Tuesday, March 08, 2011

TUES 3/8: Mardi Gras, Art, Film, Music

Since it's Mardi Gras and International Women's Day, I hope those wanting beads will lift up their shirts with a sense of empowerment...

If you dig The Wandas, they're going to have a listening party at the Enormous Room at 8pm. Hang out with the band before they trek to Canadian Music Week and SXSW.

I also saw that Smoken Joe's has a small bar space, but they're planning on serving a bunch of Cajun-style dishes if you're hungry and want to party.


TUES 3/8

"Fat Tuesday Party"
at Dick’s Last Resort, Quincy Market (Faneuil Hall)
No Cover

This ain't my favorite place in town. Far from it, but you don't have to love the spot to have $2.75 SoCo hurricanes and $3.50 Harpoon IPA's for Mardi Gras.

They usually have some beads, masks, other crap along with some live music around 8pm and plenty of insults from the waitstaff.

At some point, there will be a crawfish eating contest with a $100 cash prize.

TUES 3/8

6:30pm to 8:30pm
"Women.Make.Art": Panel Discussion
at Alumnae Lounge, Aidekman Arts Center, about 40 Talbot St, Medfrod (Tufts campus)

Panelists: Janet Goldwater, Jann Haworth, Margaret Rose Vendryes

It seems apropos to have a discussion about women as the creaotors of art on International Women's Day. The panelists include a filmmaker Janet Goldwater and artists Jann Haworth & Margaret Rose Vendryes who both have works in two Tufts exhibits: "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968" and "African Divas".

(Cool side note: Jann Haworth created the "Sgt. Pepper's" album cover.)

TUES 3/8

"An Island": Screening
at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)
$5 Optional Donation

Filmmaker Vincent Moon has directed unorthodox concert films for Mogwai, The National, REM, and many shorter sessions. His most recent is a 50-minute foray with the Danish band Efterklang on the small island where they're from. The tunes are pretty damn cool, and the clip I saw was cinematographically beautiful.

Opus Affair and HowAboutWe are presenting the film. One is a socializing/drinking org, and the other is a new king of dating site. I imagine that well-heeled/open-minded singles will be lingering about.

The suggested donation is quite optional. Part of the agreement to screen the film is that it be free, but feel free.

Note: "RSVP is to estimate attendance and does not guarantee space at the screening. The first 120 people will be admitted."

TUES 3/8

at Williams Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston (New England Conservatory/Fenway)

Maybe the first wave of "Lisztomania" included scores of screaming teens. In the bicentenary of his birth, Franz Liszt's fans are likely to listen intently and applaud politely.

Before songs and films, there was genuine Lisztomania for the Hungarian pianist-composer who wowed 19th-century Europe with his virtuoso performances.

Tonight's performance comprises 8 pieces played by various NEC piano majors who'll do their best to match the maestro's sick technique.

TUES 3/8

Telekinesis (11:15pm), The Love Language (10:05pm), Slowdim (9:10pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Speaking of sick (see above), there is a sick amount of melodious emotion happening at this show.

Telekinesis is basically a solo guy from Seattle who tours with a band to flesh out his powerpop creations that should fit quite nicely in anyone's headphones. Hey -- if Superchunk plays his song in concert, it should be good enough for you.

The Love Language has had people falling under the spell of their lo-fi indie-pop since their initial album full of break-up songs. He didn't get his ex- back, but the NC band rocks on.

Local guys Slowdim fit in nicely with a batch of gently catchy songs at their first(?!) gig.

TUES 3/8

The Chicken Slacks
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$10 / 21+

When a classic rocker as to cancel, and it happens to be Mardi Gras, why not call the funky Chicken Slacks to party up the joint.

They love New Orleans and Mardi Gras...

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