Lately, the days have been pretty fucking gray, the nights darker and darker, and it is getting undeniably cold outside. Although all you see is outside is black, there’s sure to be some white. Not to be confused with snow, here white refers to the Beatles’ “White Album,” which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this Saturday, November 22. In the spirit of wild honey pie, Beatlemania, under the alias “Beatlemore Skidmania” (some mash-up of Beatlemania and Skidmore, I think), will be playing this weekend in the “storied” halls of Filene. The acts will feature students, faculty, and maybe some videos of people playing the sitar. Songs will be mostly from the 2-disc White Album. “Beatlemore Skidmania” will be Sunday, November 23 @ 3pm so you can find your way to the show before it gets dark.
But wait, there’s more. The day before, Skidmore has gathered a Beatle-expert panel to discuss the Beatles’ “lasting cultural contributions.” The panel, accompanied by Professor Gordon Thompson, will include Allan Kozinn (New York Times critic and author of The Beatles), Walter Everett (University of Michigan, and author of The Beatles as Musicians), Tim Riley (National Public Radio commentator and author of Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary), and Jonathan Gould (author of Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America). The panel will assemble on the fateful November 22 @ 1pm.