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ON OUR RADAR » Avant-pop smash How to Dress Well tells us how to dress well. (And for those of you asking yourselves, “Wait, doesn’t that guy actually dress like a hobo?”, know this: his pants are from Tokyo.) » We report back from the Boston Festival of Indie Games — now you can say you got the high score in Lesbian Cat Wars before it was cool. » Real-life undertaker J. Cannibal drops science on how to survive the coming zombie plague. STYLE » We got shopping with Tumblrwave queen Kitty Pryde, and bring you beaucoup shots from Boston Fashion Week. VOICES » Richard Tisei is poised to become Congress’s first openly gay Republican. Could he cure the GOP’s homophobia? Big Hurt rocked by devastating revelation: Muse might not be 9/11 truthers anymore.

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POLITICS » Corporations rule. Bigotry runs rampant. Nature weeps. And it’s only the first six months into Romney’s presidency! Our experts predict the coming Mitt-pocalypse. SCI-FI » If you’ve got a short list of “People That Would Be Cool (and Possibly a Little Scary) To Shoot the Shit With,” Philip K. Dick would be right up there. His friend William Sarill gives a firsthand account of the man himself. PHOTOGRAPHY » It’s a very dull person who sees photographer Bunny Yeager’s shots of Bettie Page, or of herself, and first thinks of lighting or composition. See how the cheesecake goddess struck the balance in new book Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom. POLITICS » Now coming to a ballot near you? Boston folk hero Robby Roadsteamer teams with Vermin Supreme to remove condoms from America’s dreams.

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FOOD COMA » How does a suburban restaurant compete with urban hotspots? By making the most goddamn delicious duck you’ve ever had in your life. Suddenly, Newton Centre doesn’t seem so far anymore. EATER’S DIGEST » What’s in the gullet of West Bridge chef-owner Matt Gaudet? Lots and lots of iced coffee, for starters. LIQUID » We got four Central Square barkeeps to reveal what they sip when a shift is over. Hope you’re taking notes. . .

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BOSTON FUN LIST » Revolution in the form of a marching band, is reborn, a creeptacular excuse for partial nudity, and the Oktober-est square in Cambridge. ART » Here in their bedrooms, teenage girls bare all to Brookline’s Rania Matar. Plus: a Boston globe. BOOKS » The end of men and the rise of Hanna Rosin. THEATER » In Arsenal’s A Broth of a Boy, this isn’t the Brendan Behan you’re looking for. FILM » Tim Burton, reanimator: 20 years after the live-action short that got him fired from Disney, his Frankenweenie holds death at bay with a boy, a dog, and a movie camera. MUSIC » Converge reveal a new way forward on All We Love We Leave Behind. Plus: Poliça. AND MORE » in Classical, Nightlife, and Get Seen. Sequence 8

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Silber, remembered Phoenix publisher stephen Mindich, who received his BA and MA from Boston University and was later named “a Double Distinguished Alumnus,” met BU President John Silber shortly after Silber arrived in Boston. Below is a sketch by Mindich of his relationship with Silber, who died last week at the age of 86.

“I disagree with nearly everything your father publishes about me in that newspaper of his, but none the less, I hold him in high regard because he has more integrity than any other publisher in Boston.” So, to my delight, spoke John Silber to my then highschool-senior son Brad at a 1986 cocktail party held as a prelude to an Israel Bond dinner at which I was to be the honoree. Silber, a big supporter of Israel, had directed that Boston University invest vigorously in Israeli bonds. As a surprise, he came to the party to congratulate me. After that meeting, Silber took a personal interest in Brad’s college choices — none of which were BU. Silber invited Brad to spend an hour with him and convinced Brad that BU should be his college of choice. It was a decision that pleased each of us — for different reasons. Over time, I got to know Silber through a number of not-always-agreeable encounters. And while I — and the Phoenix — were extremely critical of his many aggressively reactionary measures, especially toward student and faculty progressives, I developed a personal liking for the man and a deep respect for his demandingly high standards. Under Silber’s leadership, BU became academically distinguished, financially stable, and promoted a philosophy of personal responsibility and achievement. It was, ironically, that notion of personal responsibility that came into play between us just days before Silber officially announced his bid to become governor of Massachusetts. Silber invited me to breakfast with him at his home.

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No political aides, it was just the two of us. I was there, Silber explained in his intensely direct way, because he wanted my support. I belived that I could easily dodge the request by telling him what it turned out (not surprisingly) he already knew — that I made no political contributions. Silber was quickly dismissive: “I don’t want your money, Stephen; I want your support in the Phoenix.” With nowhere to go, I said to Silber, using the same bold, unflinching manner as he, “John, with all due respect, I don’t think you would make a good governor.” Seeing no other reaction than his eyes widening, I continued, “A governor must be a consensus builder, and despite all your brilliance, building consensus is not one of your strengths.” The meeting ended shortly. Silber thanked me for coming and asked that I keep an open mind. I said would. But as I left I wondered: if Silber were to win the primary against Attorney General Frank Bellotti — whom the Phoenix did endorse — would Silber’s uncontrollable temper eventually get the better of him? And so it came to pass. In an interview the week before the election, John Silber exploded at Natalie Jacobson, then Boston’s most beloved and gentle anchorwoman, because she innocently asked him to cite his greatest strength and weakness. Flying off the handle, Silber snapped, “You find a weakness. I don’t have to go around telling you what’s wrong with me.” In that instant, it was over. Silber, who before his explosion lead by a large margin, lost to Bill Weld, whom the Phoenix had endorsed. In the years that followed, I mused about what it might have been if the governorship had been appointed. Silber would certainly have pissed of the legislature, his cabinet, and much of the electorate. But could Silber replicate on Beacon Hill the great things he achieved from his virtually anointed position as BU’s monarch? Impossible to say. But there is no doubt that BU and Boston are better for Silber’s efforts — and so am I and my son. P

While I — and the Phoenix — were extremely critical of Silber’s reactionary measures, I developed a deep respect for his demandingly high standards.


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Our old Swiss Army knife just rusted shut in shame. Behold the Bar10der ($49.99), a new gadget that seems far better suited for the emergencies we actually wHere encounter in our day-to-day to sHoP existence. Equipped with Xylem 287 10 tools — a muddler, Third St, Cambridge :: a reamer, a channel 617.494.9953 knife, a jigger, a zester, a knife, a stirrer, a strainer, a corkscrew, and a bottle opener — it may just be a lifesaver at the end of a long, sober day. Find it at Kendall Square gift go-to Xylem in mid-October. _J ac q u eLin e H o u t o n

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oston’s indie game scene has finally had its Bproclaimed day — and it’s official. Deval Patrick recently September 22 Independent Game

Development Day in Massachusetts, in honor of that day’s Boston Festival of Indie Games, a/k/a BostonFIG, a debut celebration of Boston and New England’s digital and tabletop game makers. tHe games BostonFIG was Conclave by dreamed up last February Boston’s 10x10 by a half-dozen local Room :: :: Open developers, programmers, beta available now; and artists, who then spent final version out on the following months Feb. 28 securing sponsorships, Gimbal Cop by participants, and the MIT Boston’s Defective campus venue. Studios :: defec“The community has :: grown a lot,” said BostonOut on Dec. 15 based developer and Go Home Dinosaurs! BostonFIG organizer Caleb by Cambridge’s Garner, who showcased Fire Hose Games :: a tower-defense PC gohomedinosaurs. com :: Out fall 2012 prototype inspired by Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Negative Nimbus by as well as a mock Japanese Boston’s Cloudkid game show titled Cut the Studios :: :: Out Finger. “It was time for Nov. 2012 local games to get more visibility, for Boston to PWN by retain and attract talent Cambridge’s 82 Apps :: from both indie and AAA :: Out Nov. 2012 developers.” While the local indie game scene’s monthly meetups see a few dozen developers gathering over drinks, more than 2000 attendees registered for BostonFIG, which featured 30-plus digital games, 10-plus tabletop games, five films, an art gallery, and even a “game jam,” a sweat- and coffee-filled competition to design an original game in one day. Whether attendees were throwing coconuts at dinosaurs in Go Home Dinosaurs!, maneuvering depressed cartoon clouds in Negative Nimbus, or balancing pets and relationships in Lesbian Cat Wars, it seemed like everyone — amateurs, students, professionals, and gamers alike — caught the indie-game fever. And organizers are already planning a bigger and more ambitious BostonFIG for 2013. Meanwhile, local developers are rushing to finish their games. Keep an eye out for the soonto-be-released gems above. _w ei - Huan cHen

How to dress well pHoto by Jesse lirola

for R&B beats and avant-pop minimalism, Tom Krell of How to Dress Well certainly sounds like someone who could compose an excellent soundtrack for a runway show. This weekend, though, he brings his three-piece live band to the more rock-and-roll environs of Brighton Music Hall to play songs from his sophomore LP, September’s Total Loss, a record that’s as energetic as it is crushing, see-sawing between quick dance pop and stark experimentalism. This time around, the band’s ever-changing live setup includes a violin, a piano, a synthesizer, a table full of electronics, a sampler full of guitar sounds, a drum machine, and video projections. “The live show is very dynamic,” explains Krell from his current home, Chicago. “It goes from a capella singing without a mic, to a capella singing with a mic, to slow songs with piano and violin, to overwhelming walls of noise, real heavy-hitters. All the way from a naked voice to complete walls of sound. The set is quite emotional, quite intense.” As for his personal style aesthetic? “Right now I’m wearing Zoom Kobe VIs by Nike. They’re black and red with a white swoosh and silver snake print,” says Krell. “I’m wearing these green twill-y pants from Tokyo. I bought them at this great shop, Journal Standard. Then I’m wearing a tall tee from the corner store. I bought it at Walgreens for 99 cents. And a big, baggy, black Nike jumper that I got in central Germany.” Get a glimpse of his style yourself when he plays Brighton Music Hall on Sunday with openers o F F Love.

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Very Bad Things When nave Gallery Curator Jenn Harrington put out a call

for submissions to local artists and musicians for new exhibit “The BIG BAD,” even she wasn’t prepared for how powerful the results would be. “There was an overwhelming sense of loss, and often an air of whimsy, in the face of devastation,” she says. The artists were asked to tHe Big BaD portray the adversaries that threaten all on display of our lives, from more abstract ideas, like October 6-28 sickness and jealousy, to the very concrete, like the repo man and Wall Street bigwigs. Nave Gallery, 155 Harrington selected October because Powderhouse Blvd, of Halloween, yes, but she says there’s Somerville a deeper message here. “There’s more anxiety and dread as a presidential election rounds the corner,” she says. “It’s a time for reaction, a time when our reserves are used up defending and arguing, pointing fingers; it is often a time when our ideals are violently astonished. And it is sadly a time when there’s less time for reflection. My hope is that ‘The BIG BAD’ can give us a moment to dwell on our misgivings.” Musicians also submitted works with the theme in mind, forming a soundtrack that will be played on loop at the exhibit, which enjoys a reception on October 6 with live performances from Chadley Kolb (of Coyote Kolb) and Man Alive!

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J. Cannibal

Halloween fast approaches, and signs of an impending apocalypse abound (we’re still reeling over that recent spate of “zombie” attacks). So we turned to onetime undertaker, horror-movie buff, and resident undead expert J. Cannibal (a/k/a poet Janaka Stucky) — who counts the original Night of the Living Dead and the 2012 Republican National Convention as the most accurate depictions of zombies to date — for some tips on surviving the coming hordes. When it all goes down, you’ll thank us. _aLexanDra c avaLLo

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» Coyote Kolb, “Charlotte’s web” » the ’mericans, “yeah, No” » Caroline hecht, “Night” » milo Jones, “i raise Hell” » sodafrog, “dirted” » Fat Creeps, “Horoscope” » the Fagettes, ”if i see Him again” » the operators, “the light” » Grade a Grade Days, “break Up break down” » man alive!, “Cemetery” » marc Pinansky, “Hold you”

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Date of Future Boston’s sneak peek of the sneaker museum, a free event that will also bring a fashion show and an art exhibit to the emerald Lounge; learn more at

On zombified loved ones: though movies like Shaun of the Dead make a good case for keeping your reanimated pals around, Cannibal counters, “Chaining them up is problematic because not only does it imply that you’re probably staying in one place for too long, but you’re also letting the trojan horse into your fortress. if you can look your rabid, brain-crazed loved one in the eyes and shoot them in the head, then you can do anything.” On a zombie survival kit: it may sound unorthodox, but we’re going to trust Cannibal when he says he’d pack “leopard-print bondage pants, a leather biker vest, a baseball bat, some good boots, skull makeup, 200 bags of candy, and several beautiful burlesque dancers.” On who you want on your team: it’s simple, says Cannibal. “Cool heads, hot bodies, and a really good cook.” On the end of humanity: though Cannibal has some great pointers for battling the zombie hordes (don’t forget that crowbar-hammer-hatchet), ultimately, he says, “in the event of a real zombie apocalypse, the best thing you can do is go down dancing.” DON’T mISS » J. CANNIBAl’S FEAST OF FlESH XII, featuring a horror-flick screening, live music, Black Cat Burlesque, and a zombie costume contest Saturday, October 6, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Get tickets ($10) at

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On weaponry: when it comes to zombies, unsurprisingly, it’s all about brains. “it doesn’t matter how much ammo you have or what kind of survival multi-tools you’re carrying — though the crowbarhammer-hatchet is a favorite of mine,” he says. “if you can’t think rationally in a stressful situation, then you’re dead meat.”


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Shopping with Kitty pryde


a few weeks ago, florida’s Kitty Pryde — everyone’s favorite red-haired teen-girl rapper — stopped by Brighton Music Hall for her muchanticipated first Boston show. Her energetic set had dozens of teens screaming along in the front, and it even brought out some key members of the Kitty Committee, her Internet-based group of super-fans. Pryde — who entered the rap game earlier this year after a series of viral videos and MP3s caught the attention of producer Beautiful Lou — lived up to the hype, flowing effortlessly through hits like “Okay Cupid” and “Orion’s Belt.” “I’m not really interested in hittin’ the tip top / And I got you mad, but you watchin’,” she sang on crowd-pleaser “Smiledog.jpg.” “You say this little white girl is ruinin’ hip-hop / I say damn right, take a lick o’ the ring pop.” In her typical “fuck the rules” manner, she even jumped off the stage to vibe face-to-face with her fans. Aside from Kitty Pryde’s music, we also love her distinct aesthetic: her bubblegum-pink, glittery Tumblr, her album art made of notebook doodles, and, of course, her sense of style. So before her show, the Phoenix met up with Kitty and her entourage — a/k/a her little bro and her mom — to hit some of Allston’s secondhand clothing stores. “People are always asking me what brands I like,” Kitty told me as we flipped through racks of skirts in Urban Renewals on Brighton Ave. “But these are the kinds of t y! places I shop at when I’m at home.” ore kit S

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Happy Hunting Last month, we once again witnessed the September 1 free-forall known as Allston Christmas — the day when the ’hood’s hordes of students and other apartment-hoppers leave their detritus on the sidewalk and up for grabs. But Allston is an excellent source for secondhand finds all year round (Halloween costume-hunting season certainly included). Here are a few go-to treasure troves.

Buffalo excHange » 180 Harvard ave :: 617.779.7901 Bring your pre-loved clothes and accessories, and Buffalo Exchange will give you cash or store credit on the spot — but just for the good stuff. They’ll return the rest or donate it to charity for you. The result: a carefully curated style haven.

store 54 » 16 Harvard ave :: landline coming soon Tucked into the basement of a 19thcentury firehouse, this spot boasts funky thrift and vintage threads, plus a killer record selection, appealingly random tchotchkes, and walls lined with works by local artists. Bonus: it doubles as a performance space for bands on select nights.

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polkA-dot ShortS From Buffalo excHange: $7 A bold dreSS From urBan renewals: $2.49

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Sequined pAntS From Buffalo excHange: $13

Urban Renewals has some quirks. It’s cashonly. It has no dressing rooms to speak of. And the clothing is arranged by color rather than size, so be prepared to scour. But the selection of bargains? Unbeatable. _ J a c queL i n e H out on


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boston fashion week kicked off on September 27, bringing shows and soirees to the Tent on Boylston Street, the adjoining Mandarin Oriental hotel, and other locales around town. Local fashion fans turned out to see everything from lacy wedding gowns to curve-hugging latex looks. Here’s a small sample of the style on display.  _Jacqueli ne houton


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photos 1, 3, and 6 >> nordstrom fashion show at the tent and Boston Fashion Week opening Gala at the Mandarin oriental (photos by Gina Manning) :: photos 4 and 5 >> sam Mendoza show at the tent (photos by Christopher huang) :: photos 2, 7, and 8 >> the Emerging trends at the Boston Center for the arts (photos by natasha Moustache) :: photo 9 >> Firas Yousif show at the tent (photo by Christopher huang)

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Can RiChaRd Tisei CuRe The GOP’s hOmOPhObia? B y D av iD S. B ern St e i n

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home Tierney’s strong record on LGBT issues — which is better than Tisei’s. Frank, true to form, has been unafraid to publicly discuss, and even exacerbate, the gay community’s internal divisions. Earlier in the month, Frank declared of LGBT advocates Log Cabin Republicans that “their role model is Uncle Tom.”

Two weekends ago, the elites of the Massachusetts LGBT community gathered at the Marriott Copley for the 31st annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) New England Dinner Gala. They bid on chic dinners at silent auction, heard speeches from political luminaries and celebrities, and were entertained by ’80s pop star Tiffany. And, according to some who were there, attendees awkwardly avoided the fact that both Congressman John Tierney — endorsed by the HRC — and his archrival Richard Tisei — endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund — were in attendance. The North Shore congressional race, considered the most competitive in the state, has split the LGBT community, both in the region and across the country. Or rather, it has exposed a rift, long kept quiet, between outspoken Democratic activists and less-vocal conservatives, especially conservative professional gay men. This contest was never likely to stay sedate: Tisei, who leads in some polls, would be the first openly gay Republican to

Tisei, who leads in some polls, would be the first openly gay Republican to serve in Congress.

serve in Congress. Some argue — as Tisei himself has argued to me — that it is more important to the LGBT cause to get a real, live, out gay politician into the generally hostile GOP caucus, than to have one more supportive Democrat in Washington. “Someone like Richard Tisei in the Republican caucus room would help bring change,” says Denis Dison, Victory Fund vice president of communications. That notion is bringing a lot of financial backing, from Victory Fund and others, into Tisei’s corner. It could also make it easier for straight progressives in the district to cast their vote for the Republican. So Tierney, who is straight, has been playing his own gay cards — rolling out endorsements from the Bay State Stonewall Democrats, former HRC executive director (and Attleboro native) Joe Solmonese, and a host of other LGBT activists in the district. And two weeks ago, the campaign put Congressman Barney Frank on a conference call with the press, to drive

Nobody thinks John Boehner is going to roll out a rainbow-colored carpet for Tisei; but Tisei would act as a living, breathing refutation to the more sinister and ignorant beliefs of the Republican homophobes. “This is not a two-year fight,” says Dison, who reports that Tisei is the Victory Fund’s second-priority candidate in the country, behind only Wisconsin Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin, who is a Democrat and a lesbian. “We’re looking at the long term.” If you believe, as most of us do, that the path to acceptance is familiarity, there can hardly be a better gay infiltrator than Tisei. He is neither flamboyant nor selfloathing — just a comfortably homosexual middle-aged North Shore guy. He lives with his boyfriend. He came out officially less than three years ago, as a prelude to joining Charlie Baker’s gubernatorial ticket, but it hadn’t exactly been a state secret; many in the press were surprised to learn that he had been closeted in the first place. And Tisei, if he wins, seems headed toward acceptance, and even some elevated status, within House Republican circles. The National Republican Congressional Committee has been an early and eager booster. As a Republican knocking off an incumbent Democrat in Massachusetts, he would have a cachet similar to that of Senator Scott Brown, if a slightly lower wattage. He could be in a position to change minds, or at least speak up against bad rhetoric. That’s the theory, anyway. Plenty of others think this is all fantasyland thinking. Tisei, they believe, will be tolerated and accepted only as long as he keeps his mouth shut about gay issues. Looking at the current state of the party, that does strike me as the more likely scenario — but it certainly is tempting to hope that I’m wrong. P

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Billie Joe’s crackup, Muse’s truth B y D av iD T ho r p e

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Jeers This week to regrettable behavior — Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is seeking treatment for substance abuse following a tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. (The abused substance in question was not specified, but the band’s lately been known to huff the lofty airs of artistic substance, leading to a series of rock operas and a Broadway musical.) After reportedly being cut short to accommodate even-less-punk acts like Bon Jovi and Usher, Armstrong lashed out against the organizers of the bafflingly programmed event in a blue tirade of swear-saying and guitarsmashing. “I’m not fuckin’ Justin Bieber,” he insisted (video footage confirms that he was not, at the moment, fuckin’ Justin Bieber). CNN erroneously called the affair a “meltdown,” but we’ll save that word for when it’s not just a guy observing the grandest traditions of his profession.

Even as their adorable crackpot streak wanes, Muse’s flamboyance reaches new heights.

Cheers, though, for old-fashioned American craftsmanship. Billie’s Gibson took four or five spirited bonks before the neck popped off. Elsewhere: if I choose but a few bedrock facts that inform my understanding of pop and politics, they are as follows: the Foo Fighters are HIV/ AIDS denialists1, Cam’ron is a birther2, Muse are 9/11 truthers3, and Ted Nugent is a fucking lunatic4. This week, one of these truths has been shattered. In an interview with the UK’s Metro newspaper, Muse howler Matt Bellamy has recanted his long-held belief that 9/11 was an inside job: “I don’t believe that anymore, although there are lots of questions to be answered. I think my political views are bit more nuanced now.” It’ll be a shame to break it to the dude who runs,

1. See their public support for Alive and Well, an organization that believes HIV doesn’t cause AIDS. 2. I totally made this one up.

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since the movement seems to be hurting for anthems. Muse’s new single “Madness” was proudly posted there just weeks ago, but the other pickings are slim: the previous post was a 2009 track by artist Scootle Royale, and its truther message has to share airtime with a few others. “Although primarily about 9/11,” writes Scootle, “it does touch on some other issues such as the dumbing down of the public, the bombings of 3/11 and 7/7, the globalwarming/carbon-tax scam, the centralbanking scam, fluoridated water, toxins in vaccines, the Kennedy assassination, the false left-right paradigm, the Rockefellers, the Saudi corporation Ptech, swine flu, martial law, the police state, and Internet2.” On the bright side, I’m sure Muse still believe in four or five of those other things. But even as their adorable crackpot streak wanes, Muse’s flamboyance reaches new heights. In the same interview, Bellamy revealed a new concert setpiece: “We have a symbolic upside-down pyramid suspended over us as we play. At some point, the pyramid will turn inside out and consume Dom’s drum kit. Then Dom becomes a ninja who starts battling with corrupt businessmen.” “I’m serious,” Bellamy continued. “That’s not a joke.” I assume this clarification was a response to the interviewer’s 20-minute fit of racking giggles. Fantastical as it seems, Muse’s stunt is strangely reminiscent of one of rock’s loftiest unrealized follies. They were beaten to the conceptual punch by notorious glam flop Jobriath, whose doomed Paris Opera House show would have done them one better: it was to include a scene in which the singer portrayed King Kong and rose through a model Empire State Building. “This will turn into a giant spurting penis,” Jobriath promised, “and I will have transformed into Marlene Dietrich.” Take notes, Muse. P

3. Muse has been into wacky conspiracy shit for some time, winning Glenn Beck as a fan. 4. See almost everything Ted Nugent has ever said, 1948-present.

spotlight :: politics

One Nation Under Mitt

How much damage could a President Romney do? Let us count the ways. By DaviD S. BernS tein

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itt Romney’s penchant for saying whatever he thinks might get him elected creates a challenge for a country eager to discern what he would actually do as president. That’s true of every candidate for any office, but most would agree that Romney represents an extreme case. Some hints of the real Romney can be teased out: from his policy book No Apology, his campaign position papers, his cadre of advisors and likely cabinet members, and his public statements — and leaked private ones. But in general, little coming out of the man’s mouth can be assumed to match what he has said before, let alone his true beliefs — whatever they might be. But let’s give it a shot.

Let’s imagine that it is summer 2013. Romney has been president for six months. The November election, in repudiating the Barack Obama presidency, also ushered in a slim Republican majority in the US Senate, and kept John Boehner and the GOP in control of the US House of Representatives. In those six months, what has Romney done to reshape the country? One thing is safe to say: Romney will not have suddenly reverted back to the ideologically moderate technocrat who was elected governor of Massachusetts 10 years ago. “He is beholden to all of these special interests,” says Margie Alt, executive director of Boston-based Environment America, “so the Romney we had as governor of Massachusetts is not likely to be the Romney we get as president.” Instead, it’s easy to imagine Romney’s first six months returning us to the George W. Bush era, with corporations gutting their own regulations and oversight, energy profiteers raping the environment, and pre-emptive war — in this case, air strikes against Iran. This sounds grim, but here’s the good news — without anything close to a filibuster-proof cadre of 60 senators, it is unlikely that Romney and Republicans in Congress will be able to pass significant controversial legislation. And, given the extremist nature of the House GOP, realistic compromise will also be rare. But that legislative gridlock could actually serve Romney’s broader purposes. Romney can assuage his conservative base by backing legislation that fulfills his campaign promises to them, without worrying about them actually passing into law — things like repealing ObamaCare, slashing non-military

discretionary spending, de-funding Planned Parenthood. He can then blame Democratic obstructionism, and use it as an excuse to do as much as he can get away with unilaterally — not unlike how Obama has governed in the last two years. The results, however, are likely to be very different.

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In the infamous, secretly recorded video of Romney speaking to wealthy donors, he laments that there are limits to how much he can gut agencies and departments, such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission, which protect the public against the greed and avarice of corporations. He will, undoubtedly, go as far as he can within those limits. The Bush days of industries writing their own regulations will quickly return — but with a far more public directive from the top. “A great parallel would be Ronald Reagan,” says Jack Beermann, professor at the Boston University School of Law. Reagan took office during a recession and used that as a rationale to “make cutting regulations front and center.” Rapid deregulation is the cornerstone of Romney’s campaign policies. He promises, from day one, >> roMney on p 26

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to “direct all agencies to immediately initiate the elimination of Obama-era regulations” they deem burdensome. More far-reaching is Romney’s dayone pledge to place a zero-increase cap on regulatory costs. That is, no agency will be allowed to issue any new regulation that adds any cost to businesses, unless they include “offsetting cost reductions from the existing regulatory burden.” By the six-month mark, the gutting of regulations and reduction in enforcement will be emboldening risky behavior, and the future versions of the Enron, BP, and Merck fiascos will be underway. But, contrary to public expectation, I’ll go out on a limb and predict that this let-’em-loose philosophy might not extend to the financial industry, and in particular the dangerous influence of the too-big-to-fail banks. In No Apology, Romney devotes a three-page section to the importance of dynamic government regulations, which “provide the predictability and stability that is needed for investment and risk-taking.” Some Republicans in academia and think-tanks have even recognized the need to break up the huge banks, not for ideological reasons, but pragmatic ones. To be sure, Romney inveighs against Dodd-Frank, and is unlikely to empower the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But he just might try to clamp down on the banks, for the sake of the investors.


