Taste Talks Presents Start Something Old
Our good friends at Northside Media keep doing cool shit. L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, and Northside Festival put them on the map, but Taste Talks brings that flavor (pun alert!) on the road and highlights some of the best creative thinking around. In this case, it’s driven by food but not limited to Mario Batali’s intellect. This shit is way smarter. Check out Jeremy Ogusky (Clay Crocks) and Chef Ana Sortun (Oleana, Sarma, and Sofra) when the show comes to Boston. The epicurean donnybrook is moderated by Sam Hiersteiner (Lucky Peach, First We Feast), so there’s a little slice of pie for everyone. Mount Gay Rum will be serving up complimentary beverages, and there will be samples from Chef Brendan Pelley from Pelekasis. Pro tip: It’s a free event, but you must register first and it will “sell” out, so don’t show up and expect an open seat.
Wink & Nod. 3 Appleton St., Boston. 8pm/21+/FREE (must register online). Get tickets
Extreme Beer Festival
Now in its 13th year, this annual tribute to long lines and small samples has jumped the shark. This will probably be the last year so if you didn’t get a ticket, you will never ever ever have another chance to attend. Unless, of course, you’re willing to show up super early and find one of the many scalpers who prey on any number of suckers with a wad of cash and a dream of trying a double barrel aged vomit in a cup. Sure, there are a lot of amazing beers out there that qualify or describe themselves as extreme… I’m just kidding, there aren’t. Any brewer willing to slap that tag on their Belgian Quad Stout of disgustingness is not worth throwing a nickel at. Yuck. For fuck’s sake, just drink what you like and like what you drink. (The Harpoon Brewery will be open all day and is just down the street, with no lines and a better experience.)
Seaport World Trade Center. 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 6pm/21+/SOLD OUT. chooch.com
Wish You Were There @ Distillery Gallery
For those that love the trippy spunout joy of the early days of Pink Floyd’s music, Syd Barrett is and was the maestro of those golden sounds. That period was captured in time and space by the meditative trance of the 1975 album Wish You Were Here; the band was never quite the same once Barrett departed. But he always stayed close; as legend has it, while they were recording, Syd himself meandered into the studio, unrecognizable, and watched as they created this seminal homage to his time and person. The Distillery Gallery looks to capture the ephemeral buzz of that album in a collective show that examines time and experience, as it once was, past tense but present. Organized by Jack Schneider and featuring David Armacost, Melanie Bernier, Jason Kalogiros, Middle Kingdom, Okay Mountain and Rhonda Ratray.
Distillery Gallery. 516 East 2nd St., South Boston. Opening Reception 7pm/all ages/FREE. distillerygallery.com
Super Bowl 50
“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile…To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price…Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there…Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.” – Vince Lombardi
Levi’s Stadium. Santa Clara, CA. 6:25pm/all ages/expensive as fuck. sfbaysuperbowl.com
1984 @ The Brattle
George Orwell was on to something with this totalitarian vision of our future. In this seminal screen adaptation, directed by Michael Radford and featuring Richard Burton, John Hurt, Suzanna Hamilton, and Cyril Cusack, the flawed world of love and redemption collide with a modern society’s need to have the upper hand and almighty seeing eye. Whether you’re a conspiracy kook looking for another reason to justify those black helicopters hovering over your neighborhood or simply looking to step back in time and see the future, this classic flick is a must-revisit for any film buff or casual cinephile.
The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer
Are video games art? Are the creators of video games artists? As Sarah Palin once said, “You betcha!” In the first museum retrospective of its kind, solely dedicated to the art and mind of a single video game creator, the Davis Museum looks into the amazing work of Jason Rohrer. The exhibit features four build-outs that are meant to communicate the experience and internal workings of the creator through large scale observations and relationships. The show runs through June 26 and will include additional lectures and workshops as well as a Game Night on April 21, where attendees can play against Rohrer live.
Davis Museum @ Wellesley College. 106 Central St., Wellesley. 3pm/all ages/FREE. wellesley.edu