Thursday, November 11, 2010

THUR 11/11: Vets Day, Sun, Art, Drama, Music

Happy Veterans Day!

I don't know where the morning went, because I slept for much of it. Whoops, I'll just post what I've got...

The Boston Globe Ski & Snowboard Show starts today and goes through Sunday at the World Trade Center. There's a coupon below to save a couple bucks.


THUR 11/11 (thru SUN 11/4)

Noon to 6pm
Margaret Bellafiore, "Combat to Campus": Exhibit & Reception
at Mobius Art Space, 725 Harrison Ave, Boston (South End)

Reception: 5pm to 7pm

Thankfully, I found a Veterans-related event that fit my criteria. This project is mainly a sound installation based on interviews with a dozen veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who are now going to college.

Artist Margaret Bellafiore also teaches at Bridgewater State University, and she met these men and women through the school.

At least one of them, Michael Anthony, will be at the reception tonight. He has written a book and will sign copies of "Mass Casualties, A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception, And Dishonor in Iraq".

THUR 11/11

at Infinite Corridor, from Bldg 7 to Bldg 8, Cambridge (MIT campus)

Twice per year, the sun sets at an angle that coincides with the long hallway at MIT and it looks really cool. A similar effect happens on different days at different locations with Stonehenge being a purposeful example.

It's dorky, but you'll likely never see another sunset reflection like this in your life. If I read the data correctly, today is the best day to see it, but you'll get a similar effect for a couple days.

In case you don't read the link, know:
- It's best seen at the end of Bldg 8, 3rd Floor
- Don't be a jerk; move to let others see after you.
- Don't look too long, it will hurt your eyes. (It's the sun!)
- Watch where you're walking; walk to the side or use a lower floor if you don't show up early.

THUR 11/11 (and THUR 11/18)

7pm to 10pm
Walter Sickert Presents: The InkDrip Sessions
at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)
$7 / All Ages

Artist-musician Walter Sickert will present the fruits of his year-long project of creating art everyday that concluded about a month ago. After having a chance to view some of the pieces, Sickert has also assembled different friends to hear some folky, poppy goodness.

Each week's visuals will have a different theme, and tonight is "WireForest".

7pm -- Artists' talk & reception; DJ Metal Tiger Music
8pm -- George Woods
8:40pm -- Rachel Smith
9:20pm -- Goli
If you want to be a good doobie and help Sickert and his gang -- and be on TV -- by showing up at 5:30pm. "Chronicle" is showing up to interview Walter and soak in the cool art and atmosphere. You can be there!

THUR 11/11

"'night, Mother": Staged Reading
at Unity Church of God, 6 William St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$5 Suggested Donation

Like me, you probably missed the debut of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play when it was done at the AmRep Theater over 25 years ago. I didn't see the movie either.

It's not exactly a heartwarming, feel-good play as a daughter tells her mother that she's going to commit suicide and why she's doing it. So I imagine that a staged reading won't be too different than a full production.

"The cast and director will be available for a conversation with the audience following the performance."

THUR 11/11

Callithumpian Consort, "Boulez and Barraque Vocal Works"
at Seully Hall, 4th Fl, Boston Conservatory, 8 The Fenway, Boston (The Fens)

Boulez, "Le Marteau sans Maitre"
Boulez, "Improvisations I et II sur Mallarme"
Jean Barraque, "Sequence"
It's the first night of Boston Conservatory's annual New Music Festival, and the theme is "Celebrating Pierre Boulez: Discovering Jean Barraque" that offers a different program each night through SUN 11/14.

As far as contemporary classical, Berlioz is the man; and Barraque sounds quite good. Not usually my cup of tea, but it shouldn't stop you from trying. The Callithumpian Consort performs tonight (with a singer, yes), and various musicians take on the other nights.

THUR 11/11

Hank & Cupcakes (11:45pm), Jeddo Stars (10:45pm), Naked On Rollerskates (9:45pm), Biker Daughter (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

I have to say that I already liked Jeddo Stars and Naked On Rollerskates. They're two of our local bands that rock out with loads of catchy tunes and snappy, chiming guitars. This tweet is a typo, but I like NonR's furriness for tonight's show.

As far as Hank & Cupcakes, I spent way too much time listening to them last night. H&C are one of those bass/drums duos with a big indie-pop sound. Biker Daughter not so much, but it's a full night of female-fronted bands. Good stuff.

THUR 11/11

Pretty & Nice, Spirit Kid, Oranjuly, Hot Protestants
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

Wow, a seriously wicked lineup around the corner!

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