On the Town: November 1, 2012

November 1, 2012

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Hello friends, Kyle Thomas here! This being the weekend prior to Election Day, I'm doing my civic duty as an American to hit the important issues. Being my mother's child, I have a lot of issues; but [luckily for you] those aren't the issues we're talking about today! Presidential candidates Obama and Mittens have a lot they stand for and against, and we're taking a hard look at these topics in this special election edition of #OnTheTown: The one full of issues!

Regardless of whether you tweet me @khemingway (and I do hope you will!), PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD GO OUT AND VOTE ON TUESDAY.




No laughing matter (unless we're talking about derivative hot mess Miss Saigon), Madama Butterfly is a devastating roller coaster of emotion from start to finish. One of the most-often produced operas ever, BLO premieres its new production this weekend starring fierce soprano Yunah Lee in her signature role of Cio-Cio San. On November 9, BLO will also be premiering its new Prima young professionals program with $25 tickets to that performance and an after party at Tantric India Bistro!

Madama Butterfly: Music by Giacomo Puccini; Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa; Conducted by Andrew Bisantz; Stage Direction by Lillian Groag. At the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre; 265 Tremont Street, Boston; 617-542-6772; blo.org. Through November 11. @bostlyricopera



Those pesky gays!

Get all of your 4'33" jokes out of the way now... John Cage's 100th birthday is such a major event that the Gardner Museum is celebrating it all year long, with one of those celebrations happening tonight! Cage's Cheap Imitation for solo piano and Postcard from Heaven for 1–20 harps (how many will we see tonight?!) are joined by two other pieces by composers influenced by his discoveries. I could not be more excited about this concert—and there's one more on December 20!

Avant Gardner: Callithumpian Consort: At Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; 280 The Fenway, Boston; 617-278-5156; gardnermuseum.org. November 1 only. @gardnermuseum



Womens' rights!

The first ladies of Boston's theater scene—Leigh Barrett, Mary Callanan, Kerry A. Dowling, and Kathy St. George (listed alphabetically so as not to incite any riots!)—have, by some cruel act of fate, never shared a stage at the same time. SpeakEasy Stage Company is fixing this with a two-night fundraiser concert with some political tendencies (it is, after all, Election Eve). Each lady will perform a 20-minute set of songs she has never performed before—quite the challenge!

Patrons 25 and under always get $25 tickets. Alternatively, fans of the ladies can get a special $10 off full price tickets by using their favorite artist's code: Leigh10, Mary10, Kerry10, or Kathy10. I plan on closing my eyes and pointing at the screen to choose one—if three of these four knew I didn't choose them, I would begin to fear for my personal safety!!! (Just kidding—mostly.)

All About [Election] Eve: Directed by Paul Daigneault; Music directed by Paul S. Katz. At the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; 527 Tremont Street, Boston; 617-933-8600; speakeasystage.org. November 4 & 5. @speakeasystage