Hello friends, Kyle Thomas here. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a co-host of Opus Affair, one-time Man of Twitter (I’ve since retired from the pageant circuit), graphic designer to the stars, and voracious consumer of culture. With my trusty finger on the pulse of the arts in Boston, I’m here to lend you my impeccable taste and give you some awesome suggestions for things to take in around the city each weekend. Even though we all know that money can’t buy you class, those dollars can be a determining factor in what and how much you see and do. Like anyone, I know a dolla make me holla, honey boo boo. Therefore, I’ll do my best to point out when organizations offer young professional ticket prices and special events in conjunction with their artistic offerings, getting you the most bang your bucks can afford.
“Time is of the essence” is a common sentiment for all three of my picks for this weekend, as they are all in their final days and must close on Sunday! Get out and see these before you miss your chance—I’m really just trying to save you from embarrassment at your next cocktail party, since these picks are certain to be on the mouths of the culturally savvy for some time to come.
RED AT SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY
Sexy, deep discussions about the nature of art. Six 2010 Tony Awards (including Best Play). Incomparable Boston favorite Thomas Derrah playing abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. Do I need to say more? I do? Okay. SpeakEasy has $25 tickets for patrons below 25!
Red: By John Logan. Directed by David R. Gammons. At the Wimberly Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston; 617-933-8600; speakeasystage.com. Through February 5. 1 hour and 30 minutes, no intermission.
GOD OF CARNAGE AT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
Grown-ups behaving badly—I mean badly. Three 2009 Tony Awards (including Best Play). Dirty mouths. Projectile vomiting. A hamster on the loose. Physical comedy that has these actors working like the lights are out and the rent is due and the audience in stitches the whole time. $25 tickets for patrons under 35!
God of Carnage: By Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. Directed by Daniel Goldstein. At the Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston; 617-266-0800; huntingtontheatre.org. Through February 5. 1 hour and 20 minutes, no intermission.
DEGAS AND THE NUDE AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
Naked people! Quite possibly the only time you will ever again see this top-notch collection of works in one place. Be on the lookout for the bronzes, they’re awesome. If this doesn’t satisfy your appetite for naked people, take a wine break in the breathtaking Shapiro Family Courtyard and continue on to the Aphrodite and the Gods of Love exhibit in the Torf Gallery.
Degas and the Nude: Conceived by George T. M. Shackelford, chair, Art of Europe and Arthur K. Solomon Curator of Modern Art at the MFA, who co-organized the exhibition with Xavier Rey, Curator of Paintings, Musée d’Orsay. At the Gund Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston; 617-267-9300; mfa.org. Through February 5.