Friday, February 13, 2009

FRI 2/13: Music, Movies, Monologues

Happy Friday the 13th! Is it bad luck not to party tonight...?

FYI, there's a Saturday 'sneak peek' below.


FRI 2/13

Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Saints
at Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
$10 / 21+

This should be a special show. When Jordan Valentine and the Sunday Saints usually play around town, they're usually allotted one set or there's an opening band, but it's Sunday Saints all Friday night. When Valentine fronted the World's Greatest Sinners, she was belting out a "Northern soul". In a reversal of polarity, a couple other Sinners became Saints and they headed South. With a killer band including a stacked horn section, there is an emphasis on Memphis soul and New Orleans R&B -- and points in between. Since they're doing 3 sets, the Sunday Saints will get to stretch it out. Shake your tail feather!

FRI 2/13

The Swinedells, The Rollin' Pins, Easy Ed
at Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain

It's rockabilly/rock 'n soul night. The Rollin' Pins sound more traditional to me, but it's going to be a rockin' time. Bonus: There's going to be a "Twist" contest with prizes!

FRI 2/13

Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Kami Lyle
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

Chandler Travis has a knack to imbue his music with his bizarro sense of humor and not turn the music into a joke (unless the technicolor pajamas are too much for you). He's a bit nutty, but in every positive way. After spending dozens of summers at The Beachcomber, even his rock/pop/jazz/R&B/soul "Philharmonic" stew is brimming with good vibes. Fellow Cape Cod resident, cute-as-heck, pianist/trumpetress singer/songwriter Kami Lyle with her jazzy pop sensibilty and pixie vocals.

FRI 2/13

Original Slashers Double Feature!
"Friday The 13th" (10pm), "My Bloody Valentine" (Midnight)
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

How can I not let you know about this double feature? Honestly, these originals didn't seem very good to this film buff who doesn't have a taste for horror flicks. I will grant these movies were fun, suspenseful romps. Can you imagine how bloated and predictable the new versions are?

FRI 2/13

at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq, Somerville

The furthest thing from sappy, gooey love-fest would be an all-out midnight martial-arts movie from the makers of "Ong-Bak". The story may be incredulous, but it's the impressive action. It's one of those payback/vengeance stories starring a petite woman who kicks major ass. Keep in mind, she does ALL of her own stunts. They're not really stunts, because that connotes there are some filmic tricks to keep them safe.

This might not be the area premiere, but it's supposedly an "exclusive New England screening."

The Trailer:

FRI 2/13 & SAT 2/14

Athena's Players present: "The Vagina Monologues"
at Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

Every year around February, there's a production to celebrate the other V-Day... It's usually a benefit show as seen by this old flyer.

One of the rejected taglines for this play: "When was the last time you had a good monologue with your vagina?"

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