Monday, March 07, 2011

MON 3/7: Film, Words, Classical, Bluegrass, Ambient

If these choices don't float your boat, there's Gong Show Karaoke at TT the Bear's Place.


MON 3/7

"Monster's Ball"
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry are having sex downstairs at the Boston Public Library.

Well... Their characters will be getting it on in "Monster's Ball" that's screening in the second part of "Black Gold: African American Academy Award Winners" that will screen through MON 4/25.

MON 3/7

"You've Been Storied": Reading
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Stories by: Sarah Banse, Andrew Ewell, Kathleen McKenna

In this new series that's hosted by two agents at the Kneerim & Williams Literary Agency and a rotating author who happens to be Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Harding for the inaugural voyage.

Unlike most readings, three creative-writing MFA students from Emerson, BU, and UMass Boston may want to impress more than usual. Maybe the pressure of getting a literary agent's attention may add some anxiety/excitement. Maybe it'll be like "Writing Idol"...

MON 3/7

Martin Henn, "Under the Color of Law: The Bush Administration Subversion of U.S. Constitutional and International Law": Discussion & Signing
at Harvard Coop, Level 3, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

If it's getting hard to defend Obama -- to friends or in your mind -- you could spend an hour getting angry at the Bush administration again.

It's an uncomfortable subject for many, but it's still a valid question whether laws were broken and unprosecuted by many government officials.

MON 3/7

"First Monday"
at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston (New England Conservatory/Fenway)


Couperin, "Le Parnasse ou L'apotheose de Corelli"
Stravinsky, "Apollo"
Ravel, "Trio"
For six Mondays of the year, there is free top-notch classical chamber music for anyone who wants to listen. The musicians are associated with NEC in some capacity, and every program this season will have a focus on alumni.

Each of the three ensembles performing tonight feature one or two alumni.

MON 3/7

Old Time Bluegrass & Barbecue Night
at Redbones, Downstairs, 55 Chester St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
No Cover

Feat: The Hi-Tone Ramblers

There's not much extra space to even have a solo performer, so it's understandable that Redbones doesn't host many music gigs. If you're in the mood for bluegrass and/or barbecue, "Underbones" is an appealing destination.

Supposedly a dinner special of "Pulled Pork Sandwich & PBR" will be available for $10. If it doesn't come with beans and slaw, then it's a savings of a dollar or less...

MON 3/7

Animal Hospital, Xela, Taps
at ZuZu!, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Maybe it was the rainy night and the changing temperature, but it seems like some ambient/experimental music would make an interesting soundtrack for a Monday. I think it'll be a gig where loud chatting with a buddy wouldn't be a good idea.

Animal Hospital's multiple drum and guitar loops create subtle, ambient textures that offer a lot for the listener to explore. From what I can tell, Xela is a solo electronic performer from the UK that now resides in the area. Taps describe themselves as an "improv dub duo", although their minimalism bears no resemblance to reggae to me.

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