Monday, December 15, 2008

MON 12/15: Ducks, Brothers, Gold-Diggers, and a Ghoulie

Ah, what can I say. It's Monday... You can either laugh or rock for cheap.


MON 12/15

"Duck Soup" & "Gold Diggers of 1933": Double Feature
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline

Would you believe the Coolidge Corner Theatre opened 75 years ago on December 30th? The main theatre does have the ornate decor of the era, I never really think about how long it's been there with the CVS and Upper Crust next door. They're going to celebrate for months to come with a couple movies from the past 7 or 8 decades each month. Two classics from '33 get the party started.

I'll let other people argue about the best Marx Brothers movie, but this undeniably a classic. Groucho and his kin are so funny, the plot doesn't really matter much. "Duck Soup" does take at politics as Rufus T. Firefly becomes president of the nation of Freedonia. Also playing is one of Busby Berkeley's famous musicals "Gold Diggers of 1933" with plenty of spectacular dance scenes that must have been the era's version of big-budget blockbusters. The famous song "We're in The Money" was popularized in this film.

When these movies came out, there was in the middle of depression with an incoming president. Hmmm...

MON 12/15

Kepi Ghoulie
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Honestly, I didn't know The Groovie Ghoulies were still out there playing, but why not. Right? Turns out the horror punk train made its final stop last year. Bassist/singer Kepi Ghoulie was the main songwriter, so it's no surprise that he is still cranking them out as a solo artist with and without a band. Tonight is a solo acoustic gig, and the new songs sound great. I've heard he usually entertains equally with his between-song banter.

I read that the Plough is closed for a private party until 9:30pm.

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