Let’s make this simple: six months into a Romney presidency, the responsible governments of the world will have turned their attention from preventing global warming to mitigating the damage. That’s because a Romney administration is likely to prevent any attempts at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as the world barrels past the point of no return. “We need to make real changes by 2020 to stave off the worst of the consequences,” Alt says. That would be the last year of a two-term Romney presidency. Not only would serious legislation or international agreements be impossible, Romney would likely undo what Obama has begun. Newly finalized clean-car regulations, “the 26 10.05.12 :: THEPHOENIX.cOm

single biggest step we’ve taken,” according to Alt, could be reversed by the next administration. New carbonpollution standards could never be finalized. Beyond the big threat of climate change, Romney has made clear that natural resources exist to be used up as quickly as possible. He wants to let developers loose on public lands — or cede federal lands to states, many of which will sell their exploitation to the highest bidders. And he will undoubtedly slash the effectiveness of the Environmental Protection Agency and other oversight offices. “If there isn’t an environmental cop on the beat, our air isn’t as clean, our water isn’t as clean, and our lives aren’t as healthy,” Alt says.


Romney’s top energy advisor is multi-billionaire oil developer Harold Hamm. Hamm is what you might call a personal pragmatist: whatever makes him the most money is the policy he prefers. Thus, Hamm opposed the Keystone Pipeline expansion, which would aid his competitors to the north. He sided with environmentalists who were fighting against it — until developers agreed to build an “on-ramp” to carry his Oklahoma oil, at which point he became a staunch advocate. This is how we can expect energy policy to be made in Romney’s America. Romney’s stated energy plan calls for letting companies like Hamm’s pull from the land and sea any and all oil, gas, coal, and shale they can find. We might not actually see oil rigs on Georges Bank off the coast of Massachusetts by next summer, but the process to put them there could be underway. Meanwhile, the government will put the brakes on efforts to develop new clean-energy markets — “chasing fads and picking winners,” as Romney calls it. This will not only harm the environment, it will choke off an enormous industry, capable of supporting millions of jobs, before it has an opportunity to take hold. For instance, a tax credit for wind energy is set to expire at the end of this year; Romney is opposed to extending it. Romney will also be the first

president in generations to thoroughly de-emphasize conservation and efficiency in the quest for “energy independence.”

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Perhaps the easiest area to speculate about is foreign policy, on which Romney has been stubbornly and uncharacteristically consistent. Romney brings to the White House as aggressive an approach to international relations as this country has ever seen. It is a philosophy of the benevolent bully. America, to his view, must seek out enemies and competitors, and cow them into submission or nonexistence. This will be an expensive proposition. Romney’s call for a defense budget equal to at least four percent of GDP — it is currently around 3.5 percent and falling — would cost well over $100 billion in 2013 alone. That might not even be enough to cover all his plans: 100,000 additional troops, large-scale equipment and armament upgrades, increasing our naval carriers, updating our nuclear arsenal, creating new anti-insurgency forces, and fast-tracking missiledefense development. Meanwhile, Romney will likely withdraw from the New START treaty, ratified against his adamant criticism in 2011. This will bring to a halt the cooperative effort with Russia that is, finally, making real progress in cataloguing and eliminating nuclear weapons and material at risk of falling into rogue hands. A Romney administration will let wither on the vine other treaties in the works — or as Romney calls them in No Apology, “meaningless agreements that will not be honored by others.” Torture will most likely return as an American practice. Romney has long insisted that waterboarding is not torture. Last week Charlie Savage revealed in the New York Times that Romney’s advisors have recommended that he reverse Obama’s executive order that ceased the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques.” But the big question concerns Iran. If we judge by Romney’s rhetoric, his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

and the money he has raised from staunchly pro-Israel donors, then the conclusion is inescapable: By next summer, Romney will have ordered a full-scale aerial assault on Iran, intended not only to eliminate the country’s nuclear program, but to cripple the nation to the point of inciting a popular uprising, to topple the Ayatollah’s regime. An Israeli diplomat tells me the Netanyahu government is frustrated that Obama does not see the necessity of this approach. Romney does.

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Romney has moved far to the right on abortion, gay rights, gun control, and other non-economic domestic issues since turning his attention to winning Republican primaries, beginning around 2004. But many observers assume that, whatever his personal opinions on those matters, he doesn’t particularly care deeply about them. No Apology barely touched on those topics. That doesn’t mean he’ll do nothing in those areas, however. More likely, he will designate them to others within the administration — people who do care a great deal, and will push forward aggressively. Their likely first target will be policies that affect how gay and transgender people are treated within the vast federal government itself. Obama has made considerable gains, in protecting federal employees from discrimination and retaliation, and ensuring that government agencies don’t discriminate toward those receiving services. That’s a sharp turn from the previous administration, whose Office of Special Counsel was dubbed by the Phoenix “Bush’s House Homophobe.” But the most important effect will be in the courts. Romney will inherit a large number of judicial vacancies, and is likely to let some of his most ideological advisors — people like Jay Sekulow and Mark DeMoss — select nominees for him. By next summer, some of those farright judges will be hearing cases in federal courts around the country. Of all the changes listed here, that may be the most far-reaching of all. Those judges will keep remaking the country in Romney’s image for years — long after he leaves the White House. P

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’m at a conference at San Francisco State all weekend and I’m surrounded by Dickheads. One hundred and thirty of them, to be precise — a sellout crowd. These are not your gardenvariety Dickheads. They’re a serious, scholarly bunch of fans, writers, filmmakers, doctoral candidates, university professors, all passionately dedicated to the life and works of Philip K. Dick. PKD, of course, is the legendary science-fiction writer usually designated as a cult author.

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But on the evidence of this gathering, that description no longer applies. Thirty years after his death Dick has gone from marginalized to mainstream, an apotheosis long desired but never achieved in his lifetime. The posthumous capstone to his career is the recent incorporation of 13 of his novels into the prestigious Library of America series under the editorship of Jonathan Lethem, himself an award-winning author and keynote speaker at this year’s Philip K. Dick Festival. It’s easy to see how Dick’s recent success fits the mythology of his life: the visionary artist as counterculture hero, drug-addled and touched by madness, dying prematurely like a latter-day Rimbaud. The analogy is far from perfect. Rimbaud could be terse because he wasn’t getting paid by the word; Dick, on the other hand, ground out stories and novels at a prodigious, amphetamine-stoked rate to support an ever-expanding string of ex-wives and children. It is nothing short of miraculous that this pulp outpouring resulted in some indisputable masterpieces — Ubik, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, and A Scanner Darkly, to name a few. These are works fraught with metaphysical anxiety, paranoia, and a deep questioning into the nature of identity and reality, leavened by black humor and a fine sense of the absurd. He died at the age of 53, not long after seeing the rushes for Blade Runner, the film based on his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and never saw the finished version. Eight years before his death, Dick’s brain cracked open in a moment of transcendent (some would say psychotic) awareness. Was it madness or theophany? He spent the rest of his life trying to make sense of what had been revealed, ultimately scribbling 500,000 words of what he called his Exegesis. A compendium of these notes, edited by Lethem and Pamela Jackson, was published in a massive volume last November. The book is a confusing, contra-dictory mess, alternatingly brilliant and deeply frustrating. There are no answers here, just a ceaseless, earnest questioning. It’s that spiritual yearning for answers that drew me to him in the first place — that and an appreciation for his wonderfully 30 10.05.12 :: THEPHOENIX.cOm

eight years before his death, dick’s brain cracked open in a moment of transcendent (some would say psychotic) awareness. weird ideas and the occasional brilliance of his characterizations, so unlike those of other sciencefiction writers of his era. I also resonated with his evident empathy and compassion toward his characters, what he called caritas, best translated from the Vulgate Bible not as charity but as caring. In 1968 I wrote him a letter telling him how much I cared about him and his writing. We met on Labor Day at the World Science Fiction Convention in Berkeley, and he invited me to stay with him as his houseguest. We remained friends, and to some extent confidants, until his death. One night in October, 1968, we spent long hours talking theology, exploring what could be inferred about the nature of God from some fundamental assumptions of ontology and teleology. We were just shooting the shit, indulging in what Erik Davis (a panelist at the Festival) called, in a related context, “a cannabis-fueled latenight buddy rant.” Except that cannabis wasn’t involved. We were talking heads without reefer, just getting high on each other’s ideas. A few months later Dick called me and said that he’d written a book

based on our conversation. It was published in 1970 as A Maze of Death, a sci-fi religious mystery novel. I shared credit with Bishop James Pike for having inspired it. Now I’m here at this year’s festival to participate in the biographical panel. I attend all the other seminars as well and contribute whatever I can to the Q&A. Was he bipolar, or temporal-lobe epileptic? Did he use psychedelics as well as speed? Was he a Gnostic or simply a Christian? To me he was a friend named Phil, a man capable of immense generosity and warmth and equally irascible behavior, not yet deified as a legend and not yet a Hollywood brand name. I chat with other participants, young and old, and ask them what brought them to Phil Dick in the first place. To some it’s his writing; to others it’s his spiritual quest; and to many it’s the sense that he speaks to them personally, intimately, addressing their alienation and psychic wounds. To me it’s all three. Christ, I miss him. P William Sarill’s byline appeared in the first-ever edition of Boston After Dark in 1965.

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Top, left to right » Sammy Davis Jr. with model; Self-portrait, Miami Beach, 1950s; Self-portrait, 1960. Above » Untitled, Miami Beach, 1950s. Opposite » Bunny Yeager, self-portrait, 1960s.

in-up photography has served so many purposes — outlet for male desire; outlet for feminist ire; retro kitsch emblem — that it has barely been talked about as photography. To be fair, there is something a little perverse about that approach. It’s a very dull person who sees photographer Bunny Yeager’s shots of Bettie Page, or of herself, and first thinks of lighting or composition. Bunny yeager’s Yeager herself seemed to strike a balance, issuing large-format Darkroom: paperbacks of her pin-up shots Pin-uP PhoTograPhy’s in 75- and 95-cent editions golDen era with titles like Bunny Yeager’s By Petra Mason :: ABCs of Figure Photography. Foreword by Dita Von Teese The books combined Yeager’s Rizzoli, 256 pages, work with basic, common$60. sense advice on how to use props, settings, etc., for the amateur shutterbug: “Start with yards of material to create a feeling of luxury and abundance. Stretch it, swirl it, crinkle it, plump it, put a pillow under it.”

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chose. It’s an easy connection to make with the beach shots. Yeager was based in Miami and frequently worked on shoots outdoors (sometimes with her buddy Sammy Davis Jr.). As Yeager remembers and other writers have confirmed, Bettie Page had a complete naturalness about nudity (which Yeager distinguished from being naked); the sand and sea only added to that feeling of sensual luxuriance she exuded. In one two-page shot, a radiant Page stands to the right of the frame, a black peignoir blowing behind her. That Yeager gives most of the frame over to the garment, rippling out to the left like a flag, conveys the ocean breeze on Page’s skin, and suggests that nature itself is freeing her from even this minor incumbrance. But I found myself paying more attention to the clean, uncluttered ’60smodern interiors (many, I believe, in Yeager’s own residence). This is not some Mad Men bit of nostalgia (the costuming and art direction of that show reducing everything else to the level of dioramas at the Museum of Natural History). Together with the models, the indoor settings here seem to suggest what was always beneath the sexual appeal of these photos: the promise of an attainable good life of ease and casual elegance. Sleek couches, textured draperies, geometric tables with slim legs, the furnishings spare but not cold — these were settings you could live in as well as admire, and where you could, presumably, enjoy the pleasures these women promised. If there’s one detail of these interiors that seems crucial, it’s the venetian blinds. They remain open, letting in the sun, suggesting that sex may be veiled but not hidden away. The other crucial detail is the title of Yeager’s most famous book, How I Photograph Myself. She is a frequent model here, always commanding attention, but perhaps more believable looking stern than trying out a smiling come-on. Yeager is telling us she’s in charge. Yet not a dictatorial figure, making a place for these women to present their own definitions of themselves. That Yeager (now 82 and still living in Miami) remains the best-known and best-loved of all pin-up photographers is a paradox all the dismissive reductions of glamour photography have yet to deal with: at the center of a genre which has provided so much pleasure to men lies a female eye. P

Yeager is a frequent model in her own books, always commanding attention.

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That advice says a lot about the tenor of the work found in the new Rizzoli coffeetable volume, Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Pin-up Photography’s Golden Era. Flipping through the work contained here, some of it previously unpublished, I found it hard to separate the friendly, inviting nature of the women Yeager shot from the settings she 34 10.05.12 :: THEPHOENIX.cOM



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Following a two-hour stand-off, at the far edge of the perimeter, Vermin Supreme strides purposefully toward a police captain. The 51-year-old Supreme (yes, his legal name) wears no shirt and four neckties, with a poof of electric white scruff exploding from underneath his signature hat, a rubber boot. Despite his appearance — or perhaps because of it — he quickly convinces the captain to let him and some cronies cross the line. He leads his squad through the scrum, and pulls out a bullhorn. “I’m here to peaceably assemble,” he announces, “and to exercise my free speech.” He then pockets the serious rhetoric, and tells officers that it’s important to avoid chafing in their riot gear. With Supreme’s comic relief in the air, the tension starts to unwind. It’s a scene that would be familiar to veterans of New Hampshire’s first-inthe-nation primary circus. A perennial presidential candidate and gadfly extraordinaire who spends part of his time

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in Gloucester, Supreme has been a protest staple in New England for decades. The twin pillars of his presidential platform are unvarying: a promise to give every American a pony, and a vow to enforce mandatory dental hygiene. But this year, the Vermin Show has unexpectedly gone viral and national: since the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement, he’s been on location at Occupy actions nationwide, and has discovered a larger audience through a slew of videos uploaded to YouTube. (It helps that his running mate is Jimmy McMillan, of The Rent Is Too Damn High Party.) In Charlotte, Supreme had a new arrow in his satirical quiver: Rob Potylo, a Boston comedian, musician, and former radio DJ who once recorded under the name Robby Roadsteamer and currently produces an online “reality sitcom” titled Quiet Desperation. The Eric Fehrnstrom to Supreme’s Romney, Potylo traveled south to bolster the campaign’s promise of toothbrushes and ponies for all Americans.

supreme’s platform is unvarying: a promise to give every American a pony, and a vow to enforce dental hygiene.

Potylo is usually the frontman, but he has adapted quickly to the role of the sidekick. “I left my house [in Allston] at 9 pm with a trash bag full of food and toiletries, drove down in my Stratus, and arrived in Charlotte at noon the next day,” says Potylo. The roots of the collaboration were planted when Supreme made a guest appearance on Quiet Desperation three months ago, playing a mentor of sorts to Potylo’s bipolar character. The two have been scheming ever since. “Vermin had been tinkering with what he wanted me to do at the DNC,” Potylo says, “but within minutes of me getting there, he put me in a tie and made me his press secretary.” Potylo knows about method acting. In the early 2000s, he created his Roadsteamer persona, a cock-strong ass-kicker whose cult hits included faux-Springsteen charmers like “I Put a Baby in You.” But in Supreme he found a roleplaying model; unlike Potylo, Supreme is a veteran political absurdist, adept at aiming jokes at the establishment, and at saving less experienced radicals from getting cracked by ornery police officers. “I visited Occupy Boston down at Dewey Square a few times, and I’ve performed at the [MassCann] Freedom Rally, but when it comes to politics, I haven’t done much,” says Potylo. “Vermin completely blew me away. I didn’t realize how much of a liaison he was between the cops and the protesters. For him, it’s not always us-against-them; he kills [the cops] with kindness, and finds the humanity in people. Even his just being there diffuses a lot of the situation — it goes a lot farther than just performance art.” By his second day in Charlotte, Potylo was right up front with Supreme, not just playing the flack and fucking with reporters, but leading his own tangential protests. Trolling Jesus freaks and journalists outside of the convention hall, Potylo — now sporting cat ears — turned anti-abortion activists into an even bigger laughingstock by juxtaposing their bloody fetuses with a placard announcing “The McRib Is Back.” A political curmudgeon was born, and two weeks later Potylo followed Supreme to New York for the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, where the duo recorded a YouTube video in which they serenade NYC cops with a ditty called “Someone Put a Condom on My Dreams.” “It’s a creative union,” says Potylo. Adds Supreme: “We have a natural improv camaraderie simpatico. After we made such good magic on the screen, I thought it would be fun for him to work in protest land, which has been my stage for many years. I’ve been working that niche, and creating new things in that tired old demonstration format. I thought we would have fun doing it, and it ended up being very good entertainment. We seem to play well together.” P

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How does a suburban restaurant compete with urban hotspots like Boston’s Seaport, with its slew of chain outlets with big marketing budgets, easy interstate access, and abundant cheap parking? One tack might be to mimic the formula of successful chef-owners on the Cambridge side of the river: focus on consistently executing a menu driven by seasonal ingredients from local farmers and foragers, keep the ambiance modest to emphasize what’s on the plate, hire knowledgeable yet laid-back servers to guide diners through a frequently changing menu, and build a following through word-of-mouth. That seems to be the strategy adopted by the new Farmstead Table, a charming 48-seat New American restaurant in Newton Centre owned by a husband-and-wife team,

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chef Chad Burns and pastry chef Sharon Burns. A couple of months in, it appears to be working beautifully. Certainly the décor is evocative of a tastefully renovated farmhouse: think white-painted wood and brick walls, reclaimed-wood tabletops, and old-timey embellishments (antique milk bottles and canning jars, a collage of embroidery hoops, galvanized-tin light fixtures). A plate of dense-crumb white Pullman bread with quality butter establishes a homey note. Cocktails from the four-seat bar favor lighter spirits accented with fresh fruit and herbs. A vodka gimlet ($11) with cucumber, lime, and Thai basil is typically sprightly and refreshing, as is a Bellini ($10) of prosecco and fresh native peach puree. Pouring no mere vodka

martini, Farmstead spikes its version ($11) with 15-year-old balsamic vinegar, which lends a beautiful pale-ruby hue as well as sweetness and complexity; a goat-cheese-stuffed olive adds a bracing exclamation point. Appetizers reflect a trust in the simplicity and perfection of peak-of-season ingredients. Sugar-pumpkin bisque ($8) looks tiny and is barely garnished with minced chives and Espelette pepper, but makes a big impact with a healthy dose of cream and the velvety texture of a velouté; the gourd’s gentle flavor still manages to sneak through. Stuffed clams ($10) elevate the humble clam-shack “stuffie” to something rarified: three Cape Cod cherrystones with the meat chopped into a bread stuffing with bacon and scallions and baked in the shells, another example of ingredient balance that showcases the star of the plate’s virtues — the clams’ whiff of the ocean. Entrees, like a skillfully cooked fillet of local day-boat haddock ($25) atop exquisitely fresh corn and tiny chanterelles, continue a theme of seasonal centerpieces counterweighted by flawless produce sans showy cheffery. Delmonico steak ($28) is a handsome boneless ribeye grilled just to order and accompanied by a mere squiggle of a red-wine reduction, nestled atop pommes puree and big wax beans. Roast duck breast ($24) is similarly beautiful, its fat rendered into the crisp skin, its richness neatly balanced by a bright-tasting, rough sauce of whole cranberries. It is perhaps unusual in that it has more than two accompaniments: chewily al dente wild rice, a few pristine baby Brussels sprouts and Macomber turnips, and a foundation of buttery, vivid squash puree. The result is gorgeous, finely balanced, splendidly autumnal. The exceptional desserts follow suit with restraint and care, as in the case of a rustic apple tart ($8) with a first-rate pastry crust and house-made vanilla ice cream given a faint richness with brown sugar. Eighteen wines by the glass ($7–$12), another 34 by the bottle (most under $40), and a welcome dozen half-bottles (most under $35) lean young and American, typified by a crispy, tropical-fruit-scented 2010 Duckhorn sauvignon blanc ($29 half ) and an easydrinking 2010 Frog’s Leap zinfandel ($32 half ) redolent of spice and stone fruits. Whether downtown types will wend the long path to Newton Centre remains to be seen, but locals weary of trekking into the city for thoughtful, subtle, poised cookery, unfettered by pomp or pretension, are bound to flock to Farmstead Table in droves. P

Wary of a trek to the ‘burbs? take heart: farmstead table is right across from the D train’s Newton Centre stop.

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his could be slightly embarrassing, with the copious amounts of cottage cheese and oatmeal and Honey Nut Cheerios and iced coffee I consume,” says West Bridge chef-owner Matt Gaudet after we convince him to let us peek into one week of his diet. Every day entails one to two quarts of iced coffee, and, like many chefs, Gaudet often eats on the go — wolfing down grub from a pint container while standing in his Kendall Square kitchen or making a meal out of occasional bites swiped from the walk-in. He’s a creature of habit, we discovered, right down to his frequent exclamations of “Delicious!” Read on for a taste of his routine.

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Delicious bowl of oatmeal and then many bites of bok choy slaw and BBQ braised beef tongue for the forthcoming evening at the Bon Me truck on the Greenway. One bánh mì for me, as well as one pork-butter crostini. At home, the better half of a pint of cottage cheese (again, the Whole Foods Horizon brand — the best, trust me!) and three Dale’s Pale Ales.


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You won’t find Cheerios on the menu at West Bridge, which opened in May in Kendall Square. You will, however, find less off-the-shelf fare like Gaudet’s egg in a jar, a mini mason jar filled with creamy poached duck egg and pomme puree, layered with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and topped with crisp bits of chicken skin. Wash it down with the on-tap prosecco or a creative cocktail, like our favorite, the Conant’s Island, a bracing blend of house-infused cucumber vodka, rice-wine vinegar, and green Tabasco.

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Oatmeal again! There was some kind of pasta-like thing for family meal, no more than a pint for me. More continuous tasting of dishes as they go out to the customers, bread and butter, a taste of the newly received ice cream. A few delicious Sungold tomatoes, too. At home I had a pile of Life Alive food and three more Dale’s!


Not too much to start the day, just some general grazing through the walk-in: lettuces, tomatoes,

blanched beans, and a bowl of those Cheerios. But tacos for dinner — three for family meal. Delicious! A late-night turkey- and Muenstercheese sandwich while calling in the order and a couple of beers at home.


After the cottage cheese at the house, the rest of the day is a bit foggy. Lots of random sampling and snacking around the kitchen, but I saved room for the chicken Tetrazzini by my wife — she’s the one who buys the groceries and does the cooking at home. The rest of the Ben & Jerry’s and a couple of glasses of red wine.


Off, and celebrating the wife’s birthday with some family and friends. But first, two slices of Pizzeria Regina on the way, then a big spread at the house of hummus, tomato salad, eggplant, grilled burgers, and salmon en papillote with wine, followed with clafoutis and a scoop of ice cream.


After sleeping in, we rallied and made tuna-fish sandwiches, soft scrambled eggs with the rest of the tomato, and eggplant from our friend’s garden. Later that evening, over to Chinatown for more pho soup and a few dumplings from the Gourmet Dumpling House. Again, delicious! P

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A bowl of Whole Foods’ brand of Honey Nut Cheerios, some sort of chicken-and-rice-type thing in a pint container for family meal, various bites of calamari, carrots, quinoa, dehydrated shitake mushrooms, lettuces. Then, a large bowl of pho tai with meatballs and vegetables from Lê’s in Harvard Square and a few scoops of Ben & Jerry’s AmeriCone Dream.

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Brian Mercury’s homemade sea salt tastes exactly like that first time you tried to boogie-board as a kid, when you wound up face-planting in the surf and were gifted with a mouth- and nose-full of ocean water. In a good way. Mercury, the executive pastry chef of Harvard Square’s Harvest, has been trawling New England waters (including Maine’s Lobster Cove) for his own sea salt for the better part of a year. It seems like a strange hobby until you dip your finger into a soft little mound of the stuff — since he doesn’t dry it out, the consistency is closer to slightly damp, super-fine sand — and experience the explosive flavor that makes you vow to never settle for store-bought again. “I get a lot of people staring at me, especially over the summer,” he says, grinning. “All in their swimsuits, sitting on the beach, and I’m walking out there with giant orange buckets. You know how there are signs saying you can’t take the rocks or the sand? No one says you can’t take the water!” Harvest is currently featuring his DIY sea salt in a few menu items. Our favorite comes

Harvest’s honey semolina cake with homemade sea salt

he’s most definitely not. “It’s just such a simple and basic thing that anybody can do, and it’s fun for us because it provides that extra personal step,” he says. “The first time I did it, I was so excited. It’s the weirdest thing: you’re just boiling water, but I was calling over the sous-chefs, like, ‘Look at this! Solids! It worked!’ ”

in the form of a demure honey semolina cake (points if you can pick up the faint mineral edge from the salt), perched on a fig-andport puree, dotted with caramelized figs, and served with a spoonful of lemon mascarpone. And before you decide he must be some sort of high-and-mighty salt sommelier by now, someone who turns up his nose at the everyman’s iodized swill, he assures us

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Listen up, locavores: the Boston Local Food Festival hits the Greenway on Sunday, but first some serious pregaming is in order. The Sustainable Business Network’s annual Brewfest showcases hometown hopheads, serving more than 50 beers from local breweries, not to mention Massachusetts mead, cider, wines, spirits, and bites to soak it all up.

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Can we just take a second and imagine how much seafood it would take to fill the Bank of America Pavilion? A lot, one would assume. Once you get the image of thousands of shrimp busting through the Pavilion, put this on your calendar: a benefit for the new Boston Fisheries Foundation, where you and yours can dig into a slew of small plates from local seafood restaurants, watch chef demos, and swing by the all-day clambake. A clambake in October? Not too shabby.

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Oysters go well with just about anything, but we tend to love them the most when they pair up with a fresh pull from the tap. Here are two other things that pair well: the Massachusetts Oyster Project and the Mayflower Brewing Company, which have teamed up for their second annual craft-beer tasting. It’s all to benefit those little guys you’re slurping back; proceeds help restore native oyster populations and improve local water quality. 2 pm @ Mayflower Brewing Company, 12 Resnik Rd, Plymouth :: $10 to register and pre-order; $1 oysters ::

We can’t think of a better place to indulge in Mother Nature’s weirdest and most magical byproduct than UpStairs on the Square, which has harnessed its signature whimsy to host an evening in praise of all things honey. Caneen Canning of Harvard Square boutique Follow the Honey will be on hand to collaborate with chef Susan Regis and bar manager Augusto Lino. It ain’t just for your tea, people.

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the city where you can walk your way through a complete craft-cocktail bar hop. And the best part is that they’re all a little different, from Brick & Mortar’s dim, industrial-chic, vinyl-soundtrack cool, to Green Street’s gastropub bustle, to Rendezvous’s refined tastefulness, to the loungy yet fine-dining feel of Craigie on Main’s bar, a more casual counterpoint to its adjoining dining room. Green Street’s Anakarina Gende agrees: “Central Square is the cocktail capital of the city.” We asked Gende and barkeeps from the other three standouts to recommend a cocktail they’d order at a neighboring spot. Here’s what they sip when a shift is over and they’re ready to let someone else do the mixing.

