Monday, June 07, 2010

MON 6/7: Bike Party, Reading, Film, Rock

Oof! What a weekend... Here's to blue skies ahead!

(And 3 more Boston victories...)

Oh, and the Scooper Bowl is back this week (6/8 to 6/10) for $8!


MON 6/7

5pm to 9pm
Annual Bike Party & Benefit
at Redbones, 55 Chester St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

Feat: Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band

Redbones has always been a bike-friendly establishment. For 14 years, they've hosted a benefit-party for MassBike and NEMBA.

Although over $10, you get your money's worth with the food, drink and raffle ticket. In years past the meal has been a Redbones sandwich (meat or vegetarian) with fixin's along with a soft drink or Harpoon beer, which would probably cost more than tonight's donation.

The party factor is easily handled by the crowd and live music from Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band.

Bicycle valet parking is even included, but you don't have to ride a bike to go.

Maybe you'll win one -- the prize list is pretty damn long. Additional raffle tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5. Drawing at 7:30 pm.

MON 6/7

Sebastian Junger, "War": Reading
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Tix available at Harvard Book Store and by phone at 617-661-1515.

The author of "The Perfect Storm" and "A Death in Belmont" periodically spent time with the same platoon in one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan to bring a different insight to the soldiers that are fighting in a land that has never succumbed to foreign forces.

But a writer doesn't spend 5 embedded danger-sessions to find the "big picture". The book recounts first-person experiences of combat scenes as well as what may be some of the most candid interviews from this conflict.

MON 6/7

"Solitary Man"
at Kendall Square Cinema, One Kendall Square, Cambridge
FREE w/ PDF Flyer

Over a 40-year career, Michael Douglas has appeared in a few clunkers. He's also had some great roles and played them as well as they could be done. Everything I've read indicates this is one of the good ones. It may not be a classic, but Douglas has a lot to work with: a sleazy, successful car salesman who loses his business and his family by his own faults.

The PDF flyer would admit two people, but you should arrive early. "Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed."

MON 6/7

The Tenafly Vipers, The Furiousity, Tijuana Sweetheart
at Charlie's Kitchen, 10 Eliot St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 / 21+

When some loud punk-rock and beer (maybe a cheeseburger) is the remedy for shaking off the crap that got thrown as soon as the week began, this could be the show.

The Tenafly Vipers rip it up in a relentless style that leans towards hard-rock; it's the kind of rock that's made rock out for the helluva it. The Furiousity take a leaner punk approach than the Vipers, but there's still a brash, ragged abandon that spells out a fun time. There is a list of reasons for The Kells closing, but I'd like to think Tijuana Sweetheart's song "Fuck the Kells" was one of the nails in the coffin. They should still play it along with the rest of their punky tunes that prove all-female band can be as ballsy as any of the boys.

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