Wow, it's the last month of year! Where did the time go?
Noon to 11pm
Boston Santacon 2012
meet at Game On!, 82 Lansdowne St, Boston
From Kenmore Square to North Station, a horde of drunken Santas will be trouncing bar to tavern to pub before their busy night on the 25th.
If you have the right suit, join in. If not, sit back and watch hundreds of jolly old lushes overtake any number of watering holes.
1pm & 4pm
MIT DanceTroupe: "Fifty Shades of Plié"
at Little Kresge Theatre, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge (MIT campus)
Give these guys credit for dancing on the coattails of a major pop culture phenomenon of the past year. ONe hopes there might be some wit and sass in the show that will feature "dance pieces in contemporary, hip hop, ballet pointe, and tap."
2pm & 8pm
"The Last Days of Judas Iscariot"
at Agganis Student Theater, 925 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
This play seems more appropriate for the Easter season when the Biblical snitch Judas is brought into a metaphysical court to be judged for his actions and the consequences.
When originally produced Off-Broadway in 2005, it attracted such talents as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bogosian, and Sam Rockwell. Let's hope the humor and philosophical points hold up when performed by college students.
3pm to 5pm
5th Annual Holiday Prelude Tour
at Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham
When I would pass by Gore Place, I often wondered what the mansion of a Revolution-era politician looked like on the inside. The way I see it, a limited $5 tour might satisfy me as much as the usual $12 tour.
Elephant Stone (8pm), Air Traffic Controller (7pm), Guillermo Sexo (6:15pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+
Having played with Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Horrors, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, and others, bassist/sitarist Rishi Dhir is doing his own psych-rock thin in Elephant Stone.
The early show includes the masterful folk-rock of Air Traffic Controller and Guillermo Sexo's own fuzzy goodness.
"Boston Workmen's Circle Radical Hanukkah Party"
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$10 advance / $12 door
Amazing music of the Michael Winograd Klezmer Ensemble anchors a party on the first night of Hanukkah, and people of all beliefs and non-beliefs are welcome.
You don't need to care about the miraculous 8 days that the oil lasted to light the menorah to dance and enjoy potato pancakes & doughnuts. (And how many deeply religious Jewish people do you know?)
7pm to 8pm
Winter Opera Series
at CFA Concert Hall, 855 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
Maybe an hour of opera is just right for the beginning of your evening -- a perfect prelude to a basement kegger. (Or whatever you want to do...)
Tunefoolery's Holiday Concert
at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
$10 suggested donation
If you think the holiday season is making you crazy, then you might want to sit back for a while and listen to the Tunefoolery concert. It's a program for musicians in mental health recovery, so you can might be able to relate to these folks.
I imagine the funds go to the non-profit organization or the performers -- a good cause either way.
at Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Central Hill)
I'll repeat my blurb about Greg Klyma once more:
Greg Klyma seems like one of those lovable drifters. He's charming and you might even start thinking that he's a Boston guy or a [your town] guy, but he mainly roams. I doubt that he's dangerous except for his clever songs. I could be totally wrong about the charming-drifter thing, but the music is good.
(I have a feeling he is a Somerville resident.) The songwriter/storyteller extraordinaire will be joined by a few musical friends backing him up.
The Barley Hoppers, The Fearless Leaders, Easy Ed’s Record Hop
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$8 / 21+
It's a winter's night of hot rockabilly & honky-tonk.
"Strummer 10 Anniversary Show"
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
Feat: Last Stand, The Unstables, The Hired Men, Cerebral Ballsy
It sucks to think that Joe Strummer rocked off the mortal coil 10 years ago. Expect hear a bunch of songs from The Clash and his solo days. When I last noticed Cerebral Ballsy play, they were basically an acoustic version of 007 Hundred Club.
Dead Cats Dead Rats, Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Amoroso, Ask the Dead
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$7 / 21+
Keep in mind that Dead Cats Dead Rats were the best punk band in last year's Phoenix poll, and I dig them too. There are three the kick-ass bands on the bill. If you're not getting into it, the problem might be you.
The Afro D All-Starz
at Tommy Doyle's, 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
I think I saw MC Afro D Z Ak on the Red Line this week, and his big hair looks pretty cool offstage as well. It should be a soulful blend of funk and hip-hop as he leads a big, horn-laden band.