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Comedian Bill Burr Gives Us a Tour of Boston - Part 1
Comedian Bill Burr came back to his hometown on September 23rd to do 2 nights of sold out shows at the Wilbur Theatre but he gave us some time to do a Tour of Boston, driving by old haunts and places where he first performed. Check out the video!
Read, Dance With Broke-Ass Stuart @ Lilypad On Thursday
Broke-Ass Stuart hosts Young, Broke & Beautiful on IFC and has written numerous travel books. He's churned out another book, Young, Broke & Beautiful: Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply, and is touring the country to promote it. Bostonist is thrilled that the book tour begins in the Hub on Thursday at The Lilypad at 1353 Cambridge Street in Cambridge from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stuart said the event is a both a book signing/reading and dance party. "It'll be good for your brain and your booty!" he said. Stuart said the show also features steam crunkers Army of Broken Toys. Visit Facebook for details.
The Dan at the Wang
How many phallic references does it take to get people to pay nearly $200 a pop for a jazz-rock show? When it comes to Steely Dan's upcoming four-night run in Boston, the answer is precisely two. Yes, the Donald Fagen-Walter Becker duo originally named after a sex toy is taking up a slightly perverse residence at the Hub's most prestigious and aptly named theater. This week, Becker and Fagen will dig into the vault for tracks from their early albums on September 28 (“The Dawn of Dan”), then let the fans vote on September 30 (“By Popular Demand”), and finish off with their 1976 release, “The Royal Scam,” on October 3. Tickets for all three shows are available through Telecharge and at the Wang Theatre box office for $48 - $198.
Jazz on Display At Berklee Beantown Festival
Music and food took over Columbus Avenue on Saturday with the 10th Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. Performers included Jeff Ramsey, Darcel Wilson Rafael Zaldivar, Dave Samuels, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Bernie Worrell, SociaLybrian, Melvin Gibbs, J. T. Lewis, and Ronny Drayton. Rajdulari Barnes, lead singer of The Rajdulari Project jazz ensemble and former Berklee student, returned to Boston to perform. "It was great to feel the arts in progress," she said....
Das Racist, Peep Them at the Grammys or at the Middle East
There comes a point in many artists’ careers when it’s no longer fun to play the Big Hit. But when the hit in question is an internet meme about a fast food restaurant, does that point ever come? For Das Racist, maybe not, but only because they’re having such a good time in general. It helps that the group has made a lot of great music since “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” came out in 2009, much of it distributed totally free as mixtapes. They recently released a new album of zany, frenetic rap called “Relax.” Though their trio, call-and-response format might invite comparisons to the Beastie Boys, they’d only be valid if the Beasties were a bit less white, a lot more stoned, and rapping to international samples from the future. Even if you don’t peep them at the Grammys this year, Das Racist will be at the Middle East Downstairs on Wednesday September 28 with guests Danny Brown and Despot. Tickets are $15 in advance and on the $17 day of the show.
Berlioz Opera Returns To Boston In October
Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict returns to Boston for the first time since the early 1990s thanks to Opera Boston’s new production. Opening night is Friday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cutler Majestic Theatre at 219 Tremont Street in Boston. Two other shows are set for Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday October 23 at 3 p.m. The show's dialogue is in English and singing is in French. The cast includes performers new to Boston and others who've been on stage here before. Mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, tenor Sean Panikkar, and Baritone David McFerrin are all debuting in the Hub. Returning cast members include soprano Heather Buck, mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, baritone Robert Honeysucker, bass Andrew Funk, and actor Phil Thompson have all performed in Boston before. Tickets are available online at the www.CutlerMajestic.org or by phone at 617-824-8000.
