Tuesday, September 08, 2009

TUES 9/8: Film, Talk, Music, Comedy

Mia Dyson, at Toad tonight
Okay. New week, new promise ahead of us!

The advance tickets for Howard Dean's appearance at First Parish Church seems sold out, but you can always try calling the Harvard Book Store.


TUES 9/8

"O Outro Lado da Rua (The Other Side of the Street)": Screening
at Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St, Arlington

Didn't get enough of Brazilian culture at "Under the Stars" on Saturday of the Independence Festival on Sunday?

As part of the continued Independence celebration, you can watch this thriller in the mold of Hitchcock's "Rear Window".

I know. You're thinking, "Arlington?" but the #77, #80, and #87 buses stop nearby.

TUES 9/8

Christopher Klein, "The Die-Hard Sports Fan's Guide to Boston": Discussion & Signing
at Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

With a town full of "die-hard sports fans", this book is bound to have plenty of bits they don't know (or "known at one point but forgotten").

Author Christopher Klein a comprehensive guide to the Boston Harbor Islands a few years ago, and it seems he's on a mission to compile a series of indispensable handbooks to everything cool about the area. The book covers local sports history way beyond the "Big 4", and there's plenty of tips to stay on top of the current scene.

If you really want to dork out, he's charted out a "Boston Sports Trail" walking tour.

TUES 9/8

Cassavettes (7pm), Mia Dyson (10pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Both sets are really good tonight, but that's usually the case at Toad.

From gig to gig, I've Cassavettes hit multiple points on the roots-to-rock meter. Who knows what mood they'll be in, but the room size suggests they'll be in an easygoing alt-country groove tonight.

For some reason, I haven't paid attention to Mia Dyson despite she's been playing loads of local gigs. It turns out Dyson has a beautifully husky voice, and she writes meaningful songs that complement her bluesy delivery so well. There must be a good story lurking since she's originally from Australia where she won the equivalent of a Grammy in '05. We should catch her solo performances while she's still hanging around town.

TUES 9/8

The Rob Crean Show
w/ AnDrew Mayer, Alvin David, MC Mr. Napkins, D.L. Polonsky, It's From the Sky
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$7 / 21+

It's a comedy show in the format of variety/talk show. Imagine a late-night talk show with various sketches, interviews, video shorts, performances, and a "humorous take on the news" segment. Now imagine it being funny...

A trio of comedians perform tonight including MC Mr.Napkins who is a regular on these nights. He's got the dopest funny-fresh rhymes you've ever heard. (I meant something complementary; I hope that's what I wrote.) My guess is that D.L. Polonsky will present >one of his shorts. It's difficult to tell how much of the humor is intentional, there are laughs in many of his films.

Something very clever is going with It's From The Sky. The website definitely has the feel of an old sci-fi/horror film that they're going for. The rock is pretty darn good too. (Btw, the music is controlled by the radio in the bottom-left corner.)

Members of the Anderson Comedy troupe will probably perform as well.


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