Friday, October 19, 2012

10/19 to 10/21: 12 Weekend Highlights

Darnit, here we are again -- but I have not given up on providing my cheap 411. The calendar has more weekend stuff, but here are 12 quick takes for the next 3 days.

I also noticed on Boston on Budget that Flat Top Johnny’s has a beer special for their 19th anniversary: $4 craft beers & $2 PBR's will surely improve your billiards or darts game...


FRI 10/19

Gina Gershon, "In Search of Cleo: How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind"
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)

I might just bail on writing tonight to just to see Gina Gershon read her book and think about her various roles. She must really love her cat, because Gina also recorded an album with a similar title.

FRI 10/19

White Trash Night & Chili Cook-Off
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+

At least 10 chili's; winner announced at 9pm

Feat: Spectre Hawk (11:20pm), The Grinds (10:35pm), Cask Mouse (9:45pm), Flatt Rabitt (8:30pm)

Dude, you can eat chili and rock out for the combined price of $10. The last time I checked there 10 batches of chili to be judged. (If you get there early enough, there might be a free 'Gansett.)

FRI 10/19 (thru SUN 10/21)

"Erin Go Bragh-less"
at TheatreLab@855, CFA Bldg, 855 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
Saturday: 1pm
Sunday: 7pm
I'm a sucker for all things Somerville, so I have to assume that a new play about an Irish-American family set in town on a St. Patrick's Day weekend will have a combinations of laughs and winces.

FRI 10/19 (and SAT 10/20)

Various Times
Deep Heaven Now 6
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 per night / 21+

Most probably don't know the original "Deep Heaven" parties, but the current iteration has been doing quite well at collecting loads of ambient/psych/shoegaze rock that happens two nearby venues. The cover gets you into both per night, and I assume some people might just pay double to see Ringo Deathstarr...

* * * FRI 10/19 * * *

PA's Lounge

8pm -- Fishing the Sky
9pm -- Dead Leaf Echo
10pm -- Brief Candles
11pm -- Boom Said Thunder!
Midnight -- Ringo Deathstarr


8:30pm -- Amber Spyglass
9:30pm -- The Foreign Resort
10:30pm -- Sleep Studies
11:30pm -- Brujas Del Sol
12:30am -- Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders

* * * SAT 10/20 * * *


5pm -- The Freeways
6pm -- The Vandelles
7pm -- Moontowers
8pm -- Young Boys
9pm -- Vera Glass
10pm -- Stargazer Lilies
11pm -- Gospel Gossip
Midnight -- 28 Degrees Taurus

PA's Lounge

4:30pm -- Harborlights
5:30pm -- Last Builders of Empire
6:30pm -- Double Awake
7:30pm -- Parachuter
8:30pm -- Glowfriends
9:30pm -- Love Culture
10:30pm -- Hadoken
11:30pm -- Ghost Box Orchestra

SAT 10/20 & SUN 10/21

8am to 4:30pm-ish
Annual Head of the Charles Regatta
along the Charles River, Cambridge (and Boston)

Maybe it's more exciting if your alma mater is racing, or you know one of the guys. It is still one of those classic New England events that everyone should experience if only for a little while.

No matter how miserable you may feel, console yourself that you're not in a tiny boat on the river...

SAT 10/20

4pm to 6:30pm
Drag Gospel Festival
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

In the right mood, I can enjoy some American spiritual music. Maybe performers in drag can extend the gospel music fun to a couple hours.

As I see they will be accepting donations for the LGBTQ Asylum Task Force.

And there's a family-friendly drag gospel brunch at the nearby First Church Somerville on Sunday morning along with a service.

SAT 10/20

Great Pumpkin Float
at Pope John Paul II Park, 170 Hallet St, Dorchester

SAT 10/20 (and) SUN 10/21

Annual Lantern Parade
at Jamaica Pond Gazebo, about 507 Jamaicaway, Boston

Sometimes one can sit back and enjoy candlelit objects passing along a body of water -- whether it be jack-o-lanterns on a Neponset inlet or people with lanterns walking around Jamaica Pond.

Both of these events are subject to weather, so it would be wise to check appropriate links before going.

SAT 10/20

Nneka, Emily Elbert
at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)
$10 advance, $12 day of show

Hear when Nneka's soulful, hip-hop sounds meets Emily Elbert soulful-pixie folkiness.

SAT 10/20

Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents
at Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge (near Inman & Kendall Sq)
$5 / 21+

Big-band soul/R&B is alive in Boston, and Jenny Dee & company mix retro and modern into friggin' awesome good time.

(SAT 10/21 and) SUN 10/21

11am to 7pm
"First Annual Street Theater Festival"
at Faneuil Hall/Quincy Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston

I added this one as a caveat: It seems is pretty much the same street performers festival that usually took place in May. Someone like Peggy Olson talked her Don Draper into re-branding it.

It's not bad to see the usual performers packed into one weekend, but I wouldn't recommend making a special trip (or stand in the rain).

SUN 10/21

7:30pm to 9:30pm
"Cocktoberfest 2012"
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)

Feat: Karin Webb, Vanil LaFrappe, Jane Doe, Claude Kitten, Femme BrulĂ©e, Meff & Jojo’s Tiny Instrument Revue, Allix Mortis, Dean James, Aquanette Jones, Mehran Khaghani

After hearing 'Rocktober' so many times, it was... refreshing to see the title for some burlesque/drag, comedy, and music.

SUN 10/21

The Unlivin' Dead's: Music Video Premiere/Spooky Record Hop
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$5 / 21+

There hasn't been too many Halloweeny CTB items yet, so maybe this might be the first one to fit in the category. Expect a couple guys doing their horror-rock thing and premiere their video for "(Theme from) The Unlivin' Dead"...

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