Meow showcases artwork featuring the animal, plus an interactive installation with live animals.
While cats may be the bread-wearing, keyboard-playing, meme-fueling Internet stars of the 21st century, the furry companions have long livened the art world. And the Worcester Art Museum is showing how they’ve been muses throughout the ages in Meow: A Cat-Inspired Exhibition, which is gathering 70 prints, drawings, sculptures and paintings (including Gustave Courbet’s Woman with a Cat, pictured here) in one gallery. Visitors can also tour the rest of the museum on a self-guided “cat walk” to discover even more feline-inspired fodder, peep Rhonda Lieberman’s installation of live animals—which will be available for adoption—and create their own pet portraits and toys. Crazy cat ladies and gents, rejoice: The exhibit is on view through Sept. 4. / Sarah Hagman
This temporary public art project by artist Paul Ramirez Jonas features a 16’ x 16’ billboard commissioned by new arts organization Now + There and invites members of the community to “make a promise” that the artist will record in a contract and a personalized drawing to take home. That “promise” will then be temporarily featured on the billboard. ‘Public Art’ will makes stop in Dudley Square (Aug.27 – Sept 2) at the Dudley Branch of the BPL, Kendall Square (Sept. 3-9) at 315 Main Street, and Copley Square (Sept. 10-17).
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New England Revolution players including forward Kei Kamara, goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, defenders Chris Tierney and Darrius Barnes, and former Revs player Taylor Twellman guest bartend from 6:30 to 8:30 pm to benefit Twellman’s foundation, ThinkTaylor.
Where does an aspiring rock star go after the mayor of his city names an entire day after him at the tender age of 17? For Gary Clark Jr., the Austin-bred-and-based bluesman who made a name for himself playing the bar and club circuit in his music-centric hometown, the answer was simple: back to work. It was more than a decade till he made his major-label debut, gaining widespread cred with his 2012 smash hit “Bright Lights,” a psychedelic, guitar-driven piece of blues mastery that instantly vaulted the singer/songwriter into the national spotlight. Now, Clark is making the rounds on the big-time circuit, stopping in town on a summer tour behind last year’s critically lauded The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Tickets $25-$44.50.
Get over the midweek hump at the inaugural night of this new monthly dance party (slated for the last Wednesday of every month) in the Sinclair’s bar area. DJ Ryan Brown and Hush & Bons spin fresh beats and Fernet Branca, Narragansett and Lord Hobo Brewing provide libations. $5 at the door.
This event includes a luncheon, a meet-and-greet with former Red Sox players like Carl Yastrzemski and activities like batting from home plate, fielding off the Green Monster and recording pitching speeds. Proceeds benefit the Genesis Foundation for Children.
- $25; $15 students
Off the Grid Theatre presents this drama that follows the cruel and sometimes violent interactions between three individuals inside and out of a small hotel room. Contains nudity and graphic scenes of physical and sexual violence and is not intended for audience members under the age of 17. Directed by John Kuntz.
Those infamously tacky (and Mass.-invented) plastic flamingos have nothing on the shocking sleaze of pink-trailer-living Babs Johnson in writer and director John Waters’ Pink Flamingos. Produced on a $10,000 budget, the 1972 film embodies what Waters called “good bad taste,” the kind of black comedy that earned “The Prince of Puke” an avid cult following. Through scenes shot in the Maryland woods, we follow Babs (played with mile-high eyebrows by drag queen Divine) and her family as they defend their honor from another clan vying for the title of “Filthiest People Alive.” Flock to the Coolidge Corner Theatre when it screens on Sept. 2 at midnight. Tickets $11.25.
- $15 doors; $12 advance
It’s that time of year, when fall lurks around the corner and we scramble to get a fix of sun, fun and BBQ while we still can. Check all those boxes at Starlab Music & Arts Festival this Labor Day weekend! The plucky DIY production studio will host its seventh annual outdoor fest at creative commons space the ARTfarm, set to feature local and national bands like Screaming Females, Animal Flag and Save Ends, stand-up comedy and more. Music begins at 2 pm, but gates open at noon for a vintage flea market, a pop-arcade, beer, wine and cider, and barbecue from Scott Brothers New American Meat Co. (there’ll be veggie options too). Everyone’s a star at this end of summer bash in Somerville. Tickets $15 at the door, $12 advance.
