Tuesday, August 30, 2011

TUES 8/30: Film, Book, Hula, Rock

Yeah, not a bad variety for a Tuesday night...


TUES 8/30

Various Times
Double Feature: "Citizen Kane" & "The Devil and Daniel Webster"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$9.75 / $7.75 student / $6.75 senior

2:15pm, 7pm -- "Citizen Kane"
4:45pm, 9:30pm -- "The Devil and Daniel Webster"
On a beautiful day like this, I don't really recommend spending 4 1/2 hours in a dark theatre. On the other hand, it is "Citizen Kane".

The connection between the two films is iconic film composer Bernard Herrmann who created the score for both.

TUES 8/30

Tom Perrotta, "The Leftovers": Reading
at Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge (near Star Market)

Tom Perrotta has a new book, and I can say first-hand several have been enjoyable reads. A couple have been adapted into films ("Election", "Little Children"). I'd be willing to take a chance to hear some of his latest novel. (He lives in Belmont, which is kinda cool too.)

There's another local reading at Newtonville Books next Tuesday.

TUES 8/30

8pm to 10pm
Hula Workshop
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

There are regular hula lessons down in Cranston, RI, where you can study with someone who learned in Hawaii and has been sharing her knowledge for a couple decades.

No one has to get up and join in, but you really want to learn a few moves. Don't you? Still it might be amusing to ask up the tunes and culture after a tropical storm has passed through town.

TUES 8/30

Pray For Polanski (12:15am), Klezwoods (11:15pm), Electric Simcha (10:15pm), Cradle To The Grave (9:15pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

It's a klezmer/rock arty in the middle of the week. Maybe your weekend fizzled out due to anticipated catastrophe. If you weren't seriously affected by Irene, there's no point in sitting home because others are flooded or have no power. Perhaps you should celebrate that you're doing alright.

The night goes from zero to 60 rather quickly with the punchy rock 'n roll of Cradle to the Grave. These guys have al played in other excellent bands to make a new rock attack.

From Philly comes the "old-school Hasidic punk rock" of Electric Simcha, as if the "new-school Hasidic punk rock" was running rampant... It's a strange chanting over Eastern European-influenced rock. The Klezwoods take a more traditional approach with loads of strings and horns, but they throw in a bunch of other bits for a fresh take.

I've been digging Pray for Polanski for a while, and they keep sharpening their twangy indie-rock sound. Until now, I didn't think they're cow-punk rhythms match well with a klezmer beat. If they offer up a performance like this clip from a year ago, you'll be glad for the late fun on a school night.

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