Friday, September 25, 2009

SAT 9/26: Art, Jazz, Fluff, Film, Rock

Okay, wow. Last night didn't turn out as I expected. It was a good night... I think some dude is getting a divorce, but it's not my fault... I did what I could do, ladies and gentlemen...


SAT 9/26 (& SUN 9/27)

11am to 6 pm
Annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios
all around Jamaica Plain

Some kind of art is being made behind every other door in Jamaica Plain. You can walk in on a well over a hundred of those artists this weekend. And in most cases they won't be stoned out on the couch...

It seems like "Open Studios" season is gearing up, and this is a good spot to start. You're bound to see all sorts of cool, funky stuff. Maybe you'll even find something to fill that empty spot in your apartment.

There's a map in this PDF pamphlet, and it seems like there are clusters of destinations triangulated around Stony Brook T, Forest Hills T, and Jamaica Pond.

SAT 9/26

Noon to 6pm
Beantown Jazz Festival
on (about 580) Columbus Ave, between Mass Ave and Carter Playground, Boston (South End)

You could just enjoy a casual stroll at any point in the 6 hours, but there are some definite highlights like Joe Louis Walker (2pm) is one of the great blues guitarists around. The real dilemma happens around 4:30pm when the Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble will be joined by Little Joe Cook -- Peanut Man from the Cantab is back! He was a Friday night insitution until he retired(?) a couple years ago.

Then it would be hard to miss Defenders of the Groove on another of the 3 stages at 4:45pm; Two sax legends Ernie Andrews and Plas Johnson are playing with great funk-jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks.

If you want a better idea of the set-up, there's a PDF map.

SAT 9/26

4pm to 7 pm
"What the Fluff?" Festival
at Union Sq Plaza, Somerville (nexus of Somerville Ave, Washington St, Bow St)

Union Square/Somerville Arts usually doesn't repeat programs, but Fluff sticks around because it's sweet -- and sticky -- awesomeness created in 'hood!

Performances by: Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Saints, Rex Complex, Los Sugar Kings, The Flufferettes (G-rated version of Babes in Boinkland?)

There's going to be all sorts of Fluff treats at very reasonable prices as well as Fluff-themed fun. I don't like Fluff, and I had a good time.

SAT 9/26

"Under the Stars": International Movie Nights
Feat: "Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips)"
behind the Old Fire Station, 165 Broadway, Somerville (East Somerville)

One of the movie nights was rained out, so you have one more chance for secret Somerville cinema.

The fun starts at 6:30pm with Carmen Spada getting jazzy, food vendors, and maybe even a raffle. The movie starts at 8pm. I saw this movie (Italian with English subtitles) a few years ago, and it's pretty good.

SAT 9/26

Hallelujah The Hills, You Can Be A Wesley, The Big Big Bucks
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+

Sweet! Hallelujah The Hills has a new CD! I haven't heard a song yet that I love more than "Wave Backwards To Massachusetts", but that is one of my fovorites of all time. The new stuff sounds like a step forward, and they were already a friggin' awesome alt/chamber/rock noise. There are other rock shows tonight, but that would be wasting your time.

You should like You Can Be A Wesley and The Big Big Bucks too.

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