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February 3, 2005 Find Print Edition : Search : Archive : Login : Register

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Mon., Feb. 7: MC Heywood Wakefield of TraniWreck, rabble-rousing good-timer.
Mon., Feb. 7: MC Heywood Wakefield of TraniWreck, rabble-rousing good-timer.
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February 3

You like puppies and kittens, don't you? You'd be one hard-hearted meanie if you didn't. To prove your earnest affection for the small, fuzzy critters, head on over to Skybar (518 Somerville Ave., Somerville) to catch Amber Spyglass (and if you know the reference in the band's name, kudos to you!), Lilac Ambush and Nancy Mroczek, all playing a concert to benefit the Cape Ann Animal Aid no-kill shelter. Starts at 8 p.m. and all proceeds from the $8 ticket price will benefit the shelter, which placed over 500 animals, all spayed and neutered, in homes last year alone. It's dark pop for a really good cause and remember, like Bob Barker says, please spay and neuter your pet.

Subversive art The MFA Film program is presenting POPaganda: The Art & Crimes of Ron English, for a five-show engagement. POPaganda is a documentary film detailing the life and work of Ron English, guerilla artist, billboard bandit, post-pop pundit, post-punk prankster, counter-cultural cartoonist, and a lot of other things involving alliteration. He first gained a modicum of fame in 1982 for surreptitiously reworking advertising billboards to criticize American society (of course, risking arrest for his art). The film, by Pedro Caravajal, himself an artist of the documentary, will be playing through Feb. 12 at the Remis Auditorium, MFA. Tickets are $8 for MFA members, seniors and students, $9 general admission. Call the Box Office at 617.369.3306 for tickets.

February is Black History Month And in celebration of that, the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery, fast becoming the most interesting gallery on the block, will be presenting an art exhibit titled "New Masters of Art," featuring the work from the African-American Master Artists-in-Residence Program. Fourteen artists' work will be represented, in painting, textile, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery is located at 250 New Rutherford Ave., Charlestown, call 617.228.2093 for more information. the exhibit runs through Feb. 25, and there'll be an artists' reception Thurs., Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m., featuring jazz music by Goddess Groove.

February 4

the unbearable queerness of being Opening tonight is a retrospective of the past nine Artists in Research Residency at the Berwick Research Institute, many of whom are queerish folk, including arts scene (and just in general) darling Aliza Shapiro. The works run the gamut of artistic expression, from sound and space to video and performance, and will inhabit the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. Tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a chance to meet and greet the artists and to hear a gallery talk from the curator at the reception. For more information, check out www.berwickinstitute.org.

Divas, live! Ok, so it's not VH-1, but it just might be better. Scullers Jazz Club presents "Divas & Tenors," featuring two new classic jazz singers, Carol Sloane and Donna Byrne, accompanied by the tenor saxophone. Tickets are $22 for the show, $60 for dinner and the show. Scullers Jazz Club is at the Double Tree Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston.

February 5

One for the kiddie in all of us Brother Blue, famed storyteller of the cerulean hues, will be performing every Saturday in February at Jimmy Tingle's Off-Broadway in Somerville. Brother Blue, also known as Hugh Morgan Hill, Ph.D., is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, in addition to being the official storyteller of Boston and Cambridge (we hear the competition was tight) and the United States Habitat Forum. An ordained minister, he holds a Masters degree in playwriting from Yale Drama School and performs everywhere his storytelling services are needed. Jimmy Tingle's is 255 Elm St., Somerville and tickets are $10 adult, $5 children. For more information, call 617.591.1616; for tickets, call 1.866.811.4111 or visit www.jtoffbroadway.com.

Rainbow Chorus Just in you weren't feeling enough like a lesbian, the Boston Women's Rainbow Chorus is presenting "Sounds of Spirit, Songs of Souls," a concert featuring the music of Holly Near, Ferron, Ysaye Barnwell, Bobby McFerrin and more. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Central Congregational Church, 85 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain and tickets are $25, $20, $15 and $10. To order, call 617.522.7270 or -email info@boswrc.org.

Surprisingly, nothing to do with Stevie Nicks The Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents "Mystic Moons and Dream Music," a program of music chosen for its evocation of a non-physical, mystical realm, at the Goethe Institute, 170 Beacon St. But before you start thinking "Gypsy" or even "Gold Dust Woman," think instead Beethoven's "Ghost" trio (which is ever haunting, really), Messiaen's "Chants de terre et de ciel" ("Songs of Earth and Heaven") and Boston native Alan Hovhaness' "The Garden of Adonis." For tickets or more information, call 617.427.8200 or visit www.chameleonarts.org.

