Wednesday, December 30, 2009

WED 12/30: Art, Bingo, Dancing

Well, better than yesterday. It could be a good day for writing cheaply...


WED 12/30

7pm to 9pm
"23 Actions"
at MEME Gallery, 55 Norfolk St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

It's going to be a cluster-shabam of performance art. In various media, you'll see the results of 23 artists who were given two months to complete a rather esoteric to-do list like "play basketball in high-heels," and "hug underwater" that also includes rather mundane tasks.

Together it may create a rather weird set of artist-curator collaborations. It's an "exhibition for one evening only with mystery guests and performances." Don't worry about being late or being there for the whole time; stay for a little or stay longer.

Artists include (without links, sorry): Dirk Adams, Sam Cormier, Anrdea Evens, Philip Fryer, Rebecca Geekie, Brandon Goddard, Siri Gossman, Merideth Hillbrand, Risa Horn, Jen Hui Bon Hoa, Sean Kay, Julio Lamilla, Alex Margitich, Taylor McVay, Maria Molteni, Liz Munsell, Vela Phelan, Alicenne Reid, Sandrine Schaefer, Evan Smith, Kirk Amanal Snow, Vlad, Alice Vogler

WED 12/30

Rock N' Roll Bingo
at Milky Way Lounge / Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)

Here's the lowdown on Rock N' Roll Bingo:

It's bingo, but you play it in a bar late at night. If you went to a regular bingo night at your local church (or whatever), there would be loads of old people that spend most of their time thinking about bingo, soap operas, their meals & desserts, and winning at bingo.

Most professional bingo-playing old people won't show up, so you have a sporting chance at winning one of the 5+ games. When I went to the last session at the Model Cafe, I might have been the oldest person -- and I can still pass for young when I wear a baseball hat. The prizes were drinks at the bar, and there is no reason to think it should be significantly different.

Instead of disinterested hipsters, it was a pleasant surprise to see people getting excited about their impending near-victories. It may have been the good music played in between games (thanks to the DJ) or the libations. Feel free to make your own judgment -- or just grab one of the marker pens and have a good time.

The free cupcakes were pretty darn delicious, so save room for dessert -- take it to your granny and don't tell her where you got it...

Be careful that you don't grab cards with same numbers. Hey, don't complain when it's free...

The new cool bingo game (sorta) returns to the home of an old cool bingo game.


WED 12/30

Bodega Girls Lo-Fi Hedonistic Dance Party w/ Mystery Roar
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

This is something so good that it's lasted and may just have to be big because it's a big ludicrous. Half of Read Yellow make up half of the group along with (usually) rocker/folker Jake Brennan and Mac from Big Digits -- who regularly have tongue planted in their beat-making cheeks. The Boston-centric lyrics are funny but not jokey; listen to "She's Into Black Guys", and tell me a suburban-girl-who-goes-to-The-Western-Front-to-meet-guys isn't great song material.

Who needs earnestness when there are sleazy disco-rock jams to party down? Maybe this will be the night for me, but it's hard to say what the Bodega Girls will actually do. Some will DJ... Maybe some singing... Mystery Roar will do their disco-rock/electro thang...

My advice is to celebrate NYE tonight and get a head start on all the other fools...

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