It's a week later and the Occupy Boston people are still going strong by South Station, and there are speakers and performances at various times.
If you like to be entertained for $10 or less, you're probably in the bottom 99% of Americans. Maybe you can talk to protestors and figure out what they stand for...
Saturday & Sunday cheapness on the calendar...
Matt Nathanson: Performance & Signing
at Newbury Comics, North Market Bldg, 4 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston (Faneuil Hall)
Since Matt was born in Boston, let's call him a local guy who has broken through. If he's playing on a late-night talk show, I'll keep watching.
If I was at a record store and he was playing a short set before hitting the House of Blues, I'd stick around and listen.
at North End Public Library, 25 Parmenter St, Boston (North End)
This documentary appeals to Italians, the superstitious, and maybe heavy metal fans.
If an Italian hasn't given the mal'occhio (evil eye) to someone, then one of their relatives has surely done so. Skeptics and believers rarely change their minds, so superstitious will probably feel validated.
And metal fans may or may not know that Ronnie James Dio turned it into the immortal gesture when you're ready to rock.
It will be introduced by filmmaker Agata De Santis, and there's another screening tomorrow in Eastie at 3pm ($5 suggested donation).
2nd South Carolina String Band
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)
The BPL is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an exhibit, a film series, and other events like inviting a Civil War reenacting band! These guys from Gettysburg PA dress up in clothes of the period and play the hits of the '50s and '60s...
5pm to 9pm
Joshua Durant & Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda, "Blooming Dialogue": Opening Reception
at Gallery at Piano Factory, 791 Tremont St, Boston (South End)
I don't know Joshua and Catalina. I could follow the well-written release that has analysis of a legitimate art pro like "In Viejo and Durant’s collaborations, color and form take on new meaning as their styles combine, collide and explode."
I'd like to pretend -- maybe it's true? -- that these kids are in love. Both are artists, both create some beautiful paintings with graceful strokes and vibrant color. Besides their individual work, these love birds (that may be explosive) also create pieces together.
You can explore my theories with them over a glass of wine at the reception.
Streight Angular (7:50pm), Sand Reckoner (7pm), Pajama People (6:15pm), Jon Palmer & The New Complainers (5:30pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
An all-access wristband to the Killjoy Festival is $15; it's presenting music and art at various Central Square venues from noon to midnight.
For the CTB-approved price of $10 there's an early-ish bunch of indie-rock. I've dug Streight Angular's rough, jangle fuzz before; and Pajama People seem to keep things minimal yet fun. Jon Palmer & The New Complainers write catchy tunes with some swing.