Wednesday, June 02, 2010

WED 6/2: Comedy, Horror, Astronomy, Music

Wow, can you friggin' believe it's June already?

Maybe you should consider if you've really had enough fun yet this year.

Hey, did any of my North Shore friends get a free chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A?


WED 6/2

7pm to 9:30pm
Middlesex Comedy Night
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Feat: Dan Boulger, Chris Flemming, Lillian Devane, Lucas Lewis, Bethany Van Delft, Ken Reid, Lamont Price

Who needs to go to a comedy club to laugh, when you can go to a dance club? You don't even have to wait until the hipsters arrive later in the night. (I do laugh internally when I see people waiting in line to get into a bar or club.)

For a measly $5, the folks of Anderson Comedy present at least 7 funny people for your laughing pleasure. That's about 71 cents per comedian; I hope they're not offended by how cheaply they are giving the long, hard efforts of their craft...

Well, that's not your problem. Grab a couple drinks and enjoy. I recognize most the people above, and you're bound to hear some very funny shit. This may be one of the last local shows for Lucas Lewis before he moves. I wish I had a link for a recent video he made as his townie cousin; it was hilarious. It may be Lillian DeVane's birthday, so feel free to wish her well.


WED 6/2

7pm to 9pm
All Things Horror Presents: Women in Horror
Feat: "The Commune" w/ "Snuff", "Hollywood Skin", "Gimme", "Fantasy"
at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville
$5 / 17+

Since they began in January, I watch try to watch clips from these monthly horror offerings and I'm impressed that there are some really good indie films that look really good compared to the lame-not-scary crap that opens on 2,000 screens across the country.

It's "ladies night" where women directed (and more) the feature and the 4 shorts. I'm putting the trailer for tonight's feature "The Commune" below, because you should see that it should be released like any major flick. It doesn't give much of the plot away, but you can feel an eeriness. I personally think that hippies living in a secluded community can be a creepy notion...

As a treat, filmmaker Maude Michaud is coming from Canada for a Q&A session after viewing two of her shorts, "Snuff" and "Hollywood Skin".

It takes place in the theatre's screening room downstairs. I hope you, my reader, aren't turned away; but it would be cool if the demand grew to move them to one of the larger screens.

Grab a beer and popcorn, and you're still doing better than seeing a movie at any other theater.

WED 6/2 (thru WED 9/29)

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Astronomy Open Night
at Coit Observatory, 725 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

It should be clear tonightto get up on the roof of a BU building and look at the stars. Everyone is welcome to look at the stars every Wednesday (thru 9/29), weather permitting. (If unsure, Twitter looks like the easy way to find out.)

Maybe it'll be better than your sweltering apartment? You might even learn a little about astronomy without worrying about the final exam.

To get to the observatory, go to the 5th floor; the stairwell to the Observatory is located next to room 520. (There is no handicap accessibility.)

WED 6/2

The Sweet & Low Down, Ronald Reagan
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)

The Sweet and Low Down features Miss Tess and Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive), who are quite swinging gals in their main projects. In the S&LD, it seems they've delved back into the old songbooks for the jazz/blues/jump tunes that inform their music. They're releasing a CD that should filled with all-killer, no-filler -- and there won't be any scratchy record noise.

If you don't have fond memories (or just memories) of the '80s, perhaps the two sax guys of Ronald Reagan might bring a smile or a laugh with quirky covers of '80s pop and rock.


WED 6/2

The Midwest Beat, Thick Shakes, DJ Dr. Dinos
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

Besides being a night of kick-ass rock, it's also Thick Shakes bassist Lindsay's birthday. We've occasionally emailed, and I can tell that she's good people. Wish her a happy birthday, if you go.

If that's not your thing, you'll still hear Madison's (WI) Midwest Beat that has a bunch of garagey power-pop -- lots of uncomplicated melodies in fuzzed rumpus that reminds me of The Yardbirds when trying to be a pop band without the guitar heroics.

On the other hand, Thick Shakes get tougher and edgier. Their tunes recall the early "Nuggets" of garage-rock and bits of rawk onward for an insistent synthesis of awesomeness.

When bands aren't playing, DJ Dinos will provide some cool tuneage to keep the party going.

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