Thursday, March 10, 2011

THUR 3/10: Music, Art, Comedy, Stories

The Church gig had a colorful yet static flyer for tonight's gig, but someone went to the trouble of making a promo video.

I wish bands didn't put the "doors open" time to make some people stand there for an hour, but that's how it goes.

The music lover again has too many good choices on a Thursday night. Whether it's the rocking gig above or the indie fun at Great Scott or the soul/garage blowout in Davis Square.


THUR 3/10

6pm to 7:30pm
St. Patrick's Celebration
at Parker Hill Branch Public Library, 1497 Tremont St, Roxbury

Feat: Michael O'Leary with Rob Huffman

Hmm, a St. Patrick's celebration at a library with "Irish Style" refreshments...

One can assume there won't be a keg or a bottle of whiskey, but it is the season for Irishness. Maybe you'd like to warm up with some Celtic music and maybe soda bread?

I did notice the library is between Brigham Circle and Roxbury Crossing, if you wanted to go.

THUR 3/10

"Crisis and the Everyday: An Evening with Liza Johnson": Lecture & Screening
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline

Video artist Liza Johnson seems to create films where she gets non-actors to act in scenes similar to their lives like people in post-Katrina Mississippi or people in a circus school.

The DeCordova Museum has given her their annual Rappaport Prize, and she'll present a couple clips and discuss her work.

"Admission on a first-come, first-served basis."

THUR 3/10

Various Times
Women in Comedy Festival
at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
Many $10 or under

If there needs to be a platform for women to perform comedy, then go for it. Maybe it's something about the behind-the-scenes interactions like the excerpt from Tina Fey's current New Yorker article.

However I don't really think audiences have a problem laughing at female comedians. And there will be plenty of opportunities over the next 5 days. Most $10 shows are tonight (as well as some good shows above) and Sunday 3/13. There is also a free panel on Saturday at the Brattle Theatre.


Ready, Set,...Wife: A Frank and Funny Discussion on Marriage
at ImprovBoston (mainstage)
$10 / $7 students, seniors

Feat: Robyn Okrant & Cathleen Carr, Maria Ciampa, Giulia Rozzi, Myq Kaplan
What Philosophy Majors Do After College: Starring Jen Dziura
at ImprovBoston (studio)
$7 / $5 students, seniors
Variety Pack: Improv, Sketch, & Musical Comedy
at ImprovBoston (studio)
$10 / $7 students, seniors

Feat: Shrink, The Naughty Nanas/ The F**k-it Bucket List, Jessica Delfino
Comedy Spanning the Nation: Stand Up
at ImprovBoston (studio)
$10 / $7 students, seniors

Feat: Kate Ghiloni, Emma Willmann, Lillian DeVane, Will Smalley, Deep Throat Regina, Sarah Mittens, Subhah Agarwal, Kara Buller, Virginia Jones, Tracie Spencer, Amber Bixby

Hosted by Kate Ghiloni
Yes, there are a couple men in there. It'sgoing to be okay.

THUR 3/10

"Tales from Somerville": Community Storytelling Slam
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)

There are a lot of stories in every town around here. After living in Somerville and hearing a few, this could be a funny, revealing session.

Don't be disappointed if you don't get a chance to take the stage for your 5 to 10 minute story moment. The Somerville Arts Council may have selected people ahead of time.

On the other hand, attendees get to vote for the best story.

THUR 3/10

The Hush Now (11pm), A Bit Much (10pm), Action Verbs (9pm), Butterknife (8pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$8 / 18+

It's a bit refreshing to see a rock show start at 8pm... Why make us wait?

Even if you don't go, listen to The Hush Now's "Hoping and Waiting" on the home page. This is a band that puts loads of thoughtfulness and musicianship to good use for making clean, tasty, macho rock. It's going to be a bunch of sweet rocking' tunes compliments of Action Verbs and Butterknife. Although A Bit Much may be too expansive for my taste and think they're more clever than they actually are, the music has its moments.

THUR 3/10

Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Saints, Muck & the Mires, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$5 / 21+

The Sunday Saints are playing every Thursday with different friends this month. It's going to be a double-barreled soul attack when Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents join in. It doesn't let up when garage-rock masters Muck & the Mires hit the stage.

Cultures of Soul Records has put out a Sunday Saints record, and they're supposed to be giving out some prizes on each night. I think Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Saints sound better in person, but it's not bad to get something.

THUR 3/10

Spirit Kid, The Fagettes, Andy Maher Candy Bar
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 18+

For a some variety, you might enjoy this gig. Spirit Kid's jangly-crunchy powerpop anchors the show. For some reason, I'm inclined to think new band The Fagettes are Australians who may be living in town. They're still sound like a fabulous mess. Likewise, there's something peculiar going on with Andy Maher Candy Bar; his one-man indie-rock does work in its own way.

Robotkid will add sound and visuals for additional fun.

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