Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WED 10/27: Type, Science, Wine, Bingo, Music

Get ready for a scary amount of Halloween-related cheapness through the weekend. I think Boston Band Crush did a good music round-up. I'll try to post something tonight.

Update for Wednesday: A little bird told me there's a free party at Bally Shoes (Copley Place) from 6pm to 8pm. There should be some free food & booze, and they'd like you to make a donation to Community Servings. No event page to speak of, but I believe Craig A.

I saw WFNX is throwing a "1990 Prom Party" tomorrow (10/28) at Ned Devine’s. You might still be able to RSVP, but I'm guessing it may be well "overbooked".

Update: I received an email from WFNX Promotions, and it sounded like they'd prefer to receive an email RSVP by Thursday morning. "90s costumes or prom costumes are required for entry." (This slideshow may provide inspiration.)


WED 10/27

6:30 to 9pm
Ken Barber & Francois Rappo: "Beyond Helvetica: A look at the power of Typography": Lecture
at Room 270, Bldg 3, 33 Mass Ave (Rear), Cambridge (MIT Campus)
FREE w/ Registration

Now that Helvetica has its own movie, why not look beyond to see what else is happening in contemporary Swiss design? An American designer and a Swiss designer (who co-curated the associated exhibit) will discuss while likely being energetically hip.

I like to see the local Swiss Consulate actively promotes the cool stuff happening in their cool little Alpine nation. There is supposed to be a "post-lecture aperitif" around 7:45pm.

WED 10/27

Amir D. Aczel & Stephen Reucroft, "Present at the Creation": Lecture
at Cahners Auditorium, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Some people think the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (Switzerland again!) could create a miniature black hole and destroy the world. Ah, what a interesting way to go! Right?

If all goes well, the world won't be destroyed and we learn more about the beginning of the universe. Science writer Amir D. Aczel has been to CERN, and he'll discuss what's going on with physicist Stephen Reucroft (Northeastern) who is involved with the project.

It's free, so: "Seating is limited. Passes available in the Museum lobby beginning at 5:45pm."

WED 10/27

Jonathon Alsop, "Wine Lover's Devotional": Discussion & Tasting
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)

Part of being a wine snob is to enjoy making less knowledgeable people feel inferior, when the real secret is to simply enjoy what you drink.

Of course, it doesn't hurt to learn some more ways to enjoy wine like Jonathon Alsop passes on in his book. If you're over 21, you can get some hands-on lessons tonight.

(Psst, I also enjoy Gary Vaynerchuk's Winelibrary TV.)

WED 10/27

Rock N' Roll Bingo
at Milky Way Lounge / Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)

Bingo isn't just for your grandma anymore. If you're going to have a few drinks and you suck at pub trivia, you might as well enjoy about 6 rounds of b-i-n-g-o where you could win stuff like free drinks. Plenty of marker pens will be available.

I think there are usually free cupcakes (two Wednesdays per month, here and there), so a Halloween version might have some "gory treats".

WED 10/27

Tributes to Motorhead, Misfits, Black Sabbath, The Faces
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$8 / 18+

Feat: MotoRot (as Motorhead), The Shitfits (as Misfits), Rat Salad (as Black Sabbath), BrownBoot (as The Faces)

There are a lot of Halloween music gigs over the next few days (and a few heavy shows like this).

Most of tonight's sets are ad hoc groups with players from bands like Bang Camaro, Buried In Leather, PanzerBastard, etc). BrownBoot started out as a Faces one-off tribute, but decided to make original music together. So why not do a bunch of Halloween shows since they already know the material?

From what I've read Motorot is going to end the show by playing all of "No Sleep Til Hammersmith", which should be a good time.

WED 10/27

The Red River, Rodeo Church, Mornin' Old Sport
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$8 / 21+

Wow, this is a good night for pop!

The Red River is a band from California who might sound simplistic at first, but it's easy to get sucked in as the different musical layers reveal themselves and you get interested in where the lyrics are going. Brian Eno likes them, so that is a big endorsement.

I don't notice many Rodeo Church gigs, but I'm quite interested in catching them live to hear more of their songs. I downloaded their song "Miserable", and I've put it on a couple mix CD's; so that's kind of an endorsement for their keyboard-driven tunes. (And they're on Team Coco.)

Speaking of wine earlier in this post, Mornin' Old Sport has a variety of sonic flavors to hit your palate. There is the instrumentation that offers a general taste of folky chamber-pop, then I hear some jazziness here and some cabaret there. Definitely a lot of good listening ahead.


Ashley Willard said...

High five!

Boston Band Crush <3

rob v said...

High five right back at ya!