Thursday, March 12, 2009

THUR 3/12: Film Lecture, Film Party, Non-Film Music

Some Thursdays there are too many cheap things going on. This is not one of them. Maybe I like hanging out at the Plough & Stars, but this is my music pick for the day.

I don't know why, but I can offer some free tickets to another event this weekend. Stay tuned for another post today about the live graphic design event, Cut & Paste Digital Design Tournament.


THUR 3/12

"An Evening with Agnes Varda"
at Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)

Besides being one of the pioneers of French New Wave cinema, Agnes Varda started her career as a photographer. The Harvard Film Archive is in the midst of screening some of her films, and there is an exhibit of her photos ("Les Veuves de Noirmoutier" / "The Widows of Noirmoutier")in the Carpenter Center gallery space through SUN 4/12.

For the exhibit opening, Madame Varda is giving a lecture tonight and should be something like a historical figure talking to you about art and philosophy. A "reception with the artist to follow", which should mean some decent wine & cheese. (They're not going to chintz out with a major French artist.)

THUR 3/12

6pm to 8pm
Boston Underground Film Festival Launch Party
at Space 242, 242 E Berkeley St, 2nd Fl, Boston (South End)

I've met some of the people involved with BUFF, and it's going to be a wild festival program next week. You probably still have a chance to RSVP. Get a sneak preview of the festival, buy a pass, see the current art exhibit, and mingle with intensely creative folks. Maybe even walk out with some giveaways.

See shorts and trailers from films like "9 to 5 Days in Porn", "The Rock-a-fire Explosion", "I Think We're Alone Now", "Anywhere USA", and "Bad Biology".

Here's a good map.

THUR 3/12

The Tillers, Bread & Roses
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

This could be free, but The Tillers are on tour from Cincinnati, so they may need a few bucks. On the other hand, they're three guys who play old-timey music (with guitars, banjos, and a stand-up bass), so their overhead (and/or expectations) may be low... The Plough might not charge a cover... With the economy dropping, maybe it's a perfect time to listen to that "dust bowl era" country/folk/gospel. I especially dig that they look like normal modern guys with tattoos, etc.

Bread & Roses should be in the hearts and on the tongue tips of every Bostonian who loves hard-charging acoustic bands that combine tradition with a punk sensibility. They play their original tunes, old tunes, Irish jigs, country tunes, and whatever else they want. They write worker protest songs, and they're doing an album of songs inspired by WWI. Above all, they sound really good.

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