If you you're thinking in advance:
You might want to get an advance ticket ($5/21+) for the "Oxy-Morons" screening (SAT 11/5) at Royale.
Stuff is throwing another 'party' with RSVP on MON 11/7 at The Kinsale (6pm to 8pm). It looks like free Irish whiskey drinks and beer...
If you want to see Cuba Gooding Jr and a documentary about the Tuskegee Airmen, there is a screening at the Harvard Kennedy School in about 2 weeks (11/14). You have until noon on WED 11/9 to enter the lottery for a seat.
The holiday season is almost upon us, and the City of Boston has a site that annually offers discounts to programs like Handel's "Messiah", Jim Brickman: A Christmas Celebration, Christmas Celtic Sojourn, and so on.
FRI 11/4 (and SAT 11/5)
19th Annual Open House/Open Studios
at North Bennet Street School, 39 N Bennet St, Boston (North End)
Friday -- 10am to 2pmFounded as a vocational school over 100 years ago, there is a lot of fine craftsmanship happening there, such as furniture/carpentry, jewelry, and musical instruments.
Saturday --10am to 3pm
Since most of my visit was spent talking to people in the downstairs gallery/shop and in the piano room looking at their inner workings, I can't say much except it's an interesting stop if you're going to be in the neighborhood.
6pm to 9pm
Josh Bernstein, "Brewed Awakening": Book Launch Party
at Meadhall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge (Kendall Sq)
To celebrate a book on American Craft beer, the author will do a couple short readings. There will be other fun like prizes for "literary-looking" people.
The Pretty Things folks will have several brews on tap including (the last keg of their 2010 barleywine).
Or you could hang out and drink with friends...
"Face of the Enemy": Screening & Discussion
at Bright Screening Room, Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
$10 / $7.50 seniors / $5 students w/ ID, under 18
Director Hassan Ildari is an Emerson faculty member who made the film about the '79 Iran hostage crisis in 1989.
It's been described as a "political thriller that looks into the personal and political nature of tyranny and... the inhumanity of high-stakes international politics". Ildari will be there to talk film and politics.
The Gas: "Funny As Hell: A Showcase of Unbelievers"
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
Feat: Joe Desimone, Nick Palm, Brett McCabe, Guitler Raphael, Erik Levi, Matt Devlin, Mike Abramson, Peter Rogier, Alingon Mitra
Let's go out on a limb and say this will be the best atheist/humanist/agnostic comedy this weekend. There will surely be other kinds of jokes, but doesn't a theme give you an idea of what you're going to hear.
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.
I didn't see it this week, but sometimes there is a 2-for-1 coupon in the Dig or the Phoenix.
Peelander-Z (Midnight), Black Helicopter (11pm), The Cretins (10pm), Moe Pope & Quills (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$5 / 21+
It's been 4 years since Church turned the Linwood Grille into a much better club (and restaurant) by moving the stage and investing in a better sound system. There's been a lot of good shows including tonight's lineup.
Since a variety of sounds fill the room, it makes sense to kick things off with local hip-hop up-'n-comers Moe Pope & Quills. It gets punky with The Cretins, then Black Helicopter goes a little harder. The finale is crazy and wild 'anime-punk' from Peelander-Z who may or may not indulge in wacky stage antics (but they probably will).
Suit of Hair (Midnight), Starnes & Shah (11pm), Cilla Bonnie (10pm), Kaitlin Dibble's Delusions of Grandeur (9pm)
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+
I'm not sure how this line-up will flow, but they all sound good enough separately to suggest a show at my least favorite room in town.
It never hurts to start with bluesy, rootsy singer-songwriter Kaitlin Dibble (and Delusions of Grandeur) that leads into the folky/soulful-pop of Cilla Bonnie.
Folk-rock duo Starnes & Shah moved to Boston a few years ago, and I remember really liking their harmonies -- even though they moved again. Suit of Hair also knocked me back initially with a skewed angle that reminded me of GBV and TMBG while following their own twisted path.