Friday, March 11, 2011

FRI 3/11: Film, Museum, Opera, Mardi Gras

Based on their sliders, The Bleacher Bar already serves better food than you'd expect from a bar that's located behind centerfield at Fenway Park. The winner of tonight's Sandwich Showdown (7pm) is a contest to get a new tasty choice on the menu. For $15 (going to charity), you can taste the top 10 and cast your vote. I think you can stuff yourself and get your money's worth...


FRI 3/11 (to SUN 3/13)

3pm, 5:30pm, 7:45pm, 10pm
"The Friends of Eddie Coyle": Screening
at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville

Friday $5 matinees: 3pm, 5:30pm

Call me a traditionalist. There is an experimental film festival also happening at the Somerville Theatre through TUES 3/15, but I'd rather see a classic Boston crime movie on the big screen.

Do you think "Battle: Los Angeles" or "Red Riding Hood" is going to be better than Robert Mitchum trying to stay out of prison and hoping he can stay alive?

FRI 3/11

5pm to 8pm
Second Fridays
at MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)

When I saw tonight's theme was "Nautical Night", I was a little worried that that Chantey Singers would be there...

It looks like there will be simply be an emphasis of the aquatic aspects of the museum's sesquicentennial anniversary exhibit with gallery talks and demonstrations.

If you ask me, Arthur Ganson's kinetic sculptures is the coolest exhibit in the building. Even more wonderful if you don't have to pay to get in.

FRI 3/11

"Death and the Powers": A Conversation
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

The robots are aiming to conquer another human realm -- opera.

Many of the creative forces behind "Death and the Powers" are local humans like composer Tod Machover (MIT), librettist Robert Pinsky (BU), and director Diane Paulus (ART).

There has never been more technology melded into this genre before with people and robots performing together on a stage with animated pieces.

Prior to the US premiere next week, Machover will discuss the background, the process, etc.

If that isn't enough robots for you, stick around for "Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries" at 7:30pm ($9.75 / $7.75 students / $6.75 seniors). It's the first 3 hours that revived the sci-fi saga in 2003.

FRI 3/11

The Mardi Gras Show
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+

Feat: Otis Grove, Mighty Tiny, Opposite People, Confederacy of Dumpsters, Vostok 4

There's no reason to stop the good times from rolling past Tuesday. Meghan Chiampa of Desert Race Boston has put together quite a party for her first show for those who want a little more NOLA-style party.

The Confederacy of Dumpsters solely exist to play Mardi Gras gigs in the Boston area. They don't need a website; they know where to bring the horny funk n' soul. Since Mighty Tiny wears Venetian carnevale masks at every gig, this band was destined to play their theatrical rock on this occasion.

There's even more funky, jammy good times with Opposite People and organ-trio Otis Grove. Throw in the high-energy quirkiness of Vostok 4, and the 'bon temps' will 'rouler'.

Beads and masks provided. Costumes recommend.

FRI 3/11

The Macrotones, Marcus Santos & Bloco Afrobrazil
at Milky Way Lounge / Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)

Let's keep the party vibe going. To shake your booty on the other side of town, I'd recommend the Brazilian rhythms and Afro-funk grooves.


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