Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WED 12/14: Theater, Music, Comedy

Kay McKinstry, tonight at the Plough & Stars
Yeah, there's only roots music below. I didn't mean to do that...


WED 12/14 (thru SAT 12/17)

Various Times
at Miller & Copeland Studios, 3rd Floor, CFA Bldg, 855 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

Wednesday -- 7:30pm
Thursday -- 7:30pm (talk-back follows)
Friday -- 5:30pm & 9pm
Saturday -- 8:00pm
Maybe a German modernist play about a soldier flipping his lid and killing his lover (based on a true story) isn't exactly holiday fare, but who needs yuletide spirits 24-7?

My interest was piqued when I saw a photo of David Tennant in the role on Duke University's "Woyzeck" mini-site (under "Jealousy & Violence").

They say "tickets are limited and must be reserved by emailing."

WED 12/14

Old Time Music Xmas show
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

Feat: Will Mentor, Notorious, The Hi-Tone Ramblers, The Dixie Buttercups, Put Your Hoe Down, Ed Britt & Don Borchelt, The Dreaded Banjo Orchestra

When they say "old-time", they mean it. These string bands and will be playing a lot of traditional Appalachian music, and there will probably be a bunch of contra dancers. (There will be clogging!")

Even if you don't know the steps, these are the type of people who will gladly help you with the dancing.

Just reading "Dreaded Banjo Orchestra" makes me laugh and gives me the shivers. About a dozen banjoists are led by Rick Lee, and I found a couple mp3's deep in his site. You be the judge.

Festivities are hosted by Sandy Sheehan of Sandy's Music.

WED 12/14

"Yoga Cult Comedy Show"
at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)

Feat: Awkward Compliment, Matt D, Sean Wilkinson, Christa Weiss, Niraj Shah, Laura Crawford

As someone who tries to pay attention, there is indeed a comedy night at the Lily Pad on the second Wednesday of the month. Thankfully people are being funny in Inman Square for the people that didn't realize ImprovBoston moved to Central Sq a couple years ago... And there happens to be an improv group along with the usual stand-up comedy tonight.

They don't serve drinks, so budget some time to pound a couple pints at The Druid or Bukowski's.

WED 12/14 (and 12/21)

Kay McKinstry
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

If you didn't wander into the Plough last Wednesday night, you missed rootsy chanteuse Kay McKinstry and her team of musical ninjas. Fear not, there's always tonight and next week.

On several occasions, I happened to see Kay sing back-up (and knit when not singing) with another band. When she started her own thing, it was a joy to hear her beautiful voice at full strength doing what I'd call torchy, twangy alt-country/Americana.

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