Thursday, March 19, 2009

THUR 3/19: Talks, Film Fest, Trippy Audio/Visual, Rock/Fashion

Zebbler & Encanti
It was one of those Thursdays where too much was going on. I think I whittled it down to the 5 best cheap options.

If you don't hit the Boston Underground Film Festival tonight, I suggest trying any of the shows over the next week -- if you like crazy-ass cinema!


THUR 3/19

Ulrich Boser, "The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft": Discussion
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

It's been 19 years since the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery in the wee hours after St. Patrick's Day. Ulrich Boser beat the 20th anniversary rush by coming out with a well-researched tome about the robbery and subsequent investigation(s). He points fingers with somewhat compelling evidence but has no answer about the artworks' location. Boser has been doing appearances around town, but I thought this one might have the most content.

THUR 3/19

Richard Stallman, "Copyright vs. Community": Discussion
at C. Walsh Theater, Suffolk University, 55 Temple St, Boston (Beacon Hill)

Ah, the power of technology! The sharing of information is greater than ever before. (Perhaps there's too much sharing of useless or incorrect information, but that could be another discussion.)

The ease of online sharing and communication stimulates creativity, but some creators don't dig the unpaid usage of their efforts. Do we destroy the tools of the future (and what makes the Internet cool) in reaction to the traditional application of copyright? There should be quite a few opinions tonight.

(BTW: Who knew the music industry would despise an anti-piracy format!?)

THUR 3/19

"Bad Biology"
at Kendall Square Cinema, 1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge (Kendall Sq, duh)

It's opening night of the Boston Underground Film Festival. I've seen some shorts and trailers from this year's programs. There is a lot of horror and sex -- but often with a sense of humor and intelligence you'd expect from independent cinema.

So why not open with a film filled with sex and horror? From the director of "Frankenhooker" comes "Bad Biology", it's a love story conceived in the very twisted depths of someone's psyche. From the trailer, it's everything you'd expect from a midnight movie. They eschewed CGI for old-time effects that's should add to the fun.

The festival runs through THUR 3/26 at the Kendall and the Brattle. (Maybe I'll do a dedicated BUFF post, but sheck the schedule on the BUFF site.) All screenings are $8 and there's a special $25 pass for after the weekend. You could win the daily free pass giveaway if you sign up for their mailing list.


Director Frank Henenlotter and producer R.A. the Rugged Man will be in attendance, as well as lead actress Charlee Danielson and other cast members!
The opening party is at TT's ($10) with Big Digits, Uncle Monsterface, and Get Laid. Should be a wild mix of sounds and people.

THUR 3/19

8pm to 9:30pm
Broken Victrola, Zebbler Encanti Experience
at AXIOM gallery, Green Street T, ground floor level, about 150 Green St, Jamaica Plain
$10 Suggested Donation

I always like to give Zebbler for his involvement in the unintended "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Freekout of '07" [video]. He and frequent collaborator Ben Encanti are performing at the Green St T tonight, and I doubt you'll see a mooninite. I saw them at a club last year, and they actually made me dance! They rock the laptops like killer DJ's while controlling visuals along with the audio.

Broken Vicctrola are another duo who do something more ambient in sound and vision, but that can be just as cool.

THUR 3/19

Annual Rock The Village Style Show
Tab The Band, Casey Desmond, Fluttr Effect
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+

Although I'm not much of a "fashion" guy, the concept works for me: mixing bands with local merchants display clothes & wares. Tab The Band may actually be growing on me. I held a grudge, because two of them are Joe Perry's kids; but they take influences like Zeppelin & Rolling Stones and turn it into something different than Aerosmith. Casey Desmond is probably growing into something different every week, but she has a great voice and a lot of talent for pop/rock style. Fluttr Effect's chamber-rock with cello & marimba seems like good fashion show music to me (edgy, arty, etc).

Allstonian style will be presented by: 379 Club, AWOL, The Alter Eco, At The Buzzer, Chandler Jewelry, Cheap Chic, Coco Cosmetics, Cottonfield, Designer's Circus, Horror Business, LAB Boston, Milano Salon & Day Spa, Rescue, Ritual Arts, and Stingray Body Art.
(Forgive me for not checking all of the links.)

Proceeds go to Allston Village Main Streets to revitalize the Allston commercial district.

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