On the Town: Prancercise with me!

May 30, 2013

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After last week's incredibly amazing (yet inevitably physically taxing) Opus Affair Fifth Birthday festivities, you're probably looking for a fun and easy way to work off all those extra cocktail calories you inhaled. Now, if you're like me, and traditional exercise leaves you wanting more [chocolate cake], I can confidently say I have the solution for you. While you're out #OnTheTown, why not Prancercise your way to the theater or concert hall? I invite you to do just that with me with this weekend's picks! Since I've been inadvertently Prancercising since I exited the womb, I would consider myself an expert in the field and will be sprinkling this weekend's picks with some Prancing Pro Tips. So get your ankle weights on, tease out your perm, button your sweater set as high as it can go, and let's get moving!

If you're looking for an excuse to show off your hot, slim, Prancercised body, look no further than Opus Affair's own THE BIG PARTY. This year's event will be bigger and partier than ever, and as an Opus birthday gift to all of you, tickets are finally on sale! Snatch one up before they're gone—and I assure you, they'll be gone sooner rather than later!

CREATE 2: 6 ARTISTS, 6 CHEFS, 1 CANVAS

Art and eating? Good thing I just started Prancercising! In a fabulous and unique event now in its second year, Chef Louis DiBiccari has assembled six up-and-coming Boston chefs to prepare compositions based on the art of six local artists. Throw in awesome cocktails, wine, and tunes from Maestro TJ Connelly, and how could this be an evening you'd want to miss?

PROTIP: Wearing your ankle weights on your wrists as you bring a cocktail to your mouth and back down totally counts as doing one bicep curl.

Create 2: At the Boston Center for Adult Education; 122 Arlington Street, Boston; create-boston.com. June 2 only. #create2013

STUCK IN A LENNY BRUCE TIME WARP (AN UNCENSORED EXPERIMENT IN LANGUAGE AND SOUND) BY THE MELTDOWN INCENTIVE

I've written about The Meltdown Incentive before, but I can't drive home the importance and quality of the work they create. Using found texts in a lively, improvisational manner these deft artists create a musical experience unlike anything else you're likely to stumble upon in Boston.

PROTIP: Making the voyage to Cambridge can be arduous—take your ankle weights along and Prancercise your way there to maximize the fun! [NB: My apologies, Cantabrigian readers, for your loss of this fabulous Prancercise opportunity!]

Stuck in a Lenny Bruce Time Warp: At OBERON; 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge; amrep.org/events/show/stuck-lenny-bruce-time-warp. May 30 only. #meltdownincentive

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN AT HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

Prancercise founder Joanna Rohrback invented the revolutionary exercise technique back in 1989—just another idea way ahead of its time. Rapture, Blister, Burn, now playing at the Huntington, is similarly about visionary women, one who pursues rock star feminism and one who settles down and starts a family. Decades later, they find themselves coveting each others' choices in this comedy by incredible Becky Shaw author Gina Gionfriddo. Featuring (among others) my life role models Kate Shindle (good Jesus she can sing high) and Nancy E. Carroll, I am incredibly excited for this season closer from the Hunt!

PROTIP: The sometimes uneven terrain of the South End can lend itself to some unexpected Prancercise gallop whoopsies—take extra care when Prancercising your way to the Calderwood Pavilion!!

Rapture, Blister, Burn: By Gina Gionfriddo; Directed by Peter DuBois. At the Calderwood Pavilion; 527 Tremont Street, Boston; huntingtontheatre.org. Through June 30. @huntington

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