Ideas for your weekend from Graham Wright of Opus Affair.
What: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at Club Oberon
Where: Harvard Square, Cambridge
When: Through August 22nd
Price: $20 - $30
More: The original off-Broadway production in 1999 achieved near-instant cult status and it was adapted for film in 2001 (trailer above.) It's the story of a transgender East German rock musician chasing an ex-lover and reminiscing about his childhood, early lovers, and the less-than-perfect sex change operation that played a role in his escape from East Germany. Not your every day musical theater.
What: Launch of "Liquid Light" at Forum
Where: Back Bay
When: Thursday, August 16th
More: Thursday night is the launch of a new artist series at Forum — a restaurant in Boston's Back Bay. The folks at Forum worked with the Suzanne Schultz Gallery to feature the photography of Ron Ranere, whose work captures the movements of dancers using rope lights and long exposures to trace out the dancer's motions. His show, "Liquid Light," will be on display at Forum for six weeks.
What: "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity" produced by Company One
Where: Roberts Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion
When: Through August 25th
Price: $20-$42 with discount available for students/seniors
More: You know how people like to complain about professional wrestling being fake? Well, "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity" uses over-the-top wrestling personas to explore issues of consumerism, racial stereotypes, and how we construct heroes and villains. It's an entertaining, funny show, but it's clever too — with enough thought-provoking material to earn it an Obie Award and a nod as a Pulitzer finalist.
What: Bruce Springsteen at Gillette Stadium
When: Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m.
More: I saw Bruce Springsteen at Fenway Park last night, and he's playing again this weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. To sing the praises of Bruce Springsteen might sound like a cliche, but he is remarkable and a fabulously generous performer. Last night, he played for three hours, including some old favorites like "Thunder Road," new material off his new album "Wrecking Ball," and a truly beautiful version of "My City Of Ruins," in which he recalled some missing friends — like his old buddy and E Street Band mate Clarence Clemons, who died this year, and Johnny Pesky, who died this week.
This segment aired on August 16, 2012.