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“The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Drop the a, capitalize the m, and prop a quick little “understand the society of” in front of it, and boom! You’ve got Andrew Rimas schtick right there. Rimas thinks he’s pretty much got this civilization thing figured out, and to be fair, he makes a good point. No matter who you are, where you are, when you are, you’re gonna get hungry. Rimas will be coming to First Parish Church to share his gullet-eye view of history, showing us how we—not just you—are what we eat.
[Wed 4.13.11. 3 Church St., Cambridge. 617.495.2727. 7pm/all ages/free. cambridgeforum.org]
Gotta hand it to Sarah Vowell—when they were doling out personal callings, she sure managed to snag one of the sweeter ones. “Social observer” is one of those wonderful, nebulous job titles that bestows deference, implies sagacity and means absolutely fuck all. Seriously. We observe shit, like, all the time, and we’ve never been on NPR. But nooo, her observin’ all special. Vowel’s recent “observations” on America’s tempestuous stint as a Pacific Empire led to her latest tome, Unfamiliar Fishes, selections from which she’ll be reading from over at First Parish Church. Observe ya there.
[Fri. 3.25.11. 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617.661.1515. 7pm/all ages/$5. harvard.com]
Equal parts Elvis Presley and Che Guevara, Phil Ochs penned a good portion of the soundtrack to being pissed back in the ’60s, including “The Draft Dodger Rag” and “I Ain’t Marching Anymore.” Tragically, anger’s twin cousins, misery and booze, finally caught up with Ochs in the mid-’70s, and he took his own life at the age of 35. The Cambridge Forum, in conjunction with his sister, Sonny Ochs, and the Harvard Book Store, keep his message of snarky defiance alive, with an evening of protest at First Parish Church Meetinghouse. [1446 Mass. Ave., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 617.876.7772. 7pm/$20, $15 members, $10 children. harvard.com]