Saturday, July 09, 2011

SAT 7/9: Cars, Music, Film, Talk

Have you ever enjoyed browsing/buying at the SoWa Open Market on a Sunday afternoon, the organizers are expanding to a Saturday weekly arts/crafts market (11am to 4pm) on the Kennedy Greenway from North End to Rowes Wharf. It's starting today.


SAT 7/9

1pm to 4pm
Micro/Mini Car Day
at Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St, Brookline
$10 / $5 children, seniors, active military

A Mini Cooper is a friggin' minivan compared to these miniscule marvels from post WWII Europe. I like to imagine that mainstream America will get into Smart cars (and maybe smaller).

They're dinky little things, and some of them will tool around the lawn. Some visitors will even get to ride in them.

It's like a convention for the micro/mini-car owners, so you might just see the flock of them driving around the area this weekend...

SAT 7/9

Members Of Morphine
at Sally O'Brien's, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)

I happened to be in Union Square on a Saturday afternoon and caught these guys at Sally O'Briens.

The "Elastic Waste Band" moniker may have been dropped, maybe because no one recognizes they are basically two-thirds of Morphine -- and they nail the old stuff really damn well.

New Orleans guitarist Jeremy Lyons is no Sandman, but he balances reviving the vocals and being himself.

This time slot seems to be a semi-regular thing. A lot of people might find it more convenient than Wednesday nights at Atwoods Tavern.

SAT 7/9

Aloud (Acoustic), James Caroline, Radio Control, The Difference Engine, Derek J.G. Williams
at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)

As far as an evening of music and poetry, it doesn't get much better than this. With or without a rhythm section, Aloud is the core of Jen & Henry who churn some great rock. This is their first gig in town since January, and they're going acoustic. I suspect Radio Control is going acoustic like this track, because it sounds like they're pretty hot and loud usually.

Interspersed among the music will be poets James Caroline and Derek J.G. Williams will do their thing, and they're well regarded in poetry circles. Williams might be backed by atmospheric/electronic The Difference Engine who will also perform separately.

All are invited to (stay for) the after-party where homemade beer will be served (to the 21+).

SAT 7/9

7:30pm to 10pm
"Somerville in Shorts": Outdoor Film
at Union Sq Plaza, Somerville (nexus of Somerville Ave, Washington St , Bow St)

Update: I checked Facebook, and it's happening tonight.

Feat: Kristen Ford Band (7:30pm)

If you haven't seen films in Union Square before, I posted some photos from this event when it happened in 2009.

As in the past, the Somerville Arts Council & Somerville Community Access TV partner to present a variety of shorts -- animated and live-action, abstract and narrative, funny and contemplative.

Really, they're mostly funny/amusing. (And the production value was rather high.)

Tonight is also dedicated to local animator/filmmaker Karen Aqua who died recently. She was well-loved by many, and at least one of her shorts screened last time.

Do yourself a favor and get there on time to see the Kristen Ford Band play some fun, uptempo rock. Kristen Ford is a young, dedicated songwriter. Maybe my predictions don't have a great record, but I wouldn't be surprised if you keep hearing her music.

SAT 7/9

Peter Desberg & Jeffrey Davis, "Show Me the Funny": Discussion
at Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St, Boston (Back Bay)

There have been a bunch of funny TV shows, and these guys have interviewed many of the writers. Hear about what makes something funny for about 30 to 45 minutes before a book-signing.

SAT 7/9

Naked On Roller Skates (Midnight), Abbie Barrett & The Last Date (11pm), Brendan Boogie (10pm), Leo Blais (9pm)
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

It seemed like Brendan Boogie could not be stopped, but the series of EP releases has reached its end at #6 -- for now...

In the meantime, we have this pretty sweet power-pop and folk-rock show, Lots of good tunes in a great little spot practically hidden in Davis Square.

SAT 7/9

The December Sound, Endless Wave, Sharp Darts USA, Autochrome
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$9 / 21+

Oh, boy. It's going to noisy and trippy. Expect visuals to enhance the vibe and DJ sets from one of the guys at WZBC.

SAT 7/9

Skip Jensen (11:15pm), Sister Margaret & Brother Kurt's Get Right Church (10:30pm), Sister Spaceman (10pm)
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5-ish / 21+

With all of this raw punky/bluesy/garagey good vibrations being transmitted from the stage area, the place should be hopping. It should be a swell night for having a few pints or more. Start early, and they probably won't ask you for the cover charge.

For this who miss The Konks, Kurt is doing that middle set with Margaret from Sister Spaceman (ex-Mr Airplane Man) and the ladies from Banditas are joining in.

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