Fluff Festival in Somerville's Union Square on 9/24
We all need a good fluff from time-to-time. There's a group fluff planned on Saturday, September 24th when the sixth annual Fluff Festival comes to Union Square in Somerville. Volunteers to fluff around are still needed. The festival, designed to honor the creation of Fluff by Union Square's Archibald Query in 1917, runs from 3-7 p.m. Organizers expect 10,000 fans of Fluff to attend. The Fluff Festival takes on a 70's theme in 2011 with a headlining visit from Susan "Cindy Brady" Olsen, award-winning songwriter Allee Willis, known for hits like "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire and “September” and The Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance,” and astronaut Rick Linnehan of Lowell who brought a fluffernutter on the Space Shuttle. Visit the Fluff Festival Facebook page for details.
Comedy Notes for the Week
The comedy round-up this week includes Jim Jeffries at the Wilbur Theatre (also coming: Bill Burr & Tom Green); JB Smoove and Andrew Dice Clay at Comix at Foxwoods; and Mike McDonald at Nick's Comedy Stop.
Music Happening in the Hub
Fans of Wild Beasts can catch the band at Paradise Rock Club in Boston on September 27 in support of their new record, Smother. The album has been called "elegant." Telekinesis touring with Wild Beasts. Doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets are $15.
Literary Lights for Children @ BPL On 9/25
Four authors will receive awards at the 13th annual Literary Lights for Children ceremony on Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. at the Bates Reading Room of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. The 2011 winners include M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Gareth Hinds, and Pam Muñoz Ryan, who have won dozens of awards for children's literature. Each author will receive their award from a Boston-area student. The four students are Annabell Asare of Taunton Beatrice Cabrera from Boston, Anex PaulSaint of Roslindale, and Alonzo Seay from Dorchester. Tickets are $60 per adult and $40 per child and are available online at www.literarylightsforchildren.org. The Literary Lights for Children awards are presented by the Associates of the Boston Public Library, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Boston Public Library.
BeerAdvocate Raises a Glass to Belgian Beer
Boston-based brothers Jason and Todd Alström founded BeerAdvocate with the motto “Respect Beer.” This weekend, they’ll celebrate some of the world’s most venerated barley-based elixirs at the BeerAdvocate’s 7th annual Belgian Beer Fest. The event kicks off on Friday, September 9 with the intriguingly named Night of the Funk, which has already sold out, followed by open Saturday, September 10 sessions from 1 - 4:30 p.m. and 6 - 9:30 p.m. at the Cyclorama. It’s the biggest fest they’ve thrown yet, with 78 brewers pouring well-over 200 beers from brewers and importers at over 40 booths. The selections also include some specialty beers brewed by New England’s own Allagash in celebration of the Fest. So why all the hoopla around Belgian beers? “You'll have to attend the fest to find out,” Told told us. Tickets for Saturday sessions are on sale now, $50 per session; $65 VIP.
Third City Book Festival Set for 10/15
The Boston Book Festival is scheduled for October 15, 2011 in Copley Square with more than 100 authors and a wide array of literary genres. Organizers say about 25,000 participated in the 2010 festival that featured 130 authors. The festival opens with a discussion of HBO's "The Wire," at the Back Bay Events Center, and the $20 tickets, will be available on September 14.
Sponsored Post: The Moustache
The following post is from our advertiser, Heineken.
We’re all for handlebar moustaches, but it might not be the best look for a job interview (or maybe it’s perfect for a job interview, it really depends on what line of work you’re in). Just the same, you probably shouldn’t break out the monocle you’ve been dying to wear at your sister-in-law’s baby shower. Some things should only for be special occasions, so when that special occasion finally comes along, make sure you’re drinking the right beer.
ASL Performance of Porgy and Bess At A.R.T.
A new version of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, featuring Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, and David Alan Grier, is currently running at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). In September, A.R.T. has will feature two American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances and two audio described performances. The ASL performances are on Tuesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 11 at 2 p.m. The audio described performances will take place on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the A.R.T. box office at 617-547-8300 or by emailing the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comedy Notes & Highlights
There are some great comedy happenings we'd like to highlight: "Trial of Love" this Friday at Mottley's, the Boston Improv Festival next week, and major headliners including: Bill Burr, Tom Green, Michael Ian Black, the Comedians of Chelsea Lately, and more.