Saturday, September 15, 2012

SAT 9/15: Night Cheapness

Project MUM: Outdoor Dance Party
It's mainly mainly movies and music (and dancing) for the evening, but what are you really looking for?


4pm -- "We Are All Cylons": Free Screening
6:30pm -- "The Avengers": Screening
7pm -- Etheria Film Festival
8pm -- Strange Changes, Bear Language
9pm -- Punk Rock Movie Night #1: "We Jam Econo: The Story of The Minutemen"
9pm -- A Wish For Fire, The Fatal Flaw, The Year Million, The Lights Out
9pm -- Project MUM: Outdoor Dance Party


SAT 9/15

"We Are All Cylons": Screening
at Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Square, Somerville

I know people loved the latest "Battlestar Galactica" TV series, because people were still talking about it in a bar the other night -- without knowing about "We Are All Cylons", 42 minutes about how BSG says something about Humankind's past and future.

While this is part of the Etheria Film Festival that has 2 screenings tonight, this documentary should get its own listing.

SAT 9/15

"The Avengers": Screening
at Room 100, Bldg 26, 60 Vassar St, Cambridge (MIT campus)

When a movie makes a billion (or so) dollars, most people who wanted to see it have probably seen it. Here's another chance to see it on a screen larger than your TV or laptop, and you don't have to feel guilty about sneaking in your own candy.

Since I've sandwiched this between Etheria Film Fest items, I read somewhere recently that advocated Black Widow as the most important member to get the Avengers to assemble.

SAT 9/15

7pm, 9pm
Etheria Film Festival
at Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Square, Somerville
$10 / $15 Both (Festival Pass)

7pm -- Fantasy Block
9pm -- Sci-Fi Block
After the "We Are All Cylons" screening, the Boston area will be the first to see the Etheria Film Fest program before it travels around. The organizers have collected the best sci-fi and fantasy shorts by female filmmakers from the States, Mexico, Canada, Italy, and Australia.

SAT 9/15

Strange Changes, Bear Language
at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)

Sometimes highly technical music can also be fun, and both of these bands get it with different results. Strange Changes caught my attention when comparisons were made to Zappa and Mingus, and there is a Mr. Bungle element of weirdness that includes pop passages morphing into something very metallic. Then you have the tightly-wound yet funky rock of Bear Language.

SAT 9/15

Punk Rock Movie Night #1: "We Jam Econo: The Story of The Minutemen"
at Washington Street Arts Center, 321 Washington St, Somerville (Union Sq)
Donations Accepted

It's sorta like an all-ages show, but I imagine people sitting on the floor watching relatively quietly. Or I could be completely wrong, because The Minutemen shot out a liberating sound.

Feel free to bring snacks and BYOB. It would be nice to see Movie Night #2 and so on.

SAT 9/15

A Wish For Fire (11:50pm), The Fatal Flaw (10:50pm), The Year Million (9:55pm), The Lights Out (9pm)
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

It's a CD release party for A Wish For Fire. As it sometimes happens, the party boys are not my favorite of the night. Don't get me wrong; I think they do rock out well in their heavy, modern-proggy way -- as does The Year Million. A Wish for Fire are even offering a free song download whether or not you want to whole album.

It just doesn't get much better than The Fatal Flaw who combine sweet melodies and wry lyrics with a bit of grit for a winning combination. The Lights Out are a good bunch of guys who know their tight guitar-heavy pop-rock and how not to cross into something cheesy.

SAT 9/15

9pm to 1am
Project MUM: Outdoor Dance Party
Under the McGrath Highway, about 150 Medford St, Somerville (outside Union Sq)
$10 donation

This is the best night of the year to dance under the McGrath Highway, because you won't feel quite alone -- and there will actually be music playing.

The renovation process currently makes it look worse than usual, but they do transform a segment into a dance area with decor and video projections. Unfortunately I was stone sober when I showed up, so it was difficult to get into the dance mood. Otherwise it's a cool open-air dance party with musical turns to space you out by DJs/VJs Simex, cosinezero, FiG, Keith Mattar and Jon Bonk.

The theme is "Space", feel free to get dressed up with an astronomical angle or a simply comfortable leisure suit.

Somerville bicycle gang SCUL and the Boston Hoop Troop are also involved in some way.

Keep in mind your donation supports Somerville's fun & funky arts/cultural events throughout the year.

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