What do you get when you cross Devo with They Might Be Giants and a splash of Philip Glass in a group that predates both Devo and TMBG, but has not had nearly the recognition they deserve?

Sparks. You get Sparks. If you don't know them, here's their youtube playlist. If the first song doesn't grab you, try another. They jump genres like whoa, but are always... weird, in a glorious sort of way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgakpSoHEiE&feature=share&list=RD02C8dqCQ2MHfQ

I mention this now because Sparks is on tour. They will be in Boston on 10/30. I already have my tickets. You can get yours here. If you want to go, tell me!

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Sparks-tickets/artist/736168?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name
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Just a reminder that there's a ski trip planned to Wachusett Mountain this Saturday if anyone is interested in joining. Currently we've got:

Going
Me
[livejournal.com profile] contradictacat
[livejournal.com profile] jh1230

Maybe Going
[livejournal.com profile] juldea
Wumpus
[livejournal.com profile] preraphaelite

Let me know if you want in. Budget around $125 for lift ticket, rentals, etc.
(Update: Bumped to 1/21)

As I mentioned on Twitter, I recently got to ski again for the first time in a bajillion years and had a grand time of it. I would like to go again. It turns out that Nashoba Valley has (mostly artificial) snow even as we speak. Probably not perfect, but I'm willing to give it a shot if anyone else is interested in making a day trip of it (it's only about 45-60 mins drive away). Rental + lift would be about $83.

First weekend day that works for me is 1/8. Anyone want in?
So, I'm thinking of trying to put together some mobs for local theater events soon.

First off, I've slacked on getting people together for Comedy of Errors, and plan to go on Weds (would also love to see Richard III, but I'm just not free any of the nights before the 19th when both shows close). Tix are $25 for people under 35! I'll probably buy by Tues noonish, so let me know asap if you want in!

edit: Tix have been bought for CoE, but if you use this link at GoldStar (many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hahathor for pointing me there, btw! Great theater discounts!!), to buy tix, you will be seated with the rest of us (currently me, [livejournal.com profile] zapf, [livejournal.com profile] sandrylene, and [livejournal.com profile] hahathor).

Second, Theater@First is doing Equus. I haven't seen the show before, but I hear it's a feel-good story about a boy who wants a pony. Aaaanyway, my plan is to go see the 3pm matinee on Saturday before Midsummer.

Lemme know if anyone wants to go together.
I'm going to buy a chunk of tickets for The Blue Flower at the ART this Friday. If you've been on the fence, now's the time to speak up. Cheapest tix available are $50, but everyone I know who has seen it says it's pretty amazing.
Wow, the ART is doing a lot of new musicals in coming months!

Starting in December there's The Blue Flower, which looks neat, and I rather like this song.

After that there's "Death and the Powers", which looks to be the a very visually pretty, high tech opera. Conceptual overview here. Example song here (which is pretty, but doesn't grab me as much as some of the background stuff in the first video).

And after that there's Prometheus Bound. Adaptation of a greek tragedy with book by the guy who did Spring Awakening and music composed by Serj from System of a Down? SO MUCH YESPLZ.

Exciting stuff! Then in the non-musical vein they've got productions of Ajax, which looks neat, and a play about Buckminster Fuller.

If you're interested in in one or more of these, let me know and I'll try and remember to reference this post when I start organizing mobs (tix aren't available for any of these yet). For now, just getting it out there so's y'all know!
On Thursday I plan on seeing Electric Six (of "High Voltage!", and "Gay Bar!" fame) play at the Middle East. It promises to be a wacky good time.

Tix are $12 (EDIT: $16 with tricksy $4 service charge). Anyone else going?
...have I mentioned that I love living here?

The inimitable [livejournal.com profile] hahathor will be starring in a dark comedy called "As Bees In Honey Drown" at the Arsenal center, right around the corner from BCOS. The only day I can make it is Friday, 8/20 at 8pm, which is, sadly, conflicting with PiCon (*sigh*-- as [livejournal.com profile] faerieboots observed earlier today, I expand to fill the free time).

Also! Next Friday, 8/13. Scott Friggin Pilgrim. I am THERE. Are you?

