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Hello Again.

Welcome to Week Two of my new newsletter project. Here's one thing going on for each of the next seven days. Most of them are free this week!

I'm still working out some details of this project—a name, for one thing, and maybe a better color palette—while I work on the website. While it's in the proverbial Beta mode, I'm welcoming any/all feedback. Just hit the Reply button. You're also welcome to send friends an invite to the list.


Monday · 9:00PM

Psychic Readings, 95 Empire Street (2nd Floor)


TWiiNS are a pair of Slovakian sisters whose 2010 cover of Sabrina's "Boys (Summertime Love)" became a staple at gay video bars for a while. They also represented their homeland at Eurovision a few years back. Tonight at Psychic Readings you can see Twiins, an unrelated duo with a better appreciation for standard rules of capitalization. They're pretty good! Have a listen. Also on the bill are low-key but nonetheless abrasive Birdlady; House Red, the solo vocal project of Reba Mitchell; and the rather nondescript folk songs of Tennessee's Steve Gilbert.


What We Do In The Shadows
Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street
$8.25 / $9.75

I'm not sure when the Cable Car started doing weekday matinees—maybe when they switched away from traditional projectors?—but I guess movies start as early as 1pm now. And while a self-aware handheld-camera mockumentary about vampires might sound like a fate worse than death, What We Do In The Shadows is charming and actually very funny. Four undead New Zealand flatmates fight over dishes and hit the streets of Wellington together, inciting semantic arguments with bouncers in order to gain verbal invites into the city's nightclubs. The kill scenes are more funny than gross, and the film also features zombies, witches, and a scene-stealing gang of werewolves.

Wednesday · 1:00PM

The Letter
Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road


One o'clock on a Wednesday isn't the most convenient time for a weekly film series, so I'm assuming that this six-week Bette Davis program is aimed largely at retirees that maybe remember these movies from the first time around. The Barrington Public Library is once again devoting their annual spring film series to a single actress—last year it was Ingrid Bergman—with six Davis features. The films are being presented chronologically—All About Eve and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? are March 25th and April 1st—and each is prefaced by a lecture by librarian Doug Swiszcz. This week's feature is The Letter, a dark 1940 melodrama set on a colonial rubber plantation. The young Davis plays a memsahib who shoots her husband's best friend, claiming rape, until the sudden discovery of a letter that suggests otherwise.


Axis Mundi
Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery, Lower Campus
Providence College

It's not particularly easy finding the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery—even staff on campus had no idea what I was talking about when I asked for directions—but make the trip for Axis Mundi, a four-artist show running from 12-6pm through March 21st. The highlights are Frank Poor's architectural recreations of southern tobacco barns, wood-framed structures with walls and roofs made of digitally printed aluminum and Plexiglas. They pair will with Jonathan Sharlin's black and white photos, which document Michigan hunting blinds. Anne Austin Pearce's rather paintings of coral reefs are presented as giant scrolls on the floor, although the dominant presence in the gallery is the mixed-media work of Gina Occhiogrosso, whose drawings of monochromatic rainbows and anthropomorphic houses come off as precious and confusing.

Friday · 5:00PM

Kenneth Goldsmith
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center
Brown University

Interrupt 3, a four-day happening at Brown this weekend, calls itself "a conference that highlights text and/or/as image, art and/or/as language, with a particular investment in digitally mediated language art." Presumably this explains why the schedule of events at is presented as a Google doc overlaid with lots of popups that don't lead anywhere. Be that as it may, the great poet and UbuWeb founder Kenneth Goldsmith is speaking (with scheduled interruptions, whatever that means.) It all sounds very fussy and esoteric, but I think the event itself will surpass the buildup.

Saturday · 10:00PM

Public Access
Aurora, 276 Westminster Street

My favorite dance party in the city right now is Public Access, Aurora's monthly nineties party that mostly forsakes easy nostalgia in favor of that kind of obscure house music which seemed awful at the time but which is somehow amazing now. [Words I am trying not to use here: transcendence, euphoria, bliss.] Once an hour you might hear something like "Groove Is In The Heart" or Robin S.'s "Show Me Love," but a vast majority of the night is dedicated to clubby European songs that were never radio hits. DJ Nick Hallstrom plays only vinyl, and the party's always free.

Sunday · 8:00PM

Interrupt 3 Satellite Performance
Machines With Magnets
400 Main Street, Pawtucket

That "text and/or/as image, art and/or/as language, with a particular investment in digitally mediated language art" lovefest concludes tonight in Pawtucket with a program of readings, performances and video by ten artists, mainly locals, including Matt Underwood, Willa Van Nostrand, Akiko Hatakeyama, and V Manuscript. It's also free!

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