Lunch for Boston freelancers returns on November 19th

[tweetmeme] My Free Agent Jungle project took a little break over the summer plus an extra month or two. The monthly Boston networking lunch for freelancers is back with the next event on Thursday, November 19th at Tavern In The Square (Porter Square, Cambridge.) If you work on your own as a freelancer, free agent or consultant in the Boston area, you’re invited to join us. It’s not just for people working in web, tech or social media worlds. People from diverse backgrounds attend the lunch: writers, publicists, architects, technologists, attorneys, graphic designers, marketers, engineers, etc.

Learn more about the lunch on the Free Agent Jungle website. Let me know if you have any questions.

The Rock Out Boston Club meets tonight (Tues, 10/20) in Cambridge for Hey Mama

Hey Mama

Photo by Paul Janovitz, 2009

[tweetmeme] I was an instant fan of Avi & Celia the first time I saw them at the Lizard Lounge a few years ago, sitting in with the always amazing Session Americana. Since then I’ve seen them a few times playing their duo show of sexy, soulful, rock and roll. They’ve stepped things up and are now playing with a full band with a new name: Hey Mama.

The Rock Out Boston Club that Annie Burns and I co-host is meeting up tonight (Tuesday, October 20th) at Cambridge Common at 8pm for drinks and then we’ll head downstairs to the Lizard Lounge for Hey Mama who are playing a Tuesday residency throughout October. Tickets are $7 at the door. It’s a small, cozy club (105 capacity) so getting there early to join us for drinks first is definitely a good idea.

Cambridge Common and the Lizard Lounge are at 1667 Mass Ave, a short walk down Mass Ave from either Harvard Square or Porter Square. Get there early enough and there’s parking behind the restaurant. The 77 and 96 bus will also get you there, too.

If you can’t make it tonight, join The Rock Out Boston Club’s fan page on Facebook and we’ll alert you when the next rock and roll outing happens in November.

Tuttle Boston 2 Meetup at Digital Lounge on August 7th

Michael Oh from Tech Superpowers clued me into The Tuttle Club, a weekly social media salon+cafe that Lloyd Davis started up a few years ago in London. Inspiration for the name of the group comes from a character in the movie Brazil (check out the video clip below).

Mike has been working on transforming Tech Superpowers Internet Cafe into a digital lounge and they’ll be hosting the second Tuttle event in Boston this Friday, August 7th, 10am-12noon at 252 Newbury Street. If you’re around Boston, I hope you’ll join us! It’s a free event, but RSVP is appreciated.

The Rock Out Boston Club

Aloud at Arlington Regent Theater, photo by Annie Burns, April 2009

[Aloud at Arlington Regent Theater, April 2009, photo by Annie Burns]

I go out to see a lot of live music and it’s always more fun to share it with other people. Annie Burns and I started up a new group called The Rock Out Boston Club on Facebook. The first concert outing is for Aloud at TT The Bear’s Place on Tuesday, May 12th in Central Square. We’re meeting up for drinks and appetizers at nearby ZuZu at 8 and then the band goes on at 9pm.

Aloud at TT The Bear's Place on may 12 with Bon Iva

My hope is that people who might not go out to see live rock shows all that often will join us. And since Aloud goes on first at 9, it won’t be a late night if you can’t stay past the first band on a school night. There are approximately 393,038 great bands in Boston. You can go out any night of the week and see what this town has to offer.

Everyone who joins us will get a free CD from Aloud with live and unreleased songs on it.

Join The Rock Out Boston Club’s group on Facebook and RSVP for the first outing on May 12th.

Free Shakespeare performance on Boston Common of “As You Like It”

Free Shakespeare, the annual summertime project hosted by the Citi Performing Arts Center is back again at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common, July 18 through August 3, 2008. I’ve organized a get together for the Sunday, July 27th performance of As You Like It, at 7pm. We’re meeting up at 6pm to grab a spot on the grass. If you’d like to join us, RSVP on the event page I set up at Facebook. If you’re not on Facebook, send me an email.

I missed last year but have made it to several of the Free Shakespeare events in the past. It’s always a lot of fun in that “sit on the grass with friends and a zillion strangers and watch a Shakespeare play” kind of way.

Photo by Steven2005 at Flickr. (From “As You Like it” – Act 2, Scene 1)

Bloggers @ A.R.T.

