Tuesday, July 08, 2008

WED 7/9 & THUR 7/10: Cheapness Inside & Out

Preacher Jack, at Church 7/9
Nothing fancy today. Hopefully I'll catch up with things...


WED 7/9

"Christmas in July & August"
at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

Tonight: "Silent Night: The Story of the Christmas Carol" (an Austrian short from 1953) and "Love Actually". I list this mainly for the free air-conditioning...

The last night in this series until August is MON 7/14 ("Curious George Goes Christmas Shopping", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "Scrooge")

WED 7/9

Carolyn Wilkins, "Swingin' in Mothers Rest"
at Mother's Rest Playground, near Boylston St & The Fenway, Boston (down the stairs from the Boylston Street bridge in the Back Bay Fens)

Free jazz outdoors. It should be pretty easy to find, but there's no easy to find online map of the Fens

WED 7/9

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, "Festival At The Shell"
at Hatch Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Storrow Dr, Boston

Feat: Copland’s "Fanfare for the Common Man" & "Lincoln Portrait" (narrated by Deval Patrick) and Dvorak’s "New World Symphony".

Another opening Night of a free music series -- aren't we lucky?! And the governor is going to show up tonight...

WED 7/9

9:30pm, 10:30pm, 11:30pm
Preacher Jack
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
FREE (but drop a little something in the basket) / 21+

With his long hair and white beard, Preacher Jack may look like a wild-eyed holy man descended from a lonely mountaintop. He's been pounding the keys and testifying for fifty years as our living piece of boogie-woogie/rockabilly history. As I said before: It is my firm belief that your life will feel more complete after you experience Preacher Jack in person. It's fitting that the Preacher will come down from the mountain (okay, the North Shore) for 3 sets of gospel-charged boogie-woogie/rockabilly at Church...

WED 7/9 to SUN 7/13

"The Real Inspector Hound" w/ "Hidden in This Picture"
at Mary O’Malley Park, Commandant’s Way, Chelsea Waterfront

~En Espanol~ on Fridays and Sundays:
"El Verdadero Inspector Sabueso" con/ "Escondido En La Imagen"

Here is your reason to go to Chelsea: two one-act plays. Take the #111 bus for an adventure in free theatre -- and who knows what else -- on the other side of the Tobin.

There are 2 more weeks with no Sunday show at the end, so other performances are on: 7/16, 7/17, 7/18, 7/19, 7/20 & 7/23, 7/24, 7/25, 7/26.

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THUR 7/10

5pm to 8pm
Neighborhood Nights
at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston (The Fens)

The first of 3 free nights with music and activities. This week's theme is "Oh Rats!" for the Year of the Rat.

- Make your very own rat hat.
- A Chinese zodiac scavenger hunt
- Make a Chinese Opera mask.
- Chinese stories and mouse character games w/ Li Min Mo
- Latin music from Sol y Canto
Really, go take a look at the current exhibit, "Luisa Rabbia: Travels with Isabella", that's inspired by Isabella's time in China.

THUR 7/10

7pm to 9pm
"Experimentally Ill" : Alternative Film Showcase
at Video Screening Room, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290

"Funky animation, quirky cult flicks, comedy, and non-pretentious art movies" of local indie film-makers Lawrence Hollie, Mike Phelan O'Toole, D.L. Polonsky, Tom Laskowski, James Bernardinelli, and Quincy Brisco. Many of these guys will be present for Q&A, and I get the feeling there will be some Q's... Free weirdness!

THUR 7/10

7pm to 9pm
Gregorio Uribe Big Band
at O'Day Park, 85 W Newton St, Boston (South End)

It's the first concert of this year's Tito Puente Latin Music Series, so it's a big band playing caliente Latin jazz & salsa.

In case of rain, performances will take place at the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center
adjacent to the park.

THUR 7/10

Leedz Edutainment B-Day Bash
Feat: Slaine, Amadeus the Stampede, Rite Hook, Heddshotts, Mastapeace, M. Dot, Gee.Ko
at Middle East - Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 advance / $13 day of show / 18+

I say "hip", you say "hop". Hosted by Roastmaster Ricky Mortis, grooves by DJ Slipwax, live body painting, and a short film screening.

THUR 7/10

Blackbutton (Midnight), A Wish For Fire (11pm), Fluttr Effect (10pm), Sad Marvin (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

A variety of rock.

THUR 7/10 to SUN 7/13

Various Times (most 7:30/8pm)
"Unbound 2008: A Festival of New Plays"
at Boston Playwrights Theatre, 949 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
$10 / $15 festival pass

What can I say -- they're new plays. Works from previous years have made it to Off-Broadway... You have a good chance of seeing something bold/adventurous; it might be rough, but it won't be amateurish.

The schedule:
THUR 7/10
7:30pm: "Listening"

FRI 7/11
8pm: "Beautiful American Soldier"

SAT 7/12
8pm: "12 Dogs"

SUN 7/13
2pm: "Coma, Patient"
4pm: "Listening"
5:30pm: "Beautiful American Solider"
7pm: "12 Dogs"
I assume the festival pass is good for all 4 days, but you could see every play on Sunday for $15.

CT Extra:

THUR 7/10

The Zombies
at Wolf Den, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Casino)

"She's Not There", "Tell Her No", "This Will Be Our Year", "Time of the Season"... It won't be the recordings, but the 2 main guys are still in the band.

It's free if you don't count getting there and the cash you drop in the casino...

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