Friday, March 20, 2009

FRI 3/20: Party, Art, Rootsy, Dance, Blues, Film Fest

Things are looking good, my friends. (Even though this is a bit later than usual...)

Btw: If you think you see me out and about, feel free to say hello or "Happy Vernal Equinox".


FRI 3/20

NFT Boston Release Party
at Hong Kong, 1238 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
FREE / 21+(?)

When I saw my buddy's "Not For Tourists" book on a visit to New York, I fell in love. As soon as NFT was available for Boston ('06?), I bought one.

I despise looking like a tourist in any city, yet I love finding my destination as soon as possible. There are maps on almost every page, but the black cover appears to be an average moleskine to any passerby. Even though it's not perfect, it might be the best guide to get around unfamiliar neighborhoods. Sometimes I use it to give directions.

You might get a copy for free tonight. The folks from NFT are having a little party for the new edition with some free snacks and (limited) free drinks.

I plan to be here at some point! Look for the dorky guy drinking a scorpion bowl after the free drinks are done...

FRI 3/20

7pm to 10pm
"The Good, The Bad & The Junkyard": Art Exhibit
at Museum of Bad Art, Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq, Somerville (Downstairs by restrooms)
FREE w/ RSVP (or movie ticket)

It was a bit difficult to understand this, because Junkyard Arts is having an exhibit night at the Museum of Bad Art. MoBA actually houses bad art, and Junkyard is a liaison for a group of actually good photographers, painters, etc including Dagan Barrett, John Bailey, WoodsEdge, Lauren Blais, Manifest Destitute, and Rebecca Wasilewski. I don't know if all are represented tonight, but the artwork sounds reasonably priced ($70 - $150); if you buy it you can take it home tonight. The Somerville News had an informative article about Junkyard Arts.

MoBA is open to all theater patrons, so you can catch a movie and go downstairs. Otherwise you should otherwise RSVP by email (and you could win a "goody bag with gifts, movie passes, and art"). You might still be able to get on the list, or there's an invitation to print on the Junkyard blog that could get you in.

I doubt that there will be free booze (there was grape punch and cheetos at the MoBA reception I attended), but reasonably-priced beer & wine are for sale upstairs. At some point, MoBA founder Louise Sacco will talk about the virtues of good and bad art.

FRI 3/20

Jen Murdza "California or Bust" Farewell Show
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Maybe Jen is yearning for warmer climes... Maybe she has been offered a glimmer of fame... Maybe she has family or friends to see in Los Angeles, but she should go to Nashville.

Jen Murdza may or may not be happy in either place, and the competition will be equally fierce. There are talented, attractive singer-songwriters in both places; but her soulful yet twang-approved music would find comfortable home.

Various guests will join Murdza & band.

FRI 3/20

The Pill w/ The Toothaches
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$5 / 21+

Do you feel like dancing to brit-pop and rock stuff? Want to hear a live set to powerpop where you could even dance to many of their songs?

FRI 3/20

Jeremy Lyons w/ Dana Colley & Jerome Dupree
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Jeremy Lyons is one of our local, musical slices of New Orleans thanks to Hurricane Katrina. It seems the original Deltabilly Boys may have moved on, but guitarist Lyons continues playing his blues around with some of the best players in town like sax titan Dana Colley and drummer Jerome Dupree. Sorta like AKACOD with a male singer/guitarist instead of a female singer/bassist...

If you get there early enough, you won't pay a cover -- if there is one... They're also playing at Toad on Wednesday.

FRI 3/20 (thru THUR 3/26)

Various Times
Boston Underground Film Festival
at Kendall Square Cinema, 1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$8 (individual shows)

Boston hosts a handful of independent/underground film festivals. BUFF offers some movies that are on the cusp of art-house cinema distribution and some that are just too far out. I've seen some shorts and trailers from this year's programs, and there's a lot of good filmmaking even if the production values aren't as slick as you're accustomed to. There is a lot of horror and sex -- but often with a sense of humor and intelligence you'd expect from independent cinema.

Take a chance and see something cool and/or different!

Tonight at Kendall Sq Cinema:

5:30pm -- "Golgotha" (A lighthearted homage to German Expressionism?) w/ "Attackazoids!"
5:45pm -- "Registered Sex Offender" (faux documentary) w/ "The Queue"
7:45pm -- "I Think We're Alone Now" (real, weird doc about Tiffany fans) w/ "Andy", "Steak And Milk"
8pm -- "People Are Animals Too" (feral shorts program)
9:45pm -- "Watch Out" (story about a man who loves himself WAY too much) w/ "Rebel"
10pm -- "Isle Of The Damned" (cannibalistic horror) w/ "Master Vengeancer"
Tonight at Brattle Theatre:
5:30pm -- "Psychedelicinema" (trippy shorts)
7:30pm -- "J. Cannibal's Tapas of Terror": (horror shorts -- "Treevenge" is awesome!!!)
9:30pm -- "Deadgirl" (horror film that might also provoke philosophically) w/ "The Scavengers"
11:55pm -– "Midnight Transgressions" (think about what shorts might qualify for a midnight show at an "underground film festival"...)

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