the end of a stripping era
Self-proclaimed “geekiest burlesque troupe” The Rogues is putting on its last Middlesex Lounge show (insert sad face emoji here), which is already incentive to be in attendance. If you’re not sold on comedic and risque stripteases, perhaps the promise of mermaids and DIY plastic surgery will entice you. And yes, we’re as curious as you are about what DIY plastic surgery even is.
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 9pm/21+/$5. rogueburlesque.com
Break the Chains 2!
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Break the Chains is all-inclusive in every sense of the word: All gender, all ages, all races, all dance levels, all genre, and no one is turned away for being unable to meet the ticket price. Although, if you can swing the fare, you should pay up so that this semi-regular banger keeps coming back. And with artists like synth-pop soulstress bell’s roar and feminist indigenous hip-hop outfit Cihuatl Ce on the bill, you’ll want it to be a reoccuring night out.
Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave., Boston. 6pm/all ages/$5-20 sliding scale. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.
Video may have killed the radio star, but the music video seeks only to compliment. Same applies for Spotify, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp artists. With that in mind, tune head to Bright Lights: Silversonic Annual Music Video Showcase, an annual spotlight on Emerson alums’ and students’ sonically infused videography. This year the offerings run the gamut from Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys to Alt-J, Bon Iver to The 1975. Note: Drinking and dancing follow the screening.
Bright Family Screening Room, 555 Washington St., Boston. 7pm/all ages/FREE. emerson.edu
Joan Jonas: Reanimation
Bad performance art is like a bad oyster; you know immediately if you’ve just fallen victim to it. But for both the art form and the bivalve, the opposite is also true: You know when you get the good stuff. Enter Joan Jonas. Her work falls into the latter category, and lucky us, she’ll be performing her Reanimation—which features drawings, objects, closed-circuit video projections, choreographed actions, and music to create an icy, otherworldly atmosphere—for free at the MFA, accompanied by NEC’s own pianist and composer Jason Moran, who composed the score for this piece.
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 7pm/all ages/FREE. mfa.org
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We aren’t sure if con-ing is a word, but for these purposes, let’s pretend it is. See, con-ing (not to be confused with innumerable characters portrayed by Nicholas Cage) is blowing up, but there are still areas of comics and fandom left untouched by the bigger cons. So in 2013 three friends sought to fix that and created Alternicon, “A Webcomic and Alternative Media convention: focusing on all the gray areas that other cons forget.” Go, con, and enjoy the mysterious gray area.
Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave., Boston. SAT 11.15 + SUN 11.16. 9am/all ages/$25-45. alternicon.com
We aren’t always on board with whatever the Academy deems worthy of Best Picture. For instance: How the fuck Argo beat both Zero Dark Thirty and Beasts of the Southern Wild is something we may never be able to wrap our heads around. But, taking a look way back, we agree that bestowing the inaugural honor—then the “Outstanding Picture”—to silent war epic Wings was a smart choice. The film still holds, and even more so on the big screen with live musical accompaniment, as it will be played at the HFA. Enjoy.
Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 7pm/all ages/FREE. hcl.harvard.edu/hfa