On the Town: Change, change, change

January 9, 2014

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2014 is a year of change, reminding us that some things come once in a lifetime. For many, the Mayor of Boston is one of those things. After 20 years of being the HMFWIC, Tom Menino has stepped out of City Hall and Marty Walsh has been chosen as his successor. 2014 is a year of transition and change, and #OnTheTown is not exempt from that! What better way to announce that there's about to be a bit of a shakeup here at the Opus Affair blog?! Stay tuned here for some big new things here that we'll be debuting very soon; but meanwhile, lets check out some #BostonArts!

Venus in Fur @ Huntington Theatre Company

An ambitious actress muscles her way into an audition for a play adaptation of the scandalous novel that prompted the invention of the word "masochism," the situation (as well as the director/actress power dynamic) quickly devolves and the lines between the real world and the world of the play disappear completely. Deftly acted and directed, this Venus is sexy, provocative, and a fabulous first show of 2014 for the Huntington.

Be sure to check out the Huntington's 35 Below afterparty after the Friday, January 10 performance!

Venus in Fur: By David Ives; Directed by Daniel Goldstein. At the Boston University Theatre; 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston; huntingtontheatre.org. Through February 2. @huntington

live. know. love. @ Lorelei Ensemble

Featuring works that span a millennium, the ever-fabulous Lorelei Ensemble offers a one-night-only concert at Marsh Chapel highlighting works from their first ever commercial recording. Songs from the medieval period through present day (including a world premiere from Mary Montgomery Koppel) are on the bill, and there is no question that this supremely talented ensemble will wow your socks off on this program.

live. know. love.: Featuring music by Perotin, Koppel, and Lang. At Marsh Chapel at Boston University; 735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston; loreleiensemble.com. January 10 only. @loreleiensemble

Plugged In 2 @ The Fifth Floor Collective

A wonderful and fabulous innovation in the new music scene in Boston, the second annual Plugged In concert presented by The Fifth Floor Collective is sure to be a delight. Last year, there was a piece scored for hacked Furbies and a piece remixed from the sound of ice melting (how appropriate for our current national weather situation?). The gentlemen of The Fifth Floor Collective never fail to deliver amazing musical experiences; and when they introduce electronic elements to their work, it only gets better!

Admission to The Fifth Floor Collective concerts is always free.

Plugged In 2: Featuring works by Daniel Dehaan, Patrick Greene, Andrew Paul Jackson, Timothy McCormack, Amber Vistein, and Monte Weber; Tony Arnold, soprano; Benjamin Schwartz, cello; and other guest performers. At the Davis Square Theater; 255 Elm Street, Somerville; fifthfloorcollective.com. January 14 only. @ffc_newmusic

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