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BOSTON GLOBE
May 21, 2003

 

GO! Wednesday
Arts/Lifestyle

By Christopher Muther, Globe Staff

Quick Hits
Song and Dance.

What would "The Ed Sullivan Show" have looked like if Eddie had a fondness for barbiturates and fast women? Probably similar to the variety show called Scara's Night Out. The series wraps at the Lizard Lounge tonight with musical performances from Chandler Travis, Sukey Tawdry, John Surette and Mascara. There's also belly dancing from the Al Jawary Al Hessan troupe and poetry from Paul Angelosanto. The musical goulash starts at 9; $7. 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-0759.

 

BOSTON GLOBE
April 23, 2003

GO! Wednesday
Arts/Lifestyle

By Christopher Muther, Globe Staff

Quick Hits
Multimedia.

The wacky cast of Radio Pu is reunited tonight at the Lizard Lounge, and — with apologies to Peaches and Herb — it feels so good. Beginning at 9, come thrill to the old-fashioned radio goodness of Pu. Well, old-fashioned in a twisted, Barney-despising way. The bill also includes performances from rock sparrow Ramona Silver, va-va-voom dancing from the Through the Keyhole Burlesque dance troupe, and a multimedia performance from funny guy Evan O'Television. Tickets for this feel-good night of music and mayhem are just $7. 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-0759.

 

STUFF @ NIGHT
April 15, 2003

AFTER 5 — Where to Go, What to Do, and Why

By Darcy Scanlon

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 : The Lizard Lounge (1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge) has hosted many a kooky character, avant-garde artist, and eccentric performer, but local rockers Mascara's bimonthly variety show Scara's Night Out brings it all home with a more-motley crew than Cambridge has seen in quite a while. Tonight's all-star cast features indie-pop local heroine Ramona Silver, former Through the Keyhole Burlesque dancers, multimedia comedian Evan O'Television, and Tenacious D-esque acoustic-comedy duo Damned Dirty Ape. Not to mention the bent radio-comedy band Radio Pu — a quintet that reproduces old-time radio acts. The doors are at 8, and there's a $7 cover. For more information, check www.mascaramusic.com/scarasnightout, or call the Lounge at (617) 547-0759.

 

BOSTON GLOBE
March 12, 2003

GO! Wednesday
Arts/Lifestyle

By Christopher Muther, Globe Staff

Scaring up some fun.
As Jackie DeShannon once sang, what the world needs now is Mascara, sweet Mascara. OK, she didn't sing exactly those words, but should have. Amid all the turmoil in the world, Go! has unearthed an event so solid, even the United Nations Security Council could agree upon it. We speak of Scara's Night Out This evening's lineup includes Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, the electronic combo Enuma Elish, and reunion of the always bizarre Radio Pu. The musical goulash is anchored by local faves Mascara. Your attendance tells Tom Ridge you're on high alert for a good time. Doors are at 8, the music starts at 9 at the Lizard Lounge. The whole shebang will set you back $7. 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-0759.

 

BOSTON HERALD
March 7, 2003

Calendar
Residencies, a record release and more will have the Hub rockin'

By Sarah Rodman

The bitter chill has done nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of local musicians eager to display their wares in clubs around town. We usually discuss bands with national profiles in this space, but next week's embarrassment of local riches demands attention. The slate includes a couple of disparate residencies, a record release worth celebrating, a stab at a classic album by a great new band, a wild variety show and some good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. Rodman recommends: Local picks this week include top-of- the-heap Boston Rock Opera alum Chris Mascara (Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar") who has been hosting the variety show " 'Scara's Night Out" at the Lizard Lounge the past few months. Wednesdays March 12th and 26th, the show will feature everything from cabaret punk, electronica, glam rock, improv-avant jazz, comedy and the "absurdist musings" of emcee Sinus Brady.

 

BOSTON GLOBE
January 29, 2003

GO! Wednesday
Arts/Lifestyle

By Christopher Muther, Globe Staff

Quick Hits
The last stripper show.

We've been through a lot with the Burlesque Revival Association over the years: strategically placed flower buds, lacy unmentionables, and oodles of flesh. But we've received word that the ladies of the BRA are hanging up their gloves and pasties. Their performance tonight at the Lizard Lounge is being billed as their "farewell" show. Naturally, you're not going to want to miss the hugs, the tears, and the G-strings when the BRA performs tonight as part of Scara's Night Out, a new series of eclectic music and performance art. Tonight starting at 9, you can also see the 10-piece Calypso Invaders, performance artist Todd Lee, Auddity, the Ethan Mackler Solo Bass Orchestra, and Mascara. 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-0759.

 

BOSTON GLOBE
January 15, 2003

GO! Wednesday
Arts/Lifestyle

By Christopher Muther, Globe Staff

Hiss and make-up.
'Twas a steamy night in July many years ago, and Go! was crammed into the Lizard Lounge with a bunch of sketchy characters — the kind of rough-hewn folks our mother once warned us to stay far away from. There was a man pacing the floor in a wolf suit, a drag queen decked out in none-too-flattering Spandex, and a woman playing Edith Piaf songs on an accordion. We spent the night suppressing an urge to yell "La vie boheme!" out of fear that a scantily clad vixen dressed as Marlene Deitrich would take us over her knee and administer a delicious spanking for the outburst. This impressive party was the short-lived, sexually charged series known as Marlene Loses It at the Lizard _ a night when comedians, jugglers, and brass quartets alike partied like it was 1999. Wait a minute, it was 1999. Tonight, this brand of musical fruit salad stages a glorious return to the Lizard Lounge (finally!) with Scara's Night Out, a new Wednesday night series hosted by the band Mascara. Starting at 9, you can hear Larry Meyerhoff pound his traditional Celtic dulcimer, Sandro G get jiggy with a felicitous blend of Portuguese and English hip-hop, Roger Miller (of Mission of Burma fame) buzz with his avant noisemakers Binary System, and Ted Drozdowski perform a spoken-word slide guitar thingy. Comedy dude Sinus Brady is master of ceremonies. A mere $7 buys you all this, plus a boatload of priceless memories. 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-0759.

 

BOSTON PHOENIX
January 9, 2003

8 Days a Week
Editor's Picks of the Week

edited by Carly Carioli, Phoenix Staff

WEDS. JAN. 15
ROCK. There aren't too many people who can list "Savior" on their musical résumé, but Chris Mascara -- who's perhaps best known around town as the guy who followed Gary Cherone into the role of Boston Rock Opera's production of Jesus Christ Superstar -- is one of them. These days, Mascara is fronting a power trio named, in trademark self-adoration, Mascara. And he's put together a freakshow-like cavalcade for a new bi-weekly "avant-variety" series at the Lizard Lounge. Tonight's debut of "Scara's Night Out" includes a performance from Mobius "comedian" Sinus Brady, traditional Celtic music by Larry Meyerhoff, some electrified talking blues by Phoenix critic and Devil Gods frontman Ted Drozdowski, a bilingual (Portuguese/English) hip-hop dude named Sandro G, a solo set by Think Tree/Count Zero frontman Peter Moore, and the first appearance by Roger Miller's avant-jazz outfit Binary System since Mission of Burma got back together. Showtime is 8:30 p.m., and admission is $7. The Lizard is at 1667 Mass Ave in Cambridge; call (617) 547-0759.