Saturday, January 22, 2011

SAT 1/22: Film, Talk, Art, Music

I don't like to let the weather ever stop me from doing what I want. On the other hand, it's supposed to be friggin' cold tomorrow. Have fun today!

However Sunday does want to persuade you to enjoy a rock circus (Free), German film & reception (Free), and/or music at Great Scott & O'Brien's (both $7).


SAT 1/22 (and SUN 1/23)

"The Wizard of Oz": Screening
at Bright Screening Room, Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
$10 / $5 students

Also SUN 1/23 at 7pm

This film touched a generation about 70 years ago, and they've passed it on down the line. Do people still love it as a movie? Or simply as a nostalgic relic?

Having not seen it in a while, I'll still guess there's something special about the film that could even be magnified by sitting in the dark with a big screen.

SAT 1/22

Christian Lander, "Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle's Sweaters to Maine's Microbrews": Discussion
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

I'd rather pay $5 to go to Patton Oswalt's sold-out reading, but some people like the Stuff White People Like.

I think the site bugs me, because this guy hits too close to home. Hey, one doesn't need to be a privileged a-hole to prefer a certain toothpaste.

SAT 1/22

7pm to 10pm
Utah & Ether, "Probation Vacation": Book Release & Exhibition Reception
at Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave, Boston (Fenway)

Neither do I seek out or am able to read graffiti, but that doesn't I can't appreciate the dynamic colorful style. These artists are renegades as well for (usually) creating where the have no right other than the authority of their muse.

A pair of graffiti artists have published a limited-edition photography book ($15) featuring 36 pages of their adventures and artwork. Each book is supposed to have a customized cover too.

I suspect the exhibit includes more than photos from the book too.

"Powered by PBR and Kupel's Bakery"

The exhibition runs through SUN 1/30.

SAT 1/22

7pm to 10pm
Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band (8pm), Emperor Norton Stationary Marching Band (9pm)
at VFW George Dilboy Post, 371 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$10 minimum / $20 suggested donation

Think about this for a minute: When was the last time that Austin looked to Boston for inspiration for something cool and/or hip? Somerville has been the home of HonkFest for 5 years where horn bands from around the world have joined our locals, and Honk! festivals are spreading around.

These two awesome horn bands will represent at HonkFest TX in March, and they're raising funds to offset their expenses.

Think about how tough it can be for struggling musicians to travel around the country. Now imagine bands with a lot of people and big, bulky instruments.

If you go in for the minimum, maybe you'll be a CD or a shirt...?

Doors open at 7:30pm.

SAT 1/22

The Pinball Millionaires, The Barleyhoppers, Easy Ed's Record Hop
at Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$10 / 21+

Take the stick out of your butt, and dance the night away. For some assistance, there will be a "free dance lesson (50s Jiving) with Miss Beck. No experience needed. No partner needed. Everyone welcome!"

You can listen to The Pinball Millionaires and know their ready to make the crowd bop around -- and they've got amazing guitarist Frankie Blandino on steel guitar. Expect The Barleyhoppers to make a rockin' Boston debut that includes the drummer from The Spurs (another Blandino-enriched band).

Take the stick out of your butt, and dance the night away. For some assistance, there will be a "free dance lesson (50s Jiving) with Miss Beck. No experience needed. No partner needed. Everyone welcome!"

Sponsored by Narragansett Brewing (sometimes this means a free drink ticket if you get there early enough...

SAT 1/22

Motherboar, Razors In The Night, Acaro, Livver
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+

Besides being the "Best Metal/Hardcore Band" in Boston, Motherboar is simply a great heavy band with barrels of monster riffage and plenty of dynamic and tempo changes to keep everything interesting while still applying the sledgehammer to your head. They've got a killer new album, and they will par-tay tonight.

A metal-punk assault when the first band hits the stage and won't let up until Motherboar are done.

SAT 1/22

The Dirty Truckers, AM Stereo, BrownBoot
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$5-ish / 21+

If I wasn't going to Soozapalooza tonight, I'd probably be at the Rosebud. It's pretty close to my favorite scenario -- to hear unrelenting, kickass rock in a comfortable pub setting.

I've seen The Dirty Truckers a few times and haven't ever been disappointed in the fantastic rock adventure in a Petty/Stones/Replacements vein. Not only do the Truckers gloriously bash it out, the songs are really good too. AM Stereo doesn't screw around either.

What sort of sound would you expect from a band that originally got together for a Black Crowes tribute night? Then BrownBoot did some gigs as a Faces/Jeff Beck tribute. Yeah, it's soulful and swaggering that's also got some heaviness.

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