November is Wednesday residency month. There are three of them listed below, and I might be missing some...
If you're into supporting Movember, there's a 'Stache Bash at Middlesex Lounge tonight (6pm). You can BYO-moustache or buy a wooden one there for $5.
Be honest: you have no idea what Moombahton is. (Thanks, Wikipedia!) They're dubstepping and moombahton-ing at Milky Way Lounge/Bella Luna a little bit later.
I think you should decide who wins the Boston Music Awards, and you can still vote until midnight. The ceremony will be held in a couple weeks, if you want to be there.
Thursday cheapness is on the calendar.
"How Much Can Trees and Forests Slow the Global Warming Increase?": Lecture
at Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)
Feat: Steven Wofsy, Andrew Richardson
Doesn't that sound like a good question?
Planting and preserving trees seems like a good idea, so I think we should keep doing it whether or not Harvard researchers agree.
They say there is free parking in the garage at 52 Oxford Street...
Jonathan Lethem, "The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc": Discussion
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
Tix available at Harvard Book Store or 617-661-1515.
Although I've only read one Lethem novel ("Motherless Brooklyn"), but I would gladly read more in the future. I might eventually read this collection of essays.
Yes, you're paying $5 to hear someone (who seems pretty cool) read, but the ticket can be used as a credit at the Harvard Book Store.
Lethem will supposedly hang out at Charlies Kitchen afterwards at a release party for a book called "Conversations with Jonathan Lethem".
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Chris Landreth: Film Screening and Q&A
at Bright Screening Room, Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
The Oscar-nominated animator will be discussing and showing some of his work. From my limited viewing, there is a weird/creepy thread to his work. Aesthetically, there's no intent to hide the computer animation yet the 3-D depth is impressive.
As a bonus, there should be pizza and refreshments.
8pm to 10pm
The Poison Oaks, Chris North, Red Heroine
at Aviary, 48 South St, Jamaica Plain
$5 to $15 sliding scale donation
Singer-fiddler Laura Cortese describes her Poison Oaks project as as "an indie/pop/art/rock/folkestra collective that grew out of studio experiments over the last two years" -- and it sounds really good!
Since this is an art gallery, you can also see Naomi Yang's (Damon and Naomi, Galaxie 500) photography exhibit while you're there.
Major Stars, Neptune
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
The Major Stars are playing every Wednesday in November. In a departure from the usual, I like that two bands are just going to play longer.
There are all sorts of sound and noise out there, and some noise is better than others. These are two examples that bring a smile to my face.
With Major Stars, one is inclined to describe it as psych-rock but they push the envelope further than you'd expect with that label. Neptune goes even further with a bizarre avant-rock groove on collection of homemade instruments that require you to surrender your definition of melody & rhythm.
Aloud (11:15pm), The New Collisions (10:30pm), Ex-Norwegian (9:45pm), Old Jack (9pm)
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$10 / 18+
It's week #2 of Aloud's residency, and the rock is getting better. Two of the other top local bands, The New Collisions and Old Jack, are on tonight's bill; along with a fun bunch of Miami rockers known as Ex-Norwegian.
Not yet a fan of the fantastic Aloud? Listen to the new single "The Cash and the Pearls", or really listen to any of their tunes.
I couldn't wrap my head around it last week, but there's a saving when you attend more than one show. For example: If you go tonight for $10, another Wednesday will cost $7 or both subsequent weeks will be $7 and $5 respectively.
It's a good deal when next week's show includes Rick Berlin & Band and some of Sidewalk Driver.
"Yoga Cult Comedy Show: Screwicide II"
at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
Feat: Jess Sutich, Brendan Thomas Crowley, PJ Westin, Tom Dunlap, Guitler Raphael, Shawn Donovan, Laura Crawford
Listening to the news is one of many depressing endeavors. Heck, contemplating that an asteroid could smack into us and destroy us -- even if we started caring about the planet -- is awfully depressing.
Laughing about the failings of others might be the elixir to provide some relief. (Screwicide is definesd as "the desire to end one's life due to romantic and sexual failure." lolz.)