Several years ago I conspired with The American Repertory to invite Boston area bloggers to a performance at their new Zero Arrow Theater in Harvard Square. It was a fun excuse to get out to see something I rarely seem to do: theater!

Thanks to Nicholas Peterson at A.R.T., they’re inviting bloggers to this Sunday’s (7pm, April 6th) performance of the U.S. premier of “ELECTIONS & ERECTIONS: A Chronicle of Fear and Fun.” Tickets normally cost $39 for the Sunday performances; but bloggers get a complimentary ticket in exchange for blogging about the performance (good, bad, indifferent).

If you’re a Boston area blogger and you’d like to join us on Sunday, April 6th at 7pm, sign-up on the Upcoming.org page. If you don’t use upcoming.org, send me an email with the URL of your blog. We might meet up for drinks after the performance.

A.R.T. has a blog that will probably start percolating again sometime soon with tidbits about their latest show.

Free Agent Boston Lunch on April 17th — it’s back!

After a long hiatus, Free Agent Boston is back with a networking lunch on Thursday, April 17th at Cambridge Common. There’s room for 35 people so RSVP on the event website if you’d like to join us.

I started up Free Agent Boston in 1999 after inviting some freelance/consultant friends to lunch. The events took place most every month until 2004 with 30-60 people attending each lunch. It’s awesome to be working on my own but it can also feel isolating not having many people to talk to during the day. I recently moved in to the Betahouse coworking office in Central Square so that definitely helps. But not everyone has a Betahouse to go to. Free Agent Boston is a monthly lunch that is a few parts social, networking and support for anyone working on their own or in a small group. I might add a monthly breakfast and there has been a lingering idea to do a conference, too.

On Broadway Opens in Theaters in Boston!

I’ve been so busy with helping plan Drupalcon Boston that I’m five days late writing about this other exciting tidbit.

One of the greatest movies ever (seriously) debuted at the 2007 Boston Independent Film Festival — On Broadway They finally have a run of dates in the Boston area. Here’s hoping it expands to the rest of the world soon.

I’d like to get a bunch of us together to see the movie on March 16th at the Somerville Theater for the 7pm showing. They’ll be doing a Q&A session with the director and some of the actors after the show. I’ll put up a link to an RSVP page soon.

THEATRICAL RELEASE OF ON BROADWAY MARCH 14, 2008

WHAT: The made-in-Boston independent movie “On Broadway” has just finished a highly successful year on the film festival circuit, taking home high honors from American and European festivals. Now it is being released on five screens in Greater Boston. “On Broadway” is a true look at Boston’s Irish community with a cast and crew all with local ties to the city.

Many of the film’s stars are native Bostonians – Joey McIntyre, Eliza Dushku, Mike O’Malley, Amy Poehler, and Robert Wahlberg. Also, Writer/Director Dave McLaughlin is a West Roxbury native, cinematographer Terrence Fitzgerald Hayes is a son of Southie, and
every member of the movie’s producing team hails from Massachusetts. The icing on “On Broadway’s” Boston cred is the movie’s score, composed by Buffalo Tom front man and Lexington resident Bill Janovitz, and recorded at Somerville’s Q Division studio.

This is a truly independent approach to filmmaking.

Not only was the film financed and produced outside of the traditional studio system, it is now being distributed exclusively through independently owned theaters.

• Best First Feature Film, Galway Film Fleadh 2007
• Best Narrative Feature, Woods Hole FF 2007
• Grand Jury Prize, New Hampshire FF 2007
• Directors Choice Award, Magners Irish FF 2007

WHERE: At the following theaters:

• Cameo Theater 1 & 2
14 Columbian Square – South Weymouth, MA 02190
781.335.2777

• Dedham Community Theatre
580 High St – Dedham, MA 02026
781.326.0409

• Sharon Cinema 8
700 South Main St – Sharon, MA 02067
781.784.9300

• Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square – Somerville, MA 02144
617.625.5700

• West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington St – West Newton, MA 02465
617.964.6060

WHEN: In theaters March 14, 2008

WHO: On Broadway stars Joey McIntyre, Eliza Dushku, Mike O’Malley, Robert Wahlberg, Will Arnett, and Amy Poehler.

MORE INFO: Visit www.onbroadwaythemovie.com for
showtimes and more information.