Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WED 8/25: Revue, Classical, Country, Film, Rock

I'm listing a couple outdoor events, because the rain is supposed to pass by the early afternoon. It's not going to be picnic weather, but you could stand around and listen to classical or country music.

On a rainy day, I love watching a movie: "Happy-Go-Lucky" is the most recent Mike Leigh movie. I don't think the North End Public Library (5:30pm) has a large viewing area, but British cinema doesn't get much better...


WED 8/25

6:30pm to 9pm
"Skewed & Screwed Revue II"
at All Asia, 332 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5 / 19+

Feat: Rob Crean, Ben Reynolds, Melsen Carlsen, Christina "Cricket" Barretti-Sigal, Bri Broken, Th' Bones & Roses Circus Sideshow, members of Rogue Burlesque

MC: Johnny Blazes

Most of these comedy/music/burlesque/carnival shows don't usually start this early, so one can see some wild fun and get home at a reasonable time.

This variety show is a benefit to assist a couple under financial stress after likely losing a job to transgender discrimination. A portion of the proceeds will also go to other LGBT folks who find themselves in similar situations. There will be live & silent auctions too.

WED 8/25

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, "Classical Gems"
at Hatch Shell, Storrow Dr, Boston (Charles River Esplanade)
at Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury St, Boston (Back Bay)


Haydn, "Symphony No. 88"
Beethoven, "Symphony No. 1"
Prokofiev, "Symphony No. 1"
We don't need to question why this orchestra give us free 'gems'. Let's just share their love of music and enjoy a little culture.

I have a feeling this will be moved to the rain location (Church of the Covenant) for a more comfortable listening experience.

WED 8/25

7pm to 9pm
Danny Gokey, Jandee Lee Porter
at City Hall Plaza, Boston (Govt Center)

Umm, I don't watch "American Idol" (Season 8). When I have the urge to hear country music, I'm going to dial up some Hank or Cash or Merle or Yoakum.

If it's not raining, there will be country music on the stage. Thanks, Hopalong Menino.

WED 8/25

"Mission Park": Premiere Screening
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

A father-and-son director team have created a movie about local superheroes who have teamed up for a night of crime-fighting. They filmed the majority in front of a green screen, so the final product has been given the style of watching actors inhabiting a comic-book world.

I'm not sure if tickets are still available, but you can email them.

WED 8/25

The Major Stars (11pm), Martha's Vineyard Ferries (10pm), Tre Orsi (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

There are three good bands on the bill, but this may be the second performance on the The Martha's Vineyard Ferries who may or may not gig again after their next show. I'm not sure if you can manipulate the dates on MySpace, but Bob Weston (Shellac, etc), Chris Brokaw (Come, etc), and Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots) first started fooling around in '07 then recorded an EP last year (which may be for sale before official release). The one song sounds awesome, and there's doubt of full-on excellence from these friends' "fake band".

The Major Stars make some beautiful rock noise (and now you can't visit Wayne in Harvard Sq whenever you like). Tre Orsi also make a big, full din that's more NYC than their native Texas.

WED 8/25

Sean Bones, You Can Be a Wesley, The Novel Ideas
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston

Sean Bones and You Can Be a Wesley played a gig together last month, so it must've gone well. For a rocker who does this reggae-influenced thing on the side, Sean Bones sounds pretty good and is more convincing by not trying to sound like a Jamaican guy.

You may not be a "Wesley", but the message is apparently that you can. If it means playing tangy indie-pop, then you could stand back and let You Can Be A Wesley do their thing. The Novel Ideas cook up an understated rock that could easily get under your skin and become one of your favorites. Give them a listen even if you don't go.

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