Thursday, October 22, 2009

THUR 10/22: Art, Books, Films, Rock

Have I ever mentioned my favorite view around town? The best minute of almost any day is the Red Line ride across the Longfellow Bridge. No one was rowing this morning, and the Charles River was still to reflect the red, yellow, and orange trees along Storrow Drive.

I'd suggest taking a daytime trip -- to and/or from -- before it rains.

Hey, would you like to see Boston ska warriors Big D and the Kids Table at the Paradise next week? For free? Over at another site, Rock N Roll Boston, you have until SUN 10/25 to win tickets.

I hope a CTB reader wins. Heck, I might enter by leaving a comment...

For all you retro-beer lovers, Schlitz is bringing their old-school, "full-flavored" brew back to Boston. You may have already drank it on the Cape or somewhere else, but you should be able to starting finding it in local stores/bars. There's a kick-off event at the "gentlemen's prestige" club, Eire Pub at 4pm, and I'm guessing it won't be over at 4:30...


THUR 10/22

5:30pm to 8pm
Tobias Putrih & MOS Architects, "Without Out": Artist Talk & Opening Reception
at Bartos Theater, Wiesner Bldg, 20 Ames St, Cambridge (MIT campus)

5:30pm: Pre-reception talk with Tobias Putrih & Michael Meredith, moderated by curator Jane Farver

6pm to 8pm: Reception
Generally, large sculptural pieces are interesting. Putrih often transforms mundane materials into objects that are on the verge of falling apart. I think this will be a styrofoam structure that will gradually crumble.

Why would someone do this? If you get there early you might find out as Tobias Putrih and Michael Meredith (one of his collaborators at MOS) will speak.

THUR 10/22

Jonathan Lethem, "Chronic City": Reading
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline

Lethem's current novel doesn't really capture my interest, but "Motherless Brooklyn" was thoroughly enjoyable.

In between NYC appearances where he's in the midst of reading the entire book over 7 sessions, he's visitng Brookline for a more conventional reading.

THUR 10/22

Sci-Fi Movie Night: "The Time Machine"
at Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge (between Porter Sq and Fresh Pond)

Classic sci-fi with at least one real scientist to discuss it. Believe it or not, there is a physics professor who is actively attempting to go back in time.

The idea of time-travel is so fascinating. It's amazing that H.G. Wells' classic tale about a time machine was only published in 1895. If time-travel was possible, maybe someone would have trumped Wells by pubishing a version earlier than that...

THUR 10/22

Caroline Alexander, "The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War": Reading
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

From the author of "The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition" and "The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty", comes this historical examination of the events that culminated in Brad Pitt fighting Eric Bana...

(Yes, you're not the only one who has noticed that every book has a really long title these days.)

THUR 10/22

"An Evening of Cinema Hilarity"
at Room B-05, College of Communication, 640 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

African-born Italian filmmaker Franco Sacchi currently lives in Boston. His most recent production is a documentary about the Nigerian film industry, "This is Nollywood". As you can imagine these low-budget flicks are pretty laughable. Sacchi will attend for discussion.

Also screening is schlocky cult favorite "Troll 2". There's even a documentary about fans of this specific film.

THUR 10/22

The Spinto Band (11:45pm), Pepi Ginsberg (10:45pm), Generationals (9:50pm), Travels (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

Did you listen to the sampler below? This is the related show.

Personally, I dig The Spinto Band more than that one song. These Delaware rockers may not ever see Arctic Monkeys success, but they opened on their US tour. All of the bands have a skewed folky/rocky tunefulness, including our local band, Travels, who should get your support (or at least a listen).

THUR 10/22

Planetoid, Vagiant, Razors in the Night, Tenafly Vipers
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$9 / 18+

Some bands will always have your affections on the strength of one song. Besides being a band of rock chicks, Vagiant has my allegiance for "F--- The Kells". I've been to The Kells on the weekend, and I never wanted to go back. Vagiant has a new CD full of more punky rock that has more balls than many bands that anatomically carry them between the legs.

Check out Planetoid who specialize stoney, space-rock and dress up like aliens and robots. (I'm assuming they are not really from outer space.) Razors in the Night and Tenafly Vipers are two big scoops of Boston-style punk.

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