Thursday, October 01, 2009

THUR 10/1: Talk, Film, Acoustic Goodness, Sondheim

Family Of The Year, tonight at TT the Bears and tomorrow with Ben Folds & Boston Pops
I'm guessing what you're thinking: "Where was that song sampler, mofo?" Yeah. After I got home from dinner, I was about to have a major blogging session; but I laid down first and fell asleep until the morning. Sinatra said it best, "Regrets... I've had a few." It's coming later (probably); it's going to be a busy day.

Shhh... Free drink alert: I was unsure whether I should put this on the open web, but I checked and someone already twittered about it. After 8pm, you can go to RedLine (Harvard Sq) and mention "Thrillist" to the doorman for 3 chips to be redeemed for 3 tall-boy beers.


THUR 10/1

6pm to 9pm
"Be The Change: Surviving and Thriving in the Professional World of Social Change": Panel Discussion
at Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn Street Cambridge
$5 suggested donation

Thinking that you might want to make a difference by working in non-profit or public service field? There's going to be a panel discussion with people that work in the arena will be followed by a "networking hour".

THUR 10/1

"Whip It": Preview Screening
at Loews Harvard Square, 10 Church St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
FREE w/ Flyer

The Phoenix review pretty much panned the movie, but I like roller-derby. And it can't be worse than most major studio crap (especially if you get in free)... Print the PDF flyer, and a friend can join you at the screening -- if you get in.

"Please arrive early. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is NOT guaranteed."

THUR 10/1

Global Voices Film Festival: Launch Party
at Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon St, Boston (Back Bay)
$10 donation

The annual Global Voices Film Festival takes place from THUR 10/8 to SUN 10/11 at various venues around Harvard Sq.

Tonight's party gives you a chance to see previews of the films while enjoying food from local restaurants and beer from Harpoon. The way I look at it is that you don't have to sit through a whole movie if you find it boring (and your admission includes grub that's better then popcorn and a coke).

If you really love documentaries and human rights, tonight you can buy a festival pass to all screenings for $50, which would cover your donation for this party ($10 = tonight's party; $50 = tonight's party + next week's festival pass).

THUR 10/1

The Points North, Gracious Calamity, The Needy Visions
at First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain

There are a lot of alternate venue concerts in JP. Instead of a house, a bunch of neighborhood bands are playing in a church tonight. While I've never been inside, I bet First Church has good acoustics.

I wrote something positive about The Points North, and they put it on their MySpace:

Listening to The Points North gives you the impression that these are age-old songs that were only recently dug out of the ground. Maybe it's the acoustic guitars, accordions, flutes, etc; but it's beautiful stuff that would sound great electric as well.
Gracious Calamity and The Needy Visions (acoustic set) are opening. Starts at 7pm in the Parish Hall at First Church in Jamaica Plain (off Centre St by the Monument.)

Admission includes a copy of a vinyl record from The Points North. Hey, you're bound to go to a yankee swap before the end of the year...

THUR 10/1

The Lost Fingers (11:30pm), Family Of The Year (10:30pm), Sam Calef (9:30pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

I thought I was the only outlet that was hip to The Lost Fingers tip, but I saw an article in the Metro this morning. In fairness I heard their gypsy-jazz version of "Pump Up the Jam" on NPR a couple months ago, and I flipped. Firstly, I love Django Reinhardt and that jazzy bounce of the guitars. Secondly, these dudes from Quebec have released a whole CD of quirky covers including AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Part-Time Lover" by Phil Collins & Phillip Bailey.

Two of the guys in Family of the Year moved to LA from Mass. a few years ago, and now their buzzing band is returning to open for Ben Folds and The Boston Pops tomorrow night after being chosen out of 650 bands who wanted the gig. Others might have also ben worthy, but it's easy to understand why the Family of the Year's lush folk-rock was selected.

I don't say this often, but this would probably be a good choice for a last-minute date option. Even local rock troubadour Sam Calef has an acoustic edge that won't harsh a romantic mood.

THUR 10/1 to SAT 10/3

"Putting It Together"
at Loeb Drama Center, Experimental Theater, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Ever wanted to get acquainted with the songs of Stephen Sondheim? There's a story of a fancy party that provides the anthology of selections from his many musicals.

RSVP by email

(Name and number of tickets would probably be helpful.)

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