Friday, July 31, 2009

FRI 7/31: Laughs & Music

Okay. Non-malicious forces working against me. I'll update this post in a few minutes. Without further ado...


FRI 7/31

The Gas: "Quiet Desperation Special"
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$5 / 18+

Feat: Robby Roadsteamer, Mehran, Chris Coxen, Tom Dustin, Erin Judge, Shaun Bedgood, Ken Reid, Joe Madaus

Someone pointed me to the "Quiet Desperation" videos about 2 months ago. YouTube is strewn with Robby Roadsteamer video clips, but there's a little bit more story arc than usual. It's a thin string of a story, and it mainly skewers the local comedy/music scene. There's a lot of inside jokes, but there are a bunch of simply ludicrous situations and funny lines. If this stuff was on "Adult Swim", a million stoners & insomniacs would love it!

All of the episodes (7, I think) will be shown interspersed with live performances by many of the "Q.D." cast.

FRI 7/31 to SUN 8/2 (thru 8/16)

8pm (SUN: 7pm)
"The Comedy Of Errors"
at Parkman Bandstand, about 165 Tremont St, Boston (Boston Common)

I'd hate to think about summer without Shakespeare in the Common. Even though I don't make it every year, there's a free big-time production going on 14 years thanks to the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, which has returned to its independent roots.

Shaking up Shakespeare is rather common. One of the typical twists is to set it in a new location and era; by looking at the flyer, it's obviously Miami.

The text is full-on Shakespeare, but this farce about identical twins separated at birth takes place in South Beach of the '30s.

The production runs through SUN 8/16 with shows from Tuesdays to Sundays -- 8pm on most nights, 7pm on Sundays. There are additional performances on SUN 8/9 (1pm) and WED 8/12 (12:30pm).

FRI 7/31

I Have Ears (Midnight), Jesus & the Argonauts (11pm), St. Helena (10pm), Gaslight Revival (9pm)
at Cantab Underground / Club Bohemia, 738 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 / 21+

Rock/Pop/Folksy mix.

FRI 7/31

Union Square Round Table: "The Briny Deep"
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 -- 21+ / $13 -- 18+

Theme: "How The Other Half Lives"

This show may or may not be about millionaires. This show may or may not involve appearances by actual millionaires talking about their butlers.
Feat: Ben Dryer, Chris Braiotta, Nick Branigan, Marian Didio, Keira Horowitz, Caitlin Roy, TD Sidell, Erik P. Kraft, Gretchen Gavett, Katie McCarthy

Musical guest: Dr. and Mrs. Van Der Trampp

FRI 7/31

Lovewhip (Midnight), Miss Fairchild (11pm), Apple Betty (10pm), You Scream I Scream (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$10 / 21+

Funk-soul-punk-rock dance party.

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