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Loco teams up with Conscious Reggae for a live reggae brunch with a special menu featuring menu items like the Brunch Burger (with black beans, pickled serranos, cilantro, grilled bacon and a sunny-side up duck egg), French Toast (with cinnamon and vanilla custard, Texas toast, whipped ricotta cheese, fruit preserves and dulce de leche) and a Burrito de Chorizo (two eggs over easy, papas, chorizo, queso and hot sauce), along with Loco’s regular menu items. Bar manager Will Falaro serves up signature cocktails like the margaritas El Jefe margarita (Peligroso blanco tequila, house triple sec, fresh lime juice with a dash of agave) and the Rainbow Dragon (Don Julio reposado tequila, fresh lime, house triple sec, simple, orgeat syrup, topped with plantation rum). Brunch from 10am to 3 pm; live reggae from 11 am to 3 pm.
- Free, block party; $12, wristbands for individual shows; $20, all-access
What’s even more awesome than awesome? Even more awesome! That’s what attendees at the inaugural Allston’s Awesome Christmas will get when Rock City’s annual Awesome Day Fest joins forces with last year’s Allston Christmas Block Party for a neighborhood-wide rager celebrating music, art and that special time of year when residents on-the-move dump all their shit out on the streets, ripe for the scavenging. Highlights of the three-day fest include a free (with RSVP) Saturday block party at Pop Allston featuring performances by Juliana Hatfield and Evan Dando’s reunited college band Blake Babies as well as Dutch Rebelle, Weakened Friends and the Doped Up Dollies (along with a WJMN Campus Invasion voter registration station for political procrastinators); shows by a host of upcoming local talent all weekend at Great Scott and O’Brien’s; libations from PBR and Deep Eddy vodka and more. One man’s trash may be another man’s treasure but, either way, it’s awesome when Allston’s Awesome Christmas hits the ‘hood Sept. 9-11. Free, block party; $12, wristbands for individual shows; $20, all-access.
The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of The Fenway to the Runway, a fashion show and luncheon featuring the Red Sox wives with a special tribute to Tiffany Ortiz. The event will be held at the Hotel Commonwealth. For more information visit redsoxfoundation.org.
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Legals celebrates the crustacean with a special menu of oyster-centric dishes, including variations on fried, baked and raw oysters, oyster stew and more. Guests can also enjoy a special Oyster Fest cocktail: The Deadrise ($10) of American Harvest organic vodka, muddled cucumber, lime and grapefruit bitters, as well as special events including Mollusk Mania (Oct 2.) an everything-oysters party.
Attendees won’t get to wrangle with exhibits come to life alongside Ben Stiller at the Museum of Fine Arts’ mfaNOW Overnight, but this night at the museum promises to be just as eventful. A kickoff for a seasonlong celebration of contemporary art, this first of four free all-night parties invites guests for an after-hours peek at the museum’s current exhibits—including the rare chance to catch all of Christian Marclay’s 24-hour video collage The Clock—plus live music and DJs, food trucks, lawn games, artist demos and pop-up performance art. Visitors are welcome to stay the night or pop by in the early morning hours for coffee, yoga, kids’ activities and more. Practice the art of the slumber party when the MFA opens its doors at 6 pm for the Overnight on Sept. 17.
Boston’s inaugural Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration brings brewers from around the world to City Hall Plaza, along with food and a billing of live music from local and national bands including Vundabar, Tigerman WOAH!, Lucero, the Barr Brothers and more.
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Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Experience the famous Boston Marathon course and choose the route option that works for you 3, 5, 13.1 or 26.2 miles. For more information go to www.jimmyfundwalk.org.
Monkey Helpers' Annual Food Festivale
The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of Monkey Helpers’ Annual Food Festivale at WGBH Studios. Enjoy an exciting evening of food, cocktails, live music and silent auction. For more information go to www.monkeyhelpers.org/festivale.
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