Friday, October 30, 2009

FRI 10/30: Art, Fire, Walk, Rock, Laughs

I'm getting tired of including a note that "costumes are encouraged." If you go anywhere today or tomorrow, just assume that you can get dressed up and pretend to be someone (or something) else.

[Sorry about the post order... This was buried a few entries down. -rob]


FRI 10/30

6pm to 8pm
Opening Reception:
Jason O'Keefe, "Monsters On My Mind"
Marielle Sinclair, "Dust Collectors"
Tom Dupere, "Heroes For Ghost"
Stones, "Fuzzy Nightmares"
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. This has the makings of a cool exhibit -- and a good first stop of the night.

Jason O'Keefe and Marielle Sinclair each work in sculpture; but their materials include wax, duct tape, fabric, wire, and hair to create some strange objects. Tom Dupere and Stones mostly paint on wood and other non-canvas materials.

Have you ever been to Medieval Manor? Space 242 is in the front of the building.

FRI 10/30

Iron Pour
at MassArt Courtyard, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston (The Fens)
FREE / All Ages

Feat: The Body, The White Mice, Bad Dream, Bear Hug

It might depend on your level of pyromania, but even sane people will think this is a pretty cool event. While you wait for the molten metal, people are throwing fire around in a variety of styles as bands play. The music seems like intense stuff, which seems appropriate for Devil's Night.

Eventually they start pouring the iron into various shapes, and the sparks fly. And it's really beautiful.

If it gets crowded in the courtyard, they don't seem to discourage people from finding a window view from above. I prefer getting as close as possible for maximum coolness factor. What's a few burning embers between friends...?

FRI 10/30

7pm to 9pm
All Hallow's Eve Walk
at Valley Gates Parking Lot, Circuit Dr, Boston (Franklin Park, between Playstead and Golf Course)
FREE / All Ages

For something completely different than an iron pour, you could go for a nighttime walk with the moon as your only light. It could even get a little creepy, especially being with strangers who are walking in the woods on a Friday night...

"No flashlights allowed. Wear good walking shoes."

For more information and/or RSVP, email or call 617-442-4141.

I wish they still had a decent map on their website, but here is a PDF map of the park.

FRI 10/30

Scott Bishop (Midnight), Topheavy (11pm), Old Jack (10pm), I Pistol (9pm)
at Cantab Underground / Club Bohemia, 738 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 / $5 with costume

Halloween's super-tasty power-popping, brain-eating rock party with four bands who pump out some the catchiest stuff in town. I'd consider going to a show if any of these bands were on the bill, but here are wall-to-wall goodness -- er... I mean pure evil!

Bands will be wearing costumes. You could win a prize for your costume and -- even better -- get a discount for getting in the spirit.

FRI 10/30

The Daily Pravda (Radiohead), Televandals (The Clash), The Honors (The Smiths), Lindsey Starr & the Chemical Smiles (The Sounds)
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+

Just to show you that the Halloween-band-switcheroo doesn't get old, The Pill is hosting their 7th annual party.

The Daily Pravda are supposed to be doing early Radiohead before they got experimental. Although they've appeared before (Bowie in '07, Suede in '06), it looks like a 'tribute' has never been repeated. I'm shock they haven't had someone do The Smiths yet... There could be a lot of memorable moments. Anything associated with The Clash is cool, and Televandals are hot right now.

When not hearing homage to three awesome bands and one cool Swedish band, you'll hear the dancingest rock around.

I bet people will be dressed up (as hipsters at the very least).

FRI 10/30

Union Square Round Table: "Lives Were Ruined By It"
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$8 -- 21+ / $11 -- 18+

This is a pretty fun and funny way to spend an occasional Friday. You may get a feeling that the weird, talented guy down the street has assembled a bunch of his friends to put on a variety show in a basement. It's not a basement, and there's an adjoining bar with reasonably priced drinks.

Tonight's theme being "Lives Were Ruined By It", I think this might be the least "Halloween" gig of the night.

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

Musical guest: Thick Shakes, who will probably just rawk out as themselves.

FRI 10/30

Tori Pyne as Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem
at Porter Belly's, 338 Washington St, Brighton (Brighton Center)
FREE / 21+

Muppet Rock -- inspired choice, if you ask me -- pre-Halloween Show. Lotsa potential here. Just think about the drummer dressed like Animal. I'd like to think that all the sexy nurses will rip their clothes off when they play "Mahna Mahna"...

FRI 10/30

Cathy Cathodic, Shepherdess
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

There's a lot of female energy. It seems like Cathy Cathodic is not just rapping but is in the midst of a performance art piece. She decorates the stage area and the raps push the envelope in comical and serious ways. The name "Shepherdess" denotes a woman in charge, but being a female-fronted band isn't the prominent feature in my mind. I dig the slightly askew, catchy songs couched edgy indie-rock.

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