Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WED 2/16: Lit, Black History, Music

Oh, how I love how Robert Burns wrote:

The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

WED 2/16

Joseph McElroy, "Night Soul and Other Stories": Reading/Signing
at Harvard Coop, Level 3, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

This is one of the serious American authors that people read their gargantuan books to impress other people. I bet his short stories are long and complex too.

Still it's pretty cool that a 80-year-old literary bad-ass comes around and will read and and talk about his work.

WED 2/16

"Remixing Race Through Film": Discussion
at Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Feat: Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers, Alan Goodman PhD

As president and vice president of Vital Pictures, Smith and Herbes-Sommers have worked on PBS shows such as "Race: The Power of an Illusion", "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?" and "Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness".

Yeah, folks. They're going to be talking about race. And social justice. Through film, which they'll show some of their clips. It's Black History Month, innit? Alan Goodman of Hampshire College joins the conversation.

Registration required.

WED 2/16

"Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams": Reading
at Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge (near Star Market)

Feat: M.L. Liebler, Al Kooper, X.J. Kennedy, Gary Metras, Jennifer Gillan, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, David Connolly, Michael Casey

This would be a good event for Labor Day or May Day, since it's a compendium of tales about workers and working from a variety of people including Woody Guthrie, Walt Whitman, Willa Cather, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Emily Dickinson, John Sayles, Andrei Codrescu, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Clifford Odets, Dorothy Day, Michael Moore, Jack White, and the readers tonight like the anthology's editor ML Liebler and rock legend/Somerville resident Al Kooper.

WED 2/16

"Within Our Gates"
at Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge (Carpenter Center/Harvard campus)

Can you imagine a 1920 silent film about African-American woman who visits the North but decides to go back home and open a school for poor children?

It's not a great film, although it could be an interesting glimpse at early African-American filmmaking.

WED 2/16

Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Jennifer Kimball
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$5 / 21+

While Chandler Travis reigns over the summer Cape music scene with The Incredible Casuals, he normally plays in the Boston area backed by his 'Philharmonic'.

The CTP debuted 15 years ago at the Lizard Lounge, so why not celebrate with a Wednesday residency? I happen to love his wacky brand of genre-skipping good-time rock. There should be something different happening every week.

WED 2/16

Tristan Da Cunha, Concord Ballet Orchestra Players, Leagues, Sam Moss
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$7 / 18+

For the most part, it's a night of arty/noisy math-rock from Tristan Da Cunha and Leagues.

Believe it or not, Concord Ballet Orchestra Players are a largish, kraut-rock-inspired, improvisational, instrumental band that are releasing a "double cassette" album package called "First Annual North Falmouth Organ Slaughter". Yikes! With some open ears, it's really rather good.

Sam Moss will gently ease you into the sonic adventure ahead with intricate solo acoustic guitar works.

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