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recommended boston area events

tuesday, december 4th

kelly hogan

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 6th

conor oberst

@ converse hall, tremont st.

thursday, december 6th

jason isbell &

the 400 unit

@ the sinclair

friday, december 7th

the weisstronauts 14th

annual holiday jubilee

with guests tsunami of sound

preacher jack, & the derangers

@ the midway cafe, jp

friday, december 7th


moving mountains


@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

patrick watson

@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

the faint perform

"danse macabre"


icky blossoms

@ the paradise

sunday, december 9th

band of horses

@ house of blues

sunday, december 9th



@ the paradise

wednesday, december 12th

concrete blonde

jim bianco

@ the sinclair

thursday, december 13th

annual boston christmas cavalcade

benefit for the homeless

featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 13th

nada surf

eternal summers

@ the paradise

thursday, december 13th

mates of state

in the valley below

@ brighton music hall

friday, december 14th

forgetters (blake from

jawbreaker's band)

& more tba

@ democracy center, harvard square

sunday, december 30th

sufjan stevens

sheila saputo

@ the royale

monday, december 31st

my morning jacket

@ agganis arena

monday, december 31st

deer tick

two gallants

@ the sinclair

monday, january 7th


@ the paradise

tuesday, january 8th


@ great scott

saturday, january 19th

mission of burma

@ the sinclair

sunday, january 20th

camper van beethoven


@ the middle east down

sunday, january 20th


@ the orpheum

sunday, january 20th

ra ra riot

@ the paradise

sunday, january 27th


@ great scott

tuesday, january 29th

kathleen edwards

sera cahoone

@ brighton music hall

wednesday, february 13th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

saturday, march 2nd

unknown mortal orchestra

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 12th

tame impala

@ house of blues

thursday, march 14th

jukebox the ghost

matt pond pa

lighthouse and the whaler

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 26th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

wednesday & thursday

april 3rd & 4th

they might be giants

@ the paradise

visit tourfilter for more shows

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

ToDo: The Independent Film Fest of Boston

Tonight brings us the fourth annual Independent Film Festival of Boston, by far the best yearly film fest this area has to offer. Since the first one, I've never been let down by the lineup, always finding at least a film or two that end up on my favorites list.

While I have to miss the opening night event, I'll be seeing one or two movies every day until the final screening on Monday. As a total film freak, I'm a bit giddy about what's ahead.

So here's what I've got tickets for...

Thursday night:
loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies
directed by Steven Cantor & Matthew Galkin
Chronicling the 2004 return of one of my favorite bands. Can't wait to see this, as I just devoured the new book 'Fool The World: An Oral History of a band called Pixies'. It was a fantastic read, especially for someone as obsessed with them as I was (and am again). Documentary directors Cantor and Galkin were quoted quite a few times within the book, and they'll also be attending the screening.
Thursday 4/20/06, 7:30pm at the Somerville Theatre

also on Thursday Night:
Great New Wonderful
directed by Danny Leiner
Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Edie Falco, Tony Shalhoub, Jim Gaffigan, Olympia Dukakis, Judy Greer, Will Arnett, & Stephen Colbert.
How about that cast? I bought tickets to this one before the Pixies flick got added to the lineup on the same night. Since it'll undoubtedly get released to theaters at some point, I'm forced to skip it. I'm guessing it'll sell out, so if you miss out on tickets, drop me an email.
Synopsis: "The Great New Wonderful weaves five stories against the backdrop of an anxious and uncertain post-9-11 New York City."
Thursday 4/20/06, 7:45pm at the MFA Boston.

Friday night:
directed by Stuart Gordon from the David Mamet play
Cast: William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ling Bai, & (the geek in me is excited to see) Jeffrey Combs.
Can't go wrong with Mamet's words in Macy's mouth.
Synopsis: "The dark, picaresque tale of an everyman (Macy) who, after realizing his life is boring and meaningless, leaves it all behind to embark on his own quest for truth and fulfillment."
Friday 4/21/06, 8pm at the Somerville Theatre

Friday late-night:
Death Trance
directed by Yuji Shimomura
Cast: Tak Sakaguchi (from Versus / Battlefield Baseball) & Y�ko Fujita.
A near-midnight screening from the action director and star of Versus? Yes, please.
Friday 4/21/06, 11:30pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

Saturday afternoon:
Down In The Valley
directed by David Jacobson
Cast: Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse, Bruce Dern, Rory Culkin, & Ellen Burstyn.
Synopsis: "Set in the present-day San Fernando Valley, the project revolves around a delusional man who believes he's a cowboy and the relationship that he starts with a rebellious young woman."
Saturday 4/22/06, 4:30pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

Saturday night:
Not A Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story
directed by David Kleiler, Jr. and Jeff Iwanicki
Clint Conley & Peter Prescott of Mission of Burma, along with executive producer Eran Lobel, will be in attendance.
*World Premiere*
Another beloved Boston band reunites, and this film tells the tale. Trailer here.
Saturday 4/22/06, 9pm at the Somerville Theatre

Sunday afternoon:
A conversation with Chris Cooper
One of my favorite actors since I first saw him in Lone Star, a film that still sits squarely in my top ten of all time.
Sunday 4/23/06, 4:30pm at the Jimmy Tingle Theater

Sunday evening:
The Legend of Lucy Keyes
directed by John Stimpson, who will be in attendance along with producer Mark Donadio and cinematographer Gary Henoch
Cast: Julie Delpy, Justin Theroux, Brooke Adams, Mark Boone Junior
Synopsis: "An urban family leaves city life behind for the confines of rural New England. Little do they know that their new home once belonged to the Keyes family, a clan who experienced the tragic loss of their daughter some 250 years ago."
Sunday 4/23/06, 6:30pm at the Somerville Theatre

Monday night:
The Proposition
*Closing Night Film*
directed by John Hillcoat
written by Nick Cave (yes, THAT Nick Cave)
Cast: Tom Budge, Guy Pearce, Emily Watson, Ray Winstone, David Wenham, & John Hurt.
Synopsis: "Set at the end of the bushranger era, the epic Australian story concerns family, loyalty and betrayal." More info here and here.
Monday 4/24/06, 8pm at the Somerville Theatre

Had I not seen her do a Q&A a couple years back at the Brattle, I'd probably be checking out A Conversation with Lili Taylor on Monday night as well.

For the complete schedule by day, head here. For a list by title, over here. You can buy tickets straight from those listings, but do it quickly. Looks like the server is pretty overwhelmed this morning, so have patience.

A couple of notes: Michael Cera (aka George Michael from Arrested Development) will be in town for the fest, introducing a short film he stars in called 'Darling Darling', which is part of the 'Comic Avengers' short package. And rumor is that Justin Theroux (Six Feet Under / Mulholland Drive) may appear at a screening of The Legend of Lucy Keyes, but scheduling conflicts could keep him away. Here's hoping.

This year the fest added a podcast, so give that a listen, and head over to for some exclusive content, including a trailer for the Pixies film.

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