Thursday, November 04, 2010

THUR 11/4: Film, Talk, Art, Music

Although Halloween has passed, we can still enjoy spooky stuff like a screening of "Nosferatu" or art & music from Walter Sickert. Coincidentally, I ended up with 2 German film events in one post.


THUR 11/4

Taking Stock of Two German Republics:
"How to Live in the FRG" (5pm), "Berlin - Schönhauser Corner" (7pm)
at Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon St, Boston (Back Bay)

One probably doesn't have to watch both films, but the pair of views makes it worthwhile to me. The Goethe-Institut has been presenting several East/West (Germany) programs, but I liked the contrast between the artful West German documentary (1990) about quotidian tasks and romantic film (1957) revolving around an East Berlin square that was considered subversive at one time. Both are in German with English subtitles.

8:30 pm: Discussion with filmmaker Harun Farocki ("How to Live in the FRG") moderated by Barton Byg (UMass Amherst)

THUR 11/4

Dennis Lehane, "Moonlight Mile": Reading
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

Lehane delivers another gritty Boston crime tale.

He's also appearing at Coolidge Corner Theatre ($5) tomorrow night.

THUR 11/4

7pm to 9pm
Matthew Hoh, "A New Way Forward in Afghanistan": Lecture and Q&A
at First Parish Church, 3 Church St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 requested donation

This Tufts/Fletcher School grad and former marine made waves last year when he resigned a diplomatic post over Afghanistan policy. He currently leads the Afghanistan Study Group that has published its own recommendations for US action.

"A donation of $5 is requested to offset costs, but no one will be turned away."

THUR 11/4

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

Over the next 3 weeks, 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 make some beautiful, unconventional music.

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

7pm -- Artists' talk & reception; DJ Metal Tiger Music
8pm -- Mary Bichner
8:40pm -- Molly Zenobia
9:20pm -- Mali Sastri
If you talk to Walter, ask him about the other Walter Sickert, the painter who some speculate to have been Jack the Ripper. (I dare you to ask for some ID, because a CTB commenter claimed it's his real name.)

THUR 11/4

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Alloy Orchestra presents "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror"
at Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, 685 Comm Ave, Boston

This German silent film may still be the creepiest vampire film I've ever seen. The look of Count Orlock was so weird, one has to wonder if the actor may have actually had a big bald head and pointy teeth.

The Alloy Orchestra (which include Mission of Burma's Roger Miller) has developed as one of the best ensembles to provide avant-garde soundtracks for silent film.

THUR 11/4 (thru SUN 11/7)

International Pop Overthrow: Night #1
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+
7:30pm -- The Lexingtons
8:15pm -- Ed Hale
9pm -- Suit Of Hair
9:45pm -- Fireking
10:30pm -- The Brigands
11:15pm -- The Doom Buggies
I'm not sure if the Dig or the Phoenix gave these shows any attention, but I still love the idea of getting a bunch of bands doing shorter sets like Whitman's sampler of rock. There are always a few discoveries and familiars as well as bands that I only notice when they play these annual IPO shows.

There is conflicting information about the schedule on different sites, so I'm listing it based on my best guess.

I listed the full International Pop Overthrow schedule below.

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