Tuesday, March 03, 2009

TUES 3/3: Art, Drama, Baseball, Rock, Roots

I feel like I've been ill this season more than usual... Here's some stuff for tonight. I hope to get off the couch later and put up stuff for tomorrow. Maybe more blogging than that -- I'm wi-fi in my place now.


TUES 3/3

5:30pm to 7:30pm
at Grossman Gallery, School of MFA, 230 The Fenway, Boston (The Fens)

Maybe you thought about going to the opening reception of Student Annual Exhibition a couple weeks ago, but you were hoping for some music from a couple players in the Boston Modern Orchestra Project while a couple of the artists discuss the creative process behind their exhibit pieces? Believe it or not, that's what's happening tonight, and there's a "reception to follow".

TUES 3/3

7pm to 8pm
Steven Goldman & others, "Baseball Prospectus 2009": Discussion
at 5th Floor Reading Room, Barnes & Noble at BU, 660 Beacon St, Boston (Kenmore Sq)

The Baseball Prospectus usually does a pretty good job at handicapping the baseball season. More than stat projections, there are essays about each team and significant players. IIf someone else does say it, ask them about the Red Sox, and I think the editors will be rather bullish...

Maybe you'll even even pick a tip or two for your fantasy baseball league -- but probably not...

TUES 3/3

7pm to 9:30pm
"Atlas of Mud": Staged Reading
at Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE ($10 suggested donation)

On snowy days, wiseacres question the existence of "global warming", so let's call it "climate change". For a play that won a Kennedy Center College Theater playwriting award (under a different title), there's little information about this play other than "a mythic allegory exploring the human dimensions of global warming."

It's a staged reading of a play that's big on science. There will be talk-back sessions with playwright Jennifer Fawcett, director Jay Scheib, and a "scientist".

A listing I saw said, "Reservations required to guarantee seating," but I didn't see any reservation info besides perhaps a phone number: 617-576-9278

TUES 3/3

Animal Hospital, Big Bear, Big Digits
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 18+

For a long while, I couldn't get into Animal Hospital. Some of the stuff I'd heard before were too subtle for me to enjoy; I respected it like looking at paintings of white on white abstractions, but I didn't enjoy it. It's cool that he does multiple drum and guitar loops, but I lived in LA where I could see Jon Brion do this every Friday night with more tunefulness and personality. It's experimental rock, and I'm coming around. Where Animal Hospital is quiet, Big Bear is loud and noisy. This is wild, shamanistic, and angular heavy rock. Big Digits are electro/hip-hoppy fun with tongue planted in cheek.

TUES 3/3

The Rex Complex
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

It's rootsy music that sometimes has a old-fashioned country bounce, and sometimes it tips a rhythmic hat to Africa. The guys of Rex Complex throw different influences with little regard for anything but good tunes and good times.

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