Editor’s Note: Welcome to V3 Weekend, Vanyaland guide to help you sort out your weekend entertainment with curated selections and recommendations across our three pillars of Music, Comedy, and Film/TV. It’s what you should know about, where you need to be, and where you’ll be going, with us riding shotgun along the way.
It’s a real flex to drop an AOTY contender in January, betting on a certain kind of staying power to shine through the year ahead, but that’s what MØ went and did with her third album Motordrome. The Danish singer-songwriter born Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen gave us a taste of it late last year with the synthwave-esque “Brad Pitt” and ballad-like “Goosebumps,” and the two set the tone — the former headed into the club, the latter headed out — for a wider body of work that gets the live treatment tonight (April 15) at Royale in the Theatre District. A live MØ show is always worth the price of admission, and now she returns to town with a newfound gloss, the type of pop sheen that glows well into awards season.
MØ + TeZATalks :: Friday, April 15 at Royale, 279 Tremont St. in Boston, MA :: 7 p.m., 18-plus, $32 :: Show info :: Advance tickets
Fresh off the news that her new book Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation is now a New York Times Best Seller, the great Hannah Gadsby continues to roll from the stage to the page and back again by kicking off her North American tour this weekend (April 15 and 16) with two shows at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. And well, we say “kick” in the metaphorical sense, as even a broken leg can’t show down the Australian superstar. As Jason Greenough writes in this week’s Mic’d Up preview: “Following the awe-inspiring insight and devilishly sharp humor presented in her smash-hit Netflix specials Nanette and Douglas, we can only imagine what’s in store with this new show.”
HANNAH GADSBY :: Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St. in Boston, MA :: Show info :: Advance tickets
We were going to punt segment and recommend we all stay in and watch soft-toss Netflix entertainment like Metal Lords or Is It Cake? all weekend, but then we saw what The Brattle Theatre had in store for Sunday (April 17): A restoration screening of Juliet Bashore’s 1986 cult film Kamikaze Hearts, co-presented by the Boston Underground Film Festival. Holy shit! An unflinching look at the underground porn industry of the mid-’80s in a pre-gentrified San Francisco, Kamikaze Hearts is a time-capsule of a long-gone era starring adult industry icon Sharon Mitchell. Here’s the synopsis: “Tough and cynical veteran Mitch and her more naive, yet eager partner Tigr are a couple of porn actresses involved in an intense lesbian relationship. Their already strained relationship reaches the breaking point as substance abuse and the pressure of working in the sex industry begins to take a heavy toll on both women.” The trailer is “age restricted” on YouTube and unable to be embedded, so go watch it here.
‘KAMIKAZE HEARTS’ :: Sunday, April 17 at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St. in Cambridge, MA :: 6 p.m., $15 :: Theatre info :: Advance tickets