Tuesday, October 06, 2009

TUES 10/6: Geeks, Pop, Comedy, Punk v. Rap

As usual, this isn't everything cheap happening tonight. It is probably the best cheapness.

I'm torn between Golden Bloom/Rachael Cantu or Eugene Mirman -- or going home and taking care of all the stuff I should do...


TUES 10/6

Ethan Gilsdorf, "Fantasy Freaks And Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms": Reading & more
at Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge (near Star Market)

Local author Ethan Gilsdorf has come clean about his Dungeons & Dragons adolescence but goes much further and investigates many facets of current gaming culture. I imagine this tome will help laymen understand their LARPing loved ones as well as provide gamers a better sense of their subculture.

Each of his readings have had a little extra going on. There will still be some sort of geeky fantasy-trivia contest, but stand back for the live-action sword-play demonstration.

If you still want to chat about LARPing or other topics, there's a reception (cash bar & free appetizers) across the at Christopher's Restaurant afterwards.

TUES 10/6

Golden Bloom, Rachael Cantu
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 / 18+

There are a lot of good things about this show:

1) Golden Bloom may be the 2009 pinnacle of powerpop goodness.
2) Rachael Cantu may play solo tonight, but she'll still blow you away
3) You don't have to wait so long for an early show to start.
4) Two artists -- "All killer, no filler."
5) Sox aren't playing tonight.
6) Bruins aren't playing tonight.
TUES 10/6

Eugene Mirman & Friends
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 18+

It seems like Eugene Mirman's comedy doesn't appeal to everyone. I think he's hilarious -- and I'm far from the only one -- but he's got an atypical rhythm, and the jokes need you to pay attention because the punchline is rarely something like "Git 'er done." This is a release party for his new CD, "God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy With Asperger's".

I'm sure the fellow performers will be worthwhile also.

Note: If Eugene or a friend is googling him and sees this, I was trying to find the cover photo from "The Improper Bostonian". That's the best picture ever taken of Eugene Mirman. (Maybe because he doesn't actually look like that...)

TUES 10/6

The Sprained Ankles vs.Wasted Talent
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$8 / 21+

It's rocker (and more) Clay N. Ferno's birthday party, and it looks like a good time.

I'm pretty sure Clay wrote this, but he put it rather well:
DJ Tim Kelly from WMBR's Late Riser's Club will be the ultimate judge of the competition set for this evening as weirdo doo-wop punk and rollers The Sprained Ankles square off against bizarro old school hip hop live act Wasted Talent (featuring Nabo Rawk and Paul Foley).

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