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Mint and cucumber at rendezvous her pick

“If I feel mellow or I’m perhaps alone with a book, or I’m with a friend with great conversation, I will end up at Rendezvous drinking a Mint and Cucumber,” she says. While it’s a common combination, she admits, the “refreshing, clean, consistent, and light” version they make is hands-down the best around.

his pick

phipp’s fizz at Green street

“It’s such a simple recipe that works for whatever weather New England decides to throw at you,” says Dow of the Phipp’s Fizz. “The spicy, tart finish of the ginger beer is stabilized by the sweet, smoky oak flavor of the rye. A straightforward, no-frills drink. Replace mezcal for the rye, and you have yourself a whole other drinking experience.”

phipp’s fizz Old Overholt Rye, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters, topped with locally brewed AJ Stephans Ginger Beer

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Mint and cucumber Hendrick’s Gin, mint, cucumber, and lemon

Guelaguetza at Brick & Mortar his pick

“Lately I’ve been hooked on Brick & Mortar’s Guelaguetza whenever I hop over for a nightcap after work,” says Sadoian. Created by Misty Kalkofen, the drink has “smoke, chocolate, bitters, and a touch of acid — a wonderfully balanced and refreshing drink. The scene at B&M is a lot of fun too, with great music every night and a totally friendly and welcoming staff.”

Monopatín Fino sherry, Zucca, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters, a mezcal rinse, and a fleur de sel garnish

his pick

Monopatín at craigie on Main

Harrison typically drinks his fill of Zombies at Green Street, where, he adds, they have “the finest craft beer in Cambridge.” But for his money, the ’hood’s best option is the intriguing blend of the bittersweet rhubarb-based aperitif Zucca, the pale dry fruit of the sherry, and the touch of smoke and salt in Craigie’s Monopatín. It’s not on the menu anymore, but we’re sure they could make it if you ask nicely. “It may be the best drink in town,” says Harrison.

Guelaguetza Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal, crème de cacao, S. Maria al Monte Amaro, and lemon juice

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While the past year has seen a wealth of new craft-cocktail spots, from the elegant Hawthorne in Kenmore to Union Square’s backroom-y Backbar, there still aren’t enough for our taste. (Then again, if we had it our way, the taps of every bar in town would run hot and cold with mezcal and Fernet.) There are plenty of options for a well-made drink, but it’s not necessarily easy to navigate between them during a night out — it’s a long way from Citizen in Fenway to Drink in Fort Point, especially after a few Negronis. Fortunately, the December opening of Central Square’s Brick & Mortar, perhaps the Platonic ideal of the cocktail-centric bar, only hammered home what we had previously suspected: that Central is the one neighborhood in

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Hot tix ERIC HUTCHINSON :: October 27 at Somerville Theatre, Somerville :: $24 :: HENRY ROLLINS:: October 30 at Berklee Performance Center, Boston :: $25-$29.50 :: YEASAYER + DAEDELUS :: November 7 [rescheduled from September 11] at the House of Blues, Boston :: $15 [all previous tickets honored]:: ANTHONY BOURDAIN: GUTS & GLORY :: November 16 at Symphony Hall, Boston :: $86.65 :: HIGH ON FIRE + GOATWHORE + PRIMATE + LO-PAN :: November 24 at the Sinclair, Cambridge :: $16 :: BEASTIE BOYS TRIBUTE WITH KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE FT. MEMBERS OF SLIGHTLY STOOPID :: November 30 at Royale, Boston :: $25 :: DIE ANTWOORD + AzARI & III & SETH TROxLER + PAUL KALKBRENNER + TIGA AND NIC FANCIULLI :: December 4 at the House of Blues, Boston :: $27-$29.50:: CONOR OBERST:: December 6 at Converse Hall at Tremont Temple, Boston :: $32-$35:: BAND OF HORSES :: December 9 at the House of Blues, Boston :: $32.50$45 :: MY MORNING JACKET + PRESERVATION HALL JAzz BAND :: December 21 at the Agganis Arena:: $50.50::

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THE ROOTS :: December 26 at the House of Blues, Boston :: $37-$49.50 :: TRACY MORGAN:: January 19 at the Wilbur Theatre, Boston:: $55 :: LADY GAGA: BORN THIS WAY BALL :: February 27 at the TD Garden, Boston :: $49.50-$175 :: DAVID SEDARIS :: April 7 at Symphony Hall, Boston :: $30-$60 :: THE BOOK OF MORMON :: April 9-28 at the Opera House, Boston :: $47-$134 ::

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Apple out there, but perhaps not many as instantly recognizable as the illustrations that grace the covers and pages of literary-publication-of-record the New Yorker. Brooklyn-based cartoonist ADRIAN TOMINE has created more than a few of those iconic covers, as well as inside illos, over the years. The lauded illustrator and author of comics series Optic Nerve will present a slideshow from his new collection, NEW YORK DRAWINGS (Drawn and Quarterly), and sign copies of the book tonight in Cambridge. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge :: 7 pm :: free ::

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Boston-born, nationallyadopted activist street-band festival HONK! is back for another year — and bigger and better than ever. This year’s fest — which seeks to raise awareness of social issues through rousing street music — is expected to draw more than 34 bands . . .  and counting. Participating bands, both locally based and from out of town, include the What Cheer? Brigade, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, and more. We’re expecting this year’s HONK! to be even more riotous than years past, due to the upcoming election, so get out there and get involved! thu


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Signs it’s fall in Boston? The sudden increase in Garment District ads 5 around town and on the ’tube. And the reprisal of THE WRATHSKELLER, the Boston Baby Dolls’ annual freaky-deaky Halloween burlesque extravaganza. Set, as usual, in a creepy underworld tavern where thrills, chills, and nipple tassels abound, this year’s performance promises to be darker than ever. fri

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Critically lauded on Broadway 10 and currently playing to soldout houses in NYC and London, WAR HORSE finally makes its Boston debut tonight. The heartrending drama tells the story of a young English boy whose beloved steed is taken off to battle . . . and the lengths he goes in order to reunite with his equine friend. If that isn’t enough, we’ve got four words: life-size horse puppets. opera


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Free events SAM ADAMS STein HoiSTinG CoMPeTiTion Male and female competitors hoist up big steins of beer for a chance to win a trip to Germany. All attendees are entered to win a home brewing kit. Free to compete and no cover for spectators before 10 pm. ned Devine’s, Faneuil Hall, Boston :: october 5 from 9 to 11 pm :: AnARCHiST BooK TALK Scholar and anarchism advocate Randall Amster discusses his book Anarchism Today. Lucy Parsons Center, 358 A Centre St, Jamaica Plain :: october 5 @ 7 pm ::

BoSTon LoCAL FooD FeSTivAL Celebration of eating locally with local farmers, a “Seafood Throwdown,” chef demos, DIY demos in pickling, home brewing, and more, vendors, and more Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston :: october 7 from 11 am to 5 pm :: “oPeninG oUR DooRS” The Fenway Alliance presents a day of free “cultural experiences” including live music from Zili Misik and others, a parade, glass-blowing demos, open houses at Fenway Studios, and more. Kicks off at the Christian Science Plaza, Boston :: october 8 from 10 am to 4 pm ::

“THe CLASSiCAL MUSiC ‘CRiSiS’ AnD WHAT To Do ABoUT iT” Phoenix contributor Lloyd Schwartz joins a panel that includes Jeremy Eichler of the Boston Globe and historian Joseph Horowitz Barker Center, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge :: october 10 @ 5:15 pm :: music.fas. oCToBeR SALon: “PUBLiC SPACe! AnD PUBLiC FUn!” | With talks from James Cobalt of local flashmob group the Boston Societies of Spontaneity and Mary Goodman, organizer of 2011’s temporary public art installation “Wandering Cricket Night Market” | Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville | october 10 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | salon/fun

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Rejecting all notions of #YoLo, the spot FIRST PRINTER inhabits has had many lives — most notably, as the former home of Stephen daye (reportedly America’s first printer) and later as a bank. Which means you can eat those crab hushpuppies in an actual massive bank vault. And the brains behind first printer’s cocktail menu? none other than dJ/musician/master mixologist Brother Cleve. 13-15 Dunster St :: 617.497.0900 :: thefirstprinter. com


devoted to all things apian, FOLLOW THE HONEY stocks liquid gold from around the globe (some on tap). And every so often, this boutique breaks loose from the hive: check out their october 11 honey-themed dinner at UpStairs on the Square. 1132 Massachusetts Ave :: 617.945.7356 :: followthehoney. com funny how in this part of town, most of our favorite haunts are subterranean. And we’re only too happy to make like molemen and dive underground for PARK,


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the latest from the crew behind grafton Street and Russell House Tavern. in these cozy confines (strewn with leather armchairs, bookshelves, and oriental carpets), you’ll undoubtedly hoist many a late-night bourbon drink and patty melt. 59 JFK St :: 617.491.9851 :: Writes an OONA’S booster on Yelp: “it smells like my nana in here. old, elegant, and historic.” Which pretty much says it all — permastylish duds from bygone times, for both ladies and fellas. 1210 Mass Ave ::


617.491.2654 :: Sure, Rocky Horror decamped for dTx this past summer, but don’t worry: the Midsummer Night’s disco-fever dream The Donkey Show still keeps Harvard Square freaky every weekend. More drama awaits at oberon’s sister AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER stage, the Loeb drama Center. opening october 12: Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge. Oberon, 2 Arrow St :: Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St :: 617.547.8300 ::



There have been countless heated debates about which burrito joint is the best in town. Make a case for Felipe’s. All you have to do is go and try it. At [name of famous local burrito chain we don’t want to sue us] . . . i don’t want to piss them off, but sometimes their beans are gross, or there’s too much juice in the burrito and it drips all over the place and gets too mushy. That doesn’t happen at felipe’s. everything they do is perfectly cooked every time. it’s not half-assed like [redacted] sometimes is. Am i going to start a turf war? Pretty soon it’ll be like we’re all in The Warriors, except also eating burritos. Come out and plaaaaaayyyyyaaaaeeee. . . . Is there ever an inappropriate time for a burrito? Some people might be just kinky enough for . . . that kind of thing. Maybe you wouldn’t want to eat a burrito in the bathroom. That’s a little too, y’know, in and out, kind of icky. But i don’t judge. Would you want to live in Harvard Square? no. it’s infuriating enough to work in Harvard Square and have to dodge the throngs of tourists. You really have to know how to navigate. it’s worse than driving i-93 South in quincy. _Barry THompson

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Break out the Schweinshaxe: oktoberfest has returned to Harvard Square for its 34th year. And while it might not last 16 days like Munich’s bash, what Cambridge’s oktoberfest lacks in volume, it makes up for in, uh, volume. in addition to seven stages of music, Harvard Square will be host to the cochlea-rattling Honk! parade. October 7 @ noon-6 pm (Rain date: October 8) ::


Marvel of marvels: an honest-togawd rock club is opening up in Harvard Square, with lineups courtesy of the Bowery Presents. Might be a sign of the apocalypse, but we’ll take it — especially if it means we get to see Roky erickson on november 9. Shows starting October 30 :: The Sinclair, 52 Church St :: sinclaircambridge. com


Ah, our favorite kind of fundraiser/endurance test: the kind where you get people to pay you money to sit on your ass and watch Terry gilliam flicks. for Watch-a-thon 2012, the charity in question here is the Brattle itself, the beloved rear-projectin’ moviehouse that’s been blowing young cinephiles’ minds since 1953. October 6-7 from noon to midnight :: Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St ::

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To-do LisT THURsdAY 4

“BLACK ECONOMY, WHITE PRIVILEGE” › With Maggie Anderson (Author), and Thomas Shapiro (Sociology Professor); moderated by Candelaria Silva › 6:30 pm › Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St, Boston › “BOND MODEL QUEST 2012” › A rotating panel of celebrity judges that includes local media personalities, celebrities, athletes and more; Models from Maggie, Inc., Dynasty, and The Model Club. › Fri + Mon 7 pm › Bond, 250 Franklin St, Boston › Free › 617.956.8765 or › “CHISHOLM ‘72: UNBOUGHT & UNBOSSED” SCREENING › With an introduction from guest speakers, a Q&A, refreshments, and an opportunity to register to vote › 6 pm › Castle Square Community Center, 478 Tremont St, Boston › Free or › COMPLIMENTARY CLASSES AT EQUINOX FOR FASHION WEEK! › In honor of Boston Fashion Week, Equinox is offering free morning and afternoon classes at their Dartmouth and Frankling Street locations including boot camp, boxing, yoga, cycling, pilates, and more. Contact: Dartmouth Location: Victor Meservey (Victor. or Franklin Street Location: Jennifer Birkett (Jennifer. for more information. Space is limited! › Equinox Fitness, 131 Dartmouth St, Boston › free › 617.578.0892 INTERPRIDE › Hosting several hundred representatives from Pride organizations from around the world › Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St, Boston › $225; $95 students › 617.236.2000 or › WITCH’S WOODS › Haunted hayride, Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree, and three haunted houses: Nightmare Mansion, 3D Keeper’s Crypt, and Castle Morbid › Thurs-Sun 6:30 pm › Witch’s Woods, 79 Powers Rd, Westford › $30 › 978.692.3033 or › WORLD 3-D DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT › Compete for a chance to move onto the finals in Los Angeles › 7 pm › Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, 91B Sprague St, Boston › $200/team of 5 › 857.345.9693 or ›

FRidAY 5

1000PIRATES › Three-hour piratethemed tour around Boston Harbor with catered BBQ and cash bar › 6:45 pm › World Trade Center, Northern Ave @

Commonwealth Pier, Boston › $10 › 617. 385.4212 or › FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE CRAZE › Instructional evening focused on Bollywood dance › 7:30 pm › Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St, Cambridge › $17 › 617.547.6789 or › SOWA ARTISTS GUILD FIRST FRIDAY › Meet artists in their studios and experience a wide variety of contemporary art › 5 pm › Sowa Artists Guild, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston › Free › 978.337.4191 SUMMER STREET MARKETS ARTS AND CRAFTS › Original, handmade works, including jewelry, glassware, woodworks, photography, sculpture, clothing, accessories, and more › Fri + Wed 11 am › Summer Street in Downtown Crossing, Summer and Washington Sts, Boston › Free › 617.482.2139 or › COMPLIMENTARY CLASSES AT EQUINOX FOR FASHION WEEK! › See listing for Thurs INTERPRIDE › See listing for Thurs WITCH’S WOODS › See listing for Thurs


HONG KONG @ FANEUIL HALL › “Karaoke” › ThursFri 6 pm; Sat-Sun 5 pm; Mon-Wed 9 pm › 65 Chatham St, Boston › 617.227.2226 or › KINSALE › “Karaoke Night” › Thursdays at 8:30 pm › 2 Center Plaza, Boston › 617.742.5577 or › kinsale_about.html LANSDOWNE PUB › “Live Band Karaoke” › Thursdays at 9 pm › 9 Lansdowne St, Boston › 617.266.1222 or › SISSY K’S › “Karaoke Night” › Thurs + SunWed 8 pm › 6 Commercial St, Boston › 617.248.6511

FIRE + ICE › “Karaoke Night”“ › 9 pm › 205 Berkeley St, Boston › 617.482.FIRE JACQUE’S CABARET › “Mizery Loves Karaoke” › Karaoke hosted by Mizery › Tuesdays at 10:30 pm › 79 Broadway, Boston › No cover › 617.426.8902 or › AN TUA NUA › “Karaoke Night” › Wednesdays at 9:30 pm › 835 Beacon St, Boston › 617.262.2121 HENNESSY’S ›”Live Band Karaoke” › Wednesdays at 9 pm › 25 Union St, Boston › 617.742.2121 or ›


FALL FESTIVAL › Make your own cider, storytelling, live animal demos, yard sale, and more › Sat-Mon 10 am › Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave, Milton › $4 › 617.333.0690 or › “HOW TO BE A MAN” › With Andre Dubus III and Anthony D’Aries › 7 pm › Jabberwocky Bookshop, 50 Water St # 22, Newburyport › 978.465.9359 or › SHADES OF AUTUMN › Arts and crafts market, featuring live animals, heirloom apples, locally made products, children’s crafts, and more › Sat-Mon 9 am › Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston › $12; $9 seniors › 508.869.6111 or › COMPLIMENTARY CLASSES AT EQUINOX FOR FASHION WEEK! › See listing for Thurs INTERPRIDE › See listing for Thurs WITCH’S WOODS › See listing for Thurs

sUNdAY 7

MERLE JORDAN CONFERENCE › Host of speakers explore the interplay between their core personal, religious, and spiritual values and their clinical work › Sun 2 pm; Mon 9 am › Boston University School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston › Free › 617. 353.9720 or › OKTOBERFEST 2012 › Featuring seven stages of music ranging from reggae to rock and roll to pop to brass bands › noon › Harvard Square, Holyoke St, Cambridge › Free or ›

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SOWA OPEN MARKET › Open every Sunday through the end of October, SoWa hosts painters, sculptors, photographers, clothing and jewelry designers, milliners, handbag designers, house ware crafters, florists, bakers, local farmers, and more selling unique products › SoWa Open Market, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston › free or › “BOND MODEL QUEST 2012” › See listing for Thurs FALL FESTIVAL › See listing for Sat INTERPRIDE › See listing for Thurs SHADES OF AUTUMN › See listing for Sat WITCH’S WOODS › See listing for Thurs

MoNdAY 8

FALL OPEN HOUSE › Activities will go along with the theme of “Celebrations Around the World” and include Hispanic Heritage Month Short Film Festival and performances by the Boston Conservatory and Anikai Dance Company › 10 am › Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston › Free › 617.267.9300 or › FALL FESTIVAL › See listing for Sat MERLE JORDAN CONFERENCE › See listing for Sun SHADES OF AUTUMN › See listing for Sat

TUesdAY 9

“GALLERY NIGHT TUESDAYS” › Showcase of artwork from a different local artist each week › 6 pm › Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St, Boston › 617.224.4000 or › “RETHINKING WHAT ORCHESTRAS DO: A HUMANITIES MANDATE” › With Lloyd Schwartz and Jeremy Eichler › 5:15 pm › John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building, North Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge › 617.495.2791

WedNesdAY 10

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“AN EVENING WITH FRANK RICH AND FRAN LEBOWITZ: A STATE OF THE UNION CONVERSATION” › 8 pm › Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge › $30-$65 › 617.496.2222 or › ofa.fas.harvard. edu/boxoffice BOSTON SEO TRAINING COURSE › Two sessions: “How to Optimize Your Website” and “Link Building – Build Search Engine Trust & Increase Sales Through

Your SEO Efforts,” with a catered lunch › 9 am › Brick Marketing, 101 Federal St, Suite 1900, Boston › $450 or › “FUTURE BOSTON PRESENTS ASSEMBLE!” › 6 pm › Emerald Lounge at Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St, Boston › free or › OCTOBER SALON › Join the Somerville Arts Council in a discussion on public space and public fun › 7:30 pm › Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville › Free › 617.718.2191 or › “THE CLASSICAL MUSIC ‘CRISIS’ AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT” › With Joseph Horowitz, Mark Volpe, Jeremy Eichler, and Lloyd Schwartz. › 5:15 pm › Barker Center at Harvard, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge › 617.495.0340 “WHAT’S THE ECONOMY FOR ANYWAY?” › With activist, author, and filmmaker John de Graaf. › First Parish Church of Cambridge, 3 Church St., Cambridge SUMMER STREET MARKETS ARTS AND CRAFTS › See listing for Fri


“A PANEL DISCUSSION ON GRAPHIC NOVELS” › With Charles Burns, Chris Ware, and Chip Kidd › 6 pm › Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge › $5 › 617.876.6837 “EVERY VOTES COUNTS: A SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS EXPLORING THE 2012 ELECTION” › With Alejandra St. Guillen and Dan Schneider › 7 pm › Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St, Cambridge › $10 › 617.547.6789 or › WITCH’S WOODS › See listing for Thurs


SPIRIT BAR › 2046 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 8 pm › Geeks Who Drink

FRidAY 5

TRIDENT BOOKSELLERS & CAFÉ › 338 Newbury St, Boston › 8 pm › Trident Trivia Night

sUNdAY 7

21ST AMENDMENT › 150 Bowdoin St, Boston › 8 pm › Stump! CHARLIE’S KITCHEN › 10 Eliot St, Cambridge › 8 pm › Stump!

MoNdAY 8

BATTERY PARK BAR AND LOUNGE › 33 Batterymarch St, Boston › 7 pm › Geeks Who Drink JOHNNY D’S › 17 Holland St, Somerville › 8 pm › Stump! MILKY WAY › at the Brewery, 284 Armory St, Jamaica Plain › 8 pm › Stump! PIZZERIA REGINA ALLSTON › 353 Cambridge St, Allston › 8 pm › Geeks Who Drink TOMMY DOYLE’S AT HARVARD › 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge › 8 pm › Geeks Who Drink

TUesdAY 9

AN TUA NUA › 835 Beacon St, Boston › 7:30 pm › Geeks Who Drink COMMON GROUND › 85 Harvard Ave, Allston › 8 pm › Geeks Who Drink GREATEST BAR › 262 Friend St, Boston › 8 pm › “Friendly Feud” JOE SENT ME › 2388 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge › 7:30 pm › Stump! LIVING ROOM › 101 Atlantic Ave, Boston › 8 pm › Trivia Night SWEET CAROLINE’S RESTAURANT & BAR › 1260 Boylston St, Boston › 8 pm › Geeks Who Drink SWEETWATER CAFÉ › 3 Boylston Place, Boston › “Medulla Oblongata”

sUNdAY 7

Street, then traveling around the city to raise awareness. › 5 pm › Park Street T Stop, Boston › free or › HONK! PARADE TO “RECLAIM THE FOOD SERVICE VOLUNTEERING STREETS FOR HORNS, BIKES AND WITH FOOD NOT BOMBS › Recurring FEET” › 30 activist street bands, from every Friday and Sunday, help Food Not around the world, perform outdoors for free, Bombs to pass out free meals to all in Bosthe parade starts in Davis Square and ends ton Common and in Central Square. at Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest To get involved, email fnbboston@ celebration › noon › Davis Square, › Fri + Sun 3 pm › Day + Herbert Sts, Somerville › G e t L is Central Square, Cambridge free › 781.893.8222 ted! Want to su and Boston Common, Boston OCCUPY BOSTON bmit your even t li › free › WALK › Help to the ph stings o en BBoston spread messages around the ix? it’s easy — a n d just OCCUPY BOSTON city using sidewalk chalk. like the ph o en ix DECOLONIZE TO Meet up at Copley Square , it’s free ! drop us LIBERATE WORKING and move on from there. Fola line: li stings GROUP MEETINGS › How low @ChalkupyBoston for the m. do systems of oppression that most up-to-date info › 1 pm › Cocome from colonization affect pley Square, Boylston + Dartmouth the movement? Find out a weekly Sts, Boston › free or › meetings that include discussion, ChalkupyBoston self-education, planning events and MONDAY 8 actions to help decolonize the moveHONK! SYMPOSIUM › Workshops and ment. Follow @DecolonizeBos for updates. discussions › 10 am › Harvard School of › 6 pm › First Parish Church of Cambridge, Education, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, 3 Church St., Cambridge › free or › decoloCambridge › free or › OCCUPY BOSTON RADIO WORKING OCCUPY BOSTON’S QUEER TRANS GROUP MEETING › OB Radio needs DIRECT ACTION WORKING GROUP help, ideas, producers, suggestions for show MEETING › Smash gender and sexuality ideas and the music department. › 7 pm › based oppression › 6 pm › Boston Common, Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Boston › free Charles St, Boston › free or › › 617.482.6300 or › FOOD SERVICE VOLUNTEERING WITH FOOD NOT BOMBS › See listing for Fri ZINE AND ARCHIVAL MATERIALS WORKSHOP › Hosted by Papercut Zine Library › Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 the Fenway, Boston › free › ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTEST 617.566.1401 or › AGAINST RINGLING BROS CIRCUS


WedNesdAY 10

› Activists from In Defense of Animals, Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition, and local PETA activists meet in front of the Garden to protest the cruel conditions enforced upon elephants in the Ringling Bros.Circus. For more info: › 11:45 am–1 pm and 6–7 pm › TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston › 617.931.2000 or › RADICAL FILM NIGHT › 7 pm › Lucy Parsons Center, 358A Centre St, Jamaica Plain › free › 617.267.6272 or › VOLUNTEER NIGHT AT BIKES NOT BOMBS › No RSVP or experience necessary to drop in. Assist BNB’s volunteer coordinator with packing bikes for the organization’s international programs, prepping bikes to be repurposed, sorting parts, and other tasks. Recurs every Wednesday evening. › 7 pm › Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St, Ste 8, Jamaica Plain › free or ›


BIKES NOT BOMBS: EVERYDAY REVOLUTIONS TOUR › Want to learn more about the JP community organization dedicated to powering social change with bicycles? Stop by one of their one-hour Everyday Revolutions Tours to hear stories from staff and volunteers and get a tour of the space. Plus, you’ll also enjoy a free smoothie made on BNB’s pedal-powered blender › 6:30 pm › Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St, Ste 8, Jamaica Plain › free or › BOSTON FARE STRIKE COALITION MEETINGS › See listing for Thurs

WedNesdAY 10

BRIGHTON BEER GARDEN › 386 Market St, Brighton › 8 pm › Stump! DRUID › 1357 Cambridge St, Cambridge › 8 pm › Druid Trivia Night JEANIE JOHNSTON PUB › 144 South St, Jamaica Plain › 8:30 pm › Stump! JOE SENT ME › 2388 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 7:30 pm › Geeks Who Drink KINSALE › 2 Center Plaza, Boston › 7 pm › Stump! PHOENIX LANDING › 512 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 7:30 pm › Geeks Who Drink SPIRIT BAR › 2046 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 8 pm › Stump! TAVERN IN THE SQUARE › 161 Brighton Ave, Allston › 8 pm › Geeks Who Drink TOMMY DOYLE’S AT HARVARD › 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge › 8 pm › Stump! TOMMY DOYLE’S KENDALL › 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge › 6:30 pm › Geeks Who Drink


SPIRIT BAR › 2046 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 8 pm › Geeks Who Drink

AcTivisM THURsdAY 4

BOSTON FARE STRIKE COALITION MEETINGS › Join Occupy Boston’s efforts again rising MBTA fair prices at the Gazebo on the Common › 6 pm › Boston Common, Charles St, Boston › free or ›

FRidAY 5

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it’s hard beinG a Girl. “They’re dealing with their body changing,” Rania Matar says, “with becoming women, with how to react to at-large society, to who they are as people, and how to express that, and how do they fit in.” In “Girls in Between: Portraits of Identity” at the Photographic Resource Center, the Brookline artist photographs teens navigating the transition — here in Boston as well as in Matar’s native Lebanon. In the artist’s A Girl and Her Room series, subject Sienna’s walls are pasted with fashion advertisements featuring scantily clad ladies, green-haired Izzy’s arms are scarred from self-inflicted cuts, Rocia hugs her pregnant belly. Matar photographs them intimately — bedrooms become havens, workshops, boudoirs. “In some of the images, unless you read the captions, you wouldn’t know if it were taken in the US or in Lebanon,” she says. “I felt that these girls were so much going through similar issues, no matter where they were.” Matar was an architect, pregnant with her fourth child in 2000, when she got into photography by taking a class to learn how to better photograph her kids. Her first major series, Ordinary Lives, docu-


menting mothers and daughters in Lebanon, earned her a spot as an ICA Prize finalist in 2008. “In a place like the Middle East,” she says, “where there’s always one crisis or another — these women didn’t ask for any of this. It was inspiring for me how they just get their homes running, raise their kids, and to keep going despite all of that.” The bedroom photos began when one of her daughters turned 15. “She had been such a tomboy, and all of a sudden she was a different person.” Matar’s newest series, L’Enfant-Femme, aims even younger, documenting nine-to-12-year-olds who seem naturally to assume fashion-model postures. Matar asks the girls not to smile (which she finds fake). They appear more guarded, maybe even standoffish, as they age. We scan the teens’ personal snapshots, vampire posters, beauty products, Hello Kitty calendars, stuffed animals, graffiti (“I will never deep throat a penis of cheese”), and furry pink telephones for clues to what signals girls are receiving from our wonderful, afflicted culture — and how they’re responding. Matar says, “You can’t forget what society expects of you.”

