Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TUES 6/23: Iran Talk, Drawing, Rock

Kepi Ghoulie, at Church
I guess I was suffering from the 'Monday blues' yesterday and the weather isn't helping. Plenty of cheap stuff to keep your mind off the grayness.


TUES 6/23

6pm to 8pm
"Human Rights and the Iranian Situation": Panel Discussion
at Kresge Auditorium, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge (MIT campus)

It's unlikely that any American news resource has devoted 2 straight hours on the current events in Iran. This discussion will center around human rights issues taking place in Iran, but that seems like an encompassing topic.

Nazanin Afshin-Jam, co-founder of Stop Child Executions, and Dr. Fatemah Haghighatjoo, former Iranian Parliament member, are scheduled to speak. There will be opportunities to ask questions, so you'll likely be more informed than most citizens by attending. Feel free to check out the Facebook page.

Update: After introductions, there will be a panel discussion for about for about 50 minutes and 45-minute Q&A. Afterwards, everyone will take a short, silent walk to the front of the main building at 77 Mass Ave followed a few words about Neda (the protester who was killed the other day) as well as a song and brief silent vigil.

If you're wondering why the background color is not grey, I changed it about a week ago to support the Iranian freedom movement. I think I'm keeping it for another week.

TUES 6/23

6:30pm to 8:30pm
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Burlesque: Life Drawing Session
at O'Brien's, 3 Havard St, Allston
$7 / 18+

Have you wanted to go to Dr. Sketchy, but Sunday afternoons just don't work for you? Every now and then, there's a Tuesday night session. Note the change of venue tonight (Sundays are at Great Scott). From first-timers to professionals, all are welcome to have some art fun with no one to tell you what to do.

A couple of tips: Come on time to get a seat up front. Keep it small so others can crowd in around you. Bring your stuff in a milk crate so you have something to sit on or put your stuff on. (we have lots of seats, but more is helpful) There will be some fancy paper for you to buy if you want.
Tonight's models: Gingerita (who's modeled before) & Toni of Babes in Boinkland

TUES 6/23

Kepi Ghoulie (Electric), The Pleasure Kills, Little Medusas
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$8 / 21+

The last two Kepi (of The Groovie Ghoulies) shows in Boston have been acoustic gigs, so it's a bit of a treat to get an electric band performance. The music comes from that vintage Ghoulies punk, but it doesn't seem to have the horror themes. Sounds pretty darn good! The Pleasure Kills might just live up to their name with devastatingly potent powerpop. The music might start earlier than usual since there really isn't an 'opening band'; Kepi is going to open with another side project called Little Medusas.

TUES 6/23

Team Robespierre, Chinese Stars, Big Digits, Truman Peyote
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

Are you ready to get sweaty? I don't know if Team Robespierre fans are going to get crazy like these people or these people, but there's no point to stand still when the band is freaking out over pummeling rhythms and primitive art-punk synths.

The party gets started with Truman Peyote who doesn't make me want to dance, but it's peculiar and electronic with beats. I do have faith in the quirky hip-hop of Big Digits, because I've seen them turn a hundred-plus strangers into fans. I'm assuming the noisy disco-punk of The Chinese Stars will go third.

TUES 6/23

Stupidity, Skinny Mike
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

It's Swedish garage-rock and Skinny Mike of The Coffin Lids. Sweden is overflowing with bands, yet Stupidity isn't flashy like The Hives. They're more straightforward, classic garage.

I read there wil be "Free Swedish meatballs and Swedish candy".

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