Saturday, January 30, 2010

SAT 1/30: Brit Ads, Party, Crawl, Salsa, Punk, Rock

If you want to spend a few extra bucks, Three Day Threshold is hosting their annual "Rodfest" with a bunch of other good bands at The Paradise.


SAT 1/30 (and SUN 1/31)

"Award-Winning British Commercials 2009"
at Institute for Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston (South Boston/Seaport)
$10 / $8 students, seniors

Sunday: 3:30pm

Generally speaking, British commercials are funnier. I’m not suggesting we ask the UK if we can become a colony again -- I’m just saying you’ll laugh more than watching When in Rome or The Tooth Fairy. In about 80 minutes, they show about 100 commercials.

I don’t know how the 2009 crop is overall, but this is a sample...

SAT 1/30

7pm to 10pm
2nd Grandiversary Party
at Grand, 374 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)

Congratulations to Grand for sticking around for 2 years. They’ve done a pretty good job of having fun events, so they’re having a party tonight. If you’ve bought something cool and hip in the past -- or thinking about it -- please RSVP on Facebook. Everything is 20% off all day today, it could be a good time to buy a gift for someone or yourself.

SAT 1/30

8pm to 11pm
Union Sq Snuggie Pub Crawl
start at The Independent, 75 Union Square, Somerville (Union Sq)

Maybe you’ve been itching to go out in your snuggie, but have thought better of it. There’s strength in numbers, and you’ll look less like a fool in a crowd of fool.

There will be snuggie games as you go along. Scheduled stops: The Independent, Precinct, Sally O’Briens, PA's Lounge, Bull McCabe's.

"A percentage of the event's proceeds will be donated to a local youth enrichment program."

SAT 1/30

9pm to 2am
Salsa for Haiti Fundraiser
at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W Newton St, Boston (South End)
$10 suggested donation / 21+

Performances by: Edwin Pabon & Orchestra, Cincoson, Yarina, I-Level Collective, Carlos de Leon y su Conjunto

There seems to be a lot of live performers at this dance party. Besides the usual salsa, crowds get some traditional Ecuadorian dance music from Yarina and Reggae-influenced rhythms by I-Level Collective. As usual, there will be salsa lessons at the beginning for beginners. Food and drinks should be available.

The suggested minimum donation is $10...

SAT 1/30

The Designer Drugs, The Murder, Worm
at Jacques Underground, 79 Broadway, Boston (South End)
$10 / 21+

For the price of admission, you get three kickass flavors of punk downstairs -- and the drag show upstairs. Don’t worry; you don’t have to question your orientation after watching guys dressed up as women...

SAT 1/30

Barrence Whitfield & The Monkey Hips
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5 / 21+

Barrence Whitfield should be more widely as the rock ' soul king of Boston. There are times when I get excited and exaggerate, but this man is amazing. With his mighty soulful singing, he should be in the pantheon of rock/r&b singers. He is something like a missing musical link that skipped from Little Richard directly to the Boston rock scene of the '80s. The Monkey Hips are a squad of rockin' dudes including a sax player.

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