Friday, January 28, 2011

FRI 1/28: Film, Art, Talk, Music

I went to the opening of Bread and Puppet Theater's opening reception at the Cyclorama on Monday. It was fun time, and there are some theatrical performances this weekend aimed at adults and kids that should be thoroughly anti-authoritarion.

I love double features and the Brattle Theatre, there are quite a few coming up ($9.75 / $7.75 student / $6.75 senior) -- including tonight: "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" (5pm, 9:30pm), "Easy A" (7:30pm). Not bad at 2-for-1...

(Phew, at least I caught the AM/PM scheduling thing relatively soon.)


FRI 1/28

2pm to 9pm
"Free Film Fridays"
at Mugar Omni Theater, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

I think I saw an 'IMAX Dome' movie many years ago. It was pretty darn cool, and I think it's even better when you don't have to pay. Not a bad diversion, if you have the day (or next Friday) off -- or feel like heading over after work. (I think the nearest bar may be in the EF building.)

The schedule varies, but these are today's times:

"Whales" -- 6pm
"Australia: Land Beyond Time" -- 4pm, 5pm
"Mysteries of the Great Lakes" -- 3pm, 8pm
"Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk" -- 9pm

Here's a tip: Pick up the tickets as early as possible. A lot people know about this promotion, and a lot of people just visit the Museum in general. When I tried to go, the next 2 screenings were already sold out.

FRI 1/28

6pm to 8pm
"Good vs Evil": Opening Reception
at Space 242, 242 E Berkeley St, 2nd Fl, Boston (South End)

About 50 artists have created new heroes and villains in "paintings, illustrations, mixed media, sculpture and photography."

Maybe because the gallery is the space in front of the Weekly Dig's offices (and there is a permanent bar area set up), but these receptions are more casual than the rest.

I assume that you can still RSVP, and you should be alright.

Gallery hours are usually Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 8pm, and there's an hour-long artist conversation on FRI 2/4 at 7pm.

My best location description is that it's in the same building as Medieval Manor.

FRI 1/28

Tabatha Coffey, "It's Not Really About the Hair: The Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty": Discussion
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)

The Australian who attempts to save dysfunctional businesses in "Tabatha's Salon Takeover" has written a memoir. She probably won't criticize you, because she wants to sell books.

FRI 1/28

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, "Love's Muse: Winter Concert"
at Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)


Rossini, "Overture from The Barber of Seville"
Chopin, "Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21"
Mozart, "Symphony No. 36 in C major, K.425 Linz"
Shows like this usually fill up the Sanders Theatre when it costs to get in. Classical music fans may especially be piqued to hear 13-year-old pianist Kadar Qian from Westford, who has appeared on "From the Top".

Tickets are available on a first come-first serve basis, beginning at 5pm, so think about that.

FRI 1/28

Ryan's Smashing Life 4-Year Celebration
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Feat: RIBS (Midnight), Bridges & Powerlines (11pm), The Cinnamon Fuzz (10pm), Fan-Tan (9pm)

One of the best music blogs in Boston is Ryan's Smashing Life, which does a good job of giving attention to whatever is good -- beyond Route 128. I've hung out with Ryan, and he is a passionate music lover. Of course, RSL has put together a good variety of indie-rock that gets synthy here and hard there...

All of it good and part of a smashing life -- and smashed life with enough booze.

FRI 1/28

Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers: Memphis Sendoff Party
at Smoken' Joes, 351 Washington St, Brighton (Brighton Center)

This is it, folks. Harpe and the Swingers are heading to Memphis on Tuesday to represent us at the International Blues Challenge.

They're going to preview their competition set, and there may be a few other surprises.

Even if they don't win, I think the judges will be impressed by Boston sending a bands that doesn't have a wanky electric guitarist. Instead they'll be refreshed by their modern vitality and genuine, rockin' Delta sound.

Good luck, folks!

FRI 1/28

Union Square Round Table: "Don't Call It A Comeback"
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$8 / 21+

Feat: Hands & Knees, Cotton Candy, Somerville Speakout, Jenny Benevento

This is a pretty fun and funny way to spend an occasional Friday. It's more than a comedy show, yet I laughed a lot. You may get a feeling that you've been invited to your talented friends' variety show in a basement --except it's not a basement, and there's an adjoining bar.

If you didn't see Hands & Knees at Great Scott last night, you can check 'em out doing a few tunes; maybe a few songs in a couple mini-sets. You'll also get some uncommisioned indie-pop jingles from Cotton Candy and hilarious complaint letters from Somerville residents.

The Phoenix recently had an article about librarian Jenny Benevento who is a non-ironic scholar of Insane Clown Posse and the 'Juggalo' sub-culture of their fans. Still, it might be funny to us.

FRI 1/28 (and SAT 1/29)

"El Topo"
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline

This may be one of the weirdest westerns that has ever been made. At the end of the trailer on YouTube, there are ebulliently positive blurbs from critics writing for Newseek and NY Times, etc. Just remember it was the early '70s.

This is one of the granddaddies of cult films and kicks off a couple months of midnight classics at Coolidge Corner.

At this weekend's screenings, the Boston Underground Film Festival will be giving away some copies of "Santa Sangre" -- another strange classic from director Alejandro Jodorowsky.

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