As Coroner, I must aver, today is a very special day. On this very day, August 15, in 1939, a miracle happened in Los Angeles, California. The WIzard of Oz premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, forever changing the lives of gay men everywhere. Such an icon of fantasy and storytelling can only be celebrated one way, but you'll have to wait until this September to see it in glorious remastered 3D IMAX. So until then, come on, ease on down the road, and check out some fabulous #BostonArts #OnTheTown!
ROOMS: A ROCK ROMANCE @ BAD HABIT PRODUCTIONS
The arts are beginning to wind back up as fall approaches, and if Bad Habit's Rooms is any indication, it's going to be a great season of theater in Boston. This fantastic rock score is expertly produced on the stage of the Wimberly Theater, transformed into an intimate black box that perfectly suits this two-character musical about love, loss, and forgiveness. There's also a great deal of humor in this 90 minute roller coaster, catch it before it ends its already-extended run on September 1!
Rooms: A Rock Romance: Music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman; Book by Paul Scott Goodman and Miriam Gordon; Directed by Daniel Morris. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 527 Tremont Street, Boston; badhabitproductions.org. Through September 1. @badhabitprods
DJS ON THE HARBOR @ ICA/BOSTON
Anyone who calls themselves "gayngsta" is a-ok by me. Openly gay and twerktastic rapper and DJ Le1f will be bringing his unique and subversive sound to the ICA's gorgeous harborfront plaza. The ICA promises a high-energy hip hop evening and their popular First Fridays series rarely disappoints.
DJs on the Harbor: Featuring Le1f. At the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; 100 Northern Avenue, Boston; icaboston.org. August 16 only, 21+. @icaboston
BOSTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL
A weekend-long event combining workshops and performances that showcases Boston as a thriving contemporary dance mecca. Comprising a diverse array of dance artists from all over the country, the program will feature a day of workshops on Friday and three performances on Saturday. Each of the three performances on Saturday features different companies, so instead of having to pick and choose, splurge for a day pass to all three!
Boston Contemporary Dance Festival: At the Paramount Center; 559 Washington Street, Boston; bostoncontemporarydance.org. August 16 & 17. @BCDFBoston