Friday, March 30, 2012

FRI 3/30: Film, Theatre, Music

A few film choices, a few theatre choices, and a few music choices -- not bad...


FRI 3/30

Various Times
"Free Film Fridays"
at Mugar Omni Theater, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

"Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis on day of the event at the box office... limited to (2) shows per person per date."

It's the last "Free Friday" and the schedule has the same program at 4pm, 5pm, 8pm, 9pm: "Tornado Alley" with "New England Time Capsule".

BTW: You can't show up 5 minutes beforehand and expect to get tickets.

FRI 3/30 (thru SUN 4/1)

Various Times
Boston Underground Film Festival
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$10 per screening / $75 festival pass

Friday Schedule:

5:45pm -- "Look at this F*cking Shorts" Program
7:30pm -- "Excision"
9:30pm -- "Smuggler"
11:55pm -- "Rock n' Roll Nightmare"
The annual BUFF is my probably favorite Boston film festival (that are coming in the near future), because they have a nice mix of films that might go to independent cinemas and other films that are really weird.

Whether you go for some shorts, a gorey high school romp, Japanese crime drama, or a cheesy horror classic; you're going to see something that will probably insprire more discussion than "Hunger Games".

FRI 3/30 (thru SUN 4/1, WED 4/4 thru 4/7)

"Beckett Shorts"
at Zero Church Street, below First Parish Church, 0 Church St, Cambridge
FREE w/ Registration

Feat: "Come and Go", "Play", "Not I", "Footfalls", "Rough for Radio II", "Quad", "Act Without Words II"

Maybe Samuel Beckett isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I dig his existentialist dark humor. Some of these short plays have been described as "humorous", "neurotic" and "dystopian".

Even when it's too avant-garde to feel like one can even understand, that's when our interpretation is completely valid.

I think it's cool that he would drive a young (but still large) Andre the Giant to school.

Note: Tickets are complimentary, however an advanced ticket reservation is required.

FRI 3/30 (and SAT 3/31)

Various Times
"Glengarry Glen Ross"
at Loeb Drama Center, Experimental Theatre, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
FRI 3/30 -- 7:30pm
SAT 3/31 -- 2:30pm, 7:30pm
I caught one of last week's performances and enjoyed seeing the theatre version, however I couldn't stop comparing it to the movie.

It seemed like some of the talented, young actors might have been channeling those portrayals, but it was a good experience (especially for the price).

I strongly suggest reserving tickets ahead of time, although we were able to get in without sending an email.

FRI 3/30

Madame Psychosis "Fan Boy" Release Party
at Radio, Moe's Lounge downstairs, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$5 / 21+

Midnight -- Brendan Boogie
11pm -- Madame Psychosis
10pm -- Jessica Sun Lee
9pm -- Kristen Ford Band
8:30pm -- Speaker for the Dead

One of the funny things about Radio is that there's a separate performance space downstairs -- that one passes through on your way to the bathroom -- and it's known as Moe's Lounge. (Moe likely be proud considering his tavern.)

It's the return of Madame Psychosis, the rapping alter-ego of a local writer-musician, and She's an 'extroverted' personality who raps with stories and meanings -- like the old-school hip-hoppers used to do it.

Join her and rockin', folkin' friends for a bunch of good tunes and good times. There's a suggestion that a raffle could include the headliner's clothes...

Or you could dance upstairs.

FRI 3/30

Young Adults (12:15am), Soccer Mom (11:15pm), Autochrome (10:15pm), Night Fruit (9:15pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

There were a couple write-ups for this gig that caught my eye, and others seem to think that Autochrome is the main draw, and they're the least interesting band in my opinion. There's nothing particularly bad, except I like the other 3 bands a bit more. That probably means they will be super-popular! I guess I would use the term shoegaze for all of the bands, except I think Young Adults are way punkier than that.

Rav from WZBC's "Flyweight" will between before and between sets.

FRI 3/30

"The Pill" w/ Casey Desmond & Stereo Telescope
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$5 /21+

It's full-on dance party tonight. Casey Desmond and Stereo Telescope have been on a mini-tour together to SXSW and back, so they'll probably want to electro-pop in front of a Boston crowd. Everyone knows New Englanders are the most uninhibited people in the country...

Go early to laugh and stick around.

FRI 3/30

Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Although they played last Friday at Toad, I'm not sure how Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents fit in that corner. Forget about the girl-group-soul revue fitting on the stage! Maybe they're scaling back the horns or the back-up singers. As long as Jenny Dee is singing, you will be blown away.

Even if the bar capacity is significantly impacted...

FRI 3/30

Muck & The Mires
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5-ish / 21+

It's not much of an exaggeration to say Muck & The Mires are the best garage-rock band in the country. Little Steven had a national competition a few years back, and they won. They truly kick ass in what sounds like a Merseybeat band that love The Ramones.

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