Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cheaps: Boondocks, Iceland & Royale

Oh baby Thursday is so fine, and the next few days are rife with dope ass Cheap Thrills action, as evidenced by today's Herald column. On tap: Boondock Saints, Icelandic rock and Royale exposure...

“The Boondock Saints” 10th anniversary event

Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Fenway Regal Stadium, 201 Brookline Ave., and several Boston-area theaters; all-ages, $12.50
When “The Boondock Saints” was released in January 2000, it played one week in five theaters. Since then, it’s pulled in roughly $50 million in domestic video sales, making director Troy Duffy’s dark crime thriller about religious vigilante brothers on the mean streets of Boston a cult classic. Tonight, a decade later in a post-“Departed” Hollywood East, “Saints” gets the big-screen worship it deserves. But organizers are billing this as more of an event than a screening, as the night also includes taped interviews with Duffy and the film’s stars, Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery. It’s a one-night-only event, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and almost enough to make us forget that last year’s sequel ever happened.
Info: 617-424-6111,

Iceland Naturally presents Olof Arnalds at T.T. the Bear’s Place

Friday at 6:30 p.m., 10 Brookline St., Cambridge; all-ages, FREE
For a country with a population of just more than 300,000, Icelandic culture sure understands the arts. So as the Taste of Iceland hits Boston today with films, performances and the promise of more reindeer meat than our city has ever seen, we’re also excited for the musical side of things. After all, this is the land of Sigur Ros and Bjork.Perhaps the latest Iceland import set to go global is angelic-voiced Olof Arnalds, an indie-folk singer who arrives armed with a fierce acoustic guitar. Bringing a bit of Reykjavik’s delicate clash of traditional Nordic culture and modern city soundscapes, Arnalds’ free showcase gig tomorrow night could be one of those “were you there?”- events. The Central Square rock club’s monthly Goth and fetish night X-Mortis follows Arnalds’ gig at 9 p.m., but that costs $5 and your soul.
Info: 617-492-0082,,,

Royale Boston grand opening party

Saturday at 10 p.m., 279 Tremont St. in the Theatre District; 18-plus, FREE with RSVP to
Out with the Roxy and in with Royale. The newly renovated and overhauled nightclub and live-music space on Tremont Street hosts its long-awaited grand opening party Saturday, and we’re all invited to check out the new digs. All-American Rejects pretty-boy frontman Tyson Ritter performs live, a couple of Playboy Playmates serve as hosts and the dance floor gets busy with the decks manned by the Crooklyn Clan’s DJ Sizzahandz and local mixmaster DJ Beyonder of Bladerunners. Promoters and organizers have slated Royale to fill the void left by the closing of Avalon in 2007 by offering both early live concerts and late-night dance parties, and the initial schedule reflects that. Among the acts expected to roll through in the coming months are superstar DJ Steve Aoki and the Sex Pistols’ John Lydon’s reunited new wave act, Public Image Limited. But we get an exclusive first look this weekend.

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