Wednesday, June 17, 2009

WED 6/17: Peace Corps, Tequila, Jazz, Rock

Pansy Division
All was going well last night until I took a short break on my futon. I think sleep-inducing fumes are released from the mattress... As usual, there's other stuff to do but these are my cheap suggestions.


WED 6/17

Noon to 5pm
Open House
at Boston Regional Peace Corps Office, 10 Causeway St, Suite 559, Boston (North Station)

Information Session
at 1st Floor Auditorium, 10 Causeway St, Boston (North Station)

Maybe your job in unsatisfying -- or non-existent -- and you feel like trying something new. It's not easy, but volunteering in a foreign country would be an amazing adventure.

The Peace Corps is "seeking applicants with volunteer and professional work experience in education, math/sciences, HIV/AIDS and health, environment, business, IT and engineering."

You can stop by during the day to watch a video and/or talk to a recruiter. There's also an evening session where you can hear Peace Corps Volunteers talk about their experiences. You have to RSVP for the Information Session by 4pm via email or 617-565-5555.

A free trip to a strange land... A monthly living allowance... Looks cool on a resume...

WED 6/17

"Horny Sauza Cocktails & Contortionists"
at Rattlesnake Bar & Grill, 384 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)

You might as well try to get in (although I did try to tell you yesterday). There really are free drinks at these things!

It might not be on the rooftop, but it should still be worth it. (Get there early to ensure admission.)

It's a Stuff party, so everyone who wants to go needs to RSVP.

WED 6/17

New Thelonious Monk Institute Sextet
at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)

Six of the most promising, young jazz musicians in the country are performing tonight before heading to New Orleans for two years of tuition-free music studies with jazz greats at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Five of the sextet have graduated from Berklee (about half of all Monk Institute students went to Berklee first) and all of them already have an incredible amount of awards and achievements.

Feat: Billy Buss (trumpet), Nicholas Falk (drums), Victor Gould (piano), Hogyu Hwang (bass)
Godwin Louis (alto sax), Matt Marantz (tenor sax)

If you can't make it, it's going to be streamed live on Berklee Internet Radio (BIRN 2).

WED 6/17

Pansy Division (11pm), The Fatal Flaw (10pm), The Motion Sick (9:05pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

These are my favorite line-ups when you have a special touring band and two awesome local bands.

Pansy Division is experiencing a surge of activity with a new CD, a documentary, and a memoir by singer Jon Ginoli. You can point to earlier musicians, but these contemporaries of Green Day were the first out-of-the-closet gay rock bands. They're still playing catchy punk about liking guys.

The current guitarist Joel Reader lives in Boston and regularly rocks us with his band The Fatal Flaw. Before I knew he's played with so many cool bands (P.D., Mr T Experience, Avengers), I was digging the gritty power-pop with wry humor. It keeps getting better with The Motion Sick serving up the marvelously quirky indie-rock that spans bubblegum ditties to wild, stormy rockers -- and delightful places in between.

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