Friday, October 01, 2010

FRI 10/1: Art & Music

Oh, boy. I missed my chance to speak to the Buick Regal product manager last night, but I think the event was called "Remix" simply to sound hip. The drinks did flow freely, hors d'oeuvres came around frequently, and Eli "Paperboy" Reed delivered the soul music. Maybe the drinks flowed too freely -- oof!

I hope to have Saturday stuff up tonight; I need a quiet night in.

Hey, the Kerouac Literary Festival is happening in Lowell today through Sunday.


FRI 10/1

5pm to 9pm
First Friday Open Studios
at SoWa Arts Bldg, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston (South End)

When I've gone, there were decent crowds passing through. Several dozen studios with interesting works are always open in the rather large building, and there's bound to be refreshments in a few... Go tonight or any first Friday of every month.

FRI 10/1

6pm to 9pm
"Right Thing The Wrong Way: The Story of Highwater Books": Opening Reception
at Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave, Boston (Fenway)

An exhibit of a local comic book artist group that published between '97 and '04 will combine new and old work from the likes of Brian Ralph, Greg Cook, Jef Czekaj, Jordan Crane, Kurt Wolfgang, Marc Bell, Megan Kelso, Ron Rege (and I assume Highwater cofounder Tom Devlin?).

There will also be a "mini-museum" of Highwater memorabilia.

FRI 10/1

Jennifer Jordan, "The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2": Lecture
at Cahners Auditorium, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

This certainly sounds like quite a tale: About 70 years ago, a wealthy New Englander was the first person to reach the peak of K2. He wasn't so successful at descending and died about 25,000 feet above sea level.

Author Jennifer Jordan found his remains and has written a book about the endeavor. Book signing to follow.

"Seating is limited. Passes are available in the Museum lobby beginning at 5:45pm."

FRI 10/1

Cooling Towers (Midnight) Hey Now Morris Fader (11pm), Reverse (10pm), The Vivs (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

It's a strange thing. I often wonder if there's a "Morris Fader" when I see this band's name. In my mind I think of Morris Windsor who The Soft Boys and Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians.

Nonetheless Hey Now Morris Fader has a new recording available of their gorgeous keyboard-laden pop/rock. Lots of other good tunes will abound from The Vivs, Reverse, and Cooling Towers.

FRI 10/1

What Time Is It Mr Fox? (11:30pm), The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library (10:40pm), The Cinnamon Fuzz (9:50pm), Highly Personal Trash (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$10 / 21+

I didn't catch the inaugural performance of The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, but the video evidence confirms that MJE -- of the recently disbanded Motion Sick -- has decided it's more rewarding to surround himself with a band dressed as (perhaps are?) sexy librarians and play tuneful, large-ensemble, mostly acoustic music. It must as good to be Epstein as to listen to him.

You can sample a bit of all the artful and catchy bands in this video:

FRI 10/1

The Blizzard of 78, Parlour Bells, Nate Leavitt, The Backup Factor
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)

Singer-guitarist Nate Leavitt has a very busy night ahead of him. Besides doing a solo set, he also plays with The Blizzard of 78 and Parlour Bells. In my book that's too little time to relax, drink, and schmooze! I wonder if he's going to jump on stage with the opening Backup Factor.

It would be a killer night if you were only going to hear The Blizzard of 78, so strap in for a rockin'/folkin' night of song.

(Sometimes it's hard to pin down the cover at Precinct, but it shouldn't be more than $10 at most.)

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