Wednesday, November 05, 2008

WED 11/5: Fake Steve Jobs, Match Game, Freaks, Rock, Roots

Match Game, Live at Milky Way
Yes, we can -- stay up late last night... Let's hope this is the first step for better days for all Americans. And the world.

Lots of good, cheap stuff tonight!


WED 11/5

5pm to 7pm
Dan Lyons, "Fake Steve Jobs": Lecture & Reception
at Photonics Center Auditorium, 8 St. Mary's St, Boston (BU campus)

The Macintosh User Group at BU has summoned the "Fake Steve Jobs". Newsweek columnist Dan Lyons talks about blogging and all sorts of Mac/Apple topics. A reception to follow.

(It says "Free and open to the public.")

WED 11/5

Schlesinger Library Movie Night: "Freaks"
at Radcliffe College Room, Schlesinger Library, 10 Garden St, Cambridge (Radcliffe Yard)

A thoroughly creepy movie that's been quite influential over the last 40 years -- after its initial "flop" in 1932. Gerald Peary of The Phoenix will be there for the post-film discussion.

"One of us, one of us..."

WED 11/5

"Match Game...Live!"
at Milky Way Lounge, 403 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
$5 / 21+

Once, there was a game show where b-list celebrities played a bawdy game of fill-in-the-blank for 5 afternoons per week. They often looked drunk, high, blissfully apathetic to the whole thing, or all of the above. (Thanks to Richard Dawson for being serious to help contestants win the big-money round.)

The comedic minds of Chris Braiotta and TD Sidell (Douchebags at 24fps, Union Square Round Table, more) are currently known as "Butler's Choice", and they're presenting two live episodes of Match Game -- that's 4 lucky contestants from the crowd have a chance to win fabulous prizes!

The celebrity panel is full of local witty & funny people who've performed with Union Square Round Table and Anderson Comedy: Chris Braiotta, Gretchen Gavett, Keira Horowitz, Katie McCarthy, Shakir Shibli, and Al Deaderick (keyboardist of Magic People). So I assume TD will be the host...

More fun and music will surely follow the games.

WED 11/5

Silent Service (11pm), The Lights Out (10pm), Topheavy (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
FREE / 21+

The Lights Out are going to play every Wednesday in November (free every Wednesday), but they start off with a damn good line-up.

This is a night of excellent guitar-based power-pop/rock. I really like TLO and Topheavy, because they have rockin' tunes with good hooks. So far, I'm so-so on Silent Service, but you could sneak out for a fake smoke break...

WED 11/5

Jenee Halstead (7pm)
Boston Celtic Music Festival Showcase:
Hannah Reed & Friends (10pm), Simplifly (11pm), Blue Moose & The Unbottoned Zippers (Midnight)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Both the early show and the late show are are going to be worth your while, but there is an embarrassment of musical riches around 10 pm. I don't know how many listeners can fit with the number of excellent musicians that are actually playing. It's a lot of fiddle music at this show that's been organized by the Boston Celtic Music Festival.

Hannah Read, Edinburgh native and Boston resident, has packed in an amazing amount of traveling and playing in her young life. She plays and sings wonderfully. Blue Moose & The Unbuttoned Zippers are a big, fun cacophony of traditional music.

Is there a female term for triumvirate? Simplify is a group of three local performers that should have a special term to describe them. Aoife O'Donovan, Laura Cortese, and Hanneke Cassel would each blow you away separately; so be ready for fiddle-tastic fiddle-gasm of music. (What? Too much...?)

Jenee Halstead has a great folk/bluegrass sound.

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