 Apr; 8pm
Unearthly Trance, Lair Of The Minotaur, Deathamphetamine at the Middle East, upstairs; $12, 18+
“Kelly Sherman will be investigating seating plan arrangements in the context of weddings: how complex family relationships are confronted and mediated via event seating arrangements…”
Wed 12 Apr; 12:30–2pm
Lecture by designer, silkscreen artist, and current Artist-in-Residence with Northeastern's Visual Arts Program, Harmen Liemburg; in MassArt's Tower building, room 659
Thu 6 Apr; 6pm
More than Mere Bagatelles: Franklin's Typefoundry and Press at Passy is this year's annual W.A. Dwiggins lecture hosted by the Boston Society of Printers at the BPL Rabb Lecture Hall, Copley Square.
The event is free and open to the public; Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library, Copley Square
More info on the Kaiju site
Mon–Fri until 31 Mar; 9am–5pm
Boston College's Burns Library presents Seeing Voices: A Brief History of Type: “an exhibit of books showing exemplary type fonts covering the period from the 15th–20th century.”
Fri 24 Mar; 9pm
My friends, Shane, Zac, and Kathy, come from Ohio to play at Twisted Village in Harvard Square in their noise band, Lambsbread.
Fri 17 Mar; 7pm
Boston Derby Dames present an all-girl roller-derby bout, The Shamrock Showdown, in MassArt's gym, with live music, refreshments, etc.
My friend Caitlin is gonna be in this, so it's bound to be brutal. She recommends showing up way early as it's bound to sell out fast. Tickets are $12.
Fri 17 Mar; 7pm
Free movie and demo by Boston's bicycle chopper gang, S.C.U.L. (Subversive Chopper Urban League), at MIT, room 10-250.
This is where I'll go if I can't get in to the roller-derby bout.
Thu 23 Feb; 6:30pm
Still Moving Design with Ellen Lupton, Bill Stewart, and Gian Pangaro at the ICA Boston.
"The speakers will discuss the function of design in a society where people, objects, and media are in constant motion."
Golan was another one of the instructors at DID Camp.
The presentation is free and open to the public. Emerson Hall is on Sever Quad, next to Widner Library. The back of Emerson faces Quincy Street across from the Fogg Art Museum and the Carpenter Center.
Wed 22 Feb; 12:30–2pm
Ben Fry, Tony Brock and Ellen Lupton participate in Shaking Our Foundations: Reconsidering foundation studies in Communication Design education, a session at the 2006 CAA Annual Conference.
“This presentation examines the pedagogical issues of enlarging freshman and sophomore design curricula to integrate theories, products, and processes of the aural, temporal, kinetic, haptic and algorithmic with traditional studies of form and communication.”
My teacher Brian Lucid organized this one; I also had Ben Fry and Ellen Lupton as instructors in the Digital Information Design Summer Camp at MIT last summer.
This is FREE and open to the public.
Hynes Convention Center, Room 200
Mon, 11 Feb; 11am–7pmOrchard Skateshop on Mission Hill, Boston.
Mon, 6 Feb; 9pm
High On Fire and Big Business at the Middle East, downstairs; $13 in advance / $15 at the doors, 18+
Sat, 4 Feb; 8pm
Soilent Green, Nile and Hypocrisy at the Worcester Palladium, downstairs; $20 in advance / $23 at the doors
Tue, 24 Jan; 7pm (doors)
Deerhoof at the Middle East, downstairs; $12, all ages
Mon, 19 Dec; 9pm
Sunn and Nachtmystium at the Middle East, upstairs; $12, 18+
Thur, 8 Dec; 2pm
My senior degree project review / show; open to the public.
This is something I've been working on since last semester. The show is probably the biggest event of my undergraduate college career.
After this, I can finally sleep.
Tue, 22 Nov; 7pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre presents its new Science On Screen series with David Lynch's The Elephant Man, accompanied with insight from guest speaker Jerome Groopman, MD
Mon, 21 Nov; 9pm
Earth plays with Pelt and 27 at TT the Bear's; $10
Tue, 15 Nov; 9pm
Exhumed and Grief at the Middle East, downstairs; $12, 18+
Sat, 12 Nov; Midnight
Coolidge Corner Theatre presents: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with live soundtrack by Puerto Muerto, and live guest appearance by Gunnar Hansen (the original Leatherface)
$12, $10 members
As a side note: I just recently joined the Coolidge with a $30 dollar student membership. I highly recommend doing the same; if not just to support a theatre that will have events like this, to save a ton (usually $3.50) on admission prices.
In the Trustees room, 11th floor, Tower building, MassArt
Mon, 31 Oct (Halloween!); 7:30pm
The wonderful Coolidge Corner Theatre shows the original Universal Studios production of Frankenstein (1931) and F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) with live music by Michael Shapiro and Devil Music, respectively.
If this is as good as the time I saw Alloy Orchestra do a live soundtrack for Nosferatu at the MFA, I might die.
Sat, 29 Oct; 11pm
I'm having a Haunted House Halloween party at my apartment!
Fri & Sat, 28 & 29 Oct; Midnight
Friday the 13th Part III in 3D at the Coolidge Corner Theatre as the Midnite Movie.
I'm especially psyched about this one, because I'm working on a design project right now involving B-rate 3D
Wed, 26 Oct; 7:15pm
Free showing of George A. Romero's horror masterpiece, Night of the Living Dead, in MassArt's Tower auditorium
Chris Ware is easily one of my favorite visual artists.
Sat, 22 Oct
Zombie March on Boston
E-mail email@example.com for more info (thats the only info listed on the flyer I saw).
Sat, 22 Oct; 7pm–11pm
New England Shrieks! Horror Film Festival at the Pozen Center, North Building, MassArt
General public: $15
Students w/ ID: $5
MassArt students: Free
10th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival *FREE!* At the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center
Jello Biafra with The Melvins at The Middle East downstairs; $15, 18+
Gallery talk on the Masterpieces of Graphic Design exhibition at the International Poster Gallery, Newbury Street
Wed, 19 Oct; 5:30pm
Grand opening of MassAr's new letterpress facility; 9th floor of the Tower building
I spent a lot of time helping to make this even possible. It will be fun, and rewarding.
Reception: 5:30pm at Bakalar Gallery
Program: 6:45pm at Tower Auditorium
General admission: $15
AIGA members, MassArt students & faculty: Free
Sat & Sun , 15 & 16 Oct; 7am–10pm
MIT Press loading dock sale!!
I've been the past few years—so many good books for so cheap; plus free snacks.
Girls roller derby bout—Boston vs Providence—at the Bank of America Skating Center (in Kennedy Plaza), Providence
Opening reception for the Masterpieces of Graphic Design exhibition at the International Poster Gallery, Newbury Street
Victory At Sea at Great Scott; $7, 18+
Devil Music at Great Scott; $7, 18+
Art Spiegelman lecture at the Peabody Essex Museum; Members $25, nonmembers $30, students with valid ID $12 (it pays to be a student!)
Big Bear, The Mules at Great Scott; $8, 18+
Khanate at Great Scott; $8, 18+
…If you go to any of the slew of good upcoming shows at Great Scott (see below), I recommend this one—bound to be a face-melter.
AIGA National Design Conference
Reception for an exhibition of work from MassArt's Dynamic Media Institute in the Patricia Doran gallery
Reception for The Graphic Imperative, an exhibition of political posters at MassArt
Sound Off, the closing event for Sonification / Listening Up at MIT
Vegan buffet at Grasshopper to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief