Spring break

By WILL SPITZ  |  March 9, 2006

Following a three-week Meryl Streep retrospective that comprises seminars and screenings of some of the actress’s best films, including The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer, and Out of Africa, the Coolidge Corner Theatre presents Streep with its third annual Coolidge Award, which goes to “a film artist whose body of work challenges us, breaks the boundaries of the medium, and inspires us.” She’ll be on hand for tonight’s award ceremony, which will include testimonials from the likes of Kevin Kline and Lily Tomlin, scenes from selected films, and live music; that’s at 8:30 pm. Tomorrow at 1 pm, she’ll be joined by Chris Cooper, Susan Orlean, and possibly Charlie Kaufman (he’s not yet confirmed) for a panel discussion and screening of Adaptation | Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline | $35 for the award ceremony; $10 for the Adaptation panel | 617.734.2501.

Trisha Driscoll, the protagonist in Chelsea native Michelle Tea’s latest work, Rose of No Man’s Land (MacAdam/Cage), is a 10th-grade alcoholic living in Mogsfield, Massachusetts. Her mom’s a hypochondriac and doesn’t leave the couch; her dad’s long gone; her sister aspires to reality-TV fame. Along comes Rose, a “sassy, thieving chain smoker,” who lures Trisha into new worlds of sex and drugs. Tea, whose prostitution memoir Valencia won the Lambda Literary Award, reads from Rose at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Ave, Brookline | 7 pm | Free | 617.566.6660.


As of press time, we’ve heard only a handful of tracks from Show Your Bones (Interscope), the hotly awaited follow-up to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’s 2003 debut full-length. But we’re definitely digging “Gold Lion,” the album’s lead single, as much as anything on Fever To Tell. By now, SYB will have had some time to sink in, so you’ll be able to sing (or scream) along with Karen O when the band play the Orpheum, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston | 7:30 pm | $25 | 617.482.0650.


Over the past decade, British songstress Beth Ortonhas slowly shed the electronic ornaments that marked her early collaborations with big-beat biggies like William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers. Her new Jim O’Rourke–produced Comfort of Strangers(Astralwerks) finds her curled up by an alt-folk fire at last, far from any technological distractions. She’s at Avalon, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | 617.262.2424.


Bank of America Celebrity Series brings to town two of NPR’s most popular personalities, Fresh Air host Terry Gross and This American Life host Ira Glass. Gross — one of the best interviewers in the biz — sits down with Glass at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston | 3 pm | $30-$48 | 617.482.6661.


The absurd, rambling, and hilarious “alt-comedian” Eugene Mirman, who cut his teeth on the Boston scene before relocating to New York, returns to town for a show downstairs at the Middle East, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 617.864.EAST.


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