If you have a few bucks to spare and want to support the upcoming zombie apocalypse, read on. The New Exhibition Room theater group is trying to raise money to buy enough rubber viscera, stage blood and tattered clothing for its upcoming August zombie double feature. As they tell it on their IndieGoGo fund-raising page: "In the spirit of the Grindhouse Double features of the golden age of the drive-in movie, we will create two comically horrifying works about the impending Zombie Apocalypse. You've read right, friend, a Zombie Double Feature: a one-two punch of Zombie movie-ish magic in a live theatre event in August of 2012 at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre." With 12 days to go, they've raised about half of their $2,500 goal, which in turn is about half the shows' budget. Go here to read more and donate.
(The image is from "Night of the Living Dead" - the film's in the public domain now.)
It's difficult to overstate the importance of Cambridge's Club 47 to America's folk music boom in the 1960s, although many have tried. Now the iconic club known today as Club Passim is celebrated in "For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival," a documentary set to debut Tuesday at the Boston International Film Festival. Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin and Peter Rowan are among the many interviewed for the film, which starts on the fateful day in 1958 when the young Baez walked into the club, then a Mt. Auburn Street jazz venue, and talked her way into a gig.
Co-directors Todd Kwait and Rob Stegman, who met as BU freshmen in the 1970s, spent nearly two years working on the film, which also includes performances by present day Passim staples like Ellis Paul. Also prominent in the film is Club 47 founding member Betsy Siggins, pictured here with the young Bob Dylan. The film debuts Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Loews Theatre /AMC Boston Common. Details: www.bifilmfestival.com. The trailer:
You might want to start making plans now to spend July 14-15 in Greenfield for the 26th annual Green River Festival. This year's installment of the fun but low-key festival presented somewhat improbably by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce features a celebration of Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday featuring Arlo Guthrie and the Guthrie Family Reunion. But the main-stages lineup would be pretty great even without that. Los Lobos (pictured), Richard Thompson, Ozomatli, Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, Lost Bayou Ramblers with Gordon Gano, C.J. Chenier and Boston's own David Wax Museum top the list. The WRSI stage offers Peter Mulvey and The Crumbling Beauties, Alastair Moock and friends, Session Americana and more.
As usual the event on the ground of Greenfield Community College will feature food, crafts, a dance tent, a wide array of kid's activities and entertainment, and hot air balloon rides. All of it adds up to a pretty good time in Franklin County, which is as gorgeous and green in summer as it can be bleak and cold in winter (when we have one).
Tix info? Early birds: April 2- April 13: $60 for the weekend, $45 per day; Advance: April 14 -July 13- $75 for the weekend, $55 per day; Day-of: $75 per day at the gate. Parking is $15 for the weekend or $10 a day or you can take a free shuttle from sites around town. Tickets are available at www.greenriverfestival.com and various locations in Franklin County. Gates open at noon each day. The Green River Festival happens rain or shine, tickets are non-refundable, and alas, no dogs, tents, or alcohol are allowed.