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New Meetup: Possible Meetup: MIT Club of Boston: Dinner, Lecture, "What is Dark Matter"?

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Monday, February 9, 2009 3:11 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Possible Meetup: MIT Club of Boston: Dinner, Lecture, "What is Dark Matter"?

When: March 17,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: I just discovered a dinner lecture series sponsored by the MIT Club of Boston, which is almost over. More details are listed on the bottom of the page for the 2/17/2009 lecture, with special deals for current MIT students. The one I was planning on attending...

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
What: Do We Need Dark Matter? What is It? Where? How Much?

MIT Faculty Club (E52)
50 Memorial Drive, Fl. 6
MA 02139

Description: Professor Peter Fisher will present a primer on dark matter, the invisible stuff that holds our galaxy together. After a brief review of the quirky history, he will discuss the big hunt for dark matter that's going on and share details about a new experiment at MIT that aims to see where the dark matter comes from.

I was looking into purchasing a "Corporate Table" that seats eight, around March 1st, 2008 for our group for $495.00, which makes it "only" $62.00 per person. I wanted to see if at least seven other people wanted to attend this event with me. It's normally $75.00 for a non-member of the MIT Club of Boston if purchased by 3/10/2009, but only $15.00 (Dessert Only) if you are a current MIT student. For the normal prices, go to and scroll down to "Choose ticket type".

5:30 PM Cash bar cocktails
6:10 Dinner begins
7:15 Dessert served
7:25 Lecture begins
8:30 Conclusion

Menu: You can order special dinners: For next week's dinner lecture they have on the menu: "(omnivore) Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Oyster Mushroom Ragout OR (vegetarian) Baked Winter Vegetables a la Jardiniere with Shallot Dill Butter. Diners will also enjoy Roasted Corn & Bell Pepper Chowder with Smoked Chicken & Gouda. All attendees will indulge in Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Banana Ice Cream for dessert".

The dinner categories:

* Omnivore (Meat/Fish Entree)
* Vegetarian
* Kosher
* Vegan
* Lactose-Free
* Gluten-Free

Hrm... I can easily spend $20 on a lecture and $40 on dinner afterwards (if I decide to go for drinks and an appetizer), so this isn't -too- expensive. I'd be making the reservation by March 1, 2008 and would need to find seven more people by then and collect money from them. Dinner isn't until 6:10 pm, so it gives people a bit of leeway to hike all the way to Cambridge.


"Follow signs to Boston through the Sumner Tunnel bearing right as you emerge from the tunnel onto I-93 North. Follow a short distance to Exit 26, ?Storrow Drive/Cambridge.?

"Bear right off the exit to ?Storrow Drive?. From Storrow, take the first exit on the left, ?Government Center/Kendall Square.? At the end of the exit ramp, turn right and proceed across the Longfellow Bridge. At the end of the bridge, take the first right, ?Memorial Drive West.?

"Take another right onto Memorial Drive and proceed straight (avoid veering right, which would bring you back to Government Center). At the first light, turn right onto Wadsworth Street. The Faculty Club is located on the sixth floor of 50 Memorial Drive, at the corner of Wadsworth and Memorial".


Free parking may be available after 5 PM on weekdays. The following two parking lots are open, unattended, and shared by the Institute. We therefore cannot guarantee availability, but we recommend checking them before proceeding to one of the pay lots.

E-51 Lot: From Memorial Drive, turn onto Wadsworth Street and take the first left onto Amherst Street. The lot is the first left, at the top of a ramp.
Hayward Lot: From Memorial Drive, turn onto Wadsworth Street and take the first left onto Amherst Street. Take the first right onto Hayward Street ? the lot is located on the left.
The following public parking facilities are within close proximity to the Club. Please call the garage for current rates:

4 Cambridge Center, enter from Ames St. or Broadway,[masked]
5 Cambridge Center, East Garage (Ames St./Broadway),[masked]
7 Cambridge Center, West Garage (Ames St./Galileo Way),[masked]
10 Cambridge Center, North Garage (Binney St. off Broadway),[masked]

The next dinner lecture on 2/17/2009, which I can't attend, is the "Role of Battery Technology in the Electrification of Vehicles". ( More Information: , Price if paid by 2/10/2009; MIT Club of Boston Members*+guests: $65 per person / Non-Members: $75 per person ). It's $15 per person if you graduated MIT after 1998 and if you register on or before 2/10/2009.

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