Saturday, March 05, 2011

SAT 3/5: Jazz, Skating, History, Sleds, Opera, Art, Rock

I was watching a History Channel program that had apocalyptic 2012 ideas, and I don't know whether I want to hide under a blanket or dance naked in the street.

Maybe there's a middle ground... In the meantime, I'll write something brief for the stuff going on today. Honestly, I'm not sure what I want to do.

Mardi Gras is only a few days away, so it's time to laissez les bon temps rouler with classic NOLA tuneage. Shaun Wolf's 18th Annual Mardi Gras Ball is happening tonight at TT the Bear's Place for a couple buck more than $10, and it's worth it. Scheduled guests include Jon Butcher, Charlie Farren, Bleu, Rick Berlin, Andrea Gillis, Barrence Whitfield.


SAT 3/5

9am to 5pm
43rd Annual High School Jazz Festival
at Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)

Among the mix of high school bands who are hoping for Berklee auditions/scholarships are professionals who perform in a clinic setting. Walk around, there's no need to dwell somewhere for long since there is live music in many rooms.

SAT 3/5

11am to 9pm
"First Annual Last Bostonian Skating"
at Kendall Square Community Ice Skating, 300 Athenaeum St, Cambridge

As I can tell, there will be teams who will compete in various games while the rest of us watch and skate for free.

There may be a chance to win a trip to Iceland, and there is a charity aspect. The Children's Hospital Boston and Icelandair's Special Children's Travel Fund will benefit from funds raised. (I think the competitors have raised funds?)

SAT 3/5

11am, 2pm, 7pm
Boston Massacre Reenactment
outside Old State House, 206 Washington St, Boston (Govt Center)

Young people are doing it at 11am and 2pm; adults at 7pm.

The reenactment might be different than what you remember from history class, but this is where it happened -- and pretty close to what actually went down.

SAT 3/5

11:45am to 3pm
1st Annual Boston Urban Iditarod
start/finish at The Asgard, 350 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Central Sq & MIT)
FREE to watch

There is a day-drinking spectator sport event as people race to Cambridge bars in shopping cart sled teams around a 5k route that has stops -- and challenges -- at Asgard, Tavern on the Square (Central Sq), Tommy Doyle's (Kendall Sq), Bukowski’s Tavern (Inman Sq), Middle East (Central Sq), and back to the Asgard

The winning team is expected to finish around 2:30pm.

SAT 3/5

3pm, 8pm
"The Four-Note Opera"
at Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston (South End)

Ain't it great that we can see wild & crazy opera for free?

Yes, there are only 4 notes in the one-act opera -- it's how the notes are put togther in this avant-garde offering that examines what it's like to sing an opera.

The music rather catchy for only having half of an octave to play with -- and it's only a one-act...

SAT 3/5

The International Experimental Cinema Exposition
at Institute for Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston (South Boston/Seaport)
$10 / $8 students

Half of the experimental films will feature local artists, and most of them will be there for Q&A sessions. By my count, the films last about an hour and 48 minutes.

SAT 3/5

6pm to 10pm
mediaLuscious Design + Art Review
at Pozen Center, about 621 Huntington Ave, Boston (MassArt, enter on Evans Way)

Feat: Alison Kotin, David Tam├ęs, Daniel Buckley, Nicole Tariverdian, Jeff Bartell, Maria Stangel, Zach Kaiser, Chris Field, Joseph Liberty, Andrew Ellis, Tania Ostorga, Alex Wang, lou suSi, King Sol

Lots of MassArt's Dynamic Media Institute students gather to show you the cutting edge of art that should include "immersive video and sound installations, performance art, onscreen interface design, dynamic narrative, and interactive gaming scenarios."

I'm listing the artist names, so we can track if any of them will be famous in the future.

SAT 3/5

at Zack Box Theatre, Downstairs, 8 The Fenway, Boston (Boston Conservatory)

Yeah, this is a student production -- at a performing arts school. I'm guessing a lot of these theatre kids must feel really passionate about this musical about a decadent era in Berlin.

Note: Last time I tried to see something at the Zack Box, I was turned away. So think about getting there early if you want to get in.

SAT 3/5

Audrey Ryan, Alice Austin, South China, Brown Bird, Cuddle Magic
at Nave Gallery, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville (Teele Sq)
$5 / $10 with new CD

We don't know what Audey Ryan's new CD sounds like, but anyone can go home with a CD for a mere extra $5 at the release party. I can only assume it will be with melodic awesomeness and a delightfully quirky lyrical view that can unsettle and thrill you.

The quite fine openers go on between 7pm and 9pm, then Audrey will play the whole new album with a nearly a dozen musicians.

There's a mention of "free refreshments" at an all-ages gig, so consider you may not get a free beer. Or maybe you will...?

SAT 3/5 (thru SAT 3/19)

Various Times
"Bear Patrol"
at Boston Playwrights Theatre, 949 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
$8 / $4 students

Thursday thru Saturday -- 7:30pm
Sunday -- 5pm
Late Nite Friday & Saturday -- 10pm for $4.

From what I can gather, this seems to be a post-apocalyptic, beats-heavy, Boston-based take on a "Wizard of Oz" road tale that examines the bonds of family and friendship.

Playwright John J. King said:

I wanted to do a show that was a blast for the audience. When I read the novel of the Wizard of Oz, I kept finding strange connections to Boston, and it’s been fun to create this tour of our city thru the eyes and narrative-arc of a story we all know and love. The familiarity of the tale and setting, I hope, will give the audience a lot to connect to and laugh at.
Ain't it great that we can affordably see wild & crazy theater?

This show "runs 90 minutes", and is "not appropriate for children under 16."

SAT 3/5

Jumbling Towers (Midnight), The Luxury (11pm), Eytan & The Embassy (10pm), St. Helena (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$8 / 21+

Wow, there's a lot of pop-rock punch going on in one gig. I get the idea that the keyboard-heavy rock of St. Louis' Jumbling Towers may have some kind of underlying story, but I didn't pay close enough attention. St Helena has some terrific songs that I dig, and The Luxury is loved by many people. Eytan & The Embassy bring a sack of hooks from Brooklyn for what could be a grand slam.

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