Friday, April 01, 2011

FRI 4/1: Art, Poetry, Shorts, Rock

Oh the best laid plans of mice and men... I was in pretty good shape on Wednesday night, then things went a little sideways. (My apologies especially to Mims.)

As far as I know, there are no April Fools' jokes on this list. Not even the (hopefully costumed) Anime Boston folks chowing down at Cantina la Mexicana starting around 7pm...


FRI 4/1

5pm to 9pm
First Friday Open Studios
at SoWa Arts Bldg, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston (South End)

There is usually a good crowd of people walking around and checking out the approximately 50 artist studios.

FRI 4/1

7pm to 9pm
Karen Moss, "Dissonant Worlds": Opening Reception
at Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave, Boston (Fenway)

At first, I was wondering why an established artist would have a show at a gallery that's often associated with graffiti art. Then I looked Moss' online portfolio is filled with vibrant colors and pop culture references from the past. I also read where she likes to change her style every few years. Looks it's time for another change. The exhibit is on view through TUES 4/26.

FRI 4/1

7pm to 10pm
Boston/NYC Poetry Grudge Match
at Arts at The Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)
$10 / All Ages

Slam poetry season is when the rivalry between Boston and New York is at its peak. You can see the effects at every Red Sox - Yankees game. Before National Poetry Slam 2011 takes place in Boston, 8 heavy-hitting poets from each city do battle, and I imagine it could end with a tie...?

The bluegrassy Whiskey Boys will open the night with a set, and the festivities will be capped by performances from comedian Aimee Rose Ranger & musician Ruby Rose Fox (maybe together as a pair of Roses).


FRI 4/1 (to SUN 4/3)

Various Times
European Short Film Festival
at Various Locations at MIT

Friday -- 7pm

at Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge (MIT Campus)
Saturday -- 3pm & 7pm Sunday -- 7pm
at Room 250, Bldg 10, 222 Memorial Dr, Cambridge (MIT Campus)

There is a different program of European shorts at each session that usually lasts 2 hours of shorts with an intermission. For instance, tonight's selections come from France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, and Spain.

Festival award-winners and student films from across the continent also represent Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, and the UK.

Maybe the subtitles will help you pick up a few phrases...

FRI 4/1

I Pistol, The Crushing Low, Topheavy, Hey Now Morris Fader
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$6 / 21+

All good things come to an end, which may mean that "American Idol" will last for decades...

Alas, this is the last Topheavy gig, so this is the last time you'll get a chance to see these guys give it their rifftastic rockinn' all. There isn't a bad band on the bill from I Pistol's fabulous crunchy powerpoppy tunes to the The Crushing Low's noisy swirl to the keyboard-rock of Hey Now Morris Fader.

FRI 4/1

Eldridge Rodriguez, Pray For Polanski, Soccer Mom
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$8 / 21+

On the other side of the river, there is another kickass rock show. Eldridge Rodriguez of The Beatings has a new solo album that dials down the volume yet the tweaked songcraft is still there. Maybe Sarah Borges might show up to sing the duet...

Pray for Polanski and Soccer Mom bring the indie-rock with rockabilly/rootsy angle on one hand and a shoegazey vibe on the other.

FRI 4/1

The Pill w/ Protokoll
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$5 / 21+

Whenever I feel like dancing, it's more fun if there are guitars in there -- or at least the keyboards don't sound like a disco retread. It seems like The Pill hasn't had a live performance in a few weeks, and this one is a doozey for the DJ's and diehard regulars.

For a while, Protokoll was killing it with a dark, synthy batch of post-punk. There were admirers and (I seem to recall) haters, which means that they were really affecting people. It's been a few years since they've played a gig, and they're reuniting for the weekend with this and a Sunday show also at Great Scott.

You don't have to dance, but you will probably want to shake, jump, jerk, dougie, or whatever.

FRI 4/1 (and SAT 4/2)

"Bike Porn: 4:PLAY"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

If you think this may be a compilation of gnarly bike tricks, it depends on your definition of "bike tricks". This is the 4th collection of shorts that fit under the umbrella of "bikesexuality, bikeuriosity, and bike objectification."

I watched the trailer (sorta NSFW), and that seems like a good description. The single screening sold out last time, so they've added an extra night.

If you show up on a bicycle, maybe someone will sit on your handlebars afterwards...

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