Friday, February 15, 2008

Sneak Peek: FRI 2/15 & SAT 2/16

Downbeat 5
Not much of an advance post, but I went to see Fitless at Church last night and stayed out late...


FRI 2/15

Muck and The Mires
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

They claim they're playing 40 songs in two sets, the last local show for a few months.

FRI 2/15

Downbeat 5, Rock Bottom
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

Downbeat 5 are awesome, and Rock Bottom has a bunch of seriously good players for 70's-rock fun.

FRI 2/15

6pm to 8pm
"Mini Opus: Small Work from Montserrat": Closing Reception and Sale
at Bear Gallery, 116 Rantoul St., Beverly (Montserrat College of Art)

Small works of art that can be purchased tonight for $10 each...

FRI 2/15

State Radio: Performance & Signing
at Newbury Comics, 332 Newbury St, Boston (Back Bay)

State Radio is one of the bands that has risen out of reggae-rockers Dispatch.

FRI 2/15

"Born in the Bronx": Book Signing & Old-School Hip-Hop
at Milky Way Lounge, 403 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
$10 / $7 online / 21+

Joe Conzo was photographing his South Bronx neighborhood, and he often pointed his lens at the pioneers of hip-hop before the world paid attention. Tonight is a book-signing party for his collection "Born In The Bronx" with performances by some of his early subjects, Cold Crush Brothers and Rodney C, as well as some of Boston's torch-bearers like Kiki Breevlife and Floorlords dance crew.

I saw this in some forum: "caz [of Cold Crush Brothers] was the rakim of rap before rakim was. c'mon yall, these is legends."

FRI 2/15

7pm to 9pm
Dr. Ali Abdiweli, "Human Rights and Civil War In Somalia: Stories from A Forgotten Country"
at Room 237, Building 4, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge (MIT campus)

Get some history of the civil war and learn what's happening now.

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SAT 2/16

Noon to 1:30pm
Self Defense Class for Women
at Villari's Self Defense Center, 54 Union Sq, Somerville

Improve your alertness & confidence -- and learn a couple moves to take care of that perv on the T.

"Call ahead to reserve your space: 617-625- 5070"

SAT 2/16

3pm to 5pm
Jason Berube, "The Mayan Calendar & The Transformation Of Consciousness": Lecture
@ Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
$5 or b/o

I thought the Mayans said the world would end in 2012, but I guess it'll be more like a new era of existence. Hear all about it...

SAT 2/16

Varsity Drag (Midnight), The Perennials (11pm), The Lights Out (10pm), Big Big Bucks (9pm)
at The Cantab Lounge (Underground) 738 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Rockity power-pop.

SAT 2/16

The Moonlighters (10pm - 2 sets), Craig Robertson (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$10 / 21+

The Moonlighters are modern people in the style of old-time swing. Craig Robertson is part of the local organization Ukulele Noir. (Btw, I like the new Church; the bar is better than the old Linwood Grill setup.)

SAT 2/16

"Beyond Belief"
at Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston (Fenway)
$15, but...

This documentary is an amazing story. From MFA description:

Susan Retik and Patti Quigley are two ordinary soccer moms living in the suburbs of Boston until tragedy strikes. Rather than turning inwards, grief compels these women to focus on the country where the terrorists who took their husbands’ lives were trained: Afghanistan. Over the course of two years, as they cope with loss and struggle to raise their families as single mothers, these extraordinary women dedicate themselves to empowering Afghan widows whose lives have been ravaged by decades of war, poverty and oppression – factors they consider to be the root causes of terrorism.
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SUN 2/17

Lizard Lounge Poetry Night 11th Anniversary Show
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$5 / 21+

Poetry slam starts at 8pm, poetry jam starts at 9:30pm. There are so many special guest poets and musicians, there won't be much room for an audience.

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