I think everything listed below was on the weekly list, and they each would be a good time. I'll try to go to the Esteban Pastorino Diaz reception, and see where it goes from there...
Esteban Pastorino Diaz, "Shifting Perspectives": Reception & Artist's Talk
at Grossman Gallery, School of MFA, 230 The Fenway, Boston (The Fens)
There's more to Pastorino Diaz than his aerial photographs, but it's really mind-blowing stuff. You initially think you're looking really cool miniatures, but there's an excitement as you look more closely... This engineer-turned-photographer will be here from Argentina to give a talk at 7pm. I'm curious to hear him shed some light into the creative process by someone with Esteban's background.
Some free wine and cheese wouldn't hurt either...
Laugh Track Comedy Show
Feat: Shane Mauss, Ken Reid, Renata Tutko, Nate Johnson, Tom E.
Morrello, Maria Ciampa, Matt Wilding, Rob Crean
at Milky Way Lounge, 403 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
Most of these guys are very funny -- especially Ken Reid! You can tell him I said that. Ken has also performed with Renata Tutko and Nate Johnson in a sketch group, The Untrainables, so maybe they'll join forces at some point tonight -- or maybe there will be a hostile onstage confrontation. Either could be hilarious! Shane Mauss and Rob Crean are also very funny. As you might expect, I thought Shane was much funnier in person than when I saw his stand-up on a late-night talk show. (Conan O'Brien?)
Justice of the Unicorns, Tigers and Monkeys, Spanish Armada, The Wild Business
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 advance /$9 dos / 18+
Ryan's Smashing Life is one of the best music blogs I've stumbled across, and I thought that before I noticed it was based in Boston. Every now and then they put together some killer shows, and there's always a good band that I haven't heard before. I now love Justice of the Unicorns & Tigers and Monkeys, who share some band members! I start listening to Justice of the Unicorns, and this sweetly organic yet trippy rock starts pouring into my ears, then I find out that I like Tigers and Monkeys even more. They aren't that much different, but I like the songs and chemistry better. Big thumbs up for both. The Spanish Armada remind me of something between Nick Cave and Magnetic Fields, which is meant as a compliment. The Wild Business didn't grab from their MySpace. RSL likes them, then maybe they deliver in person...
WED 9/3 to SUN 9/7
8pm (SUN: 2pm)
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.
WED 9/3 to SUN 9/7
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!