Monday, August 24, 2009

MON 8/24: Yoon, Lebowski, Blues, Rock

The Monday affirmation: "Hang in there, little buckaroos! We're going to make it."


MON 8/24

5:30pm to 7:30pm
Sam Yoon Meet and Greet
at McFadden's, 128 State St, Boston (Financial District)

You may or may not know that City Councilor Sam Yoon is running for mayor. He may not have a lot experience in Boston politics, but that might be good. You can talk to him a little bit and see what you think. Yoon's campaign had a promotion about Sox tix last week, so maybe there'll be some giveaway or something...

He'll probably be friendly even if you're not a Boston resident. Find out answers to burning questions like: What beer does Sam Yoon drink?

MON 8/24

"The Big Lebowski" Party
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline

Last year tried to go and was shut out. I even wore a bowling shirt to get in the spirit of the event. My -- and your -- chances may be slightly better this time.

A certain amount of diehards show up every year, but I wonder if others are likely to show up based on the Coolidge's web page. If you don't read closely, you may think it's just a screening.

BUT they're having all the bells and whistles to be our warm-up to LebowskiFest's visit to Boston next month. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and Big Lebowski trivia knowledge. Other contests in previous years have included (and why break something that doesn't need fixing...?):

- "most convincing nihilist quip"
- "most impassioned Walter rant"
- "toy bowling"
Who knows what other wacky fun may be had. There will be plenty of folks that are dressed up for the occasion, so I suggest just showing up with a few white Russians in your belly.

The movie usually starts around 8pm -- depending on when they can corral the audience into the theatre. (I hope this doesn't turn into a "quote-along" screening, because I've been-there, done-that with some friends...

MON 8/24

The White Owls (8pm), The Tim Gearan Band (10:30pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

The White Owls are killer blues squad that has Dennis Brennan ripping through classic tunes with yet another set of top-notch players.

For about ten years, Tim Gearan has anchored almost every Monday night at Toad, and he's far from getting stale. His deep, soulful vocals and guitar-playing are surrounded by bluesy/rootsy/rock band with horns.

If one needs a good reason to go out on a Monday night, these are two good ones.

MON 8/24

The Acro-brats, Noble Rot, The Curses
at Charlie's Kitchen, 10 Eliot St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 / 21+

If it's Monday, there must be ballsy, punky rock upstairs at Charlie's. My favorite may be The Curses, because I hear Devo and Dead Kennedys in their sound. The Acro-brats have a new CD and they hand-printed the first 200 covers like this. (Wow.) For those who are about to rock, there is no doubt that Nobe Rot salutes you. It may be a one-finger salute, but that's rock attitude...

MON 8/24

Lindsey Starr & the Chemical Smiles, Paul Rosevear
at ZuZu!, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

Lindsey Starr & the Chemical Smiles will be rocking at ZuZu, but slightly quieter than at Charlie's. Singer-songwriter Paul Rosevear sounds like he knows how to write good songs.

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