September 2010: The Cultural To-Do List

Seven events worth your time this month.

By Matthew Reed Baker | Boston Magazine |

9/2 Lou Barlow
Ask any aging hipster: Back in ancient times — okay, the mid-’80s — mellow Northampton was a notable generator of slacker rock, largely thanks to seminal local bands Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh. Westfield’s Lou Barlow founded both groups, and tonight he brings his new band, the Missingmen, to the upstairs space at the Middle East. mideastclub.com.

9/15-9/25 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

The bop-filled extravaganza was born 10 years ago; five years later, Hurricane Katrina nearly killed New Orleans. This event marks both anniversaries, featuring concerts by N’awlins natives like Terence Blanchard, and a traditional band marching around the outdoor stages lining Columbus Avenue. beantownjazz.org.

9/17-9/23 Boston Film Festival

Highlights of this year’s Hub movie-thon, taking place at its new Stuart Street Playhouse digs, include the East Coast premiere of Welcome to the Rileys; a 9/20 "Boston Night" featuring area filmmakers; and the world premiere of Locked In, which promises a welcome appearance by Watertown’s own Eliza Dushku. bostonfilmfestival.org.

9/17-10/17 Bus Stop
The Huntington’s season kicks off with a revival of William Inge’s Bus Stop a bubbly comedy about a night in Kansas City shared by a cowboy and the nightclub singer he pines for. Nicole Rodenberg makes her Huntington debut as the chanteuse, though there’s no word on whether she’ll impersonate her famous predecessor — Marilyn Monroe — in the role. huntingtontheatre.org.

9/22 Foster Prize Finalists
It’s time again for the ICA to hand out it’s biennial Foster prize, and this go ’round the award’s judges are selecting from an absurdly broad range of media: photography of prisons, drawings of the Boston coastline, and avant-garde film. The exhibit, which includes work from all nine finalists, begins today and runs through January 2011. icaboston.org.

9/24-9/25 Louis C.K.
If it were up to us, Larry David would pass the torch of America’s funniest curmudgeon to his spiritual twin, Newton native Louis C.K. Both guys made their name writing for comedians (David for Seinfeld, Louis for Letterman), and both have successful sitcoms. But unlike David, Louis is a master of stand-up, and this weekend at the Wilbur he brings his negativity back home to Boston. ticketmaster.com.

9/26 The Pops’ Last Picnic
Keith Lockhart and friends close out the summer (and their 125th anniversary season) with one last blowout, a Sunday afternoon concert on the Common. Get there early for the opening performers, bands and soloists who won this year’s Fidelity FutureStage music competition — they’re all Boston public school prodigies. bostonpops.org.