Friday, March 12, 2010

FRI 3/12: Science, Photo, Art, Lit, Opera, Rock

Did anyone go to the BUFF pre-party this week? I didn't and would be curious to hear about it. You can tell me that it sucked (if so, sorry about that).


FRI 3/12

5pm to 8pm
Second Fridays
at MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)

Honestly, there are lots of cool stuff at the MIT Museum that's worth the price of admission, but it's even better when you can get in for free. They recently began a monthly program that offers special presentations, demonstrations, and displays with free admission.

Tonight's theme is "Nautical Adventures". Learn about MIT's work on underwater robotics & aquaculture and a program for disabled sailors at Piers Park Sailing Center (Eastie)... Listen to sea chanteys... MIT also has a large collection of nautical technology when another merged into the university: "Several rare and interesting objects will be available for public viewing and questions."

At 6:15pm, MIT alumnus and world-class sailor Richard Wilson will talk about the Vendee Globe race and other salty sea tales.

"Light refreshments served."

FRI 3/12

5:30pm to 9pm
Gerard Malanga's "Souls": Opening Reception
at Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Gerard Malanga was an assistant to Andy Warhol at The Factory back in the '60s, and he's been taking photos of the people he's associated with -- who happen to be talented and famous. Many of these informal portraits from 1969 to the present comprise the exhibit.

Malanga (also co-founder of "Interview" magazine) will be in attendance.

FRI 3/12 (& SAT 3/13)

Various Times
"I...You...We...ROBOT: A Visual Homage to our Inner Geek!"
at Space 242, 242 E Berkeley St, 2nd Fl, Boston (South End)

Friday: 6:30pm to 8pm
Saturday: 11:30am to 1pm
Do you like robot art -- art about robots, not by robots? This is the last chance to see this exhibit.

FRI 3/12

"Grub Gone... Blue"
at Grub Street HQ, 160 Boylston, 4th floor, Boston (Boston Common)

Feat: Diana Joseph, Steve Almond (hosting), "blue writing contest" winners Teresa Valdepenas & Mary Ann Mayer, more

When writers get randy, they... write. Maybe "blue" means sad stories, but what kind of party would that be? You'll hear samples of both prose and verse by authors who've worked in and out of Grub St's writing programs including two women who wore chosen from submissions. At least, the topics will be interesting...

You're probably not going steal away into the night with a literary type, but there will be drinks, food, and music between readings. Readings begin at 8:30pm, and there will be open-mic for risque (5 minutes or less) story/poems at 10pm.

It looks like tickets are still available (capacity limited to 200 people).

FRI 3/12

7:30pm to 10:30pm
"Room with the VU": Evening of Velvet Underground Music & Film
at Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)

Feat: Kenne Highland & The Brooklyns, Asa Brebner, Natalie Flanagan, Robzilla, Charlie Leger, more

The Velvet Underground is just one of the best bands ever. Whether you know it or not, your favorite band is probably influenced by them. A variety local music vets are playing selections from the VU canon, and you'll probably hear the performer's original tunes. I read that Kenne Highland joined by The Brooklyns will play all of "White Light/White Heat", which will surely end with an uncomfortably long version of "Sister Ray". Asa Brebner was a Modern Lover many years ago, and it's pretty clear that they were the link between VU and The Ramones.

I assume that vintage Velvet Underground footage will be shown as well.


FRI 3/12 (& SAT 3/13)

8pm to 9:30pm
"Der Zwerg (The Dwarf)"
at Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston (South End)

As I mentioned yesterday, there's free German chamber opera for brave souls and open minds.

FRI 3/12

"Muck & The Mires vs. Andrea Gillis" w/ The Other Girls
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)

The initial "Muck vs Gillis" battle went down back in May. I wasn't there, but I have to believe it was a win-win situation. Basically both bands will play 2 sets alternating back and forth. A champ may not actually be named, but they will be trying to end up on top. These are two bands I've seen that actually play like they want to be remembered as the best band of the night.

Muck & the Mires won Little Steven's best garage-band competition a few years ago, and I don't think anyone has claimed the crown since then. These guys are tight, and they seriously rip it up. The Andrea Gillis Band is definitely a match with Andrea's powerfully soulful vocals that could be compared to an early-Tyson body blow. I saw the Gillis Band at the Plough a couple weeks ago, and it was like a perfect bar band gig from a movie.

It should start on time, because Andrea and other female rockers (probably some from her band) will do a set of rock/punk covers as The Other Girls.

FRI 3/12

Hot Protestants, Preacher Roe, AmStereo, John Powhida International Airport
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+

This is the kind of wall-to-wall indie-rock that makes a trip to PA's worthwhile. My favorite is John Powhida (ex-Rudds), but all of the bands are top-notch. (Ever see the band Age Rings? They're sorta Hot Protestants now.)

FRI 3/12

Swinedells (Midnight), Young Tremors (11pm), Port Charles Quintet (10pm), 1977 (9pm)
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain

There must be a pride to be in the Swinedells. There's no pretension in a name like that, yet it's like a badge of honor playing '50s-style R&B like it's perfectly natural for a bunch of rockers. They remind me of the ragtag unit of soldiers that don't follow the rules, but you root for them because of it. The Young Tremors add a big heap of soul to their garage-rock. There's no music on the Port Charles Quintet page; just know they're a bunch of local rock stalwarts including the singer and drummer of one of my favorite classic Boston bands, The Prime Movers. The fun gets started with the punk sounds of 1977 -- the band and the era.

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