Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sneak Peek -- WED 8/13 to SAT 8/16

Bicycle Film Festival, Boston
More to come (I hope)...


WED 8/13

5pm to 8pm
Union Square Urban Hoedown
at Union Sq Plaza, Somerville (nexus of Somerville Ave, Washington St , Bow St)

And now for something completely different... There is going to be square-dancing in Union Sq. ("Union Square dancing"?) Dennis McCormack, a real square-dancing caller, will lead all of the good ol' boys, down-home girls, and all flat foots, two left feets, or whatever city folks might mosey down. This might be easier than you think

Show up anytime; lessons will be ongoing and dances will stop and start periodically. No partner no problem. All ages and experiences welcome!
WED 8/13

Jeremy Lyons
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Cambridge-via-New-Orleans bluesman with local friends (some very talented friends). Cover shouldn't be more than $5, if anything.

WED 8/13

The Motion Sick (11pm), Leesa (10:15pm), Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling (9:45pm), Joe Kowan (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
FREE / 21+

Night #2's theme Is "Arthur Ashe" Wednesday.

WED 8/13 & THUR 8/14

Jake La Botz
(WED) at 21 Nickels, 21 Nichols Ave, Watertown
(THUR) at Brendan Behan, 378 Centre St, Jamaica Plain

Thanks to Jim Sullivan, I saw this guy in town. This bluesy troubadour (and part-time movie actor -- e.g. singing mercenary in "Rambo") is on a tour of tattoo parlors, but he's playing clubs in Boston.

Haven't heard of 21 Nickels? It's one of the locations in this funny Boston clip from The Daily Show (2004) with Rob Corddry.

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THUR 8/14 to SUN 8/17

Various Times
Bicycle Film Festival
at Various Locations
$10 per program / Some FREE Stuff

The national Bicycle Film Festival is coming to town for the first time. All sorts of of bikes and biking are represented in 6 programs of shorts -- and some long-forms. Tickets for screenings are available online (including a $27 festival pass).

THUR 8/14

7:30pm to 10:30pm
Opening Night Party
at The Video Underground/Revolution Bicycle Courtyard, 383 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
FREE / 21+

Fun will include: BoldSprints Roller Racing, Music, Food, Beer (PBR). (I didn't realize they shared that backyard. I'd go in through Revolution Bicycle...)
FRI 8/15

"Greatest Hits"
"Bike Car"
at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville
$10 each
SAT 8/16

"Road to Roubaix"
"Fun Bike Shorts"
"Urban Bike Shorts"
at Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston (Seaport/South Boston) $10 each

"Bikes Rock!" After Party
Team Robespierre, Truman Peyote, DJ Etan, DJ Mark Pearson
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 (FREE w/ BFF Ticket) / 21+
SUN 8/17

Urban Bike Ride & Bike-in Brunch
start at Christian Science Center Plaza, 175 Huntington Ave, Boston
to Grand, 374 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)

Looks like a ride around Boston then a free meal waiting at the end...
Valet bicycle parking provided by MassBike at all screenings.

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FRI 8/15 to SUN 8/17

8pm (SUN: 3pm)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
at Boston Playwrights Theatre, 949 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

Yes, I know. More free Shakespeare, but this is a funny retooling of all his plays in about 97 minutes.

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SAT 8/16

Revolutionary Water Gun Battle
Location revealed in registration confirmation email, Somewhere around Boston

You'll be assigned a side (red or blue) and given the battlefield location when you register (deadline: FRI 8/15).

Some info from Banditos Misteriosos:

Consider this event the combination of a good old fashioned water gun fight and the revolutionary battle of our forefathers. Staying true to Boston's historical roots, this water gun fight shall focus on two armies, marching and meeting each other for a battle in a specific location.

- 1 empty water gun of your choice.
- At least 2 FILLED two-liter bottles (bring more if you desire!)
- 1 back-pack to hold water bottles.
- 1 bottle of bubbles.
- 1 either red or blue shirt (depending on army assignment).
- Any other revolutionary paraphernalia you don't mind getting wet (hats, flutes, etc)
- As always, your fighting vigor and a bandana!

If you have any marching drum/flute experience or if you have in your own possession, a revolutionary soldier outfit, please do e-mail us as we would love to talk to you!

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