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“Rania Matar: Girls in Between — Portraits of Identity” :: Photographic Resource Center, 832 Comm Ave, Boston :: Through November 3

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The tall wood doors open to reveal the whole world — turned inside out (disconcertingly, at first), in glowing stained glass, 30 feet across — and you step onto the glass bridge spanning its center. It’s the Mapparium. When architect Chester Lindsay Churchill designed the Christian Science Publishing Society headquarters in the early 1930s, he gave it a magic heart. His inspiration: the 12-foot globe in the New York Daily News headquarters. But he topped that, designing a three-story-tall globe to symbolize the nearby Mother Church’s international reach (via its press and the Christian Science Monitor). The Mapparium opened in 1935, designed to be updated, but all the changes of World War II and the dissolution of European colonial empires scotched that. Instead it’s a time capsule of bygone nations: French IndoChina, Yugoslavia, Belgian Congo, the mammoth mapparium Soviet Union. “This is Christian Sience our earth,” Center, 200 Mass a recorded Ave, Boston voice intones. “There is no place like it.” The 608 glass panels framed in bronze glow from the outside, the serene ocean blue-green against red, green, and orange nations. The show’s a bit schmaltzy, ending with television footage of NASA rockets. But the globe’s majesty can still take your breath away, overwhelming you with color, humbling. Then you notice voices murmuring in your ear — because of the way the room’s shape reflects whispers. In that moment before you figure it out, it can feel like you’re hearing everything.

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Admission to the following galleries is free, unless otherwise noted. In addition to the hours listed here, many galleries are open by appointment.


ANDERSON GALLERY AT BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY › 508.531.1359 › 40 School St, Bridgewater › gallery › Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm › Oct 9-Nov 8: John Pusateri, Rachel Meuler, Larassa Kabel, and Adrian Arleo: “Animal Magnetism: The Allure of the Animal for the Artist” ARNHEIM GALLERY AT MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN › 617.879.7166 › 621 Huntington Ave, Boston › › Mon-Tues + Thurs-Sat noon-6 pm; Wed noon-8 pm › Oct 10-26: Uganda Art Consortium NAVE GALLERY › 617.625.6600 › 155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville › › Sat-Sun 1-5 pm › Oct 6-28: “The BIG BAD” › Reception Oct 6: 5-7 pm NEWBURY FINE ARTS › 617.536.0210 › 29 Newbury St, Boston › newburyfinearts. com › Oct 11-Nov 1: Jeffrey Terreson: “Dynamic Gerstual Paintings of the 21st Century” SALEM ARTS ASSOCIATION GALLERY › 978.590.3276 › 24 New Derby St, Salem › › Thurs 11 am-7 pm; Fri-Sat 10 am-6 pm; Sun noon-6 pm › Oct 4-31: “Salem—City by the Sea” SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS › 617.267.6100 › 230 The Fenway, Boston › › Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm; Thurs 10 am-8 pm › Oct 8-26: “Grad Student Curatorial Team Show”


ABERJONA RIVER GALLERY › 781.729.1158 › 184 Swanton St, Winchester › › Daily 11 am-5 pm › Through Dec 2: Robert Schwartz: “Gestures and Glances” ACME FINE ART › 617.585.9551 › 38 Newbury St, Boston › › Tues-Sat 11 am-5:30 pm, and by appointment › Through Nov 3: “Director’s Choice 2012” ARSENAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS › 617.923.0100 › 321 Arsenal St, Watertown › › Tues-Sun noon-6 pm › Through Nov 10: “30 Under 30” › Through Nov 10: Mimi Bernardin with Jesse Tripathi: “Baba’s Village: Glimpses of an Ancestral Home” ART INSTITUTE OF BOSTON › 617.585.6600 › 700 Beacon St, Boston › › Tues-Wed + Fri noon-5 pm; Thurs 3-8 pm; Sat noon-5 pm › Through Oct 21: “In Depth: Contemporary Letterpress” ATELIER GALLERY AT STONEHAM THEATRE › 781.279.2200 › 395 Main St, Stoneham › › Through Nov 12: Greer Muldowney: “6426 per KM” AXELLE FINE ARTS › 617.450.0700 › 91 Newbury St, Boston › › Daily 10 am-6 pm › Through Oct 22: Laurent Hours BOSTON ATHENÆUM › 617.227.0270 › 10-1/2 Beacon St, Boston › bostonathenaeum. org › Mon 9 am-8 pm; Tues-Fri 9 am-5:30 pm; Sat 9 am-4 pm › Through Jan 12: “ChromoMania! The Art of Chromolithograhy in Boston, 1840-1910” BOSTON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY › 617.353.4672 › 855 Comm Avenue, Boston › › Tues-Fri 10 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun 1-5 pm › Through Oct 21: “SIMPATICO” BRICKBOTTOM GALLERY › 617.776.3410 › 1 Fitchburg St, Somerville › › Thurs-Sat noon–5 pm › Through Oct 20: “From Paper to Production;

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Josué Pellot’s Lady on a Horse is on view at La Galería at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. Artists of Wheelock Family Theatre” BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER › 617.566.5615 › 86 Monmouth St, Brookline › › Mon-Fri 9 am–4:30 pm › Through Oct 10: Lois Swirnoff: “Natura Viva: Visions of the Muddy River” BSA SPACE › 617.391.4039 › Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress St, Boston › › Daily 10 am-6 pm › Through Dec 31: “City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952–1982” CAC GALLERY › 617.349.4380 › 344 Broadway, Cambridge › › Mon + Wed 8:30 am-8 pm; Tues + Thurs 8:30 am-5 pm; Fri 8:30 am-noon › Through Nov 23: Halsey Burgund: “ROUND: Cambridge” CAMBRIDGE MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER › 617.577.1400 › 41 Second St, Cambridge › › Mon-Fri 10:30 am-6 pm › Through Dec 14: Martin Karplus: “South and Central American Kodachromes of the 1960s” › Through Dec 26: Sylvia StaggGiuliano: “Transit of Venus” CARPENTER CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY › 617.495.3251 › 24 Quincy St, Cambridge › › Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun 1 pm-5 pm › Through Oct 7: “circa 1963” › Through Oct 7: Jesse Aron Green: “Paranoia Places Its Faith In Exposure” › Through Oct 7: Michael Wang: “Differentiation Series” › Through Nov 4: Matt Saunders: “The movies that were secret remain secret somehow and a nation forgets its pleasures.” CENTER MAKOR › 617.771.4870 › 1845 Comm Ave, Brighton › › SunThu 11 am-7 pm; Fri 11 am-5 pm › Through Oct 7: “From Russia With Art Autumn Exhibit” CHASE YOUNG GALLERY › 617.859.7222 › 450 Harrison Ave, Boston › chaseyounggal- › Wed-Sat 11 am-6 pm; Sun 11 am-4 pm › Through Oct 28: Katina Huston: “Goldberg Variations” DISTILLERY GALLERY › 978.270.1904 › 516 East Second St, Boston › distilleryboston. com › Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm › Through Oct 26: “Elsewhere” DTR MODERN GALLERY › 617.424.7001 › 167 Newbury St, Boston › › Mon-Fri 10 am-6:30 pm; Sat 10 am-7 pm; Sun noon-6 pm › Through Oct 26: Hunt Slonem GALATEA FINE ART › 617.542.1500 › 460B Harrison Ave, Boston › › Wed-Fri noon-6 pm; Sat-Sun noon-5 pm › Through Oct 28: A.E. Ryan: “Cheap Flights to a Far Shore” › Through Oct 28: Christine O’Brien: “Of an Abstract Nature” › Through Oct 28: Elizabeth Hathaway: “Lost in Time” GALERIA CUBANA › 617.292.2822 › 460 Harrison Ave, Boston › › Wed-Sun 11 am-6 pm › Through Oct 14: Luis Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Vazquez Lima: “All in a Day” GALLERY AT ATLANTIC WHARF › › 290 Congress St, Boston › bostoncyberarts. org › Daily 7 am-10 pm › Through Oct 26: “Play Ball!” GALLERY KAYAFAS › 617.482.0411 › 450 Harrison Ave, Boston › › Tues-Sat 11 am–5:30 pm › Through Oct 13: Julee Holcombe: “Steel and Stones, Blood and Bones” HARBORARTS OUTDOOR GALLERY › › 256 Marginal St, East Boston › › Open 24 hours › Through Dec 31: “Hazards of Modern Living” Public Art Installation LA GALERÍA AT VILLA VICTORIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS › 617.927.1717 › 85 West Newton St, Boston › villavictoriaarts. org/gallery.html › Thurs-Fri 3-6 pm; Sat 1-4 pm

› Through Nov 10: “Concrete Illusions: Public and Private Spaces in Puerto Rico” LINCOLN ARTS PROJECT › › 289 Moody St, Waltham › › Wed-Fri 4-9 pm; Sat 2-8 pm › Through Oct 20: Charlie Smith: “Playing With Dolls” › Through Oct 20: “New Spins” MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER › 617.253.4860 › 20 Ames St, Cambridge › web. › Daily noon-6 pm › Through Oct 26: “I don’t care what anybody else thinks: Gifts of Vera List” MIT WOLK GALLERY › 617.253.7334 › 77 Mass Ave, Cambridge › Mon-Fri 9 am–5 pm › Through Dec 28: William Wurster: “Frames for Living” NEW ART CENTER › 617.964.3424 › 61 Washington Park, Newtonville › › Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm; Sat 1-5 pm › Through Oct 12: “Out of the Ruins: Reimagining the Romantic Tradition” OLD SCHWAMB MILL › 781.643.0554 › 17 Mill Ln, Arlington › › Tues + Sat 11 am-3 pm › Through Nov 10: “Mosaics at the Mill: A Show of Mosaic Art” PANOPTICON GALLERY › 617.267.8929 › 502c Comm Ave, Boston › › Tues-Sat 10 am–5:30 pm and by appointment › Through Oct 30: Harold Feinstein: “A Retrospective” PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOURCE CENTER AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY › 617.975.0600 › 832 Comm Ave, Boston › › Tues-Fri 10 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun noon-4 pm › Through Nov 3: Nancy Grace Horton: “Being 13” › Through Nov 3: Rania Matar: “Girls in Between: Portraits of Identity” QUIDLEY AND COMPANY GALLERY › 617.450.4300 › 38 Newbury St, Boston › › Tues-Fri 10 am-6 pm; Sat 10 am-5 pm › Through Oct 20: “Narrative Fragments” RICE/POLAK GALLERY › 508.487.1052 › 430 Commercial St, Provincetown › › Daily 11 am-10 pm › Through Oct 7: Meredyth Hyatt Moses SANDRA AND DAVID BAKALAR GALLERY AT MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN › 617.879.7333 › 621 Huntington Ave, Boston › Mon-Sat noon-6 pm; Wed noon-8 pm › Through Dec 1: Zandra Rhodes: “A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles” SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS › 617.267.6100 › 230 The Fenway, Boston › › Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm; Thurs 10 am-8 pm › Through Nov 3: “Something Along Those Lines” › Oct 8-26: “Grad Student Curatorial Team Show” SHERMAN GALLERY AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY › 617.358.0295 › 775 Comm Ave, Boston › › Tues-Fri 11 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun 1-5 pm › Through Oct 28: Colbert Mashile: “Not Yet” SPOKE GALLERY › 617.268.6700 › 110 K St, Boston › › Wed-Fri noon-5 pm › Through Nov 14: “Terrain” STEPHEN D. PAINE GALLERY AT MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN › 617.879.7333 › 621 Huntington Ave, Boston › Mon-Sat noon-6 pm; Wed noon-8 pm › Through Dec 24: “Earth & Alchemy” TOWNE ART GALLERY AT WHEELOCK COLLEGE › 617.879.2219 › 180 the Riverway, Boston › › TuesThurs 1-5 pm; Sat 2-5 pm › Through Oct 18: John Burkett and Joe Wallace TRUSTMAN ART GALLERY AT SIMMONS COLLEGE › 617.521.2268 › 300 the Fenway, Boston › › Mon-Fri 10 am-4:30 pm › Through Oct 4: Nona Hershey: “Rewired” TUFTS UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY AT THE AIDEKMAN ARTS CENTER › 617.627.3094 › 40 Talbot Ave, Medford › › Wed-Sun noon-5 pm › Through Nov 18: “Global Flows” › Through Dec 16: Lucy+Jorge Orta: “Food-Water-Life”

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ADDISON GALLERY OF AMERICAN ART AT PHILLIPS ACADEMY › 978.749.4015 › 180 Main St, Andover › andover. edu/addison › Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm; Sun 1-5 pm › Through Dec 30: “American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927 – 1942” › Through Jan 13: “Pekupatikut Innuat Akunikana / Pictures Woke the People Up: An Innu Project with Wendy Ewald and Eric Gottesman” › Through Jan 13: “People, Places, Things: Symbols of American Culture” CHARLES RIVER MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION › 781.893.5410 › 154 Moody St, Waltham › › Thurs-Sun 10 am-5 pm › Admission $7; $5 students, seniors › Through Jan 15: Wayne Strattman: “Self Illumination” DANFORTH MUSEUM OF ART › 508.620.0050 › 123 Union Ave, Framingham › › Wed-Thurs + Sun noon-5 pm; Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm › Admission $11; $9 seniors; $8 students; free to youth under 17 › Through Nov 4: Catherine Kernan: “Caught in the Current” › Through Nov 4: “Cruel Sea: Law of the Fishes” › Through Nov 4: Elizabeth Awalt: “Cascade and Other Work” › Through Nov 4: Jand Lund: “Home Body” › Through Nov 4: Jane Goldman: “Tidal Pools” › Through Nov 4: “Picture This!” › Through Nov 4: “Selections from the Permanent Collection” › Through Nov 4: Susan Heideman: “Proteanna” › Through Nov 4: Thaddeus Beal, Ilana Manolson, Adrienne Der Marderosian, and Rhonda Smith: “Fragile Navigation” DAVIS MUSEUM AT WELLESLEY COLLEGE › 781.283.3382 › 106 Central St, Wellesley › › Tues-Sat 11 am-5 pm; Wed 11 am-8 pm; Sun noon-4 pm › Free admission › Through Dec 16: “A Generous Medium: Photography at Wellesley, 1972-2012” DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM › 781.259.8355 › 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln › › Tues-Sun 10 am-5 pm › Admission $14; $12 seniors; $10 students and youth ages 13 and up; free to children under 12 › Through Dec 30: Jean Shin and Brian Ripel: “Retreat” › Through Dec 30: Julianne Swartz: “How Deep is Your” › Through April 21: “Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now” ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART › 413.658.1100 › 125 West Bay Rd, Amherst › › Mon-Fri 10 am–4 pm; Sat 10 am–5 pm; Sun noon–5 pm › $7; $5 students › Through Oct 14: “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats” › Through Nov 25: “Our British Cousins: The Magical Art of Maisy and Friends” FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM › 978.345.4207 › 185 Elm St, Fitchburg › fitch- › Wed-Fri noon-4 pm; SatSun 11 am-5 pm › Admission $9; $5 students and seniors › Through Dec 20: “American Scenery: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting” › Through Dec 20: “Different Views: Landscape Photographs from the Museum’s Collections” › Through Dec 20: “Face to Face: Works From The Collection In Dialogue” › Through Dec 20: “The Director’s Favorites” FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM › 508.588.6000 › 455 Oak St, Brockton › › Tues-Sun 10 am-5 pm; Wed 10 am-9 pm › Admission $8; $5 students, seniors; free for members and children under 12, and for all Wed 5-9 pm › Through Oct 7: “Iron Twenty Ten” › Through Nov 4: “A Taste for Spoons from the Collection of Nora and Norman Stevens” › Through Jan 20: Cyndy Barbone, Deborah Frazee Carlson, Fuyuko Matsubara, and Bhakti Ziek: “Grand Tales of the Loom: Four Master Weavers” › Through Feb 10: “2012 Biennial Members Exhibition” GRIFFIN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY › 781.729.1158 › 67 Shore Rd, Winchester › › Tues-Thurs 11 am-5 pm; Fri 11 am-4 pm; Sat-Sun noon-4 pm › Admission $5; $2 seniors; free for children and students; free for all on Thurs › Through Dec 2: Jess T. Dugan: “Transcendence” › Through Dec 2: Lynn Goldsmith: “The Looking Glass” › Through Dec 2: Rita Bernstein: “Undertow” INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART › 617.478.3100 › 100 Northern Ave, Boston › › Tues-Wed + Sat-Sun 10 am–5 pm; Thurs-Fri 10 am–9 pm › Admission $15; $10 students, seniors; free for ages under 17; free after 5 pm on Thurs › Through Oct 14: Josiah McElheny: “Some Pictures of the Infinite” › Through Nov 25: Dianna Molzan › Through Nov 25: Os Gêmeos ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM › 617.566.1401 › 280 the Fenway, Boston › › Wed-Mon 11 am-5 pm › Admission $15; $12 seniors; $5 students with ID; free for ages under 18 › Through Jan 7: “The Great Bare Mat & Constellation” MASSACHUSETTS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART › 413.662.2111 › 87 Marshall St, North Adams › massmoca. org › Wed-Mon 11 am–5 pm › Admission $15; $11 students; $5 ages 6-16; free for ages 5 and under › Through Oct 30: Sanford Biggers: “The Cartographer’s Conundrum” › Through Nov 4: Michael Oatman: “All Utopias Fell” › Through Nov 5: Anna Betbeze › Through Jan 2: “Making Room: The Space Between Two and Three Dimensions” › Through Feb 4: “Invisible Cities” › Through April 1: “Oh, Canada” › Oct 5-14: Jerry Gretzinger: “Jerry’s Map” MCMULLEN MUSEUM OF ART AT BOSTON COLLEGE › 617.552.8100 › 140 Comm Ave, Chestnut Hill › › Mon-Fri 11 am-4 pm; Sat-Sun noon-5 pm › Free admission › Through Dec 9: Paul Klee: “Philosophical Vision; From Nature to Art”

MIT MUSEUM › 617.253.4444 › 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge › › TuesFri 10 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun noon-5 pm › Through Dec 31: Berenice Abbott: “Photography and Science: An Essential Unity” MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY › 617.720.2991 › 46 Joy St, Boston › › Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm › Admission $5; $3 seniors and 13-17 years; free for 12 and under › Through Oct 31: “The Color of Baseball in Boston: The History of Black Teams, the Players, and a Sporting Community” MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS › 617.267.9300 › 465 Huntington Ave, Boston › › MonTues + Sat-Sun 10 am-4:45 pm; Wed-Fri 10 am-9:45 pm › Admission $22; $20 students, seniors; free for ages 7-17 and under during non-school hours [otherwise $10]; free for ages 6 and under › Through Oct 21: “Seeking Shambhala” › Through Oct 28: “Manet in Black” › Through Dec 31: Edward Weston: “Leaves of Grass” › Through Dec 31: “The Allure of Japan” › Through Jan 6: Ori Gersht: “History Repeating” › Through Feb 18: “Cats to Crickets: Pets in Japan’s Floating World” › Through July 7: “Art of the White Mountains” › Through June 1: “Jewels, Gems, and Treasures: Ancient to Modern” MUSEUM OF SCIENCE › 617.723.2500 › 1 Science Pk, Boston › › Sat-Thurs 9 am-5 pm; Fri 9 am-9 pm › Through March 3: “Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure” NEWPORT ART MUSEUM › 401.848.8200 › 76 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI › › Tues-Sat 11 am-4 pm; Sun 12-4 pm › Admission $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 students and military personnel with ID; free for children 5 and under › Through Nov 4: Didi Suydam: “Presence” › Through Jan 13: “Image and Innovation: 100 Years of Photography from the Permanent Collection” › Through Jan 13: Recasting the Loving Cup: From Traditional Silver to Contemporary Media” NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM › 413.298.4100 › 9 Rte 183, Stockbridge › › Daily 10 am–5 pm, through Oct. After Nov, 10 am-4 pm; weekends 10 am- 5 pm › Admission $15; $13.50 seniors; $10 students with ID; free for ages 18 and under when accompanied by an adult › Through Oct 28: Howard Pyle: “American Master Rediscovered” › Through Oct 28: Norman Rockwell: “Sports!” PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM › 978.745.9500 › 161 Essex St, Salem › › Tues-Sun and Mon holidays 10 am-5 pm › Admission $15; $13 seniors; $11 students; free for ages 16 and under › Through Oct 8: Ansel Adams: “At the Water’s Edge” › Through Jan 31: “Auspicious Wishes and Natural Beauty in Korean Art” › Through Jan 31: “Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo: Cultivating an Image of China” › Through Jan 31: “Of Gods and Mortals, Traditional Art from India” › Through Jan 31: “Perfect Imbalance, Exploring Chinese Aesthetics” › Through Feb 3: “FreePort [No.

004]: Peter Hutton” › Through Feb 3: “Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones” › Through May 27: “FreePort [No. 005]: Michael Lin” › Through May 27: “Natural Histories: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth” PEABODY MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ETHNOLOGY › 617.496.1027 › 11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge › › Daily 9 am-5 pm › Admission $9; $7 students, seniors; free to members, Harvard students, and children under 3; also free to all Massachusetts residents Wed 3-5 pm and Sun 9 am– noon › Through Jan 31: “From Daguerreotype to Digital: Anthropology and Photography” RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN MUSEUM OF ART › 401.454.6500 › 224 Benefit St, Providence, RI › risdmuseum. org › Tues-Sun 10 am-5 pm; third Thurs per month until 9 pm › Admission $10; $7 seniors; $3 college students and youth ages 5-18; free every Sun 10 am–1 pm, the third Thurs of each month 5-9 pm, and the last Sat of the month › Through Oct 21: Dan Walsh: “UnCommon Ground” › Through Nov 4: Wendy Richmond: “Navigating the Personal Bubble” › Through Nov 11: “Designing Traditions Biennial: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection” › Through Dec 2: “The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Rhode Island” › Through Jan 13: “America In View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now” › Through Feb 24: “Everyday Things: Contemporary Works from the Collection” ROSE ART MUSEUM AT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY › 781.736.3434 › 415 South St, Waltham › › Tues-Sun noon-5 pm › Admission $3 › Through Dec 9: Dor Guez: “100 Steps to the Mediterranean” STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE › 413.458.2303 › 225 South St, Williamstown › › Tues-Sun 10 am-5 pm › Through Oct 31, admission $15, free to youth 18 and under. Beginning Nov 1, the institute is open free to the public. › Through Oct 21: “Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China” › Through Jan 1: “Clark Remix” WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART › 413.597.2429 › 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Williamstown › › Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm; Sun 1-5 pm › Through Oct 21: “Power Runs in Many Channels: Diversity of Nigerian Art” › Through Nov 25: Laylah Ali: “The Greenheads Series” › Through Dec 30: “Room for Reflection” WORCESTER ART MUSEUM › 508.799.4406 › 55 Salisbury St, Worcester › › Wed-Fri + Sun 11 am-5 pm; Sat 10 am-5 pm; Third Thursday 11 am-8 pm › Admission $14, $12 for seniors and students. Free for youth 17 and under and for all on first Sat of the month, 10 am-noon › Through Nov 30: “Pilgrimage to Hokusai’s Waterfalls” › Through Dec 2: “20th Century American Drawings” › Oct 8–Feb 3: “Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation” THEPHOENIX.cOm/arTs :: 10.05.12 61

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ERIC JAY DOLIN › When America First Met China reading › 7 pm › Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge › Free › 617.491.2220 or JASPER FFORDE › The Woman Who Died A Lot reading › 6 pm › Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline › $5 › 617.734.2500 or NICK O’CONNELL › The Storms of Denali reading › 7 pm › Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy St, Boston › 617.629.5383 or LAURA MARIE PRAGER AND ABIGAIL LOUISE DONOVAN › Suicide by Security Blanket, and Other Stories from the Child Psychiatry Emergency Service discussion and signing › 7 pm › Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.489.0519 or ADRIAN TOMINE › New York Drawings discussion › 7 pm › Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge › Free › 617.495.9400 or


Hanna Rosin’s anachronistic and jumbled The End of Men: And the Rise of Women (Riverhead) is exactly what you’d expect. The Atlantic editor has made a career out of writing sensationalistic headlines and tepid conclusions about subjects that a first-year genderstudies major — or just a regular old queer person — could explore with more nuance, and without all the hand-wringing. It’s clear from Atlantic pieces such as “Boys on the Side” (which is largely excerpted in The End of Men), an examination of college hook-up culture and the rise of “a new breed” of female sexuality, that Rosin fancies herself a sort of maverick sociologist. Unfortunately, her defining style — a moralizing essentialism combined with a penchant for frequent generalizations — is inherently incompatible with her subjects, whether they be breastfeeding, transgender children, or “the end of men” (she’s referring, by the way, to how the knowledge economy is “feminizing” work and how that’s adversely affecting Jurassic notions of masculinity and the men who subscribe to them). The world’s certainly changing, and there are a lot of bigger questions barely touched here


(are learning differences in boys being compensated for in school, and is that affecting their trend away from higher education?) in favor of a hodgepodge of anecdotes and academic studies that mostly prove that Rosin’s view of gender is both myopic and baffled. In fact, between high-powered female executives with “aggressive” sexuality, and a stay-at-home dad whom she “can’t help” but be “startled” by when she sees him making handprint T-shirts for teachers at her kids’ school, the upending of gender norms seems mostly to trouble her. Of course, as a transgender man, I’ll allow that I’m not Rosin’s ideal audience (in fact, I don’t exist in the context of this book). So who is, then? Not the powerful woman who’s happy with her stay-at-home husband, the same man who recognizes Rosin’s depiction of him and asks her exactly what about him is so “startling.” She allows he may have a point: “Why should I, after all my research, be ‘startled’? Why should I be anything but delighted?” she muses in the book’s conclusion. Sounds like a question worth writing a book about, but my guess is there wasn’t a controversialenough title for that. _T h omas Pag e m c Be e

Hanna Rosin :: Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard st, Brookline :: october 11 @ 7 pm :: 617.566.6660 or


DENNIS LEHANE › Live By Night reading › 1 pm › Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge › Free › 617.491.2220 or

