By Teresa Huang
So you thought there was nothing to do on the weekends except sleep and watch the X-Files? Let Scoop help you, my poor misled friends. Instead of feeling guilty about having fun this weekend when you said you were going to catch up on your work, go ahead and plan to have fun. This way, it's part of your schedule, so it's justified. See how that works?
Cheap tix, great flicks. It happens all the time. You want to see this movie people keep calling amazing, but by the time you have a free weekend to see it, it's five or six weeks after its release. That's when you start to have those "I might as well wait until it comes out on video or shows at LSC" thoughts because you don't feel like spending $8 on a movie that's yesterday's news. Bah! Don't let those insane prices scare you away from the theaters.
If a movie's been out for a week or more, skip the adult ticket price and use a discounted movie pass. Visit The Source in the Student Center lobby, which sells discount movie passes for movies at all Sony Theaters, Showcase Cinemas, and General Cinemas for only $5 each. If you're headed to see an indie film at the Kendall Square Cinema, passes are $6.50 each. Passes are good for a year before they expire. And who said going to MIT doesn't have its benefits?
The naked movie truth. With your newfound awareness of movie passes, pick up a few for you and your pals and head over to the Kendall Cinema or the Sony Nickelodeon for The Full Monty.
Aside from witnessing how pleasant the film experience can be when you're in a clean theater, go see The Full Monty because it's quickly becoming a piece of movie history and you don't want to miss seeing six grown men shake their booty on a big screen. Recently surpassing Four Weddings and a Funeral for the highest grossing movie in British history, The Full Monty tells the tale of six unemployed steel workers in Sheffield, England who figure they can make a buck by getting buck naked in front of over 200 screaming women. Not to mention an international movie audience. Don't worry guys, you won't be squeamish. The Full Monty is pure comedy and is sure to grind its way into the Oscars this year.
On the sunny side of the sidewalk. Microsoft bugs me because they walk around pretending they own something as public as the Internet, which is why I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I have used their latest product sidewalk.com. While it will never break my loyalty to the Boston Globe Calendar and boston.com, the Boston edition of sidewalk.com does seem to have a remarkable overview of what's going on in the area. They score points for making it darned easy for you to find everything to.
Go to boston.sidewalk.com, and you'll get a comprehensive arts and entertainment calendar as well as restaurant listings, museum information, and shopping guides. Look for their big promotions, too. Last month they spent a day in Copley Square tossing out free tickets to the Comedy Connection, Spooky World, and Stomp. People with that much money to throw around are annoying, but for free stuff like that, you might as well try to be a good neighbor.
The beavers steal the show. It's fall theater time at MIT! Dramashop and MTG kick off the season this weekend with proof that MIT students aren't beginners when it comes to theater. Dramashop presents their annual student-written, student-directed plays in Kresge Little Theatre. Among the trio of excellent scripts, watch for "Triple Fable" by Eddie Kohler, whose whimsical ramblings made last year's "Five Fake Dreams in Six Short Scenes" an unforgettable theater experience. MTG revives a dormant MIT tradition with Robots, a student-written full-length musical performed in La Sala de Puerto Rico. Both productions are only playing this weekend, so don't miss them!
Welcome Back Carter. The X-Files celebrates their 100th episode this Sunday, but who cares about that? After last week's unsatisfying cliffhanger, we just want closure!