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By Michael Saunders
July 8, 2005

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We attended one of the last shows of the Minutemen, the California boho-punkers whose do-it-yourself ethic helped sustain the Southern California thrash scene. In 1985, the band had just emerged from the underground and had started to get mainstream attention when lead singer D. Boon died in a van crash. The film ''We Jam Econo," opening tonight at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, traces the band's short career arc with archival footage and interviews with surviving members Mike Watt and George Hurley. At 9:45 and midnight. Tickets $9. 290 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-734-2500

Absolutely fabulous

The Lowell Summer Music Series brings the Fabulous Thunderbirds (below) to the city's Boarding House Park tonight, a show that we're a little reluctant to shout about. We love the Fab T-Birds, and have since the band's first album -- yes, that's album as in LP, not CD -- but we're worried that if enough folks make the trek up to Lowell, the downtown will soon be overrun with gaunt hipsters sipping decaf half-skim lattes. Of course, the city solons would love nothing more than to see the city's renaissance continue, and blues fans would love nothing more than to rock out to a hard-driving act. We sense a meeting of the minds here. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. 40 French St., Lowell, 978-275-1783

Synch your teeth into this

Improv comedy has never topped our list of must-see things, although it's well ahead of televised dental surgery and monster truck races. We've tried to like it, but it has the unsettling whiff of unchecked geekiness that brings back too many disturbing memories of 10th-grade drama club. Still, our mind isn't closed to the possibility of finding a guffaw or two at the 8 p.m. performance of Kitsch In Sync, the Brookline comedy troupe (above) whose name is even good for a gratuitous ha-ha. At the Puppet Showplace Theatre. $8 adults, $5 students. 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400

Musical comeback, take one

Maybe sometime during tonight's show, the members of Digable Planets will explain just what the socially conscious hip-hop trio was doing for the past nine years. If they don't fess up, then we'll just be content that they're back onstage, and back at the Roxy as featured performers in the club's Friday night hip-hop series. Doors at 7. Tickets are $23. 279 Tremont St., Boston, 617-338-7699

Dancing in the streets

We usually don't need a reason to start dancing in the middle of the street, but the city of Cambridge is giving us one tonight by closing off Mass. Ave. between Inman and Bigelow streets for a dance party on the lawn of City Hall. It's turning into an annual gig for DJ Joey Demers, who has the tough task of figuring out what will get Grandma moving while keeping the young 'uns from revolting -- and vice versa. From 7 to 11 p.m. Free. 795 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-349-4300

Interesting in any language

The Linguistic Society of America has brought out the big guns for its conference on language documentation at Harvard. We were tipped off by handlers for conference session chairman Nicholas Ostler (left), whose new book, ''Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World," is said to offer a panoramic view of the human story through the prism of its languages. Anyone conversant in 18 languages is bound to have something to say. Room 210, Emerson Hall, Harvard University

Musical comeback, take two

Forgive James Levine if the Boston Symphony Orchestra's new music director sightsees before tonight's opening of Tanglewood. His only appearance there was as guest conductor in July 1972, when the venerable venue was quite a bit more rustic. He's back for tonight's gala, conducting the BSO in Mahler's Eighth Symphony, and is joined by soloists, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the American Boychoir. Benefactor seats are still available, and include pre-concert cocktails, dinner, and concert tickets. Tickets are $500, $1,000, and $2,500. Koussevitzky Music Shed, Lenox, 617-638-9423

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