Wednesday, March 09, 2011

WED 3/9: Art, Reading, Comedy, Music

Besides the Canadian rock at O'Briens below, the next cheapest rock show of note is the Rural Alberta Advantage/Muy Cansado gig at the Middle East - Downstairs ($12).


WED 3/9

6 pm
Joao Ribas, "Fax": Curator Talk
at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)

The fax seems rather quaint these days. Once it was the greatest advancement in communications is usually a bother and hindrance these days.

Perhaps curator Joao Ribas can discuss whether this is a historical appreciation or topical statement. Or both. Or something entirely different.

I haven't been to the exhibit which opened last week, but I'm sure there are a bunch of cool transmissions. And new pieces are supposed to arrive while it's on display.

Exhibition is open through April 10.

WED 3/9

Wesley Stace & Jonathan Coe: Readings
at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St, Newton

While I came to know him as singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, Wesley Stace has become quite a clever novelist, and his new story "Charles Jessold, Considered As A Murderer" has been well-received.

He's joined by another English writer, Jonathan Coe, whose new book "The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim" is witty satire on technology where the protagonist falls in love with the voice on his GPS (among other quirkiness).

Stace will supposedly play a song too.

WED 3/9 (thru SUN 3/13)

Various Times
Women in Comedy Festival
at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
at Mottley's Comedy, 61 Chatham St, Boston
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, Thursday 3/10, and Sunday 3/13.


"Monsters of Improv"
at ImprovBoston (mainstage)
$10 / $7 students, seniors
Mottley's Kick Off Show
at Mottley's Comedy Club

Feat: Julie Kitayama, Lisa Corrao, Adi Blotman, Rose Surnow, Deborah Etta Robinson, Chelsea White, Pat Galante, Alli Breen

Hosted by Maria Ciampa
Beards & Broads: Stand Up
at ImprovBoston (mainstage)
$10 / $7 students, seniors

Matt Kona, Kristin Seltman, Theresa Condito, Shea Spillane, Tari Fanderclai, Niraj Shah, Erika Kreutziger, Jessica Brodkin

Hosted By Matt Kona
Mad Men and Milkshakes: Storytelling
at ImprovBoston (mainstage)
$10 / $7 students, seniors

Feat: Men of a Certain Height, Satan Drank My Milk

Hosted by Jess Sutich
The Big Stand Up Show
at ImprovBoston (mainstage)
Hosted by Ellen Moschetto
$10 / $7 students & seniors

Feat: Ellen Moschetto, Janet McNamara, Laura Clark, Lady Doyle, Dr. Raj Sivaraman, Sarah Blodgett, Dawn Whitwell, Laura Crawford
Yes, there are men performing. It isn't called "Women Only Comedy Festival"...

WED 3/9

Boston Conservatory String Orchestra
at Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St, Boston (Fenway)

Handel, "Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 5"
Schubert, "Death and the Maiden" D. 810, D minor

It seems like there has been quite a bit of free classical music lately. If there are good options available, I'll try to pass it on. If one is going to be cultured/bored, doesn't it feel better that it didn't cost anything.

But you won't be bored.

WED 3/9

Small Sins + TBA?
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston

I'm not sure why no other bands are listed on this gig, because Small Sins are a pretty good synthy indie-pop band from Toronto. I assume there will be an opener or two. Take a chance, and you'll hear at least one good act.

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