Tuesday, March 02, 2010

TUES 3/2: Talks, Comedy, Rock, Blues

I don't have much to say today. I do think some positive changes may be coming this week (i.e. getting caught up and organized). Fingers crossed...


TUES 3/2

John Heilemann & Mark Halperin, "Game Change": Conversation
at JFK Forum, Belfer Center, 79 JFK St, Cambridge (Kennedy School of Govt)

I can't get excited about this book (full name: "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime"), because it is mainly noteworthy for passing on juicy tidbits about both sides of the 2008 presidential campaign. From a couple articles I read, they may have also stretched the bounds of sourcing.

Maybe moderator Susan Milligan (Boston Globe) or someone in the audience will call them on some of this; they seemed to avoid the issue in the interview I saw.

TUES 3/2

Noam Chomsky on Palestine
at Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

This is one event that might stir things up on the BU campus this week where Students for Justice In Palestine are holding "Israel Apartheid Week" with movie screenings and this lecture by Prof. Chomsky. Whether or not you agree with him on any issue, it's difficult to deny he's brilliant. Though he was born Jewish, it hasn't stopped him from criticizing Israel on various topics. I'm guessing it's 50-50 that someone in the audience will stand up and start screaming.

TUES 3/2

Kyle Kinane, Dan Boulger, Sean Sullivan, Tim McIntire, Rob Crean
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5 / 21+

Besides other regular gigs around town, Anderson Comedy also do comedy nights at Middlesex on a semi-regular basis. Kyle Kinane is in town to promote his new comedy album "Death of the Party" (think about it for a second). The very funny Patton Oswalt has a lot of good things to say about him:

This guy Kyle Kinane that I have open up for me. He’s gotten so good now that I don’t really know if I want him opening up. He's getting hard to follow -- but in a way that’s good because it makes me work harder.
Four very funny local guys are also appearing.


TUES 3/2

Bill Barclay, "Muse on Fire: Shakespeare & The Music of the Spheres"
at Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston (South End)

This sounds like it will be a heavy-duty talk about the history, science and philosophy of music by Bill Barclay who is in charge of sound design for the Orfeo Group's production of "The Island Of Slaves" currently playing at the BCA (and music director of Shakespeare & Company). The lecture is on the set of the play, which is supposed to be a pretty cool sight itself.

TUES 3/2

Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, Doomstar!
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+

When you have two buzz bands hitting town with a local band that's been gaining momentum lately, this club should be hopping to the sounds of the musical present!

From what I can tell, some of the guys from Be Your Own Pet has gotten together with a different singer-guitarist as Turbo Fruits. The tunes are still fun, little catchy nuggets of punky-pop. Surfer Blood from Florida made a big splash last year in some bloggy circles, and why not -- they make a sunny, surfy indie-rock. Doomstar! gets a little trippy here and a little noisy there while keeping the melodies important. Brag about being this show if you get in...

TUES 3/2

Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

Erin Harpe plays the hell out of the acoustic-fingerstyle blues of the early 1900's, and now she has a band joining her two sets tonight, which includes the bassist from her electro-funk band Lovewhip as well as a mandolinist and drummer. Good stuff!

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