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GINA DAMICO › Scorch reading › 5 pm › Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline › Free › 617.566.6660 or “LIZARD LOUNGE POETRY NIGHT: JAMAAL ST. JOHN” › With music by the Jeff Robinson Trio › 8 pm › Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $5 › 617.547.0759 or

tUesDAY 9

JOANNE HARRIS › Peaches for Father Francis reading › 7 pm › Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline › Free › 617.566.6660 or SALMAN RUSHDIE & GISH JEN › Joseph Anton: A Memoir reading › 7 pm › First Parish Church of Cambridge, 3 Church St., Cambridge › $35; includes copy of book › 617.661.1515 HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN › The Other Woman reading › 7 pm › Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St, Newton › Free › 617.244.6619 or MARK SIEGEL › Sailor Twain reading › 7 pm › Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge › Free › 617.491.2220 or FRANCIS SLAKEY › To The Last Breath reading › 7 pm › BU Barnes & Noble, 660 Beacon St, Boston › Free › 617.267.8484 or

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CALEB DANILOFF › Running Ransom Road: Confronting the Past, One Marathon at a Time reading › 7 pm › Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge › Free › 617.661.1515 or ELINOR LIPMAN & FRIENDS › Tweet Land of Liberty reading › 7 pm › Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline › Free › 617.566.6660 or STEWART O’NAN › The Odds reading › 7 pm › Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge › Free › 617.491.2220 or ILIE RUBY › The Salt God’s Daughter reading › 7 pm › Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St, Newton › Free › 617.244.6619 or


SANDRA GARSON › Veggiyana: The Dharma of Cooking reading and cooking demo › 7 pm › Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St, Boston › Free › 617.267.8688 or LESLEA NEWMAN › October Mourning reading › 7 pm › Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge › Free › 617.491.2220 or STEPHEN PULEO › Dark Tide reading › 7 pm › Weston Public Library, 87 School St, Weston › Free › 781.893.3312 or HANNA ROSIN › The End of Men: And the Rise of Women reading › 7 pm › Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline › Free › 617.566.5615 or

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40TH YEAR OF BLACKSMITH HOUSE POETRY SERIES › With Robert Pinsky, Gail Mazur, David Ferry and a wealth of other poets › 8 pm › Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St, Cambridge › $3 › 617.547.6789 or LOUISE ERDRICH › Round House reading › 7 pm › Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge › Free › 617.491.2220 or SARAH S. KILBORNE › American Phoenix: The Remarkable Story of William Skinner, A Man Who Turned Disaster Into Destiny reading

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JAN BRETT › Mossy reading › 5 pm › Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St, Wellesley › Free › 781.235.1610 or DAVID FERRY › Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations reading › 3 pm › Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge › Free › 617.661.1515 or TORI HOGAN › Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey into the Realities of International Aid reading › 7 pm › Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.489.0519 or harvard. JASON KARLAWISH › Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont discussion and signing › noon › Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.489.0519 or STEVEN STROGATZ › The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity reading › 7 pm › Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge › Free › 617.661.1515 or

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BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY MARCELO LEHNINGER › Fantasy-overture from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet; Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s “Symposium” for violin and orchestra, with Joshua Bell; Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 › Thurs + Sat 8 pm; Fri 1:30 pm › Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston › $30-$114 › 888.266.1200 or TIMOTHY BURRIS › Biber’s Passacaglia in C, arr. Burris; Zamboni’s Ceccona in F; de Visée’s Pièces in C › 12:15 pm › First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St, Boston › Donations welcome › 617.267.6730 or VENTO CHIARO › Justin Casinghino’s One Hen › 6:30 pm › Bunker Hill Community College Campus, 250 New Rutherford Ave, Boston › Free › 617.228.2000 or

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Sequence 8: out of the box When acrobat colin Davis appears at the beginning of Sequence 8 in the role of a suit-andtie-wearing radio announcer, a kind of Ira-without-Glasses, he is introducing acrobatics with a meta-narrative. Last year, when the Montreal-based Les 7 doigts de la main appeared in Boston with their Chinese pole, German wheel, and trapeze, the show was driven by a half-baked psychotherapy theme and a great dollhouse-cum-launch-pad of a set. This time around, 7 doigts’ Sequence 8 runs on the camaraderie and occasional romance of its youthful performers. Wearing jeans and tees instead of circus spangles, they make kinetic references, not Freudian ones. A large part of acrobatic art is expectation. There’s a built-in thrill watching a human being fly upwards and, as if bouncing off the sky, fall back to earth. Sequence 8’s performers’ superb musical timing to everything from C2C and Ben Harper to Tosca adds extra punch. (So does the stray pertinent lyric, such as Tunng’s line, “We’re catching bullets in our teeth/ though it’s easy when you know how it’s done.” Yeah, that’s what you say.) With the summer Olympics in recent memory, it’s delicious to see Maxim Laurin, an energetic trapeze artist, and Ugo Dario, whose pliant face resembles that of


a young Marcel Marceau, bounce off the teeterboard and perform the somersaults, twists, and layouts of worldclass divers. Alexandra Royer, with her dark frizzy hair and kewpie-doll eyes, plays up her vulnerability on the Russian bar — a kind of slack balance beam — and nails every element. All acrobatic shows trade on increasing complexity — we’re always wondering How can they top that? — but Sequence 8 uses expectation as a dramatic engine. Eric Bates does an impressive trick juggling three white cigar boxes that seem glued together by their momentum. Over the course of the evening, he gets us to anticipate what he’s going to do, which makes a later sight gag all the funnier. There are some dull spots: a Spider-Man reference involving black tape that should have showed more invention, performers stripping down to underwear for no apparent reason, deliberately lame breakdancing. During this 90-minute work, the pacing of the first half outshines the second. But when, during a faux author interview, Davis explains that Bates is flogging How To Live with the Box You’re Thinking Outside Of, he’s not merely making a joke about self-help books. He’s describing how the 7 doigts’ wonderful art is made. _De br a Cash

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BERTA ROJAS › Selection of Latin American guitar music by Agustin Barrios, Edin Solis, Quique Sinesi, and Vincent Lindsay-Clark › 7:30 pm › First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley St, Boston › $25; $20 students, seniors › 617.536.8851 or DANIIL TRIFONOV › Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 2; Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor; Chopin’s 24 Preludes › 8 pm › Pickman Hall at Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St, Cambridge › SOLD OUT › 617.876.0956 or LEO ABBOTT, HEINRICH CHRISTENSEN, CARSON COOMAN, HARRY LYN HUFF, ROSALIND MOHNSEN, AND MORE › Works for organ by Aberg, Marchand, Bach, Widor, Sowerby, Saint-Saens, Howells, Hampton, and Cooman › 7:30 pm › Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer St, Boston › $30; $18 advance › 617.523.2377 or BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY MARCELO LEHNINGER › See listing for Thurs

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BOSTON CONSERVATORY WIND ENSEMBLE CONDUCTED BY ERIC HEWITT › Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine; Excerpts from Messiaen’s Eclairs sur L’au-dela; Varèse’s Intégrales; Mennin’s Canzona; Berio’s O King; Shostakovich’s Folk Dances › 8 pm › Fenway Center, 70 Saint Stephen St, Boston › Free › 617.912.9240 BOSTON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS SCHOOL OF MUSIC OPERA INSTITUTE › Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon › Sat 2 + 8 pm; Sun 2 + 7 pm › Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston › $7 › 617.933.8600 or CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE › Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25; Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder for soprano and piano, WWV 91, with Elizabeth Keusch; Schoenberg’s Ein Stelldichein for oboe, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano; Berg’s Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5; Kirchner’s Duo II for violin and piano › Sat 8 pm; Sun 4 pm › Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon St, Boston › $23-$43; $18-$38 students, seniors › 617.427.8200 or

CHINESE MUSIC INSTRUMENT BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT › Selection of works for string, CONDUCTED BY MARCELO wind, plucked, and percussion › 7:30 pm › LEHNINGER › Tchaikovsky’s Romeo First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough and Juliet; Schulhoff ’s Concerto for St, Boston › $10 › 617.267.6730 or chinesestring quartet and wind orchestra; Dvorák’s Symphony HELIOS EARLY No. 8 › 8 pm › OPERA › TeleSymphony Hall, mann’s Pimpinone, 301 Mass Ave, with Peter Walker Boston › $30-$114 [Pimpinone] and › 888.266.1200 or Meredith Ruduski [Vespetta] › 5 + ELIZABETH 7:30 pm › Good BENNETT AND Life, 28 Kingston CHRIS MOLINA St, Boston › $20 › › Selection of works 617.451.2622 or hefor shakuhachi flutes › 12:15 pm › RADIUS King’s Chapel, 58 ENSEMBLE › Tremont St, Boston Prokofiev’s Quin› $3 › 617.227.2155 tet for winds and or BoSTon strings, Op. 39; Weber’s Trio LAURA KLOCK, Sympho ny orhc for flute, cello, and piano in SALVATORE Joshua Be eSTra G minor, Op. 63; Schultz’s MACCHIA, ESTELA ll is gues t soloist Dragons in the Sky for horn, OLEVSKY, NADINE with the Bs o in Bern percussion, and tape; Gould’s SHANK, AND MICHAEL stein’s serenad Benny’s Gig for clarinet and SUSSMAN › Works for e. bass › 8 pm › Pickman Hall saxophone, contrabass, at Longy School of Music, 27 pianos, and clarinet by Salvatore Garden St, Cambridge › $20; $16 Macchia and Robert Stern › 8 pm › seniors; $10 students › 617.792.7234 Bezanson Recital Hall, 151 Presidents or Dr., Amherst › $10; $5 students, seniors SCHOLA CANTORUM OF BOSTON › 413.545.2511 or › Works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Victoria, musicanddance Morales, and Guerrero, with classical guiNEC WIND ENSEMBLE › Works tarist Aaron Larget-Caplan › 8 pm › Church by Gabrielli, Strauss, Cherubini, Cage, of St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin St, and Druckman › 7 pm › Jordan Hall, Boston › $25; $20 seniors; $8 students › 30 Gainsborough St, Boston › Free › 617.227.5242 or 617.585.1260 or BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY MARCELO LEHNINGER › See listing for Thurs AKIKO KOBAYASHI AND CLAUDIA KOBAYASHI › Works for violin and piano by Bach, Bartók, Beethoveen, and CHRISTOPHER CORITSIDIS AND Schumann › 5:30 pm › Church of St. John MARIA PIKOULA › Works for violin and the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin St, Boston › piano by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and Free › 617.227.5242 or Bartók › 2 pm › Newton Free Library, 330 NEC OPERA CONDUCTED BY Homer St, Newton › Free › 617.796.1360 or STEPHEN LORD › Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, with Jaime Korkos [Orfeo], HILDEGARD PROJECT AND Hae Ji Chang [Euridice], and Soyoung CONCORDIA CONSORT › Works Park [Cupid] › 8 pm › Jordan Hall, for women’s voices by Hildegard von 30 Gainsborough St, Boston › Free › Bingen › 5 pm › Old North Church, 193 617.585.1260 or Salem St, Boston › Donations welcome › 978.264.0584 or NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN AND BLUE HERON RENAISSANCE CHOIR NOREEN POLERA › Schumann’s › Nicholas Ludford’s Missa Inclina cor meum Fantasiestücke, Op. 73; Franck’s Sonata › 8 pm › St. Cecilia’s Church, 18 Belivdere in A; Ligeti’s Sonata for solo cello; St., Boston › $25-$40; $10 students › Tchaikovsky’s Nocturne, Op. 19, No. 4, 617.536.4548 or and Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62; Chopin’s BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C, CONDUCTED BY VLADIMIR Op. 3 › 1:30 pm › Isabella Stewart Gardner JUROWSKI › Mendelssohn’s Violin Museum, 280 the Fenway, Boston › $27; Concerto, with Arabella Steinbacher; $24 seniors; $12 students › 617.566.1401 or Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 › 8 pm › Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston › BOSTON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE $30-$114 › 888.266.1200 or OF FINE ARTS SCHOOL OF MUSIC ZOË KEATING › Cello recital › 8 pm › OPERA INSTITUTE › See listing for Sat Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE › See Boston › $21; $18 advance; $18 students, $15 listing for Sat advance › 617.266.7455 or

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BOSTON CONSERVATORY STRING STUDENTS CONDUCTED BY DAVID KIM › Mozart program: Serenade No. 13 for strings in G, K. 525 [Eine kleine nachtmusik]; Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491, with Ya-Fei Chuang; Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183 › 8 pm › Studio 401, 31 Hemenway St, Boston › $15; $10 seniors; students free › or 617.912.9222

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PANDIT BIRJU MAHARAJ › “Concert of the Legend,” featuring a selection of traditional Kathak dances › 7 pm › Kresge Auditorium at MIT, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $35-$90; $20 students › 857.600.2431 ›

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Brendan Behan, known for his plays The Hostage and The Quare Fellow and for his memoir Borstal Boy, was a raucous, charismatic, hard-drinking Irish Republican who began to write after he got out of prison for shooting at English detectives during a public event. Even in photos, his massive personality, which seems perfectly matched to an outsize frame, pops out at you. But Danny Venezia, who plays him in the unfortunate one-man show A Broth of a Boy, currently in the black box at the Arsenal Arts Center in Watertown, is a compact fellow who wanders about the stage, usually with one hand glued to a bottle or a glass and the other stuck in his pocket or fixed to his side like a magnet. Venezia (who received good notices for a UK tour of the show) looks uncomfortable — a little less so when he bursts into one of the (far too many) Irish ballads that pepper his four monologues, but his voice is mediocre at best and he sings every tune exactly the same way. He has zero charisma and he gives the sad impression of knowing how miscast he is. Richard Smithies, who directed his own script, hasn’t given him any help. The script


is made up mostly of stories, but Venezia’s rhythms are so odd — he takes pauses you could drive a train through — that they’re impossible to follow. A Broth of a Boy is professional only in the sense that it’s being performed in a professional theatrical space. We’re supposed to believe that Behan is talking to various unseen companions, a reporter, a bartender, and his wife, but Venezia’s focus is inconsistent and he keeps forgetting to listen to the unheard lines he’s supposed to be responding to. The four scenes are meant to take place in different pubs (three in Dublin, one in Paris), but except for the addition or removal of a tablecloth and a chair or two they all look exactly the same. I don’t mind the idea of a minimalist set, but it’s remarkably tacky. And why didn’t it occur to Smithies, who apparently arranged it (no set designer is listed in the program), to at least reposition the bar and the table from one scene to the next? Even at that the scene shifts are clumsy and long, and on press night the handful of music cues were screwed up. It’s a short evening (90 minutes, including intermission), but an embarrassing one. _S t e ve vin e be r g

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AT EASE › The Suffolk University Theatre Department stages this documentary theatre production about the United States military experience, conceived and directed by Suffolk professor Caitlin Langstaff with theater and veteran students. › October 5-6 › Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St, Boston › $10; $5 students, seniors, veterans › 800.440.7654 or BEAT GENERATION › UMass Lowell and Merrimack Rep collaborate on the world premiere of a staged reading of Jack Kerouac’s new play. The story, which is set in the 1950s, explores the roots of American counterculture. › October 10-14 › Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell › $40-$100 › 978.454.3926 or THE COMPANY WE KEEP › The Boston Playwrights’ Theatre stages the world premiere of Jaclyn Villano’s drama about four longtime friends who reunite after spending some time apart. Their innocent lunch date spirals out of control as secrets, transgressions, and betrayals come to light. Elena Araoz directs. › October 4-21 › Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston › $30; $25 seniors; $10 students › 866.811.4111 or EXPATRIATE › The Theater Offensive brings Lenelle Moïse’s off-Broadway two-woman play to Boston; the story explores friendship and racial identity. Moïse and fellow performer Karla Moseley star as two best friends who move from Boston to Paris together in this theatrical fusion of dance, music, and storytelling. › October 4-6 › Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St, Boston › $10-$30 › 617.661.1600 or GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL › The Wilbur Theatre hosts this traveling show by Louise Roche. The story follows a group of five middle-age female friends out for a night of karaoke, bonding, and comic antics; the musical score includes pop hits like “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like a Woman,” “I Will Survive” and more. › October 4 › Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St, Boston › $47$67 › 617.248.9700 or HAMLET › ArtsEmerson hosts a small cast of actors from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London; each performer will essay multiple roles, under the direction of Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst. › October 9-21 › Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington St, Boston › $25-$89 › 617.824.8000 or THE MAMMY DIARIES › Vincent Siders directs Valerie Stephens in her one-woman show about stereotypes, ethnicity, and combating cultural caricatures of black female caretakers. › October 4 › Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second Street, Cambridge › $20; $15 seniors, students, members › 617.577.1400 or UNCLE VANYA › Diego Arciniegas stars in the Apollinaire Theatre Company staging of Anton Chekhov’s 1899 play about Russian country life at the turn of the 20th century. Kevin Fennessy co-stars as Telegin, with Kate Paulsen as Elena, Erin Eva Butcher as Sonya, and Ronald Lacey as Astrov. Danielle Fauteux Jacques directs. › October 10–November 4 › Apollinaire Theatre Company, 189 Winnisimmet St, Chelsea › $35 › 617.887.2336 or WAR HORSE › Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris co-direct the Broadway tour of Nick Stafford’s musical adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel. The story describes a boy whose friendship with his horse is tested by World War I, when the animal is sold to cavalry. The production incorporates lifesize horse puppets controlled by multiple actors. › October 10-21 › Opera House, 539 Washington St, Boston › $25-$170 › 617.259.3400 or boston.


ART › Salem Theatre Company takes on Yasmina Reza’s famous comedy about a novice art collector who purchases an expensive painting. He believes

his two art-savvy friends will be impressed by the piece, but instead his acquisition triggers a huge fight between the three over what constitutes art. Eve Summer directs. › Through October 13 › Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St, Salem › $25; $20 seniors; $10 students › 978.790.8546 or A BRIGHT NEW BOISE › David J. Miller directs this tragicomedy about a father, a son, and the Rapture, written by Samuel D. Hunter. David Lutheran, Janelle Mills, Dakota Shepard, Victor Shopov, and Zach Winston star in the Zeitgeist Stage production. › Through October 20 › Black Box Theatre at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston › $20-$30 › 617.759.8836 or A BROTH OF A BOY › Danny Venezia stars in this one-man show about Irish playwright Brendan Behan, based on Behan’s own writings, adapted for the stage and directed by Richard Smithies. › Through October 7 › Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box Theater, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown › $25 › 671.923.8487 or › Steve Vineberg’s review page 66 BYE BYE LIVER: THE BOSTON DRINKING PLAY › Hennessy’s hosts the Boston chapter of Bye Bye Liver, a show about drinking culture, from wine snobs to wildly fun (and occasionally terrifying) booze parties. The performance also incorporates audience interaction with social games like “Would You Rather” and “Never Have I Ever.” › Indefinitely › Hennessy’s, 25 Union St, Boston › $20 › 866.811.4111 or CELESTIAL CITY › New Life Fine Arts presents David MacAdam’s theatrical adaptation of John Bunyan’s famous allegory, “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” interwoven with pieces of Bunyan’s own biography. David MacAdam directs the staging, for which he also wrote music and lyrics. › Through October 7 › Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow St, Concord › $20; $18 students, seniors; $16 children 12 & under › 978.371.0820 or DROP DEAD! › Gordon Ellis directs Acme Theater’s staging of a comedic murder mystery written by William Van Zandt and Jane Millmore. The show is a play-within-a-play; J. Clark Gardner stars as the egomaniacal director who demands that the show must go on, even in light of an ominous dress rehearsal at which an actor and the show’s producer are murdered. › Through October 6 › Acme Theater, 31 Summer St, Maynard › $18; $16 students, seniors › 978.823.0003 or THE FAKUS – A NOIR › Centastage presents Joe Byers’s new play about trust and happenstance, set in 1957 New Jersey. Two men meet and instantly feel a friendship spark between them; shortly after, a mysterious woman shows up with $100,000 and a deal to strike with the lucky pair. Joe Antoun directs. › Through October 6 › Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont Street, Boston › $21.50-$29.50 › 617.536.5981 or GOOD PEOPLE › The first act of David LindsayAbaire’s play, which opens the season at the Huntington Theatre Company, is a hard-boiled class comedy set among tough, sharp-witted, self-deprecating South Boston women struggling to keep afloat in a punishing economy. Margaret (Johanna Day), the protagonist, loses her job at a dollar store because of her chronic lateness, but it’s not her fault: she’s the single mother of a severely mentally disabled daughter (now adult). She relies on her landlady, Dottie (Nancy E. Carroll), to babysit, and Dottie doesn’t always show up on time. Margaret’s best friend Jean (Karen MacDonald) persuades her to pay a visit to an old boyfriend, Mike (Michael Laurence), a Southie kid who made good. The first act abounds in a bitter, eruptive survivalist humor, and the director, Kate Whoriskey, plays it at entertainingly high speed. Then, in act two, you pay for your pleasure. The play quickly descends into melodrama, with Mike — who, Margaret has been insisting to her Southie women friends, is “good people” — as the villain. The play’s a crowd pleaser, especially for Boston audiences, but only act one hits the

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ArtsEmerson hosts a small cast of actors from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, each playing multiple roles in Hamlet at the Paramount Theatre, October 9-21. mark. › Through October 14 › Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston › $30-$95 › 617.266.7900 or THE HOW AND THE WHY › Daniel GidroArtn helms the Nora Theatre Company’s New England premiere of Sarah Treem’s drama about a generational clash between two female evolutionary biologists, one well-established in her field and one about to begin her career. › Through October 21 › Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $15-$45 › 866.811.4111 or KING LEAR › Trinity Rep joins forces with the acclaimed Dallas Theater Center to stage the Bard’s tragedy of regret. Brian McEleney stars as Lear, under the direction of Kevin Moriarty. › Through October 21 › Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence › $28-$34 › 401.351.4242 or MACBETH › Paula Plum helms Shakespeare’s Scottish play, starring Actors’ Shakespeare Project members Allyn Burrows, Mara Sidmore, Sarah Newhouse, and Richard Snee. › Through November 4 › Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest Street, Medford › $28-$50 › 866.811.4111 or THE MIKADO › Spiro Veloudos is at the helm of a handsome and energetic staging of Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular 1885 account of love and neardeath in Titipu. The cast of the operetta (with one exception, and he was ailing at the opening performance) is in glorious voice, especially Erica Spyres as a yummy Yum-Yum, Davron S. Monroe as a laid-back Nanki-Poo, and Leigh Barrett as a flame-haired sorceress of a Katisha. Of course, much of The Mikado’s wit lies in its draping of Victorian English politics in Japanese clothing. Among the Lyric’s mischievous additions to this one is some American-election-year referencing, which includes new and quite workable lyrics for a couple of songs. › Through October 13 › Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston › $27-$62 › 617.437.7172 or THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT › Stephen Adly Guirgis’s contemporary tragicomedy about trust, addiction, and relationships revolves around baggage, and David R. Gammons’s SpeakEasy Stage production appropriately fills the stage with literal suitcases and boxes of belongings as couples who once lived together threaten to move out for good . . . or maybe not. Evelyn Howe, Jaime Carrillo, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Melinda Lopez, and Alejandro Simoes make up the strong cast of five, with Howe and Parent as the two stand-outs. Parent plays Ralph, an oily AA sponsor who has traded in his drinking problem for an addiction to emotional manipulation. Howe plays Ronnie, an unapologetic user and alcohol enthusiast whose charisma has kept her confused, insecure boyfriend Jackie (Jaime

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Cherry ST Carrillo) coming back to her intermittently since The Liz Borden Band, featuring their rocky relationship began at age 13. › Through Reunion Show Sara Leketa & Sun In Flight October 13 › Roberts Studio Theatre at the Boston The Laura 8:30 pm | cover:$10 | ages 21+ 8:30 pm | cover: $10 | ages 21+ Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston › $25Cheadle Band $52 › 617.426.5000 or 8:00 pm | cover:$12 | ages 21+ NO ROOM FOR WISHING › Danny Bryck stars in his one-man play, which was compiled from interviews and live recordings during the occupation of Dewey Square in Fall 2011. boston Bryck plays dozens of real-life characters in this Company One staging, under Megan SandbergZakian’s direction. › Through October 9 › Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $25 › 617.933.8600 or RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL › Fiddlehead Theatre Company takes on the Tony-winning musical UNT1886BO12_Boston_ThePhoenix_3.8125x2.375.indd 1 9/28/12 3:15 P based on E. L. Doctorow’s novel, set in the turn-ofthe-20th-century, that mixes historical fact with sociological fiction. The show, which interweaves stories of three families (one upper-class and white, one black, and one Jewish and just off the boat), has a book by Terrence McNally and score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Meg Fofonoff directs, with musical direction by Matthew Stern. › Through October 7 › Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester › $32-$45 › 617.888.5365 or SEQUENCE 8 › Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila direct the French Canadian contemporary circus company, Les 7 doigts de la main, We are looking for talented, self motivated, high-energy individuals that have a positive in their sixth and newest creation, hosted by attitude and the desire to work in a performance driven environment. We are currently ArtsEmerson. The piece blends theater, dance, seeking a professional, fun, roll-up-your-sleeves Account Executive to join our sales team. and acrobatics to tell stories of humanity, courage, In this role the candidate will be responsible for all sales activity within their assigned territory. and physical limitations. › Through October 7 › Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston › $25-$79 › 617.824.8000 or › Debra Cash’s review page 64 THE 39 STEPS › Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jason Asprey, David Joseph, and Josh Aaron McCabe star in Shakespeare and Company’s staging of To put it simply, you will meet with local Patrick Barlow’s play, which was adapted from businesses to discuss the benefits of advertising the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred in The Phoenix. Show them how to get new • Bachelor’s Degree Preferred Hitchcock. Jonathan Croy helms this murder • Sales Experience Calling on New Clients mystery about a night at the theater gone awry. › customers through their doors using print ads, • Effective at Finding, Developing and Closing Through November 4 › Elayne P. Bernstein Theonline banner ads, e-mail marketing, events, New Accounts atre, 70 Kemble St, Lenox › $12-$50 › 413.637.3353 social media campaigns and other multi-media • Successful Relationship Building or • Ability to Sell Effectively and Meet Revenue programs. You will manage the entire life cycle of THE WHO’S TOMMY › Steve Black directs the Objectives and Goals an advertiser’s campaign from working with the Turtle Lane Playhouse in Des McAnuff and Pete • Ability to Represent The Company As A Professional Townshend’s rock musical based on the Who’s creative team to create ads to scheduling • Self Starter 1969 double-album rock opera Tommy; Thomas with the traffic department. • Strong Attention to Detail Young does the music direction, with Julie Silver• Analytical Experience Preferred man on choreography. The story follows Tommy, • Effective Presentation Skills a young boy who becomes catatonic after witness• Local Travel is Required ing his father murder his mother’s lover. Tommy Please email your decides to reconnect with the outside world in his cover letter and resume to own way: by mastering pinball. › Through October 28 › Turtle Lane Playhouse, 283 Melrose St., Auburndale › $25-$32 › 617.244.0169 or ©2012 Hard Rock International (USA), Inc. All rights reserved.


