Saturday, November 21, 2009

SUN 11/22: Sale, Art, Classical, Folk, Sexy Trivia, Pop, Rock, Country

Sex, Drugs, and Turkey? Savant Project tonight.
Not a bad Sunday of cheapness... I would've whittled down the music options, but they're good in their own ways.


SUN 11/22

11am to 4pm
Papercut Zine Library Indoor Yard Sale
at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
- Whatever you spend -

About 18 vendors with stuff like books, movies, music, art supplies, clothes, etc. This ain't a holiday listing. There could be some cool stuff there...

SUN 11/22

Noon to 6pm
Annual Open Studios
at Brickbottom Studios, 1 Fitchburg St, Somerville (near Lechmere)
at Joy Street Studios, 86 Joy St, Somerville (near Union Sq)

See art, talk about art, walk to more art, maybe buy some art... About 110 artists in various media are participating between the 2 locations that are quite close to each other.

SUN 11/22

3pm to 5pm
Symphony Orchestray of the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, Turan
at Kresge Auditorium, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge (MIT campus)

There will be no sign of Borat near the Kazakh symphony orchestra and traditional folk ensemble consisting of orchestra members. The classical music will surely be fine, but the Central Asian music with traditional instruments and throat singing. I watched a clip, and it sounds sitting in a Coleridge poem.

Be cautious, I read that it's "free, but tickets are required." If you really want to go, you should call 617-253-2906 for info, or you could show up if you're in the neighborhood. It could be crowded since this is one of the five US tour stops.

SUN 11/22

Sex and Drugs Trivia: Turkey Giveaway
at The Savant Project, 1625 Tremont St, Boston (Mission Hill)

It's like other pub trivia, except topics cover what you really care about... When I helped Team Bostonist win, I think there were 4 rounds that each had a theme that was similar in form to other pub trivia. As far as team sizes, they welcome "3somes, 4somes and full on orgies."

Sex and drugs fun happens almost ever Sunday. I like that tonight's grand prize will be an actual turkey that you can cook.

SUN 11/22

International Pop Overthrow: Night #4
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)

On the last night of IPO, it's pretty much powerpop as you'd expect it. Jangly guitars from bands that probably wear bracelets that say "What Would John, Paul, George & Ringo Do" and frown upon turning amps to 10. It's poppy, but it's the kind that isn't really popular anymore so you don't have to apologize to like it. With 7 bands, that's a pretty decent cover charge ratio...

8pm: Bird Mancini
8:30pm: Salvatore Baglio
9pm: The Dayzies
9:30pm: Skyler
10pm: Powderhouse
10:30pm: Jason Bourgeois & the Silver Jasons
11pm: The Rationales
SUN 11/22

Talk Modern, Quixote, Ghost Box Orchestra
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$7 / 18+

Here are three smart, original rock bands in town. Talk Modern is thick, layered brew of heavy rock riffage. Quixote keeps it interesting from hopping around influences within each song; they play with all sorts of groovy bits of folk and rock to make a new picture of their own.

Instead of bashing through, chord to chord, Ghost Box Orchestra move through musical ideas together like a reptilian rock monster slithering around and rising and pouncing. I didn't really miss the vocals; whenever I started wondering when they were about to sing, the song changed.

SUN 11/22

The Sweetback Sisters
at Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge (East Cambridge)

It's new-time, old-time country from Brooklyn or thereabouts. Is there anything sweeter than those dual-female harmonies in front of a honky-tonking, twangfest? I don't know, you could make up your own mind. (And there's Bridget Kearney on stand-up bass who used to play in a bunch of Boston bands.)

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