Saturday, February 18, 2012

SAT 2/18: Day Cheapness

Hey, enjoy your Presidents Day weekend!


SAT 2/18

Noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
Annual Bugs Bunny Film Fest: "Chuck Jones Goes Looney"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$9.75 / $7.75 student / $6.75 under-12

Matinees -- Noon, 2pm, 4pm: $7.75 general

I'll always been a fan of Looney Tunes, and I think Bugs Bunny is one of the greatest, most versatile comic actors of all time. Whether he's hippity-hopping to international locales, yukking it up through history, spoofing fairy tales, singing opera, or simply cross-dressing to evade Elmer Fudd -- this rabbit could get you laughing dozens of ways while remaining the same cool smart-ass.

The amazing rabbit's friends like Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig are the focus of today's program (Various through 2/25 for winter school break). Although I've seen the cartoons a million times, it was a different experience to see it on the big screen with a bunch of kids laughing and talking.

SAT 2/18

Sadplant, The Furiousity, The Dead Tricks, Hooks & Sinkers, The Pity Whores
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$7-ish / All Ages

Yes, the all-ages punk matinee. It's been a while since I've been to one, but I contend that people of all ages are welcome. If you can drink legally, you should see a big part of the crowd isn't jaded yet.

They don't have much reason to stand with arms crossed when there are 5 damn-good bands. The Furiousity like a blurb of mine that they put it on their Reverbnation page: “The mostly-female Furiousity bash it out with sassiness, humor, and joie-de-vivre in rough and ragged punk attack.” There's a taste of NYC and CT with The Dead Tricks, Sadplant (who have released 7 albums in 5 years!) and Hooks & Sinkers. And what can I say about The Pity Whores that their Jerry Springer appearance doesn't already say?

In a week when some politicos wanted to turn back the clock on women's rights, I count 3 female bassists on this lineup.

SAT 2/18

"Primary" & "Crisis": Screening & Discussion
at Bright Screening Room, Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington St, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
$10 / $7.50 Seniors / $5 Students

"Filmmaker Robert Drew is scheduled to attend the screening."

Robert Drew will be remembered as a pioneer in documentaries for films like these two portraits with JFK in the middle of the action. They got full access to Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey for 5 days in 1960's "Primary", where they battle for votes in Wisconsin.

After watching "Primary", the President let Drew film the unfolding of how the White House handled Alabama's Governor Wallace when he fought against the University of Alabama's integration in 1963 for "Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment".

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