Friday, October 08, 2010

FRI 10/8: Science, Art, Comedy, Music

Lots of good stuff to do, and finally the clouds have left.

Weekend cheapness to come, but I really think tomorrow's HonkFest is the highlight (and free)!


FRI 10/8

5pm to 8pm
Second Fridays: "Laserfest 2010"
at MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)

It must be the sci-fi-lover in me that gets excited when I hear "lasers", although laser technology is all around us. Besides a panel discussion, there will be historic laser stuff on display and some hands-on fun to be had.

And there is a bunch of cool stuff at the MIT Museum on a day-to-day basis that's worth the price of admission. (But isn't it better to get in for free?)

FRI 10/8 (and SAT 10/9)

7pm to 9pm
"5 Objects"
at Meme Gallery, 55 Norfolk St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Over two nights, each performance must include five items: a mask, a bottle, a tool, a natural object and a blanket. It's going to be artistic and provocative. I've been to a couple things there, and if you go then you're hip enough...

The schedule:


Allison Vanouse -- "Not I (but this)"
Ben Smart -- "Sorry for the Inconvenience"
Bryce Kauffman -- "The last plague doctor #4"
Xray Aims -- "In(ter)jection"
Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow -- "Gypsy’s Picnic #3"
PRINCESSdie -- "dieMother&Child"
Ian Deleon, Amanda Crone, Micah Danemayer -- "Incantation: 1"
All of the events and exhibits are free at Meme, but feel free to support the arts via a PayPal donation.

FRI 10/8

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

Feat: Friends of Gertrude, Max Fox, Morgan Smith, Blake Wexler, Nick Palm

Unlike most Fridays where a bunch of stand-up comedians make you laugh for a really low cover charge and no drink minimum, improve sketch group Friends of Gertrude are scheduled to appear. Usually hosted by Rob Crean.

Laugh early and dance late with "The Pill" (13th anniversary tonight!) for the same cover, or go do something else with your Friday. You'll have plenty of time...


FRI 10/8

The Battleships Cometh (11:40pm), St. Helena (10:45pm), Ginger Ibex (9:50pm), This Blue Duo (9pm)
at Milky Way Lounge / Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)

There's a lot of catchy, clever tunes in this room tonight. From an acoustic duo performance out of This Blue Heaven to a full-on rocking set by The Battleships Cometh. And some of St Helena's melancholy pop songs are among my favorites, period.

FRI 10/8

StephaniesId, The Rex Complex, Electric Laser People
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$10 / 21+

It's an eclectic lineup anchored by one of Asheville, NC favorite bands StephaniesId; and I guess her id drives the band to make moody, dreamy indie-pop. The Rex Complex gets rather atmospheric as well as they progressed over the years from Irish/rootsy stuff to adding some African/world influences for some cool, twisted rock. I haven't seen Electric Laser People in person, but there's a charm to their seemingly ironic dance-rock.

FRI 10/8

Secret Hearts, The Konks, Wicked Whiskey
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$5 / 21+

Oh, there's some kick-ass, primal garage-rock from The Konks and Secret Hearts. As far as I'm concerned The Konks are always worth the price of admission anywhere. As a bonus, Wicked Whiskey is bringing some punkabilly attitude to the party.

FRI 10/8

Spanglish Fly, Veveritse, MacDanny & DJ Berbere
at Western Front, 343 Western Ave, Cambridge (Cambridgeport)
$10 / 21+

If can't wait for HonkFest tomorrow, there's going to be a lot horn music tonight. Spanglish Fly is going to play in Davis Square, so this is your chance to hear their hot Latin/soul, dancey stew with a solid horn section. Big gypsy-flavored brass band Veveritse is opening before more honking tomorrow.

I think a couple guys from Debo Band are going to DJ, and they say both bands are playing two sets. Wear comfortable shoes!

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