Balls! The 12th annual Mardi Gras Ball, that is. An event that has sold out nearly every venue its played, this show features Boston area rockers raising money for the New Orleans Music Clinic, a medical care clinic for aging New Orleans-based musicians (because you know there's no pension plan for the blues). This year the show will be at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline Ave., Cambridge, and features such Boston area luminaries as Thru the Keyhole Burlesque, Shaun & Suzi's All-Star Voodoo Krewe Revue with special guest performances by Tanya Donnelly, Bo Barringer, Bleu, Jordan Valentine, Andy Galdins, Leah Callahan and more. Tickets are $10, 18 and up, doors open at 9 p.m. Bringing a little Southern Comfort, New Orleans style, to the frigid North!

The Imperial Court of Massachusetts The Lords and Ladies of the luminous Court will be hosting a Mardi Gras show and fete at Mallory Dock, 477 Yarmouth Rd., Hyannis, to benefit the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. The evening will be hosted by our reigning Monarch (God Save the Royals!), Emperor IV Peter George and Empress IV Verna Turbulence. Join their Royalnesses at 8:30 in the piano bar (they'll the ones in the jewels), the show begins at 9:30 in the bar. For more information, please visit www.imperialcourtofma.org.

February 6

Death and poetry Always seem to go together, don't they? The Forest Hills Educational Trust seems to think so - four Jamaica Plain poets will be doing a reading at the Forest Hills Cemetery today at 2 p.m., at the Forsyth Chapel. Admission is $5, parking is free, for more information, visit www.foresthillstrust.org or call 617.524.0128.

The Imperial Court revisited The Lords and Ladies will be reconvening for evening of benefit and excellencies, featuring our reigning Empress (God Save the Empress!) Verna Turblulence, at Jacques Cabaret. Proceeds will go to the UNICEF Tsunami Relief Fund. Doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Be there or be square.

February 7

Wrecked! TraniWreck, that monthly foray into the highly sexed and fantastically fun world of gender-bending, is here! We know that January must have been a long, cold, hard month for you, but never fear, TraniWreck is here, featuring the work of such drag and femme luminaries as the baton-twirling Miss Dominca K, the half-man, half-woman Donita Roxx/Sir Loins, the Haiku King, and a rotating cast of dragsters, divas, entertainers and enigmas, hosted by one Heywood Wakefield, drag MC extraordinaire. And this week, all your problems will be solved with advice from the aforementioned cast via a Q and A session during the show. All this fun goes down at Jacques Cabaret, show starts at 10 p.m., $6 and 21 and up. Contact 617.288.8145 for more information.

February 8

Busch Charles Busch that is, acclaimed playwright and performer behind the Broadway hit, "Tale of the Allergist's Wife," and the cult-classic film "Die, Mommy, Die!" He'll be giving a lecture at Harvard University's Science Center (at Kirkland and Oxford streets, Cambridge) tonight, entitled "The Funny, Touching, Inspirational Story of My Very Eccentric Career," which will undoubtedly tell the funny, touching, inspirational story of his very eccentric career. Busch has ever been a fantastic and nuanced performer, one that we, the Calendar, love. This event is free (gasp! nothing in life ever is!) and open to the public, no RSVP required.

February 9

Sad songs, they say so much Ah, dark, depressing music has a place in all our hearts, hearkening us back to a time when we sat in our closets and wrote dark, depressing poetry while listening to the Cure and raging against the machine. And tonight, TT the Bear's will play home to that angsty part of our consciousness, so well embodied by rock scene darling, Thalia Zedek. She and The Willard Grand Conspiracy, Lovers and Seekonk, will be playing and probably making people cry. Good times. Show starts with Seekonk at 8:30 p.m., Zedek will close out the evening. TT's is at 10 Brookline Ave., Cambridge.

February 10

Southern stereotypes never were so funny Because everybody in the south lives in a trailer park, eats possum, and looks like a dude in short, red-white-and-blue spangly outfits. Really, people. Anyway, Fresh Fruit presents their vision of Southern Living, with all the aforementioned aspects, in Chix with Dixie, an original comic musical variety show about a girl group longing to escape the hardships of trailer park living. And why anyone would want to is totally beyond the Calendar - our double-wide has polyester curtains and a redwood deck (and if anyone got that reference, you can be the Queen of said double-wide). The show starts tonight at Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave., and tickets are $27 at the door. Call 617.983.2221 for reservations.

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More clubs.
Keep the clubs open past 2 a.m.
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