Thursday, August 28, 2008

THUR 8/28: Movies, Comedy & Rock

The Friends Of Eddie Coyle
I know more people read Bostonist than this thing, but consider clicking on my Ben Sisto interview around 2pm today. Reading it is optional...


THUR 8/28

7:30ish (Sunset)
"Planes, Trains and Automobiles"
at Boston Common (NW Corner, near Beacon & Charles St)

"Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is simply one of the best comedies of all time. The jokes are hilarious, and you can feel the heart in it. I'm not going to check if the BPL showed this in their Summer/Xmas series, but they should have...

I'm pretty sure TripAdvisor did this last year too. Catch a free movie, and you can enter to win a free trip. I bet you can get some travel info too, if you were interested...

I'd consider getting there early to get a good spot... maybe have a picnic... make sure their location is correct...

FYI: You can help a young person in need (that miniscule "jet-setter on the go", just kidding!) by bringing gently-used luggage to benefit Suitcases For Kids. The luggage would be for young people who move to different foster homes and things like that...

THUR 8/28

"The Friends Of Eddie Coyle" w/ Intro by Paul Sherman
at The Video Underground, 385 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
$5 Suggested Donation

"The Friends Of Eddie Coyle" is an awesome Boston crime movie featuring one of the best big-screen badasses, Robert Mitchum. Film critic Paul Sherman will tell you all about it in his introduction. He's written a book about our town film history called "Big Screen Boston", and I've read good things about it. He'll be signing books too, so I think you can buy the book for the low, low price of $16. (Maybe you can talk him down to $15...)

I saw a movie behind The Video Underground last year, and it has a great vibe for a summer night outdoor screening. There are maybe a dozen rows of folding chairs, I think the screen was a wall (perhaps an actual screen)... The donation is strongly suggested, so just pay it. Then you walk behind the counter through the back of the store. BYO drinks (any kind) & food.

THUR 8/28

Punk Rock Stand Up
w/ Dan Crohn, Ken Reid, Dave McDonough, Tim King, Mass Bay Colony Punks
at Abbey Lounge, 3 Beacon St, Somerville (Inman Sq)

So, I doubt you'll hear jokes about The Ramones. The night is meant to be something a little different than most comedy shows. People might feel free to try new stuff... I doubt anyone will wear a tie and a blazer... No Cosby sweaters... or stuff like that.

I can say unequivocally that Ken Reid is one funny dude -- and it's not because he might read this... I haven't heard Dan Crohn's stuff, but he definitely looks funny and that's half the battle. Right? I believe you'll already be in a better mood to yuck it up without the damn two-drink minimum. (Why do comedy clubs have a two-drink minimum? Because they can...? I'm sure it's hard to make it as a club owner, but I don't feel like getting reamed by overpriced drinks. Anywhere.)

After the comedians, the Mass Bay Colony Punks will bring the revolution rock -- and I mean Revolutionary War. Their songs have colonial-period themes. It rocks. It's fun. After some beers, I bet it's funny too.

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