11/08 CHARITIES AIM FOR HIP POCKETS
Fundraisers seem to be recognizing there’s gold in them thar skinny jeans, as local nonprofits get a boost from mixing hipster aesthetic with a little creative thinking. See, for instance, today’s Knit-a-Thon for the Pine Street Inn: Last year needle-wielders raised nearly $20,000 for the South End homeless shelter. And youth writing center 826 Boston reached out to the goatee-friendly contingent this past spring, pulling in $10,000 with its Mustache-a-Thon.
Miley Cyrus invades Boston. It’s your kids’ fleeting affection versus their college fund. tdgarden.com.
11/12 AND YOU THOUGHT ALCOTT WAS A PRUDE
With Little Women, Louisa May Alcott found literary fame in describing the genteel lives of four young Concord sisters. But according to Arlington’s Harriet Reisen, the novelist was less like her characters than generations of acolytes might have assumed. Reading from her new Alcott biography tonight at the Boston Public Library, Reisen paints her as an outspoken feminist who wrote racy pulp fiction under a pen name and harbored burning teenage crushes on her neighbors Emerson and Thoreau. Mercy! bpl.org.
11/13–11/15 NO BEACH READS HERE
Not sure if that dusty Dickens in your attic is okay for Goodwill? Ask the expert appraisers at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center, which will also feature piles of first editions and a slew of rarities like the signed yearbook photo of J. D. Salinger from his own Holden Caulfield days. bostonbookfair.com.
11/14 TRADING WEST SIDE STORIES
Famed lyricist Stephen Sondheim visits Harvard’s Sanders Theatre for a chat with Frank Rich, formerly the New York Times theater critic. It’s a rare chance to see the spotlight-shy Sondheim, who may be hoping to spy some fellow alums from Williams College’s Class of 1950—they placed him only fourth in their "most likely to succeed" poll. celebrityseries.org.
Krzysztof Wodiczko, artist and MIT professor
Renowned for his large-scale, socially conscious works, Wodiczko opens "The Veterans Project," an examination of war’s trauma, at the ICA on 11/4, which begins a very busy month.
On Veterans Day [11/11], I’ll moderate a talk at the ICA with the veterans who participated in the project. The wall that separates those who know war from those who don’t is very thick—my challenge is to make it thinner.
I’ll continue my work on a monument commemorating the abolition of slavery in France, on which I’ve been collaborating with Cambridge architect Julian Bonder. Construction begins this month in Nantes, France.
I’m also working with PBS, MIT, and BU on a series of talks that will focus on my work with groups like the homeless, abused women, and veterans. It’s the least visible who always have the most to say. [11/16, MIT Visual Arts Program Lecture Series]
I grew up in Warsaw, where there are so many coffee shops. To this day, I like to work—and not work—in them. I spend time at Mariposa near MIT. I like to overhear what people say, but I don’t call it eavesdropping! Hearing how people talk helps me to develop my work in a way that I can’t accomplish in the isolation of the studio.
-Illustration by David Johnson