Friday, February 19, 2010

FRI 2/19: Travel, Art, Rock, Mardi Gras

Okay, I've had meetings and have other distractions today, but things are looking good for future cheapneass. Really!

Did you want to go to the Barstool Sports Mardi Gras Party (below)? You can probably still RSVP.

I read that the South Boston Public Library is celebrating Martha Engler's 100th birthday who used to be the children's librarian. If you grew up in Southie and ever went to the library, you might want to say hello at 3pm today. I'm guess ing there is cake...


FRI 2/19 to SUN 2/21

Various Times
Boston Globe Travel Show
at World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston (Seaport)
$10 or less / FREE children 18 and under (with a parent)

Friday: 5:30pm to 9pm
Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm
If you haven't been on vacation this winter, you have to be thinking about it. Most booths are set up to sell you something, but you can get a bunch of travel ideas. Whether you know where you want to go or not, free info about virtually every destination will be available. I bet you'll find more brochures than you can carry.

I found a discount code (use: MIT2010), that will get you in for free.

FRI 2/19

6pm to 9pm
"COLLISION15: findings": Opening Reception
at AXIOM Gallery, Green Street T, about 150 Green St, Jamaica Plain

In COLLISIONcollective's 15th annual exhibition, the theme is supposed to be about "personal discoveries and observations... scientific, spiritual, and political."

Most of 13 artists have previously participated in COLLISIONcollective exhibits, which grew out of a MIT student art group. Their focus is the relationship between art and technology, so expect various types of video and other multi-media pieces.

Feat: W. Benjamin Bray, Joseph Farbrook, Chris Fitch, John Goodman, Rob Gonsalves, Dave Gordon, Georgina Lewis, Dan Paluska, Roy Pardi, Dan Roe, John Slepian, Mark Stock, Aaron Zinman

FRI 2/19

Ad Frank & The Fast Easy Women, The Motion Sick, The Fatal Flaw, Golden Bloom, Akudama
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

This is one of those "holy crap!" gigs for me. At various times, I've been effusively enamored with The Motion Sick, The Fatal Flaw, and Golden Bloom. There is enough powerpop/indie-rock among these 3 bands to plaster a big, stupid grin on your face (and mine) for most of the night. I've long considered that Ad Frank has a Bowie-like vibe in terms of clever songsmanship that doesn't bash you over the head -- and coolness in general. This might be the first time I've listened to Akudama, and I'm looking forward to hearing them live.

There are other good rock shows in Central Square tonight, but this is a great one.

FRI 2/19

28 Degrees Taurus, El Jezel, Broken River Prophet, Metal Feathers
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$10 / $7 with RSVP / 21+

On the other side of the river, there's this sweet indie/psych/shoegaze mix that brings together two excellent local bands with a Brooklyn and a Portland group. This is apparently El Jezel's first Boston gig, and I doubt this will be the last we see of them (if we're lucky).

Tell Annie that you're coming, and you might be able to save a few bucks to buy an extra PBR.

FRI 2/19

Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball and Zulu Parade of the Golden Blade
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

Feat: The Chicken Slacks, The Confederacy of Dumpsters

There is no current website, but I believe Johnny D's and The Chicken Slacks. Does Mardi Gras really need technology? Music and good spirits makes the bon temps rouler...

I'm sure Mickey Bliss will host as he's done for 16 or so years. Besides the funky-funky Chicken Slacks, The Confederacy of Dumpsters are a band that basically gets together every year to play this party. As you can see, people have really get into the mode full swing. Casual dress is obviously accepted.

FRI 2/19 & SAT 2/20

Township Vol. 1 CD Release
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

Friday: w/ Brownboot
Saturday: w/ Ryan Fitzsimmons Band

Miz Valentine DJ's between sets on both nights

Okay, so the article in The Phoenix gives one the idea that Township feels outside of the Boston music scene. That's fine, guys. You still rock, and people who want a blast of classic, ballsy American rock should still choogle on down to your gigs. The new CD "Township Vol.1" is a compilation of previous releases and includes such ditties as "Beaver Fever" and "Gunnin thru the Nite".

Jordan Valentine does double-duty tonight as the DJ and the soulful singer fronting the swingingly hard-rocking Brownboot. The folky Ryan Fitzsimmons opens tomorrow night.

If you get there early, you could get a free Narragansett...

Special Offer: $15 both nights / $20 both nights + CD

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