Saturday, April 14, 2012

SAT 4/14: Music, Korea, Dance, Theater, Film

I don't like making flyers on the fly, but I saw a cool Ryan Adams stencil on Flickr, and I didn't round up a full-size image of one of the gig flyers I wanted...

BTW: Sunday cheapness is on the calendar.


SAT 4/14

4pm to 8:30pm
Far from Finished, Yesterday's Heroes, The Radicals, The Furiousity, The Union Boys
at Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$8 / All Ages

Wow, WTF? Far from Finished is on the road making fans and playing big gigs all over the place, and thankfully they'll still play an all-ages punk matinee at the Midway.

Maybe it's because it's one of the last shows for Yesterday's Heroes. Or maybe because it's just how it should be when you're back home. There is plenty to like about this gig, but it's FFF and the lady-punk of The Furiousity that offer the most interesting stuff.

SAT 4/14

7pm to 9pm
BU Korean Student Assoc Culture Show: "Wedding Clashers"
at Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, 685 Comm Ave, Boston

Maybe I've watched too much Margaret Cho standup, but I think a variety show has potential. It centers around the tale of a traditional guy preparing to marry a modern Korean-American woman. There will be music and dancing.

It's a glimpse of Korean culture (from the BU student perspective).

SAT 4/14

"For the Sake of the Song": Ryan Adams
at Arts at The Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)

Feat: Dan Zinder, Brian Carroll, Patrick Coman

There are plenty of suckers for the man who may have kickstarted the alt-country/Americana boom of the last 10 years. There are way too many songs to choose from...

It might be more about the emotional content than Ryan Adams' delivery. I could listen to anyone sing the tender lyrics of the whole "Heartbreaker" album. Could someone even go back to his Whiskeytown days?

Show and listen to a sample of covers and originals from guys who must surely owe a little bit to this crazy guy.

SAT 4/14

"Spring Works"
at Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St, Boston (The Fens)

Students in the Conservatory's dance program have put about a year into these 8 original choreographies as well as 2 pieces by local choreographers, Lorraine Chapman and Anna Myer.

Most of the music is original as well to accompany the kinetic poems and stories (with a nod to yesterday's poetry and story slams).

I watched a bit of Anna Myer's "All at Once", and I'd like to think that not all of the pieces will seem so formal.

SAT 4/14

"In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)"
at Student Theater at Agganis Arena, 925 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

Yes, it's a play that takes place during the late 19th-century when electricity was a new technology. Inevitably someone applies it to human sexuality -- with the most honorable of purposes in this case as a cure for "female hysteria".

If you didn't see this comedy about sex, love, and soulful experiences when it was first produced in town a couple years ago, this is the next chance.

(Hang in there, this might be a 2.5 hour play.)

SAT 4/14

"The Super Eighties: Super 8 Films from the 1980's": Screening & Dance Party
at Spectacle, 128 Brookside Ave, Jamaica Plain (near Green St T)
$8 suggested donation

Films by: Saul Levine, Ericka Beckman, Tom Roades, Anne Robertson, FASTWURMS, Joe Gibbons, Peggy Ahwesh, Jennifer Montgomery, Eldon Garnet, Edie Steiner, more

I'll be honest: I watched the documentary "Blank City" about the underground NY film scene of about the same era, and the idea of watching a couple hours of low-budget art films in an unmarked art space -- followed by a dance party -- seems pretty cool.

I doubt anyone really wishes that they were still making films on crappy 8mm cameras (that will not be shown on film projector tonight), but it's interesting to see what was being done with limited resources.

SAT 4/14

Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders (11pm), Stephen Brodsky (10pm), The Fantasies (9pm)
at Store 54 (basement), 16 Harvard Ave, Allston
$5 suggested donation / All Ages

Maybe I would've laughed at Bobb Trimble back in the '80s, especially since I didn't know that his early Worcester bands mainly consisted of kids (which I just read in a Guardian article). Still I'm inclined to believe he's the psychedelic brother of Syd Barrett who grew up in Central MA.

One never knows which Stephen Brodsky is going to show up (metal, powerpop, psych-rock), but clicking on his site's "New Recordings" is a YouTube link from February with acoustic Steve and his brother on drums doing something compellingly moody. I wonder if The Fantasies are the "Flying Spiders" tonight; that is some pretty sweet 70's pop from Northampton.

It's a BYOB situation, although the music might provide a bit of a head rush.

SAT 4/14

Banana Phonetic, The Doctors Fox, Sounds of Venus, Left Hand Does
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+

I dig the laid-back, vaguely rootsy jam-rock of Banana Phonetic and the eclectic dork-rock of The Doctors Fox. There's nothing wrong with the other bands, but they don't tickle the monkeybone that makes me excited about their music.

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