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Shaggy dog Story Death becomes Tim Burton, whose best films animation, shot in the inky black-and-white of feature corpses or the undead. For example, his Universal horror movies of the ’30s. 30-minute “Frankenweenie” (1984, see sidebar), Among the standouts in that bunch are Mr. in which young Victor Frankenstein watches his Rzykruski (Martin Landau of Ed Wood), the science dog Sparky get flattened by a car. Burton feels the teacher, who looks like Vincent Price and sounds kid’s horror, but also shares his morbid like Bela Lugosi. His lesson on lightning +++1/2 curiosity, the kind that makes you want is a tour de force. Then there’s the cute to poke a carcass with a stick. Years FrANKeNWeeNIe hunchbacked boy Edgar “E” Gore (Atlater, that fascination remains, and finds ticus Shaffer), with a voice somewhere DireCteD BY tim full expression in this feature-length anibetween the cherubic and demonic. But BUrton | Written BY JoHn aUGUst, mated remake of the original short. all the kids are great — endearing freaks LennY riPs, anD Like the first movie, the new film vaguely reminiscent of every horror tim BUrton | WitH opens with Victor’s homemade horror movie you’ve ever seen. CatHerine o’Hara, movie, “Monsters from Long Ago,” starThere are quibbles. The animals martin sHort, martin LanDaU, ring Sparky as a stegosaurus. He’s a loyal, aren’t lovable. Sparky looks like a withattiCUs sHaFFer, smart, and talented pooch, but about 10 ered yam and his poodle bride PerseWinona rYDer, minutes into Frankenweenie, he’s dead. phone (shades of Hades) is no Elsa roBert CaPron | Victor grieves . . . until his science teachLanchester. The cat, Mr. Whiskers, with DisneY | 87 minUtes er gives him an idea. his perpetual look of startled disapprovat Boston Common Extended to feature length, the premal, steals the few scenes he’s in. + FenWaY + sUBUrBs ise doesn’t thin out but gains substance As for death, it seems as much a and momentum. It gives Burton space to extend curiosity as a tragedy, something a boy or girl can beyond the relatively normal Frankenstein family handle with a bunch of gizmos and a bolt of lightto the oddballs in the neighborhood, and he puts ning. Or a movie camera, as Burton demonstrates together a rogues’ gallery worthy of Charles Adonce again. _P e t e r Keough » PKeough@P dams, brought to life by the primordial stop-motion


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All that is unique and wonderful about the films of Tim Burton can be traced back to “Frankenweenie,” a half-hour-long black-and-white live-action short he made while an animator for Disney. The studio, unimpressed, promptly fired him; they thought the movie was too scary for kids. Apparently they had forgotten their own traumatizing Bambi (1942). But nearly 30 years later, Frankenweenie remains Burton’s urtext, and his new full-length version fulfills its promise. The short springs from the grief, horror, and irrational hope every child feels after losing a pet. Here, young Victor Frankenstein watches his beloved bull terrier Sparky turn into roadkill. But he’s determined to bring him back, so Victor digs him up, and puts together a jerry-built device like that of his namesake in James Whale’s 1931 Frankenstein. Lightning strikes, Sparky lives, but then the two must face a foe more powerful than death: social disapproval. Though it is perfunctorily acted, the short’s contrast of sunny streets and a spooky graveyard establish Burton’s mastery of mood and setting. The themes are those that appear in all his best films: loss, a quest, deviation and ostracism, the almost funny weirdness of mortality and corruption. And most important, the persistence of innocence and imagination in the face of despair. _PK


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Only cOnnect the Middle east, as usual, is a mess, but its cinema, both Israeli and Palestinian, offers hope. Now in its sixth year, the Boston Palestine Film Festival screens films that show a little-seen world in the hopes of promoting understanding, reconciliation, and peace. That is the goal of the idealistic volunteers — American, Israeli, and Palestinian — in Aaron Dennis’s documentary, The People and the Olive (2012; screens October 7 at 2:30 pm; the director will be in attendance). Ultramarathoners, they are running the length of the West Bank and planting olive trees to “bring people together.” It’s a worthy cause, but the film doesn’t include the point of view of the Israelis, who are the people with whom they most need to connect. “Music and art bring people together,” says someone in The People and the Olive. But as seen in Susan Youssef ’s wrenching Habibi (2011; screens October 5 at 7 pm; the director will be in attendance), it’s not easy being a poet in Palestine. Qays writes


poems on walls expressing his love for Layla, but her family has pledged her to a rich man, and her brother, now a member of Hamas after his friend was shot by an Israeli, wants to kill Qays for tainting his sister’s name. The lovers seemed doomed, but maybe the poetry will endure. The lovers in Habibi seek refuge in Gaza, which is where, ironically, the reality of war catches up with Al Jazeera correspondents Ayman Mohyeldin and Sherine Tadros in Abdallah Salem Omeish’s The War Around Us (2012; screens October 13 at 5:30 pm; the director will be in attendance). In 2008 the Israelis began Operation Cast Lead, attacking Gaza in response to Hamas rocket attacks, and Tadros and Omeish were the only network people on the ground. The film shows the cost of war but without the context, and sometimes focuses more on the reporters than on what they are reporting, but its images of carnage can be understood by everyone. _Peter Keough >>



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+++ ESCAPE FIRE: THE FIGHT TO RESCUE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE › Matthew Heineman and Susan Frömke’s documentary tackles a familiar topic but doesn’t weigh in on the Obamacare issue so contentious in the upcoming election. It’s more a condemnation of the US health system in general, like Michael Moore’s Sicko, sans the self-aggrandizing. Instead it breaks down the problems into comprehensible issues, addressing concerns like the denial of treatment, the proliferation of unnecessary procedures conducted for profit, the link between fast foods and obesity, and the influence of big pharma and the insurance companies in the prescribing of unnecessary medication. The film poses the Canadian system and the use of alternative medicine as potential remedies, and backs its points with interviews of disillusioned industry insiders. As for the title, it refers to the tactic of fighting fire with fires used to contain forest conflagrations, suggesting that something equally drastic is needed to deal with this crisis. › 99m › Coolidge Corner _Tom Meek +++ HEAD GAMES › Legendary documentarian Steve James (Hoop Dreams) again turns his camera on the dark side of America’s obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions. He opens with the charismatic Chris Nowinski, a Harvard grad-turned-pro wrestler who made a second career investigating the effects of head injuries sustained in sports. “When I hear about these [athletes dying], it’s my job to get their brain,” he states with a mixture of obligation and dread. One wishes James stuck with Nowinski for the whole film, rather than going with an episodic construction (we also look at pro hockey and women’s soccer, among other things) that feels destined for PBS. Still, all it takes is a few moments with the next generation to see the gravity of the problem. Seeing former NHL star Keith Primeau’s teenage son light up to talk about how fighting is “pretty fun” gives us the conclusion the statistics can’t yet provide: before the games can change, we need to. › 91m › Boston Common + suburbs _Jake Mulligan ++++ HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE › In 1987, 26-year-old Peter Staley, a closeted Wall Street trader, was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Given less than two years to live, he addressed the International AIDS Conference . . . three years later. He’s still alive. Too many from those dark early days haven’t been so lucky, and the survivor’s guilt that runs through filmmaker

David France’s extraordinary documentary is palpable. But ultimately, the story presented by the former reporter for Boston’s defunct Gay Community News is one of hope. We’ve come a long way since France was fired from the New York Post for being gay. He’s been covering AIDS since 1982; the film grew out of a major history of the epidemic he’s compiling for publication, and his chronicle — driven by never-beforeseen archival footage from the frontlines — puts a very human face on its tale of two coalitions, ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), whose Herculean efforts helped turn a death sentence into a manageable condition. › 109m :: Kendall Square _Brett Michel +1/2 THE ORANGES › A recent college graduate returns home with uncertain prospects and engages in an affair with a much older, married neighbor. Julian Farino’s inept, unfunny romantic comedy reprises The Graduate, 45 years later. Much has changed since Simon and Garfunkel first sang “The Sounds of Silence,” especially regarding gender dynamics. Twentysomething Nina (Leighton Meester) fills Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin role; she’s back in the family nest after some hard knocks and takes an unlikely shine to next door neighbor David (Hugh Laurie), the best friend of her father (Oliver Platt). But she also takes on the Mrs. Robinson character, being the aggressive, “slutty” seducer of the older man. Why shouldn’t our love be permitted, David wonders, if we’re both happy? Farino ponders this for a while, and the film peeks a bit into taboo terrain. But then it becomes about as sharp as a mealy bite of the title fruit. In short, this is no Graduate; it barely makes it out of first grade. › 90m › Kendall Square _Peter Keough +++ PITCH PERFECT › Jason Moore’s musical doesn’t hit all the high notes, but guilty pleasures are seldom perfect. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow play members of a collegiate a cappella ensemble, the Bellas, who are out to redeem themselves after a disastrous appearance at the national competition. Kendrick’s character, the lone wolf, can renovate the outdated group with her musical mash-up skills. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins play commentators during the performance sequences, and their crude jokes break up any monotony. There are enough girl jokes (a group called the Menstrual Cycles) and gross gags (vomiting!) to let you forget you’re being subjected to numbers like “Bring It On” or “Stick It.” With its cattiness, bits of insanity, and love story, Pitch Perfect has a great time despite a formulaic plot. If this is what it takes to erase Glee: The 3D Concert Movie from our collective memories, then so be it. › 105m › Boston Common + Fenway + suburbs + _Monica Castillo +++ SOLOMON KANE › The last time Pete Postlethwaite died onscreen, he was being gunned down in The Town. Now, nearly two years after the actor’s actual death, he appears as a doomed man of God, whose daughter, Meredith (Rachel Hurd-Wood), is taken in a raid by demonic forces on horseback. It’s up to former ship captain (and Robert E. Howard creation) Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) to save the lass, fulfilling her father’s dying wish, while redeeming himself on a quest of holy vengeance. Before this turn of events, Kane had renounced violence, devoting himself to a puritanical life of peace in early 17th-century England. That time has ended, benefiting fans of bloody, violent action. Writer/director Michael J. Bassett stages the carnage under so much rain-soaked filth, you can almost smell the stench. It’s a good stench. The movie’s also seven minutes shorter than the version released in Europe three years ago, chopped with as little regard as those who dare face Kane’s signature cutlass. › 104m › Boston Common + suburbs _Brett Michel



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• The Funhouse After The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Tobe Hooper tried to lighten up a bit with the carnival hijinks of The Funhouse (1981). In it, 5 a bunch of teens sneak into the title ride and undergo what usually happens to teens in this kind of movie. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Ave, Brookline :: midnight :: $9 :: 617.734.2501 or • “The MysTeries oF Michelangelo anTonioni” A series titled “The Mysteries of Michelangelo Antonioni” is asking for trouble. Like, what’s going on at the end of Blow-up (1966)? What happens to Lea Massari in L’Avventura (1960)? Every film in this retrospective has its head scratchers. It runs through November 11 at the HFA. Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge :: $9; $7 students, seniors :: 617.495.4700 or FRI


• hispanic heriTage MonTh shorT FilM FesTival Sometimes all it 8 takes is a few minutes of film to open you up to another culture or reaffirm your attachment to your own. As is the case with the Hispanic Heritage Month Short Film Festival, which offers a tour of the Latin world in miniature. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston :: 1 pm :: free :: 617.369.3907 or programs/film • all Things horror presenTs Dust up It’s a typical freaky evening for the All Things Horror people. A screening of Ward Roberts’s Dust Up, a film featuring a lizard man, faux Native Americans, and much blood, plus an appearance by the film’s star, Amber Benson, formerly Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville :: 7 pm :: $15 :: 617.625.5700 or • “sTage & screen” In the series Stage & Screen, people putting on a play at the Huntington Theatre discuss a film version of a play screened at the Coolidge. Tonight Michael Wilson, director of the Huntington’s upcoming production of Christopher Shinn’s Now or Later, discusses that play’s similarities to Franklin J. Schaffner’s adaptation of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (1964). Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline :: 7 pm :: $10 :: 617.734.2500 or

++1/2 V/H/S › As horror movie premises go, “found footage” tends to possess the most capacity for both pure, stomach-churning terror and woefully laughable shtick. V/H/S (directed piecemeal by LA directing posse Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, and Adam Wingard) — the creepy trailer for which hinted at the very stuff of nightmares — at times wavers between the two. It lands most firmly — and most often — on the side of freaky and tense as all hell. A band of ragtag crooks breaks into a rundown old house to steal a video tape of unknown origin or content for which they’ve been promised ample compensation. To reveal what they find as they rifle through the house’s extensive tape collection would be a spoiler of grievous proportions, but let it be said that, when the directors succeed, some of the footage makes The Ring look like a Disney flick. › 93m › Kendall Square _Alexandra Cavallo 1/2 WON’T BACK DOWN › Daniel Barnz’s picture turns the American education crisis into a dumbed-down, Capraesque crowd-pleaser, with a malicious agenda to boot. Parents (represented by Maggie Gyllenhaal as a dyslexic bartender) and teachers (Viola Davis, mainly) alike are tired of failing graduation rates at a Pittsburgh school, so they enable the “fail-safe law” — which allows, with the right signatures, a school to “start from scratch” by ditching its staff. But what does Barnz frame as the villain bringing down our already-low standards of education? It’s not budgets, class sizes, or over-simplified curricula that take the blame, but rather teachers’ unions (who, personified by Holly Hunter, are turned into sneering cartoon-style antagonists who talk openly about not caring about students). It’s a corporate-studio movie purporting that working-class people need to turn against their unions to survive. The movie preaches about “hope” and “yes we can,” but a slightly different buzzword comes to my mind: bullshit. › 119m › Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Arlington Capitol _Jake Mulligan

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is a cross between Universal Soldier and the al-Qaeda? — is neither satisfying nor surprising; that and a resort to endangered children as a plot and motivating device are among this sleek artifice’s chief flaws. But Bourne’s identity — or lack thereof — haunts the memory. › 115m › Brattle: Fri ++1/2 THE BOURNE LEGACY › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 135m › Fresh Pond + suburbs ++ THE CAMPAIGN › 2012 › Visit thePhoenix. com/movies for a full review. › 85m › Boston Common + Embassy + suburbs CLOAK & DAGGER › 1984 › An 11-year-old boy (Henry Thomas) accidently happens upon a spy group’s secret plans and finds himself on the run, using only his video game expertise to help him evade his would-be captors. Richard Franklin directs. › 101m › Brattle: Thurs +++1/2 THE DARK KNIGHT RISES › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 165m › Boston Common + Fenway + suburbs +++ DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL › 2011 › Visit movies for a full review. › 86m › Kendall Square +++ DREDD 3D › 2012 › Visit movies for a full review. › 98m › Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Arlington Capitol + suburbs + END OF WATCH › 2012 › Visit thePhoenix. com/movies for a full review. › 109m › Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Somerville Theatre + Chestnut Hill + Embassy + suburbs +++ FINDING NEMO 3D › 2003 › With this fish tale about family ties, director Andrew Stanton and the animation brain trust at Pixar (Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.) do it again. Sure, the plot about a father’s odyssey to save his imperiled son is old hat, but it’s the clever details, enchanting emotional nuances, and cheeky humor that make Finding Nemo swim. One of



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arty hackwork. As the relentless tween assassin of the title, she glows like a towheaded changeling, conveying a wild child’s feral wonder at such things as fluorescent lights whenever she isn’t snapping necks or outrunning wounded caribou. Trained by her father (Eric Bana) in their subArctic refuge, she’s let loose on a mission that involves vacant lots in Berlin and a CIA handler (Cate Blanchett) who demonstrates her wickedness by brushing her teeth until her gums bleed and by collecting shoes. Never content with an arresting image when he can overwhelm it with a rotating camera and a blast of music from the Chemical Brothers, Wright takes a taut, brainy, Salt-like thriller and turns it into an exercise in faux irony and metaphor. › 105m › Brattle: Fri - HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 91m › Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Chestnut Hill + Arlington Capitol + suburbs + HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 101m › Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Somerville Theatre + suburbs ++ ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 94m › West Newton: Sat-Sun +++1/2 THE INTOUCHABLES › 2011 › Visit for a full review. › French › 112m › West Newton ++1/2 IT IS NO DREAM: THE LIFE OF THEODOR HERZL › 2012 › Visit thePhoenix. com/movies for a full review. › 97m › West Newton ++ LAWLESS › 2012 › Visit movies for a full review. › 116m › Boston Common + Fenway + suburbs ++1/2 LIBERAL ARTS › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 97m › Kendall Square


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+++ LOOPER › 2012 › Visit movies for a full review. › 118m › Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Somerville Theatre + Embassy + suburbs THE MACKINTOSH MAN › 1973 › Paul ++1/2 MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 85m › West Newton: Sat-Sun ++++ THE MASTER › 2012 › Visit thePhoenix. com/movies for a full review. › 137m › Boston Common + Fenway + Kendall Square + Coolidge Corner + Embassy +++ MINISTRY OF FEAR › 1945 › Fritz Lang, whose early German films heavily influenced Hitchcock, completes the circle with his adaptation of the most Hitchcockian of all the novels of Graham Greene. An innocent man (Ray Milland) in London during the Blitz unwittingly unravels a secret code, and soon he’s enmeshed in a subterranean chase, pursued by hidden Nazis, clandestine police, and a lovely woman (Marjorie Reynolds) who might or might not be a spy for the Germans. It’s expressionist fun in noir-shadowed England. › b&w › 85m › Brattle: Mon ++++ MODERN TIMES › 1936 › Not only one of Charlie Chaplin’s funniest films but a remarkably prophetic satire of the Machine Age: when the Tramp does battle with a newfangled feeding machine, the gadget looks no more ludicrous than half the products currently advertised on late-night television. This movie marked the first appearance of Chaplin’s voice on a soundtrack — singing gobbledygook. › b&w › 87m › Brattle: Sun ++++ MOONRISE KINGDOM › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 94m › Embassy ++++ THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER › 1955 › In his only directorial effort, Charles Laughton created an unforgettably spooky atmosphere, filled with childlike wonder and dread, in which to tell the story of wolf-in-preacher’s-clothing Robert Mitchum, who seduces Shelley Winters for her former husband’s money, only to find her small children have escaped with the cash, and their lives. They flee by way of a virtually psychedelic river odyssey that takes them to a home for children presided over by Lillian Gish. Written by James Agee and lushly photographed by Stanley Cortez, this film suggests a wondrous and terrifying dream world hidden within the everyday. › b&w › 93m › Brattle: Sun +++ OSS 117: LOST IN RIO [OSS 117: RIO NE RÉPOND PLUS] › 2009 › This sequel to the hilarious OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies supplies the further adventures of Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a secret agent so chauvinistic, he pities anyone not lucky enough to be French. The character, who appeared in novels that predate Ian Fleming’s 007, is deliciously spoofed by director Michel Hazanavicius and hunky star Jean Dujardin. In this outing, which is set in 1967, Agent 117 is sent to Brazil to secure a microfilm list of Nazi collaborators. (Hubert’s protestation that all French people were in the Resistance is met with awkward silence on the part of his boss.) Once there, he teams up with a female Israeli spy (Louise Monot) to track down an escaped-Nazi wrestling promoter. Although it drags a bit, Lost in Rio offers plenty of quips and sight gags as Hubert’s Old World brio clashes with the Israelis’ earnestness. Dujardin has flawless comic timing as the hero who may stumble but — with the arch of an eyebrow and a flash of a grin — always rises to the defense of the République. › French › 101m › Brattle: Wed +++ PARANORMAN › 2012 › Visit thePhoenix. com/movies for a full review. › 93m › Fresh Pond + suburbs THE PEOPLE AND THE OLIVE › 2012 › See Peter Keough’s review on page 69.. › 70m › MFA: Sun +++ THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 103m › Kendall Square +++ THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES › 2012 ›

Visit for a full review. › 100m › West Newton: Sat-Sun 1/2 RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 95m › Boston Common + Fenway + suburbs THE ROOM › 2003 › Tommy Wiseau wrote, directed, and stars in what’s been called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Banker Johnny (Wiseau) is ga-ga over his blonde fiancée, Lisa (Juliette Danielle). But is Lisa worthy of his trust? Where does Johnny’s best friend, Mark (Greg Sostero), fit in? And Lisa’s mother, Claudette (Carolyn Minnott)? What about orphaned neighbor Denny (Philip Haldiman)? And will this truly be the worst movie you’ve ever seen? › 99m › Coolidge Corner: Fri midnight ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD › 1990 › Gary Oldman and Tim Roth star as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two relatively minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, given lead duties here as they follow King’s orders to figure out what’s troubling Hamlet. Tom Stoppard directs this adaptation of his own absurdist stageplay. › 117m › ArtsEmerson: Sat +1/2 SAMSARA › 2011 › Visit thePhoenix. com/movies for a full review. › 102m › Kendall Square +++ SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 86m › Coolidge Corner + West Newton +++ THE SILENCERS › 1966 › The tacky answer to James Bond, Dean Martin plays womanizing, cocktail-imbibing Matt Helm, ace private eye who makes his mod scene in a world of kitsch op art. This highly enjoyable inspiration for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery has a better director, Phil Karlson, than anyone who made the Bond movies. › 102m › Brattle: Wed +++ SLEEPWALK WITH ME › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 90m › Kendall Square + Coolidge Corner + West Newton ++ STARS IN SHORTS › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 113m › Kendall Square TAKEN 2 › 2012 › Sequel to the 2008 actioner, once again staring Liam Neeson as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills. This time the tables are turned as the father of one of the kidnappers Mills killed while trying to rescue his daughter in the first installment has taken Mills and his wife (Famke Janssen) hostage. Now it’s on his daughter (Maggie Grace) to help rescue her parents before it’s too late. Oliver Megaton directs. › 91m › Boston Common + Fenway + suburbs +++ 10 YEARS › 2011 › Visit movies for a full review. › 100m › Boston Common + suburbs TOKYO DRIFTER › 1966 › After the deactivation of his gang, Tetsu (Tetsuya Watari) and his boss (Ryuji Kita) swear to live out the remainder of their life on the straight and narrow. That is until a rival gang attempts to recruit Tetsu. When he turns them down, pledging allegiance to his boss, they come after him, forcing him to flee town and live the life of a drifter. Seijun Suzuki directs. › Japanese › 89m › Brattle: Sat ++ TO ROME WITH LOVE › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 112m › West Newton + Arlington Capitol ++1/2 TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE › 2012 › Visit for a full review. › 111m › Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Chestnut Hill + Arlington Capitol + suburbs + VULGARIA › 2012 › Visit movies for a full review. › Cantonese › 92m › Boston Common +++ THE WELL DIGGER’S DAUGHTER › 2011 › Visit for a full review. › 107m › West Newton: Sat-Sun +1/2 THE WORDS › 2012 › Visit thePhoenix. com/movies for a full review. › 96m › Chestnut Hill + suburbs

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have come a long way in the past year. When they played the Paradise Pandoliça last September, the Minnesota act opened for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — it was one of their first shows ever. A true product of Minneapolis’s mega-

talented music scene, Poliça emerged last summer as a collaboration between songwriter Channy Leaneagh, formerly of folk-rock band Roma di Luna, and producer Ryan Olson. Leaneagh had done backing vocals in Olson’s 25-piece R&B supergroup Gayngs, and, when Roma di Luna broke up, came to Olson for advice on some solo songs. Poliça’s dark, rhythm-driven pop is both catchy and complex, full of hooks and sonic influences from trip-hop, jazz, and R&B. “The band is a collage,” says Leaneagh. “A balance is important in all processes, in all creation.” That balance can be heard in the dynamic they set up between the human and the digital: Leaneagh’s stage presence and Olson’s ghostly behind-the-scenes production; Leaneagh’s soulful vocals and the cool veneer of Auto-Tune she layers over them;

the live energy of a full band, which includes double drumming by Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu, and the smooth electronics that tie it all together. For a band that has two songs with “star” in the title, Poliça end up sounding surprisingly down to earth. Poliça’s debut album, Give You the Ghost, dropped last winter off Totally Gross National Product Records. Since then, they’ve won over Jay-Z and Justin Vernon, stood out among the chaos at SXSW, played a sold-out show at Great Scott, were named best new band in Minnesota in our annual 50 Bands 50 States summer feature, landed an August performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and signed to Mom & Pop Records. This fall, Poliça heads out on a month-long tour around the US and a three-week tour of Europe, hitting major festivals like Austin City Limits and Crossing Border Fest. On October 5, Poliça return to one of their very first live environments, the Paradise. Only this time, they’re headlining.

