Thursday, May 31, 2012

THUR 5/31: Talk, Music, Film

FYI: There is weekend cheapness on the calendar with quite a few outdoor items.

Let's hope the weather can be as cooperative as today.


THUR 5/31

George V. Lauder, "The Grand Diversity of Fishes: Form, Function, and Evolution": Lecture
at Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)

Ah, fish! They're not just for dinner anymore...

The Harvard Museum of Natural History has revamped its Fishes Gallery, and it's reopening on Saturday. It would be a bummer if you don't get to take a little peek into the fresh, fishy fixtures; however one will still hear the Ichthyology Curator of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology expound on aquatic marvels and the updated exhibits.

THUR 5/31

7:30pm to 8:30pm
12th Annual "Revels Celebration of the Spring"
at Dwight Hall, Perkins School for the Blind, 175 N. Beacon St, Watertown

Feat: Perkins School Secondary Program Chorus, Revels Repertory Company, The Perkins Duo, Mulberry Morris children’s dance team, and the "Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss"

Technically it's still spring despite feeling like summer lately. The climate-controlled theatre will assist the Revels Repertory Company and Perkins students/alumni preserve the spirit of the season. The hourlong includes some bell-wearing Morris dancers and a Cornish celebration of the coming summer.

THUR 5/31

"Moonrise Kingdom": Preview Screening
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

The waiting lines at free Brattle screenings can get daunting, so I don't want to imagine the queue for Wes Anderson's quirky tale of in an alternate version of New England summer in 1965.

If one is not a fan of "Rushmore", "The Royal Tenenbaums", etc; some people might just be piqued by the star power of Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, and so on.

"Seating will occur on a first-come-first-sat basis." Doors at 7pm, so you might have to consider waiting for an hour is worth the early view and free admission. (Bring a book and/or a friend.)

THUR 5/31

For the Sake of the Song: The Rolling Stones - "Exile on Main Street"
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

Feat: Patrick Coman & The Lo-Fi Angels, BrownBoot, Matt Borello Band, "Exile on Elm Street"

To people that consider themselves to be connoisseurs of the Rolling Stones, the majority will say that "Exile on Main Street" is their best album. Almost anyone can also praise the album, because there are just enough classics amid the rambling/mysterious rock and blues that it's hard to describe or dispute.

I like how the FTSOTS has split up the album in quarters just like the 4 sides of a double-LP. Each band gets a fan favorite as the order goes: BrownBoot ("Tumbling Dice"), Patrick Coman & The Lo-Fi Angels ("Loving Cup"), Matt Borrello ("Happy"), and Exile on Elm Street (Ryan Fitzsimmons, Kara Kulpa, Danielle Miraglia, Tom Bianchi, and Erik White get side 4 with "All Down the Line" & "Shine a Light".

THUR 5/31

Red Heroine (9:30pm), Cask Mouse (10:45pm)
at Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge (near Inman & Kendall Sq)

Since I've mentioned Boston Beer Week a couple times, I should mention this gig is a technically a beer-related event since the guys from NH's White Birch will be there to talk about their brews that will be on tap.

Oh, yeah. And there are bands onstage. The indie-folk venture previously known as Mr Sister changed their name to Red Heroine last year, so I don't feel bad reminding people. Whatever you call it, this band revolves around an amazing voice that stretches and croaks like an Appalachian Billie Holiday. The country/Americana Cask Mouse also pull on your heartstrings like a lonesome call on the plains.

THUR 5/31

Full Tang, Super Hi-Fi
at Milky Way Lounge / Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)
$5 / 21+

It could be an attempt to keep a distance from the dreadlocked hacky-sack players of my youth, but I hear a pleasant difference between jam-band sound and the way Full Tang injects African influences in the rock stew. Add Brooklyn's Super Hi-Fi horn-powered funkiness which makes me think "Afro-Dub" may be one of the best branches of reggae.

This is the kind of dance party I can get into.

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