Gah! Here are some cheap ideas for today. I suspect Thursday cheapness will be on the calendar later.
6pm to 7pm
Zandra Rhodes: Artist Talk
at Tower Auditorium, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston (MassArt campus)
Fashion fans: Bold, British designer Zandra Rhodes is speaking tonight. I assume she'll talk about the fashion sceene in the '70s, dressing celebrities like Princess Di, and creating costumes for operas.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Bora Yoon: Cybersounds Electronic Music Series
at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston (near South Station)
File this under "Could be kinda cool".
There have been a few other concerts in the "Cybersounds" Series, but the Boston premiere of "( (( PHONATION )) )" may be a standout, because Yoon has been covered in publications like the NY Times and Wall Street Journal and played impressive gigs around the world.
It's a multi-media piece with live visuals along with the music.
at Milky Way Lounge/Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)
This is an all-female band who combine the various sounds of Cape Verde into an smooth, buoyant blend that you'd expect from islands with Portuguese/African/Caribbean influences.
Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins, Pearl & the Beard, Box Five
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$7 / 21+
For a while, the Self-Employed Assassins were a rather thin corps consisting of the drummer. He's been joined by a bassist and keyboardist that still leaves plenty of room for the beautiful voice of Sarah Rabdau to get out front and dazzle.
It's a fantastic night to hear several original twists of indie-pop besides Sarah & S.E.A. The delightful Pearl and the Beard from Brooklyn bring their skewed acoustic goodness as they kick off a leg of East Coast gigs. Mary Bichner of Box Five has synesthesia, which must be quite an experience because I feel a tingle when listening to her amazing arrangements.