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Hot things around town - from the BSO to Mama Kin for free

By Joel M. Rosenberg
Staff Reporter

Free time is enjoyed too infrequently by too many of us, thanks to the workload provided by the hell we call Tech. Still, every once in a while we get a recreation break and are faced with the problem of what to do. Two weeks ago I told you where to find out what's going on; today I'm going to tell you some stuff they don't print in The Phoenix.

Your $30,000 a year here will get you more than free tutors. With a student ID, you can get free admission to the Museum of Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, and perhaps the best kept secret of all - the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

For the BSO, tickets are available to shows Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. and Friday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available for rehearsals Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. This is how it works: if there are 100 tickets left for a show, an MIT student can get two tickets for that day's performance with two valid IDs (yours plus a friend's). You can check on ticket availability by calling 638-9478 after 10 a.m. the day of the show. A schedule for the BSO, which opened this past Wednesday, can be obtained by calling 266-1492, or checking their new Web site, http://www.bso.org. This program is amazing and often puts cheap MIT students in better seats than the high-paying Bostonian socialites. Makes for a great date, too.

If museums and the BSO aren't your thing, you can check out the live music scene at clubs around Boston and Cambridge. As a good rule, if there's a band you want to see at a club and it says 19+ or 21+, it might well be worth your time to go down there and try to get in. Especially with 19+, if you say you're not drinking and don't have an ID out, they probably won't care how old you are - they're just trying to keep out high school kids. I've gotten into Middle East and Mama Kin for shows I shouldn't have been able to get into. Another method which might be more costly is to buy a ticket and then go to the show - they might be less inclined to turn you away if you already have a ticket.

So those are a few suggestions on where to go. Check The Tech for ads from the MIT Council for the Arts, which regularly gives away free tickets to good cultural stuff going on around town. Their office is on the second floor of the Media Lab. Great places to learn check on what's going on are The Boston Phoenix (available Thursdays for $1, or free Friday afternoons at some dormitories and on the first floor of the Student Center) and The Improper Bostonian (free every other Wednesday at street boxes).

This Weekend

The Heavy Metal Horns play the Regattabar in Harvard Square tonight at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $10 per set. Call 661-5000 for tickets to see this funkin' brass band.

Medeski Martin and Wood will be at the Somerville Theater off at Davis Square on the red line of the T on Sunday at 8 p.m. They're a funk-rock-jazz band with an organ. This Sunday, Color Me Bad will be playing at Paradise on Commonwealth Avenue. Tickets for both can be bought from Ticketmaster by calling 931-2000.

If you want to go to the movies, Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival is highly recommended. It's playing at Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline (easy to get to from the green line on the T) at 7:45 and 9:45 p.m. every day except Mondays through Oct. 3, with midnight shows on Friday and Saturday and midnight shows only on Oct. 4 and 5. The show isn't for the weak - probably more for the easily entertained (Beavis and Butthead came from here).

Finally, this Sunday afternoon there will be jazz bands and other entertainment all over Newbury Street trying to draw people to enter the many little-known art galleries on that famous street. If it's nice out, Sunday might be a great day to go listen to CDs at Tower, buy them at Newbury Comics, eat at Friday's, and watch tourists and the body-pierced. Should be fun.