Friday, May 29, 2009

FRI 5/29: Art, Film, Rock, Doctor Who

Hi, how are you? Good.

Besides the occasional chaotic distractions (managers making me dance to oldies), I'm doing alright.


FRI 5/29

6pm to 8pm
Opening Reception:
Joe Keinberger, "Wide-Eyed & Ghostlike"
Michael Lehman, "Cartoon Cauldron"
Matt Towler, "Homunculus"
at Space 242, 242 E Berkeley St, 2nd Fl, Boston (South End)

You can probably still RSVP for tonight. The beer still flows fairly well, and the art is always interesting. (I almost bought something for $40, but someone bought it 30 seconds before me. Here is a bit about my first Space 242 night.)

FRI 5/29

7pm to 8:30pm
Birds & Bards Festival Movie Night
at Franklin Park Golf Club House, 1 Circuit Dr, Boston
FREE / All Ages

Short films from the Roxbury Film Festival will be shown "featuring youth poetry, fitting in, and growing up."

The weather may not cooperate, but the "Birds & Bards Festival" has various events at Forest Hills Cemetery, Arnold Arboretum, and Boston Nature Center.

FRI 5/29

Township (12:20am), The New Collisions (11:25pm), Televandals (10:35pm), The Lights Out (9:45pm), Logan 5 & The Runners (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 / 18+

If there was sucha thing as too many good bands on one bill, this might be it. It's an "EP release" show for The New Collisions, but there will be no CD's or vinyl. (It's a download, baby! Who needs tangible!? Oh, you do? You can get a flash drive.) The cool thing about their new wave-y sound is that Greg Hawkes of The Cars digs the band and contributed to the recording and will sit in with the band tonight. All those killer keyboard parts originated from this man!

It's a complementary line-up all the way through. Televandals mix rock and dark, new wave influences together (that remind me of Bauhaus/Love & Rokets). Logan 5 & the Runners offer more synthiness to the rock, and it's got more of a Brit-rock vibe and swaggering vocals. The Lights Out dish out pop-rock with a double extra-side of catchy hooks. Township won the Rumble in '07 and gives classic 70's-rock stylings an update.

FRI 5/29 & SAT 5/30

Hooked on Who III
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 minimum donation

This is becoming a semi-regular program every few months. It was fun in a midnight-movie kind of way on the night I went.

Tom Baker was "The Doctor" I grew up with, so I prefer seeing those classic episodes. If you like the pretty boy Doctor, David Tennant, there's the Saturday night show.

It is strongly suggested that you RSVP, and they ask your donation amount -- $5 suggested. (There's a "HOOKED ON WHO" t-shirt offer for a $25 donation.) There were empty seats on that Sunday night many moons ago, so you might have a chance to get in without registering in advance.

FRI 5/29

Tom Baker in "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang"
SAT 5/30
Tom Baker in "The Pyramids Of Mars"

David Tennant in "Silence In The Library" & "Forest Of The Dead"
FRI 5/29

Union Square Round Table: "The Briny Deep"
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 -- 21+ / $13 -- 18+

The theme is "The Briny Deep", but someone at USRT hates phony pirate patois. So you may hear none -- or it'll be all over the place just to irritate him. It definitely feels like some of your friend decided to put on a variety show, if your friends were very creative/talented/funny.

Probably featuring: Chris Braiotta, Nick Branigan, Steven Derocher, Marian Didio, Keira Horowitz, Caitlin Roy, TD Sidell

Plus author Erik P. Kraft, journalist Michael Brodeur, and indie-pop couple Cotton Candy

The Phoenix claimed there is going to a performance/reading of "The Young Turtle Asymmetries", if you're into experimental poetry.

FRI 5/29

"Muck & the Mires vs. Andrea Gillis"
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)

This is going to be a fun show where both bands will play 2 sets alternating back and forth. Muck & the Mires won Little Steven's best garage-band competition a few years ago, and I don't think anyone has claimed the crown since then. They seriously rip it up. The Andrea Gillis Band is definitely a match with Andrea's powerfully soulful vocals that could be compared to an early-Tyson body blow.

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