Saturday, January 08, 2011

SUN 1/9: J-Pop, T Sans Pants, Art, Music, Film

Yes, Sunday fun posted on Saturday! I bet you'll see Monday cheapness tomorrow (night).

You can find Saturday stuff below. Sorry about not updating the calendar, but I've got places to go and people to see...


SUN 1/9

Noon to 4pm
Reni's Japanese Maid Show
at All Asia Bar, 334 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / $8 in Cosplay / All Ages

Feat: LeetStreet Boys (unplugged), Sweet Diculous, Jeszar, Amanda Hoegen

Is there anything wrong with a J-pop singer dressing up as a maid? Only you can answer that for yourselves, people. Since this isn't my scene, I didn't know there were J-pop performers in the Boston area who will open for Reni.

There will be other fun including a cosplay fashion show. (Google it, if you're not familiar.) You can watch a YouTube promo for this event to get a little flavor of what to expect.

SUN 1/9

No Pants! Subway Ride
Meet at Alewife T Station, approx 135 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge (Fresh Pond)

When they first did the pantsless T ride in 2008, they tried to keep it secret and subversive. (If you see "4th Annual", I believe they're wrong.)

Of course, it didn't work out that way and the authorities freaked out a bit by having police on the trains and loads of media outlets showed up. It was still a strange sight, and I tried so hard to maintain eye contact with women.

Still it's a wacky little event for a winter afternoon, and you can say you did it. There's no need to qualify -- or even run at all -- like the Boston Marathon...

There is more info here and on Facebook. Here are basically the tips I posted last year:

- Will meet at 2pm inside the gates at Alewife and find the gathering of nervous-looking people.
- Will follow instructions about taking your pants off in between stations (and stash them in a backpack, etc).
- Act normally. Have a some fake answers ready to obvious questions.
- WILL take your pants off.
- WILL wear underwear. Consider wearing a two pairs, in case of asshole strangers.
- Can wear something fun but NOT "jokey".
- Won't interact with the other pantless people.
- Should keep your camera hidden, if you bring one.
- Will listen to the police or other T employee, if they tell you to put your pants back on.
- Should have some fun.
The 'official' 21+ after-party will be at McGreevy's (Back Bay); an all-ages thing might happen at Sacco's Bowl Haven/Flatbread Pizza (Davis Sq).

SUN 1/9

2:30pm to 5:30pm
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Cabaret: Life Drawing Class
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 18+

Feat: Persephone

There are few times when hanging out at a bar is considered creative or artistic beyond napkin origami...

At Dr Sketchy's, drawing and drinking are combined at whatever ratio you desire as the usually wild models put provocative twist on traditional posing.

Although every Dr. Sketchy is surely a good time, I think this could be a special Sunday afternoon based on the Facebook page.

This month's model, Persephone, is coming from Canada, so she puts "Adventuress" on her papers when she enters the country. One of her costumes will simply be made out of rope, then she says things might get edgy. Hmm...
A couple of tips: Come on time to get a seat up front. Keep it small so others can crowd in around you. Bring your stuff in a milk crate so you have something to sit on or put your stuff on. (we have lots of seats, but more is helpful) There will be some fancy paper for you to buy if you want.
No one is going to criticize your drawing, so don't worry about your skills. You gotta start some time, and you're not going to find a cheaper life-drawing class... with a bar... and no teacher... You might even win a prize.

Just go, get arty/tipsy, and have fun.

SUN 1/9

Emperor Nortons Stationary Marching Band (10:30pm), Esthema (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$7 / 21+

How can you not like Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, one of the local bands that stirs up Somerville at the annual HonkFest? Perhaps not marching but far from stationary, this sizable band of honking horns and propulsive percussion whips up a joyous ruckus jazz/klezmer/circus party.

With players from Greece, Turkey, Argentina, and Brazil; Esthema blends Eastern European and Middle Eastern influences with fusion-y jazz to create a world music sound that would even appeal to people who might dislike fusion jazz yet are open to international culture.

SUN 1/9

"Jimmy Rossi's Flashback Drive-In"
at ZuZu!, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Feat: "Flash Gordon"

It's a cold Sunday night, and you don't want sit at home waiting for the weekend to quietly fade into a dull Monday morning. You could have a few drinks and watch a sci-fi flick at ZuZu.

It's happening on Sunday nights in January. The premiere is classic '80s camp. Say it with me -- your pitch rising at the end, "Flash!"

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