BostoNU Weekly Calendar, Sept. 9 to Sept. 15

Calendar compiled by Gail Waterhouse, News Staff

Event of the week

CollegeFest weekend:

If you just can’t get enough of Welcome Week and are yearning to meet new people, hear more music and score free stuff, come to CollegeFest, a two-day free for all at the Hynes Convention Center for college students throughout Boston.  More than 15,000 students attend the event, which offers hours of music and free giveaways.   Sunday’s big performer is Asher Roth, the dude– who loves college more than anyone else.  In addition to Roth, six other bands, including The Goonies and Man on Earth, will play half-hour sets.  In between sets, check out all the booths set up around the perimeter of the stage giving out tons of free swag.  900 Boylston St.; noon to 6 p.m.; $10; [email protected]

Thursday, Sept. 9

Northeastern’s Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA) live music nights are back. Indie-rock band Steel Train is headlining the first “MEISA Live” concert of the year Thursday, Sept. 9 at afterHOURS with Northeastern rockers Jon Palmer & The New Complainers as the special guest.  Steel Train has toured with Tegan and Sara and Ben Folds, and have appeared at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. AfterHOURS; 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; NU + 1 Free; 617-373-2632.

Friday, Sept. 10

Do you love musical theatre but have a tough time deciding which show is your favorite? Northeastern’s student-run musical theatre troupe, The Great White Way, is hosting a musical revue of modern Broadway Friday night.  The revue will include songs from recent Broadway productions such as “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” “Spring Awakening,” “Avenue Q” and “Legally Blonde.” Group members will be having a mixer after the show and encourage people to stay and learn about the group. AfterHOURS; 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.; NU + 1 Free; 617-373-2642.

Saturday, Sept. 11

If you think you’ve had your fill of free concerts and food in Centennial Common, think again.  The newly renamed PikeFest comes to the grassy knoll on Saturday afternoon promising free food and drinks and three musical acts.  R&B/pop group Bad Rabbits will start off the set, followed by hip-hop ensemble Chiddy Bang, the group who brought us summer’s popular “Opposite of Adults.”  Rounding out the afternoon will be rappers Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish, better known as The Cool Kids.  For more information and sample of each group’s music, go to  Centennial Common; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Free; 617-373-2642.

Monday, Sept. 13

In the world of online news websites, Ariana Huffington is a superstar.  She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, a website that provides commentary on both hard news and the latest Lindsay Lohan scandals.  She’s coming to The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge on Monday night to discuss her latest book, “Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream.”  Although the title is quite a mouthful, the discussion should be riveting for those interested in Huffington’s take on the role of politics and the diminishing middle class.  Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; $5; 617-876-6837.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Snell Library’s “Meet the Author” series begins on Tuesday with John Siegfried speaking on “Better Living Through Economics.”  The book, a volume edited by Siegfried, features case studies written by economists explaining ways economic research has improved the daily lives of American consumers.  90 Snell Library; noon to 1:30 p.m.; Free; 617-373-2821.

Upperclassman students may tell you that Boston is not the most 18+ friendly city.  Few clubs have 18+ nights, and many music venues make most of their shows 21+.  Great Scott in Allston, however, has mixed it up by having 18+ nights every Tuesday night with “Circles,” which features live music every week, showcasing two to three local bands.  After the bands finish their sets, DJ Mistaker will take over and spin electronic pop and punk classics for you to dance to until your feet go numb.  Remember if you stay late you’ll have to take a taxi home; the T stops running at approximately 12:30 a.m.  1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $8; 617-566-9014.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Northeastern is celebrating its 25th anniversary hosting the annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert.  For its 33rd show, the concert this year features Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra.  The orchestra will be performing “India and Africa:  A Tribute to John Coltrane” on Saturday night.  Before the concert, however, Northeastern students have a special opportunity to meet and speak with composer, percussionist and scholar Dr. Anthony Brown on Wednesday at the Asian American Center.  109 Hemenway St.; 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; free; 617-373-8700.

By the time Wednesday rolls around, readings have begun to pile up, and that longing for the weekend gets stronger.  Going to Church is a great way to beat that mid-week stress.  Church, the rock club on the other side of the Back Bay Fens, has given you the perfect opportunity to ignore schoolwork by rocking out all night.  Music production company Karmic Music is presenting a night of great music, starting with Northeastern’s own rock band All These Elements.  Other acts include local bands The Keeping, Life On Hold and Stroamata.  69 Kilmarnock St.; 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; $8; 617-236-7600.

Events may be canceled or rescheduled. Call ahead to confirm.

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