Friday, August 15, 2008

Sneak Peek -- FRI 8/15 to SUN 8/17

Paradosaurus Wreck, Tonight at Dilboy VFW
This is the incomplete list of my usually incomplete list of cheap fun.


FRI 8/ 15

Ho-Ag, Clawjob, Serious Geniuses, Bread & Roses, Dr. and Mrs. Vandertrampp
at Papercut Zine Library / The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge
$5 to $10 Suggested Donation / All Ages

Incredibly good line-up and a totally new band (Dr. and Mrs. Vandertrampp). Clawjob will probably play all their new 6-song release, "Manifest Destiny".

No alcohol, but a bar is close by...

On SAT 8/16, there's the Papercut Indoor Yard Sale fundraiser from 10AM-5PM at the same location.

FRI 8/15

Muy Cansado (11:45pm), Prime Movers (10:45pm), Diamond Mines (9:45pm), The New Dumb (9pm)
at Abbey Lounge, 3 Beacon St, Somerville (Inman Sq)

Oh, crap! This is an awesome line-up too.

FRI 8/15

Jason Bennett & The Resistance (11:30pm), Art & Photo Auction (11pm), Vagiant (10:15pm), Confront (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
FREE / 21+

No cover, but donations are requested to benefit the Mission Hill Little League. (And more good bands!)

FRI 8/15

"Paradosaurus Wreck": Music, Fashion, Dance, Art
w/ Deer Tick, Flaming Fire, Andre Obin
at VFW George Dilboy Post, 371 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$10 / 21+

This looks like a lot of fun with 3 disparate music acts... a fashion show by: Stormcloud, Bring Rainbows, Joy Adams, Julia Ramsey, BECKY*, Karovan... (video) art by The New Factographers... and nasty grooves by someone known as DJ Phil (and others?)...

Dress like awesome! Sillydance! Make out! Drink fun into your stomach! Full bar staffed by veterans who fought for our right to party.
FRI 8/15 to SUN 8/17

8pm (SUN: 3pm)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
at Boston Playwrights Theatre, 949 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

Yes, I know. More free Shakespeare, but this is a funny retooling of all his plays in about 97 minutes. This play is supposed to be hilarious, and the people putting it on have done some very cool projects in the past (and are doing this and will do more cool plays)...

No reservations are needed, but seating is limited. At least it can't be rained out.

FRI 8/15 to SUN 8/17

7pm (Sun: 4pm)
"Romeo and Juliet"
at Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville (near Union Sq)

A newish group called the "Lonesome Coyote Theater" presents a minimalist outdoor production of the classic play with no set or costumes. Does true love really need that stuff?

Update: I went last night, and this was exceptionally good! The way it's presented brings the play to life in a way that speaks to a contemporary audience. Tip: Bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

(Unfortunately when they said "no costumes", the women were still wearing clothes...)

"To check on weather cancellations, call: 978-314-6403"

FRI 8/15 to SUN 8/17

Various Times
Bicycle Film Festival
at Various Locations
$10 per program

The national Bicycle Film Festival is coming to town for the first time. All sorts of of bikes and biking are represented in 6 programs of shorts -- and some long-forms. Tickets for screenings are available online (including a $27 festival pass for all 6 screenings).

FRI 8/15

"Greatest Hits"
"Bike Car"
at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville
$10 each
SAT 8/16

"Road to Roubaix"
"Fun Bike Shorts"
"Urban Bike Shorts"
at Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston (Seaport/South Boston) $10 each

"Bikes Rock!" After Party
Team Robespierre, Truman Peyote, DJ Etan, DJ Mark Pearson
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 (FREE w/ BFF Ticket) / 21+
SUN 8/17

Urban Bike Ride & Bike-in Brunch
start at Christian Science Center Plaza, 175 Huntington Ave, Boston
to Grand, 374 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)

Looks like a ride around Boston then a free meal waiting at the end...
Valet bicycle parking provided by MassBike at all screenings.

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SAT 8/16

10am to 5:30pm
Cambridge Discovery Days
at Various Locations around Cambridge

Learn about Cambridge History in approximately one hour tours/presentations...

SAT 8/16

Revolutionary Water Gun Battle
Location revealed in registration confirmation email, Somewhere around Boston

You need to register by 6pm on FRI 8/15. See the post below.

FYI: On 8/16/1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington, Vt.

SAT 8/16

2pm to 4pm
Susan Tiberghien, "From Journal Entry to Personal Essay"
at Grub Street, 160 Boylston, 4th floor, Boston (Boston Common)

Umm... There's a difference between a journal entry and a personal essay...?

(Maybe I should go.)

SAT 8/16

4pm to 6:30ish
Field Trip #6
Feat: Nmperign, Baba Yaga, Earth People Orchestra, Dan Blakeslee, The Accident That Led Me To The World
meet at Green Street T Stop, about 150 Green St, Jamaica Plain

The last Field Trip! Listen to good music, take a little walk, listen to more good music, take a little walk. Repeat.

SAT 8/16

7pm to 9:30pm
KC and The Sunshine Band, Ball in the House
at Hatch Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Storrow Dr, Boston

Disco party by the river!

SAT 8/16

+/-, Broken River Prophet, Animal Hospital, Ba-Na-Nas
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 advance / $10 day of show / 18+

+/- and Broken River Prophet are very good. Am not so excited by Animal Hospital and Ba-Na-Nas, but there's a Cupcake Happy Hour from 9pm to 10pm (while supplies last) from Somerville's Kickass Cupcakes!! (Ba-Na-Nas should be entertaining, and Animal Hospital is on the opposite side of the "energy" spectrum...)

SAT 8/16

Black Mosettes (Midnight), The Territories (11pm), The Lyres (10pm), Ted Wyman (9pm)
at Cantab Lounge / Club Bohemia, 738 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

The Lyres can be enough reason to go to a rock show, and Black Mosettes sound pretty good.

SAT 8/16 and SUN 8/17

Happy Tax Holiday weekend!

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SUN 8/17

10am to 5pm
August Moon Festival
near Chinatown Gateway, about 50 Harrison Ave, Boston
FREE to walk around and watch

SUN 8/17

4pm to 6pm
"Visionaries, Radical Thinkers, and Agents of Change": Walking Tour
meet at Main Gate, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave, Jamaica Plain

Join Dee Morris for a new tour exploring some of the extraordinary people at Forest Hills who helped shape the course of American life in the 19th century: abolitionists, suffragists, educators and spiritualists – as well as pioneering inventors, philosophers and artists whose creativity transformed the world around them.

Wear comfortable shoes and bring water; this is a 2-hour walk (with frequent stops) over varied terrain.
SUN 8/17

4pm to 9pm
India Day
at Hatch Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Storrow Dr, Boston
FREE to walk around and watch

SUN 8/17

Ryan Lee Crosby & Friends
Feat: Tony The Bookie, Mr. Sister, Mike Fiore
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

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