Thursday, April 03, 2008

Sneak Peek: FRI 4/4 to SUN 4/6

MLK Jr: Early Morning, April 4 / Shot Rings Out in a Memphis Sky...
I think Dr. King would generally approve of the message...

Btw, I'll probably post the weekly list late-late-Friday or Saturday.


FRI 4/4

5:30pm to 9pm
Forty Years Of Inspiration: The Cultural Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr.
at Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, 2nd Fl., 775 Comm Ave, Boston

On the 40th anniversary of his death, there will be a panel discussion on MLK's influence on the arts. Panelists/performers include: Chuck D, Talib Kweli, Anna Deavere Smith, some poets, and an opera singer.

FRI 4/4

7pm to 9:30pm
"They Must be Hysterical!" An Evening of Feminist Comedy
at Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge
FREE w/ Registration

There are other panels and such this weekend as part of Women's Studies Conference: "Who's Laughing? The Politics of Humor", but this is an entertaining segment even if you don't want to scholastically delve into gender politics.

The women (womyn?) of Queer Soup Theater will emcee. Performers include Erin Judge, Laughing Liberally, Vijai Nathan, and Janice Perry.

FRI 4/4

All Mod Cons (11:45pm), New Frustrations (10:45pm), The Illegals (9:45pm), Lehane, Long and O'Halloran (9pm)
at Abbey Lounge, 3 Beacon St, Somerville (Inman Sq)

All Mod Cons = The Jam tribute band from England. Lehane, Long and O'Halloran are 3/4 of beloved Boston punks, The Dogmatics.

FRI 4/4

Rockabilly Bowl-a-rama: The Stumbleweeds, The Coachmen, Slick Fitty
at Milky Way Lounge, 403 Centre St, Jamaica Plain

I think the title is self-explanatory.

FRI 4/4 and SAT 4/5

8pm to 10pm
"Reefer Madness", the Musical
at School of Law Auditorium, 765 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

A musical comedy inspired by the 1936 film on the evils of drug use... Presented by BU On Broadway.

FRI 4/4 and SAT 4/5

Contaminate 3
at Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St Boston’s Fort Point

A two-day festival of performance, installation and video art.

FRI 4/4 to SUN 4/6

Various Times
Breaking Ground Festival of New Play Readings
at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston (South End)
FREE ($10 suggested donation)

This will be one of the last steps in the birthing process for these plays. Below are the first sentences of each description.

FRI 4/4

"Sense of an Ending"
An African-American journalist arrives in Rwanda to uncover dark truths about an act of genocide.
SAT 4/5

"Thomas Repair"
A family crisis ensues when a mysterious girl appears in Jacob Thomas' quirky repair shop.
SAT 4/5

In this family serio-comedy, the sons of an African-American family are torn between familial obligations and the dreams they've established for themselves.
SUN 4/6

"Caroline in Jersey"
Things aren't looking so great for Caroline. Her husband has left her for a younger woman, she's about to be thrown out of her sublet in New Jersey, her landlady thinks she's crazy... and the spirit of Arthur Miller's accountant lives in her refrigerator.
Please call the Box Office at 617 266-0800 to reserve your seats or send your reservation request to Please note that seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.
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SAT 4/5

10am to 2pm
Community Boating Open House
at Community Boating Boathouse, 21 David G. Mugar Way, Boston (Esplanade)

I've gone to this before, and it's a quick tour of the facilities and a nice little sail on the Charles. No need to actually join, but you'll probably want to afterwards.

SAT 4/5

11am to 1:30pm
Multilingual Transnational Fair
at Kennedy Elementary School, 5 Cherry St, Somerville (Porter Sq)

This might not make the Weekly List, but... If you're interested in learning other languages, they don't seem to be selling anything.

SAT 4/5

Dave Tree Art Show
w/ JT Habersaat, Duncan Wilder Johnson, Clay N. Ferno, Richie Stratton, Ruby Collins
at Herrell's Allston Cafe, 155 Brighton Ave, Allston

Art and intense, funny spoken-word.

SAT 4/5

"Champagne Spy"
at Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston (South Boston/Waterfront)
$10 / $8 students & seniors

Most of the films as part of JEWISHFILM.2008 are being shown at Brandeis. This one caught my eye because this documentary is a rather interesting spy story (but also mainly because it's at the ICA).

Harvard and Brandeis Fellow Ehud Eiran will be there for remarks and questions (I assume).

SAT 4/5

Corolla Deville (Midnight), Lyres (11pm), Coffin Lids (10pm), The Have Mercys (9pm), Empty Shapes (8pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$10 / 21+

It's a solid garage-rock line-up, especially The Lyres.

SAT 4/5

Yoni Gordon and the Goods, Antiques, The Needy Visions
at Oxfam Cafe, Mayer Campus Center, 44 Professors Row (Medford)
FREE / All Ages

Yoni Gordon rocks. Antiques is a indie/folk/pop duo. The Needy Visions includes one of the bodies of water arts and crafts masterminds. Hey -- it's free, and the all-ages crowd should be enthusiastic. A good opportunity to actually find the Oxfam Cafe.

SAT 4/5 and SUN 4/6

11am to 6pm
Boston Skillshare
at Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge (MIT campus)
$3 to $10 sliding scale donation (whatever you can afford)

There are dozens of workshops from fun (Introduction To Juggling, Salsa, Merengue, Spanish & La Lucha) to functional (Time Management, You Are Not A Number: Applying To Grad School) -- and many points in between (The Truth About Identy Theft, Drag King 101, Home Brewing, Wild Carrot: Natural, Conscious Herbal Contraception, and more).

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SUN 4/6

1pm to 6pm
Brandeis Springfest
Feat: State Radio, Minus the Bear, Jedi Mind Tricks, The Pietasters
on The Great Lawn, 415 South Street, Waltham (Brandeis campus)

It's a little earlier in the year than usual, but I've heard there's free food and beer...

"The Great Lawn" is near the Shapiro Campus Center.

Rain location: Levin Ballroom

SUN 4/6

Greek Independence Day Parade
from Prudential Center, Boylston St to Boston Common

The map on the webpage points to the Charles St/Beacon St corner of the Common, but I'm guessing the party (food, music, dancing) will be on the Tremont St side – which should definitely be under way by 2pm.

Music by Orfeas Orchestra.

SUN 4/6

MeandJOANCOLLINS (9pm), Cherry S/T (9:50pm), Girls, Guns & Glory (10:40pm), Watts (11:30pm)
at Harpers Ferry, 158 Brighton Avenue, Allston

First night of 30th Annual WBCN Rock N' Roll Rumble.

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