Tuesday, October 19, 2010

TUES 10/19: Booze, Readings, Music

I mentioned the "101 Things I Learned in Film School" event yesterday, so I thought it was interesting that there's a free screening of the "Disposable Film Festival" tonight (7pm) in Lowell where people have created shorts with non-traditional media like point-and-click cameras and cell-phones.

Cheers to technology for giving people more tools to make art!


TUES 10/19

7pm to 9pm
"Zwack The Puck"
at Game On, 82 Lansdowne St, Boston (Kenmore Sq)
FREE w/ RSVP / 21+

Like I said below, it's probably similar to Jagermeister. This might be a more enjoyable iteration of the mysterious, multi-herb liqueur.

Take a look at Barstool Sports if you want to be serious about the air-hockey tournament.

You can still probably RSVP as they'll let people in until they reach capacity.

TUES 10/19

John Irving, "Last Night in Twisted River": Reading
at College of Communications Auditorium, 640 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

We have to assume that the author of "The World According to Garp", "A Prayer for Owen Meany", "The Cider House Rules", "The Hotel New Hampshire", and more will have a good turnout. He's come down from NH for his novel that was released last year. Books are to be for sale at the event, so maybe he'll sign some?

As with most college listings on CTB, this is open to the public.

TUES 10/19

Literary Death Match: Boston (#4?)
at Enormous Room, 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$7 advance / $10 door / $5 students / 21+

Feat: Charles Coe, Kelly Link, Elizabeth Searle, Tim Horvath

If one has to raise funds for their literary journal, Todd Zuniga of Opium Magazine has a pretty good system of traveling around the continent with his Literary Death Match.

This is already more exciting than other readings solely by its title. Four competitors enter the literary cage of battle in two rounds where judges determine which two will proceed to the ever-changing, typically ridiculous final round contest.

Tonight's word warriors include award-winning authors and a poet. Authors Jennifer Haigh and Steve Almond as well as comedian Steve Macone will judge as Zuniga will co-host with Kirsten Sims (described as a "designer/funambulist").

TUES 10/19

Bury Me Standing Residency
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$7 / 21+

10:45pm -- Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band
9:45pm -- Bury Me Standing
9:15pm -- Molly Zenobia
8:15pm -- What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?
When I read that the Bury Me Standing described as "seething, psychedelic Balkan music", they caught my attention. Centered around the drummer from Humanwine and the marimba player from Goli, this duo hits their target with smashing results.

Their October residency at Lizard Lounge invites sympathetic bands for a couple full sets and a couple shorter sets. Many of the musicians will also sit in with Bury Me Standing to flesh out their sound. Overall, it should be a mysterious, spellbinding night of music that might stir your spirit to dance like the crowd last week in this video clip.

TUES 10/19

Air Traffic Controller, Josh Caress
at Tommy Doyle's, 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

When I was having a few drinks at Tommy Doyle's upstairs bar, I accidentally caught their "Tuesday Acoustic Showcase". The performers on that random night were quite good, and it makes a rather appealing spot to grab a couple beers on a Tuesday night. Tonight features an especially good pair of artists.

It's great to hear Air Traffic Controller's folky power-pop when I tune into WERS. I'm not sure why the world isn't quietly singing along, because they might if more stations played it (or if people listened to the radio). The main guy from ATC is supposed to be joined by a string quartet too.

The theme of singer-songwriter Josh Caress' most recent album seems to have been inspired by the Cold War. However he and his stripped-dwon band will probably not bum you out too much. Hey, the Cold War is over, and the songs are warm.

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