Monday, August 11, 2008

MON 8/11: Movies & Music

Apollo Sunshine, Viva Viva, Steve Brodsky - Spare Change Benefit
Just because it's Monday, you don't have to stay at home...

I might try to summarize the best viewing options for the Perseid meteor showers (which are peaking tonight). IF you're up late and the sky is clear, the best time to see it see 'em is between midnight and dawn.


MON 8/11

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

More free Xmas movies -- with a Muppet twist! Tonight's scheduled films are "The Muppet Christmas Carol" preceded by "Muppet Family Christmas" and "Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas" (also w/ Muppets).

MON 8/11

The Princess Bride "Quote-Along"
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline

Millions of people often quote this movie, this will be hundreds of people quoting it at the same time with you. Without a doubt, this will always be a timeless classic as a faithful recreation of screenwriter William Goldman's novel. Comedy, romance, and action. Perfect casting. Good guys, bad guys, and those in between including unusually large rodents.

With all of the sing-alongs they've done, it seems this is the first quote-along at the Coolidge. Henri Mazza of the legendary Alamo Drafthouse has come from Austin to host tonight's festivities. There'll be pre-show contests, audience participation, props, and who knows what else... Some subtitles will appear at certain points for maximum participation.

MON 8/ 11

Apollo Sunshine (11pm), Viva Viva (10pm), Steve Brodsky (9:15pm), Doomstar (8:30pm)
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston

Apollo Sunshine goes from an opening slot at Harborlights BofA Pavilion to helping the local homeless mag at the comparably dinky Great Scott in a couple weeks. So they're humanitarians on top of excellent musicians who rip through their own brand of psychedelic-flavored rock. That would be enough to make this an awesome show, but you also get Viva Viva making a tasty, updated, rough 'n tumble guitar-rock din AND Steve Brodsky (Cave In, Octave Museum, Pet Genius) delivering his latest musical wonders. A killer show guaranteed.

Benefit for Spare Change Magazine

Advance tix are available, and there's no doubt in my mind it should sell out. (What's up, Boston? It looks like there are tickets still available...)

MON 8/11

Bitter: Sweet, Matters & Dunaway
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

Bitter:Sweet is really quite good even if the term "trip-hop" might turn you off a bit -- they're also a fave on my old radio station of choice (KCRW). There's a good chance Bitter: Sweet will perform with some kind of band tonight. And local rocktronica guys Matters & Dunaway are known to put on a good show as well.

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