Sunday, July 22, 2012

SUN 7/22: Cars, Fiesta, Who, Music, Theatre

Greased Pole Competition at Festival Betances
Hey: If you feel like going to the beach, the remains of the New England Sand Sculpting Festival are probably still intact at Revere Beach.


SUN 7/22

10am to 2pm
American Car & Truck Day
at Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St, Brookline
$10 / $5 military, seniors, students, children under 12

Based on photos from a few years ago, the lawn should have quite a few muscle cars and old hot rods parked upon it.

The event is no longer called the "Hot Rod & Muscle Car Day", so people who think their truck or Cadillac or whatever will drive up to be admired.

SUN 7/22

1pm to 8pm
Festival Betances
around Plaza Betances, 100 West Dedham St, Boston (South End)

If you go today, get there as close to 1pm for the greased pole competition (see above). It's pretty wild to see something like that in person, and you may find yourself cheering like a life-long fan.

The performers include a mix of reggaeton, salsa, hip-hop, and other styles for a sense of being south of the border. There's a rather good selection of food that aren't your typical vendors.

SUN 7/22

Various Times
"Hooked On Who"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$7 Suggested Donation


1:30pm -- "Carnival of Monsters"

9:30pm -- Torchwood: "Everything Changes" & "They Keep Killing Suzie"
For those who only know the last couple of 'cute Doctors', today's early program features the older Third Doctor who's outfit looks cornier than a bowtie and fez. Two fan-favorite episodes of spinoff show "Torchwood" are tonight including the first episode.

From my experience, the audience will laugh and scream like a midnight movie. Good times.

SUN 7/22

Unger Fest
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$6 / 21+

Feat: Motherboar, Mellow Bravo, Cult 45, Cocked N' Loaded, White Dynomite, Roadsaw, Black Thai, Tired Old Bones, Stil de Grain, Cropduster, Blackwolfgoat

What is "UngerFest"? It took me a while to figure it out, but David Unger must be a pretty cool guy. He's one of the main guys from Cropduster and has played in other bands including boozy, rockin' Santas The Scrooges.

Today is his birthday, and a load of hard and heavy bands are rocking all day for the heck of it.

SUN 7/22 (thru SAT 7/28)

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead"
at Mary O'Malley Park, Commandant’s Way, Chelsea Waterfront

Alternating Bilingual Nights:
English: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Spanish: Friday, Sunday
The movie was rather funny in an absurd way, so I can imagine the source play should be even better.

The titular characters were two minor players in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" who do play an important part in serving the overall plot despite their short appearances. The premise of this play is "What were Rosencrantz and Guildenstern doing?"

There are still 6 performances: 3 in English and 3 en Espanol (like tonight).

The #111 bus may be your best bet for an adventure in free theatre on the other side of the Tobin. (They recommend bringing lawn chairs or blankets -- I sat on the grass.)

SUN 7/22

Sarah Siskind w/ Duke Levine
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

It's surprising to see an unfamiliar playing at Toad then seeing blurbs about her from Bon Iver, Bonnie Raitt, NRBQ's Big Al Anderson, and other well-known musicians.

Siskind is an impressive singer-songwriter who's a little bit country and a little bit folk. It turns out she has performed with the amazing Bill Frisell, and she has local guitar ace Duke Levine by her side.

SUN 7/22

Marc Pinansky & The Bored Of Health, Swamp Bear
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)

I think Marc Pinansky will be doing his acoustic thing at Precinct for only a few more Sundays versus the big rock of his current band Township. The Bored of Health consist of stand-up bass and steel-guitarist as seen in this clip.

Showing he's a mighty man of music and facial hair, Marc is giving us free music after last night's reunion gig with Runner & The Thermodynamics. (Maybe some special guests tonight?) Opener Swamp Bear makes a dark, bluesy, twangy, rootsy sound.

SUN 7/22

Freedy Johnston (11:30pm), M.G. Lederman (10:30pm), Adam White (9:30pm)
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)


All respect to MG Lederman and Adam White who are fine performers, but Freedy Johnston is the reason to attend. In the '90s, he released a few albums that contained some of the best pairings of poignant lyrics and melodies with songs such as "Can You Fly" and "Bad Reputation".

If you go downstairs for the bathroom, you could hear the woman from The Spinanes (that I mentioned yesterday in regards to 2-Piece Fest).

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