Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WED 6/27: Film, Ukes, Zines, Music

Whoops, here is today's post.

Cheapness through Saturday is on the calendar.

Take note of the free beer & nosh (with RSVP) at the Tavern in Allston tomorrow night.


WED 6/27 (thru SUN 7/1)

3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 10pm
"Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$9.75 / $7.75 students / $6.75 seniors

Matinee: 3:30pm -- $7.75 / $6.75 seniors
Filled with performance clips and interviews from family, friends, bandmates and musicians such as Ben Harper, Josh Homme, Dicky Barrett, and Les Claypool; "Cure for Pain" is a heartfelt documentary that tells Mark Sandman's story far better than he would have liked.

We're reminded of Sandman's legacy, and some of his puzzle pieces are collected to better understand the man behind the facade. I loved it as every Morphine fan would.

FYI: Dana Colley and Jerome Deupree are playing tonight (see below).

WED 6/27

7pm to 9pm
Ukulele Jam
at Brattle House Courtyard, 42 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Discover the simple joy of strumming in something like a uke orchestra. Ukelele instructor Danno Sullivan leads any and all players through standards and classic rock [PDF song chords].

If you don't have a ukulele, there will be some to borrow -- and you can find out how quickly it is to learn the basics.

They would like you to sign up, so they know how many people will attend.

WED 6/27

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Somerville Arts Council Salon Series: "Zines!"
at Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)

If you're not familiar with 'zines, they're like blogs on paper -- in the sense that you don't need to be a big, professional publisher to share your knowledge and opinions -- anything -- with dozens and dozens of people. It can be photocopied sheets stapled together to something really beautiful.

Maybe this isn't the optimal session for beginners, but it wouldn't hurt. Local "zinesters" Marissa Falco and Alana Kumbier will talk about various aspects including journalistic and design aspects as well as their community impact. Folks from the Papercut Zine Library will be in the house, and there will be a zine swap.

WED 6/27

Johnson's Crossroad (11:30pm), Man Alive! (10:45pm), The Minor Three (10pm), Eggy Benedict (9:15pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 / 18+

It's a full night of Americana and alt-country anchored by Johnson's Crossroad who have been making rootsy music for a long time in West Virginia and North Carolina. This is really good music for such occasions as drinking when happy or drinking when sad or driving while sober and so on.

One of the best stage names I've heard in a while is Eggy Benedict of Wait Until Spring who's opening with a solo set.

WED 6/27

"Treat Yo Self": Music & Art
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$7 / 18+

Feat: Pretty and Nice, The Devil and A Penny, Kal Marks, Chandeliers

If there wasn't any art and other fun going on, this is still a good night of music. I was totally hooked when I first heard the punky powerpop splendor of Pretty & Nice's "Tora Tora Tora", and the guys still make it snappy and noisy in excellent proportions. Besides having a cool name, The Devil and A Penny take it easy for a pleasant chime. The rest of the night will be rather upbeat with Kal Marks and Chandeliers.

The art and music shenanigans roll on a monthly basis. July's artists are Ian Sanity and Andrew Jerz. To kick things up a notch, artisanal cupcakes will be available. (Maybe free?)

WED 6/27

Members of Morphine & Jeremy Lyons
at Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge (near Inman & Kendall Sq)

What a perfect ending to the night after watching "Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story" -- and this happens almost every Wednesday for free.

Sax-man Dana Colley and drummer Jerome Deupree revive the "low-rock" sound they pioneered in Morphine with New Orleans blues-guitar ex-pat Jeremy Lyons. It's not like seeing Mark Sandman, but it's still pretty damn good especially whenever Dana Colley is doing his thing.

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