Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WED 4/21: Canada, Bikes, Lit, Music

Hey, let's all sneak out of work early and enjoy a couple hours of outdoor time!

Who would guess that a bike safety meeting and a bike porn night would fall on the same night?


WED 4/21

5pm to 7pm
"Captivating Canada - And All That Jazz" w/ Rusty Scott Trio
at American Express Travel, 39 JFK St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

I think this is interesting, because I've never had a reason to go into the American Express office.

Get some Canada travel info, listen to jazz, and enjoy the "refreshments."

It might be a good idea to RSVP.

WED 4/21

Bicycling Safety Summit
at Morse Auditorium, 602 Comm Ave, Boston (BU Campus)

With several recent bicycling fatalities, Mayor Menino admirably is at least responding to the issue. This is a chance for bicyclists, city officials, and other concerned citizens talk about ways to improve road safety.

Scheduled to appear: Mayor Menino, Ed Davis (Boston Police Commissioner), Thomas Tinlin (Boston Transportation Commissioner), James Hooley (Boston EMS Chief), Jeffrey Mullan (MA Transportation Secretary), Rich Davies (MBTA General Manager), Nicole Freedman (Boston Bikes Director)

WED 4/21

at Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

The story about a man with no short-term memory trying to solve his wife's murder is a clever idea. The film's structure of interspersing flashbacks is simultaneously confusing and thrilling. You get the feeling that you're watching the movie backwards.

The first time may be the best experience, but it stands up to multiple viewings.

WED 4/21

Literary Death Match: Boston #3
at Enormous Room, 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 door / $5 with a valid student ID / $6 advance

Hopefully I never suggest readings where you'd rather saw your leg out of a bear trap than hear another story. When it's a multi-round literary competition, I like to think the entertainment factor rises. Writers go head-to-head until only two remain.

If you've seen "Highlander", you know there can only be one. The final round is usually something silly to see how multi-talented the winner is! Tonight's competitors: Edmond Caldwell, Jay Wexler, Karyn Polewaczyk, and Christen Enos.

Judging the words, etc: singer Reva Williams, comedian Rob Crean, and author Pagan Kennedy.

The proceeds benefit Opium Magazine, and the battle will be hosted by Opium co-founder Todd Zuniga.

WED 4/21

Jesse Gallagher & Friends (Midnite), Drug Rug (11:10pm), Chick Graning (10:30pm), Heather Foxwell (10pm), Bell & The Bees (9:20pm), Yellowbirds (8:40pm)
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Who cares why so many cool groups are getting together on one night? One of the Apollo Sunshine guys is capping the night and another is opening up. Drug Rug is simply one of the best bands out there now. Chick from Scarce often hosts a monthly night at the Plough, and he's joining in the fun.

If you want to know, proceeds go to local musician Stephen Fredette (ex-Scruffy the Cat, now-Pony) who's been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. (More to read about previous benefits here and here.)

WED 4/21

Suit Of Hair, Backyard Tire Fire, Marc Pinansky
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

I normally don't lift sections of a band's bio, after Backyard Tire Fire talks about opening for Cracker, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo, etc; there's a caveat about the Bloomington (IL) band's new CD:

...Which is NOT to say that "Good To Be" is yet another one of those one-dimensional, granola-rootsy, rustic Americana takes on post-Uncle Tupelo barn-board rock...
It made laugh, and it's correct. There's a pop sensibility that entwined in the understated twang. I don't think they often play in the Boston-area, so you might want to check them out after a listen.

The image of "Suit of Hair" cracks me up every time. The more I listen, the more I really enjoy their powerpop goodness adorned in delightful bits of noisy fun.

Big hairy dude of songwriting Marc Pinansky will likely bring his acoustic guitar and some wonderful tunes to rock you with less volume than his other bands like Township.

WED 4/21

Bike Porn 3: Cycle Bound Backlash Tour
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$10 / 18+

Extreme dudes aren't doing gnarly tricks -- this really is bicycle-related indie porn. I watched the trailer (NSFW), and I'm pretty sure I said, "WTF?" Naked people on bikes... Bikes involved during sex acts in various combinations... A mistress dominating a bicycle...

People are getting together in Copley Square at 7pm to ride over together. It's a perfect activity after the Bicycling Safety Summit...

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