Here are this week's Hot Tickets in the Boston area. Check back every Thursday at noon, EST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.
Friday, January 27 I Jonny McGovern "Gayest of All Time" Jonny McGovern, GLBT comedian from Logo's Big Gay Sketch Show and viral video fame will perform at Machine Nightclub this Friday. McGovern will be performing his nationally-acclaimed standup comedy and his viral video hits. Known nationwide as part of the cast of LOGO's "Big Gay Sketch Show" and for his viral comedy music videos which feature his naughty yet gay empowering character The Gay Pimp (originally created as an answer to homophobic rap lyrics). He is one the of the hottest, most popular GLBT standup comedians and entertainers across the country, performing at clubs, colleges and Prides. Jonny has been making hit gay videos from before the invention of YouTube starting with the worldwide satirical viral video hit "Soccer Practice." the video debuted in the top five of the National Video Club chart was downloaded over three million times from GayPimp.com and inspired countless young gay men to be as out and proud as "The Gay Pimp" in that ground breaking video. His hilarious two new video singles, from his upcoming CD, "The Gayest Of All Time garnered a half million views in one week. "Dickmatized", "Sexy Nerd" and all of his videos can be viewed on his YouTube Channel. He has earned five #1 rankings on MTV/LOGO each with multiple weeks at the top position and has been nominated for a GLAAD media award.
Friday, January 27 I Negros Vivos Get ready for an all-night party featuring Puerto Rico's signature Ska band NEGROS VIVOS. THis Boston premiere will showcase NEGROS VIVOS' unique Ska, exquisitly blended with Rock, Funk, Reggae and Calypso influences. DJs and VJs will create the ambiance, a surprise opening act will set the mood and NEGROS VIVOS will sway you with their infectious beats.
Saturday, January 28 I OTIS GROVE with special guest AKASHIC RECORD Otis Grove began as a collective experiment in crossing the traditional organ jazz sound with funk, hip-hop, and rock tones. It was the beginning of a sonic realization based in groove and free in improvisation, yet rooted in songwriting and melodic structure. Since then the music has evolved into a unique blend of aggressive rock n' roll and high-intensity organ funk (some fans have dubbed their genre 'Runk'- a mixture of rock and funk). It pays tribute to the masters while consistently pushing itself in new directions. It's as if jazz organ legend Jimmy Smith had been the fifth member of Led Zeppelin, or if the Meters had joined forces with Black Sabbath. Performer Magazine writer Sam Merrick described it best as "a monstrous funk groove that probably would have sent Godzilla running had he been in the neighborhood." Akashic Record is Boston's premier funk machine. The concept and sound is inspired by the Hammond organ driven grooves of the soul jazz and funk outfits of the 60's and 70's. Playing consistently in the Northeast over the last 7 years, their floor shakin' live show continues to thrill capacity crowds night after night.
Sunday, January 29 I Organic Bee School During this two-day Bee School, Jean-Claude Bourrut will go over the basic techniques of organic beekeeping, including materials and equipment, hive structure, the life cycle of bees, hive development, common pests and diseases, season management, harvesting honey and processing hive products. For those who are thinking about getting bees or are new to beekeeping, this is a great way to learn the Hows, Whys, and Whens of organic bee management. Jean-Claude Bourrut has been keeping honeybees for 20 years in urban and suburban settings. He currently manages a dozen hives in three apiaries. Know of any other events happening in the Boston area this week? Post them in the comments section.
Sunday, January 29 I Vinegar Tom "If I could live I'd be a witch now after what they've done." Life was hard in the 17th century. In a time of social upheaval, class change and hardship among the poor, those living on the fringes of society scraped by through the mercy and forbearance of their neighbors. This balance is disturbed when a renowned witch-finder visits a rural farming village and the community finds a focus for its frustrations. When witchcraft exists in the minds of persecutor and persecuted, petty and everyday transgressions become hanging crimes. Punctuated by music hall variety acts and live musical performances, Churchill's 1976 play uses mordant wit and biting political commentary to explore the prejudices and fears that we actively use to shape our lives. In Caryl Churchill's own words: "I wanted to write a play about witches with no witches in it; a play not about evil, hysteria and possession by the devil but about poverty, humiliation and prejudice...". In this staged reading with music, Whistler in the Dark will feature new arrangements of Churchill's songs by some of Boston's best young musicians.
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