Y'all know the drill. If you want to go together, maybe do the food thing beforehand, lemme know and I'll re-ping people closer to the date.
Tuesday, 8/31 at 7:30p, the ART's production of Cabaret with Amanda Palmer as the MC will be opening. That's pretty much the only day I will be able to make it, as our production of JCS opens that weekend. [livejournal.com profile] mirrored_echo pinged me about this and now I'm wondering if others are interested in mobbing.

Tix will sell quickly, so anyone who wants in needs to say so asap or you'll be on your own.

Edit when I checked the site, they only had 6 tix available, so I grabbed four for [livejournal.com profile] mirrored_echo, [livejournal.com profile] laura47, [livejournal.com profile] plitwack and I. If you want in and go to the tickets page RIGHT NOW you might be able to get one. Otherwise, it will be running on other days.


...also, I notice that The Donkey Show is still running. If you haven't been, it's a good time. Go for a night of dancing, and let yourself be surprised by the show. (see the afore-linked tickets page for info)
On Friday at 7p I am going to go see The Greatest Comedia dell'Arte Troupe In The Entire World perform (free/donations-welcome) in Waltham. Will you be there?
Woweewoweewowee! Last weekend I heard on the radio that Title of Show, quite possibly my favorite musical ever (yes, more than Evil Dead) is going to be performed in Boston! Then with the tea party, going back to work, etc, I actually managed to forget. Then [livejournal.com profile] juldea reminded me (thanks!).

This is the show that I bussed 8hrs round-trip to see in NYC a while back, and it was completely worth it. It is a simple show, just four people, four chairs and a pianist, doing a lighthearted but heartwarming ode to creative self-expression.

More info here

The show runs 1/15-2/13. I've put all the dates I'm available for in a doodle here. If you want in, fill it out and comment on this post if you're not sure I have your email addr.

Tix seem to be $30-$50. I will be buying soon.
The other day I got an email from [livejournal.com profile] rubicantoto informing me that an australian musical comedy trio called Tripod would be performing in this neck of the woods in late January. His description of them, "wrong-continent Moxy Fruvous", had me curious. The youtube playlist of their performances, to which he linked me, had me intrigued, and the following description from the event site has me excited:

Part Flight of the Conchords and part Tenacious D, this three man musical comedy group is legendary in its native Australia -- they regularly play the Sydney Opera House and other massive palaces of high art. In residency here for two weeks, this world premiere performance will be the world's first glimpse of their latest opus: a musical theater work of exquisite sophistication and hilarity that delves deep into the terrifying, tantalizing, geektastic world of D&D. North Adams may never be the same.



Like that, only staged, and with puppets? ...umm, Yespls!

Tix are $15 ($10 for students) and the show is on Sat Jan 30th at 8pm at the MA Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. This is about 3 hrs away from Bostonish, so I'm thinking a day trip: check out the museum (another $15/$10, though), then catch the show, then drag ourselves home at zomgithurts o'clock am.

Who's up for it? Details and tix here. I can do the usual thing of buying tickets in a block for whoever is interested and then y'all can pay me back.

EDIT Craaaaaaap! This conflicts with the High Noon larp at Brandeis, for which I'm already signed up! Tempted to drop a game for once, but trying to track down alternate dates instead.... =:(

EDIT II For the first time ever I've dropped a larp I was signed up for to do something else. But I contacted their agent and confirmed that this is the only performance they're doing in the US
So, I swear just the other day I was thinking to myself how I would really like to see some classic episodes of The Twilight Zone again... and today, The Brattle wins my heart yet again!

Friday night at 10pm, $7 for four eps in honor of the show's 50th anniversary!

The episodes will be:

To Serve Man
It's A Good Life
Living Doll
The Eye Of The Beholder

I will be there. Will you?


OH!, and Saturday is their Python-a-thon, featuring, among others, Life of Brian at 4p, and Holy Grail at 7p. 'Cause, you know, I totally didn't have enough other stuff going on that day. =:( Parties take precedence over movies for me, but I may still make LoB, and if you've no plans and want to watch Holy Grail (or Meaning of Life thereafter) on the big screen with a bunch of geeks in Cambridge, have at!
Argh. I've wanted to see this show for a while, but scheduling will be tight for me. I'm at Threads the first weekend it runs and RPI gaming weekend the second, but the closing performance is 8pm that Sunday, so... I should be able to make it.

Regardless, posting here for the edimification of others.

FB event here

Essential details:

820 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA
November 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 8pm
November 15 and 21 at 2pm

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