Monday, December 8, 2014

"Hey, Fred!" Nights Out 12/08-12/14/2014

A much lighter week than last but still some gems, and if you have a chance amidst whatever shopping, festivities, football, etc, I especially encourage my theatre pick.

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen; Available Light Theatre, Studio Two, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St.  I reviewed this earlier this week and I'm going to give a quick note to see this. Ian Short’s return to directing after his riveting production of Cock earlier this year is a damn masterpiece. She Kills Monsters is an antidote to the too-common narrative that women find their way to gaming through boyfriends and a look at how roleplaying games are sometimes a step on the way to self-actualization, not a way to escape and shut yourself off. It's hilarious, it's sweet without being cloying, and it's pulse-pounding.  Thursday through Saturday at 8pm except December 11; Sunday matinee December 14 at 2pm. Tickets available at Ticketmaster or pay what you want at the door.


December 10, 2014

Chris Knight; Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St.  One of the finest Americana singer-songwriters of the last 15 years, with a few mainstream country radio hits on other people (perhaps most notably Montgomery Gentry's take on "She Couldn't Change Me"), Knight has been making great records since his pair on Dualtone (including maybe the finest underrated country record of the '00s, The Jealous Kind) and reached a new peak on 2012's Little Victories. In a supple leather voice, Knight gives struggling characters a dignity and empathy reminiscent of classic Guy Clark or Dave Alvin. Local Tal Lohr opens.  Doors at 8:00pm. $20 Tickets available at Ticketweb.

December 12, 2014

Jesse Marchant; Tree Bar, 887 Chambers Rd.  Marchant's self-titled most recent record uses a jarring juxtaposition of heavy synths and his honeyed country baritone, but there's something about it that's intoxicating and hard to ignore. If you're looking for a lower-key Friday, this show should be a winner.  Starts at 10:00pm. $5 cover.

Funkdefy's James Brown Tribute; Bossy Grrl's Pinup Joint, 2598 N. High St.  Possibly my favorite dance night in Columbus. I haven't been a strong attendee of Funkdefy in its more erratic last couple years since moving over to Bossy Grrl's Pinup Joint, but there's no way I'm missing this. Begun almost impromptu a week or so after James Brown passed away, this mix of JB-related tracks and Christmas-themed soul will keep you warm for months.  Starts at 10:00pm. No cover.

December 13, 2014

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue with Soul Rebels Brass Band; Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St.  A killing New Orleans funk double bill that might be the last great touring show of the year. Trombone Shorty's found a way to make his music more streamlined and palatable for a wide audience, but never abandoned that raw second-line swing or forgot his improvisational chops. Unlike so many jam bands, Trombone Shorty and company are oozing dynamics, knowing exactly how to whip a crowd into a frenzy and bring them down to a slow burn. And openers Soul Rebels are one of the finest torch-bearers of the brass band in this contemporary age. It doesn't matter how cold it's going to be outside, this show is going to be hot.  Doors at 7:00pm. $25 tickets available at Ticketmaster.


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