Wednesday, January 06, 2010

WED 1/6: Art, Reading, Horror, Acoustic

 Drawing Disappearance, Wall Drawing Disappearance, in Action
Drawing Disappearance, Wall & Source Drawing Disappearance, FlexiB

These are a couple pix from the MEME Gallery last night. The artist and the gallery people were friendly, and the wall drawing was looking good. I'm going to write up a post for Bostonist, so I'll share a fuller story today or tomorrow.

While we were talking, they said a couple people had visited after reading about it here!

Thanks to the two women who went to the gallery -- it was really to cool to hear that you went. I love these stories! I guess I missed you by 30 minutes, but I hope you enjoyed it.


WED 1/6 to SAT 1/9

Noon to 7pm
FlexiB, "Drawing Disappearance"
at MEME Gallery, 55 Norfolk St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

You saw yesterday's work-in-progress above, but it's going to look completely different today. As mentioned on Monday, the wall is sanded every night to start with new art on top of the 'ghosts of art past'.

Stop by if you're in Central Square. It's really close, and it's small enough to see everything and chat with the artist in about 15 minutes.

WED 1/6

Daniel Pink, "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us": Discussion
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 (tix available at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave -- or by phone: 617-661-1515)

I heard Daniel Pink talking about his new book yesterday, and it may be inspiring to those who lack motivation in any aspect of life. It may be geared towards the dysfunction of the workplace, but it doesn't hurt to get some guidance to find satisfaction and improve productivity.

WED 1/6

Brittany Gray, Formal Action, Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes
at All Asia Cafe, 334 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5ish / All Ages

When I first went to All Asia, I was expecting it to be a dump. It turned out to be a correct assumption, but it's a comfortably dumpy spot to listen to music. I'm not sure of the cover charge tonight; it could be free but not more than $5.

It should be decent night of acoustic music. Brittany Gray sings with Mark Lind & The Unloved, but tonight she's taking center-stage with her own songs and some covers. Mark may also join in on guitar. Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes are a peppy trio with jazzy tendencies and soul-satisfying songs. Although Formal Action normally seems to do electric stoner-rock, they're going acoustic tonight as well.

WED 1/6

7pm to 9pm
All Things Horror Presents:
"Maidenhead" w/ "Death in Charge", "Chemical 12-D", "The Familiar"
at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville
$5 / 17+

Tonight is the debut of a new monthly night of indie-horror films, which will probably follow tonight's format of a feature-length film and several shorts. All of the films actually look really good; most seem to add a sense of humor to varying degrees.

If you didn't know, there's a 30-seat screening room at the Somerville Theatre, so it's possible you won't get in unless you get an advance ticket.

You can't beat the price to see some movies before they find distribution. Buy a beer at the concession stand, and you're spending about the same as a movie ticket elsewhere...

This is the trailer for "Maidenhead" about a guy who has to help his sick dad (who also happens to be suffering from vampirism):

WED 1/6

Old Hannah, The Points North, The Accident That Led Me To The World, Ryan Lee Crosby
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

It's a ridiculously good night of folkiness, and it's the last local gig for The Points North before they tour Australia for about a month. I previously said: Listening to The Points North gives you the impression that these are age-old songs that were only recently dug out of the ground. Maybe it's the acoustic guitars, accordions, flutes, etc; but it's beautiful stuff that would sound great electric as well.

Listen closely to Old Hannah. Besides the tremendous female vocals, these songs are also sound like they been sung dep in the mountains for generations, but most (all?) are originals. I'm not alone in thinking that Ryan Lee Crosby is a spectacular songwriter; his performance is enchanting, and the lyrics are poetic (perhaps in a vein similar to Bukowski, but still poetic).

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