Friday, November 04, 2011

FRI 11/4: Open Studio, Film, Comedy, Music

Peelander-Z, at Church tonight
If you you're thinking in advance:

You might want to get an advance ticket ($5/21+) for the "Oxy-Morons" screening (SAT 11/5) at Royale.

Stuff is throwing another 'party' with RSVP on MON 11/7 at The Kinsale (6pm to 8pm). It looks like free Irish whiskey drinks and beer...

If you want to see Cuba Gooding Jr and a documentary about the Tuskegee Airmen, there is a screening at the Harvard Kennedy School in about 2 weeks (11/14). You have until noon on WED 11/9 to enter the lottery for a seat.

The holiday season is almost upon us, and the City of Boston has a site that annually offers discounts to programs like Handel's "Messiah", Jim Brickman: A Christmas Celebration, Christmas Celtic Sojourn, and so on.


FRI 11/4 (and SAT 11/5)

Various Times
19th Annual Open House/Open Studios
at North Bennet Street School, 39 N Bennet St, Boston (North End)

Friday -- 10am to 2pm
Saturday --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.

Since most of my visit was spent talking to people in the downstairs gallery/shop and in the piano room looking at their inner workings, I can't say much except it's an interesting stop if you're going to be in the neighborhood.

FRI 11/4

6pm to 9pm
Josh Bernstein, "Brewed Awakening": Book Launch Party
at Meadhall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge (Kendall Sq)

To celebrate a book on American Craft beer, the author will do a couple short readings. There will be other fun like prizes for "literary-looking" people.

The Pretty Things folks will have several brews on tap including (the last keg of their 2010 barleywine).

Or you could hang out and drink with friends...

FRI 11/4

"Face of the Enemy": Screening & Discussion
at Bright Screening Room, Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
$10 / $7.50 seniors / $5 students w/ ID, under 18

Director Hassan Ildari is an Emerson faculty member who made the film about the '79 Iran hostage crisis in 1989.

It's been described as a "political thriller that looks into the personal and political nature of tyranny and... the inhumanity of high-stakes international politics". Ildari will be there to talk film and politics.

FRI 11/4

The Gas: "Funny As Hell: A Showcase of Unbelievers"
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston

Feat: Joe Desimone, Nick Palm, Brett McCabe, Guitler Raphael, Erik Levi, Matt Devlin, Mike Abramson, Peter Rogier, Alingon Mitra

Let's go out on a limb and say this will be the best atheist/humanist/agnostic comedy this weekend. There will surely be other kinds of jokes, but doesn't a theme give you an idea of what you're going to hear.

This is one of those appealing weekly shows where you can laugh at the beginning of the weekend for a low cover, drink cheap beer, and still have time to do something else. Or stay and dance with "The Pill" at no extra cost.

I didn't see it this week, but sometimes there is a 2-for-1 coupon in the Dig or the Phoenix.

FRI 11/4

Peelander-Z (Midnight), Black Helicopter (11pm), The Cretins (10pm), Moe Pope & Quills (9pm)
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$5 / 21+

It's been 4 years since Church turned the Linwood Grille into a much better club (and restaurant) by moving the stage and investing in a better sound system. There's been a lot of good shows including tonight's lineup.

Since a variety of sounds fill the room, it makes sense to kick things off with local hip-hop up-'n-comers Moe Pope & Quills. It gets punky with The Cretins, then Black Helicopter goes a little harder. The finale is crazy and wild 'anime-punk' from Peelander-Z who may or may not indulge in wacky stage antics (but they probably will).

FRI 11/4

Suit of Hair (Midnight), Starnes & Shah (11pm), Cilla Bonnie (10pm), Kaitlin Dibble's Delusions of Grandeur (9pm)
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+

I'm not sure how this line-up will flow, but they all sound good enough separately to suggest a show at my least favorite room in town.

It never hurts to start with bluesy, rootsy singer-songwriter Kaitlin Dibble (and Delusions of Grandeur) that leads into the folky/soulful-pop of Cilla Bonnie.

Folk-rock duo Starnes & Shah moved to Boston a few years ago, and I remember really liking their harmonies -- even though they moved again. Suit of Hair also knocked me back initially with a skewed angle that reminded me of GBV and TMBG while following their own twisted path.

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