Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WED 4/27: Ice Cream, Comedy, Poetry, Writing, Film, Music

Dude, I'm a little bummed that the Independent Film Festival of Boston has raised their ticket prices to $11. Still there are loads of cool films to see between today and WED 5/4. (Screenings will be held at different theatres around town.)

The Boston Cyberarts Festival is still on view through SUN 5/8 with performances and events.


WED 4/27

5pm to 10pm
31 Cent Scoop Night
at participating Baskin-Robbins/Dunkin Donuts Locations
$0.31 per scoop

The sun is coming out for a sunny day. Hang in there for some cheap ice cream (limit: 3 scoops per person). I checked again, and these are the 5 closest stores to Boston:

- Cambridge (1 Bow St, Harvard Sq)
- Cambridge (1 Broadway, Kendall Sq)
- Belmont (52 Church St)
- Lexington (10 Woburn St)
- South Weymouth (755 Main St)
"At participating stores while supplies last."

Baskin-Robbins is also donating $100k to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

WED 4/27 (thru SUN 5/1)

7:30pm to 11:15pm
Geek Week V: "The Saga Continues"
at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 (mainstay shows) / $7 (studio shows)

Most of the shows are 25 minutes long, but it's technically $10 or less for nerdy comedy. Some of tonight's themes are video games, space exploration, dodgeball, hip-hop, Dungeons & Dragons, Civil War bromance, and time travel in the style of "Back to the Future" & "Doctor Who".

WED 4/27

Cantab Team Selection Finals
at Cantab Lounge - Underground, 738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge (between Central Sq & Harvard Sq)

The National Poetry Slam is going to be in Boston this year, and the Cantab is one of our most active slam hubs with quite a few wins. Five of the performers will be chosen to make the "home team".

Only 3 days left in National Poetry Month...

WED 4/27

8pm to 9:30pm
"Narrative Journalism: Not Just the Facts, Story Too": The Writer's Life Series
at Blacksmith House, 56 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

They say, "Truth is stranger than fiction." That doesn't always mean you can simply write it an make it interesting.

Ethan Gilsdorf and David Valdes Greenwood are experts in "creative non-fiction". (I should probably go to this class, but I have dinner plans.)

Register at the bottom of the page.

WED 4/27 (and THUR 4/28)

Double Feature: "Wild Strawberries" & "The Seventh Seal"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$9.75 / $7.75 students / $6.75 seniors

If you don't want to see new movies, a double feature of classic Ingmar Bergman isn't a bad option. The screening -- along with some Truffaut, Fellini and Kurosawa next week -- is in tribute to one of the Brattle's co-founders who recently passed away.

Also on Thursday: ("Wild Strawberries" -- 5:30pm, 9:30pm; "The Seventh Seal" -- 7:30pm)

WED 4/27

Davina Yannetty (11:50pm), Melvern Taylor & his Fabulous Meltones (11:10pm), Niki Luparelli (10:45pm), Corin Ashley (10:20pm), Bliss Blood (9:50pm), Uke Springsteen (9:30pm), One Happy Island (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

This gig is also dubbed "The Uke-Arist: A Suprisingly Secular Celebration of the Ukulele".

Even just a couple of these top-notch songsters who happen to be handy tiny stringed-instruments would be good night. This Hawaiian cup overfloweth with rocky, poppy, folky, jazzy, sassy tunes.

WED 4/27

Treat Her Right
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$8 / 21+

With special guests: Tim Gearan, Jess Tardy, The Heygoods

They're going to record this show, and the timing makes me wonder if it has anything to do with the IFFBoston screening of the Mark Sandman documentary on Friday night.

Before Sandman took his low-rock sound around the world, Treat Her Right was one of his earlier bands with Jim Fitting, David Champagne, and Morphine drummer Billy Conway. After a tribute show a couple years ago, they played a pretty regular gig at Toad for a while. Maybe they want to capture the current version.

I'm guessing more friends may show up to play...

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