Thursday, October 15, 2009

THUR 10/15: Parties w/ Music & Art, Film

I'm subtitling this "WTF Thursday!?" Why are there so many cheap parties on the same night? I am leaning towards one, but I wish I could go to all of them. The resourceful cheapo will hit more than one of these.

Good luck!

The Massachusetts Poetry Festival is mainly happening at locations in Lowell through Sunday, but one of the kick-off events is a panel discussion at the BPL. Not thrilling like a party with beer, but poetry needs to flourish.

While over $10, if you're interested in some downtown dinner & murder-mystery, someone pointed me to this deal...


THUR 10/15

7pm to 10pm
Movers & Shakers, The Cold Beat -- New Alliance Open House
at EMF Building, 110 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

These two bands were going to celebrate 7" split-record at a Charlies Kitchen gig a couple months ago, but it wasn't ready. Who knows how many turntables are out there, but they're still going to celebrate at the studio where they recorded it.

After years near Fenway, New Alliance moved to Cambridge a few years ago. It's not that often one gets to walk around a recording studio without paying an hourly rate, so think about catching some tunes and enjoying some free beer and food.

Both bands rock. All the components for my infatuation Cold Beat are there (loud... fast... manly riffs...), but the love hasn't quite happened yet.

On the other hand, I love Movers & Shakers. In their Clash-like integration of influences, they make a brilliant, punky stew.


THUR 10/15

7pm to 10pm
Nave@5 Birthday Bash
at Nave Gallery, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville (Teele Sq)
$5 / All ages

Feat: DJ Mark E. Moon, Mr. Sister, Shepherdess

One should expect a large contingent of local artists to celebrate the 5th anniversary of this active gallery and performance space. There is top-notch indie-folk/rock from Mr. Sister and Shepherdess. DJ Mark E. Moon (who also happens to be visually gifted) will take care of party music when bands aren't playing.

The proceeds will benefit the Nave's mission, so think about the silent auctions or the $5 raffle for an awesome lunch-box full of art.

Drinks aren't free, but the beer will actually be good.

THUR 10/15

"The Night of Funk": Weekly Dig / Miller Lite VIP Party
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
FREE-ish / 21+

Feat: The Chicken Slacks, DJ Frank White

Maybe you can still enter to "win" a night of live funkiness and free Miller Lite... (I tried to see what would happen, and I guess I didn't win.)

THUR 10/15

7:30pm to 10pm
The Soul Collective: Opening Party
at Artists for Humanity, 100 W. 2nd Street, Boston (Southie) [PDF map]

Feat: Cymbals Eat Guitars, DJ Redd Foxx

You don't have to buy a car for free music and drinks, but it looks like you could go for a test-drive in the next couple days. I'm looking into this is just the first of a couple events this weekend.

Out of Brooklyn comes Cymbals Eat Guitars, who seem to hit town on a decent frequency to keep people interested are getting enough buzz to sell out to a car company. Good for them! Bands making jangly, noisy rock goodness should be heard.

You probably can still RSVP for tonight. Some good bands are playing this weekend...

THUR 10/15

"Luckey": Screening & Discussion
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

This is the indie-film pick of the night. It's a documentary with feature-film story. A father who creates giant, functional structures suddenly falls ill and is stricken to a wheelchair. His architect son jumps in to help him finish a project for the Boston Children's Museum. Tensions appear to rise.

The post-screening discussion includes filmmaker Laura Longsworth and architects featured in the film.

Presented by Truth Serum and Boston Society of Architects.

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