Friday, November 05, 2010

Sneak Peek: FRI 11/5 & SAT 11/6

I guess I really wanted to post my weekend preview last night, so here it is... More to come.

I don't think it's time to start thinking about Christmas yet, but if you're going to go to the Boston Christmas Festival (11/5 to 11/7) you should print out the $2 admission coupon.


FRI 11/5 and SAT 11/6

10am to 2pm
Open House/Studios
at North Bennet Street School, 39 N Bennet St, Boston (North End)

Satuday: 10am to 3pm

Founded as a vocational school over 100 years ago, there is a lot of fine craftsmanship happening there, such as furniture/carpentry, jewelry, and musical instruments. It's not only restoration, but the students create some fine pieces that are sold in the downstairs gallery.

FRI 11/5

5pm to 9pm
First Friday Open Studios
at SoWa Arts Bldg, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston (South End)

Unless you actually spend a full 4 hours, it's doubtful that you'd get to all of the approx. 50 artist studios. Don't fret, because this happens on the first Friday of every month. Go in a direction or pick a floor or just wander around until you see something you like through an open door.

FRI 11/5

6pm to 8pm
"Our Town: Art of and About Somerville": Opening Reception
at Nave Gallery, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville (Teele Sq)

Do others love Somerville too? Art from more than a dozen artists that represent "scenes from Somerville".

You might see "Cloudbuster, Skunk's magical disco bike" tonight...

Exhibit on display through 11/21

FRI 11/5

Gary Dell’Abate, "They Call Me Baba Booey. Baba Booey! Baba Booey!"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Howard Stern's longtime producer has a book and must have a load of stories including his personal life. This should be something like a reading, Q&A, and book signing.

Tickets available at Harvard Coop or by phone (617-499-2012) or by email(?).

FRI 11/5

7pm to 9pm
Guy Fawkes Pub Night
at Old State House Museum, 206 Washington St, Boston (Government Center)

It's Guy Fawkes Day! No fireworks tonight at this pub-quiz night on British & American history where you can "come in teams, or make a team when you get here."

Who cares if you win, when admission includes two tickets redeemable at the bar for beer or other beverages. (Nice!)

FRI 11/5 (thru SUN 11/7)

The International Pop Overthrow: Night #3
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+

7:30pm -- Bird Mancini
8:15pm -- The Beauty & Disturbance Orchestra
9pm -- Fox Pass
9:45pm -- Popfilter
10:30pm -- The Mesmerines
11:15pm -- Watts
Heavy on the 'seasoned' bands tonight for powepop and garage.

FRI 11/5

Anderson Comedy: The Gas
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$5 / 18+

Feat: Dr. Otis' Birch Branch Radio Show, Katie Lasky, The Donkey Brothers, Rob Crean, Freddie Nachos, Nate Johnson, Andrew Mayer, Raj Sivaraman

Dr. Otis' Birch Branch Radio Show is a parody of an ol'-time country radio show (presented as part of the Boston Comedy Festival), and there will be a big barrel of more comedy too.

Do you have a friend? Grab a Weekly Dig (kiosk on the Great Scott corner?) and tear out the 2-for-1 coupon on page 8.

FRI 11/5 (and SAT 11/6)

"Gram National": Tribut to Gram Parsons
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)

Gram Parsons started The International Submarine Band while he was a student at Harvard, and the rest is country-rock history. Loads of Americana, alt-country, cow-punk etc will do their thang in celebration of the pioneer -- and probably throw in a Parsons cover here and there.

Friday Schedule:
7:30pm -- Jenee Halstead
8pm -- Maynard & the Musties
8:50pm -- Brian Molnar & Naked Hearts
9:40pm -- Cosmic American Derelicts
10:30pm -- Lydia Loveless
11:20pm -- Twang 'em High
12:10am -- Highway Ghosts
1am -- Jenee H. & Lydia L. Together
Saturday Schedule:
7:30pm -- Jenee Halstead
8pm -- Rocking Horse Rodeo
8:50pm -- Lynda Lucas
9:40pm -- Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch
10:30pm -- The Molenes
11:20pm -- 25 Pearl
12:10am -- Loose Salute
1am -- Lynda Lucas w/ Derelicts
Notice how the last set is a combination of two previous performers.

If you go on Friday, you can buy a $5 ticket for Saturday's show. And if you show up early enough tonight, you might get a free commemorative t-shirt (while supplies last).

FRI 11/5

The Pill w/ Zambri
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$5 / 21+

I'm not sure Zambri is what I call music to dance to -- but what do I know... It's good stuff though; maybe a good time to chill out for a few minutes. And you're probably going to want to see them before your friends who didn't go to CMJ.

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SAT 11/6

11am to 5pm
Boston Lyric Opera Open House
at Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St, Boston (Theatre District)

SAT 11/6 and SUN 11/7

Noon to 6pm
South Boston Open Studios
The Distillery, 516 E 2nd St & King Terminal, 570 E 1st St, Boston (Southie)

Noon to 6pm
Fenway Open Studios
at Fenway Studios, 30 Ipswich St, Boston (The Fens/Back Bay)

Noon to 6pm
Waltham Open Studios
at Waltham Mills, 144 Moody St, Waltham

Noon to 6pm
Roslindale Open Studios
around Roslindale

What the heck is up with all the open house/studios on one weekend?

Some of these are mainly in one spot, so there's not really much walking. I've been to a few of them, and I think you can see some cool stuff at any location -- maybe even find some gifts...

I kinda like the idea of the opera open house to get a behind-the-scenes look.

SAT 11/6

1pm to 4pm
Field Hockey Afternoon Pick Up Game Tournament
at McKinney Field, 68 Faneuil St, Brighton

I thought this might be fun if there are some field hockey players who haven't heard of this yet.

Show up at 1pm to get on a pick-up team and play a round-robin tournament.

"Shinguards and mouthguards are mandatory. Please bring a white shirt and a dark shirt."

SAT 11/6

Dawes: Performance & Signing
at Newbury Comics, North Market Bldg, 4 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston (Faneuil Hall)

Some folk rock before they play at Royale.

SAT 11/6

Bell & The Bees, Polly Pockets, Thundersun
at Frida Bee, 1297 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)

Bell & The Bees celebrate their CD Release at a funky vintage store. Good on them and their earthy, folky music. They're joined by more trippy folkiness of Thundersun and a solo project from Sarah of Drug Rug.

SAT 11/6 (and SUN 11/7)

The International Pop Overthrow: Night #4
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+
7:30pm -- Cliff Hillis
8:15pm -- Pleasant Sweaters
9pm -- Hannah Cranna
9:45pm -- The Shellye Valauskas Experience
10:30pm -- The Irresponsibles
11:15pm -- The Grip Weeds
A pretty strong variety for the powerpop lover.

SAT 11/6

Young Adults, Girlfriends, Doomstar!, earthquake party!
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 21+

This is a killer fuzzy/noisy/psych/punky show from top to bottom!

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