Monday, November 15, 2010

MON 11/15: Film, Reading, Music

Will Monday ever get any better? I don't know, maybe if one starts the work week on Tuesday instead.

Yeah, the cheapness is similar to other Mondays, but that's how it goes. Maybe next week I'll check out the "Gong Show Karoke" at TT's then report back... Maybe I should organize a Cheap Thrills meetup? (I've put 2 seconds of thought into this, so stay tuned.)


MON 11/15

at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

I saw this movie years ago and thought it was pretty good. The notion of science pushing the envelope of human development is still pertinent. If some entity had a risky treatment for mentally-challenged people, he'd probably want to test it on a full-grown subject.

As part of the "Made in Mass" series, there are a bunch of Boston exterior shots from all over town, so it counts way more than some other films.

MON 11/15

7pm to 9pm
Four Stories: "The Drum Literary Magazine"
at Enormous Room, 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Feat: Ethan Gilsdorf, Michelle Hoover, Lynne Griffin, Bret Anthony Johnston

Hosted by Faith Salie

Instead of putting it in your magazine rack, "The Drum" is a literary magazine that presents itself as an audio podcast. It looks like a good night to listen to the pieces in person with four accomplished writers. I've been to an Ethan Gilsdorf reading and enjoyed it. True story!

There will be far more interaction with the contributors than simply listening, because Four Stories offers a free drink to the person who asks the best question.

MON 11/15

The White Owls (8pm), The Gilded Splinters (10pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

The White Owls are killer blues squad that has Dennis Brennan ripping through classic tunes with yet another set of top-notch players. It's just one of the several iterations that finds the amazing Brennan rocking at the clubs like a fringe benefit for living in the Boston area.

Tonight's late show should be teeming with Stone-sy Americana courtesy of The Gilded Splinters.

MON 11/15

Bell & The Bees, Birdlips, Invisible Hand
at ZuZu!, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$3 / 21+

Besides some word fun for me ("Birdlips and the Bees", "Invisible Hand led by a guy named Adam Smith"...), this is the most interesting cheap gig of the night.

I heard that it was rather packed at Bell & The Bees' CD release show last week, so you have another chance to get into their show, which is also at an intimate-sized venue. There are lots of positive vibrations in the folky tunes with Sue Bell's sweet vocals over any sort of instrumentation by the Bees.

They're joined by two bands from Virginia. I really have to give a big thumbs up to Birdlips who are a keyboards-guitar duo that make a melodic mellow sound that pulls you in like a set of claws in velvet gloves.

Invisible Hand had a good time when they swung through town in the summer swing, but they might need a good crowd response today -- and it shouldn't too difficult. Even at a lower volume than usual (if it's a full band gig), I sense it could be delightfully ragged set of catchy tunes.

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