Sunday, March 06, 2011

SUN 3/6: Film, Theater, Rock

Shall we call it a "Lazy Sunday" and have a cupcake?

Or be like Dylan Thomas and "burn and rave at close of weekend"?

The choice is yours.


SUN 3/6

Double Feature:
"Demon Seed" (5pm, 10pm), "2001: A Space Odyssey" (7pm)
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$9.75 / $7.75 students / $6.75 seniors

If you wanted my cinematic advice, I'd watch "Demon Seed" first. It looks pretty ridiculous and definitely more action-packed than "2001".

Sometimes that makes the serious film with minimal dialogue funnier.

After watching a domestic robot going horribly awry and trpping your wife in the house and having its way with her, the terribly polite yet self-centered HAL computer may seem like a rather pleasant alternative.

Hey, it's a sci-fi double feature...

SUN 3/6 (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."

SUN 3/6

Trabants (11pm), My Pet Dragon (10pm), Kristen Ford Band (9pm)
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
$7 / 21+

With a mix of song-based folky rock and Eastern European-influenced surf rock, this gig offers an pleasant mix of live music for people that can get to Union Square. If you don't love Kristen Ford Band or Trabants, you might need to relax and smell the roses.

SUN 3/6

The Parlotones, Xylos
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+

Two cool touring bands cap the weekend. I thought I saw a local opener, but it looks like a 2-band gig. Take a listen -- you could get home via the T after the show.

Maybe I was colored by reading The Parlotones' press blurbs, but I did not think they were "South Africa's answer to..." Radiohead or Coldplay. They're maybe the Snow Patrol of South Africa. It's a bit too earnest for my taste, but not bad.

I think the real prize is Brooklyn's Xylos with a great blend of clever lyrics, boy-girl vocals, little-bit-of-synth, lots-of-cool-attitude indie rock.

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