Wednesday, January 23, 2008

WED 1/23: "Bodysong" or "Songs in the Round"

at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston (Fenway)
$9 / $8 students & seniors

With almost no dialogue, "Bodysong" is a variety of footage from the last 100 years that loosely provides a meditation on life from birth to death in "non-chronological" order in a "Koyaanisqatsi" kind of way. See the trailer here.

Overall it's visually amazing, but you might shrug it off if you're not in the mood to think about the meaning of life and the humanity we share with others. (Note: There is some graphic footage.) The soundtrack also served as the first solo album of Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, which led Paul Thomas Anderson to choose him as soundtrack-meister for his grand new film "There Will Be Blood".

Don't forget: You can wander around the MFA for free on Wednesday nights from 4pm to 9:45pm.

Liz Stahler & Band (10pm), Songwriters in the Round (8pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

I've been meaning to post something about Liz Stahler's January residency at Toad, so I've listened to her MySpace page a few times and enjoy it more every time. Thanks to her gorgeous voice amid the tasteful musicianship the air around me is filled with direct, honest words and song.

Before her band plays, a different circle of singer-songwriters from near and far takes the stage each week. It's another top-notch set tonight: Rebecca Pronsky, John Pringle, Kate Klim, and Reva Williams (of Gretel who also play at Toad).

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