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NEWS AND NODS October 2015


HASSLEFEST indiegogo is live!

You might have noticed a chill curiously descending over Central and Allston last month. Is it finally fall in Boston? Is it death coming for the tender souls of MIT and BU kids? Is it ALMOST TIME FOR HASSLE FEST 7 NOVEMBER 5-7 AT CAMBRIDGE ELKS LODGE, OUT OF THE BLUE GALLERY, and BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL??? That last one’s pretty chill, right? Boston’s underground music fest is back in action starring Flipper (w/ David Yow of Jesus Lizard) and Screaming Females and SO MANY MORE BANDS! BRAIN Arts needs $10,000 in donations to make this fest happen, so avoid the inevitable sellout and get your presale tickets and other fest goodies online now ONLY at before you get left out in the cold. —Harrison Bralower


Speedy Ortiz Hotline: Helping Foster Safe Spaces

Have you guys seen the new Speedy Ortiz mandate to keep their shows safe? In an effort to provide a more inclusive space to show-goers, Speedy Ortiz has set up a new hotline that show-goers can call or text if they are being harassed or feel unsafe. It’s important to keep shows free from oppressive behaviors so everyone can have a good time! Remember to call or text (574) 404-SAFE the next time you’re at a Speedy Ortiz show and feel unsafe in any way. Accountability is vital in these situations, so props to Speedy Ortiz for looking out for their audience! —Ari Ratner


Music as a Second Language —

MSL is a free monthly workshop series that explores the elements of music through collaborative improvisational games. Whether you’re an experienced musician looking to refresh your perspective or you’ve always wanted to learn how to play but never knew where to start, MSL could be just what for you’re looking for! Join the conversation at Spontaneous Celebrations on 10/4 from 3-5 pm. For more information, contact: [email protected] —Scott Mizrachi


Satanic Panic Book Launch, 10/4 @BRATTLE

The next time Fox News has got you down, remember that, just thirty years ago, mainstream conservatives were scared that literal Satanists were sacrificing actual babies in their own hometowns, under the influence of Ozzy Osbourne and Dungeons & Dragons. Join Kier-la Janisse, author of HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN, for the launch of SATANIC PANIC: POP CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE ‘80s, the latest anthology of essays from her Spectacular Optical imprint. As if that weren’t enough, stick around for a late night screening of Joe Dante’s classic suburban satire THE ‘BURBS (see PSYCHOTRONIC MOVIES IN OUR ZONE, p. 7)! —Oscar Goff


BOOKS N BREWS! 10/15 @ Aeronaut Brewery

I once tried to join a book club, but all I could think about over the finger foods, white wine and discussion of The Girl On The Train was how much better it would be if I had tons of beer and classic lit. Luckily, the Aeronaut Brewery is here to save the day with the launch of BOOKS N BREWS. The first meeting covers “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”. Come for the first-ever session of drinking and literary debate on October 15th – all ages can join in on the discussion, but aspiring Hemingways need to be 21+ to drink. —Emma Diamond


SPoOokY Castle of Comedy! 10/15 @ Arts at the Armory

Forgive me for this writing sin, but our bud comedian Ethan Marsh’s energetic, silly act is so WONDERFUL it is SCARY. Get it, like, scary because of Halloween but it has another meaning like awe and—okay, I’m sorry. I’ll see myself to the dumpster but I *will* emerge for his annual Halloween show. A variety of comedic delights on a SpOoOky theme: characters, standup, and Ethan serenading the audience (accompanied on piano by Joe Della Penna!) 8:30p, all ages (though may be some adult topics broached, also Halloween frights). Free, but donations are cool. Kick the Armory a few bucks—awesome local brew selection and great treats! Contact – Katie McCarthy

Rosemary’s Baby + Don’t Drink The Devil’s Blood, 10/30 @ Coolidge

There’s not much we really need to say about ROSEMARY’S BABY: it’s one of the best horror movies of all time—if not one of the best movies, period—and a 35mm midnight screening the night is an obvious no-brainer. What makes this screening really special, though, is that it will be preceded by the world premiere of DON’T DRINK THE DEVIL’S BLOOD, the spooky new short by longtime local staple and friend of the Compass, Coco Roy (Gone Bad, Electric Street Queens)! And did I mention it will screen on glorious Super 8? Your Halloweekend just got made. —Oscar Goff

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