Friday, May 18, 2012

FRI 5/18: Boozy & Dancey Pride, Surf, Rock, Blues, Country

Plenty of cheapness happening tomorrow: Earthfest, Porchfest, bikes, kites, sailing, art, zombies, and more...

If you see some film crews rushing around town this weekend, they're probably trying to complete a short film -- story to editing -- in 48 hours.


FRI 5/18

6pm to 8pm
"Sip the Rainbow": Cocktail Reception
at Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St, Boston (Bay Village)
$10 [Register]

Boston Pride Week is around the corner, so it's a perfect time to review how the local celebration has progressed in "Pride: 40 Years of Protest & Celebration" culled from the photo archive of The History Project.

Running concurrently is photographer Joel Benjamin's portraits of Pride revelers from 1992.

Tonight's reception isn't free, but your donation includes 3 Grey Goose cocktails inspired by different colors in the Pride flag.

Registration is likely required (but they shouldn't turn away someone if there is space).

FRI 5/18 (and SAT 5/19)

Sean Dorsey Dance, "The Secret History of Love"
at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St, Roxbury
$10 to $30

Wow, it's a busy LGBT night. The basis of the dance presentation is a 2-year research project that interviewed transgender and queer seniors in San Francisco and Boston. Their stories about the last 100 years of (usually) unspoken love narrate the choreography of the 4 performers.

As I see it, there are 3 price tiers that starts at $10.

FRI 5/18

Matt Heaton & The Electric Heaters, The Derangers, Surf's Up Spicoli
at Sally O'Brien's, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)

Everyone has their tolerance level for instrumental surf music. If you can handle it, this is a perfect setting to drink and chat without feeling bad about ignoring the lyrics. There may be even be a subtle urge to shake and shimmy with friends and strangers.

FRI 5/18

The Rationales, Aloud
at Tommy Doyle's, 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 / 21+

It's still a mystery why the original House of Blues doesn't host more nights with what I consider the better bands in Boston. There's a proper stage in a comfortable-sized room that sounds pretty good.

Tonight is one of the occasional exceptions where two excellent rockers combine a la Wonder Twins. The Rationales take the form of breezy, rootsy powerpop. After recently celebrating their 10th anniversary, Aloud delivers a genuine tunefulness in fine form that should new listeners to the merch table or iTunes.

FRI 5/18

Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, Ten Foot Polecats, Yankee Cockfight
at the Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain
$10 / 21+

The blues will probably expand as the night goes on. I wouldn't be surprised if NH duo Yankee Cockfight kick things off with their rough, gutsy, down-home guitar/harmonica/foot-stomping blooz. The Ten Foot Polecats are are a trio influenced by this minimalist, greasy blues and bring their own local take on it.

If you went to Arnold Arboretum last Sunday, you would heard Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers get mothers and children dancing on the lawn. This is going to be a Friday night party, and you're going to hear some of the best blues as Muddy and Wolf did it when they first started playing with electric bands.

FRI 5/18

Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5-ish / 21+

They call themselves Americana, but Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons are the kind of Americana that goes well with cowboy hats and shit-kickin' boots. One doesn't need to see the band to enhance your beer-swilling good time, but let's hope there aren't too many cowboy hats tonight.

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