Thursday, November 19, 2009

THUR 11/19: Talk, Rock, Comedy, Film, Jazz, Pop

Super Time Pilot
I don't know why everything is starting early tonight. I hope I'm not going to miss something important later...

And again there is too much good stuff happening on one night. The International Pop Overthrow lasts 4 nights, but each show is really good.

For the record, I'm not going to list any event related to Christmas/Chanukah/Kwaanza before Thanksgiving. Starting the holiday crap beforehand is ridiculous.


THUR 11/19

"American Cities At A Crossroads"
at JFK Forum, Belfer Center, 79 JFK St, Cambridge (Kennedy School of Govt)

Mumbles will have a 'conversation' with Greg Nickels (Mayor, Seattle) and Michael Nutter (Mayor, Philadelphia) to be moderated by Bill Purcell (former Mayor, Nashville).

About 20 new mayors from around the country are attending a 3-day seminar at Harvard's Institute of Politics, and this forum is open to the public.

Newly elected mayors include Brockton, Fall River, Worcester, and Newton. Hello, Boston! Wouldn't it have been nice to be able to say "former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino"?

Update: Hey, I just thought that Menino will probably cancel due to his injury.

THUR 11/19

7:15pm to 9pm
Super Time Pilot, Ken Reid, Chris Coxen, Mehran, Sarah Heggan
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$6 / 18+

I met Robbie Roadsteamer last month at the New Alliance Open House last month. He has changed his professional image a few times since I became aware of him, but I was still taken aback by the friendly yet shy fellow that night. I didn't know if he was on something or putting me on, so I decided not to engage into a longer conversation. (Later someone accused me of being an undercover cop...)

In Super Time Pilot, there's a raw earnestness with collaborator Nikki (C4RT, WtLMtS) that still is full of humor. Watch the web series "Quiet Desperation", and you get an idea about this project (along with a general skewering of the Boston music scene).

I assume the comedians will be followed by the Super Time Pilot set. I never thought a song called "Creepy Dickhead Eyes" would be so catchy!

THUR 11/19

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Fellini's "Roma": Screening
at Bartos Theater, Wiesner Bldg, 20 Ames St, Cambridge (MIT campus)

For two hours, you can take a surreal, occasionally meta-cinematic tour of Rome. Some scenes are autobiographical tales from Fellini's life; some are just footage of the Eternal City.

LVAC Film Night is presented in conjunction with the exhibit "Tobias Putrih & MOS: Without Out" (thru SUN 1/3).

THUR 11/19

The Dred Scott Trio
at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
$10 / All Ages

The New York City jazz experience returns to Cambridge. The Dred Scott Trio are the real deal -- hard-swinging, bebop-y piano trio with outside flourishes. There's a cheeky playfulness that that elevates rather than distract even thought they've been known to play covers from Black Sabbath or Blue Oyster Cult.

THUR 11/19

Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Tripping Lily
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

The mad musical genius of the Cape, Chandler Travis has a new solo album "After She Left" where he mellows out a bit for a collection described as "ballads, or near-ballads". I think he still might wear some crazy pajamas tonight... Tripping Lily opens with some ukulele-based folk-rock.

THUR 11/19

International Pop Overthrow: Night #1
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$8 / 21+

Tonight's opener is a mixed assortment of pure pop (Corin Ashley), powerpop (The Buckners, Lemonpeeler), twangy pop (Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch, Satch Kerans), loud garage-pop (The Doom Buggies), and folk-pop (Heath Street).

8pm: Corin Ashley **
8:30pm: Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch
9pm: The Buckners **
9:30pm: Satch Kerans **
10pm: The Doom Buggies **
10:30pm: Lemonpeeler
11pm: Heath Street
Should be a good time. The wonderful Corin Ashley is the perfect guy to kick off the IPO.

THUR 11/19

Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents, Jordan Valentine & The Sunday Saints, The Swinedells, Triple Thick
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$8 / 21+

Super soul band with powerhouse singer Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents has invited another super soul band with powerhouse singer Jordan Valentine & The Sunday Saints to get the joint really jumping with the early-R&B revivalists with a punk spirit The Swinedells and the buzzing garage-rock ruckus of Triple Thick.

I guess Jenny Dee's Thursday-night residency finishes early this month because of Turkey Day...

THUR 11/19

"Self Helpless"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Have you and your friends ever think about making your own movie? This is low-low-budget comedy filmed in Vermont is probably better than what your first couple attempts would produce.

If you can get past the slightly wooden acting and inelegant editing, there's some sparks in this film. It's full of sex-, drug-, and other sophomoric humor as a group of friends try to improve their lives via self-help books. -- I actually laughed out loud at one point in the trailer

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