Forecast: January 2010: The Cultural To-Do List

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1/7 Gatz
This is no adaptation. Every word of Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby will be performed onstage in this inventive American Repertory production. Audience members can take it in as a marathon or a sprint: The six-hour show is performed in its entirety on weekends, while during the week it’s divided between two nights. amrep.org.

1/9 Anthony Bourdain
The noted chef and prolific smoker visits Lowell’s Memorial Auditorium, where he’ll discuss his varied gastronomical adventures across the world. Hometowners may want to welcome the risk-loving gourmand with a locally beloved treat (deep-fried steak sticks from Suppa’s should do the trick). ticketmaster.com.

1/12 
Eddie Izzard
His starring role in the brilliant-but-canceled series The Riches and screen time in Ocean’s 13 and Valkyrie raised Izzard’s profile as a serious actor, but don’t be fooled: The cross-dressing Brit remains the funniest thing in fishnets. Tonight the comic gets back to his standup roots.  tdgarden.com.

1/15–1/16  Mission of Burma
It’s tough to keep your punk edge when your band takes a hiatus for as long as most of the scene kids have been alive, but ever since Mission of Burma reemerged from its two-decade hibernation, the Boston band has been met with critical acclaim and even municipal love: The city council declared 10/4 to be Mission of Burma Day in our fair city. thedise.com.

1/21 The Murderer’s Daughters
First-time novelist Randy Susan Meyers draws on the eight years she spent counseling battered women to create a powerful portrait of two sisters growing up in the shadow of violence. Meyers reads from her thought-provoking, heart-tugging debut tonight at a fundraiser hosted in her honor at the J.P. restaurant Bella Luna. randysusanmeyers.com.

1/29 Edge of Darkness
William Monahan, the North Shore screenwriter who earned an Oscar for penning The Departed, puts his hometown back on the silver screen with this gritty thriller about a Hub cop looking for his daughter’s killer. Shot in Boston last year, the film marks the much-ballyhooed return of Mel Gibson, who  hasn’t starred in a flick since 2002.

1/30 Ani DiFranco
The daughter of MIT grads, DiFranco made her name in the 1990s with an angry, anthemic acoustic sound perfect for budding feminists. Marriage and the birth of her daughter have mellowed her a bit, though tonight her longtime fans get to enjoy those angsty classics in the most ironic of settings: Patriot Place, bastion of testosterone. showcaselive.com.

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