Tuesday, May 20, 2008

TUES 5/20: Music, Movies, Israel Party

Martin Bisi at Middle East
Basically the same as the weekly list, but I added a Israel B-day celebration at a bar and tried to write a better description for the Martin Bisi show.


TUES 5/20

Double Feature: The Big Lebowski (9:30pm), Raising Arizona (7:30pm)
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

I'm not telling you to go, man... I'm just telling you about the potential comedic, cinematic experience.

The Dude abides.

TUES 5/20

7pm to 10pm
GesherCity Boston: "Israel's 60th Birthday Bash"
at Parris / Ned Devine’s, Quincy Market Building, 2nd Floor, Boston (Faneuil Hall)
$8 advance / $12 door

A birthday celebration geared for the young Jewish adult (21 to 35) with Israeli music, food, wine. "Cash bar; dietary laws observed." I looked earlier today, and it looked like you could still get an advance ticket.

You obviously don't have to be single, but I wonder if it'll be like a JDate mixer without reading the profiles first. (Or maybe you'll recognize someone from their profile...)

TUES 5/20

Martin Bisi; Black Fortress Of Opium; Walter Sickert & THe ARmy of BRoken Toys; What Time is It, Mr Fox?
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 / 18+

Uber-cool NYC producer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Helmet, White Zombie, The Dresden Dolls, etc) also produces his own music. I read that his new CD is about various women influencing his musical tastes. The sound is expansive, so I don't want to pin it down; but let's say "dark, atmospheric art-rock with multi-genre flairs throughout."

It's a good night to hear something different throughout. He's joined by several complementary bands that delve into dark, trippy, off-the-beaten-path multi-culti rock. Martin Bisi produced the recent CD by Black Fortress of Opium; Ajda the Turkish Queen has joined forces with super-guitarist Tony Savarino to create trance-like music informed by the Middle-East but hardly traditional. Walter Sickert and his cohorts are a wild theatrical goth-rock act; I imagine Jim Morrison might have done something like this if he lived to remain a potent artist. I don't like bands that include punctuation in their names, but What Time is It, Mr Fox? do have a timeless quality about their songs from the searching lyrics to the modern-cabaret musical stylisms.

TUES 5/20

6:30pm to 8:30pm
"Like Water for Chocolate"
at Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Ave, Somerville

Yes, I liked this movie and magical realism in general.

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