Thursday, April 26, 2012

THUR 4/26: Words, Art, Music

Technically the online tickets for most screenings for Independent Film Festival Boston are $10 ($11 at the door), but you know how it goes with the inevitable service fee. Still there are a lot of interesting movies that have a strong chance of returning to theaters in coming months.

There are screenings now through WED 5/2 -- and there are some free film-related panels on Saturday and Sunday.


THUR 4/26

"The Way of the Cross": Reading/Discussion
at Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston (South End)

Feat: Gabriele Tinti, Shaun El C. Leonardo, Peter Lerner, Micky Ward

Apparently the nexus between art and boxing is broader than Leroy Neiman.

Author, art critic and boxing aficionado Gabriele Tinti has combined his words with the paintings of Shaun El C. Leonardo into a book form tribute to Arturo Gatti.

One of the great periods of boxing were the 3 fights between Gatti and the "Pride of Lowell" (and movie subject) Micky Ward, so he'll join the discussion tonight as well as members of the historic Somerville Boxing Club.

THUR 4/26 (thru SUN 4/29)

Various Times
Cambridge Science Festival
at Various Locations

A week of science stuff continues with more coming this weekend. About tonight's highlights, there is something informative and something infotaining.

"Improbable Research Reports"
at Voltage Coffee & Art, 295 Third St, Cambridge (Kendall Sq)
From the people that bring you the Ig Nobel Prizes that celebrates the most ridiculous endeavors of science (intended to be serious):

This program features what's pretty much accurately described as an "all-star cast of scientists, journalists, and other enlightening entertainers" will do 2-minute presentations on weird science and the like.

6:30pm to 9pm
"Cloud Computing: A Plain English Intro to the Cloud"
at Lecture Hall, Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge (near Harvard Sq)
If you're confused about the "cloud computing" concept, you should walk away much more informed.

You have to guess which is which...

THUR 4/26

Amy Correia & Band
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

I wouldn't be surprised if you can't get in to see the acclaimed singer-songwriter. She did the same time slot two weeks ago, so maybe some those fans might stay home to let a few new faces inside.

THUR 4/26

Fred Hersch: "Leaves of Grass"
at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston (New England Conservatory/Fenway)

I listened to a clip (YouTube), and walt Whitman's poetry dances with classic vocal jazz better than I expected. Perhaps it was easy to focus on writing the music, when the lyrics were solid...

Pianist, composer and NEC faculty member Fred Hersch is joined by a 7-piece ensemble as well as singers Dominique Eade (alumna) and Tommy Boynton (student).

THUR 4/26 to SAT 4/28

Various Times
"The Incident with the Mud"
at Copeland Studio 354, CFA Bldg, 855 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
Thursday -- 9pm
Friday -- 5pm
Saturday -- 8pm

When you start with a mysterious title, even a brand-new student play feels like it could be worth a chance.

The synopsis begins:
When Sean was six, a disaster struck the Paulson household. Nobody forgot, nobody forgave. Now, seventeen years later, history repeats itself.

THUR 4/26

Aloud (11:35pm), Spirit Kid (10:45pm), The Wicked Tomorrow (10pm), Oranjuly (9pm)
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 /18+

When I think about Aloud having a '10th Anniversary' show, it's more than just a celebration of a kick-ass rock band. This is a tribute to the perseverance of good music and a belief in the words and chords and melodies that's every time someone presses play -- and just like tonight when the drummer counts off the first tune and guitar picks careen across strings.

Aloud brings great songs from a great couple of people who find the right rhythm sections. They even got 3 really good bands. Even if Oranjuly doesn't start exactly at 9pm, you should probably get there on time so you don't miss what could be your new favorite band.

There are other worthwhile gigs that I'd usually recommend more strongly:

THUR 4/26

Guillermo Sexo, Marconi, The Red Heroine, The Milling Gowns
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$7 / 21+

Mainly darkish, shoegazey of different flavors.

THUR 4/26

Shepherdess (Midnight), Seashell Radio (11pm), Travels (10pm), Seana Carmody (9pm)
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$7 / 21+

Wow, there's a lot of cool indie-rock that includes players from many veteran Boston bands.

THUR 4/26

Hayley Jane & The Primates
at Milky Way Lounge / Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)
FREE / 21+

Hey, it's free, fun, folky rock.

THUR 4/26 (and THUR 5/3)

Mount Peru, The Wrong Shapes, Stereo Soul Future, Muy Cansado
at Davis Square Theater, 255 Elm St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$7 / 21+

Kudos to Mount Peru for doing a 3-week residency in this recently renovated theater space. Dang this is another show with a really strong lineup including one of my faves Muy Cansado.

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