Out on the town
Mon., Feb. 7: MC Heywood Wakefield of TraniWreck, rabble-rousing good-timer.
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
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.