Friday, September 05, 2008

Sneak Peek -- FRI 9/5 to SUN 9/7

Power-pop orgasm on Saturday This may be updated (Version II is below), but here's some ideas for the weekend. Enjoy!

Sorry, folks... The Weekly List will be late again (later tonight/morning tomorrow). Update: Due to 'technical difficulties' and my busy schedule, the list may have to wait, but I'll try to schedule a post of Sunday stuff for later...


FRI 9/5

Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves
at Newbury Comics, North Market Building, Fanueil Hall, Boston

Eli and the band are playing for about 30 minutes after work. Not a bad way to start the weekend... I haven't been to the new store, but it should be easy to find.

FRI 9/5

Annual "Under The Stars: International Movie Nights"
at Parking Lot, Behind the Old Fire Station, 165 Broadway, Somerville (East Somerville)

East Somerville Main Streets presents a free international cinematic street party with live Brazilian Bossa Nova music, DJ Vector, and more.

Movie, "Deus E Brasileiro (God is Brazilian)", starts at 8pm

FRI 9/5

7pm to 11pm
"Triple Feature": Night of Photography, Film, and Music
at The Marston, 155 Middlesex Street, Lowell

A photo exhibit, a documentary, and some jazz.

FRI 9/5

Door 8pm
The Dirty Truckers (11:30pm), The Kickbacks (10:30pm), AM Stereo (9:30pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$10 / 21+

My music pick for Friday night. Honest-to-goodness, vibrant rock 'n roll. Three great bands that might remind you of the Stones, Replacements, Tom Petty, etc. at various times. Good times!

FRI 9/5

The Tampoffs (11:45pm), Menthols (10:45pm), Black Clouds (9:45pm), The Maintainers (9pm)
at Abbey Lounge, 3 Beacon St, Somerville (Inman Sq)

The Weekly Dig has put everyone on the guest list for some garage-rock...

FRI 9/5 and SAT 9/6

4pm to 10pm
Annual "Viva la Vinal Festival"
at Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville (near Union Sq)
FREE, donations accepted

Tentative schedule:


4:30pm: Chris Wilhelm / Samuel Kirk
6pm: The Rex Complex
6:45pm: Ian Fitzgerald
7:30pm: Lunatic Fringe
8:15pm: Audrey Ryan
9:00pm: La Tuza
4pm: Girl Authority
5pm: Bridget and the Squares
5:45pm: Thunderpants Johnson's Hillbilly Orchestra
6:30pm: Sophie Innerfield
7:15pm: Gretel
8:00pm: Siwat
8:45pm: The Accident That Led Me to the World
FRI 9/5 to SUN 9/7

Films at the Gate 2008
at Vacant Lot near Chinatown Gate, about 10 Hudson St, Boston (Chinatown)

Hot martial-arts action under the stars or under the clouds. I didn't see info about a possible rain night for Saturday, but maybe the storm will have already passed.

I wrote about it below. All movies are presented with the original Chinese audio (including English subtitles), which must improve all of the screenings. There are some folding chairs, but you're encouraged to bring your own seat if you really want it. And you don't need to bring enough crab rangoon to share with everyone...

FRI 9/5 to SUN 9/7

All Day
Brimfield Antique Show
at Brimfield Fairgrounds, take Mass Pike West to Route 20 West (Exit 9), Brimfield
Most FREE, some $5

Every year this little Western MA town becomes engorged with antique sellers and hunters. Quite a spectacle, and you may spend a lot of money -- or find the deal of your life!

I'm thinking about going, so I found this site with some tips.

FRI 9/5 to SUN 9/7

Various Times
Greek Festivals
at The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church, 29 Central St, Somerville (Winter Hill)
at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 162 Goddard Ave, Brookline (near Larz Anderson Park)

-- Both Festivals --
Friday: to 11pm
Saturday: Noon to 11pm
Sunday: Noon to 9pm

I love Greek food and Greek music! You might end up spending more than $10 on food and drink, but it'll be worth it. There will be other activities and such that you might see at fairs & festivals, so it should be a good time.

For a little compare & contrast, I saw this blog post from a guy who appears to have gone to both last year.

FRI 9/5 to SUN 9/7

Various Times
Boston Charter Day
Various Locations

There's an emphasis on Native American history this year.

