Tuesday, April 05, 2011

TUES 4/5: Tango, Boston, Book, Trivia, Rock

Wow, I can't believe I talked myself out of forecasting last night's Rumble win for Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys. Congrats to Walter and the Army!

Yeah, there are two BU events below; it happens sometimes.


TUES 4/5

Osvaldo Golijov w/ Alicia Borinsky, "The Music of Tango": Conversation & Performance
at Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

Like the Supreme Court reviewing pornography, I'm not sure if I can define the tango (without Google), but I know it when I hear it. Or maybe I just think I know...

Composer Osvaldo Golijov, whose work has been performed around the world including the BSO, will enlighten attendees as he speaks with BU professor Alicia Borinsky. Students from the School of Music will perform one of his pieces, "Last Round", which sounds like it'll need a semi-large ensemble.

TUES 4/5

7pm to 8pm
"Our Future Boston": Panel Discussion
at Academy Room, Sherman Union, 775 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

One hour doesn't seem enough time to address issues like "transportation, housing, jobs and social life" for the young people living here.

Policy experts are going to map out the current situation and future plans, and then the dialog begins. Maybe topics will be broken out into different corners of the room.

While geared towards students, it is open to general public.

TUES 4/5

Andre Dubus III, "Townie": Reading
at Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge (near Star Market)

In the past month or so, Andre Dubus III has given a few interviews (The Phoenix & JS Ink) where his open answers give a glimpse into the prose awaiting in his memoir of rough youth on the North Shore.

No doubt it would've received attention around here, but maybe your friends across the country may ask you about the new book from the author of "House of Sand and Fog".

TUES 4/5

The Big Quiz Thing
at Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

If you ever wanted to check out this pumped-up trivia game with production values, this could be the night. There is usually a $10 cover, which was probably drawing too serious of a trivia crowd. Hey, that's $10 extra for the bar!

Go and have fun even if you don't think you and your team can win the $200 grand prize. Maybe you'll win something anyway -- or just enjoy the experience. They occasionally offer "smart-ass points" for a funny incorrect answer.

I've heard some people can have a good time even when they lose...

PS: I could be goaded into joining a team tonight. Try an email or a comment below.

TUES 4/5

Rock n' Roll Rumble Preliminaries: Night #3
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Feat: Spirit Kid (11:15pm), John Powhida International Airport (10:30pm), Cult 45 (9:45pm), The Autumn Hollow Band (9pm)

Wow, it's difficult to even guess who might take this Rumble prelim match. There are four good bands that offer a nice variety.

My guess is that former Rudds frontman John Powhida has the goods to be the favorite. Maybe Cult 45 can pull out an upset with a bluesy metal punch and a tough chick singer. Who knows? Spirit Kid straddle fuzzy and jangly power-poppisms, and they might have the right recipe tonight. If the judges are into something rootsy, The Autumn Hollow Band could be in good shape.

Should be a good Tuesday whatever happens.

TUES 4/5

Yukon Blonde, The Short Summers, Guillermo Sexo
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$8 / 18+

The name Yukon Blonde sticks in my mind, and I dig their bright, poppy rock with a little Canadian twang here and there. They played here around 6 months ago with Guillermo Sexo also on the bill, and they'll provide some good contrast with something that often sounds a bit dark 'n noisy to me while working in the hooks. On my brief listen to The Short Summers my socks weren't knocked off, but it's still a decent live music option.


Anonymous said...

Hey Rob,

This is Tim from Bear Surprise/Big Quiz Thing. Thought you might like to know that the next occurance of said Quiz Thing at Oberon will be on May 30th, and it will also be free. Maybe I'll see you there!

rob v said...

Excellent news! I'll probably compete in May.

Good to meet you, Tim!