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AdAm Ant tries to climb bAck on top “ridicule is nothing to be scared of,” sang

Stuart Leslie Goddard, a/k/a Adam Ant, on his seminal 1981 pop/post-punk smash “Prince Charming.” Words of wisdom to be sure, but easier said than done, because as we all know, words can indeed do sticks-and-stones-level damage, at least to the fragile psyche of the artistically inclined. Goddard should know — his decades on the frontlines of pop may have given us, the audience, hit after hit of gorgeously outrageous music to tap our collective toe to, but the spotlight has taken a not-insignificant toll on Goddard. Madness, violence, medication, criminal charges: the man called Ant has run himself through them all to ensure that our pop landscape has a swish of flash amid the drab real-world banality that most of us are too afraid to step outside of. Ant sashays through Boston next week, ostensibly to drum up hype for his next record, 2013’s Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter (Blueblack Hussar). But more than just flogging a future album, Goddard is attempting to refocus attention on his music, after his mid-’80s flameout and early-’00s violent public outbursts tarnished his image as the spry and gallant young Turk with the face makeup and a handful of charttopping singles. And seriously, what a heyday it was: from 1980 to 1984, Antmania mirrored the T. Rextasy of a decade

before. Ant’s sonic mix was an imperialistic collage


that tossed together Buddy Holly chords, spaghettiWestern themes, goth and punk-guitar mope, and a strain of East African drum-corps mayhem, discovered by French anthropologists in the late ’60s, known as the “Burundi beat.” He made it work by merging it with both a dashing style and an unapologetic ’tude. Pillaging pirates, turn-of-the-19th-century robbers, gallivanting royalty: from “Stand and Deliver” to “Goody Two-Shoes,” Adam Ant ushered in a UK pop swagger, a swooning and nostalgic blend of things borrowed and things novel and shocking that eventually became the MTV-assisted “New Romantic” movement. His devil-may-care ethos was at least in part tied to his manic-depressive nature. Nowadays Goddard can function in life, knowing that he has been diagnosed as bipolar, but in the early-’80s, when stalkers and other travails of fame eroded his sanity, he found the biz at times too much to handle. Years of inactivity have passed since his last record, the adult contemporaryswinging Wonderful from 1995 that fell on deaf grunge ears. But since 2010, Goddard has not only bottled his demons but rediscovered his mojo, starting small with a battery of UK club shows to indicate that the overweight middle-aged madmen of his ’00s outbursts is back in the lamp. He now not only fits into the slim

tights but can proudly fill the pirate boots — Adam Ant, the swishing corsair of rock’s high seas, is back. _DAN IEL BROCKMAN » D BROCKMAN@phx.COM

ADAM ANT & THE GOOD, THE MAD AND THE LOVELY POSSE + BROTHERS OF BRAZIL :: Royale, 279 Tremont St, Boston | October 8 @ 7 pm :: 18+ :: $30 :: 617.866.8933 or

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It’s always annoying when a band is touted as “the next big thing,” especially when they’ve been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winning a Best New Artist Grammy this year, five years after their debut came out. If there’s any justice out there, the same thing is likely to happen with Frightened Rabbit, who inked a deal with Atlantic a while back and are now prepping an offering scheduled for early next year. It should be a boon for the Scottish five-piece, who’ve already done the indie thing to death, putting out three top-notch full-length efforts, including 2008’s The Midnight Organ Fight (Fat Cat), which featured “The Twist” — easily one of the tops songs of the past few years. F. Rabbs’s sound spans darkbut-jangly pop, airy and spacious earnestness, and the kind SEE ThEM of anthem-like FRIGHTENED RABBIT + pieces that FLASHLIGHTS distance them from countryOctober 6 men We Were @ 8 pm Promised Brighton Music Jetpacks. Hall, 158 Brighton Instead, they Ave, Allston :: approach U218+ :: $20 ish heights, 617.779.0140 or albeit with brightonmusicmore of an edge (not The Edge, mind you). Last week, the band whet the appetites of their followers with the five-song State Hospital EP, which absolutely soars for 20 minutes. When exquisite bits such as the title track and “Boxing Night” are deemed extended-play material, that major-label debut looks promising indeed. _MI ChAEL ChRI STOp h E R

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For most bostonians of a certain age, Converge’s Jane Doe (2001) is always going to be “that” record. But sentimentality aside, the metal/hardcore quartet’s latest, All We Love We Leave Behind — out Tuesday on Epitaph — bangs right up against it. It’s a record lacquered in pristine grime, a snuff film shot by Alexander Sokurov. The band stripped down to its core four members, a starkly different approach than on 2009’s guest-star-laden Axe to Fall. For that organic sound, vocalist Jacob Bannon gives props to guitarist Kurt Ballou’s masterful production. “There’s really no way to fully capture that,” Bannon says of the band’s raw energy. “Ironically, it isn’t just setting up a mic and playing, because you’ll overdrive everything. It takes a lot of work to get an album to sound proper.” Opening track and first single “Aimless Arrow,” a serviceable stab at modern post-hardcore, is the album’s only stumbling block. It feels as though the band is trying to pull off a more aggressive Touché Amore or Self Defense Family. Although that mission is accomplished, the track betrays the greatness of the rest of the record. “Arrow” is followed by “Trespasses,” a raucous grindcore cut that shows how uncompromising this record really is. Eventually, All We Love We Leave Behind unfolds as one of the band’s best records in years. The most vital Converge songs are so heavily saturated with hooks that time seems to slow down as you process everything, and


this album has those hooks in spades. Take “Tender Abuse,” which stitches old-school hardcore verses onto a blazing wall of black noise, downshifting into one of those classic Converge breakdowns (think 1998’s “Conduit”) that goes on forever. Total running time: 1:25. “Glacial Pace” stretches its legs a bit more, but it too overflows with sounds. Opening with a wall of crystalline guitar — someone’s been listening to Wolves in the Throne Room — the track moves onto meaty drumming that reminds these ears of Cobalt’s Erik Wunder. The song’s sinister angular verses crush — it’s essentially Deathspell Omega’s Paracletus with Bannon’s vocals. “Vicious Muse” is another stomper punching well above its weight with some filthy gang vocals. But it’s the slow rumble of “Coral Blue” where things really get interesting. It’s definitely Converge’s prettiest song, an immense, propulsive post-metal track. Not enough can be said about bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller, the death march of “Empty on the Inside” being the most obvious example. The rhythm section also put their full weight behind the plaintive title track. “I think we pushed ourselves further than we ever have in the studio,” says Bannon. “It became more about soul and performance rather than making sure everything was perfectly in time.”

grab tHe mix at tHePHoenix.Com/ ontHeDownLoaD. • Endation “Milkteeth” [10.06 @ Radio] • Magic Shoppe “Midnight in the Garden of Evil” • Orca Orca “South Carolina” [10.04 @ T.T. the bear’s place] • Krill “Piranha Girl”



CONVERGE + TORCHE + KVELERTAK + WHIPS/CHAINS :: The Sinclair, 52 Church St, Cambridge :: November 12 @ 7 pm :: 18+ :: $16 :: 617.451.7700 or

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Last week’s mix was heavy on electronics, but this one is all guitar-rock fury: power duo enDation (ex-Zippergirl) end a long hiatus with a record-release party for their new The Absence of Everything; reverb-heavy psych trio magiC sHoPPe celebrate “Midnight in the Garden of Evil”; Allston’s orCa orCa preview new tracks for their gig tonight with Tennis; and Somerville trio kriLL are elsewhere reporting their road-food dining experiences in our newest weekly music blog series, “License To Krill.”

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+++ Warp Records On Until the Quiet Comes, his reliably solid fourth studio album, Flying Lotus’s Steven Ellison continues to bang out mind-bending electro-donut jams for folks who don’t quite “get” electronic music. Barring a few new shades and textures, though, Until the Quiet Comes is more or less the same album as 2010’s Cosmogramma: another trippy-ass blend of jazz keys, melted synth buzz, and clattering beats. And during the album’s more muted second half — featuring atmospheric palette-cleansers like “The Nightcaller” and “Electric Candyman” (in which a cameo by Thom Yorke slips by virtually unnoticed) — a mild tedium sets in, along with the uneasy feeling that we’ve heard all these ideas before. But Ellison excels everywhere else, keeping the beats brisk and the instrumentation organic and lively: “All In” unfurls orgasmic layers of synths and bass; the snaking coils of percussion on “Heave(n)” are downright chilling. At his best, dude’s a genre of one. _Rya n R ee D

Staff SpinS » What We’re liStening to METZ “Headache” [Sub Pop] When a crew of Boston peeps — Earthquake Party!, Sippy Cup Everything’s Mike Caulo, and Perry Eaton of Allston Pudding — returned from POP Montreal last month, they gushed over Toronto noise-punk trio METZ. We’re feeling a blurry post-grunge love buzz, and their furious debut record (out October 9) is going to own your ugly face. [11.21 @ Middle East] _ m i C h a e l m a R O T Ta MERCHANDISE “Become What You Are” [self-released] There’s something blatantly captivating about Carson Cox’s romantic, upfront voice, a centerpiece of this Tampa post-punk trio’s brilliant new noisy pop album for Katorga Works. This stand-out track runs more than 10 minutes, but there’s an urgency throughout. Unsurprisingly, Merchandise already have a dedicated cult following in national underground punk circles. _ l i Z P e l ly

++++ Omnivore Records What if the Beatles didn’t have an audience? That’s a crude way of putting the seminal talent of Old 97’s vs. the size of their cult, a small swatch of rock fans not put off by Rhett Miller’s extra-Texan twang and country fans who could stomach Philip Peeples’s steamroller rhythms in 1997, when they made this, their Rum Sodomy and the Lash. Born for heavy rotation on a radio station that doesn’t exist, three of the loveanxiety tunes on Too Far To Care are among rock’s all-time greatest anthems: “Time Bomb,” “Barrier Reef,” and “Big Brown Eyes.” Hear those before you croak, preferably in this edition, with four winning outtakes (including one that mentions Johnny Cash’s “Wreck of the Old 97,” and Murry Hammond’s “No Doubt,” which tops the original record’s “W. Tx Teardrops”) and a full disc of demos that highlight Miller’s lone-guitar-with-voice abilities even without his incredible band’s piston-pounding execution. _D an W ei ss


+++1/2 Modular Records Australia’s Tame Impala make music as the Lester Bangs character describes it in Almost Famous: if and when their psychedelic rock and roll “chooses you,” it begs for intimate consumption. It wants to live in your car, or find you alone, listening to your headphones. Lonerism is a life raft for the abyss of song-induced self-reflection it inspires. Kevin Parker carries the “solitude is bliss” mentality of 2010’s Innerspeaker, but here he writes a more fluid album. Lyrics are introspective (true to form), delivered by soothing vocals under interstellar synths and guitar licks from the dark side of the ’60s. Lonerism starts with a chant that sticks to the psyche (“Gotta be above it, gotta be above it”), “Apocalypse Dreams” could turn a car into a spaceship, “Elephant” sounds like a piece of their homonymous 2008 EP, and “Sun’s Coming Up” is an unexpected piano lullaby. A body of rock work for the lone wolf, Sgt. Peppered with romance. _aRi el sheaRe R TAME IMPALA + THE AMAZING :: Royale, 279 Tremont St, Boston :: November 9 @ 6 pm :: 18+ :: $20 :: 617.866.8933 or THEPHoENIx.coM/MuSIc :: 10.05.12 77


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BLUE OCTOBER + EMPIRE + STARS IN STEREO › 8 pm › House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston › $22.50-$32.50 › 888.693.2583 BRONZE RADIO RETURN + ROSS LIVERMORE BAND › Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville › $12 › 617.776.2004 or CHARLIE PEACOCK + JEFF COFFIN › 8 pm › Café 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston › $12-$15 › 617.747.6038 or DAVE SAMUELS & CARIBBEAN JAZZ PROJECT › 8 pm › Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Cambridge › $25 › 617.783.0090 or DIANA KARTHAS › 8 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › 617.524.9038 or THE FORGE + MARIEL VANDERSTEEL › 8 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $13-$15 › 617.492.7679 or FRANKIE ROSE + POTTY MOUTH + DJ CARBO › 9 pm › Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston › $12-$14 › 617.779.0140 or HEE HAWK › 8 pm › Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge › $10 › 617.876.0860 or ITCHY FEET › 8:30 pm › Ryles, 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge › $8 › 617.876.9330 or JAMES IHA › 8 pm › Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston › $15-$18 › 617.236.7600 or

JOE ROBINSON › 7 pm › Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St, Northampton › $12.50-$15 › 413.586.8686 or iron_horse_main.asp LEFTOVER SALMON › 9 pm › Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston › $25 › 617.562.8800 or MELVERN TAYLOR & HIS FABULOUS MELTONES › 7:30 pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or MICHAEL FORMANEK QUARTET › 7:30 pm › Regattabar, 1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge › $25 › 617.661.5000 or MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS + DIETRICH STRAUSE › 9 pm › Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $15 › 617.547.0759 or MOON DUO + COTTAGING + DA BURDZ › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston › $8 › 617.782.6245 or NICK WATERHOUSE + ALLAH-LAS + DJ ASK A BLACK DUDE › 9 pm › Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › $12; $10 advance › 617.566.9014 or OBI FERNANDEZ + THE POMPS + RIKI ROCKSTEADY & THE ARRAIGNMENTS › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $9-$10 › 617.864.EAST or OTP + RADIO CONTROL + MIKING MIHRAB + IDNOCLIP › P.A.’s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville › 617.776.1557 POLIÇA + GARDENS & VILLA › 10 pm › Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St, Northampton › $10-$13 › 413.586.8686 or SEAN PAUL › 7 pm › Palladium, 261 Main St, Worcester › $25-$30 › 978.797.9696 or

TENNIS + WILD BELLE + ORCA ORCA › 9 pm › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $15 › 617.492.2327 or TREVOR HALL + JON AND ROY › Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $15-$17 › 617.864.EAST or


ALABAMA SHAKES + FLY GOLDEN EAGLE + RILEY DOWNING › 8 pm › House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston › $25-$35 › 888.693.2583 ALOUD + THE FUTURE LAUREATES + DJ SKITZ › Tommy Doyle’s at Harvard, 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge › $5 › 617.864.0655 or ARIBAND + LIGHT UP NANCY + TILTO-WHIRL + NAILS HIDE METAL › 9 pm › Ralph’s Diner, 148 Grove St, Worcester › 508.753.9543 or BABY MADE REBEL + STRANGE CHANGES + MIGHTY TINY + KARMA EXCHANGE › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864.EAST or BEN HARPER › 7:30 pm › Opera House, 539 Washington St, Boston › $40-$75 › 617.259.3400 or BENT SHAPES + COUSINS + CREATUROS › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston › $6 › 617.782.6245 or BRYAN PERO & THE TIRED HORSES › 10 pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or THE MICHAEL SUMMER QUARTET › Battery Lounge-Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel, 3 Battery Wharf , Boston › Free ›

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Musical polymath CHARLIE PEACOCK, who has played jazz with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, plies his new rootsy singer-songwriter disc, No Man’s Land, at Café 939 on Thursday the 4th.


james iha photo by aliya Naumoff

“DAISY DUKE’S HILLBILLY HOEDOWN!” › Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers + Handsome Wife + Miss Madison West + MC Vice V’ersatile › 8 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › 617.524.9038 or DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH + THE CARRIE FERGUSON BAND + THE FRIENDLY PEOPLE + CHIMNEY CHOIR › 7 pm › Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge › 617.497.0823 DAVID MALLETT › 7 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $28-$30 › 617.492.7679 ELIANE ELIAS/MARK JOHNSON › Fri-Sat Fri-Sat 8 pm › Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Cambridge › $30 › 617.783.0090 or FANCY TRASH + MALLETT BROTHERS BAND + TOWNSHIP + COYOTE KOLB › 9 pm › Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston › $13-$15 › 617.779.0140 or HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS + MUCK & THE MIRES › 10:30 pm › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $12 › 617.492.2327 or HONK!FEST KICK OFF PARTY › 8 pm › Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville › $12 › 617.776.2004 or JOVANOTTI › 7 pm › Royale, 279 Tremont St, Boston › 617.338.7699 or MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD › 8 pm › Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston › $27.50-$30 › 617.585.1260 or MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS + MELVERN TAYLOR › 9 pm › Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $15 › 617.547.0759 or MORRISSEY › 8 pm › Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St, Boston › $38.75-$103.75 › 866.348.9738 or NEGRONI’S TRIO › 9 pm › Ryles, 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge › $10 › 617.876.9330 or OBBINI TUMBAO › 7:30 pm › Regattabar, 1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge › $20 › 617.661.5000 or OTT & THE ALL SEEING I + GOVINDA + SUPERSILLYUS › Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $15-$20 › 617.864.EAST or PASSAFIRE + ALL GOOD :: FEEL GOOD COLLECTIVE + THE BRIGHTON BEAT › 8 pm › Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston › $12 › 617.236.7600 or POLIÇA + GARDENS & VILLA › 9 pm › Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston › $15 › 617.494.0700 or RAZORS IN THE NIGHT + FULL BODY ANCHOR + MARK LIND & FRIENDS + JASON BENNET & THE RESISTANCE + MIKE SAVITKAS + NICOLE TAMMARO › Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville › $5 › 617.764.0005 or REGINA SPEKTOR + ONLY SONS › 7:30 pm › Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI › $39.50-$49.50 › 401.272.4862 or “ROCK AND SHOCK SERIES FINALS” › Tensus + Your Pain is Endearing + Deadfall › 6 pm › Palladium Upstairs, 261 Main St, Worcester › $10 › 978.797.9696 TORNADO RIDERS + AMERICAN THREAD + FORWARD MOTION + DJ A-CON › 6 pm › All Asia, 334 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.1544 or TRISTATES › 9 pm › Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ, 351 Washington St, Brighton › $5 › 617. 254.5227 or


THE BANDANA SPLITS › 8 pm › MASS MoCA, 87 Marshall St, North Adams ›

PHX PicKs » cAN’T miss

• James Iha Many musicians score a lifetime free pass based on their past accomplishments, and James Iha should 4 be no exception, given his role as guitarist of Smashing Pumpkins’ vital early years. His Look to the Sky solo record dropped last month, but we haven’t heard it yet; we’re still stuck on Siamese Dream. Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston › 8 pm › $18; $15 advance › tHu

• DIego garcIa Opening for Italian superstar Jovanotti is ArgentineanAmerican romantic crooner Diego Garcia, who you might remember from a 5 decade ago as sexy-ass frontman of New York indie lads Elefant. Garcia’s pulling a Julio Iglesias act these days, but Elefant’s 2003’s debut Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid still holds up as an underrated post-millennial gem. Royale, 279 Tremont St, Boston › 6 pm › $28; $25 advance › fri



• WhIte DynomIte Highlighting this bludgeoning Mad Oak Records showcase is the street-walking garage-punk explosion of White Dynomite, Dave Unger’s latest rock-and-roll powder keg of white suits and black intentions. Mellow Bravo, Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, and Portland’s Murcielago round things out. Drink up. Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › 9 pm › $10 ›

• the raveonettes Subject to a gazillion “Great Danes” headlines 7 since bursting onto the garage-rock scene in 2003, the über-cool duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo are back in action with sixth album Observator (Vice), another noisy wall of skeleton shakedowns. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston › 8 pm › $16.50 › sun

the raveonettes

• ghost Box orchestra Boston’s psych rock scene is on the verge of a major 8 breakout, and this majestic quartet has been leading the charge. GBO will also be at Deep Heaven Now in Somerville later this month with the Vandelles, Ringo Deathstarr, and two dozen others. T.T. the Bear’s Place, 15 Brookline St, Cambridge › 8:30 pm › $12; $10 advance › MOn

Scullers PHX Oct. 4_Scullers PHX Sept ANNA BORGES & BILL WARD BRAZILIAN DUO › Sunset Café, 851 Cambridge St, Cambridge › 617.547.2938 or BARRETT ANDERSON TRIO + RON LEVY + PER HANSON › 9 pm › Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ, 351 Washington St, Brighton › $5 › 617. 254.5227 or BEN TAYLOR › 7:30 pm › Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester › $15-$18 › 617.282.8000 COLUMBUS + ENDANGERED SPEECHES › 8 pm › Café 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston › 617.747.6038 or CRUEL HAND + I DECLARE WAR + FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY + NO BRAGGING RIGHTS + RUDE AWAKENING + ACACIA STRAIN › 5:30 pm › Palladium Upstairs, 261 Main St, Worcester › $15 › 978.797.9696 CRYSTAL CASTLES + HEALTH › 6:30 pm › House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston › $30-$40 › 888.693.2583 DANIELLE MIRAGLIA › 7:30 pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or DEAD FRIENDS + THE BLUE BLOODS + PSYCHO + PENALTY KILL › 8 pm › Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville › $8 › 617.764.0005 or DISPATCH + GOOD OLD WAR + PARKINGTON SISTERS › 8 pm › Agganis Arena, 925 Comm Ave, Boston › $46 › 617.358.7000 or THE NEW COMPLAINERS › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston › $10 › 617.782.6245 or FILLIGAR + COUNTRY MICE › Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $12 › 617.864.EAST or THE FLEETING ENDS + NEMES + DJ SPECIAL K › 10 pm › Tommy Doyle’s at Harvard, 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge › $5 › 617.864.0655 or

>> LIVE MUSIC on p 80


sCullers jazz Club

Thurs., Oct 4



Fri. & Sat., Oct. 5 & 6

8pm & 10pm

ELIANE ELIAS 8pm DONNY McCASLIN Thurs., Oct. 11 8pm STEVE KUHN with special guest GADI LEHAVI Weds., Oct. 10

Fri., Oct. 12


8pm & 10pm

“JEST & JAZZ” Weds., Oct. 17



BY HILTON BOSTON Call for Tickets & Info at: 617-562-4111

Dinner/Show Packages Available. Also In-Club menu

Order on-line at


Arts & Nightlife :: music << LIVE MUSIC from p 79

FRIGHTENED RABBIT + FLASHLIGHTS › 9 pm › Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston › sold out › 617.779.0140 or FUTURE CARNIVORES + ENDATION + GENE DANTE & FUTURE STARLETS + WHAT TIME IS IT MR FOX? › Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville › 617.764.0005 or JENS LEKMAN + TAKEN BY TREES › 6 pm › Royale, 279 Tremont St, Boston › 617.338.7699 or KILEY EVANS + BARI LEIGH AND THE BAD DREAMS + THE CATTLE WALK + SOMETHING SNEAKY + THE DEAD NOBODIES › 6 pm › All Asia, 334

by William Shakespeare directed by Paula Plum

Tickets: 866-811-4111

472-480 mASSAcHUSeTTS Ave ceNTRAl SQ., cAmbRIDge (617) 864-eAST | DOWNSTAIRS

Thu 10/4: TRevOR HAll • Jon and Roy Fri 10/5/12 : The Brain Trust Presents: OTT & THe All SeeINg I Govinda • SuPeRSillyuS Sat 10/6/12: FIllIgAR CounTRy MiCe • BeaR lanGuaGe Sun 10/7/12: leedz edutainment Presents: KOOl KeITH (dR. oCTaGon, ulTRaMaGneTiC MCS) Tue 10/9/12 : THe gReeN STiCk FiGuRe • duBBeST

Wednesday, 10/10, 7:30 PM: Clannad Thursday 10/11, 8PM: an EvEning W/ Zoë KEaTing Sunday, 10/14, 7PM: PaT METhEny UniTy Band Monday, 10/15, 7PM: BUSinESS of hiP-hoP/

UrBan MUSiC SyMPoSiUM friday, 11/30 8pm:

dEad on livE a note-for-note recreation of classic grateful dead ‘71-’72 recordings 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston Full schedule/tickets:

Red Room @ Cafe 939 Boston’s premiere all ages concert venue Thursday 10/4, 8PM: CharliE PEaCoCK

fEaTUring JEff Coffin

SaTUrday 10/6, 8PM: ColUMBUS / EndangErEd SPEEChES Wednesday 10/10, 8PM: BECCa STEvEnS Band

JUlia EaSTErlin

Thursday 10/11, 8PM: grahaM ColTon

MiKEy Wax • JEff lEBlanC

friday 10/12: aMEriCan SongWriTEr &

fiShMan SongWriTEr ConTEST

939 Boy lsto n S t . Bo sto n Full schedule/tickets: 80 10.05.12 :: THEPHOENIX.COM/EVENTS

Wed 10/10 – all aGeS 7PM THe eARly NOvembeR CaRTel • Seahaven

Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.1544 or KUNG FU › 8 pm › Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston › $12-$15 › 617.236.7600 or LOS LONELY BOYS › 10 pm › Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St, Boston › 617.248.9700 or MELLOW BRAVO + WHITE DYNOMITE + BOW THAYER AND PERFECT TRAINWRECK + MURCIELAGO › 9 pm › Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › $10 › 617.566.9014 or NEIL HALSTEAD + MC KABIR & THE DUB DOWN CREW › 8 pm › Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10$15 › 617.547.0759 or NERISSA & KATRYNA NIELDS › 3:30 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $10-$12 › 617.492.7679 OEN KENNEDY + JAMIE WALKER › 8 pm › Nameless Coffeehouse, 3 Church St, Cambridge › 617.864.1630 or OLDEN YOLK + HERBCRAFT + IMAGES › 8 pm › Whitehaus, 10 Seavern Ave, Jamaica Plain › $5-$10 ON KEE JAZZ BAND › 8 pm › Ryles, 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge › $12 › 617.876.9330 or ON THE JOB + TAXI DRIVER + FOR THE WORSE + OFFENSIVE WEAPON + USUAL SUSPECTS › 8 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › 617.524.9038 or RED SQUARE › Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville › 617.776.6896 or SMOOTH MONEY GESTURE › 7 pm › Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville › $10 › 617.776.2004 or THE SOFT PACK + HEAVY HAWAII › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864.EAST or SUBPAR CO-STAR + MSF + NIHILITY + MOVE IN STEREO + THE DERANGERS + MOVING AND STORAGE › 7 pm › Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge › 617.497.0823 SWAGGERIN’ GROWLERS + STRAY BULLETS + UZUHI + RED LINE REBELS + RED TAPE + SURF’S UP SPICOLI › 4 pm › Midway Café,

3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › 617.524.9038 or THE PETER SMITH TRIO › Battery Lounge-Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel, 3 Battery Wharf , Boston › Free › fairmont. com/batterywharf THAT BEATLES BAND › 4 pm › Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville › Free › 617.764.0005 or “TRIBUTE TO BOB MARLEY” › Dub Station › 10 pm › Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville › $12 › 617.776.2004 or

suNDAY 7

“6TH ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR JANE” › Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville › 617.776.6896 or “A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF VINNIE JOHNSON” › Stanton Davis Quintet › 9 pm › Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge › 617.497.0823 ARIEL RUBIN & THE BALLROOM THIEVES › 8 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $10-$12 › 617.492.7679 “BRIDGING THE MUSIC LOCAL BAND SHOWCASE” › 4 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › 617.524.9038 or FLYIN FISCH + ATODOSO + LIGHT BRIGHT + CLAUDIA VARONA & THE PHOBIA › 7 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864.EAST or GEOFF BARTLEY W/ SPECIAL GUESTS › 7 pm › Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ, 351 Washington St, Brighton › 617. 254.5227 or THE JOHN FUNKHOUSER QUARTET + PHIL SARGENT › 6 pm › Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge › 617.497.0823 KOOL KEITH › Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $15-$17 › 617.864.EAST or LED TO THE GRAVE + FORCED ASPHYXIATION + DEMORALIZER + BLACK MASS › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston › $7 › 617.782.6245 or PERFUME GENIUS + DUSTED › 8 pm › Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville › $15 › 617.776.2004 or

UPSTAIRS Thu 10/4: Rogue Presents: ObI FeRNANDez

fridAy 5


The PoMPS • Riki Rocksteady Fri 10/5/12: hearnowlive Presents: bAby mADe Rebel STRanGe ChanGeS Sat 10/6/12 – 8PM THe SOFT PAcK • heavy haWaii Sun 10/7 – 1PM all aGeS THe lARRy mITcHell bAND Sun 10/7/12 – 8pm: lT live Presents: FlyIN FIScH Mon 10/8/12 gleN mATlOcK OF THe Sex PISTOlS lenny laShley’S GanG oF one RuFio, RooTS and RazoRS Tue 10/9/12 bAlmORHeA • dRiFTeRSWiFT Wed 10/10/12 PeelANDeR-z elecTRIc eel SHOcK MaTh The Band • SaM MulliGan

/mideastclub /zuzubar @mideastclub @zuzubar

“I have no interest in Boston’s history,” the one and only MORRISSEY told us last week. “Just get me to a bar with an Internet jukebox. I’m not Richard the Third.” Righto. Moz hits the Wang on Friday. Read the interview at

Ave, Allston › $7 › 617.782.6245 or PAUL GEREMIA › 8 pm › Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville › $10 › 617.776.2004 or SHELLEY SEGAL › 9:30 pm › Tommy Doyle’s at Harvard, 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge › $5 › 617.864.0655 or tommydoyles. com TRIO SUBTONIC › 9 pm › Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.547.0759 or TURF WAR › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $8 › 617.492.2327 or TVS + THE VOCAL SECTION + ED-

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R E S TA U R A N T & M U S I C C L U B

43 Years Of Great Music Thursday, OcT 4 : POP / rOck

BrONZE radIO rETurN rOss LIVErMOrE BaNd FrIday, OcT 5: Brass BaNds INVadE daVIs sq.

