What am I up to? Well, I should be straightening out the house, doing laundry and going to the post office. What I am doing is trawling around on-line and ignoring my to-do list. Join me in ignoring your to-do list – be it emails to return or reports to write. Nice, how I encourage slacking. Actually I am promoting the arts – See?

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston –  Film Calendar October Highlights Fashion on Film

  • Fashionistas, don’t miss out this October! Not only do we have two stylish new exhibitions, “Avedon Fashion 1944–2000” and “Scaasi: American Couturier,” the month is full of fashionable fun. Grab your friends for events featuring new runway looks with Saks Fifth Avenue, mini-makeovers, films, and talks with Don Ed Hardy, and more.In Search of Beethoven, Oct 20-23
  • Back by popular demand, In Search of Beethoven sheds a new light on the Beethoven man and myth. Co-presented by the Handel and Haydn Society.Pianomania, Oct 20-29
  • Pianomania follows a Steinway piano turner and his quest to flawlessly French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s piano for a performance of Bach’s unfinished “Art of Fugue.” Read an interview with director Robert Cibis.We Pedal Uphill: Stories from the States 2001-2008, Oct 21, 22
  • A cross-section of post-9/11 American life, fictional vignettes examine the moralities and injustices that mar American ideologies. Discussion with the director follows the Oct 21 screening. Watch the trailer.Carlos, Oct 29, 30
  • A thriller about the mysterious terrorist known as Carlos whose extreme political views and methods of expressing them earned him as many followers as enemies. Watch the trailer.
  • Newtonville Books sends a great newsletter about their upcoming events and has a blog written by the staff. The newsletter was full of great links, most notably to these two hysterical videos. From the newsletter:

    Join us Tuesday at 7pm as Amy Hempel hosts a reading of selected contributors from the latest NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH, edited by Amy.  Readers include Bret Anthony Johnston, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and Ken Calhoun. Then on Wednesday at 7pm we host Brock Clarke, author of EXLEY, and Elizabeth Searle, who will give us a preview of her new novel, GIRL HELD IN HOME, to be published in 2011.

    A heads-up that our Celebrity Bookclub meets on Tues, Nov 2 at 7pm to discuss THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford. Hosted by Holly LeCraw.

    A special message for you from Grub Street.

    We recently hosted Gary Shteyngart and MIT’s TECHNOLOGY REVIEW stopped by to interview him.  They made this video. (Love this but could they not have given the man a nicer spot to sit -must he be in front of the fire extinguisher and a trash can?)  And of course Gary’s book has this infamous book trailer.

    I haven’t read this yet but it is now on my list – a review from Slate and this video sealed it for me.

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