Thursday, October 28, 2010

THUR 10/28: Halloween, Interactivity, Dance

D'oh! I fell asleep before doing a Halloween weekend post. Hopefully today/tonight, and I'll try to update the calendar.


THUR 10/28

6pm to 10pm
"Hellbound: The Party"
at Tommy Doyle's, 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 / 21+

Hang out with comics artists while they celebrate their collection of one-page horror stories, "Hellbound". There will be sketching battles, a costume contest, and an auction for special editions of the book.

All proceeds benefit the Boston Comics Roundtable. (Cool poster, no?)

THUR 10/28

"The Ego & The Oracle" w/ Jim's Big Ego
at The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$10 / 13+

The first time I saw "The Ego & The Oracle", I really just wanted to see Jim's Big Ego perform and was amused by the interactive question portion. ("Elvis Costello did a "wheel of song" tour back in the '80s, so that's cool," I thought.)

It turned out to be rather eerie and mystical as the audience would have their questions answered by the song that they spun and subsequently played by JBE. After the song, there's a discussion to interpret the answer provided by nebulous "The Oracle".

The beauty is Jim's Big Ego has a giant barrel of awesome folky-rockish songs, and the subject matter is varied to offer almost any response to any question. I'll repeat myself:

If there was any justice, this metaphysical music/comedy show would be playing 6 nights a week in a big theatre, and no one would know "Shear Madness". (Maybe the guys in the band should paint their faces blue...?)
If you can't make it tonight, go to the THUR 12/2 show.

THUR 10/28 (thru SUN 10/31)

"Choose Your Own Opera Adventure: An Original Cabaret"
at Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)

In their continuing efforts to bring fresh and exciting opera productions to the people (Best-show-title-ever contender: "Goethe Your Hand Off My Heine"), OperaHub mashes classic selections of the genre into an interactive cabaret format.

Over the next 4 days in 4 locations, they're doing 5 shows that will each be different thanks to the whim of the audiences.

The other shows:

6:30pm & 8pm
at VFW George Dilboy Post, 371 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
at Brookline Public Library, Main Branch, 361 Washington St, Brookline
at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain
If you want to reserve tickets, send an email with your name, phone number, requested performance date, and number of seats requested.

THUR 10/28

A Night of Halloween Covers: The Misfits, Black Flag, Face to Face, Refused, The Descendents
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+

Like one of the gigs yesterday, most of these groups consist of players from various bands to bring you a "Punk Rock Halloween" organized by Born of Fire who organizes a regular night of metal (at O'Brien's?).

Midnight -- "Misfits"
11pm -- Black Flag"
10pm -- Face to Face"
9:15pm -- Refused" (by Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan)
8:30pm -- Descendents"
People are "strongly encouraged" to dress up.


THUR 10/28

BrownBoot as The Faces (Midnight), John Powhida as Todd Rundgren (11pm), Preacher Roe as Guided By Voices (10pm), The Gilded Splinters as The Rolling Stones (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

On the other hand, bands also do pretend-to-be-another-band gigs. This is another of the BrownBoot/Faces performances of the season. Not only does John Powhida look a bit like Todd Rundgren, I know he's a big influence on Powhida. You also get the repertoire of two of the greatest rock 'n roll bands (in their different ways).

THUR 10/28

"Fela Lives!: A Felabration"
at Milky Way Lounge/Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)
$5 before 10pm / $10 after

I don't list a lot of dance night events, but Fela Kuti made so much ridiculously funky music in his lifetime that I have to give a little recommendation to this traveling tribute with DJ's, live West African drumming, and film/video (like Fela documentaries, etc).

It looked a good time in this video of last year's party at All Asia Cafe.

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