My post of weekend Halloween-ish cheapness is below for those interested...
I'm not sure where Boston stands on intensity/volume of Halloween tribute shows, but am guessing we're near the top.
"Spooky Night Walk"
meet at Valley Gates Parking Lot, Circuit Dr, Boston (Franklin Park, between Playstead and Golf Course)
I get a little uncomfortable when I've walked in Franklin Park when it's getting dark.
This group is going wiithout flashlights, so you're not going to feel more secure. It's probably going to be cold and damp...
A person with a vivid imagination could freak themselves out ona walk like this! I'll be inside somewhere with an adult beverage... ("Stargazing to follow from 8pm to 8:30pm.")
"Look for the Jack O'Lantern" to find the meeting spot.
FRI 10/28 (and SAT 10/29)
7pm to 9pm
"Revenge Of...Freeky Fright Nights!": Reception & Costume Ball
at Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave, Boston (Fenway)
Friday -- Opening ReceptionWhen this was at the Weekly Dig offices last year, I saw a bunch of cool stuff and had a few complimentary drinks.
Saturday -- Costume Ball/Contest
There's also a costume ball/contest tomorrow at the same time.
FRI 10/28 (and SAT 10/29)
"Reefer Madness: The Musical"
at Zack Box Theatre, Downstairs, 8 The Fenway, Boston (Boston Conservatory)
Friday -- 7:30pm & 10pmIn my mind, I'd expect stuff like this at Emerson too, but I stopped regularly checking their calendar because I didn't see similar gigs.
Saturday -- 7pm
Anyway... The Conservatory kids are performing the play that was inspired by the old cult movie about the dangers of marijuana. Consider this your warning -- in the form of songs!
Proceeds go directly to BroadwayCares: Equity Fights AIDS.
They say tickets can be reserved by e-mail. Wouldn't hurt if you really want to get in.
FRI 10/28 (thru MON 10/31)
at 545 Cambridge St Enter thru Rear, Cambridge (East Cambridge)
$13 or $20 advance / $25 door
Although only the first show was $10, I want to give a shoutout for something above the usual limit. Pay attention from the beginning and you'll pick up clues for the narrative that emerges throughout the show that is a thouroughly enjoyable theater experience -- well-paced, funny, and sexy.
There may be a $13 standing room option available, but I hear there aren't many tickets left for the last weekend.
FYI: I noticed a couple people miss the sign, but you enter around the corner through a little alley behind the building.
at Arts at The Armory Performance Hall, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)
Feat: Brendan Cooney Quintet
This German silent film may still be the creepiest vampire film I've ever seen. The look of Count Orlock was so weird, one has to wonder if the actor may have actually had a big bald head and pointy teeth.
This is the first time that Brendan Cooney has played his gypsy/klezmer/avante-garde score in the Boston area, and I suspect it'll suit the Transylvanian setting quite well.
9th Annual Pill Halloween Show
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+
Feat: Spirit Kid & Friends (as The Beatles), Lindsey Starr (as The Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Endless Wave (as Ride), Dirty Bombs (as Kasabian)
Not only do The Pill guys have been doing a weekly Britpop, etc dance night at various clubs for 14 years, they've done Halloween specials for 9 years. Besides getting cool bands to pretend to be cool-and-more-famous bands, they'll DJ and make you dance in a Halloween costume.
In case you're wondering, the offhanded clue suggests that Sprit Kid will be focusing on The Beatles' "White Album".
Better try to get in this year, 'cause next year's milestone will probably be crazy. Then you'll have to wait until the 11th time...
Count Zero, Death Of The Cool, VJ Dziga, DJ Pace
at Magic Room Gallery, Sound Museum, 155 N. Beacon Street, Brighton
$10 / 21+
I'd probably suggest this show if it were any club because Count Zero is a fantastic band, but the Magic Room looks like a cool place to have a multimedia rock show -- especially for Halloween. I've seen pictures from other gigs, and they all look like quite an experience.
I'm a little blown away whenever I listen Count Zero or singer Peter Moore's stuff. Not only is it clever, but it's simply great. Besides playing 2 sets, I think Moore will make an appearance in alter-ego mode...
FYI: You would probably feel out of place if you didn't get into the spirit of things and dress up. They say "beer and wine available", so that's a party.
9pm to 11pm
at Capiz Lounge, Renaissance Boston Marriott, 606 Congress St, Boston (Seaport)
Yes, there is live original music in the Seaport. And it's free. If you're going to be prowling the area via trolley, you take a listen to a poppy Berklee student doing her thing.
Bikini Whale (as The B-52s), Louder My Dear (as INXS), Gondoliers (as Mötley Böö), Neon Angels (as The Runaways)
at Radio/Club Choices, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$5 / 21+
Firstly: My apologies for the listing of previous shows at Radio. I assumed that the sign was changed before they opened. When I saw it wasn't, I assumed that it would be done after opening weekend. When I walked by on Sunday, it still said "Club Choices". In case people are not familiar this is the new place, I will label gigs with both names until it changes.
Secondly: Wow, this is going to be good show. If the Neon Angels play post-Runaways songs like "I Love Rock & Roll", then it's a full-on trip back to the '80s.
Bikini Whale has a great combo of players, and the early B-52's always sounded kooky-creepy to me -- in a Tim-Burtonesque way. I'm guessing The Neon Angels is this awesome band, based on a rumor from the Joan Jett tribute at Rosebud last month.
I think Louder My Dear and Gondoliers can give really interesting interpretations of INXS and Motley Crue. I hope they're not too faithful.