Thursday, December 10, 2009

ITP Cheaps: Elf, Puma's remix party & SoWa market

It's Thursday's Cheap Thrills time in le Herald, this week highlighting an 'Elf' quote-along, Puma's party REMIX and the SoWa Holiday Market, where my bold prediction of ladies fashion morphing into Princess Leia's look on Endor in "Return of the Jedi" finally makes it to newsprint. This are the Thrills you're looking for...

SINGALONGS AND SCREENINGS
“Elf” quote-along and “Home Alone” screening at Coolidge Corner Theatre

290 Harvard St., Brookline; “Elf” Friday at 11:55 p.m., $10 ($8 for members), all ages
With the holidays around the corner and significant-other gift-giving obligations staring you in the face, Cheap Thrills is here with a helpful guide to ensure your partner is right for you. Simply look him or her in the eye, tell her you’ve made plans for Friday night and gently whisper: “First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat an entire roll of Toll House cookie dough as fast as we can and then to finish, we’ll snuggle!” If he or she screams “Elf!” while running around the house like a mad person, well, you have yourself a keeper. The 2003 Will Ferrell comedy and all its quotable feel-good holiday goodness gets the quote-along treatment Friday night at the Coolidge, proving once again why the tale of a lonely and zany elf canvassing New York City in search of his family is the best holiday-themed movie this decade not named “Bad Santa.” Take it from Ferrell’s elf character Buddy: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
(“Home Alone” screens at 11:55 p.m. Saturday. Info: Coolidge.org, 617-734-2500.)

DANCING SHOES
The Puma Store’s Holiday Party Remix

333 Newbury St. (Back Bay); today, from 6 to 10 p.m. FREE
Anyone can throw a holiday party, but like that almost-slamming album track that sags just a tiny bit, sometimes a remix is in order to shake things up. The Puma Store on Newbury is throwing some extra thump into the holiday party circuit, decking its halls with DJ Hero, kiosks, a 20-percent discount throughout the store and enlisting some local beat-makers to turn this (almost but not entirely a) shopping event into a full-fledged dance party. According to organizers, the music will be holiday themed, but not the kind you heard at gramdma’s house down in Stoughton all those years growing up. May we suggest St. Etienne’s “I Was Born on Christmas Day” or King Diamond’s “No Presents For Christmas.” This holly-bowed get-together already has more than 200 Facebook R.S.V.P.s, so it’s not only a chance to cross some names off your shopping list, but to maybe add a few as well. Mistletoe optional.
Info: facebook.com/puma or R.S.V.P. at shoppingevent@puma.com

HOMEMADE GOODNESS
The sixth annual SoWa Holiday Market

Cathedral High School gymnasium, 74 Union Park St. (South End); Saturday and Sunday; all ages; $5 admission, children younger than 12 FREE
In this last space, Cheap Thrills was going to suggest the 10th annual Santa Speedo Run down Boylston Street on Saturday, but registration is now closed and getting skeeved by skivvies has been relegated to a spectator sport. So let’s all head down to the South End and go shopping instead. The sixth annual SoWa Holiday Market has enlisted more than 80 New England artists and designers, offering unique and one-of-a-kind items that are both fashionably chic and cutting-edge. Shopping for homemade goods always leaves a lasting impression, and the SoWa vendors have it covered, from clothing to handbags to jewelry. And since women’s fashion entering 2010 combines elements of ancient druid garb (but in color!) with what Princess Leia wore after landing on Endor in “Return of the Jedi,” this could be the place to find that perfect New Year’s Eve get-up for your exclusive artists loft party in that dingy, once-abandoned warehouse in Fort Point. You won’t find that look in the mall, kids.
Info: sowaholidaymarket.com

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