Hail To The Geeks

My personal geek pride is on the serious upswing right now, and why wouldn’t it. Boston is suddenly riding a wave of class over crass, substance over sleaze, and brains over brutes. Puff up those chests in your sweater vests fellas, we’re the cool kids now.

So what’s up? Well, let’s start with Boston Globe arts writer Mark Feeney winning the Pulitzer Prize for his critical essays. Yes, a wonderful writer who can turn the paintings of Edward Hopper into a rich canvas of words has been recognized for his insight and intelligence. Bravo Mark.

How about musical theatre getting some major cred in the Hub. Two major revivals will be getting pre-Broadway runs this fall. Lerner and Loewe’s “Brigadoon” will get a tune up from Tony Award winning playwright John Guare, and Harry Connick Jr. will star in Gershwin’s “Oh, Kay!” That’s better than OK folks, it’s fantastic.

Kimya Dawson is still getting the love from the “Juno” soundtrack. She played the Somerville Theatre Tuesday night, instead of a 30 seat coffee house. Nice.

And, this Thursday Nada Surf, sage author’s of The Teenage Guide To Popularity, check in at the Paradise. They’re less quirky and more indie now, but well worth your time.

And finally, my geek idol Rivers Cuomo will have a new Weezer album out in June. It will be called “Weezer” just like two other of the band’s CDs — only this one will be red, so you can tell it apart from the blue and green ones. Snap off that Weezer “W” with your hands kids, we’re rockin’ again!


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