Monday, February 09, 2009

MON 2/9: Historical Fiction, Irish Semi-Silent, Folk

Elizabeth Butters, tonight at TT the Bears
It was good to see so much snow melt this weekend. Thankfully, the streets and sidewalks filled with dirty cold soup still gives us something to complain about.


MON 2/9

Jane Kamensky & Jill Lepore, "Blindspot": Reading
at Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge (near Star Market)

Two history professors have collaborated on a novel that takes place in Boston right before the Revolution. Since the authors are history professors (Harvard & Brandeis), they blend the fiction into actual events. It should be interesting to hear them give more context to the story.

MON 2/9

"Coming Into Clover": Ireland And The Irish In Early American Cinema
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline
$10 / $7 WGBH members

Tonight's presentation looks at early Irish emigration by way of Irish representations in silent films. Brian O'Donovan of "A Celtic Sojurn" will host the screening which will include live accompaniment. Between movies, the musicians will play traditional songs and a panel of historians and cinema scholars will discuss the era.

MON 2/9

Vikesh Kapoor (10:30pm), Spitzer Space Telescope (9:50pm), Woody Pines (9:10pm), Elizabeth Butters (8:30pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Every Monday at TT's is usually a pretty damn good deal, but tonight's acoustic showcase is more musically cohesive than usual. Both Woody Pines and Elizabeth Butters burrow deep into old-time American to give songs a new life that have been suspended on recordings for 80 years and longer. Elizabeth Butters resides locally, but Woody Pines is rambling through town. Vikesh Kapoor and Spitzer Space Telescope are lone guitar men who sing their songs clearly and directly for maximum impact that wouldn't have been out of place at Club Passim back in the Sixties.

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