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Free Stuff September 30-October 7

Geek author Ethan Gilsdorf

Here's your free stuff alert for the week -- now with more free stuff! For more events going on this week, follow @BostonFunShit or like our page at facebook.com/bostonfunshit.

Freakonomics Sneak Preview | Screening with brief lecture by MIT professor Joshua Angrist and Q&A with producer Chad Troutwine | MIT, Bldg 26-100, Vassar St, Cambridge | September 30: 6:30 pm | http://lsc.mit.edu

Nobody's Robots: A Farewell to Piebald Special Screening | Documentary screening party with giveaways, free refreshments, and a performance by Travis Shettel and Aaron Stuart, fed in live from LA | Sidehatch Art Space & Recording Studio, 24 Spice St, Charlestown | September 30: 6-9 pm | facebook.com/piebaldmusic

Boston Local Food Festival | Info, workshops, demos, cooking competitions, and plenty of chances to nom nom nom | Fort Point Channel, Boston | October 2: 11 am-5 pm | bostonlocalfoodfestival.com

Summer Shack's Chowder Cook-Off | Sample New England-style chowders and vote for the best | Spectacle Island, Boston | October 2: noon-2 pm | 617.223.8108 or Yelp event page

Somerville Oktoberfest | Bratwurst, beer, games for kids, and music from the Mad Bavarian Brass Band | Davis Square, Somerville | October 3 @ noon | facebook.com event page

Cambridge Forum: "Howard Zinn and the Freedom to Write" | Panel discussion celebrating the life of the late historian | First Unitarian Church, 3 Church St, Cambridge | October 3 @ 2 pm | 617.661.1515 or harvard.com

Neon Indian | Chillwave | Secret location TBA, Boston | October 3 @ 4 pm | thephoenix.com - we'll have the details on Friday

Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium | Workshops and speakers from the entertainment industry | Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston | October 4 @ 7 pm | berklee.edu

"Two Geeks are Better Than One" | Memoirists Ethan Gilsdorf and Tony Pacitti discuss their books and the appeal of fantasy, sci-fi, and gaming; plus, free Mountain Dew and Doritos! | Pandemonium Books and Games, 4 Pleasant St, Cambridge | October 4 @ 7 pm | 617.547.3721 or pandemoniumbooks.com

Beat Research with Frikstailers | Argentinean cumbia with no cover | Enormous Room, 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge | October 4: 9 pm-1 am | beatresearch.com

Russell Sherman | Classical pianist performs three works by Schumann: Kreisleriana, the C-major Fantasie, and Arabesque | Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston | October 5 @ 8 pm | 617.585.1260

"A Conversation with Spike Lee" | Discussion and film clips with the award-winning director; public admitted on a first come, first served basis, so show up early | Boston University, George Sherman Union, 775 Comm Ave, Boston | October 6 @ 4 pm | 617.216.0636

Michael Cunningham | By Nightfall reading and discussion | Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston | October 6: 6-7:30 pm | 617.536.5400 or bpl.org

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