See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge

This Is Spinal Tap (1984) is tomorrow tonight's Science on Screen featured film, and following the screening, the painful medical procedure of the title will be demonstrated on some lucky member of the audience. ...Well, maybe some other time. Instead, Christopher Shera, a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, will discuss the film and its relationship to studies about how the ear amplifies, analyzes, and transmits sound. All well and good, but can he explain why former band members Stumpy and his replacement Peter James Bond both spontaneously combusted on stage? Still the best music documentary, mock or otherwise, around.

Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline :: Monday, March 18 @ 7 pm :: $10; $8 seniors and children; $7 members :: 617.734.2501 or

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