Tonight is opening night for Trans Scripts Part I: The Women at the A.R.T. in Cambridge. The production shall run for the duration of the I.D. Festival, which celebrates the diverse experiences of the trans community.
Tickets for I.D. Festival are currently on sale by phone at 617.547.8300, in person at the Loeb Drama Center (64 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA; Tues – Sun, noon – 5PM) and) or OBERON (2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA; 1 hour before curtain), or online at americanrepertorytheater.org/id-festival.
Alison Young and the Swinging Steaks (Sunday, January 22 at 8PM) Alison comes to The OBERON for one night only to perform a mix of original country songs and covers of contemporary favorites. Buy Tickets
Becca Blackwell (Monday, January 23 at 7:30PM) Transactivist performer and downtown New York theater star Becca Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm is a fiercely vulnerable solo piece that details the tragic-comic transitions in life, family, sex, and gender. Buy Tickets
Peacock Rebellion (Friday, January 27 at 8PM) is an SF Bay Area -based, queer + trans people of color crew of artist-activist-healers who make sassy sexy art to help build a culture of social justice. Performances are from the Rebellion’s Brouhaha Stand-Up Comedy graduates. Buy Tickets
Our Lady J (Saturday, January 28 at 7:30PM) Hot on the heels of writing on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV show Transparent, Our Lady J comes to OBERON to paint the church pink with Gospel for the Godless, an exhilarating celebration of well-known pop songs, re-imagined through gospel. Buy Tickets
NIC Kay (Sunday, January 29 at 8PM) lil BLK is an experimental solo performance by NIC Kay. Influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows. lil BLK is a story about a fairy boi, child of god, little black girl, performer, and activist. The story plays out through a series of biographical moments that are equal parts narrative and dream. Buy Tickets
A.R.T. of Human Rights (Monday, January 30 at 7:30PM) Embark on an exploration through the documentary-musical My Prairie Home, in which indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and musician. Tim McCarthy will then moderate a discussion with Rae and performance artist NIC Kay about accessibility, process, creation, and the challenges ahead for trans and queer artists. Free – RSVP
The Moth (Tuesday, January 31 at 8PM) The Moth StorySLAMs are growing in popularity, gathering people and stories from all over the country. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston have multiple shows each month. The Moth is open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s posted theme – Tuesday, January 31’s theme will be Gender. On Sale at 3PM Tuesday 1/24
Kit Yan (Friday, February 3 at 8PM) Queer Heartache is an award-winning solo slam poetry theatre show by Kit Yan that explores his identity as transgender, queer, Asian American from Hawaii. If you’ve ever had your heart broken, or wanted to tell someone your gender is none of their business, this show is for you. Buy Tickets
Calpernia Addams (Saturday, February 4 at 7PM) As a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Calpernia has toured the US and Europe playing original acoustic music, most recently opening for indie superstar Patrick Wolf in London, Ukraine, Germany and more across two continents. Buy Tickets
Congratulations to Octavia Spencer who was named the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year 2017. She not only starred in one of my favorite movies The Help, but her pie scene in that movie is perhaps among my favorites ever. That movie earned her a well deserved 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award just to name a few. Past recipients of the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year include: Meryl Streep, Debbie Reynolds, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Dame Helen Mirren and most recently Kerry Washington.
Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the oldest theater organization in the country. Every year, the group honors a man and a woman who’ve made significant contributions to the entertainment world then, they roast the winners and host a parade in Harvard Square. Spencer will come to Harvard on January 26, 2017 to pick up her well deserved award.
Earlier this month it was announced that Ryan Reynolds will be awarded the Hasty’s Pudding Man of the Year 2017. The producer and Golden Globe-nominated actor will come to Harvard Square to recieve his pudding pot on Friday, February 3. There’s no word on the theatrical group’s Woman of the Year award just yet.
Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the oldest theater organization in the country. Every year, the group honors a man and a woman who’ve made significant contributions to the entertainment world. Then, they roast the winners and host a parade in Harvard Square. Reynolds is the 51st recipient of the Man of the Year award, which was established in 1963.
John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985. Black and white pastel on cream Japanese paper. Richard Florsheim Art Fund and Anonymous Gift. © John Wilson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day and while I will be working, the holiday is observed by many companies and organizations here in Boston. There are lots of events taking place in and around Boston paying tribute to King’s legacy. In honor of King, two of my favorite museums are open and free to the public.
Should you have the day off stop by and check out either the Isabella Stewart Gardner or the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday.
Do you recognize the name Touko Laaksonen? Perhaps not, but his drawings have become collectibles and his Tom of Finland drawings are iconic in the gay community. Earlier this week the full trailer for Tom of Finland was released.
The video gives us a glimpse of the biopic, that explores the life of Laaksonen, a.k.a Tom of Finland, whose unapologetic drawings shattered taboos and showcased gay male eroticism in a way it never was before and has not been seen since. The Finnish-language biopic, directed by Dome Karukoski and starring Pekka Strang, is scheduled for release in early 2017.
For more information about the movie visit, www.tof.fi.
I’ve loved every version of Hairspray, starting with the original movie written and directed by John Waters in 1988. The musical which came later to Broadway and was then remade into a movie musical lacks the emotional impact of the original, but I still love it.
Set your DVRs if you’ll be out so you can watch this fun musical which will be live on NBC tonight starting at 8PM ET / 7PM CT.
Later this month be on the look out for Casey Affleck’s new film from director Kenneth Lonegran, “Manchester By the Sea”. The movie was one of the biggest breakouts from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It is expected to score big during the Christmas holidays and just in time for the awards season.
“Manchester By the Sea” is a heartbreaking story about when Lee (Casey Affleck) is made legal guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) after his father Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly dies. Set in a Massachusetts’ seaside North Shore town, Lee has to face his community and ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams). Critics hailed performances from its stars, Affleck and Williams, and both have decent shots at earning an Oscar nomination.