Monday, November 23, 2009

MON 11/23: Politics, Skepticism, Trannies, Rock

Previous Traniwreck at Middle East
Without really paying attention, every Monday happening is on one side of the river. Besides all the Cambridge cheapness tonight, the annual Medicine Wheel art installation begins tonight at the Cyclorama and culminates on World AIDS Day (TUES 12/1).


MON 11/23

As'ad AbuKhalil, "Obama's Middle East Policies: The Persistence of the Bush Doctrine"
at Austin North Bldg, about 1511 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Law School)

It's funny that there has been little uproar about this presentation. You have an anti-Zionist anarchist poli-sci professor at Cal State Stanislaus who will criticize Obama yet who is supposedly critical of Fatah, Hamas, and Saudi Arabia. Maybe because people both disagree and agree with him at the same time. If you're not frustrated enough, you can read his blog, The Angry Arab News Service.

MON 11/23

7pm to 10pm
Skeptics in the Pub: Thanksgiving Special w/ George Hrab
at Tommy Doyle's (upstairs), 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Even more so than most months when folks get together for some critical thinking, healthy skepticism, and drinks; tonight's forum may be quite entertaining with guest, skeptical singer/songwriter/musician George Hrab who will also perform some songs.

Don't let me convince you of anything. See for yourself if you enjoy it -- or if anyone is even there...

MON 11/23

TraniWreck Transgiving Spectacular
at Middle East - Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

Oh, the Pilgrims and Native Americans probably never imagined a Thanksgiving party like this. Before binging and football with family and friends, it's men and women dressed as women and men... Singing and dancing and bawdy fun once described as:

TraniWreck is an all gender, all genre, irreverent performance art cabaret/variety show... brings the best tranny/trashy drag, burlesque, dance, comedy, trashy vaudevillian mayhem, dirty lap dancing, challenging sexy political feats of gorgeousness.
Expected performers include: Heywood Wakefield, Frieda Fries, Becca D'Bus, Johnny Blazes, M. Hanora, Hava (Havalah?) Heart, Goldie Peacock, Red Rider, Khane Kutzwell

DJ Kat Fyte will provide the nominal excuse for loads of dancing.

Maybe you didn't know it was Transgender Awareness Week, but this show is a fundraiser for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

MON 11/23

Vagiant, Cocked N' Loaded, Gibby & the Buzzkills
at Charlie's Kitchen, 10 Eliot St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 / 21+

If they haven't played together before, band names like Vagiant and Cocked N' Loaded remind you that a lot of rock springs from the loins! It's a loud and fast rock party that would be a good night to take your hands out of your pockets and through the goat horns. Vagiant the devil-may-care/bad-ass quartet of punk rock chicks serve it up as you might expect. Cocked N' Loaded throw down the hard-rock hammer pretty hard. You'll probably even dig the catchy garage-rock of Gibby & The Buzzkills.

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