Boston has any number of takes on Tchaikovsky’s seasonal classic, from the traditional Boston Ballet Nutcracker to the more recent hit, The Slutcracker. The most fun you will have at a -cracker this year, however, will be at The Buttcracker. Now in its second year, The Buttcracker features butt-themed drag, burlesque, spoken word, and other callipygian shenanigans.
Sunday, December 18th at The Midway Cafe in JP. Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00. $10, 18+
The Upper Crust + Sidewalk Driver + Gene Dante & The Future Starlets
You know how sometimes you wish that you were cool enough to be friends with all the artsy people in town and you could just throw a big party and everyone would perform? (No? Is that just me?) Well Mali Sastri (lead singer of Jaggery) is that cool. And she is throwing that party. And you’re invited: “The second in the Org performance event series to take place at Oberon, Org: Asylum includes a short film shot on location at an abandoned state mental institution, a butoh interpretation of Vaslav Nijinsky, a body-painting storyteller sharing tales of art-making and suicide attempts, and much more.”
Now to figure out my “asylum chic” attire… I’m thinking Harley Quinn?
“Overheard/Underground is a series of concerts examining the boundaries between the traditional and experimental in contemporary music. Featuring performances by today’s most inspiring local and international performers in folk, classical and experimental traditions.”
A big part of my position here at the LAB is that I go to stuff. I go to shows and concerts. I go to events and festivals. It’s how I keep abreast of what’s going on. Needless to say, I get around. A lot.
And of everything I saw and did last year, FIGMENT was my absolute favorite. FIGMENT is a free festival celebrating public art and participatory culture. I cannot really describe to you the awesomeness of FIGMENT. There was music and dancing and children (no annoying kids, just the cool kind) and bicycles. There was a giant structure filled with rose petals. This year it will be on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, June 4th & 5th.
FIGMENT is free and open to the public. It is a non-profit and does not accept corporate sponsorships. To help raise money for this year’s festival, the FIGMENT folks are holding an all-ages public art photo scavenger hunt all around Boston on April 3rd. Following the scavenger hunt there will be a 21+ afterparty at Wonder Bar. It sounds like it will be fabulous, and you’ll be supporting one of the most unique events in Boston. Click the link for info!
If you have never been to TraniWreck, you’re missing out! This event, with its latest incarnation at OBERON in Harvard Square, combines drag show with dance party.
From the November 11 TraniWreck Facebook event:
“TraniWreck: GOLD VI is at the end of Transgender Awareness Week and it’s close to Thanksgiving so…TransGiving! You’ll get all of the great performance of TraniWreck with the opportunity to donate to [the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition]”
I just went to this gallery opening tonight. There is another opening reception next week since this one was so packed! It’s a great space and there’s a lot of really neat artwork. It’s worth the hike!