Ruby Rose Fox
Even if you’ve made it to every one of Ruby Rose Fox’s performances during her residency at Atwood’s Tavern, you should make it to this one. Because it’s the last, and a finale is always memorable. Unless it’s for a television show that’s jumped the shark, then it’s just a breath of fresh air. But we’ve digressed. Go. Because she rocks.
Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 10pm/21+/$7. rubyrosefox.com
African Music Night
back by popular demand
Unless you are grooving to the vibrant vocal stylings of Ruby Rose Fox, you should be at the Lilypad for the first night of their revived African Music Night series presented by Kina Zoré. Over the next two months, Zoré will share the stage with different bands representing music from all over the African continent, including SambaLolo from Mali, Atlas Soul from North Africa, and the Paa Seck Diery Band from Senegal.
Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 10pm/all ages/$10. lilypadinman.com
in the cards
We got our tarot cards read once and the woman dealing the deck said she saw that we enjoyed a good meatball sub. But she probably read that in the marinara sauce on our shirt, not the cards. Speaking of tarot, UFORGE Gallery has honed in on the real charm of the tradition—the artistry—and invited folks to contribute their own decks to a group exhibition opening this Friday, which features more than a dozen designs ranging from the wickedly weird to traditional.
UFORGE Gallery, 767 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. Opening reception 6:30-9pm/all ages/FREE. uforgegallery.com
Otto Piene + Electronic Art
Kicking off their 2015 season, Boston Cyberarts Gallery celebrates the late Otto Piene and his role as a founding figure at the intersection of art and technology in New England. If you are familiar with Piene’s pioneering role in the field, well than we don’t really need to say much more. And if you don’t know him, well, then you’re in for a treat, as the exhibit traces his monumental multi-decade career.
Boston Cyberarts, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. Opening reception 6-8pm/all ages/FREE. bostoncyberarts.org
Winter Seasonal Folk Festival
local brews and tunes
There are few things better than the Newport Folk Festival. Three warm days of cold beer, warm sun, and foot stomping, all set against the tranquil backdrop of blue skies and bluer ocean. But dammit, it’s not summer and we have no intention of standing around and counting down the days like a bunch of high school Deadheads longing for Bonnaroo. Instead, we’re going to get warm stomping our feet and sipping beer in the Somerville oasis that is Aeronaut Brewing Company.
Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St., Somerville. 2pm-11:45pm/21+/FREE. aeronautbrewing.com
royale with tease
Finally. The moment we’ve all been waiting for: a burlesque show inspired by the films of Quentin Tarantino. Complete with a twist contest and a stripping cheeseburger—and, we are assuming, ball gags, gimp masks, and pot bellies—”Pulp Friction” features a dozen of Boston’s best scantily-clad dancers, writhing and grinding to the tunes of Tarantino’s most-loved film. And in addition to the “Royale With Tease” numbers, there will be acts set to the quintessential songs from Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, and Natural Born Killers. Go for the stripping cheeseburger, stay for the crème.
Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. SUN 1.11 + FRI 1.23. 8pm/18+/$10-20. americanrepertorytheater.org
Punk Rockin’ and Pastie Poppin
Burlesque in Boston is all about the three Bs: blood, boobs, and booze. That much is evidenced by the aforementioned Pulp Friction, but also by Punk Rockin’ and Pastie Poppin’, the Hub’s first monthly badass burlesque-show-slash-punk-rock-dance-party at JP’s Midway Cafe. Established by Dinah Deville back in 2013, the always sexy shindig turns two this year—and something tells us the fierce femmes have something special up their sleeves, or, er, fishnets, to celebrate.
Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St., Jamaica Plain. 9:30pm/21+/$10. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
Sex Positive Boston
safe sexy spaces
Are you kinky, curious, creative, or all of the above? Are you looking to step out from behind your OKCupid “open-to-experimenting” profile and meet likeminded people in real time in a safe, open-minded space? Do you believe in living in a world free of slut and prude shaming, where yes means yes and no means no? Believe it or not, there are other people in this puritanical town we call home who agree. And they want to meet you.
The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. 7:30pm/all ages/donations accepted. For more information, visit pleasurepie.org