It's one of those nights when we should be called 'Cheap Thrills - Camberville/JP', but what is a guy supposed to do? I wish there was more cheap/free stuff happening in Boston proper.
Paul Auster, "Winter Journal": Reading
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
Tix are available at Harvard Book Store or by phone 617-661-1515.
Whenever I hear Paul Auster mentioned, I have to pay attention. He's so connected with New York City and Brooklyn that his writing captures the the ability to tough and tender and compassionate and joyful. His new memoir is about getting old.
Poet Bill Corbett will introduce his friend.
7pm to 9pm
"Star Trek Night"
at Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Central Hill)
FREE / All Ages
Vintage "Star Trek" will be shown... They definitely serve more beer & wine than your average cafe...
Special effects may be more realistic these days -- maybe even realistic acting without William Shatner -- but the original series had cool stories and sci-fi campiness.
I wish I could say which episodes will be shown, but doesn't it sound fun to get on the #88 or #90 in full costume and pretend it's the bridge of the Enterprise?
MassMouth Story Slam: "Rock & Roll"
at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$10 / $5 students
Host: Scott Schultz
If you feel like telling a story, ten people will do more than listen at the story slam. Tonight's tales must give their spin on the theme of "rock 'n roll".
Other than your desire to get on stage, the reason why you're paying to listen to stories is that the winner moves on the next level in a competition culminating in April with a killer grand prize (weeklong trip to Italy).
A lot of people have rock stories, so you might want to brush up on the guidelines.
The White Owls (8pm), Andrea Gillis Band (10pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)
Two great bar bands that go great together. Dennis Brennan captains a kick-ass team of players through blues classics and hidden gems. Andrea Gillis is the big, soulful voice in front of her punky bar-band.
The Decent Lovers, Stereo Telescope, Personal Finance
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+
Let's enjoy the sound of The Decent Lovers who used to be super-folky, and now the autoharp is surrounded by more intsruments and electronics for a pretty sweet indie-pop vibe. When I first heard Stereo Telescope, it sounded full-on electropop but they're rock roots show through. My first impression of Personal Finance: guitar rock that leads you in peculiar and awesome directions.
at Milky Way Lounge / Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)
Akashic Record have been laying down funky soul-jazz grooves on Mondays for almost 2 months, and who knows how long the good times will last.
If you get there early, Mondays also feature Stump Trivia (8pm to 10pm) and 50-cent wings (7pm to 9pm).