Friday, November 13, 2009

SAT 11/14: Film, Art, Cabaret, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Match Game

Have I ever mentioned this personal mantra?

"Life is mysterious and beautiful."

Almost any moment in one's life can be described this way.


SAT 11/14

Elements Of Cinema: "Pickpocket"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Robert Bresson is heavy French art filmmaking. Big-time intellectualism, but great cinema if you're willing to pay attention and think. Elements of Cinema series is the film appreciation course that 's heading into the advanced levels...

SAT 11/14

11am to 3pm
City of Somerville Bike Auction
at Somerville High School Atrium, 81 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)
- Whatever You Bid -

I already mentioned the bike auction, right?

SAT 11/14 & SUN 11/15

Noon to 6pm
Annual Allston Open Studios
at 1 Braintree St & 119 Braintree St, Allston

This is what I wrote last year...

Went last year, and it was a fun walk up, down, around the two buildings. As you'd expect, there's some interesting work going on in Allston. I'll give my rule of thumb: I try to engage the artist about their work and look interested if I'm going to have some of their wine and cheese.
I don't remember having to sneak wine and cheese, but... there is supposed to be about 40 artists welcoming you in to see their work in a variety of media. (I recall seeing some good stuff.)

SAT 11/14

3pm, 8pm
"Goethe Your Hand Off My Heine": German Art Song Cabaret
at Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston (Back Bay)

Listen -- German opera may not be your usual weekend fare, but aren't you expecting a fun show with a name like that? OperaHub is calling this year the "Pretzels & Beer Season", and these performances are the kickoff.

I thought I got the joke with Goethe, however it seems Heine is not just a rear end but an author as well... So it's going to be German verse set to music. Am not sure how it works, but the "music will be performed in its original language, with translations provided, and spoken dialogue will be in English."

"Audience members are invited to meet and mingle with the performers at a reception featuring German-inspired treats after all performances.

Also Sunday at 3pm at at Christ Church Cambridge.

SAT 11/14

8pm to 9:30pm
"The World of Fred Ho"
at Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)
$10 / $8 students & seniors

Tribute concert with alumnus jazzman Fred Ho and Harvard Jazz Bands. Along with pieces from throughout his career, the Harvard Jazz Band is going to perform the premier of a 20-minute, six-part suite suite called “Take the Zen Train” that includes choreography for three dancers.

There is discussion an Eastern influence in Ho's composition, I generally hear a lot Ellington and Mingus. This is hip, smart, big band music with a modern twist. This show is in conjunction with an award he received by his alma mater yesterday, so Fred might not be naked and green.

SAT 11/14

The Organ Beats (Midnight), Dave Alpert (11pm), Gretel (10pm), Tammy Dempsey (9pm)
at Cantab Underground / Club Bohemia, 738 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

It looks like The Organ Beats are playing a bunch of local gigs in the next couple weeks, this would be a damn good night for loud and fuzzy powerpop meets ballsy rock from Noelle (from Damone) and band. Dave Alpert whips out a gutsy brand of rock.

Things start off on the softer side with some lovely folk with Gretel, and I can only assume Tammy Dempsey is a singer-songwriter.

SAT 11/14

Scissormen, Peter Parcek, The Ten Foot Polecats
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$8 / 21+

Ted Drozdowski was already somewhat of a hero to me before I ever saw him play from all his articles in "Guitar Player" magazine. On top of being a fine guitarist and guitar journalist, he befriended some of the deep, deep delta blues guys that were still active like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough -- and he rips it up. Scissormen left Boston for NAshville a couple years ago, but they're around for a couple shows. You won't be sorry.

Peter Parcek is a really hot blues guitarist, and how could The Ten Foot Polecats not be a greasy, three-piece blues outfit?

SAT 11/14

Union Square Round Table presents: "The Match Game"
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$5 / 21+

Union Square and Jamaica Plain meets Davis Square. I went to the last "Match Game" show at the old Milky Way Lounge, and it was pretty fun. I've been to the Union Square Round Table at PA's Lounge (and it was funnier). In my opinion, the Rosebud Bar & Grill is a hidden gem in Davis. Go there any night.

You probably won't fall out of your chair laughing, but it's campy fun in the spirit of the original TV show. The celebrity panel is full of local witty & funny people who've performed with Union Square Round Table and Anderson Comedy. I think it would be more fun if they picked the contestants from the audience, that's how it goes in the entertainment game...

In between the two games, there is usually some funny videos. Folks may even stick around for fun and music.

Guitarist Tom Scanlon and thereminist Jon Bernhardt added live soundtrack in the past, so I have a feeling they might again.

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