Tuesday, June 02, 2009

TUES 6/2: Talking, Eating, Singing

When I saw a photo that matched the drawing of the Tomine and Seth, I had to put them together.

(Another reason why I'm glad that I bring my lunch: While I was walking past the cafeteria, I think I heard several dogs barking...)


TUES 6/2

Adrian Tomine & Seth, "Two Comics Masters Discuss Their Craft": Discussion
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 (tix available at Harvard Book Store or 617-661-1515)

It may be difficult for some to admit -- when it's so easy to casually deride -- but there is a difference between comic books and graphic novels. They share a medium and many structural elements, but some writers & illustrators are tackling larger issues. Like "Land of the Lost" will never win the Palme d'Or at Cannes, one can recognize there is a difference between "Apocalypse Now" and a Will Ferrell vehicle.

Adrian Tomine and Seth are two of the best artists to combine image and text, and they will likely discuss their process and works more eloquently than I.

TUES 6/2

Adam Ried, "Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes": Discussion
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)

If you've ever seen "America's Test Kitchen", you'll know Adam as the guy who evaluates various kitchen tools to discover the best value among leading brands. If anyone on the show is more anal retentive than the bow-tied host, it would be Ried -- BUT he knows what he's talking about and is very helpful.

Besides his duties on ATK, Adam is writer/editor whose most recent book of 100 milkshake recipes such as chocolate w/ chipotle & almond, maple-bacon (!), etc.

(FYI: With one milkshake per day, you'd finish up in the middle of September.)

Since it's more interesting to taste milkshakes than hear about them, JP Licks is providing ice cream to make free samples.

TUES 6/2

King Wilkie, Kristin Andreassen, Dave Godowsky
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$6 advance / $7 door / 21+

King Wilkie started out as a band as bluegrass phenoms a few years ago, but they've broadened their sound and slowed the tempos into a country-rock/Amerciana vein. Their latest album "King Wilkie Presents: The Wilkie Family Singers" is a wonderfully-arranged song-set with an array of special guests (e.g. Robyn Hitchcock, Abigail Washburn) joining the fun along the way.

They're beginning a month-long residency tonight with a different openers each week. There will be no shortage of awesome tuneage as Kristin Andreassen and Dave Godowsky will perform opening sets.

Andreassen is a singer-songwriter(-dancer) who performs with various groups, including old-time stringband Uncle Earl, and makes beautiful music on her own. I have a suspicion that some of her local friends will likely join her at some point.

I've listened to Dave Godowsky before, but I had to find out a little bit more about this guy who writes some great hooks and clever lyrics. It turns out he's the A&R Director at Rounder Records. (They can spot great talent, because they have talent.)

There are a couple of indie-rock bands at Great Scott tonight, but I was nonplussed after listening to the musicianship and songcraft of this show.

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