In the years I've lived here, I've seen everything from gay rights marches to white supremacy rallies, from Michael Moore and Al Franken to Tim Michels and "Four more years!" "Free Kevin!" "Free Mumia!" "Free Tibet with purchase of lesser or equal value!"
Last year's robot protest was pretty bizzare, but I think Saturday's zombie rights march has them beat.
On Saturday I joined fuzzyinthehead and agaysexicon on State Street for the Zombie Lurch, and it was quite a surreal experience to see the Living Impaired make their way from the Capitol to the University Mall. The participants came from all walks of life -- mostly college students, but families, children and middle-aged couples all showed up in support of Zomb-Aid and Proposition I8-U, bearing signs with slogans like "Undead and proud!", "Another pro-brainz zombie that votes", and "ARGH." There were also normal people carrying signs like "Proud parent of a zombie teen," and counter-protestors with their "Stop eating us!" signs. You can find pictures and more detailed accounts of the Zombie Lurch here.
I saw plenty of people I know but didn't want to talk to (primarily Dave and Jenn of Dave and Jenn fame). jinxedkisses and r3507 were there and I would like to have said hello, but given the circumstances, I didn't. After the zombies had passed, Liz, Nick and I went to Chin's, where defaultlisa and her boyfriend Michael (both zombies now, apparently) harrassed us through the window.
After the Lurch, we picked up nocturne152 and went back to Liz and Nick's place where Liz made wassail. angelic667 showed up, and I was introduced to SolarQuest (better known as Monopoly in Space), which I was doing really well at until Nick convinced me that I needed to buy some fuel stations.
The plan for the evening had been to watch zombie movies, and I went so far as to bring Plan 9 from Outer Space (a bad zombie movie), Ed & His Dead Mother (not really a zombie movie), Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead (good zombie movies), but instead we watched Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (not a zombie movie at all). It was entertaining, but it also exemplifies why TV shows don't translate well into movies. The Family Guy makes an incredibly funny, tight half-hour of television, but stretched out it sort of plods along. That's not to say that Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story is without merit. I mean, I'd recommend it to other family guy fans, but there's not enough good material to justify 81 minutes, and not enough superfluous material to trim it down to a single episode. It's designed to be chopped into thirds and broadcast, and it might play better that way.
We also watched Shaun of the Dead. koriandrkitten and Phil (who also has a livejournal but I'm too lazy to look it up) also came over, and we rounded out the night with Evil Dead and Clue, after which we were all movied out.
Anyway, I talked about Saturday first because I wanted to focus on the Zombie Lurch. Let's go back to Friday.
On Friday night, Ellen and I went to the Mill Street Inn & Pub (where offBeat sings) to check out their food since I had gift certificates which were expiring at the end of the month. Not bad, and certainly more pleasant than the usual Olive Garden/Applebee's/Pedro's sort of atmosphere. The seating wait wasn't long, but Friday must be their busiest night. I don't imagine that there are a lot of dining destinations in Cambridge.
After dinner we went to see Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which I think we would both heavily recommend to anybody who's curious. It's incredibly entertaining, a little more adult in a way that kids won't catch, and it's a lot of fun. I was very glad to see that the jump from thirty minutes to eighty five worked better than, well, The Family Guy. Wallace & Gromit shares little in common with other well-transitioned short subjects like Beavis and Butthead Do America and South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, but in all three cases the flavor and nuances of the source material remain in the forefront. With Wallace and Gromit, it's as if the execs from Dreamworks read the script, looked at Aardman Animation's credentials, shrugged, and signed off on the project with a hearty "you folks seem to know what you're doing -- call us if you need the rights to any music."
Anyway, you'd like it. Go see it if you haven't.