New Meetup: Free Screening: This is Spinal Tap @ Boston Public Library

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Monday, July 27, 2009 12:26 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Free Screening: This is Spinal Tap @ Boston Public Library

When: August 3,[masked]:00 PM

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

The Boston Public Library offers free screenings of movies in the Rabb Lecture Hall, downstairs in the new section of the library. July and August's theme is "Rock and Roll Movies", and on this day they are showing the ultimate rock and roll parody, This is Spinal Tap. Never been there for movie screenings, only for lectures. I've also never seen this movie all the way through. After the movie, let's walk to the Prudential Center Food Court to grab dinner, and go for drinks after if people wish.

Where to meet:

T.J. Maher should be waiting in the lobby of the Boston Public Library -- Boylston Street Entrance ( the one next to the Green Line Inbound entrance for the T ) -- by 5:30 pm. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with blue eyes, short brown hair, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. Let's grab seats at 5:45 pm up near the front of the Rabb Lecture Hall downstairs, since I think the screen might be kinda tiny. Not sure.

About This is Spinal Tap (

" (1984) Director Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner) solemnly alerts us to the glory that was Spinal Tap in his introduction to this 'rockumentary' about the legendary British heavy-metal group, featuring lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), lead singer David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer), and a succession of drummers whose careers were cut short by spontaneously combusting on their stool, drowning in somebody else's vomit, or otherwise perishing in untimely fashion. Under DiBergi's studious interrogation, the band and their familiars retrace the band's evolution from head-bopping Mersey Beat poseurs to head-banging metal poseurs, each change in musical direction or tonsorial chic having little effect on the surviving trio's sublime idiocy. For, as St. Hubbins (he's the 'deep' one, relatively speaking) sagely observes, 'It's such a fine line between stupid and clever'

"Happily for us, director Reiner, who developed the underlying story line with Guest and former Credibility Gap pranksters McKean and Shearer, stays squarely on the right side of the line, even as his writer-actors remain hilariously trapped on the other side. In lieu of a formal shooting script, the quartet created an extensive and detailed band history ripe with the sort of dead-pan detail that hard-core rock historians and screwball aficionados will savor on countless replays; with the three Tap members also musicians themselves, the 'band' developed its stage act under the unsuspecting noses of L.A. club denizens, who accepted them as just as loud, flashy, sexist, and obvious as any other mullet-tressed, leather-garbed brigade of guitar slingers, circa 1984. The resulting footage thus manages to lob its punch lines and build its characters (including some thinly veiled character assassinations of various industry folks) with a loose, tossed-away verve rooted in the improvisational approach. This Is Spinal Tap remains the funniest, and most truthful, look at rock culture ever filmed and a personal best for all involved".

Other Rock and Roll Movies BPL is showing:

July 6, Jailhouse Rock, 96 min ., 1957
July 13, Bye Bye Birdie, 112 min ., 1963
July 20, Tommy, 111 min ., 1975
July 27, Grease, 110 min ., 1978
Aug. 3, This is Spinal Tap, 82 min ., 1984
Aug. 10, Purple Rain, 111 min ., 1984
Aug. 17, Cry Baby, 85 min ., 1990
Aug. 24, Evita, 134 min ., 1996
Aug. 31, Velvet Goldmine, 117 min ., 1998

... by subway

* Green Line to Copley Station.
* Orange Line to Back Bay/South End Station. Walk down Dartmouth Street to Copley Square.

... by car

* Interstate 93 (from north or south) Take Storrow Drive exit. Take Copley Square exit off of Storrow Drive. The exit deadends at a signal light. The cross street is Beacon. Take a right on Beacon Street. While on Beacon Street, you will cross Berkeley, Clarendon, and Dartmouth Streets. The next street is Exeter. Take a left onto Exeter (it is a one-way street). While on Exeter, you will cross Marlborough Street, Commonwealth Avenue, and Newbury Street. The next cross street is Boylston. The Library is on the corner of Exeter and Boylston Streets.

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