On the Town: Filibuster Edition

March 7, 2013

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According to Internet wealth of knowledge Wikipedia, a filibuster is "any dilatory or obstructive tactic used to prevent a measure from being brought to a vote." This week, Rand Paul (not to be confused with Paul Rand or RuPaul) engaged in such behavior to delay some important political stuff. This, however, is a far cry from the longest filibuster in American history when Strom Thurmond, a senator from South Carolina, filibustered all over the place for 24 hours and 18 minutes. My main question about all this is, well, when has he been emptying his bladder?

With this specifically in mind, I've crafted a list of weekend #OnTheTown picks that I guarantee are all under four hours long, and generally have at least one intermission!


I mean, these ballerinas can't be expected to dance for 13 hours straight, can they? In a sensible three-act program opening tonight, the Boston Ballet celebrates favorite choreographer Jiří Kylián (remember Bella Figura?) with his works Wings of Wax, Tar and Feathers, and Symphony of Psalms.

And don't forget Boston Ballet's OFFSTAGE young professionals after party on March 14 at Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen!

All Kylián: Choreography by Jiří Kylián. At the Boston Opera House; 538 Washington Street, Boston; bostonballet.org. Through March 17. @bostonballet


Taking place in two different decades (separated by an intermission), Bruce Norris' play is a riff on A Raisin in the Sun, conveniently playing down the street at the Huntington Theatre Company. An all-white neighborhood in 1959 becomes an all-black neighborhood facing gentrification in 2009 in a unique interrogation of race issues and the desire for a better life. As if that didn't sound enticing enough, the talented hands of M. Bevin O'Gara steer this ship which features the fabulous Paula Plum and Thomas Derrah.

Clybourne Park: By Bruce Norris; Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 539 Tremont Street, Boston; speakeasystage.com. Through March 30. @speakeasystage


Back when the Opus Affair Salon Series was hosted in a living room (we've since outgrown that venue), I had the incredible good fortune to experience the insane talent (or rather, talented insanity) of The Meltdown Incentive. Their improvised musical compositions are based on found texts including poetry, recipes, and Craigslist ads (no, I'm not kidding). If you have never seen these guys, trust me—cancel everything you're doing Friday night and go see them. You won't be disappointed!

The Meltdown Incentive: At the Lilypad; 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge; themeltdownincentive.com. March 8 only.