Sunday, April 18, 2010

SUN 4/18: Sports, Soup, Zines, Spoken Word, Dance, Rock

Quite a bit of cheap options today. I guess there may be some of you that have Patriots Day off... It would've been a good day for more sun.

Jon Spencer is just trying to get me to ignore him, but I will still tell you his mellower (though not too mellow) Heavy Trash is playing with The Konks at TT's for $11.

The Boston International Film Festival started this weekend and has screenings near Boston Common through 4/25 which overlaps with Independent Film Festival Boston that starts on 4/21.


SUN 4/18

9am to 6pm
John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo
at Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)

Sports merchandise booths and info sessions on both days like "Annual Sports Medicine Symposium" and "Runner's Seminar Series". Just down the street from the Marathon finish line.

SUN 4/18

Noon to 4pm
Soup Competition/Fundraiser
at Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St, Cambridge (Cambridgeport-ish)

It might be a treat to enjoy a bunch of different soups on a cold, damp day after a walk towards the river from Central Sq. Vote for your favorite -- it's like an election without as many losers.

I think half of your donation goes to the winner and half benefits the Cambridge Community Center's "garden program as well as the Vegetable Circus, an Allied Wellness program which teaches children about growing up healthy."

SUN 4/18

12:30pm to 7:30pm
"Grand Re-Opening"
at Papercut Zine Library, 226 Pearl St, 3rd Floor, Somerville (Winter Hill)

Compared to their old location in Harvard Sq, it seems like a quiet spot for the for the zine library. An underground lending library may not be a rowdy place to disturb the neighbors, yet I wonder what else is in the building below the third floor. There may be a healthy crowd today, the schedule goes something like this:

12:30pm to 2pm -- food and mingling
2pm to 6pm -- 'sine readings, poetry, comedy, musical performances, and open mic
6:30pm: film screenings
Expected performers include: poet Casey Rocheteau, comedian Erika Kreutziger, and an unplugged version of the noisy Life Partners.

SUN 4/18

4pm to 7pm
"The Spoken Word Hangover"
Feat: Duncan Wilder Johnson, Tim McIntire, Michael T. Fournier
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$5 / 18+

The sometimes hardcore bandleader Duncan Wilder Johnson also has quite a bit to say. He'll usually be joined a comedic and non-comedic guest on a monthly basis for some spoken-word performance. For example, Tim McIntire will probably have something funny on his mind and Michael T. Fournier wrote a book about the classic Minutemen album "Double Nickels on the Dime".

SUN 4/18

Cambridge Poetry Festival
at Cafe Luna, 403 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Lots of poetry and coffee. I only recognize a few of the names. If you like (or don't like) poetry, this is the place to know where it will be. This was supposed to be outside, so it's an evening of poetry and coffee -- if you can handle that. Hey, it's National Poetry Month...

SUN 4/18

8pm to 10pm
"Memoirs": NUDanCo Spring Showcase
at Blackman Auditorium, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston (Northeastern campus)
$10 / FREE with Northeastern any college ID

Northeastern University Dance Company presents 15 pieces in various styles include contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, and more.


SUN 4/18

Aloha, Pomegranates, You Can Be A Wesley
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

Get ready for three barrels full of jangly, blurry, poppy indie-rock. I've heard of Aloha before, but I didn't realize they have been together for more than 10 years. There would be a lot coolness points. Cincinnati's Pomegranates are addictively good pop outfit that could be described as sweet, tangy, juicy, and multi-layered like the delicious purple fruit. Whenever you need some sunny rock, you may not be one but the band for the appropriate tunes is You Can Be A Wesley.

SUN 4/18

Treat Her Right
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Jim Fitting and David Champagne, along with the great Mark Sandman, had a rocking outfit about 20 years ago called Treat Her Right. Billy Conway was the drummer, but he lives in Montana these days. They had a bluesy flair and solid songwriting.

Why not revive the old tunes after the Sandman tribute concert in September? A bunch of seasoned guys fill out the band for an evening of great fun.

SUN 4/18

Golden Girls (12:15am), Quilt (11:30pm), Dom (10:45pm), The Lord Jeff (10pm), Turtle Ambulance (9:15pm)
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$7 / 18+

"WTBU Presents": a varied choice of bands from experimental, folky, ambient, and just plain powerpop and rock.

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