you smell it, Bostonians? Can you smell it in the air? That, my
friends, is the scent of the end of summer. Soon, the thousands of students
we have been missing (or perhaps not missing) will return; everything
will be open later, as summer hours will end; but so will the long
days, warm nights and dreamy endlessness of summer.For
one of the last Weeks in Geeks of the summer, we've decided to pay
tribute to one of the fringiest of fringe-fandoms: the
Chinese-cinema-and-puppetry fanatics. We feel like we have been
ignoring them, so if you are a fan of one of those things or both, then
this week is truly your time to shine. We have three puppet events
(which is exactly three times the number of puppet events we have had
all summer) and four free films screening outdoors in Chinatown.What could be a more fitting end to summer?MONDAY 8.22
[book] Kevin Wilson reads from The Family Fang @ the Harvard Bookstore 7pmShort-storyist-turned-novelist brings his first full-length effort to the Harvard Bookstore tonight. The Family Fang
tells the story of the offspring of two eccentric performance artists
who never quite jumped on the "proper social adjustment" bandwagon,
given that they spent their childhoods participating in their parents'
art. Their adulthood is as complicated as their relationship with their
parents. Described as The Royal Tenenbaums meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? this book is a must-read for any fan of poorly-adjusted adult children!TUESDAY 8.23[puppets] Puppeteer Nicola McEldowney @ Brookline Booksmith 2pmIn this family-friendly event hosted by the Smith, Nicola McEldowney brings Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories to life with puppets! Witness scientifically inaccurate but nonetheless entertaining explinations How the Whale Got His Throat and How the Leopard Got His Spots. This event is perfect for families with small children or adults genuinely interested in puppets.WEDNESDAY 8.24[puppets] Sir George and the Dragon @ Puppet Showplace Theatre Wed, Thurs + Sat, 10:30am + 1:30pmIf
you missed Tuesday's Brookline-based, family-friendly puppet-fun, then
worry not! The pupper showplace theatre has always got something
puppet-y going on, and this week is no different. On Wednesday,
Thursday and Saturday afternoons, you and your family and-or easily
delighted friend-group can enjoy this fun tale of knights, princesses
and dragons.[bats] Superbat Film Screening @ Harvard Museum of Natural History 6pmThe
only thing more badass than Batman would probably be the bat. The
things fly around, hang upside down, and see by screaming in tones
inaudible to the human ear. The Harvard Museum of Natural History
presents Superbat, a 48-minute documentary about the life and times of the average bat.THURSDAY 8.25[puppets] Puppets on the Common presents Aesop's Fables @ Boston Public Garden 2:30pmYou
know what this week's listings needs? More puppets. Forever. This
Thursday, in the Boston Public Garden, Charlotte Dore of Rosalita's
puppets will present some of Aesop's Fables.
This return of the long but recently-MIA tradition of puppets on Boston
Common is a much-welcome activity in the end-of-the-summer doldrums.[dogs] Vincent McCaffrey reads The Slepyng Hound to Wake @ Brookline BooksmithThis week, Boston-local and mystery writer Vincent McCaffrey comes back home to present his new novel, The Slepyng Hound. Its a followup to his mystery title Hound, and tells the story of Henry Sullivan, book collector and part-time sleuth.[dragons] Way of the Dragon @ the Chinatown Gate 8pmThe
forces of Bruce Lee (awesome) and Chuck Norris (soooo awesome) star in
this movie about a fighter from China who travels to Italy to fight the
Mafia. It is difficult to imagine anything more badass. This subtitled
film will be presented at the Chinatown Gate as part of the Films at
the Gate summer series, which continues throughout the weekend.FRIDAY 8.26[tony stark] Iron Man 2 @ the Hatch Shell 7:29pmRDJ
returns as Tony Stark in this sequel to the 2008 superhero blockbuster.
It's the last of the Hatch Shell's free summer film series, (and the
first not-quite-for-the-younglings film to be featured) and also
freaking Iron Man, so don't miss it[film] Gallants @ the Chinatown Gate 8pmContinuing the Films at the Gate series is Gallants. This
tribute to old-school martial-arts film stars is set in the
here-and-now, but nods to the classic action of the 60s and 70s. Aging
martial artists take on a younger crowd and deal with the pangs of
growing older in this acclaimed 2010 action-comedy.SATURDAY 8.27
[con] ComiConn @ Stamford Plaza Hotel, Stamford, CTComiConn,
not the be confused with Comic Con or ConnectiCon, is a comic
convention in Connecticut that is wholly for the fans and by the fans.
It is, as the name would imply, actually comics-based. There are
workshops on drawing, storytelling and character-creating; this small,
homegrown convention is perfect for and hardcore comic fan.
[jackie chan everywhere] The Young Master @ the Chinatown Gate 8pmJackie
Chan is a young kung fu master (what else) who runs into trouble when
his brother runs off to a gang; Chan's character goes off to track him
down, but the police mistake him for his brother. Chaos and fighting
ensue. This 1980 film has Chan written all over it--after all, he wrote
it, directed, and starred.SUNDAY 8.28
[pool of the dead] Dead Pool @ Flat Top Johnny's 8pmCome
celebrate billiards, music, and fringe culture
this monthly event! Dead Pool takes place at Flat Top Johnny's in
Kendall Square. The event is 18+ and first come, first serve. Exactly
what a goth-based pool night will hold is vague, but according to the
event site, "NO sporting events will be shown on the TVs during Dead
Pool." It already looks promising.
[film + doc] The Kid + A Moment in Time @ the Chinatown Gate 8pmThis double-feature presents two nods to great Chinese cinema. The first is 1950s The Kid.
Bruce Lee, in one of his earliest roles, plays an orphan boy, and Lee's
father plays the rich factory owner who seems about to change the boy's
fortunes. But things go wrong, as they tend to in film. A Moment in Time
is a tribute to Chinese cinema and culture in San Francisco, and tells
the story of immigrant life; how they brought the films they loved from
their old homes to their new homes.
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