Thursday, January 28, 2010

THUR 1/28: Monsters, Robots, Trivia, Rock, More

Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Wolf Man at Brattle TheatreAnne Hathaway is receiving her Hasty Pudding “Woman of the Year” award after a short ride through Harvard Square at 2:30pm. And Ozzy Osbourne is signing his book at Barnes & Noble in Kenmore Square tonight.

They probably won't have lunch together at Sonsie, but I heard that Anne is going to OM. There's a post-Pudding party from 10pm to 1am ($5).


THUR 1/28

Triple Feature: "Frankenstein" (6pm), "Dracula" (7:30pm), "The Wolf Man" (9:30pm)
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

More than the original source material, these three classic horror film have burrowed into the collective psyche to become the archetype of these characters. To all the vampires and werewolves running around in current movies, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney were O.G. In any remake of Frankenstein, they alway try to emulate Boris Karloff.

The old Universal horror films are still entertaining (and scary) without fast-cut editing and slo-mo ninja moves; they benefit by using storytelling in place of special effects. See them all for one ticket. (FYI: The Brattle serves beer.)

THUR 1/28

7pm to 9pm
6.270 Autonomous Robot Competition
at Room 100, Bldg 26, 60 Vassar St, Cambridge (MIT Campus)

For the geeks out there, you can watch the other geeks compete with their 'autonomous robots' who perform the required tasks without human input -- and not enslaving the human race...

THUR 1/28

8pm to 10pm
The Big Quiz Thing
at Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

If you're really think you're a pub trivia bad-ass, why don't you put your money where that body-part-with-the-useless-information is... Leave it to New Yorkers to make turn trivia into a multi-media production... The maximum team size is 8. I like the "smart-ass point", where you witty incorrect answer could still count.

THUR 1/28

Retribution Gospel Choir, Girlfriends, Drew O'Doherty
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+

For those who dig the chilled indie-rock of Low, singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk is in town of his side projects Retribution Gospel Choir. It rocks a bit harder, and the guitar is louder. While his drummer wife isn't involved, the bassist from Low is behind the drums. I'm digging it! Every time I hear Girlfriends I apparently forget that these folks rock with a blissfully fuzzy rockitude. Drew O'Doherty kicks ass with his voice, guitar, and songs.

THUR 1/28

Brian Ellis, Peace Loving, Many Mansions, Greg Mullen
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$7 -- 21+ / $10 -- 18+

The folks at Whitehaus occasionally put on shows outside of their JP headquarters. Instead of a house party, they're converging on the plain, dank room of Somerville for a night of spoken-word, singer-songwriter, and experimental music before Peace Loving goes on a 3-month tour.

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