Happy Veterans Day! Some would like this to also be Nigel Tufnel Day, because it goes to 11 better than any day in the past 100 years.
The next 11/11/11 will be much cooler because there's an additional 1 in the year. Still, these unusual dates are numerological fun. Have some...
Quite a few movie and college things on the list today. So it goes.
Hooray to Radio that has their own sign! I didn't take a picture, but the newest rock club in town can now be found by looking for their name. There's a gig I like tonight listed below.
Thanks to Boston Events Insider, I saw that this is one of the fee-free weekends at national parks. The two closest locations are Adams National Historical Park in Quincy and Cape Cod National Seashore. If you ever wanted to visit the home of Presidents without paying $5, it's a good time between now and Sunday.
5pm to 8pm
at MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge (near Central Sq)
Honestly, there are lots of cool stuff at the MIT Museum that's worth the price of admission, but it's even better when you can get in for free -- like every 2nd Friday of the month.
If you really want to see the best exhibit in the building, go upstairs and spend some time with the kinetic sculptures of Arthur Ganson. They look cool and whimsical, and they incorporate some deeper ideas.
7pm to 8:30pm
"Education Under Fire": Screening & Discussion
at Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge (MIT campus)
Speakers: Josh Rubenstein, Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, David Hoffman, Rainn Wilson
They say, "You are still welcome to attend if you miss the RSVP deadline; however, accommodations may be more difficult."
Some people may want to watch a film about the persecution of the Bahai in Iran, because Rainn Wilson is going to be on the panel. You can't RSVP anymore, but you're still welcome to try. When Rainn has tweeted and FB'ed it, there could be a crowd.
Or perhaps there's an RSVP for tomorrow's Wheelock Family Theatre screening (7pm).
"Winnebago Man": An Evening with Ben Steinbauer
at Room 101, College of Communication, 640 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
If you haven't seen the YouTube video, you should start there. You might want to learn more about this guy trying to make an RV infomercial and gave us a profane blooper reel.
Ben Steinbauer made a movie about his search for the man in the Winnebago, and he'll be at the screening.
Otto Piene: Film/Video Screening
at Bartos Theater, Wiesner Bldg, 20 Ames St, Cambridge (MIT campus)
"Olympia Regenbogen/Olympic Rainbow" (1972, 20 minutes)One of the interesting things about early experimental art is how the work transcends the limitations to make something beautiful. The program includes a film about rainbow arc above the closing ceremony of the '72 Munich Olympics, a WGBH program from 1969 on 6 artists including Piene, and video about a couple site-specific pieces in Hawaii.
"The Medium is the Medium (1969, 64 minutes)
"Lichtspur im Haus der Sonne" (1975, 43 minutes)
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Anderson Comedy: "The Gas"
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
Feat: Tawanda Gona, Shane McHugh, Mike Han, James Creelman, James Nixon, Niraj Shah, Sue Funke, Brian Moote, Joe Fernandez, Lillian DeVane
Hosted by Rob Crean
Like I said last week: This is one of those appealing weekly shows where you can laugh at the beginning of the weekend for a low cover, drink cheap beer, and still have time to do something else. Or stay and dance with "The Pill" at no extra cost.
Unlike last week, I saw a 2-for-1 coupon in the Dig (page 37). If you have a friend -- or someone who will go to Great Scott with you -- you can get in for basically $2.50.
There is a strong chance you'll be entertained at mere pennies per laugh.
Varsity Drag (11:45pm), Apple Betty (11pm), My Own Worst Enemy (10pm), The Vivs (9pm)
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
For those who love Boston rock of the 90's, this is one of those gigs with some of those sounds that still feels modern. Varsity Drag is helmed by Ben Deily who was also the co-main Lemonhead for the first 3 albums, and I really dig the new band. The Vivs are the modern take of 90's indie-rock band Edith who (after a break) are making spanking, zesty rock with a winning pop formula. Funnily, My Own Worst Enemy is celebrating their CD release, and they're the band that excites me the least even though there's nothing wrong with them. It's been a while since we've had a chance to see Apple Betty, and they simply rock out with punchy cheer.
Lovewhip, Streight Angular, SPF 5000, Mitten
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$5 / 21+
"The Pill" w/ Dirty Bombs
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$5 / 21+
These are two parties where I would actually dance.
Lovewhip always brings a funky dance party wherever they play. Electro duo SPF 5000have got hooks to keep on the dancefloor, and I defy you to dislike the synthy-pop goodness of Mitten. Streight Angular even have the right attitude and groove for an indie-rock thang. This little spot is going to be jumping.
I like that the Dirty Bombs are planning to hit the stage at 11:11:11pm. These guys have gathered together from other bands that received buzz, and they blend into something that rocks with a lot of synth. I ran into a Dirty Bomb recently and he suggested that his important band playing at this time and date could be an earth-shattering significance. Okay, if you say so. The Pill DJ's will pump up the Brit-pop and dance-rock before and after.
"Bootleggers' Prohibition Bash"
at Milky Way Lounge / Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)
$10 / 21+
Feat: The Mood Swings Orchestra
When the Milky Way/Bella Luna is celebrating its 18th anniversary with a Roaring Twenties/Prohibition theme party, people are going to show up in appropriate attire.
There's a theme menu and special cocktails, and a 17-piece all-female big band is going to play swinging tunes of the era.
So if you've got a flapper's outfit in the closet, then go have a razzmatazz. It'll be the cat's pajamas.