Saturday, February 21, 2009

SUN 2/22: Film, Photos, Rock

maybe some pix at the photo fair...
Yep, yep, yep... Going to get some fresh air while it's nice outside.


SUN 2/22

1pm to 5:30pm
Annual Mabray "Doc" Kountze Art & Film Festival
Feat: Terri Lyne Carrington
at Cohen Auditorium, 40 Talbot Ave, Medford (Tufts campus)
FREE (Donations Appreciated)

It's an afternoon of documentaries, music videos, art, and music. It seems like a good mix: If you were at last year's Honkfest, you might be in "Honk! No Noise Is Illegal". "Tourette's: What Makes You Tic?" follows a young man with Tourette’s Syndrome. (For some reason, I think this might not be a comedic documentary.) There are videos for a Nine Inch Nails track from their recent instrumental collection ("Ghosts 22") and for poppy piano trio Gabe Dixon Band (by the clever team of Tony and Paul). "Have You Seen Andy?" is an Emmy-winning documentary about the abduction of the filmmaker's childhood friend.

On top of that is a performance led by jazz drummer extraordinaire and Medford native Terri Lyne Carrington who's played practically every jazz great, anchored the late-night grooves for Arsenio Hall, and is now an instructor at Berklee.

Maybe they'll explain further, but Mabray Kountze was a Medford resident and sports reporter/historian (and the "first black reporter to be given a press pass by the Red Sox").

SUN 2/22

3pm to 6pm
"Boston Photography Center Photo Fair": Opening Reception
at ArtMarket Gallery, 439 Washington St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)

See some photography. Everything is for sale (like everything else, right?), but I'm guessing not much in the $10 and under gallery. Chances are good there might be refreshments, if your passing through Downtown Crossing... The photos will be on display thru SUN 3/1.

SUN 2/22

Ron Holbrook Memorial Shows
w/ The Welch Boys, Refuse Resist, The Scars, The Spoilers, Burning Streets, The Beantown Boozehounds, Far from Finished
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+

Ron Holbrook was the original drummer for The Welch Boys, and he passed away in '07. The proceeds will benefit his widow and two daughters.

The bands are planning to keep the sets moving, so each get equal time and reduce lag between sets. You know what's punk? Bashing around for a few hours while listening to 7 bands, hydrating with PBR tallboys, smoking 'til you heave half of a lung, and showing up to work hungover! This isn't a requirement, just an option.

SUN 2/22

The Serious Geniuses, The Beets, The Needy Visions
at Milky Way Lounge, 403 Centre St, Jamaica Plain

There's much to like and dislike about The Serious Geniuses from the fresh indie-rock riffs but those slightly whiney pop-punk vocals -- overall interesting stuff. I've heard they may be breaking up in a couple months, so maybe the band may go on with a new singer... I like The Needy Visions, because they sound like they don't try very hard but it sounds suspiciously like there is a deliberate effort to make make that exact sound -- choogling something like an indie-rock version of CCR. They play a lot of gigs, and they have confidence in themselves. Two thumbs up based on their nonchalant hooks and lots of intangibles. Straight outta Queens, The Beets are the latest savants of retro-psych-garage -- and it is good!

Dewars is going to give out some free scotch, so send an email if you're interested.

Early birds can bowl for free from 6pm to 9pm.

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