Wednesday, March 25, 2009

WED 3/25: Talks, Blues, Films, Dance, Beer

New England Real Ale Exhibition, 2005
Okay, steady onwards. When the calendar falls off the front page and has more days filled in, I'll put a link in the top right.


WED 3/25

"The Shrinking World of Print Journalism: A Danger to Democracy?": Panel Discussion
at Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon St, Boston (Beacon Hill)

This is a great topic, but will the conversation be more fruitful than a dog chasing its tail? We had news delivery before newspapers, but it's been a medium that fit the task so well. In my opinion, the transition is the tricky part but everyone knows that our news has become more and more dynamic. We still need reporters, but why do they have to work for newspapers?

Maybe I'm talking out of the wrong orifice. These people are going to discuss it by way of "experience" and "analysis": Bruce D. Butterfield (journalism professor, Suffolk), Cullen Murphy (editor, Vanity Fair), Joan Vennochi (Boston Globe), Robert E Rosenthal (journalism chair, Suffolk).

Call 617-720-7600 to RSVP.

WED 3/25

Dr. William F. "Jack" Fry, "Solving the Stradivarius Secret": Lecture
at Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Dr. Fry was already on Nova a few years back with his findings, but I get the feeling that some people don't feel convinced. Jack has an elegantly simple answer that Occam would probably like: All Italian violins of that period are considered great, and it's the subtle way they formed the curves. The wood, varnish, etc add other characteristics that people love about Stradivarius.

Maybe the musical physicist and violinist Rose Mary Harbison can convince you.

"Seating is limited. Seating passes are available to the general public in the Museum lobby beginning at 5:45pm, the evening of the program. First come, first served."

WED 3/25

Les Sampou (7pm); Lyons, Colley, & Dupree (10pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

The easy comparison for Les Sampou would be Bonnie Raitt, but I think it would be more fair to say she's reminiscent of a female John Hammond Jr. She really digs into her guitar with the slide, and her voice is just perfect. After playing all around from the Haymarket T to the Montreal Jazz Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many other points; Les is back in town and delivering the goods. Stay/go for the late show and hear NOLA-expat Jeremy Lyons get louder yet stay bluesy with the sax-drums superduo of Dana Colley and Jerome Dupree who also played together in little band called Morphine!

WED 3/25

"Adventureland": Preview
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

There's a good chance the line will be way too long, but you might want to get there early if you can't wait until next Friday. If it's to tell if it's going to be incredibly funny with lots of heart or slightly disappointing. The cast looks good, and the director from "Superbad" is at the helm...

"Seats will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30pm for Brattle members, 7pm for general public."

WED 3/25

Bodega Girls
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)

I'm listing this again, because this is the kind of off-the-cuff project that becomes more popular than the more serious musical endeavors. Half of Read Yellow make up half of the group along with (usually) rocker/folker Jake Brennan and Mac from Big Digits -- who regularly have tongue planted in their beat-making cheeks. The Boston-centric lyrics are funny but not jokey; listen to "She's Into Black Guys", and tell me a suburban-girl-who-goes-to-The-Western-Front-to-meet-guys isn't great song material.

This must be a put-on at some level, but it sounds really good. When much-loved and much-buzzed Read Yellow called it quits, it's hard to believe they really wanted to play sleazy disco-rock jams instead. On the other hand who needs to think when you're dancing? They're going to DJ and perform every last Wednesday of the month.

WED 3/25 (and THUR 3/26)

Various Times
Boston Underground Film Festival
at Kendall Square Cinema, 1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge (Kendall Sq, duh)
$8 (per show)

Cool and weird cinema is alive and well out there. This is one of the weeks that it gets projected in the Boston area.

Documentaries are a good bet at film festivals. All indie films have a low budget, the overhead is so much lower -- all you need is a camera and lots of coffee... If this is "The Last American Freak Show", perhaps it's good and bad. Where is "lobster-girl" going to find another job these days? If you remember who Tiffany is, her fanatical admirers in "I Think We're Alone Now" might seem much stranger -- they're still weird anyway. "9to5: Days in Porn" follows different "performers" over several months; I bet this won't be the last time it plays in town.

I'm not sure if I'm excited about tonight's shorts programs ("Ill Logic", "Midnight Transgressions"), but "Mock Up on Mu" seems like a funny experiment in moviemaking.

5:30pm -- "The Last American Freak Show" w/ "Bally Master"
5:45pm -- "Mock Up on Mu" w/ "Death of the Reel"
7:30pm -- "Ill Logic"
7:45pm -- "I Think We're Alone Now" w/ "Andy", "Steak And Milk"
9:30pm -- "9 to 5: Days in Porn"
9:45pm -- "Midnight Transgressions"
WED 3/25 & SAT 3/28

6pm to 10:30pm
New England Real Ale Exhibition
at VFW George Dilboy Post, 371 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

SAT: Noon to 7pm -- $5

For the beer connisseur that enjoys a good buzz enough to drink slightly carbonated beer. For the unabashed seeker of the new and different, you're going to see cask-pumped brews from England and America that you won't find in any nearby bars.

I might go on Saturday (when the admission is only $5), but tonight is $10 plus beer costs -- admission plus six 10oz beers @ $3 comes out to $28...

Thursday: 6pm to 10:30pm -- $15
Friday: 6pm to 10:30pm -- $15

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