FRI 9/5 to SUN 9/7

8pm (SUN: 2pm)
"Cloud 9"
at Zack Box Theatre, Downstairs, 8 The Fenway, Boston (Boston Conservatory)

The students are coming back, and free theatre abounds. In this two-act play, one half of the action occurs in colonial Africa of the 19th century and concludes in present-day (relatively) London. Because theatre can be experimental, some characters seem to travel in time. I wouldn't get hung up on that, except perhaps to see it as comment on the issues of gender and sexuality over history.

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SAT 9/6

4pm to 8pm
Caliente! Latin Festival
at City Hall Plaza, Boston (Govt Center)

Update: POSTPONED. Stay Tuned...

Salsa great and headliner Tito Rojas is joined by: AfroBrazil, Ballistic, Ery y Bullet, Ritmo en Accion, Achuira, Bajucol, and Alto Honor.

SAT 9/6

Noon to 4pm
Live Painting w/ Retna, Revok, Saber, Ewok
Feat: DJ Red Foxx
at Karmaloop, 160 Newbury St, Boston (Back Bay)

Just hang out and have fun. Watch some live art.

Boost Mobile will be giving out info, so I'm guessing there'll be some refreshments of some kind...

SAT 9/6

4:19pm to ???
Big Man Run XIII
Starts at Khoury's State Spa, 118 Broadway, Somerville

You can have your "Boston Marathon"... This is the premier running event in my opinion! Maybe 190 lbs. doesn't sound like a lot, especially if you're tall, but that's the minimum weight to race. Over an almost 5-mile course, everyone has to stop at 3 bars to drink a beer and eat a hot dog -- at each bar. The race ends back Khoury's with some crazy big men.

I honestly think it would be awesome to hang out at any of the bars and watch this happen!

- Old Magoun Saloon, 518 Medford St, Somerville (Magoun Sq)
- Powderhouse Pub, 682 Broadway, Somerville (Ball Sq)
- Razzy's, 585 Somerville Ave, Somerville (near Union Sq)

SAT 9/6

2pm to 10pm
Annual New England Culture Fest
at Enterprise Bank Parking Lot, 222 Merrimack St, Lowell (Arts/Historic District)
$10 / 2-for-1 w/ coupon (below) / FREE for 12 and under

Music, dance, and fashion from around the world is celebrated with performances by Samba Tremeterra & Juanito Pascual Flamenco Quartet, La Tuza, Incus, Vadalna Tribal Dance Company, and others. Global respect and equity are themes as other happenings include the "Ethical Art & Biz Expo" and "Fashionably Fair Runway Show". Have a "righteous" good time!

If you're going to be around Lowell, don't pay full price. Print out this coupon... (Also available in Sec. 2, Page 9 of The Phoenix)

SAT 9/6

Magic Christian, Muck and The Mires, Parallel Project, Fox Pass
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 advance / $10 day of show / 18+

Okay. So Magic Christian includes the guitarist & songwriter of Flamin' Groovies, bassist of The Plimsouls, and drummer of Blondie!

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SUN 9/7

2pm to 5pm
"Swiss Beach Day at the Charles"
at Weeks pedestrian bridge, Memorial Drive side, near Dewolf St, Cambridge

Okay, there's no swimming, but other river-side fun and free stuff will be there to encourage the future swimming in the Charles...

SUN 9/7

3pm to 7pm
Somerville Rock and Roll Yard Sale
at Union Sq Plaza, Somerville (nexus of Somerville Ave, Washington St, Bow St)

New - Rain Date.

Pretty much what it sounds like: Rock stuff for sale like records, CD's, memorabilia, old tongue piercings...

SUN 9/7

Devil Music Ensemble, "Red Heroine": Silent Film w/ Live Music
at Union Square Plaza

New - Rain Date.

This is a real gem, because it's a 70-year-old silent film, which is one of the oldest surviving martial-arts movies. Devil Music Ensemble have provided live soundtracks for many silents. They're in the middle of a tour with "Red Heroine" (and includes a stop in Chinatown on Friday night.) I doubt the music will sound much like the original score, but this should be a cool experience.

One of the DME guys described their score to The Phoenix as, "a blend of Chinese folk music and ’70s-era kung fu funk." Alright!

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