Tuesday, January 24, 2012

TUES 1/24: Music, Film, Theatre, Trivia

FYI: Wednesday's cheapness is on the calendar.

If you didn't go to yesterday's MBTA meetings at their downtown offices, there are many more sessions around the area through March. Thanks to Sean for leaving a detailed & reasonable comment on my post with the schedule.


TUES 1/24

6:30pm to 8:30pm
Quatuor Zaïde
at French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St, Boston (Back Bay)


Mozart, "String Quartet No. 23" ("Prussian No. 3")
Debussy, "String Quartet in G Major"
A musical exchange program has sent a string quartet to Paris, and 4 French women have been sent to Boston for a week. Quatuor Zaide is a young quartet, but they've already been garnering accolades.

Theis another public performance at the New England Conservatory on THUR 1/26.

TUES 1/24

7pm to 8:30pm
"Shouting in the Dark": Screening
at Whitaker Bldg, about 21 Ames St, Cambridge (MIT campus)

If you think Al-Jazeera is clearly an enemy of democracy, you might want to check out some of their undercover journalism during last year's (unsuccessful) protests in Bahrain.

The whole 51-minute documentary is viewable on YouTube, but it's screening tonight if you'd rather not watch on a laptop. There's a chance to discuss it with people "face to face", as we used to say.

You might even get some free pizza just for caring about freedom in the Middle East.

TUES 1/24

"A Number": Pay-What-You-Can Night
at The Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston (South End)
$5 minimum

Whenever I go to a play, there's a warm feeling of pride that I've tried to support the theatre as a viable part of our culture. Then a smug superiority rises because most people I know don't go to the live productions.

For another week or so, the Whistler in the Dark group are performing a trio by playwright Caryl Churchill who has won several Obies and other awards.

As this past review states, "A Number" requires you to think and suspend your disbelief slightly. The crux of the 'action' revolves around a man interacting with his son -- and his son's clones.

As I've said before, there's nothing wrong with paying $20 ($10 students) on other nights. On the other hand, PWYC nights encourage you to attend.

"Tickets are available at the box office starting at 6:45pm."

TUES 1/24

8pm to 11pm
Boston Bruins Stump Trivia
at King's, 50 Dalton St, Boston (Back Bay)
FREE / 21+

I don't mind Stump Trivia; they provide diversion in many bars around the nation. I just can't get excited about them either, because I wonder if we really need a massive organization to provid trivia for so many pubs.

Tonight's winning team will win a pair of Bruins tickets. If you have 3 to 6 players, then some are out of luck -- or you could sell the tix and split the money. Other prizes should be available for 2nd and 3rd place. (Maybe more?)

TUES 1/24

Mercies (11pm), Emily Peal (10:15pm), Stephen Konrads (9:30pm), Dan Blakeslee (8:45pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

It's kinda funny that Mercies is a side project from a band (The Dear Hunter) that began as a side project from another band (The Receiving End of Sirens). Fans of TDH (and TREOS) should enjoy Mercies. As these things sometimes go, it seems each band is less 'heavy' than the previous one.

I recognize Stephen Konrads' name from a local band, but I assume he might be doing a solo gig. There's a good chance that Emily Peal will present her lovely, dreamy tunes by herself, and Dan Blakeslee often gets folky alone.

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