Los-Angeles-by-way-of-San-Diego indie lads the SOFT PACK have smoothed out the rough edges on new record Strapped (out this week off Mexican Summer), but still toe the line between spiky post-punk and polished power-pop. Let’em bum a smoke Saturday at the Middle East.

hONk!FEsT kIckOFF ParTy Brass MEssENgErs, VEVErITsE, yOuNg FELLas Brass BaNd & MOrE!

saTurday, OcT 6: (7PM) JaM /rOck BaNd

sMOOTh MONEy gEsTurE (10PM) duB sTaTION BaNd PrEsENT


Metheny new PHX vert_Metheny new PHX

THE RAVEONETTES + MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER › 8 pm › Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston › 617.562.8800 or RUN FOR THE ROSES + ONE STEP BACK › 8 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › 617.524.9038 or “THE BOSTON MUSIC COLLECTIVE” › 8 pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or VIDEO GAME ORCHESTRA › 8 pm › Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston › $40.50-$100 › 888.266.1200 or


ADAM ANT & THE GOOD + THE LOVELY POSSE › Royale, 279 Tremont St, Boston › 617.338.7699 or AGENT RIBBONS + THICK SHAKES › P.A.’s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville › 617.776.1557 “BCMFEST CELTIC MUSIC MONDAY” › 8 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $6-$12 › 617.492.7679 GLEN MATLOCK [SEX PISTOLS] + LENNY LASHLEY’S GANG OF ONE + RUFIO + ROOTS AND RAZORS SOUND SYSTEM › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $13 › 617.864. EAST or HORSE LORDS + HOT TUB PANORAMA + BANG! BROS. › Gay Gardens‎, 10 Greylock Rd, Allston › 860.818.1989 IRATION + THE EXPENDABLES + CISCO ADLER › 7 pm › Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston › $18-$20 › 617.562.8800 or JERRY BERGONZI GROUP + THE FRINGE › 8 pm › Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge › 617.497.0823 MAN ALIVE! › 8 pm › Charlie’s Kitchen, 10 Eliot St, Cambridge › $5 › 617.492.9646 or MY FICTIONS + CYNARAE + ASTRONOMER + THRONEHUNTER › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston › $6 › 617.782.6245 or THE OCTOPUS PROJECT + GHOST BOX ORCHESTRA › 9:45 pm › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $10-$12 › 617.492.2327 or THE WHITE OWLS › 8:30 pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or

TuesDAY 9

BALMORHEA › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864.EAST or THE BLUE RIBBONS › 10 pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or CARSIE BLANTON + JENEE HALSTEAD › 8 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $13-$15 › 617.492.7679 or DARK DARK DARK + EMILY WELLS › 9 pm › Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › $12 › 617.566.9014 or ticketweb. com THE DOLLYROTS › 8 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › 617.524.9038 or THE GREEN + STICK FIGURE + DUBBEST › Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $15 › 617.864.EAST or HEART + ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO › 7:30 pm › Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl, Boston › $45-$65 › 617.482.0650 JOCIE ADAMS › 7:30 pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or THE SMITH STREET BAND + MATT MURPHY + OLD WILD EYES + BRENDAN GRAFE › 8 pm › O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard

Scullers, in association with H.T. Productions, presents

PAT METHENY UNITY BAND with Chris Potter Antonio Sanchez & Ben Williams

w/ dION kNIBB, JEM-I, saNdra d & asN suNday, OcT 7 JaZZ BruNch 8:30 aM - 2:30 PM OPEN BLuEs JaM 4:00PM - 7:00 PM (8 PM) MaTadOr rEcOrds rEcOrdINg arTIsT PErFuME gENIus • DUSTED MONday, sEPT OcT 8 TEaM TrIVIa -8:30 PM $1.50 hOT dOgs 6 - 10 PM TuEsday, OcT 9: acOusTIc BLuEs

PauL gErEMIa

wEdNEsday, OcT 10 : NEw yEP rOc aLBuM TraVELINg aLONE Out Oct 2 TIFT MErrITT • ThE PINEs FrIday, OcT 12: (7:30PM) aNTI FOLk


(10PM) sTEELy daN TrIBuTE


saTurday, OcT 13: NEw aLBuM uNFINIshEd BusINEss out Oct 9 PrOducEd By JusTIN TOwNEs EarLE waNda JacksON • DaniEl Romano suNday, OcT 14:

JaZZ BruNch 8:30 aM - 2:30 PM OPEN BLuEs JaM 4:00PM - 7:00 PM (8:30PM) FOLk / POP

saM rEId & ThE rIOT acT TayLOr MOOrE • saM chasE cOMINg sOON: 10/19 (7pm) WyaTT CEnaC • (10pm) milo Z 10/20 dcLa / daVE MackLIN 10/25 LOs FLETchErOs 10/26 (7:30) wEIssTrONauTs (10PM) duPPy cONquErOrs 10/27 BooTy VoRTEx • 10/28 liZZ WinSTEaD 10/31 ThE POwEr OF LOVE & BIkINI whaLE 11/2 (7:30PM) BarrENcE whITFIELd 11/3 ToaSTERS • 12/1 maRk EiTZEl

Berklee Perf. Center Sunday, October 14 7PM

Tickets on sale now: Box Office, 617-747-3161 Info: 617-776-2004 concert LIne: 617-776-9667 johnny d’s 17 hoLLand st davIs square somervILLe. ma 02144 THEPHOENIX.COM/EVENTS :: 10.05.12 81


Oct 12 . 7:30PM


<< LIVE MUSIC from p 81

DIE SCHEER’S TUESDAY NIGHT ALL-STARS › 7:30 pm › Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ, 351 Washington St, Brighton › 617. 254.5227 or “VIVA VENEZUELA!” › Longy School of Music › 7:30 pm › Regattabar, 1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge › $20 › 617.661.5000 or THE WHITE PANDA + SOUND REMEDY › 7 pm › Royale, 279 Tremont St, Boston › 617.338.7699 or boweryboston. com “WICKED NEW MUSIC” › 6 pm › Emerald Lounge at Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St, Boston › Free ›

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WeDNesDAY 10

Oct 18 . 7:30PM


Oct 26 . 7:30 & 10PM

ROOMFUL OF BLUES or call 617.395.7757 @TheRegattabar

10.04.12 Thu

Bowery Boston • Nick Waterhouse Allah-Las DJ Ask A Black Dude 9pm • 18+ • $10 adv. | $12 d.o.s.

10.05.12 Fri

the pill DJs Ken & Michael V. 15th anniversary + Morrissey afterparty 10pm • 21+ • $5

10.05.12 Fri

Anderson Comedy Group The Gas The best in local comedy and beyond 7pm • 18+ • $5

10.06.12 SaT

Mad Oak Studios • Mellow Bravo White Dynomite Bow Thayer And Perfect Trainwreck Murcielago • 9pm • 21+ • $10

10.08.12 Mon

Hot Molasses • Agent Ribbons 9pm • 18+ • $7

10.09.12 Tue

CQ Presents • Dark Dark Dark Emily Wells • 9pm • 18+ • $12

10.10.12 Wed

CQ Presents Jaymay • Sylvie Lewis Walter Rodriguez 9pm • 18+ • $12 1222 CoMMonWealTh ave allSTon, Ma 02134 617-566-9014

BAKER THOMAS BAND › 10 pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or BECCA STEVENS BAND + JULIA EASTERLIN › 8 pm › Café 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston › $12-$14 › 617.747.6038 or CALEXICO + THE DODOS › 8 pm › Royale, 279 Tremont St, Boston › 617.338.7699 or CARTEL + THE EARLY NOVEMBER + SEAHAVEN › 7 pm › Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $15-$17 › 617.864.EAST or CHRIS STOVALL BROWN + ED SCHEER + ALIZON LISSANCE › 7:30 pm › Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ, 351 Washington St, Brighton › 617. 254.5227 or CLANNAD › 7:30 pm › Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston › 617.266.7455 “DANCEHALL LOUNGE” › Jagga Movements Intl. + StarTym › 8 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › 617.524.9038 or DONNY MCCALSIN › 8 pm › Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Cambridge › $20 › 617.783.0090 or ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK + PEELANDER-Z + MATH THE BAND + SAM MULLIGAN › 9 pm › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $12 › 617.864.EAST or EMELI SANDE › 8 pm › Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston › $15 › 617.562.8800 or “EVENING OF KISSTORY: MONSTER’S BALL” › 8 pm › Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville › $5-$10 › 617.764.0005 or FANDANGO › 7 pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or “FUTURE BOSTON PRESENTS ASSEMBLE!” › 6 pm › Emerald Lounge at Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St, Boston › free › JAYMAY + SYLVIE LEWIS + WALTER RODRIGUEZ › 9 pm › Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › $12 › 617.566.9014 or JIM HOBBS + SUBTRONIC TRIO + GILL AHARON TRIO › 8 pm › Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge › 617.497.0823 MARCO PIGNATARO QUINTET + RICCARDO DEL FRA › 7:30 pm › Regattabar, 1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge › $20 › 617.661.5000 or MIEKA PAULEY + LISA JAEGGI + JEANNINE HEBB › 8 pm › Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston › $10$12 › 617.236.7600 or RED WANTING BLUE + THE FIELD EFFECT › 8 pm › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $10-$12 ›


We have to wait another month for CRYSTAL CASTLES’s third studio album, appropriately titled III, but the glitchy aggro-electro duo will no doubt shove its beats down our hungry throats Saturday when they hit the House of Blues. 617.492.2327 or RICHARD WOOD & GORDON BELSHER WORKSHOPS + CONCERT › Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher › Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St, Jamaica Plain › Workshop $20, $18 members › 617.524.3158 SAM OTIS HILL › 10 pm › Toad, 1920 Mass Ave, Cambridge › 617.497.4950 or TIFT MERRITT + THE PINES › 8 pm › Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St, Somerville › $16 › 617.776.2004 or ZOE MUTH AND THE LOST HIGH ROLLERS › 8 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $13-$15 › 617.492.7679


ALAN ARENA BAND › 8:30 pm › Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ, 351 Washington St, Brighton › 617. 254.5227 or ALESANA › 6 pm › Palladium, 261 Main St, Worcester › $18-$20 › 978.797.9696 ALEX SCHUMAN › 8 pm › Midway Café, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain › 617.524.9038 or “BENEFIT FOR BARBARA WALSH” › Rule + Jenny Dee & the Delinquents + The Decals + AM Stereo + The Modifiers › Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville › 617.764.0005 or BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS › 9 pm › Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $15 › 617.547.0759 or GRAHAM COLTON + MIKEY WAX + JEFF LEBLANC › 8 pm › Café 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston › $12 › 617.747.6038 or THE CHARMS + DAVE MIRABELLA + ERIC SALT & THE ELECTRIC CITY › 7:30 pm › Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville › $10 › 617.764.0005 or JACKOPIERCE › 7 pm › Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge › $28-$30 › 617.492.7679 JARS OF CLAY › 8 pm › Showcase Live, 23 Patriot Pl, Foxborough › 508.543.0609 or LORD HURON › 9 pm › Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston › $10-$12 › 617.566.9014 or MARCO BENEVENTO + WOODSMAN › 9 pm › T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge › $15 › 617.492.2327 or MEAN CREEK › 9 pm › Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston › $12-$15 › 617.779.0140 or MIDNIGHT SNACK + GEORGE WOODS + KRISTEN FORD + ZAC TAYLOR › 7:30 pm › Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston › $10 › 617.236.7600 or THE POLISH AMBASSADOR › 7 pm › Royale, 279 Tremont St, Boston › 617.338.7699 or PORT-ROYAL + ANDRE OBIN + LANDING + AVOXBLUE › Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10 › 617.864.EAST or RACHAEL MACFARLANE › 7:30 pm › Regattabar, 1 Bennett St, Charles Hotel, Cambridge › $25 › 617.661.5000 or “RAUMEXPANDED” › Wolfgang Torkler & Bertram Lehmann Duo + Mehmet Sanlikol › 7 pm › Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge › 617.497.0823 SEAN WAYLAND QUARTET › 10 pm › Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge › 617.497.0823 SHAPES OF LIGHT + LUKE DA DUKE + JEFR TALE › Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge › $10-$20 › 617.864.EAST or STEVE KUHN TRIO + GADI LEHAVI › 8 pm › Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Cambridge › $25 › 617.783.0090 or scullersjazz. com SWANS + A HAWK AND A HACKSAW › 9 pm › Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston › $25 › 617.562.8800 or TOAD THE WET SPROCKET › 7:30 pm › Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury › $40 › 978.462.5888 or

Arts & Nightlife :: ClUBs SPLASH ULTRA LOUNGE & BURGER BAR › Boston › 10 pm › “EDM Wednesdays” with DJ Bamboora STORYVILLE › Boston › 9 pm › “MySecretBoston presents Dub Apocalypse” WONDER BAR › Allston › 9 pm › “Wobble Wednesdays” with Wobblesauce

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thuRsDAY 4

BOND › Boston › 9 pm › “Taste Thursdays” CURE LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › “Cure Thursdays” EMERALD LOUNGE AT REVERE HOTEL › Boston › 9 pm › “Top 40s & House” ESTATE › Boston › 10 pm › “Glamlife Thursdays” with Chris Harris + Rafael Sanchez LIBERTY HOTEL › Boston › 5:30 pm › “Fashionably LATE” LIVING ROOM › Boston › 8 pm › DJ Snow White JACQUE’S CABARET › Boston › 10:30 pm › “Jacques’ Angels” with Kris Knievil NAGA › Cambridge › “Verve Thursdays” with DJ Pensive OM RESTAURANT & LOUNGE › Cambridge › 10:30 pm › “Late Night Lounge” PHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › “Elements” with Crook & Lenore RAMROD › Boston › 10 pm › “Bear Cave” RUMOR › Boston › 10 pm › “Hi Frequency” with Ju Lee + Burak Bacio + Kia Mazzi WONDER BAR › Allston › 10 pm › “Top 40/ House Thursdays” with DJ NRG


AN TUA NUA › Boston › “Jive: A Modern Speakeasy” BIJOU NIGHTCLUB & LOUNGE › Boston › 10:30 pm › Nicole Moudaber + DJ Brienne BOND › Boston › 10 pm › “Play Fridays” CLUB CAFÉ › Boston › 7:30 pm › “Naughty Bits” CURE LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › “VIP Fridays” with DJ Eric Velez EMERALD LOUNGE AT REVERE HOTEL › Boston › 9 pm › “Top 40s & House” ESTATE › Boston › 10 pm › “Estate Fridays” with Dalton GREAT SCOTT › Allston › 10 pm › “The Pill” with DJ Ken + DJ Michael V GYPSY BAR › Boston › 10 pm › DJ Dera JACQUE’S CABARET › Boston › 10:15 pm › “Miss-Leading Ladies” JULEP BAR › Boston › DJ Steve1der + DJ Chizzy LIVING ROOM › Boston › “House, Top 40, House & Dance Music” MACHINE › Boston › 10 pm › “Show Me Your Stuff” with DJs Darrin Friedman and Gay Jim MILKY WAY › Jamaica Plain › 9 pm › “La Boum Queer Dance Party” with DJ Stella NORTHERN NIGHTS › Lynn › 8 pm › “Madonna Fridays” with DJ Jay Ine PHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › “PYT” with DJ Vinny RISE › Boston › “Wonderland” RUMOR › Boston › 10 pm › “Hush Fridays” with DJ Hectik + DJ Dres + DJ Lus SPLASH ULTRA LOUNGE & BURGER BAR › Boston › 10 pm › “Privilege Fridays” UMBRIA PRIME › Boston › 10 pm › “VIP Fridays” UNDERBAR › Boston › 10 pm › “Flavor Fridays” with DJ Franklin WONDER BAR › Allston › 9 pm › “Friday Night Live” with DJ Braun Dapper ZUZU › Cambridge › 10 pm › “Solid!” with Flavorheard

sAtuRDAY 6

BOND › Boston › 10 pm › “Flaunt Saturdays” CLUB CAFÉ › Boston › 7:30 pm › “Naughty Bits” CURE LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › “Saturdays at Cure” with rotating DJs Hectik + 7L + Brek. One + Theo A + Frank White DISTRICT › Boston › 10 pm › “Liquid Saturdays” with DJ Liquid Ice EMERALD LOUNGE AT REVERE

thuRsDAY 11

An international crowd flocks to Venu Tuesdays at Rumor, 100 Warrenton St, Boston. HOTEL › Boston › 9 pm › “Top 40s & House” ESTATE › Boston › 10 pm › “VIP Access Saturdays” GOOD LIFE › Boston › 5 + 7:30 pm › Telemann’s Pimpinone, with Peter Walker [Pimpinone] and Meredith Ruduski [Vespetta] GUILT › Boston › 10 pm › DJ J Stacks GYPSY BAR › Boston › 10 pm › DJ Mario JACQUE’S CABARET › Boston › 7 + 10:15pm › “Miss-Leading Ladies” JULEP BAR › Boston › DJ Breeazy + DJ Jonny Dougs LIVING ROOM › Boston › “House, Top 40, House & Dance Music” MACHINE › Boston › “Music Ecology” MIDDLESEX LOUNGE › Cambridge › DJ Kon MILKY WAY › Jamaica Plain › 10 pm › “Mango’s Latin Saturdays” with Lee Wilson NAGA › Cambridge › “Chemistry Saturdays” with DJ Mozes + DJ D Say + Miss Jade OM RESTAURANT & LOUNGE › Cambridge › 10:30 pm › “Saturdays @ Om” PHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › “Boom Boom Room” with DJ Vinny RISE › Boston › “RISE Saturdays” ROYALE › Boston › 6 pm › Jens Lekman + Taken By Trees RUMOR › Boston › 10 pm › “Rumor Saturdays” SPLASH ULTRA LOUNGE & BURGER BAR › Boston › 10 pm › “Sold Out Saturdays” with DJ Bamboora T.T. THE BEAR’S PLACE › Cambridge › 10 pm › “Heroes” with DJ Chris Ewen UMBRIA PRIME › Boston › 10 pm › “Scene Saturdays” WONDER BAR › Allston › 10 pm › “Wonderbar Saturdays” ZUZU › Cambridge › 11 pm › “Soul-le-luh-jah”

sunDAY 7

CLUB CAFÉ › Boston › 4 pm › “Back 2 Basics Tea Dance” with DJ Harrison CURE LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › “Industry Sundays” with DJ Hectik EMERALD LOUNGE AT REVERE HOTEL › Boston › 9 pm › “Svedka Sundays: Industry Night” PHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › “The Drop” RAMROD › Boston › 10 pm › “Level 12” with DJ Sterling Golden RIVER GODS › Cambridge › 8 pm › “Reggae Night” UNDERBAR › Boston › 10 pm › “Hot Mess Sundays” with DJ Richie Ladue


AN TUA NUA › Boston › 9 pm › “CeremonyGoth Night” MIDDLESEX LOUNGE › Cambridge › 10 pm › “CVLT” MILKY WAY › Jamaica Plain › “Milky Way Mondays with Live Funk” › 8 pm › “Stump!” NAGA › Cambridge › “Industry Mondays” with DJ D Say + DJ Mozes PHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › “Makka Monday” with Voyager 01 + DJ Uppercut RAMROD › Boston › 10 pm › “The Attic” with DJ Kuro RIVER GODS › Cambridge › 8 pm › “Weekly Wax” WONDER BAR › Allston › 9 pm › “Mondenial” with Jason Stokes

tuEsDAY 9

EMERALD LOUNGE AT REVERE HOTEL › Boston › 6 pm › “Wicked New Music” GREAT SCOTT › Allston › 9 pm › Dark Dark Dark + Emily Wells LIBERTY HOTEL › Boston › 6 pm › “Gallery Night Tuesdays” MACHINE › Boston › 9 pm › › “Psyclone Tuesdays: All EDM” NAGA › Cambridge › “Fiesta Tuesdays” PHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › “Elecsonic” RIVER GODS › Cambridge › 9 pm › “Whithaus Random Vinyl Night” RUMOR › Boston › 10 pm › “Rumor Tuesdays” with DJ Roger M WONDER BAR › Allston › “Music Ecology” ZUZU › Cambridge › 10 pm › “Zuesday” with DJ Leah V + Justincredible


EMERALD LOUNGE AT REVERE HOTEL › Boston › 6 pm › “Future Boston presents Assemble!” › 8 pm › “Mondo Wednesdays” LIBERTY HOTEL › Boston › 6:30 pm › “Whole Note Wednesdays” MACHINE › Boston › 10 pm › “Show Me Your Stuff” PHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › “Re:Set” RAMROD › Boston › 10 pm › “Rock Wednesdays” with DJ Victor RIVER GODS › Cambridge › 9 pm › “Primitive Sounds” ROYALE › Boston › 8 pm › Calexico + The Dodos RUMOR › Boston › 10 pm › “Latin Night” DJ Adilson + DJ Maryalice + DJ Boatslip

BOND › Boston › 9 pm › “Taste Thursdays” CURE LOUNGE › Boston › 10 pm › “Cure Thursdays” EMERALD LOUNGE AT REVERE HOTEL › Boston › 9 pm › “Top 40s & House” LIVING ROOM › Boston › 8 pm › DJ Snow White NAGA › Cambridge › “Verve Thursdays” OM RESTAURANT & LOUNGE › Cambridge › 10:30 pm › “Late Night Lounge” PHOENIX LANDING › Cambridge › “Elements” with Crook & Lenore RAMROD › Boston › 10 pm › “Bear Cave” RUMOR › Boston › 10 pm › “Hi Frequency” WONDER BAR › Allston › 10 pm › “Top 40/ House Thurs


COMEDY STUDIO › 8 pm › Sean Sullivan + Rob Crean + Andy Dawson + Bob Hagearty + Anrea Henry COMIX AT FOXWOODS › 8 pm › Keith Alberstadt IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE › 8 + 10 pm › “Harold Night” IMPROVBOSTON STUDIO › 9:30 pm › “SketchHaüs”


COMIX AT FOXWOODS › 8 pm › Keith Alberstadt IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE › 8 pm › “ImprovBoston MainStage” IMPROVBOSTON STUDIO › 7:30 pm › “Studio 40” › 9 pm › “CageMatch” WILBUR THEATER › 10 pm › Dave Attell

sAtuRDAY 6

COMIX AT FOXWOODS › 8 + 10:30 pm › Keith Alberstadt IMPROV ASYLUM › 4 pm › “Afternoon Delight” › 11:59 pm › “Raunch” IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE › 6 pm › “Family Show” › 8 pm › “ImprovBoston MainStage” › 10 pm › “Face Off” IMPROVBOSTON STUDIO › 7:30 pm › “Studio 40” › 9:30 pm › “Sketch CageMatch” SHOWCASE LIVE › 7 pm › Bob Marley the Comedian WILBUR THEATER › 7 pm › Bob Newhart

sunDAY 7

IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE › 7 pm › “The Jam” › 9 pm › “People’s Show”

tuEsDAY 9

IMPROV ASYLUM › 8 pm › “House Teams”


IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE › 8 pm › “Comedy Lab” › 10 pm › “The Hump Slot”

thuRsDAY 11

IMPROVBOSTON MAINSTAGE › 8 + 10 pm › “Harold Night” IMPROVBOSTON STUDIO › 9:30 pm › “SketchHaüs” THEPHOENIX.cOm/arTs :: 10.05.12 83

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» At the Knuckleball! Premiere After-Party at Fenway Park

aFter the local premiere oF Knuckleball!, the new doc that follows the corkscrewing career paths of former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield and current Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, a crowd gathered at the Royal Rooters Club inside an eerily empty Fenway Park. The scene was a lively mix of Red Sox diehards, a few lucky kids out for a night with their equally excited parents, and a fair share of Boston movers and shakers. Guests mingled amid the memorabilia — a 1934 opening-day ticket, a Ted Williams baseball cap, and the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies, just to name a few — and noshed on Fenway favorites like classic franks and pretzels (with their choice of mustard, of course).

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top: The crowd enjoyed treats such as classic Fenway Franks; Tim Wakefield clockwise from above left: Rick Adams, Tim Estiloz, Jae Holland; 1967 bat autographed by Mike Andrews; Brian and Julie Whitmore; Joe and Anne Juster; Stacy Wilbur, Jamie Schnitzer

Crediting a black palette and lots of leather as her go-tos, she describes her style as edgy. But she’s got a girly side, too. “I think how you wear your hair and do your makeup really make your look.” Case in point: her face-framing French-braid headband. Not surprisingly, she is most excited for fall’s darkertinged trends: “Baroque style and leather!” Forget Boston’s reputation for being overly conservative — this Texas native finds the scene open-minded and adventurous. “I like to take a lot of chances, and in Boston style opens up a lot more.” _Katherine Flynn

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Arts & Nightlife :: bAck tAlk Have you become more radical? Yes! Isn’t that surprising? Of course, when I was young, radical people this in e Rest o were actually blowing things up. f t thep eRview a hoen t That doesn’t seem to occur in m American politics any more. I always said during the Vietnam War, “No, I’m not joining the Weather Underground, no, I’m not blowing anything up.” So I knew many people far, far to the left of me. I’ve always been, basically, a conventional liberal Democrat. So yes, I’m probably angrier, and maybe I am more radical, but the world is so much more conservative that it’s hard to make that determination. Fr C o n a n, Read tinued th

The radicalization of Fran Lebowitz By J o n G a r eLic k


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ran Lebowitz’s writer’s block is almost as legendary as her wit: her “latest” book, Social Studies, was published in 1981. Since those early humor essays, Lebowitz has earned her keep mostly as a champion talker, captured most prominently in the 2010 documentary Public Speaking, directed by her friend Martin Scorsese. She comes to Sanders Theatre Octobeer 10 to have a talk “primarily but not solely about the election” with another friend, the columnist Frank Rich. Here’s some of what she had to say recently — edited and abridged — when I caught her on the phone from her home in New York.

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I don’t know. I think it’s too close to call. I can imagine that you’re more for Elizabeth Warren than for Scott Brown? Yes, good guess! I love Elizabeth Warren. Scott Brown looks to me like an aging waiter . . . like a failed soap-opera actor. There are tons of people like this in LA and New York — these guys who were very good looking when they were young, they thought they would become actors, and they’re still coming to your table telling you the specials. P

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“The fervor that I had [for Barack Obama] was to not have John McCain be the president. And the fervor I have now is to not have Mitt Romney be the president.”

What do you think of the presidential campaign thus far? I know you’re probably not a Romney fan, although I gather that you’re not especially enamored of Obama. Well, yes, I voted for Obama because he was the Democratic candidate. I have to confess that I was a John Edwards supporter. Obviously, although I may be a good judge of politics, I’m a horrible judge of character. Like everyone else, I had no idea what his private life was like. But the reason I was a John Edwards supporter was because of his mention that there are a lot of poor people in America. When I say I didn’t vote for Obama with a lot of fervor, the fervor that I had was to not have John McCain be the president. And the fervor I have now is to not have Mitt Romney be the president. I don’t think Obama’s been a horrible president, I just think he hasn’t been the president of a lot of people’s dreams, including mine. I mean, to me, one of the great things about Franklin Roosevelt was that during the Second World War, he called the presidents of the big companies in the United States into his office and yelled at them. And said, “If there is price gouging, I’m closing you down.” And he knew these people. The president of US Steel comes in to see Franklin Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt thinks, “Here comes Stinky! Who sat next to me in Latin class at Groton and tried to copy off my paper!” But someone like Clinton or Obama goes, “Oh my God, the president of US Steel is coming to my office!” That to me is the downside of coming from nowhere. . . . Can I ask you a question? Is Elizabeth Warren going to win?

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Phoenix Issue 10-05-12  

The First 100 Days: How much damage could a President Romney do? Let us count the ways.

Phoenix Issue 10-05-12  

The First 100 Days: How much damage could a President Romney do? Let us count the ways.