On the Town: October 4, 2012

October 4, 2012

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All gay men have track lighting, and all gay men are named Mark, Rick, or Steve.

Hello friends, it's Kyle Thomas once again here to guide you through another weekend of #BostonArts-going! As many of you are well aware, the Lifetime network has taken it upon themselves to re-make Steel Magnolias with an all-black cast (headlined by Queen Latifah and a conspicuously caftan-less Phylicia Rashad), the premiere of which takes place this Sunday. I clearly could not let such a momentous occasion pass without paying homage, so without further ado, I present to you #OnTheTown: the one with all the Magnolias.

Per usual, tweet me some love at @khemingway, especially if you're at the hair salon. "I just don't trust anyone who does their own hair, I think it's unnatural."

MACBETH @ ACTORS SHAKESPEARE PROJECT

"I do not see plays, because I can nap at home for free. And I don't see movies 'cause they're trash, and they got nothin' but naked people in 'em! And I don't read books, 'cause if they're any good, they're gonna make 'em into a miniseries." –Ouiser Boudreaux

Really, this barely requires explanation. Actors Shakespeare Project consistently turns out productions of the highest quality, and this one is helmed by local fierce queen (and fellow Parisiophile) Paula Plum. The Scottish Play remains one of my absolute favorite works by the Bard.

Macbeth: By William Shakespeare; Directed by Paula Plum. At the Chevalier Theater; 30 Forest Street, Medford; 866-811-4111; actorsshakespeareproject.org. Through November 4. @aspboston

J-WALT'S SPONTANEOUS FANTASIA @ MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

"That sanctuary looks like it's been hosed down with Pepto-Bismol." –M'Lynn Eatenton

This looks like one of the coolest things to happen at the Museum of Science in recent remembrance. This dude named J-Walt creates—in real time—a virtual reality of dancing figures and landscapes, set to music and projected on the dome of the Charles Hayden Planetarium. ... RIGHT? Definitely sounds worth checking out!

Spontaneous Fantasia: Created and performed by J-Walt. At the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science; 1 Science Park, Boston; 617-723-2500; mos.org. Through October 6. @museumofscience

HATS: AN ANTHOLOGY BY STEPHEN JONES @ PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

"But I love the top—such a vibrant purple. Bob, would you call this color grape or aubergine?" –Clairee Belcher

AN ENTIRE SPECIAL EXHIBITION OF HATS. What do proper Southern women like more than hats? The ladies from Steely Mags would be in heaven! With over 250 hats from the last 900 years—including my favorite, the Schiaparelli shoe hat!—this exhibit is not messing around. Anyone know how I can get the hookup to have a dress-up session??

Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones: At the Peabody Essex Museum; East India Square, Salem; 978-745-9500; pem.org. Through February 3. @peabodyessex

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