Friday, May 28, 2010

FRI 5/28: Music, Art, Theatre, Magic, Comedy, Film

Wow, Memorial Day weekend feels like the start of summer. So happy it's here! If you stay in town, there's plenty to do -- for not a lot of money...

For those who feel lucky or don't mind spending a lot of money, I saw that The Smithereens are playing a free show at Mohegan Sun tonight.

Also it doesn't hurt to be on the Kings Back Bay email list; you would've received this coupon for a free game of bowling between 5/28 to 5/31. (Limit 1 Free Game per customer.)

Hey, did you see there's a Saturday Sneak Peek below?


FRI 5/28 (to MON 5/31)

"Campfire Festival"
at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$10 per day / $30 weekend pass

The real good news is that the weekend is jam-packed with wall-to-wall folky goodness as well as groups that don't really sit under the "folk" umbrella.

Performers will sing some songs solo as well as join together for impromptu collaborations -- just like a... campfire sing-along!

Better than most campfires due to fewer mosquitoes -- although no fire for s'mores. On the other hand, Passim serves beer and wine now...

Today's schedule:

6pm -- Small Houses
6:45pm -- Jesse Scheinin Band
7:30pm -- Andrew Vladeck, Dan Blakeslee, Mark Bates, Bhi Bhiman
9pm -- Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys
9:45pm -- Peter Mezoian
10:30pm -- Margaret Glaspy, Jennah Bell, Hannah Read, Tamsin Wilson, Kellen Zakula
Midnight -- Anne Heaton, Rose Polenzani, Antje Duvekot
The music starts at 6pm, but the festivities begin at noon over the next 3 days.

FRI 5/28

6pm to 8pm
"Splatter! Smudge! Smear!": Opening Reception
at Space 242, 242 E Berkeley St, 2nd Fl, Boston (South End)

A group of local artists presents an exhibit that celebrates comic art such as comic pages, original pieces, and prints. Some other pieces include a "full 22-page full issue of "Batman: Gothic Knights" (2000) and an original Paul Ryan "Phantom" cover (#11, Sweden, 2004)."

You might still be able to RSVP. When I've gone in the past (scroll down), they didn't seem to check after people started to go out for smokes...

FRI 5/28 (and SAT 5/29)

Howard Zinn's "Marx in Soho"
at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Fl, Boston (Chinatown)
$10 to $20 sliding scale

In this one-man play written by Howard Zinn about 10 years ago, Karl Marx returns from the afterlife to present-day New York to attempt to set the record straight about his work and to generally speak about his life and his family.

Proceeds benefit Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition and the Socialist Party of Boston.

Tomorrow's performance is at Nate Smith House (near Stonybrook T) on SAT 5/29 at 2pm.

FRI 5/28

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Anderson Comedy: "The Gas"
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
FREE / 18+

Feat: Lillian DeVane, Jono Zalay, Josh Gondelman, Dean Abbott, Tim Messanger, Danny Richardson, Matt D, Danny Solomon, Jason Saenz, Rob Crean

This weekly comedy show is a great chance to start the weekend with a bunch of funny people... Low cover... Drinks aren't overpriced with no minimum (or maximum)... Stick around to dance at The Pill for one low price...

There are a lot of funny people tonight. I saw Josh Gondelman and Rob Crean a couple weeks ago, and it was good stuff. There are even a couple comedians from NYC up.

FRI 5/28

8:30pm to 9:30pm
"Magical Mayhem"
Feat: Will the Amazing Mentalist
at Out of the Blue Art Gallery, 106 Prospect St, Cambridge (near Central Sq)
$5 donation / All Ages

After reading the Wikipedia article, looking at his site, and watching a couple videos; Will seems to blend aspects of "magic" with "mentalism" into what should be about an hour or entertainment -- and maybe an hour or so of "How does he do that?" After almost 10 years of performing magic, he should make it look easy.

The gallery is not a big room, so you'll probably be able to watch closely if that's your thing.

FRI 5/28

Sam Wheeler, The One Smith, Naked On Rollerskates, The Rationales
at Sally O'Brien's, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
FREE / 21+

I used the phrase "rock with snap, crackle, and twang" on yesterday's sneak peek, and I consider this to mainly be a good mix of powerpop and Americana. The Rationales and The One Smith both combine the elements yet produce different results.

Naked on Roller Skates doesn't get too rootsy, I do enjoy their fun, fresh pop-rock flavor. I'm not sure if singer-songwriter Sam Wheeler is going on first or last; one would expect a mainly acoustic, minor-key folk to begin the the night.

Dennis Brennan & Mike Dinallo lay down some bluesy grooves from 6pm to 8pm.

FRI 5/28

Union Square Round Table: "Fan Fiction"
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+

I find tonight's theme to be amusing in general, but I leave it to the USRT folks to generate the laughs and smiles about the democratic creativity that makes fans write new stories about Buffy the Vampire Slayer or characters from Star Trek.

Tonight's musical guest Fred the Donkey includes Jesse Gallagher (of Apollo Sunshine) and his father playing a swinging collection of jazz/country.

FRI 5/28 (and SAT 5/29)

"Journey of The Childmen: The Mighty Boosh On Tour"
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline

I'm not sure if a concert film is the appropriate introduction to "The Mighty Boosh", however I think it's frickin' spectacular. If you're interested in dry, absurd British humor -- heaping with mysticism to explain many of the bizarre situations -- it's shown on Adult Swim/Cartoon Network (and there are usually a few episodes "On Demand" with Comcast).

As is the case with their midnight shows, there will be a costume contest and other Might Boosh fun.

Save $3 on admittance if you have purchase "Book of the Boosh" from Brookline Booksmith and bring receipt.

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