Culture Curve: March 2012

Matthew Reed Baker's guide to this month's events, from the rowdy to the refined.

Photos from iStockphoto.

  • The Maine Calamity Janes roller-derby team won’t know what hit them when the Boston Derby Dames open their season at Wilmington’s Aleppo Shriners Auditorium. 3/24
  • Fans of lightning riffs and sleazy swagger rejoice: Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth will be “Runnin’ with the Devil” at the TD Garden for Van Halen’s reunion tour. 3/11
  • While the Iditarod dogsled race tests competitors’ mettle, Boston’s Urban Iditarod harnesses humans to a shopping cart and tests their capacity for silliness. 3/3
  • Grandma the Clown may be on his farewell tour with the Big Apple Circus, but with his oversize handbag and audience hijinks, he can still turn that frown upside down. 3/27–5/13
  • In The Full Monty, the Boston Conservatory rocks out with its … dear me, this time it’s literal. 3/1–3/4
  • In Rogues and Redeemers, Gerard O’Neill (coauthor of Black Mass)chronicles our long line of bare-knuckled Irish mayors, from Honey Fitz and the Rascal King to Kevin White and Ray Flynn. out 3/13, crown, $26.
  • Beautify your life with jewelry and art at the BCA’s AD 20/21 contemporary-arts show and Boston Print Fair. For an eager aesthete, it’s one-stop shopping. 3/15–3/18
  • In 1980, Rhode Island’s Aaron Fricke sued to bring his boyfriend to the prom. In 2012, the Boston Children’s Theatre tells his story at the world premiere of the play Reflections of a Rock Lobster. 3/3–3/11
  • Three hundred musicians and singers from the New England Philharmonic perform Benjamin Britten’s colossal War Requiem at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. This is pacifism at its most grandiose. 3/3