Golden Girls Live! A Drag Parody – The Lost Christmas Episode
What more is there to say… if you love this ’80s sitcom and participating in the dialogue with the cast (“I’m depressed. I need a cookie.”), and Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia are your idea of a great night out, then this motherfucker is for you! And, of course, drag, but who doesn’t love drag? With the original NYC cast performing in Boston, this once-in-a-blue-haired-moon experience is going to be gone as soon as February pokes its ugly head out of your calendar and January calls it quits.
Club Cafe. 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. 8pm/13+/$45+. brownpapertickets.com/event/2181341
Donald J. Trump Town Hall in Nashua, NH
“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” -Charles Bukowski
Radisson Hotel Nashua. 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua, NH. 10am/all ages/FREE.
Now in its 13th year (holy shit!), this dance/party/musical celebration of funkiness keeps right on kicking ass and taking names. Soul, R&B, funk, and all the wax your ear drums can handle make this one of the best nights out for the criminally happy. With a rotating roster of guest DJs as well as the house masters, Claude Money, E. Dorsey, Ty Jesso, John Funke, the Brobots, and PJ Gray, the almost-all-45s night has expanded to include two rooms, Zuzu and Upstairs at the Middle East. Get to it.
Middle East/Zuzu. 472 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 11pm/21+/$10. zuzudining.com/calendar–tickets.html
Critical Breakdown Returns
There’s a lot of shit going down these days: political, socio-economic, gender equality and identity, drug abuse, violence, you name it. With all of these thoughts and feelings bouncing around our brains, it’s no wonder we need outlets to describe how we’re feeling inside. But so very few exist. That’s where Critical Breakdown comes in. Socially conscious and incredibly poignant, this all-ages monthly gig brings peace, love, and harmony to uncomfortable trials and tribulations through hip-hop and spoken word poetry, as well as other forms of expressive art. Speak up or lose your right to be heard.
Hibernian Hall. 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. Performances 6pm; Open Mic Sign-Up 5:30pm/all ages/FREE.
The Moth @ Laugh Boston
Delivering thoughtful commentary in a meaningful manner with insight and humor, covering a wide range of topics, and all with the bright lights shining down on your chrome-dome in front of a crowd that wants—no, needs—to be entertained, is no easy task. Welcome, the Moth! Ok, it’s not that bad, and honestly it’s usually a great listen on NPR when it’s replayed on Saturday afternoons. But then again, so are SpongeBob reruns. Take a leap into the sun and get slightly drunk beforehand in the always-inviting house front room, but don’t be late—you’ll end up with shitty seats.
Laugh Boston. 425 Summer St., Boston. 8pm/18+/$8. laughboston.com
Communion Boston with Allan Rayman, Lolo, Mothers & Animal Flag
Communion Music Group was founded in London back in 2006, and since then it’s produced a plethora of shows big and small and now runs a label and publishing company out of NYC as well. The focus is simple: new music with a London sound and vibe but worldly in ambition. The always-relevant and fine folks at Fenway Recordings and Crossroads Presents have teamed up with Communion Music to bring you some of the best new music you’ve never heard of—or if you have, the music you’re dying to finally hear live. So get to it, Boston.
Brighton Music Hall. 158 Brighton Ave., Boston. 7pm/18+/$15. communionmusic.com