Thursday, May 06, 2010

THUR 5/6: Talks, Film, Music

Drug Rug, Free at House of Blues restaurant tonight
Trying to keep it short today for better Friday and weekend (and beyond) output.

I forgot to let you know when the advance tickets were $10 that hardcore legends Gang Green are playing a reunion gig at Church tonight for a couple bucks more than our CTB limit.

Update: Perhaps I may have found a site where I can see who's playing at The Western Front; I saw there's a hip-hop show ($10) tonight in celebration of a new compilation "A Boston State Of Mind Vol. 2".


THUR 5/6

6:30pm to 8pm
"The Emerging Fifth Estate -- Can the likes of Twitter, YouTube, and other social networks help solve real government problems?"
at Main Function Room, Suffolk University, 120 Tremont St, Boston

It's obvious that technology and the web can be used constructively. Chris Csikszentmihalyi (MIT Center for Future Civic Media), Nigel Jacob (Boston Mayor's Office for Emerging Technology), Joseph Porcelli (Neighbors for Neighbors) discuss how the citizenry can use social networking to create a "Fifth Estate" and positively impact society.

Moderated by Callie Crossley (WGBH). Registration is suggested.

Facebook isn't just for Mafia Wars, Farmville, and trying to hook up again with your prom date!

THUR 5/6

6:30pm to 8pm
"Prospects for a Two-State Solution in the Middle East": Lecture
at First Parish Church, 3 Church St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Dr. Husam Zomlot (Harvard Kennedy School) has been a diplomatic representative for Palestine in the past, so he may have some proposals that require some concessions from Israel. Hopefully, there will be a presentation geared toward solutions tonight.

THUR 5/6 (and TUES 5/11)

7pm, 9:30pm
48 Hour Film Project: Premiere Screenings
at Kendall Square Cinema, One Kendall Square, Cambridge

About 100 filmmaking teams created shorts from start to finish over this past weekend. On Friday they were each given a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue. After writing, acting, and editing in 48 hours, they turned in the final product on Sunday night.

THUR 5/6

8pm to 10pm
Brendan Boogie, Sarah RabDAU, Mike Mirabella
at Arts at The Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)

Brendan Boogie is pushing the envelope of singing-songwriting during his May residency. He's writing a song with each of his cohorts that will serve as the transition songs between sets. One of the guests will perform, Mr. Boogie will join at the end for the new song, he'll do his set, then play a song with the last performer before their set. Pretty clever...

He's kicking it off with a top-shelf lineup too.

THUR 5/6

Yoni Gordon & His Goods + Live Karaoke, The Diamond Mines
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$5 / 21+

Not only will two kick-ass, punky, song-oriented bands rip it up at the best secret bar in Davis Square. Yoni Gordon & His Goods will show off how good they are by doing a set of live karaoke all over the musical spectrum with pre-arranged people.

THUR 5/6

Tijuana Sweetheart (Midnight), Anarchy Club (11pm), Giant Target (10pm), The Cold Goodnight (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

I was going to whittle this show out of the daily list due to the other good and cheap gigs, then I read the story behind the "Sara Phillips Rockin Rehab Benefit". Loud and fast stuff for a good cause.

THUR 5/6

Drug Rug, Quilt
at House of Blues Restaurant, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston (Kenmore Sq)
FREE / 21+

When looking at the flyer of free shows at the House of Blues, Drug Rug may be the best gig of the month. The HoB probably knows this too, so this would be a good night to show your support for local music. I personally think Drug Rug is one of the best rock bands in the country and should be playing the big room. Check them out, and feel lucky.

THUR 5/6

Movers & Shakers, Dan Webb & the Spiders, The Slow Death
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

On the first night of a month-long Thursday residency, Movers & Shakers rock it up with loads of delicious multi-genre flavors. They're joined by straight-up rockers Dan Webb & the Spiders and Minnesota punks The Slow Death.

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