Life On The V: The Story Of V66
Know that in 1985 there was a Boston TV channel on UHF-TV, channel V66, and for 18 glorious months it survived as a live and Hub-centric MTV. Then, it died. And yet, some 30 years later, there remains a subculture and fandom about the channel and its programming that somehow has lived on to this day. So if you’ve never even heard of all this, hit the Somerville Theatre on Thursday for a blast of ’80s nostalgia.
Somerville Theatre. 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 7:30pm/all ages/$10. somervilletheatreonline.com
Strandbeests Stroll Through City Hall
If you have even a fleeting relationship with Facebook or the arts scene in Greater Boston, or have the ability to Google things, you’re probably aware of Strandbeests. They, the wind-walking skeletal machines developed by inventor Theo Jansen, touched down in America for the first time in Salem earlier this month. And on Friday you can see what all the fuss is about in City Hall Plaza, where they’ll be walking around and doing whatever wind-walking skeletal machines do.
City Hall Plaza. 11am-1pm/all ages/FREE.
Golden Girls 1,001st Drag Performance at Club Cafe
Bad news: The 1,000th performance by the original all-male cast from NYC of the now-beloved Golden Girls drag show that goes down at Club Cafe on Friday is sold out. But you can just catch the 1,001st performance on Saturday with the cast, now in its 13th year, and relish in all the gags and gray-haired fun. Call it a celebration of anyone willing to dress up as Bea Arthur for more than a decade.
Club Cafe. 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. 3pm/21+/$40. clubcafe.com/golden-girls-live
Backyard BYOB Stand-Up Comedy Blowout
So, for some time now local stand-up comedian Mike Mulloy has been throwing the occasional semi-secret BYOB free comedy show with a rotating cast of local comedians at his place in Southie, using his back porch as the stage (see above image). Well, he’s throwing one last one with local stand-ups like Dan Boulger, Twanda Gona, Sam Jay and more. Don’t worry if the place gets trashed … he’s moving to LA the very next day.
Mike Mulloy’s Apartment. 206 H St., Boston. 1-4pm/all ages/FREE.
Burlesque for Beginners
Burlesque is like cooking: Sure, in theory anyone can do it, but without some core essentials to guide you, things can turn into a disaster right quick. So if the thought of dancing seductively and with a playful twinkle while slowly removing your clothes and driving whoever you’re doing it for mad is on your bucket list, let the ladies of Boston’s Rogue Burlesque show you how it’s done. Or not done, given your last attempt.
Arts at the Armory. 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 6-8pm/21+/$35. introtoburlesque2015.bpt.me
Last Day for Films at the Gate
For 10 years running, Boston’s only spot for a series of free outdoor kung fu films at Chinatown Park has been providing a series of film screenings that are free and open to the public. And Sunday is the last day for this season, with an Iron Monkey screening (a new classic of the genre whose US release was backed by Quentin Tarantino) and live kung fu performances. Kung fu Sundays > no kung fu Sundays.
Chinatown Park. Surface Rd., Boston. 7-10pm/all ages/FREE. asiancdc.org/content/films-gate