Tonight begins the free Friday movies at the Hatch Shell and the Boston Harbor Hotel. I couldn't get excited about "Happy Feet 2" or "The Way We Were" (respectively). On the other hand, the Hatch Shell has a nice big lawn for sitting/picnicking and BHH has various steps to sit if you don't like grass.
CTB is sounding a 'Greek Festival Alert': FRI 6/15 to SUN 6/17 at Saints Constantine & Helen Church (Cambridge).
FRI 6/15 (thru SUN 6/17)
4th Annual Waltham Riverfest
at Various Locations near Waltham Common, Waltham
Friday -- 5pm to 9pmThe same body of water that runs past the Cambridge River Fest also passes through Waltham. Over 3 days, the Waltham Common/Moody Street area will be teeming with music, dance, arts, culture, vendors, etc.
Saturday -- 10am to 9pm
Sunday -- 11am to 4pm
Some of the bands playing include Rick Berlin, Andy Pratt, Peter Parcek, and more on Saturday. The Lizzie Borden Band is playing tonight (8pm) among others. [See PDF program/schedule for details.]
Keep an eye out for people selling wristbands ($5). They grant you discounts to a bunch of restaurants/stores (such as Margaritas, Tempo, Watch City Brewery, Tom Can Cook, Gourmet Pottery, Stadium Bar) where you can save more than $5.
6:30pm to 11pm
Common Boston dParty
at BSA Space, Suite 200, 290 Congress St, Boston (near South Station/Fort Point)
$10 -- or a new/working flashing bicycle light
Kicking off a couple weekends of free architecture/design walking tours, this party seems like a chance to hang with creative people, try a honey-infused beverage (probably not an open bar at $10), and check out some sustainability art and information.
Either grab the flashing bicycle light from your ride, buy a new one, or hand over $10 when you get there. ("Registration is highly recommended.")
Proceeds benefit the Boston Cyclists Union.
Tallahassee (11:30pm), Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library (10:30pm), Cask Mouse (9:45pm), Velah (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+
Nearly every performance of the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library is an event in some way or another -- even just to coordinate gigs for a folky/poppy mini-orchestra. Beyond the twee-magical tunes, the extra-special aspect is that the MJE Memorial Library will provide live accompaniment to "A Brief History of Flight", the silent film that they created!
For those interested, there is a deal to get into this show, their July gig at Church, a limited-edition DVD, and a CD/download for $20 -- pretty sweet and you've got something to do on Friday 7/13.
It's a good variety with Velah that rocks like a new version of Static of the Gods (because it is) and the rootsy Rumble semi-finalists Cask Mouse. Tallahassee finishes up the night with solid indie-folk not expected from a guy who briefly played for the Pats.
Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!, Horsehands, The Young Leaves, Lady Bones
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$8 / 21+
I wonder if guys in Beware The Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion still wear masks? There is little doubt they will assault the crowd with a set of horror-influenced surf rock. They're joined by a cadre of arty, punchy, noisy indie-rockers. There's nothing wrong with Lady Bones, but they were a bit of a let down after watching a cool video of another band that has a song called "Lady Bones".
Thick Shakes, The IOA Collective, Birthdays, Emma Young
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5-ish / 21+
Another Rumble semi-finalist Thick Shakes are anchoring a fun night of garage-rock and freaky/funky Jamaica Plain bands. Yes, there will be poetry between bands. It should a crowded, semi-sweaty good time!
FRI 6/15 (and SAT 6/16)
"Women's Prison Massacre": Screening
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline
The previously scheduled midnight movie didn't arrive, so the Coolidge looked around their basement and found a 35mm print of a cheesy mid-'80s sexploitation movie with bad acting. Sounds like fun!
The plot doesn't need to be explained more than it takes place in a women's prison, right? Hey, it's free and they serve beer…