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New Meetup: "Grave of the Fireflies" w/ lectures on Anime @ Museum of Fine Arts

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Thursday, February 5, 2009 11:54 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: "Grave of the Fireflies" w/ lectures on Anime @ Museum of Fine Arts

When: February 11,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: From the Museum of Science website:

Lectures + Courses
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Anime: Film and Discussion
7 ? 9:30 pm, FREE
Remis Auditorium

"John W. Dower, Pulitzer prize-winning historian and author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II; Roland Kelts, author of JapanAmerica: How Japanese Culture Has Invaded the US; and Frederik L. Schodt, author of Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics

"Critic Roger Ebert called the 1988 film Grave of the Fireflies 'an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation.' The screening of this stunning vision of two youngsters' struggle to survive in World War II Japan is followed by a panel discussion with experts in anime.

"The film is part of the new Anime Masterpiece series, which is produced by the New York-based company Gorgeous Entertainment with the aim of enhancing the understanding and appreciation of the Japanese art of anime.

"Audience members will be given complimentary film guides featuring imagery from the film and essays by eminent scholars of Japanese pop culture and animation".

"Free: Tickets are required and are available day of event on site at Remis Box Office and online, limit four per person".

... I wanted to warn people, Grave of the Fireflies is not your typical example of anime. This isn't science fiction. There aren't any killer robots. No Voltron/ Robotech / Space Cats. It's about a doomed brother who bravely tries to protect his baby sister as they both try to survive post-war Japan under conditions of crippling poverty after WWII. It's a very emotional film starting when you are introduced to their ghosts -- or are they phantom memories? -- in the beginning of the film, which then rewinds and tells their beautiful and bittersweet story.

Where to Meet:

Starting at 6:20 pm, T.J. Maher will be waiting outside wherever the Remis Auditorium is, holding up his trusty red MEETUP sign. T.J. is 5 foot 7 with short brown hair somewhat spiked in the front, blue eyes, and a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag. We can go in to get seats at 6:40 pm. T.J. was going for a second time to see Scott Kirsner give his talk ( It is that good! ) on "Innovation in Hollywood: Past, Present, and Future @ Boston Public Library" ... but instead will head to the MFA right after he assembles the 6:00 pm group at the BPL.

Interested in going? Make sure to pick up tickets! I assume that tickets will be offered online either on the "Grave of the Fireflies" page or the "Tickets" page at on the morning of Wednesday, February 11th. Please update your RSVP with a comment if you managed to get online tickets the day of the event.

Map of the Museum of Science (in Adobe Acrobat format):

Directions by Subway:

"Because our limited parking fills up quickly?especially during popular exhibitions?we encourage you to take advantage of the MBTA, Boston's public transportation system (known by natives as the "T"). Take the Green Line "E" train to the "Museum of Fine Arts" stop, or the Orange Line train to the "Ruggles" stop. Fare for the T begins at $1.70 for adults. Pricing information and passes are available at subway stations".


"Parking is available in the garage on Museum Road. Because parking at and near the MFA is limited and fills up fast?especially during popular exhibitions and school vacation weeks?the MFA encourages visitors to carpool or use public transportation.

"Parking Rates
Members: $3 each half hour; $12 maximum/day
Nonmembers: $4 each half hour; $22 maximum/day

"Special Evening Parking Rates
Monday?Friday, after 5:30 pm
Members: $3 each half hour; $10 maximum
Nonmembers: $4 each half hour; $15 maximum

"Pay for your parking at automated kiosks located in the lobbies before you leave the Museum".

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