The Week in Geek! 3.28 - 4.4: Geeks get slammed and artsy, but not fooled

This week we wonder: will Duncan Jones' Source Code be as good as Moon?

If last week's festivities took a toll on your fragile human body, then perhaps you'll this week's relaxing blend of music and poetry. On the flipside, you could continue to party hard with a variety of comic, phantasmogoric and pseudo-pornographic delights. Enough banter! Let's figure out what to do this Week in Geek!


[zombie survival] Dr. Steven C. Schlozman @ Coolidge Corner
Local zombie-education hero (he's a professor at Harvard Medical School) discusses his book, The Zombie Autopsies, which describes his exploration of zombie anatomy through a fictionalized zombie-plague thriller. Free at 6pm!

[talks] Boston Nerdnite @ The Middlesex Lounge
Sports and videogames: Adam Waytz (post-doctorate fellow at Harvard, and Free Darko writer) talks social psychology of NBA Basketball, before Matt Boch talks about his work at Harmonix (of Rock Band and Guitar Hero fame) as lead developer. Nerd jams to follow. 8pm!

[premier] Super @ Brattle Theatre
Director James Gunn will co-present the Boston premier of this dark, absurdist comedy about Rainn Wilson turning into a DIY super-hero to vanquish a drug dealing wife-stealer. Peter Keough thinks you should go. Free at 730!

[play and poem] SLAMBoston @ Factory Theatre
Slam poetry hits the stage in the form of 10 minute plays begging for celebration and audience participation. 6-9 teams compete for cash prizes, each night features a different order and a unique interaction between player and observer. Shows at 730pm tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday!


[screening] LOOT @ Brattle Theatre
WWII veterans who buried stolen treasures in the Phillipines and Europe recruit an inventor and amateur treasure-hunter to help them find their lost booty in this documentary. Director Darius Marder to answer questions afterward, plus an after party! 7pm!


[talk] Blindspot @ Museum of Science
Mahzarin R. Banaji, PhD and Harvard Professor of Social Ethics, discusses the implicit biases that afflict otherwise "good" people. You could be an evil villain and not even know it! Free for registered guests at 630pm!

[robot band] EAR Duo @ MIT
Electro Acoustic Reed players Michael Straus and Dana Jessen present their fusion of saxophone, bassoon, and robots to create a new improvisational experimental music. Part of humans' continuing to develop interfacing methods with robots. Free at 8pm!

[comedy] National College Comedy Competition @ Mottley's Comedy
BC's funniest will try to out-joke Emerson's best jesters tonight at Mottley's Comedy club. Part of a TBS show to decide who the funniest college comedian in the country is! Help them decide who advances at 8pm!


[purple blurb] Amaranth Borsuk @ MIT
Borsuk appears as part of MIT's Purple Blurb series, and will discuss her work as a multi-media writer, using digital and visual forms to explore the poetics of materiality. Free at 4pm.

[talk] Patricia Churchland @ Harvard Book Store
Her book Braintrust explores the relationship between neurobiology and philosophical morality. She asks, and offers an answer, to the question "Is there a trust chemical that allows us to bond?" Free at 7pm.

[comedy] National College Comedy Competition @ Mottley's Comedy
Tufts' comedy champions (who are very funny, btw) will certainly topple MIT's tittilating teasers in tonight's round of comedy competition at Mottley's.


[advice] Take Your Startup To the Next Level @ DogPatch Labs
Doron Reuveni, founder and CEO of shares his knowledge and experience in starting a new dotcom company! Free at 12pm.

[paranormalcon] G-H-O-S-T-F-E-S-T @ Salem
Salem's first Paranormal Activity convention apparates this Friday. Featuring ghosthunters, paranormal celebrities, ghoul girls and vampires, scary cinema, and haunted tours of historical Salem. The witching begins at 3pm Friday.  Contact MTV medium Robyne Marie for more info!

UPDATE: Ghostfest has been postponed

[films] European Short Film Festival @ MIT
Now in its seventh year, the ESFF reviewed more submissions than ever to present the best films from European film schools and independent directors over 4 days at MIT. The festival begins tonight at 7pm!

[poetry] Poetry Grudge Match: Boston versus New York @ Arts at the Armory
National Poetry Month kicks off in Somerville, where the National Poetry Slam presents the epic grudge match of Boston versus New York. Look for slam celebs and previous champions to duke it out with verbal viciousness, to prove which city really has the best poets. 7pm!

[art] BOGUS! @ Lincoln Arts Project
Pat Falco and his DIY gallery (in the lobby of an old Jordan's Furniture) host a reception for the submit-your-own-style Mona Lisa project called BOGUS! It's too late to submit, but Falco hopes the event will publicize the young and underrepresented Boston art scene. 7-10pm!

[concert] Video Game Orchestra @ Symphony Hall
Featuring Alan Silvestri, Daniel Carlin, Lucas Vidal, Yasunori Mitsuda, and Wataru Hokoyama, Berklee's Film Scoring department presents a night of a music from video games and movies like Chrono Trigger and Resident Evil! 8pm!

[adult] BIKE PORN @ Brattle Theatre
Do you experience uncontrollable urges to ride a bicycle? Does riding bikes negatively affect your relationships with humans? If so, you may enjoy Brattle Theatre's celebration of bikesexuality, presented by Screening midnight at Friday, and midnight Saturday, but be careful, last year sold out!


[battle] World Pillow Fight Day @ Boston
Banditos Misteriosos are organizing Boston's entry to the World Pillow Fight Day! Last year Boston had over 1,500 pillow-fighters, making it the 2nd largest in the world. 3pm Saturday, Location TBA, stay tuned to the Banditos website for more info.

[concert] Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Ensemble Surplus @ Harvard
Timothy Weiss directs one of the world's premier contemporary music groups, with special guests from Germany Ensemble Surplus, featuring works from Harrison Birtwistle, Rebecca Saunders, Mark Andre, Alvin Lucier, and Luigi Nono. 8pm @ Paine Concert Hall.


[art] Last day of Lovesick Cafe @ Orchard Skate Shop
Found wood creatures inhabit the gallery extension of Allston's Orchard Skate Shop, which seem to devour humans and beg for hugs at the same time. The exhibit, featured in this blog post, and the subject of an upcoming documentary, closes today.


[music] Cut Copy and Holy Ghost @ House o' Blues
Electro-poppers Cut Copy and disco-funk revivalists Holy Ghost! take over the House of Blues for a night of ecstatic dancing at 8pm!

The Not-So-Distant Future--
April 9: First day of National Robot Week
April 14: New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
April 22 - 24: Anime Boston 2011
April 22 - May 8: The Boston CyberArts Festival

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