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
- $15; $5 members
Shannon Funchess of synth-goth duo Light Asylum spins a DJ set, followed by an outdoor screening of photographer Jean-Paul Goude’s concert video ‘Grace Jones: A One Man Show.’
The relationship between Ron Swanson and Tammy II on Parks and Recreation was a love story (or lack thereof) for the ages. Off-screen, real-life spouses Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are equally entertaining…if slightly less dysfunctional. The comedy power couple stops in town this month on their Summer of 69: No Apostrophe tour, for which the duo strips down their celebrity trappings to reveal the very real kinks (*winky face*) of their marriage. Featuring adult-themed musical numbers, filthy banter and very candid storytelling, this is a family act for which parents might want to leave the kids at home. Aug 26, 7 and 9:45 pm.
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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On Monday, September 12, 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.
- a la carte
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.
Black & White Gala Opening Reception
On Saturday, September 17, The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the Black & White Gala Opening Reception at Lunder Arts Center, 1801 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. For more information about the exhibition and other events please click here.
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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On Sunday, September 25, the 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
On Saturday, October 22, 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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