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Maybe it’s all the Pabst, the strangely industrial surroundings, or the room of sweaty thrift-store bedecked hipsters grinding to soul records at the postshow dance party, but an evening in this two-room lodge of indie rock and alt-country can be downright transcendent. The owners have nursed an outsider, underground vibe, and the place feels like the downstairs of your grandma’s rumpus room. Music and other events (bingo, literary readings etc) take place nightly.
The oldest continuing public lecture series in the country (begun in 1908), this forum sponsors lively and spirited dialogues on topical world issues ranging from stem-cells to terrorism to attitudes toward ageing. Venerable past speakers have included Martin Luther King Jr, Maya Angelou, Winston Churchill, Cokie Roberts, Al Gore and MacArthur Genius Award recipient John Bonifaz. Lectures are held in the fall, winter and spring at various locations around the city, including the BPL and the Old South Meeting House.