Saturday, December 04, 2010

SAT 12/4: Art, History, Music

Yeah, I thought I was doing so well earlier in the week. Then I started doing all the stuff I had to do besides blogging...


SAT 12/4 (and SUN 12/5)

11am to 4pm
Fort Point Arts Community Holiday Sale
at Art at 12/Made in Fort Point, 12 Farnsworth St, Boston (Fort Point, next door to Flour Bakery & Cafe)
Whatever you buy

About 30 artists will display and selling their stuff like jewelry, paintings, prints, photography, ceramics/pottery, "paper arts", "functional textile art", and more.

There are other open-studio/holiday-sales this weekend in Charlestown and Hyde Park.

Look at this way -- buying gifts of art ensures that somebody else has bought the identical item for your loved one.

SAT 12/4

3pm to 6pm
"Sacco and Vanzetti: We Still Remember"
at Casa Monte Cassino, 11 Tileston Street, Boston (North End)

Wow, for the hardcore historian and/or Italian...

The agenda is to watch rare footage of Sacco and Vanzetti's funeral, a discussion of the case & planned monument, then a viewing of a documentary.

The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society will screen rare film footage of the funeral followed by a general discussion of the case and the Society’s plan to erect a monument, and will conclude with a screening of the recent documentary, "Sacco and Vanzetti".

SAT 12/4

Visions, Jenny Tuite, Grass is Green, Tamsin Wilson, Kevin D
at Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
$10 / All Ages

If you like alt-country that has an epic, melancholy span, I think you'll dig Visions. Without trying to discover the story, it seems like it may be the product of a singular vision who has many contributors. Tonight's performance of the entire new record will supposedly include string section and choir, which should be pretty damn cool as I almost listened to the whole thing earlier.

It's going to a good mainly folky, sometimes fuzzy night. Other performing include Jenny Tuite of The Dirty Dishes, which is a new band that's coming on strong for good reason (they rock!), some other solo acts and Grass is Green who do the indie-rock rather loose and noisy for music schools students.

Your admission gets you a copy of the new Visions record.

SAT 12/4

Boston String Players
at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St, Boston (Back Bay)
$10 suggested donation


Vivaldi, "Summer"
Chad Gray, "Reddish Blue"
Napravnik, "Melancholy in G Minor"
Bartok, "Rumanian Folk Dances"
Beethoven, "Grosse Fuge, op. 133"
I listed the free dress rehearsal yesterday, so I might as well remind you of the concert -- with "suggested donation".

Conducted (and led) by by Motoki Tanaka, the BSP having been doing a few concerts per year at various venues since 2007.

The idea is to take this group of students and grads from many local music schools and expand beyond the usual repertoire into modern pieces, new original compositions, and different genres (a Radiohead tune was on the program when I first saw this gig). They also intend to engage the audience for a better understanding of the music.

SAT 12/4

Lovewhip, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, Streight Angular, Zayde Buti, The Jake Zavracky, Sean Revoltah, more
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$10 / 21+

On a recent gig post for Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, I mentioned they won the Boston Blues Challenge to compete in the international competition next year. Unless they find a magic lamp, they're going to need to pay their travel expenses.

This is your chance to rock your booty and/or other body parts while helping the Delta Swingers get to Memphis. Erin Harpe does double-duty by also performing with her funky electro outfit Lovewhip, and many friends besides this listed above are lending a musical hand including Jake Zavracky (formerly of Cyanide Valentine).

These people know how to throw a party, so if you don't have a good time -- you must be doing something wrong... Try buying a raffle ticket.

SAT 12/4

The Tampoffs, JJ & Thee Cuban Heels, You're Under Arrest, The Last Ones
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$5 / 21+

Get your garage/punk goodness at the best secret club in Davis Square. Tucked behind the Rosebud dining car is a pub with plenty of seats for the mellow peeps and standing room for those who need to move around.

Any gig with JJ Rassler playing gets a thumbs up from me. (I don't think JJ knows it: He's always friendly when we talk, so I call him my 'imaginary friend'. On the other hand, that may be deeper than many Facebook friends...)

The Downbeat 5 isn't gigging as often, so he's digging deep in his record collection for the inspiration behind Thee Cuban Heels. They're playing the bluesy, funky style of rock 'n roll that's a bit more involved than the early garage period. JJ and Heels still give it a woolly treatment as befits someone who has played with DMZ, The Queers, etc, etc.

On both sides, you hear loads of loud, fast punk and garage. Who knows where The Tampoffs have been up to lately, but they would bash it out when I saw a few times at the Abbey Lounge. You're Under Arrest is a new trio with guys from bands like The Coffin Lids. The Last Ones are led by longtime Lyres bassist Rick Coraccio (who also played in DMZ), so that should give you an idea of their direction.

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