Wednesday, March 02, 2011

WED 3/2: Talk, Film, Music

Another humpday, folks.

Hey, I happened to be in Union Square on Saturday afternoon and caught the Elastic Waste Band's early set at Sally O'Briens. It was pretty damn good, and they nailed the Morphine stuff. Seems like a good time to remind you of their regular Wednesday night gig at Atwoods Tavern.


WED 3/2

Jodi Picoult, "Sing You Home": Reading & Performance
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline

Tickets available at Brookline Booksmith or 617-566-6660

When Jonathan Franzen's last book was released, there was some discourse about a male bias in 'serious literature' (with compelling stats).

Jodi Picoult was mentioned as a female author that's writing at a 'similar level' who doesn't get as muchy attention. Her new novel is accompanied by a CD performed by her friend Ellen Wilber who will perform tonight.

WED 3/2

Brian Greene w/ Amir D. Aczel, "The Hidden Reality": Discussion
at Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Thinking about multiple universes can give one a headache. Perhaps these scientists/authors can shed some light on the matter...

The buzz on Dr. Greene's new book "The Hidden Reality" is accessible to the layperson, so chances are good that you could absorb something.

On the other hand, your chances of getting in aren't as good: "A limited number of passes will be available in the lobby on the day of the event."

WED 3/2

"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari", "The Last Laugh"
at Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Last week, the HFA screened a night of silent comedies. This pair of serious silents are influential for their visuals and cinematography.

I recall thinking "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" was one of the strangest movies I've ever seen.

"The Last Laugh" was directed by F.W. Murnau and is considered one of Roger Ebert's "Great Movies". Murnau went on to make the early vampire classic "Nosferatu".

WED 3/2

All Things Horror presents: "The Taint" plus shorts
at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville
$5 / 17+

Shorts: "Waffle", "Consumed", "Papa Wrestling", "Deus Irae"

Tonight's program is titled "Mike & Chris' Night of Sick and Twisted Horror", so be warned: Many films regularly shown at this monthly night of indie-horror could be classified as sick and/or twisted. These are taking things up a few notches.

WED 3/2

Liszt: Honors Competition Winners Concert
at Seully Hall, 4th Fl, Boston Conservatory, 8 The Fenway, Boston (The Fens)

Over the next 10 days, the Boston Conservatory is offering 6 free concerts as part of their Liszt Bicentennial Celebration Festival including two "large scale works of Liszt performed by winners of the Piano Department Honors Competition".

The New England Conservatory's "Lisztomania" also continues on TUES 3/8.

WED 3/2

"Out Of The Woodwork": Acoustic Night
at Milky Way Lounge/Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)

Feat: Jeff Vachon & Justin Emile, Aviv Rubinstein, Michael J. Epstein, Nick Murphy, Nick Hashem

I've previously listened to the band efforts of most these performers, so I can assume it's going to be a solid night songs and performance.

I've been a fan of Michael J. Epstein since he was the leader of The Motion Sick. He's fresh off a sold-out weekend gig at downstairs at the Middle East with his latest project (The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library), and he still has the urge do a solo thing!? There's a 99% probability of really good stuff. If Aviv Rubinstein is 25% as good as Pray for Polanski's rollicking-indie whole, this will be an excellent solo set.

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